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So I am booking a 2 brand fed with weekly shows and each week I advance book between 3-5 matches for each show, and I always try to advance book matches with 100 heat, or as close to as I can.

 

My question is, is that a bad idea? It usually takes two main eventers unless it's a tag team match, and I'm giving away a PPV quality match on TV. Should I lower the maximum heat I want to have for TV to a 90 and keep 90+ matches for PPV?

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<p>That's not what I said.</p><p> </p><p>

I run 2 TV shows per week with 2 different brands. </p><p> </p><p>

On each show I try to advance book at least 1 or 2 matches with 100 heat, and the rest in the 90's or high, high 80's. I don't consider advance bookings under 85 heat to be worth advance booking.</p>

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I only have one question: Why? Are you seeing extraordinarily high ratings as a result of this approach? In my mind, the only thing worth advance booking matches of 100 heat are pay per views because that often leads to increased buyrates (and is easily measurable) which translates to higher revenue. Putting on highly rated shows is great for battles but putting on 5-star matches (which is what 100 heat generally represents; the expectation of a 5-star match) on TV seems short sighted. That is, unless you can produce those matches at the drop of a hat.
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Remianen" data-cite="Remianen" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="29240" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>That is, unless you can produce those matches at the drop of a hat.</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> If you can please tell all of us. What you do!!!</p>
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<p>Well, I haven't tested the TV ratings effect in this game, but in the other game I am playing with another fed the advance bookings did seem to increase ratings quite a bit. </p><p> </p><p>

The problem you raised with it though is the exact reason I asked this question... In an attempt to put on the best show possible and get everyone to tune into my show possible I am going all out with the advance booking of big matches for TV. </p><p> </p><p>

So from now on, for TV, I am going to put a "cap" on the heat for my advance booking matches. Anything that gets a heat rating over 89 will be deleted. Advanced booking ratings for my weekly TV shows will now be between 75-89. Anything below 75 isn't worth advanced booking, and everything over 89 needs to go on PPV.</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Remianen" data-cite="Remianen" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="29240" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>That is, unless you can produce those matches at the drop of a hat.</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> You would know better than most that it is quite possible to do that in TEW. </p><p> </p><p> Each TV show of mine has at least one 100 heat match advanced book. PPVs have 2 or 3, at the minimum. </p><p> </p><p> There isn't a problem of not being able to deliver on fans' expectations: I can't think of a main event match in many months that has scored a rating of less than 95.</p><p> </p><p> In such a scenario, why wouldn't I advance book and try to attain the best PPV buys and TV ratings possible?</p>
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<p>Seriously, how is this possible? What DB are you guys using to get these ratings?</p><p> </p><p>

I'm six months into an SWF game and A* anticipation is reserved for my very top guys - the most over eight or so. An A or A* match is something I've only managed maybe five times or so.</p><p> </p><p>

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It's the default Cornellverse. Actually I like the Cornellverse so much that I haven't had a serious game with a real world database since TEW 2005 :p

 

As for ratings, I put my strategy on the SWF discussion thread a few weeks back.

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In such a scenario, why wouldn't I advance book and try to attain the best PPV buys and TV ratings possible?

 

We're talking TV here. I do it all the time for PPVs but TV? Nah. Sure, it's possible to produce those kinds of matches at the drop of a hat, with some planning and foresight. But most TEW players can't do that. Thus, throwing away your best matches on shows that, more often than not, lose money more than make it (since most TEW players probably don't know how to get a good cut of the revenue on their TV deals), it just seems somewhat backward to me. Plus, as much as I castigated TNA for giving away PPV quality matches on free TV, I'm not going to turn around and do it myself. That would make me something of a hypo. :p

 

Seriously, how is this possible? What DB are you guys using to get these ratings?

 

I'm six months into an SWF game and A* anticipation is reserved for my very top guys - the most over eight or so. An A or A* match is something I've only managed maybe five times or so.

 

Personally, I don't much care about advance booking heat. I'm more concerned with the final match rating. Right now, if I booked Tayla Martin against J.Ro, it wouldn't get 100 heat....but it'd get a 94+ match rating. But that's because my product is performance based (and both Tayla and Joanne can perform).

 

And it isn't about the DB, really. I use my Queens of Chaos database which is basically the C-Verse with a bunch of women workers added. Yes, some of them are very talented (Tayla, Canadian Angel, Québécoise) but most of them are development projects with major upside (Brooke Tyler, as an example). Right now, I think I have the same number of 'ace' workers as you do with SWF (8, and four of them are upper midcarders). It's just a matter of using your over workers to elevate your less over ones (outside of the ring).

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Seriously, how is this possible? What DB are you guys using to get these ratings?

 

I'm six months into an SWF game and A* anticipation is reserved for my very top guys - the most over eight or so. An A or A* match is something I've only managed maybe five times or so.

 

I hate you all :p

 

Not to add to your hate, but in my experience, A* anticipation is very, very easy to build with SWF and TCW. I don't usually advance book TV shows, so I can't really talk about that, but on my PPVs, there's usually at least five matches with A* anticipation. There could be even more but I intentionally book one or two weaker matches to avoid burning the crowd out too much.

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I've been learning the ropes with SWF and sort-of avoiding the ME/MC or whatever matches, so there hasn't been a great deal of upward roster movement (Wildboyz, DuBois and Greed aside) on my part. I'll definitely need to look into that.

 

Lots and lots of angles are your friend when playing as the SWF. Also, to repeat an oft-quoted maxim, you HAVE to put a guy like Christian Faith, Angry Gilmore, Rich Money or Enforcer Roberts in the main event EVERY TIME. Try to get your hands on as many >85 psychology guys as you can ... these are workers who can carry anybody to a good enough match.

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Ever since Remianen showed me the proper product for my style and how to abuse not rated angles to boost popularity, I get two or three "legendary matches" per show. In fact, on a recent card, both of my dark matches were "legendary matches", which surprised me because the people in them weren't really all that great or popular (mainly midcarders with B-/B skills and B popularity). Now that I have the right product and jacked all my popularity numbers up, I get "legendary matches" fairly easily. If you abuse popularity and momentum and work it together with your product, it's pretty much cake.
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Ever since Remianen showed me the proper product for my style and how to abuse not rated angles to boost popularity, I get two or three "legendary matches" per show. In fact, on a recent card, both of my dark matches were "legendary matches", which surprised me because the people in them weren't really all that great or popular (mainly midcarders with B-/B skills and B popularity). Now that I have the right product and jacked all my popularity numbers up, I get "legendary matches" fairly easily. If you abuse popularity and momentum and work it together with your product, it's pretty much cake.

 

Why anyone would want to do that is beyond me.

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Why anyone would want to do that is beyond me.

 

To grow. You can't break B+ popularity unless every single show you do is A or A*. That means basically putting on a PPV-level show every show. If it were the real world, it would be a promoter's desire to give the fans the very best product in the world to keep butts in the seats and keep viewers and buyrates up.

 

I WISH there were a real wrestling promotion willing to put out such a product and put the time and effort into said product to make it the best it can be. WWE and TNA don't do this, and it's why wrestling is in such a poor state right now.

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