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John Rocha, known in the Movie Trivia Schmoedown as The Outlaw, is not only one of the greatest players in the history of the Schmoedown, but also one of the most impactful and influential performers to ever play the game. So there are very few who deserve a documentary about their time int he Schmoedown more than John.
Personally, John Rocha is one of my favorite competitors. He was one of the first to really embrace the character in the trivia contest. It was not just answering the questions. It was the promos, the character work, the intensity, the heel mannerisms of The Outlaw. He is one of the most inspirational forces in the league and this new documentary, dropped on Patreon on Friday, January 31st for $10 tier and above members, does a remarkable job showing just how important John Rocha was to the evolution of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown.
I am not going to spoil anything about the documentary because I want everyone to see it on their own (join up at patreon.com/schmoedown). Kristian Harloff, chairman of the Schmoedown, has said that he plans on keeping this documentary as a Patreon exclusive. I know that I was very happy to have been one to see it today.
The documentary features all of the big names of the Schmoedown giving their honest thoughts and backstage impressions of John Rocha. Such notable competitors as Ben Bateman, Dan Murrell, Samm Levine, Rachel Cushing, William Bibbiani, Kevin Smets, Mike Kalinowski… just to name a few talked about Rocha both in front of the camera and backstage and how he drove himself to become someone who would be found on the Mount Rushmore of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown.
The documentary did not shy away from some of the controversial moments of Rocha’s Schmoedown career either and the section on these moments where John faltered was one of the most inspirational parts of the doc. I will say that, for a moment, I was worried that they were just going to brush past that without going into depth on the topic, which would have felt as if there was a hole in the narrative. However, they did these moments justice and, by looking at them, show how much perseverance John Rocha has.
Congratulations to everyone at the Schmoedown Entertainment Network (SEN) for this documentary. It was 51 minutes long, directed by Eric Rodriguez, aka NerdChronic, and it was a wonderful analysis about a beloved figure in the show’s history, a man whose Schmoedown career helped to shape what the Schmoedown has become over the last four or five years. Heel, face or tweener, John Rocha, ups and downs, never failed to be real or genuine. It is why the audience of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown has gravitated toward John Rocha. The Outlaw has gravitas.
MINOR SPOILER: The only thing I would have like to have had was some comments from John’s long time partner Matt Knost, from Top 10. That felt as if it were the only thing missing here.