Janpei Posted August 16, 2016 Share Posted August 16, 2016 I'm Janpei. Long-time pro-wrestling fan. Long-time fantasy booker. I can't say I've done a TEW Diary in a loooong time. Usually, I was found on the Gamefaqs SmackDown vs. Raw boards posting fantasy bookings based off of the Universe Mode that had unraveled while I was playing through. I decided to get Total Extreme Warfare 2016 on a whim, because it sounded like it was right up my alley. When WWE announced their brandsplits, my group of friends and I, we all turned into armchair bookers. "Oh, so and so should go here." "And so and so should go there." "I'd have so and so and so and so on the same brand." When the first Monday Night Raw of the brand split happened, I think I can speak for all of my friends when I say we were blown away. Finn Balor on television AND WWE Universal #1 Contender? A well paced show with two fantastic Fatal Fourways, some effective squash matches featuring Braun Stroman and Nia Jax, and a new Womens Championship. When that final hour came to an end, we were left with one question: how will SmackDown top this? And in my mind, they could. I had, what I thought at least, was the perfect way to start SmackDown off on the right foot. I was so confident in my ideas that I convinced myself that I would see them come to fruition on my TV screen. While I know I can't speak for everyone, I'll just say that Tuesday night. What I saw on that SmackDown premiere episode was not what I was asking for…at all. So the armchair booking fever returned. I told myself that turning SmackDown into a watchable, entertaining product was something I could do. Not only could I make it entertaining, I could make it better than Raw. $34.95 later and here we are. My very first TEW Diary. SmackDown - Live on Tuesday Goals of this project -Turn SmackDown into a product that rivals Raw without neglecting Raw -To tell a story that starts from the first episode of SmackDown 48-hours after Battleground and carry that story all the way to Wrestlemania XXXIII -To be as realistic and as true to the product as possible. While this is a fantasy booking, I don't want to do incredibly extravagant things such as signing CM Punk or making Brock suddenly wrestle full-time again. I'm going to keep this story firmly gripped within reality. As I stated this is a SmackDown Live Diary. I struggled with trying to figure out how I wanted to properly handle this. At first, I thought about making two separate promotions for Raw and SmackDown, but then I wouldn't be able to make trades or run joint PPVs. So then I thought about making it an Alliance promotion, but that still didn't address some of the trade issues. So right now, I am essentially booking both Raw and SmackDown, but only telling the SmackDown side of things. So while PPVs like SummerSlam or Wrestlemania will host both brands, I will only be covering the matches that I have booked on SmackDown's end. Parameters -I'm more focused on booking SmackDown than I am with growing a company from the ground up. As a result, I'm running the company as Vince McMahon and I've also assigned myself as owner and head booker of WWE. -Again. This Diary will attempt to run from the SmackDown after Battleground all the way to Wrestlemania XXXIII -Real world draft is set in place. The appeal I found in creating this Diary mostly came from seeing what SmackDown had to work with and thinking to myself I could definitely make that work. -As stated earlier, I'm aiming toward a fantasy booking Diary more than a grassroots Diary. I'll be omitting backstage reports, backstage interactions, and any internal conflicts within the company in favor of only presenting the television end-product. -I'm still iffy on how I want to format things. Therefore, expect me to change my opinion on the fly. I might present one show with one format and then the next with something different. I'm trying to figure out what feels good for me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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