JerryvonKramer Posted February 3, 2015 Report Share Posted February 3, 2015 I was getting the itch to bust out Total Extreme Wrestling 2013 again, and I thought it might be interesting to document my progress on it. In this first post I'll just be setting the scene and laying out some initial plans. Here's the scenario ... So what has old Vince Sr. left us? Faces: Heels: Non-wrestlers: Current Champs: Using a combination of top research, guesswork and pure fantasy based on what was already in there, I've also drafted a schedule for the year: Policy on Storylines There will be no more than 4 storylines in place at any given time. Typically there will be: one main event feud, one IC-level feud, and one tag-team-title feud, with the possibility of an optional fourth feud for someone like Andre. There will never be a fifth storyline. Pushes There will be no more than six pushed acts at any given time: World champ Number 1 contender IC champ Number 1 contender for IC belt Tag-champs Number 1 contenders for tag titles Everyone else in the promotion is playing a supporting role to one of these six acts. No one else gets angles or mic time apart from these guys and their managers. JvK's booking formula As a student of Vince McMahon Sr., I know that these North-East-audience types need to be conditioned. They are used to it. Everyone needs a formula. However, I can't just re-use Vince Sr's formulas. The game is changing and so a new formula -- the JvK formula -- is required. Booking of the champion Vince Sr would always bring in a heel challenger, and they'd get 3 matches at MSG: DQ, countout, clean pinfall loss. Well Vince Jr has decided he's going to be introducing his Wrestlemania concept 2 years early, and not only that, he's introducing the Royal Rumble, Summerslam and Survivor Series too. And so this changes the booking cycle. I have no "philosophy" of booking the champ as of yet. I need to figure out who the champ will be first. For the time being, I will stick with Vince Sr's formula with Backlund defending against various heels. House Shows Running at least 3-4 house shows every month. For these house shows, there will be a clear and unchanging structure. Deviations from this basic structure will be at an absolute minimum: Match 1: JTTS over jobber, 6-8 mins. This will be a routine win for a JTTS so he has some "meaning" next time he faces a star. Match 2: Star over JTTS, 8-10 mins. This will be a win for a face or heel getting pushed over an established JTTS. INTERVIEW 5-7 mins. This will be an interview with a maineventer, IC guy or tag-team. Match 3: Tag team match, 12-15 mins. This will either by the tag champs defending their titles or the number 1 challengers going over. Belt will typically only change hands on one of the four big shows. Match 4: SPECIAL ATTRACTION, 10-20 mins. This will be some point of interest. An Andre handicap match, a Bruno appearance, a battle royale, a 6-man, or maybe a gimmick match of some sort. ANGLE 5-7 mins. Either another interview or an angle. Typically this could be a setup for one of the next two matches. Match 5: IC title match, 10-15 mins. This will be either an IC title defense or else the number 1 challenger going over. Match 6: World title match, 20-25 mins. This will be either a world title defense or else the number 1 challenger going over. Supercards The Royal Rumble and Surivor Series cards will be devoted to their respective gimmick matches. Winner of the Rumble gets a special cup (and $10,000!). Wrestlemania and Summerslam will be booked as follows: Match 1: JTTS vs. JTTS, 10 mins. Two JTTSes thrown together for an opener. Crowd feel it is "special" cos these guys wouldn't usually tussle. Match 2: Star vs. star, 15 mins. Two guys who aren't doing anything else have a match for no reason. The crowd lap this up excited to see big names in action. INTERVIEW 5-7 mins. This will be an interview with a maineventer, IC guy or tag-team. Match 3: Tag-team title match, 20 mins. Champs vs. number 1 challengers. Match 4: SPECIAL ATTRACTION Match 5: IC title. 20 mins. Champ vs. number 1 challenger. INTERVIEW before final bout, 6-7 mins. Match 6: World title. 25-30 mins. Champ vs. number 1 challenger. TV shows Match 1: Opener, 5 mins. JTTS over jobber. Bog-standard low level win for a JTTS. TALK SHOW SEGMENT, 15-20 mins. Every episode will feature with a long talk show skit presented by someone like a Roddy Piper (or similar). Many angles will start here. Match 2: Star over jobber, 8 mins. Longer showcase for a pushed talent. Match 3: Star over JTTS, 15 mins. Competitive match with star coming out on top. Assessment of roster Main event / IC: Backlund, Andre, Pedro and Jimmy Snuka form the core of the babyface side of things. The top heels are Don Muraco, George Steele, Masked Superstar and Billy Graham. Upper midcard: Ivan Koloff can fill in as a perennial heel challenger for the world title, as can The Iron Sheik. The Samoans have been mainstays of the tag divisions and Chief Jay Strongbow, currently tag champ with his "brother", for some reason remains popular in the North East. Big John Studd is a servicable heel. Tito Santana is a good hand. Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson form a popular tag team. Mil Mascaras can be a special attraction for the right crowd. Rest of the card: There are guys who can fill out any number of roles here. Ivan Putski's days of use are on the wane, but he's still over. Mr Fuji can get heat. Tony Garea is on the downslide of his career, but he can still tag with just about anyone. SD Jones is a solid hand who can put heels over and is still popular with crowds. Pat Patterson, although now getting very old, can still work a good gimmick match. Relations with other companies Vince Jr is dead set against rejoining the NWA, but he has not yet declared war on anyone. His father is still around and he can rely on some good will for the time being. With working agreements in place with virtually every promotion in the world, at least initially I hope to make use of talent trades using Andre as a bargaining chip if necessary. Through this, I should be able to book practically any worker in the world for a spot show. Priorities Looking at the roster, I have set myself some aims and objectives: 1. Sign some new tag teams. The tag ranks look especially weak with an aging Strongbow and "Jules", both terrible workers, as the current champs. These guys need to lose the belts as soon as possible. Strongbow will be relegated to JTTS duty until he retires. Jules will be fired. Ideally, I want young and fresh tag teams, one heel team, one face team. I will have to scour the available talent to find people. The Samoans can stick around for a while to help put over the new face team, and Atlas and Johnson can do the same for the heel team. Looking at available talent on the roster, Curt Hennig might be paired with someone. As might Tito Santana. Eddie Gilbert at 21 is just a bit too young to be put in that spot for the time being. Possible targets: Dynamite Kid, Bobby Eaton, the Von Erichs, Terry Gordy. Short-term plan: Probably put the belts on Atlas and Johnson as a placeholder. There is no way they can stay with Strongbow. Samoans can go over on first MSG card. Atlas and Johnson can win belts at The Rumble and defend against Samoans for a while. Build a new heel team to go over at Wrestlemania. Build a new face team to go over them at Summerslam. 2. Transform IC division. The IC division looks stagnant. Pedro has had the belt for over a year. And Don Muraco is still his only notable challenger. These guys are too old and I want to phase them out. I want good workers here. Ideally I want a dynamic in-ring performer who can work with anyone, whether face or heel. Possible targets: Rick Martel, Tully Blanchard, Greg Valentine, Dick Murdoch. 3. Find a good colour commentator. Currently All-Star Wrestling and Challenge both have a three-man team of Gorilla, Vince and Lord Alfred in the booth. I don't want Lord Alfred commentating, he can fill in as an interviewer for the time being. And I don't like the idea of Vince and Gorilla being together. Vince will present All-Star (the A-show) and live events. Gorilla will present Challenge (B-show). Need colour men for both. One option is to put "myself" on commentary, but I'd rather stay behind the scenes. 4. Find a great talker to present talk show segment. I could use one of the three wise men for this -- possibly Lou Albano -- but this could also be a good spot for Jesse Ventura or Roddy Piper, who might also double as the colour man. Will see who is available. However, all of a sudden I like the idea of all THREE wise men hosting this talk show. 5. Eventually transition out of Backlund as champ. It's in the back of my mind, but not figured out a way to do this yet. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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