JvK books WWF in 1983
Posted 02 February 2015 - 10:40 PM
Here's the scenario ...
So what has old Vince Sr. left us?
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.
There will be no more than six pushed acts at any given time:
Number 1 contender
Number 1 contender for IC belt
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted 03 February 2015 - 06:41 AM
Anyone else having issues with the photos loading?
I am pretty psyched to read this as well
Posted 03 February 2015 - 12:54 PM
How fast can Parv get the straps off the Strongbows?
Is it the first match of the first card?
Posted 03 February 2015 - 07:16 PM
Afa - will use to put over the new champs in the short term, long term I want the Samoans gone.
Alexis Smirnoff - Him and Ivan Koloff have just come off a run tagging in Georgia, but I think I have more use for Ivan as a singles guy. I might keep him around for a month or so to take pins if I need a heel tagteam. Likely to be cut.
Andre - his main use will be to trade with other promoters so I can have a revolving door of top talent to challenge for titles.
Arnold Skaaland - completely useless guy who I have no use for, but I'm worried firing him will get heat with Vince or Vince Sr. He can do what he did in real life, manage Backlund but not actually do anything.
Baron Mikel Scicluna - he's retired and is working as a road agent. I might get him to put the tights back on one or two times as a JTTS.
Big John Studd - no long term plans. He can put a few faces over on his way out.
Bob Backlund - Secretly, I want him gone, but I need to get a replacement as champ in -- but big stars don't grow on trees and such a replacement will need some building up. Backlund has very good in-ring skills and is over in the core towns. Will do for now.
Bob Bradley - heel pure jobber
B. Brian Blair - face JTTS
Bruno Sammartino - currently working as a road agent, but his overness means I will almost certainly be getting him to work as a special attraction when Andre is not around.
Buddy Rogers - has a contract in which he can only work as a manager. Sorry HHH, I have no real use for him. Maybe a Rogers vs. Bruno rematch if his contract will allow it. He is 60 though. Currently managing Jimmy Snuka.
Butcher Vachon - heel JTTS
Charlie Fulton - heel pure jobber
Chief Jay Strongbow - as soon as he's lost the tag titles, face JTTS
Curt Hennig - he's only 24, but I might use him in the newly pushed tag team. Will have to see who else I can get.
Dan Davis - cut
Dave Hebner - ref at Boston Garden
David Sammartino - kept around only not to piss off Bruno, will not be part of the regular crew. Lanny Poffo in WCW treatment.
Dick Kroll - ref at MSG
Dick Woehrle - ref at Spectrum and for TV tapings
Don Muraco - short-term he can challenge Pedro for the IC title, but long-term I want him gone.
Eddie Gilbert - face JTTS
Frankie Williams - face pure jobber
Freddie Blassie - manager, possibly will host or co-host talk show segment
George Scott - will keep him on as a road agent
George Steele - I have no use for Steele at all. He can put Andre over in a few comedy matches and then get gone
Gorilla Monsoon - announcer on the B-show
Howard Finkel - ring announer
Invader #1 - weird that he's on the roster. Heel JTTS. Can tag with Bob Bradley if required.
Iron Mike Sharpe - heel JTTS
Israel Maria - heel pure jobber
Ivan Koloff - can have shots at MSG and Philly against Backlund. Possibly also against Pedro at IC level. But Ivan is 40 here. I MIGHT stick him in a tag team with Iron Sheik and put the straps on them as a much better version of the Volkoff / Sheik pairing. Blassie will manage.
Ivan Putski - no real use for him at this point. Face JTTS, if he performs badly: fired.
Jimmy Snuka - He's as over as Backlund, but I'm not sure if he needs the belt. I have to do something with Snuka.
Joey Marella - second string ref for undercard matches. Mainly kept around to appease Gorilla.
Johnny Rivera - will mainly be used on heel tagteam JTTS duty paired with Jose Luis.
Johnny Rodz - heel JTTS
Jose Luis Rivera - paired with Johnny as heel JTTS team
Jules Strongbow - fired as soon as he's dropped the tag belt, will have him kayfabe injured in the match
Lord Alfred Hayes - interview duty
Lou Albano - strong contender to host the talk show segment. Currently managing Samoans.
Masked Superstar - placeholder challenger for Backlund, but "without storyline"
Mil Mascaras - third string "special attraction" behind Andre and Snuka. No actually very over and will let his contract expire.
Mr Fuji - currently tagging with Tiger Chung Lee. Will keep him there at the moment as stopgap heel challengers "without storyline".
Pat Patterson - since Ray Stevens is on the roster, I am considering a "one last run" angle for the two of them as the legendary Blonde Bombers. Need to see how the whole roster is looking before I decide on whether it should be as faces or heels.
Pedro Morales - very stale act at this point and needs to go. But don't see any natural candidates to take the IC belt from him on the roster. Top priority to bring in a technical heel who can take it from him.
Ray Stevens - see Patterson.
Rene Goulet - heel JTTS
Rocky Johnson - will be in the tag mix with Tony Atlas, but I don't see them as long-term solutions. Possible plan is to have these win the straps at Royal Rumble and then drop them to Patterson and Stevens at Wrestlemania. However, I think a better way round might be for Patterson and Stevens to go over the Strongbows at the Rumble and then have Johnson and Atlas get the big win at Mania. Let's see...
SD Jones - face JTTS
Sika - see Afa
Superstar Billy Graham - of zero use to me in the ring, but he's over ... THAT'S IT!! He can present the talk show segment! I just need to come up with a name for it. Suggestions on a postcard please. "Superstar's Supershow"? Something better than that.
Swede Hanson - immediate release, cut.
The Grand Wizard of Wrestling - currently managing Don Muraco.
The Iron Sheik - looking more likely I'll pair him with Ivan Koloff for a tag run. But Backlund also needs challengers and if I'm running with this Patterson and Stevens angle -- maybe Sheik and Koloff don't challenge for the Atlas and Johnson's straps until Summerslam.
Tiger Conway Jr. - face JTTS
Tiger Chung Lee - for now tagging with Fuji, long-term: cut.
Tito Santana - no plans for at the moment, IC-level guy "without a storyline"
Tony Atlas - see Rocky Johnson
Tony Garea - already transitioning to be a road agent, he can work as a face JTTS in the tag division
Vince McMahon - Main commentator
Vince McMahon Sr - Senior will take the Jack Tunney role as a the President of the Company. But in the tradition of Willie Ginzenberg, he'll very seldom actually appear on air
Posted 03 February 2015 - 07:47 PM
1. How many hobbies do you have?
2.How quick will it be to when you get Rick Martel and push him to the moon?
3. What happens when Bruno only wants to be programmed in tags with his son?
Posted 03 February 2015 - 08:10 PM
Since I will be booking to my formula, the jobbers and JTTS will be on a set rota.
Every week has more or less 3 shows. I'm moving monthly MSG shows to Saturdays week 1, Philly on Saturdays week 2, Boston on Saturdays week 3, often there will be a Supercard or other House Show on Saturdays in week 4. Challenge and All-Star will also both be taped on Saturdays -- and likely in the same venue as the House Show. This will cut down on costs. In fact, I've moved all live shows to Saturdays apart from Wrestlemania, which will be the only Sunday event of the year. So the schedule now looks like this:
This means that every Saturday there will be three separate shows in the same building: the All-Star taping, the Challenge taping and the House Show.
All-Star and Challenge will have exactly the same structure according to the formula.
Every TV show therefore requires:
Every House Show requires (at minimum):
10 stars (assuming Special attraction is a 1 vs 1)
This means that in any given week, 6 JTTS will be involved. The pattern will be as follows:
All-Star Week 1
1. Face JTTS 1 over heel jobber
2. [star showcase]
3. Heel star over Face JTTS 2
Challenge Week 1
1. Heel JTTS 1 over face jobber
2. [star showcase]
3. Face star over Heel JTTS 2
House Show Week 1
1. Face JTTS 1 over heel jobber
2. Heel star over face JTTS 3
Note that in this example week, Face JTTS 1 has had two victories. This sets him up for job duty next week, and by the same token face JTTSs 2 and 3 get built back up over the next couple of weeks. Like so:
All-Star Week 2
1. Face JTTS 2 over heel jobber
2. [star showcase]
3. Heel star over Face JTTS 1
Challenge Week 2
1. Heel JTTS 2 over face jobber
2. [star showcase]
3. Face star over heel JTTS 3
House Show Week 2
1. Heel JTTS 1 over face jobber
2. Face star over heel JTTS 3
All-Star Week 3
1. Face JTTS 3 over heel jobber
2. [star showcase]
3. Heel star over Face JTTS 2
Challenge Week 3
1. Heel JTTS 3 over face jobber
2. [star showcase]
3. Face star over heel JTTS 1
House Show Week 3
1. Face JTTS 2 over face jobber
2. Heel star over face JTTS 1
In essence the face JTTS crew work All-Star and odd-numbered House shows, the heel JTTS crew work Challenge and the even-numbered House shows.
Because of this booking pattern, exactly WHO these six are is important. Need three solid JTTS guys on either side to form the core crew.
I will make this initial selection now. If any of them start failing, I can scout for other talent.
Face JTTS crew:
Face JTTS 1 = SD Jones
Face JTTS 2 = Brian Blair
Face JJTS 3 = Eddie Gilbert -- will see how he does, this might be Strongbow's slot after he drops the tag strap
Heel JTTS crew:
Heel JTTS 1 = Johnny Rodz
Heel JTTS 2 = Butcher Vachon
Heel JTTS 3 = Rene Goulet
The heel side is looking a bit stronger than the face side, so I may replace Blair. Let's see how he does though.
This means that the remaining JTTS on the roster will all work tags:
Bob Bradley and Invader #1
Johnny Riveria and Jose Luis Riveria
Iron Mike Sharpe and Alexis Smirnoff (??)
Tiger Conway Jr and Tony Garea
Hmmmmm, at least half of these eight guys are looking for the chop. Yes, I think: Tiger Conway Jr, Alexis Smirnoff, Bob Bradley and Invader #1 ...
No use for those four guys. Not when I have Fuji/Lee and the Samoans around.
For the time being Garea can tag with Hennig as a face JTTS team. The Riveras can handle the heel JTTS side of things.
Iron Mike Sharpe looks like the odd man out, but I am not a fan of Butcher Vachon and may end up giving that slot to Sharpe. For the time being though ... he'll be on pure jobber duty.
This leaves my pure jobbers as:
Charlie Fulton (face)
Frankie Williams (face)
Iron Mike Sharpe (heel)
Israel Matia (heel)
I'm not familiar with Matia but don't like the idea of him taking up a valuable place on this roster. I am going to see if I can get Mike Jackson to come in. He's currently unemployed.
I've made him an offer.
If he accepts. Matia is history and Fulton can work as the other heel jobber.
Posted 03 February 2015 - 08:54 PM
I don't really want to be sharing wrestlers with other promotions and wherever possible will be tying up exclusive contracts and eventually written deals. The midcard is looking a bit thin, so I want to see who I can pick up on the cheap by seeing who is currently out of work.
Let's see what notable names are about ...
Dominic Denucci - although Titans legend Dom has just retired, it wouldn't take much for him to don the tights again. I've made him an offer. He's asked for a reduced schedule because of his declining health. Oh look who approves of the idea ...
I've got to find a role for him. I'm thinking opening match of Wrestlemania ... Dominic vs. The Baron for one last time! Made him an exclusive PPA over.
Earl Hebner - better ref than Dave. And the two Dicks aren't getting any younger. Made him an exclusive PPA over.
Doug Somers - hmmm, he has heel JTTS written all over him and I'm not overly keen on Rene Goulet. Made him an exclusive PPA over.
Gary Michael Capetta - but of course, who else is going to do the intros on the Philly cards? Made him an exclusive PPA over.
Haystacks Calhoun -- hmmmm, he's retired and at 48 is old but I'd like to see him in a special attraction, perhaps even tag him up with Andre. Made him an offer for THREE appearances.
Jerry Valiant - the tag ranks are looking alright, but Atlas and Johnson will need contenders, especially after I get rid of Tiger Chung Lee and the Samoans. For now I've just shortlisted Jerry -- Johnny V is also available but he's retired and I think injured -- but if I could theoretically get him to wrestle, they could come in and do a job, and know the territory well. Jerry can also transition into a JTTS slot if need be. Low priority acquisition.
Killer Kowolski - he's retired, but with a psychology rating of 95 looks like he'd be a terrific road agent, made him an offer to do just that. Also, I could always ask him to step in the ring if things get desperate!
Paul Boesch - hmm, he's 70 and I have a lot of road agents and George Scott is around. I won't bother him.
Roy Shire - as above, also Shire is a difficult personality and could cause trouble in the locker room.
Spiros Arion - hmmm, he's 46 now and retired, but he's over in the territory and could still work and he has had successful runs in the past. I think I'll try to bring him in as a short-term challenger for Backlund. Offered 3-month deal on light schedule.
Tor Kamata - another Titans legend, semi-retired. He might make a better partner for Mr. Fuji. Shortlisted, but holding off on offer for now.
Toru Tanaka - OR I could bring in Fuji's proper long-term 70s partner. He's 52 and is still fully active. I want to fire Tiger Chung Lee badly, so I've made Tanaka a 6-month offer to work tags with Fuji. He's on a reduced schedule because of his age.
And that's it.
Pretty slim pickings there. Beyond these guys it was very weak names. Guys like George Wells or Terry Orndorff. Sal Bellomo. No hopers.
The roster is feeling very old to me. It looks like I'm going to be forced to try to poach some talent from other promotions ...
EDIT: Oh, Arion, Tanaka and Calhoun all said they didn't want to come and feel the WWF are "too small". Really? Well fuck you then.
On top of that Vinnie Jr has spoken ...
Wow, ha ha ha, very nasty about David Sammartino -- well no worries boss, I have no plans for the punk kid. And I'd never hire a luchadore anyway! Does this mean I should fire Mil Mascaras?
RE-EDIT: Dominic, Capetta, Hebner, Kowolski, Mike Jackson, and Doug Somers have all signed though.
Somers takes Goulet's place as a heel JTTS and Goulet becomes a heel pure jobber.
Israel Matia - fired
Charlie Fulton - fired
Posted 03 February 2015 - 10:27 PM
After all of that, I have now completed my first week of booking. A fairly unremarkable week really. Just need to get these first few out of the way, until I can start bringing in the talent I really want to push.
This week's Challenge and All-Star were both the definition of "nothing" shows. I messed up my booking pattern by accidentally putting the star heel over on Challenge and the face over on All-Star. I also realised that firing Charlie Fulton has left me one jobber short. Rene Goulet was also working elsewhere tonight so Iron Mike Sharpe had a lot to do.
I noticed the logo for All-Star there says "All American". I think I'm going to change the name of the show to WWF Superstars. I prefer the idea of that being the A-Show. And AWA also have a show called All-Stars.
I ended up just sticking the Three Wise Men on Billy Graham's "Superstar's Supershow" on both TV shows. And looking at it I'm thinking I need an adjustment to the booking pattern:
Only Superstars will have the Superstar's Supershow -- it's a nice tie-in with the name and it's the "A show". Challenge will plug the gap by showing video packages and featuring at least one promo.
My first MSG card drew only 10,000 people.
I couldn't resist immediately putting a heel team over the Strongbows and have gone with my plan of Patterson and Stevens going on "one last run":
A little worrying that Patterson was tired after a 12 minute match. This run won't be very long.
I also tested out Mascaras in the special attraction slot and had him work a 2/3 falls "Lucha Libre Exhibition" with one of the Riverias. It was a disaster:
I am close to firing Mascaras. He is bringing no value at all. This is a real under performance.
Backlund actually did a good job carrying Afa to a decent match. Captain Lou did well on his promo. But this was a poor show.
My plans are still quite short term at this point. I'm running three stories:
1. Blassie pits various guys -- namely Koloff and Iron Sheik -- against Backlund. This is a Vince Sr. style placeholder feud till I figure out what to do about the world title. I will see who else I can bring in who might be managed by Blassie for one shots or two shots. Generally will look for foreigner types. But before then, Backlund will face Sika at the next Philly show.
2. Don Muraco tries to win the IC title back from Pedro. Yawn. But until I can get someone like Tully or DiBiase in, the IC title scene is going to be this.
3. Then there's this in the tag ranks:
The basic set-up will be that Patterson and Stevens don't think they are getting the respect they deserve as "legends", and also don't like the attitude that young punks like Tony Atlas have in this day and age.
They will cut a few "back in my day" type promos, which will have some subtle but inevitable racial undertones.
Atlas and Johnson will fire back with innuendos about Patterson and Stevens's sexuality.
I foresee a nasty brawl ending up with a bloody cage match.
EDIT: I've moved all events and tapings now to Monday night to avoid clashes with GCW who are annoyingly running all their shows on Saturday. At least this way, I won't have Ivan Koloff and Rene Goulet buggering off when I need them.
Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:46 AM
This is awesome, as somebody whose spent way too much with TEW as well. If you've got time, the folks over on the GDS forum (http://greydogsoftwa...splay.php?f=195) would probably eat it up.
As for Superstar's show, how about "The Sweet & The Sour w/ The Superstar?"
Posted 04 February 2015 - 08:53 PM
A lot more story this week, as I develop the Blonde Bombers vs. Atlas and Johnson feud. Billy Graham's talk show was given the week off to give it the space. It will be back in week 3.
This kickstarted the big feud as Patterson and Stevens come out to celebrate their title wins and given an interview to Lord Alfred.
Patterson: Well let me tell you something, your Lordship. Me and this man here. RAY STEVENS. Just two days ago at Madison Square Garden we showed the world that The Blonde Bombers are not only back, we're the new tag team champions.
Stevens: Chief Jay Strongbow and that nothing brother of his we no challenge for a team of our calibre. You know up and down the country, you ask anyone, "who are the best tag team who ever lived." You know what they'd say?
Lord Alfred: The Fabulous Kangeroos?
Patterson: What are you talking about Fabulous Kangeroos?! They'd say Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens! And you know it, you goof.
Stevens: Thirty years me and this man been the best tag-team in the world. Up and down the country from San Francisco to Chicago to New York. We're not only the best, we're the greatest team of all times!
Patterson: And I think we need to start getting some respect around here. That start's with you idiots here in the crowd! And Tony Atlas! And Rocky Johnson! These guys been in this great sport two minutes and they think they can win world titles. And you people, you idiots, you morons, CHEER that.
Stevens: Show us some respect!
Later in the show, Atlas and Johnson respond:
Lord Alfred: The World Tag Team Champions, Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson, had some coarse words for you earlier. How do you two gentlemen respond?
Johnson: Well let me tell you something Alfred, I seen these two guys back in Los Angeles and make no mistak, they can teach you a thing or two about tag-team wrestling. But who are they to say that me and Tony have no respect?
Atlas: All we've ever done is pay our dues in this business. It's a slap in the face when a guy like Pat Patterson or a guy like Ray Stevens can say that I have no respect. We respect all the competitors in the WWF, and we respect all of you fans who come here and pay good money to watch us in that ring.
Johnson: But I want to make it clear to Mr. Stevens and Mr. Patterson that respect don't mean a damn thing when it comes to me and Tony whooping their behinds for those tag titles. We are in this game to win championships, and ain't no one going to step in our way for that - not even the great Blonde Bombers they selves!
Atlas: Right on brother, right on.
This was a special show because it had a big angle after the third match.
Patterson and Stevens run in and attack Atlas beating him down. Stevens grabs the house mic as Patterson continues to beat on Atlas.
Stevens: What did we tell you, BOY, about showing us some respect? Well now old Pat here is going to show you the meaning of respect.
Patterson takes off his belt and wraps it around his fist.
Stevens: What did you think? That you could just walk in here. Into OUR ring. Into the Blonde Bombers' ring and act like you own the place? Wrong.
Patterson whips Atlas with the belt.
Stevens: Think again boy!
Patterson whips him again.
Stevens: You're going to end up like that fat good for nothin' Indian, buried in a heap on the floor tasting your own pain!
Rocky Johnson has seen enough and runs in weilding a baseball bat. Patterson and Stevens bail.
Rocky Johnson cut this promo in the aftermath of the attack on Atlas:
Lord Alfred: Rocky Johnson, it is a a sad day here in the WWF. What have you got to say aobut the heinous actions of The Blonde Bombers? Pat Patterson had his belt and he was ... whipping your partner Tony Atlas with it.
Johnson: What I saw last night was a travesty. Obviously, Tony can't be with us tonight. He has sustained some serious injuries, but he thanks the fans for their support. And let me tell you two so-called "legends", Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson ... let me tell you this. R - E- S - P - E - C- T. You came out here and you talked about "respect". Well any respect we had for you two is now GONE. You can't just whoop someone like he's a dog. 'specially when that man is my PARTNER, Tony Atlas! You made a big mistake when you two done that. When we've finished with you, that's what's you're going to be ... FINISHED!
Also on this card, I tried the old 3 vs. 1 Andre handicap match:
Tiger Chung Lee notably underperformed and I fired him immediately after the show.
Here's another little situation to keep tabs on:
Was it Sika not selling or Backlund? If I see this note crop up too many more times, Backlund might be giving the belt up sooner rather than later.
On that score, I made bids for:
Rick Martel - didn't come, thinks WWF are "too small"
Jack Brisco - ditto
Ricky Steamboat - didn't want to be tied down to a long contract
Randy Savage - something about breaching an agreement with Mid-South. I think it was my exclusivity terms, will try again.
Jim Cornette - SIGNED!
Tully Blanchard - SIGNED!
Jesse Ventura - SIGNED!
And finally ...
Okay, so two great workers in and two great talkers. Ventura and Corny have solved one problem ...
Will have to think about what to do with Tully and Ted ...
Posted 05 February 2015 - 07:04 AM
Parv, I only have one thing to say....THIS IS FABULOUS.....I love the detail and heart you put into it....keep this coming, cause good or bad opinions aside, its a great read...
Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:34 PM
You'd have to be pretty subtle about gay innuendos Parv.
Also I just don't know if I see Cornette coming in 83 nor him being anywhere near ready for that role at that point in his life. A year or better yet 2 years later he could do it but as this point he just had the Memphis run. He simply didn't have the skills to do this yet.
Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:36 PM
And to be honest neither house show looks like something I'd really want to see. They are a little below average for what the WWF was doing at the time, but on the other hand there's a logic to cold booking for a while during which the changes start to come.
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Posted 17 February 2015 - 05:12 PM
Ahead of Week 3, some small tweaks to my formulas:
- TV tapings are now to be on Tuesday nights. Reason? By tripling up on the house show and the two TV tapings, I'm losing some ticket sales. Also, for storyline purposes, the house shows take place on Monday nights, but the TV doesn't go out till Wednesday. So I'd have been taping angles that air after the blow-offs have already taken place. This way, the house show is always on the following Monday.
- The Syndicated Networks have continuously been complaining about low ratings for Superstars. Also, because Challenge is a B-show, it affects popularity ratings a lot less than other shows. My ultimate plan is to replace Challenge with a second A-show, but until that time, I will have to do something.
The old formula of pure jobber and JTTS matches on TV is producing low ratings.
Therefore, a new formula with a TINY bit more star power for Superstars is required.
JTTS (Rodz / Somers / over jobber
JTTS over jobber
Star over JTTS
Mid-card star over JTTS
Star Tag-team over JTTS Tag-team
Top star over mid-card star
This should hopefully help boost those declining ratings.
Also, I need to widen the pool of guys a bit more:
Iron Mike Sharpe
Tony Garea and Curt Hennig
Chief Jay Strongbow
Pedro Morales (once he's done with IC scene)
Big John Studd
Don Muraco (once he's done with IC scene)
Posted 17 February 2015 - 09:29 PM
Boston Garden house show:
Not a lot going on for this show. Quick title defense for Stevens and Patterson ahead of the big match with Soul Patrol.
Title defenses for Backlund and Pedro.
Just two things to note:
Pedro and Muraco have good chemistry. And I might try to run this match into the ground to get the most out of it.
The lack of selling note appeared again for a Backlund match. Noticing a trend ...
Little angle there with Ivan running in for a heel 2 on 1 beatdown with Blassie barking the orders to set up their Rumble match.
So this was the try out of my updated formula.
Rodz vs. Jackson seemed a bit too jobberific for the crowd:
They were also completely dead for Goulet vs. Gilbert:
Grand Wizard promo lifted things a bit ...
But then the main event tanked.
I think that's pretty much it for Strongbow. He's shown here that he can no longer main event even a B-show. And this is another bad performance from him. He can do a few more jobs on the way out ...
So the new "more star-studded" Superstars ...
Again, I used this to push the featured Blonde Bombers vs. Soul Patrol feud, but sadly it doesn't seem to be getting that over. Soul Patrol don't seem that over ...
Lack of heat is disappointing. Here Patterson and Stevens run in for an instant DQ and another big old heel beatdown:
Patterson and Stevens run-in and attack Atlas knocking him to the floor with a pair of brass knucks. He's bleeding from the mouth. Stevens has a pair of handcuffs! And what's this? Oh, what a cheap shot, he's suckered Johnson with the knucks and is ... he's handcuffing him to the ropes.
Patterson: Rocky Johnson! You want to talk to us about respect? We're about to show you what that means. See this boy here, Tony Atlas? He's about to learn all about respect. Show him Ray!
Stevens grabs the bloodied head of Atlas and gets him into a bull-dog position. He goes to the top rope and comes off it giving him a super-bull dog. Patterson dives in with a huge knee drop. They take it in turns to slam his head into the mat as Johnson is going livid handcuffed to the ring.
Patterson: There's your respect ... boy.
Sadly, it doesn't seem to be setting things on fire like I'd hoped. Perhaps this booking has been too short-term and both teams needed a longer time to be built up, but I need the belts on Soul Patrol coming out of the Royal Rumble.
Billy Graham's Supershow was back.
A first bit of proper screen-time for Jesse Ventura, Backlund talks about his up-coming Russian Chain match with Ivan Koloff.
In a bid to sell more tickets for the Rumble, I put Andre in the main event against George Steele -- which is a huge match to be giving away on TV.
Since this match went only 8 minutes, it's a bit worrying that Steele was so tired here. He's not long for this company.
Yes, ironically, Pat Patterson wasn't part of the very first Rumble match.
Seems like it was a mistake to run with Masked Superstar rather than Muraco against Pedro here. But then again I can run Muraco vs. Pedro at the next 2-3 house shows.
This specially supercard edition of the Billy Graham talk show was a time fill. I cut a number of talent trade deals with the AWA and Mid-Atlantic to bring in a whole bunch of talent to compete in the Rumble. All of them on one-night-only loan deals:
Dory Funk Jr
A few more.
This was just a segment to say "hey look, The Funks are here".
I put Bob over Ivan in his trademark Russian Chain match, and Bob has the temerity to complain about having to work brawls instead of technical matches. He'll have "more technical" opponents soon enough ...
So the culmination of this 3-week storyline was pretty fucking disappointing. This was a brutal cage match which the crowd didn't care for.
The Baron has some things to say about my booking:
Since Stevens is in semi-retirement here and Patterson can no longer seem to go, I think this is going to be it for the Bombers. Soul Patrol need some more wins to get more over. The lack of heat for this feud has been concerning.
In the Royal Rumble match itself, Curt Hennig was the number 1 entrant and had an iron man performance, just "one to watch" for the future at this stage, but that's the glimpse of a push for him. Final four were Terry Funk, Iron Sheik, Jimmy Snuka and Andre, with Sheik getting tossed last.
And I thought this would be a great time to debut my three new signings:
Yes, I was able to get Savage to sign in the end -- AND Miss Elizabeth.
I'm glad at least something went right on this show. The surprise attack on Andre got over well.
DiBiase, Tully and Savage are going to be in a stable known as "The Elite". I will try to get in Arn from Mid-South as well.
Basic plan would be:
World title: DiBiase
IC title: Savage
Tag title: Arn and Tully
Long-term with Savage eventually turning face and feuding with DiBiase.
DiBiase vs. Backlund
Savage vs. Pedro
Arn and Tully vs. Soul Patrol
That is, if I can get Arn.
All-in-all though, things haven't been going too well with the existing talent, so I'm hoping this injection of new top talent can get turn around my fortunes.
Posted 17 February 2015 - 11:03 PM
Awesome stuff. Happy to see this updated.
Dibiase, Savage, and the Brainbusters vs. the WWF sounds amazing.
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