blaustein Posted May 15, 2016 Share Posted May 15, 2016 http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r5rVFUou0uo/VpiOj579lqI/AAAAAAAABP4/YvQP89zIQfU/s1600/WCW%252B_logo2_23573.png Shane McMahon's World Championship Wrestling (2001) http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z459/kazkukat/WCW%202001/wcwintro_zpsqr5n1sbt.png Hey guys, first time dynasty here. I've played plenty of EWR and TEW 2013, but I thought it would be fun to add an extra component of storytelling to my first TEW 2016 game, since I'm guilty of being quite lazy with angles and storylines, and generally just keep everything in my head. I'd also like to note that until Genadi's 2001 mod is released for TEW 2016, this will mostly just be the preparatory notes and backstory leading up to the first show -- unless of course I can't help myself and just convert the 2013 mod. I'll be beginning to write some of the initial in-universe elements soon, but first I'd like to talk a little about the context surrounding this dynasty. Most "WCW Lives" stories generally proceed from the assumption that Eric Bischoff and Fusient Media purchase WCW, allowing it to stay in business. In reality of course, the WWF purchased its competition and ran a lacklustre Invasion angle without many of WCW's biggest stars, before merging the rosters and later enacting the Brand Extension. The background of this dynasty is based around the WWF's initial plan for the WCW brand and roster -- a separate sister promotion ran by Shane McMahon, existing within the WWF umbrella and using some of its basic infrastructure (such as developmental). This failed to come to pass owing to difficulties getting a new TV slot for a WCW show. Plan B was to rebrand Raw or Smackdown as a WCW show, but after an experimental Booker T vs Buff Bagwell Raw main-event flopped, Vince got cold feet over WCW's viability as a standalone product and hot-shotted the Invasion. This was not a foregone conclusion. Though some of the WWF audience's antipathy was towards a WCW brand that had been continually denigrated and treated like the enemy, the slapdash presentation of "WCW Raw" and terrible performance of Buff Bagwell did not help. Lance Storm has spoken about how he was originally planned to face Booker, and a later WCW Smackdown Booker vs DDP match went over much better. Could either of these matches have saved WCW from Vince's notoriously fickle moods? This scenario assumes yes. http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z459/kazkukat/WCW%202001/wcwpremise_zpsgyhq0cks.png I've read lots of newsletters and articles around the time-period, and it's clear what Shane McMahon's WCW might have looked like. WWF management did not want to mess with the promotion's pay-scale by taking on the huge salaries of WCW's top stars, who were on guaranteed money contracts with Time Warner rather than WCW itself. Therefore as in real life, headliners like Goldberg, Sting and Hollywood Hogan, and even midcarders like Rey Mysterio, Dustin Rhodes and Bam Bam Bigelow would sit out until their contracts expired and the WWF could negotiate fresh deals. Around the time of the WCW purchase, it was noted that the WWF were interested in negotiating buy-outs for some top stars, including Booker T, Ric Flair and Scott Steiner. Flair and Steiner did not reach terms with the WWF, but Booker accepted a buy-out, as did Diamond Dallas Page. Many of the younger and cheaper talents, including much of WCW's mid and lower card, were brought on-board by the WWF -- the oft-quoted number is 24, though the real number varies depending on what criteria you use. Many other talents on 30 or 90 day cycle deals were told that there was no interest, though a number of them would have try-out matches on WWF C-Shows in the months thereafter, such as Christopher Daniels, Michael Modest and AJ Styles. Because the big stars were missing, a relaunched WCW would have revolved around a mix of young up-and-coming stars, WWF developmental talent and a handful of WWF superstars making the jump. It seems likely that these would include directionless mid-carders that could work as utility players and perhaps one or two major stars -- the Hardy Boyz, Triple H or even the Rock were all speculated at the time. Free agent Rob Van Dam was also rumoured to be given a key role in the new brand. The long-term goal of a WCW brand would be much the same as the later brand extension -- to artificially create a sense of competition, to freshen up stale characters by shifting them between companies, and build to lucrative cross-promotional matches down the road. Perhaps in a year or two even an Invasion angle, featuring a mix of returning headliners and new stars. http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z459/kazkukat/WCW%202001/wcwrules_zpsamvywdsg.png The Golden Rule: Given the context stated above, it's perhaps understandable that my biggest pet-peeve with 2001 WCW Lives/Invasion dynasties is instantly resigning all of the big stars that refused buy-outs. Yes, the Invasion was a huge wasted opportunity, but short of paying out millions and pissing off the whole WWF locker-room, we weren't going to get Goldberg vs Austin or Sting vs Taker anyway. It's clear that the WCW of 2001 would have to be a rebuilding phase, and that over-reliance on veteran headliners not wanting to sacrifice their spot was one of the biggest reasons that WCW was in such dire straits. So my Golden Rule is that I cannot sign any of the Time Warner-contracted talent until their contract expires and they were brought on by the WWF in real-life: No Ric Flair until November 2001.No Dustin Rhodes until December 2001.No Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall until February 2002.No Sting until March 2002 (negotiations fell through with WWF).No Rey Mysterio and Bam Bam Bigelow until June 2002.No Scott Steiner until November 2002.No Goldberg until April 2003.Jeff Jarrett, Shane Douglas, Lex Luger and Randy Savage permanently blacklisted by Vince McMahon's orders. This will keep the scenario feeling realistic, along with forcing me to build around the younger talent. By golly, I'm going to make the best of Shawn Stasiak, The Wall and Hugh Morrus, or die trying. Secondary Rules: Rule 24: I cannot release any of the starting "WCW 24" talent nor send them to developmental, unless there are significant drug or behavioural issues.Rule 12: To complement the so-called WCW 24, I am allowed to sign an additional WCW 12, made up of talents contracted to WCW in 2001 that the WWF passed on, but that might be used to pad out a standalone promotion. This obviously can't be one of the Golden Rule wrestlers.Rule 6: I am also permitting myself six WWF talents to make the jump, with the proviso that they were directionless and poorly used in 2001, and that all have a pre-existing connection to WCW or one of its talents (to maintain the promotion's flavour). No further WWF jumps can be made until a year after WCW relaunches.Rule 1: WWF developmental talent can be brought up at the rate of once per month, with a tag-team taking up two months' worth of quota. Any new signings that have never appeared in WCW before must spend at least a year in developmental. The sole exception is Rob Van Dam. http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z459/kazkukat/WCW%202001/wcwsummary_zpsymk1u7kf.png I hope I've sufficiently illustrated the concept and rules that I'll be running this dynasty by. In-universe information such as the initial roster, new signings and other announcements will come in the days to follow. If there are any factual issues with my setting or the concept, I'd appreciate your feedback before I actually begin the TEW 2016 save. This is my first time doing this sort of thing, so I want it to be as accurate and enjoyable as possible -- while I watched WWF in 2001, I didn't watch the WCW programming at the time, and everything I know is through research. Thanks! Starting Roster: Main Event: [F] Diamond Dallas Page [F] Booker T [F] Kanyon [F] Sean O’Haire (Natural Born Thrillers) [F] Chuck Palumbo (Natural Born Thrillers) [H] Buff Bagwell Upper Midcard: [F] Hugh Morrus [F] Brian Adams (KroniK) [F] Bryan Clark (KroniK) [F] Billy Kidman [H] Mike Awesome (Team Canada) [H] Lance Storm (Team Canada) Midcard: [F] Kaz Hayashi (Jung Dragons) [F] Yang (Jung Dragons) [H] Shawn Stasiak [H] Mark Jindrak [H] Chavo Guerrero Jr. [H] Mike Sanders [H] Shane Helms [H] Shannon Moore (3 Count) [H] The Wall Lower Midcard: [F] Lash LeRoux [H] Kwee Wee [H] Evan Karagias (3 Count) [H] Jamie Knoble [H] Elix Skipper (Skipper & Romeo) Opener: [H] Johnny the Bull [H] David Flair [H] Reno Enhancement Talent: [F] Jason Jett [H] Kid Romeo (Skipper & Romeo) Timeline: End of May 2001 Update End of June 2001 Update End of July 2001 Update End of August 2001 Update End of September 2001 Update End of October 2001 Update End of November 2001 Update End of December 2001 Update End of January 2002 Update Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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