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Suggestion on WWE Wrestling Booking

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Wrestling Booking

Wrestling Booking is very important to set up a great feud or a memorable match. The skills of the wrestlers do not determine the outcome of the match. Instead, writers work on plots and storylines well in advance, and every match is another chapter in the story. Who wins and who loses is all in the script.

The Golden Rules

You are selling a product. The fans give you money for this product. If fans are not interested in your product, they’ll not give you money. Without their money, you are out of a job.

Therefore, your first responsibility is to the fans. Not your family members, friends; shareholders, nor anyone else around you. This is because only the fans give money to you. Failure to follow this rule will result in a failure of your business.

WWE Creative Team

There are great things going on in WWE today. In-ring standards have never been higher, brands like 205Live and UK Championship have brought unparalleled variety, and the roster is as talented as it has ever been.

The company is headed in the right direction in many ways, and this is reflected in their financials, with revenue soaring every time a new set of reports is released. However, the product itself is far from perfect.

WWE Creative becomes easy targets, but for all the good things they’ve given us over the years (and there have been plenty), their offerings are regularly run of the mill, disposable, or downright bad.

Their shortcomings are the primary reason for Raw and SmackDown’s continuing ratings struggles, though restricted by Vince McMahon’s influence, only their ideas can enact change.

Creative team will face challenges, some can work around, and others must eliminate entirely. So they can prevent roadblock from escaping its current malaise.

Wrestling Booking can Hurt a Wrestler

Don’t say “What the Hell” yet. I didn’t mean literally hurt, but if the creative make a weak booking; they can make a talented wrester look weak.  With all the scripts and what-to-say/do, they are limiting the real talent that a wrestler may have.

During the WWF/E Attitude Era,

Even thought creative team and scripts are involved, top superstars gets to say what they wanted, without many barriers holding them back.

The Big Show openly blasts the creative team;

“I love the Friday, Saturday, Sunday live event shows. But I hate the TVs. It makes me want to bash myself in the head with a hammer because they’re just long, useless, time-wasting, bulls–t days where you sit around all friggin day for some idea that absolutely sucks. Debating it for hours and 17,000 inputs. And one or two guys laced up a pair of wrestling boots in their life and know what they’re talking about. The others have never laced up a pair and really don’t know s–t, but for some reason, they’re telling you what to do. So you’re just sitting there baffled. We all have that same look at TV, we walk around baffled, going, ‘why are we doing this?’

ROH Champion Cody on WWE Creative,

“It’s not a knock on WWE creative at all, they’re there to guide you and give you the bullet points of where it’s going, but they can’t script wrestling. Specifically in backstage segments and interviews, no matter what, if you’re not feeling it, you can’t say it.

And that means saying no to a writer or correcting a few folks, ruffling some feathers, and stepping on some toes, but there’s nothing important for a wrestler than to go with his gut.”

Wrestling Booking: WWE becoming more Soap Opera than Wrestling,

Storylines and Booking pro-wrestling like a soap opera is something that ruins the whole ambience. It should have storylines, but the storylines are supposed to aid the art, not degrade it.

However, WWE goes along with the soap opera theory, and thinks it is best for business.

These results in a creative team filled with Hollywood writers. They do have clear-cut knowledge about running a show, but knowing the pulse of wwe fans is an entirely different thing.

And that’s why they should consider wwe legends for a place in the creative team. There is a handful of names;

  1. Zeb Colter (sadly he’s in Anthem’s Impact)

  2. Chris Jericho

  3. William Regal

  4. Jim Cornette (he’s not committed to long-term deals)

  5. Paul Heyman

The Hardest Decisions…

The hardest decisions in pro-wrestling are always left to the bookers, those knowledgeable figures who know how to put everything together. Not only do bookers have to put together matches and storylines on any given night; but these decisions have to be weaved into a larger, more complex web of interconnected stories, and narratives that define wwe programming.

Because of that complexity, bookers sometimes make mistakes.

In the past, even the greatest pro-wrestling bookers make terrible decisions that have cost them dearly. From changing the company’s direction too radically, to pushing the wrong person, to refusing to adapt to change, wrestling history is filled with notable mistakes.

But there are also numerous success stories. On some occasions, a pro-wrestling booker made such a great decision that they reaped the rewards for years to come.

The bookers of tomorrow should look at the decisions of yesterday to figure out, how to become more successful; and which will benefits the bookers and their companies TREMENDOUSLY.

Wrestling Booking: TSJ Writer’s Input…

RAW Universal Championship Picture:

  1. The Miz (Top Heel)
  2. Braun Strowman (Top Face)
  3. Samoa Joe ( Like Stone Cold and Taz in their prime days, don’t care beats all)
  4. Brock Lesnar (part-timer but still a huge draw)
  5. Bray Wyatt (Top Heel)
  6. Matt Hardy (Broken Matt or Woken Matt) (HIMSELF)
  7. Roman Reigns (no matter what wwe is going to put him in it, not my choice til he turns heel)
  8. John Cean (Free Agent and a Part Timer)

I only recommend they build around from 1 to 6.

RAW Intercontinental Championship Picture:

  1. Finn Balor (most suitable right now though many will argue with me)
  2. Big Cass
  3. Jason Jordan
  4. Curtis Axel
  5. Elias
  6. Bo Dallas
  7. Goldust
  8. Rhyno

RAW Tag Team Championship Picture:

  1. The Club (Anderson & Gallows)
  2. Cesaro & Sheamus
  3. Seth & Dean
  4. The Revival
  5. The Titus Brand (Apollo Crews, Titus and returning Darren Young).

SDLive Heavyweight Championship Picture:

  1. AJ Styles (Top Face)
  2. Bobby Roode (Top Heel)
  3. Kevin Owens (Top Heel)
  4. Shinsuke Nakamura (Top Face)
  5. Rusev (Top Heel)
  6. Dolph Ziggler
  7. Randy Orton
  8. Chris Jericho (Part Timer)
  9. Baron Corbin (he needs to be like the time he debuts in NXT, and change back to old theme)

I focus on 1 to 6 because they are going bring great WRESTLING matches.

SDLive US Championship Picture:

  1. Sami Zayn
  2. Tye Dillinger
  3. Mike Kanellis (change his charater)
  4. Mojo Rawley (Heel turn)
  5. Big E
  6. Jinder Mahal
  7. Zack Ryder

SDLive Tag Team Championship Picture:

  1. The Fashion Police
  2. The Usos
  3. The New Day
  4. Rowan & Harper (praying better repackaging)
  5. Benjamin & Gable
Wrestling Booking: Tag Team Titles.

When u look at RAW & SDLive tag teams division (who are over with the fans), there aren’t many superstars in each brand. So I personally dont think that giving both brands the belts each is necessary.

What they can do is; just bring back the Classic Tag Titles, and  make it one tag team belts for both brands to compete.

The two brands can fight for it at every PPV; to get it in their brand every month. It will bring back honor to the Belts. Same goes to the Women’s Division, which needs a tag team championship belts, and that kinda stipulation.

What You Guys Think?

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