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#41 JaymeFuture

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 08:20 AM



Brutus Beefcake Vs. Bad News Brown

I couldn't give a fuck about this match, I'm just aware you need both guys on the show and I like the contrast between the two.


You're putting "The Barber" against a bald guy? C'mon.



Perhaps. Maybe Beefcake feels people like Bad News that shave their head take money out of barber's pockets and vows to shave his beard for revenge or something ¬_¬

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 03:13 PM

The PTBN series about re-booking WM cards without reusing a match from the actual show has been stuck in my craw for a while, so even though this is wildly untimely at this point, I'm going to do a few. One change, though: they had the rule that you had to keep the champs as they were (and I generally will), but could change the Rumble winner, but if I can change the Rumble winner, I should also be able to change any title matches from a PPV between RR & WM. Free TV changes will stay, but the BIGGEST STOPS ON THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA count as WrestleMania. Will keep all celebrities involved in a match as well. Working backwards...


WrestleMania 31

1) Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: won by Mark Henry last eliminating Hideo Itami.

2) 2/3 falls match: Goldust/Damien Mizdow vs. The Miz/Stardust.

3) WWE Tag Team Championship: Cesaro/Tyson Kidd © vs. Mark Henry/Hideo Itami vs. Kofi Kingston/Big E. Langston vs. Ryback/Dolph Ziggler.

4) Falls count anywhere: Luke Harper vs. Bray Wyatt.

5) WWE Divas Championship: Nikki Bella © vs. Charlotte vs. Paige.

6) John Cena/Randy Orton vs. Sting/The Undertaker.

7) WWE United States Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Rusev ©.

8) WWE Intercontinental Championship ("I Quit" cage match): Dean Ambrose © vs. Seth Rollins.

9) No disqualification: AJ Lee vs. Stephanie McMahon.

10) WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar © vs, Roman Reigns.


1) Excluding Henry/Itami, nobody else in the battle royal is on the rest of the card giving it a different composition from the real one. My "company man" (in terms of who's debased themselves more for the enjoyment of Vince) ranking goes Kane/Henry/Show, and I like Henry more than Kane so he gets the "lifetime achievement award" win.

2) These storylines both stalled out, unfortunately, so this is my best solution. It's easy to combine them because they had similar themes. 2/3 ensures enough time for meaningful interaction between the two original feud partners and they can do a better job repackaging Cody/Sandow post-WM than in reality.

3) Hate to squeeze out the Usos but Jey was already hurt and I wanted to keep the "cruiser/bruiser" theme going. Originally booked as a four-way until the Usos are ruled out earlier in the day, they get to pick their replacements, so they go to Henry and ask him to pick his own partner and he picks Itami. Not anything that would need to go anywhere further than that, but it'd be a nice moment.

4) Wouldn't have to be a blowoff as much as just two dudes with history having a good brawl. They can reform the Family later, it doesn't matter.

5) Flairs gonna flair.

6) Okay, so, I don't really like Sting-'Taker as a dream match. The dynamics of it are weird, especially at WM. We got a "dream match" that wasn't really a dream match in reality, so I'm just going to have a better not-dream match that's a lot more interesting, at least. Cena doesn't have anything much to do without the Rusev feud, and Orton-Rollins didn't need to be a Mania match. Orton comes back in January and gets into what becomes a four-way at the Rumble (because I don't care enough about that match that I don't mind changing it) and the Orton-Rollins blowoff is at Fastlane. This is the Authority going amok and pitting their enemies against each other. It's face-face and just a generational battle. Old guys go over because duh.

7) So Daniel Bryan might need something to do, right? Well, here we go. It can be America vs. Russia, but America from the perspective of its most common man who can do the most uncommon of things. The son of a log-scaler. It's a completely fresh match that writes itself.

8) Ambrose beats Barrett at Fastlane (as Loss said, I believe, it was pretty clear in January that the IC title win at WM was Ambrose's until they realized that they'd need to give DB something to do) to take the IC title, and Rollins is just too petty to let him have it. The gimmick makes up for the failures of the HIAC match that I can't undo, and it's just two guys who have no regard for their physical well-being trapped in a cage together trying to kill each other. You can't beat Magnum-Tully, and I wouldn't even try. That was about personal hatred and masculinity fought between two guys who just hated each other. This is about betrayal and brotherhood and catharsis (and it's an "I Quit" because being able to have the mic to scream at each other enhances the personal drama, any referencing of one of the greatest matches in wrestling history is just a reference). Just two turntables and a microphone, no referee to stop the match in the unlikely event that someone might bleed.

9) If I have to have an overbooked clusterfuck where all of the build is centered on shoot aspects that desperately tries to skirt actually talking about them featuring an Authority member, I'm going to take Stephanie every day. Instead of alter kaker DX vs. alter kaker nWo, we can have the sad Authority cuckolds brawl with the many on-screen loves of April Mendez and Ronda Rousey whomping Triple H in a situation that actually matters.

10) The match that we actually saw wasn't officially Lesnar-Reigns; it was Lesnar-Reigns-Rollins. I'd like to see how that Lesnar-Reigns story might have actually ended.

#43 JaymeFuture

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 03:22 AM

Never did post Mania 11 thoughts. Well, what the hell. This is being booked on the assumption that I have inherited the situation as it was at the start of 1995, with the roster as it was in March.


WrestleMania XI


WWF Title
Diesel © Vs. Shawn Michaels w/Sid

This is the only match on the card I'd keep the same.

If Diesel is champion, the only ready made big match challenger he has is Shawn Michaels, which poses a problem because 1) the dynamic of the feud was bad with Shawn as the undersized and overmatched heel challenger, and 2) the match itself didn't work out as a result. I think this has to be more of a grudge match than it was, in the vain of Taker/Shawn at Ground Zero. I'd have Shawn and Sid beat the living hell out of Diesel with a steel chair in the run-up, and the idea that after all the superkicks, the spotlight hogging, and the assisted beatdowns, Diesel is finally going to get Shawn one-on-one. In the real world, they tried to position them as equals, which was a big mistake. Since they'd paid the cash to get Pamela Anderson, I guess use her here in the same way they did, but she has to be supplemental to the revenge story.

Same outcome, if you're going with Diesel as champ in the first place, he had to win here.

Winner: Diesel

Bret Hart Vs. Lex Luger

Lex turns heel at the Royal Rumble, costing Bret the WWF Title. The bitter, obnoxious Luger starts to show himself in his post-match explanation - last year at the Rumble, the Lex Express hit a Pink and Black brick wall, and the fans chose Bret over him when they tied at the finish. He dropped his Narcissistic way to represent his country, and they spat in his face when he needed them.

As much as it pissed him off, he swallowed the bitter pill to be the nice guy. Hell, he even raised Bret's hand at Mania X. Then as soon as Bret lost the belt, he immediately was given a chance to get it back against Diesel, while Lex was never given a title shot by Bret after he got blatantly screwed at Summerslam 93 and Mania X. Luger is an angry, bitter heel in the build to this match, desperate to prove he is better than the Hitman. And in the cheapest, most gutless fashion, he wins, which marks a turn in the character to super obnoxious, holier than thou self-entitled dickhead Luger a la 1989 Total Package, because he "proved" he was right after all. This can continue with Luger either going after Diesel, or continuing the Bret feud all the way through to Summerslam, where the Hitman gets the win.

Bret can "get his win back" over Backlund on one of the In Your House Pay-Per-Views if its actually needed.

Winner: Lex Luger

Lawrence Taylor/Razor Ramon Vs. Jerry Lawler/Jeff Jarrett w/Roadie

Jerry Lawler was perfect for the LT program. He wasn't the most credible guy after the Doink feud, so he really had nothing to lose. He was that perfect heel to antagonise the celebrity and incorporate some of the Kaufman elements again (hell, could even reference Lawler's past fending off outsiders), and his promo work could have made this a bigger deal than it was.

As evidenced by Bigelow, nobody that worked opposite Taylor was going to come out better for it, so I think LT works better in a tag format where his partner gets the shine of being next to him in all the pubicity and promos, a la Hogan and Mr. T. And Razor in 1995 would have benefitted from some celebrity shine to avoid the midcard typecasting a little bit.

I'd keep Razor as IC Champion at the Rumble, but continue the Jarrett/Roadie feud going. Lawler gets eliminated by Doink or the 1-2-3 Kid in the Royal Rumble, and gets the shove on LT for laughing at him. Lawler, Jarrett and Roadie as a heel trio has big potential as their paths cross leading up to the match, the Memphis-style stooging and verbal prodding is ideal for this scenario, and Lawler gets to complain forever about the loss and doesn't get killed off the way Bigelow did.

Winners: Razor and LT

Undertaker Vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

Because lets face it, King Kong Bundy sucked balls. They'd need to do some serious work near the end of 94 and in the beginning of 95 to heat up Bigelow because he'd been treading water in the middle for a while, but this has a lot of potential. There was a standard formula for Taker feuds at the time - bad guy steals the urn, Taker beats him and gets it back.

I'd go a little more hardcore here and have Bigelow beat the shit out of Paul Bearer, giving him three headbutts off the top rope while Taker is restrained or incapacitated by the rest of the Million Dollar Corporation. A Bearer-less Taker goes it alone, until Paul returns just in time at the finish, urn in hand, encouraging Taker to victory.

Winner: Undertaker

Yokozuna Vs. Davey Boy Smith

Was contemplating going with Owen Vs. Davey for a good match and strong win for Owen, but two reasons why I'll go with booking logic over a good match - number one, Yokozuna did barely anything for 1995, as his team with Owen didn't produce a lot of good anyway, and number two, given the big problem in 1995 with a lack of credible heels for Diesel, Yoko is good for one PPV defense at least. Again, they went with Sid and Mabel, people. I'd maybe change Yoko's look up slightly in his big return, make him a bit darker after losing the Casket Match, and give an impressive win over Davey Boy here, a strong midcard face, to help put some steam back on him after he'd been phased down a bit after losing the title in 94.

Winner: Yokozuna

WWF Tag Team Titles
Smoking Gunns © Vs. Owen Hart/Bob Backlund

Owen Vs. Davey left me with a Backlund/Yoko team, which is kind of funny in an absurd way, but the matches would be awful, because both Yoko and Backlund needed help for a team to work. Owen and Backlund have the Bret connection from Survivor Series, and I see them being a potential good act together, with Bob as the crazy hyper-intelligent type, with Owen's cocky heel shtick beside it. Gunns lose the belts, and hopefully this team can elevate the belts a bit.

Winners: Owen & Backlund

1-2-3 Kid Vs. Hakushi

This replaces Owen Vs. Davey as the hot action match on the undercard, serves to give Hakushi his first win on a big stage, and sets him up for some good stuff throughout the Summer.

Winner: Hakushi

Heavenly Bodies/Tatanka/IRS Vs. Headshrinkers/Adam Bomb/Bob Holly

The traditional "lets get a bunch of guys on the card" match, just a fun and quick way to open the show, babyfaces get the win.

Winners: Headshrinkers/Car Bombs ¬_¬

Final Thoughts:

Overall, not only do I think this is significantly better than what we got, but it's very plausible that they could have gone this direction just as easily. One of the major problems coming out of the real show was that there were absolutely no heels worth a fuck afterwards, as the babyfaces smoked through them all in the key matches. Here we elevate Razor as a babyface, get some awesome promos with Jerry Lawler, give Bret a hot issue which he sorely needed since he spent his 1995 in the midcard, create a hot new heel in Lex Luger, we give Yoko some heat, we don't eviscerate Bigelow, Taker gets a notch on his belt and MUCH needed good match, the tag titles are set up nicely on an important team, Hakushi heads into the Spring with some steam, and the Diesel/Michaels story gets its blowoff.

And more importantly, no Harris Twins or King Kong Bundy.

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 01:55 AM

Some great cards on here, I'll try WrestleMania 11,


Diesel vs Shawn Michaels- World Title


Razor Ramon/Lawrence Taylor vs Jerry Lawler/Jeff Jarrett


Undertaker vs Roddy Piper


Bret Hart vs Bob Backlund- Steel Cage


Smoking Gunns vs Yokozuna/Hakushi- Tag Title


Owen Hart vs British Bulldog


Lex Luger vs Bam Bam Bigelow


123 Kid/Bob Holly vs Heavenly Bodies


Sid wins Battle Royal





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Posted 14 March 2017 - 03:15 PM

After rewatching some old wrestlemanias on the network, I'd thought I'd have another crack at some rebooking. I've tried to keep things as realistic as possible, whilst reducing the number of matches and cutting out the bloat.

Wrestlemania 5
Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage (WWF Championship)

Ultimate Warrior vs Rick Rude (IC Championship)
Rude wins, just as he did.

Demolition vs Powers of Pain (Tag Team Championship)
Straight tag here, Demos win.

Jake Roberts vs Andre the Giant
No reason to change this.

Greg Valentine vs Ronnie Garvin
They fight to a double count out to progress their angle.

Twin Towers vs The Rockers
Showcase win for the Towers.

Ted Dibiase vs Brutus Beefcake
Dibiase wins by count out when Virgil prevents Beefcake from getting back into the ring.

Mr Perfect vs Bret Hart
Bret plugged in here rather than Owen.

Brain Busters vs Strike Force
Busters win after Martel walks out on Santana.

9 match card here rather than 14. Perfect gets a nice showcase win, both the Busters and the Towers are set up as challengers for Demolition. Garvin/Valentine is progressed too. Maybe a little heel heavy in terms of victories for the time, but I still think this is a tighter card than the real thing was.

Wrestlemania 6
Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior (Champion vs Champion)

Demolition vs Colossal Connection (Tag Team Championship)
The Demos win and Andre turns face, just as he did.

Ted Dibiase vs Jake Roberts
Dibiase wins with his feet on the ropes, but Roberts gets his heat back by DDTing Virgil after the match.

Tito Santana vs Rick Martel
Martel wins by count out after spraying Santana with Arrogance.

Randy Savage vs Dusty Rhodes (with Miss Elizabeth)
Dusty wins after Elizabeth prevents Sherri from interfering.

Earthquake vs Jim Duggan
A quick showcase win for Quake over Duggan, who was a bigger name than Hercules.

Rick Rude vs Roddy Piper
Ideally I'd have Rude win, but taking into account Pipers reluctance to job clean back in the day, a DQ or count out win will have to do.

Mr Perfect vs Brutus Beefcake
This match was set up at the Rumble that year, and with a lack of alternative options available, I've gone with it, but I'd reverse the result. Perfect wins (after the Genius distracts Beefcake) to set up a strong IC title push.

The Hart Foundation vs The Rockers
The Harts win to become number one contenders for the tag titles at Summerslam, leading to the Demos heel turn.

Big Boss Man vs Akeem
Boss Man squashes Akeem

Going with a 10 match card and cutting out a lot of the rubbish. I think I've turned out a pretty balanced card here. Whilst some of the finishes are screwy, Rude, Dibiase, Perfect and Earthquake all get wins to set them up for pushes into the summer. Boss Man gets a showcase, and Dusty gets the feel good win over Savage without all of the Sapphire involvement. I was concerned about booking two count out heel wins at first, but the real Mania 6 had two countouts AND a double count out so at least I've bettered that! The Rockers and The Harts being put together is a much better use of them than what did actually happen too.

Wrestlemania 7
Hulk Hogan vs Sgt Slaughter (Bootcamp Match, WWF Championship)
I'd transport the MSG Desert Storm match in here, Hogan wins the match and the 'war' and ends the Gulf War angle here.

Ultimate Warrior vs Randy Savage (Career Match)
Absolutely no reason to change this.

Legion of Doom vs Nasty Boys (Tag Team Championship)
in my 1991 booking, the Nasty Boys win the tag team titles from the Hart Foundation at the Royal Rumble, then the LOD beat the Nasties at Mania for the belts. Basically, things would play out the same way they did, just brought forward.

Mr Perfect vs The Big Boss Man (IC Championship, if Boss Man wins he gets five minutes with Bobby Heenan)
Boss Man wins by disqualification, Perfect keeps the title, but Heenan gets his comeuppance to blow off the Boss Man/Heenan family rivalry.

Ted Dibiase vs Virgil (with Roddy Piper)
Virgil wins by count out after Dibiase takes a powder. Sets up Summerslam 1991.

Jake Roberts vs Rick Martel (Blindfold Match)
Jake wins, and it plays out just as it did, no reason to change things here.

Bret Hart vs Haku
Short showcase match for Bret to set him up as a future IC Title contender.

British Bulldog vs Warlord
Bulldog wins, just as he did.

Undertaker vs Texas Tornado
Showcase win for Taker against a name. Tornado was higher on the card than Snuka at the time, and would be a more impressive win on paper.

Rockers vs Power and Glory
The Rockers vs Hercules/Roma match would position the Rockers for a tag title shot at Summerslam 1991, where they then begin their breakup angle after losing to LOD.

I've gone for a 10 match card again and trimmed a lot of the fat. I'm actually quite pleased how this card turned out. The matches are all logical, faces primarily go over (as was the norm at the time), but Taker is set up for the future with a strong showcase victory, and other angles are started and/or progressed and the Hogan /Slaughter, Roberts/Martel, Boss Man/Heenan, and Savage/Warrior feuds are finished up nicely.

Might come back in to do 8,9 and 10 later.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 05:11 PM

I got bored and the girlfriend went to bed, so here's 8,9,10 and 11

Wrestlemania 8

Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair
Flair wins by DQ after Perfect interferes, return of the Warrior then takes place here. Basically the planned Hogan/Justice finish.

Randy Savage vs Jake Roberts (Cage Match)
Savage wins here.

Undertaker vs Sid Justice
Taker wins.

Bret Hart vs Roddy Piper (IC Title)

Natural Disasters vs Money Inc (Tag Titles)
Both as happened in reality

Legion of Doom and Big Boss Man vs Mountie and Nasty Boys
Win for LOD/Boss Man.

Rick Martel vs Tatanka
Tatanka wins.

British Bulldog vs Berzerker
Bulldog goes over.

Shawn Michaels vs Tito Santana
No reason to change this.

A 9 match card as opposed to 10 matches, with some slight changes in personnel. I toyed with an LOD/Disasters vs Money Inc/Nasties match, but instead went with the tag title match and a six man tag to pad out the card. Bulldog/Berzerker is added, showcasing Bulldog for a push to the IC title. Savage/Roberts should have been blown off at a PPV, and Hogan/Flair not being at mania was criminal. Michaels and Bulldog are readied for IC Title pushes with wins. Apart from that, not much is set up for the future with Hogan, Sid and Jake all leaving after the show, so all do the favour here (albeit Hogan losing by DQ). Difficult show to book in truth due to lack of depth and the exodus of main eventers going forward.

Wrestlemania 9

Bret Hart vs Randy Savage (WWF Championship)
Bret wins in a face vs face match, handshake and endorsement from Savage in the end

Money Inc. vs Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake
Money Inc win by DQ

Undertaker vs Bam Bam Bigelow
Undertaker wins

Mr Perfect vs Lex Luger
No reason to change this

Shawn Michaels vs Marty Jannnetty
Michaels retains in screwy fashion

Yokozuna vs Jim Duggan
Yokozuna crushes Duggan

Steiners vs Headshrinkers
Steiners win to heat them up for their tag title push

Razor Ramon vs Crush
Razor wins

Doink vs Bob Backlund
Doink goes over using double Doinks to confuse Backlund

A show very heel heavy in wins, but the babyface roster was appalling in early 1993. Razor, Doink, Luger, Michaels and Yokozuna are all heated up with wins, and Bret is cemented as the top guy after beating Savage clean. I didn't include the Hogan/Yokozuna deal for obvious reasons. I was running out of viable babyfaces to book when it came down to the Razor and Doink matches.

Wrestlemania 10

Owen Hart vs Bret Hart

Lex Luger vs Yokozuna (WWF Championship)

Bret Hart vs Yokozuna (WWF Championship)

Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon (IC Title ladder match)

Randy Savage vs Crush (Falls count anywhere match)

123 Kid vs Diesel

Steiners vs Quebecers (Tag Titles)
Quebecers win by DQ

Alundra Blayze vs Luna Vachon (Women's title)
Blayze retains.

Bam Bam Bigelow vs Doink
Doink throws water over Lawler at ringside, leading to Lawler interfering and assisting Bam Bam to win.

Not a lot changed here, Bam Bam vs Doink becomes a straight singles match with Luna facing Alundra Blayze for the women's title. Diesel beats the Kid to begin his IC title push, and as the Steiners were still under contract, they are plugged into the tag title match instead of MOM.

Wrestlemania 11

Diesel vs Shawn Michaels (WWF Championship)
Diesel wins

Owen Hart and Bob Backlund vs Smoking Gunns (Tag Team Title)
Owen and Backlund win the tag titles

Bret Hart and Lawrence Taylor vs Jerry Lawler and Hakushi
LT pins Lawler

Razor Ramon and 123 Kid vs Jeff Jarrett and the Roadie
Razor and Kid win

Undertaker vs Sid
Taker wins

Lex Luger and British Bulldog vs Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow
Allied Powers go over after miscommunication between Bigelow and Tatanka causes Bigelow to be pinned

Wrestlemania 11 was only a 7 match card in reality so I've only dropped one match, but I think I've improved the show as a whole, although it probably wouldn't have done well at the box office. It's very tag heavy, but the roster is at its absolute weakest, so booking singles matches that are Mania worthy is a challenge. Luger continues his feud with the corporation with Bulldog as his partner. Kid and Roadie are added to the Ramon/Jarrett match, I could have made it a single to pad out the card, but I don't think that would have been mania worthy. Bret as the biggest star of the company would be unveiled as LTs partner after Taylor and Lawler get into it at the Rumble, plus Lawler and Hakushi had a loose association around that time. I could have gone with Taker/Yoko, but wanted to give Taker a fresh opponent. Owen and Backlund were associated at the time, so I put them together in the tag title match and left Yoko off the card.

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 10:46 PM

With WrestleMania on my mind I'm in the mood for some rebooking. I'm going back and rebooking the original WrestleMania.


Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka and Mr. T vs Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff and Cowboy Bob Orton- I really think a 6 man tag would of worked better. Same ending


Andre the Giant and Junkyard Dog vs Big John Studd and Ken Patera- great main event tag anywhere in the world. JYD head butts Patera for the win then Andre slams Studd.


Greg Valentine ©  vs Tito Santana- IC Title Bout- Awesome match, Santana wins by DQ so the feud can continue.


Bruno Sammartino vs Iron Shiek- Shiek injures David Sammartino badly with chair shots then the camel clutch during a TV main event match. Bruno wants revenge. This would of tore down the Garden. Bruno goes way over.


Barry Windham/Mike Rotunda © vs Buddy Rose/Matt Borne- Tag Title Bout- I build up Rose and Borne as a team. They were both great workers in Portland and this could of been a pretty good match up. Champs retain.


Lelani Kai w/Moolah © vs Wendi Richter w/Cyndi Lauper- Woman's Title Bout. Same ending


Tony Atlas/Ivan Putski vs Magnificent Muraco/Jim Neidhart- Muraco gets the pin on Putski, keeping him strong for his up coming matches against Hogan.


King Kong Bundy vs Tony Garea- Same record time but against a former 5 time tag champ.


Ricky Steamboat vs Moondog Rex- Showcase for Steamboat


Brutus Beefcake vs S.D. Jones- I think S.D. would of done a great job getting Beefcake over here.





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