Post by behindthebook on Dec 28, 2010 12:54:01 GMT -4
So, this is something I've always wanted to do, have a discussion thread that runs along side my results thread where I can talk about the vision and the decision making process that goes into my booking. This is for my new LWA fed: Rocky Mountain Championship Wrestling, which promotes in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The results thread is here: legendsboard44.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=results&action=display&thread=1668&page=1
The RMCW Mission Statement I started Rocky Mountain Championship Wrestling with a simple vision: Avatar with chairshots! But, then I found out that there was something like that already in the works for GWFZ Territories, headlined by Darth Brooks. So, I scrapped that and went back to the drawing board.
My new vision: Chikara meets TNA circa 2006. What does that mean? Watch and see...
Post by behindthebook on Dec 28, 2010 13:10:13 GMT -4
[glow=red,2,300]The Roster[/glow] So, I inherited the remains of the Smokey Mountain roster:
B.G. James Barking Spider Clutch Barking Spider Ox Bill Dundee Bob Armstrong chief Jay Strongbow DJ Peterson Dustin Lee Dusty Rhodes Greg Gagne Haystacks Calhoun Jerry Lawler Jerry Lynn Not Jerry Lynn, sorry. Jim Brunzell Kip James Michael Tarver Roddy Piper Scotty Vortekz Sputnik Monroe Stevie Richards The Trooper Tony Atlas Verne Gagne Wade Barrett
It was great to start with a solid block of talent, but... I could only come up with plans for a handful of these guys...
The first thing I knew, was that I wanted Dusty as the centerpiece. I wanted to make sure Dusty started as my champion, so I went with the old "tournament in Brazil" gimmick.
I knew I wanted to put Tarver and Atlas as a tag team. Having grown up in Dallas, I always loved the Blackbirds, so I decided that Tarver and Atlas would be "The All New Blackbirds".
With Tarver now a Blackbird, I needed to do something with his Nexus mate, Barrett. The answer came when I saw that I had Dale "The Trooper" Wilkes on my roster. I decided I would turn The Trooper into The Patriot (or, The Original Patriot in deference to Patriot 3) and Wade Barrett would become his British masked tag team partner, Union Jack. Thus, The Allies were born.
Then, there were the guys who I couldn't come up with a plan for. One I regret, and really hope I can come up with something for is Sputnik Monroe. Honestly, the only thing I really know about Monroe is that he forced the de-segregation of the grand stands in Memphis. Neat... But not really something I can build a gimmick around...
Now, for the TV, I'm going for an old school WCW Saturday Night feel. Not sure if I hit it, but I'll get my legs under me eventually. Only 3 matches on TV, but everyone is there to further the overall story. Establishing the All New Blackbirds as top heels is key. Having them squash the Napetown Dragons wasn't all that important, but having them bully the announcer and attack a top face only to run away from Dusty... Classic. Piper's promo is to lay the ground work for his over all arch, as was his part in the finish of the main event. Dusty's promo was just a character piece. Dusty's fun to write and has a distinctive voice... Not sure if I'm fully in the character yet, but I think I'll get there. Lawler Vs. Dundee, and the post match brawl, was all about establishing the trio of Dundee and the All New Blackbirds as top heels and Dusty, Lawler, and Piper as the opposing forces. ... I know what you're saying. "Book, you're crazy to use Dundee, Tarver, and Atlas as top heels". First off, relax, you can call me Jason. Second, Dundee and the Blackbirds are just parts of a bigger picture. I believe that a great heel group needs certain things. A tag team. The All New Blackbirds are serviceable here, since I'll be the first to admit my tag division isn't that strong. An enforcer. Dundee is perfect here... Just kidding. Tarver, with his fists of stone, should be perfect. A proxy. This is Dundee's role. Dundee is the guy who can fight the top faces in the top heels place. He's the guy who Dusty and Lawler and Piper can beat the stuffing out off. So, the thing my group is missing is just the top heel. Don't worry though, he's coming.
Card 4, The Mormon Tabernacle Slaughter, continues the Blackbirds/Dundee Vs. Dusty angle. Otherwise, I'm waiting for the opportunity to introduce some new talent.
Lots to talk about here. Where to start... Oh yeah, The Talent. The pairing of Haystacks and Jeff Jarrett started in a weird place. My wife's favorite movie of last year was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for Christmas. There's a scene in the movie where Scott is introducing the members of his band (Sex Bob-omb), and he introduces the lead singer as "the talent." Watching it, I thought to myself "Man, that would be a great nickname for an arrogant heel." Well, wouldn't you know it, I acquire via trade my all time favorite arrogant heel, Double J! So, I'm all set to introduce Double J, fully back into his classic would be country music superstar mode, and nick name him "The Talent" when I realized, "The Talent" is an even better name for a group of cocky heels then for just one cocky heel. I scan my roster for someone who would make an unlikely cocky heel and who would be a good counter weight on the team to Jarrett... Haystacks Calhoun got the nod, beating out Greg Gagne by this || much. Next week, I'm really looking forward to introducing Haystacks over the top heel persona.
Next, comes the end of the New Age Outlaws. I almost didn't pull the trigger on this one, because 1) I'd just had a heel turn in the last segment and 2) Tim Dalton just turned Kip heel in his excellent and long running fed. Even though I had planned on turning Billy Gunn into "The Outlaw" Kip Winchester from the moment I acquired the SMW remains (Wildfire can attest to this), I didn't want to seem like a copycat. But hey, so what if I am? Where this is going and where Tim Dalton's heel Kip is going, I am sure are miles and miles apart. As for the back to back heel turn issue... Well, I describe my own booking style as Russovian, so what the heck, right? From there, we set the table for Dusty and Lawler Vs. Dundee and Winchester at Gold Rush. I never want more then one title on the line at an event, and since the tag titles will be decided at Gold Rush, this tag match gives me a chance to further the Lawler/Dusty/Piper/Dundee thing. Also got to introduce Hillbilly Jim and Brad Armstrong. Though they were introduced in the Dundee angle, these two will actually be transitioning down the card to The Talent storyline. Does that make sense? Nope! See, I told you, Russovian! Then we introduce the Nasty Boys and the Nastyville challenge. This story will do three things, 1) it gives the Nasties something to do while the title scenario plays out. 2) It gives me a chance to work with my fellow bookers. 3) it will help raise the RMCW national profile, something that we, as the youngest LWA territory need. Finally, The Allies perform as expected and advance to the tag title match at Gold Rush.
Post by Steelersfan629 on Jan 10, 2011 15:08:17 GMT -4
I love "The Talent " that is fantastic...looking forward to the Nastyville Challenge...I like the Big Ben name I think I might have called it the God save The Queen but that is just me...Kip Winchester is a great name & I am looking forward to seeing where that goes.
Post by behindthebook on Jan 24, 2011 14:08:51 GMT -4
Wow… So much to get caught up on… The Outlaws split, and the emergence of “The Outlaw” Kip Winchester, is playing out nicely. Again, Wildfire can attest that I planned on calling Road Dogg Brian Armstrong before Dalton did it…I swear. Now Haystacks Calhoun has become the Big Vis inspired “One Man Roman Orgy” Billy Dee Calhoun. William Dee Calhoun was, of course, Haystacks real name. But, Billy Dee, thanks to Lando Calrissian, sounds ever so much more suave and debonair. The Piper story is developing nicely. Next, the powers that be are going to take a more proactive approach to shutting him up. On the house show front, Chief Jay Strongbow and the Highflyers continue to struggle, and those struggles keep them off TV. Meanwhile, Brian Pillman is undefeated and will make his TV debut on the next Sunday Showcase. The big story is the debut of Diesel, who in true Nash fashion, showed up, hit two moves, and then went home. Nash is going to be huge for me, but for now, he’s like unto 911 in ECW. He shows up, destroys someone, and leaves.
Post by behindthebook on Feb 2, 2011 16:49:14 GMT -4
Okay, so all caught up now. The Talent's feud with the Armstrongs is getting going, that'll be fun. Diesel is here, and is now firmly involved with the Piper Vs. the PTB story. Gold Rush is coming up. So, so much is gonna happen there. I can't wait!
Post by behindthebook on Feb 5, 2011 0:16:22 GMT -4
Well, the last show before Gold Rush is up. Two things here worth mentioning. First, the Diesel Vs. Dusty Vs. Winchester thing continues. While he's battling the heels, Diesel also continues to take cheap shots on Dusty, leaving him firmly entrenched as a "tweener"... for now. Also of note, the debut of Tanaka and Diamond, who I was very happy to acquire. Being the Russovian booker that I am, I decided to put the mask on Diamond and call him Kato. I loved Badd Company, but I loved The Orient Express more.