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What does your ideal booking world look like? Where's the sweet spot?


Just throwing some 'normal' categories and suggestions out there, but the weirder the better! Broadly speaking, this is a place to share your style, your approach to booking as a whole.


Schedule - 4 TVs and a PPV every month? Quarterly big shows? TV-only? An A-Show and a B-Show?


Show Length - 1 hour TVs and 2 hour PPVs? 2 hour TVs?


Segments - 4 matches and 4 angles an hour? A 2-to-1 angle/match ratio?


Alignments - Roster perfectly balanced for faces and heels? At every level of the card? Heel-heavy at the top?


Stables - One big heel group? Faction warfare? Every man for himself?


Archetypes - Big heroic babyfaces and cheating heels? Scrappy underdogs against monsters? What's your personal preference?


Feuds - 3-month rubber match feuds? One-and-dones? Rivals matched to card level or Upper Midcarders against Openers?


Crowning Title Contenders - Do you operate a rematch clause policy? Do you hold Battle royals to find new challengers? Tournaments?


Gimmick Events - Every show has a theme/tournament/gimmick match, or are they just vaguely-named events?


Match Levels - Does every TV show need big names against big names? Squash matches on the undercard?

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<p>Interesting thread idea, Nedew. Honestly, I try to follow what is established for the company, in large part. In the case of fictional companies, I will often try to spend time looking at what canon exists for the world and develop a "feel" for the company within the confines of what is already established. So my approach does vary. But generally speaking, without worrying on that, here is what I would probably go with....</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Schedule </strong>- A and B show, plus 1 PPV per month. I like the thought of having an actual B brand for the B show, and maybe even occasional short events for that (very much like NXT), but it can end up being too much to book. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Show Length</strong> - 2 hour A show, 1 hour B show, 3 hour PPV</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Segments </strong>- I don't really look to book a "per hour" ratio. Its more fitting in the angles I want to have to advance the storylines and then fill with matches to hit close to the ratio. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Alignments </strong>- I can't say I've ever pursued a perfect mix. It wouldn't last for long anyway as some workers would move up the card, meaning there are more heels in the lower card or whatever. So I just look for a solid mix. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stables </strong>- I very rarely do "power stables" (several top workers) and tend more toward the mixed stable. A main eventer leading two midcarders and a lower card prospect - that kind of thing. I also do a lot of information groupings. Workers who aren't a formal alliance but have similar aims. I also like on-screen friendships, something to justify two main eventers deciding to team together occasionally, and that also adds some extra depth to an eventual feud. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Archetypes </strong>- again, a mix. I do love booking an unhinged, slightly dark individual - Raven, early Edge, or even Dean Ambrose type. I also LOVE a "magnificent bastard" heel - someone who is smart, manipulative, but simply so damned good at it all that it has to be admired. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Feuds </strong>- for the upper card, 3 months feuds are fairly standard. One and done feuds happen occasionally as a filler. I do like simmering long term feuds, something that can bubble up at any point, whether its to fill a bit of space or become a long running main feud again. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Crowning Title Contenders</strong> - I rarely "crown" an officially top contender. Usually I keep a potential contender strong so they can be slotted in as the next challenger, whether that's by authority figure proclamation or by physically inserting themselves into the champion's business, etc. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Gimmick Events</strong> - I like to do 3-4 gimmick PPVs out of the 12. Over-reliance on that, like the WWE currently does, is simply a limitation in a creative sense. You end up throwing the champion into a gauntlet defense or an elimination chamber simply because the PPV calls for it rather than the storyline. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match Levels</strong> - I tend toward Sports Entertainment and I like to feature my major stars heavily, so its common to have most main eventers wrestling, but rarely in 1v1 matches. Much more likely to get a tag team main event of main eventers, or two MEs tagging against two UMC/MCs. But I do like a mix. A squash here and there, some good midcard battles, etc.</p>

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<p>I'm running two RW mods...1987 World Class and 1989 WWF</p><p>

In both cases, my Modus Operandi is about the same </p><p> </p><p>

Schedule - Right now, both feds have 2 TV shows. WWF has a PPV every month? (I edited the events to add in more PPVS). WCCW just large events once a month. </p><p> </p><p>

Show Length - I use 1 hour B shows and 1 1/2 hours for A shows.</p><p>

Sometimes booking TV can be a chore, but I need the extra room on the A shows to get the Main Eventers in. (Else suffer their wrath)</p><p>

PPVs and Large Events usually go 2 1/2 hours.</p><p>

Sometimes 2 hours is enough, but more often than not I need the extra 30 minutes to get it all in... </p><p> </p><p>

Segments - Generally, I book my matches (based on the Storylines) and then I go back and fill in angles to make sure I have the right Match/Angle ratio. Maybe 4 matches in an hour. Don't get me wrong, I LIKE booking angles, but I want to make sure I get my meaty matches in. </p><p>

Alignments - Roster perfectly balanced for faces and heels? At every level of the card? Heel-heavy at the top?</p><p> </p><p>

Stables - I try to have a "major" heel group and a "minor" heel group.</p><p>

I dont want anything as dominant as the Horsemen or NWO, but the major team has to be a 'real threat' and the minor is more of a way to keep cycling mid-card faces thru interesting feuds.</p><p> </p><p>

Archetypes - I like a balance. I my mind, all the talent is "valuable". I dont really like out of shape jobbers taking mad bumps for Superstars, so I keep the roster pretty well balanced.</p><p> </p><p>

Feuds - I like to milk a feud with good momentum for as long a I can. You have to watch that penalty for too many return matches, so I try to rotate between tag matches and singles matches. In the "big picture" I keep the wins equal until I'm ready to end it. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Crowning Title Contenders - Since Battle Royals dont score well, I dont use them except for the January Royal Rumble. I like tournaments, and try to use 8 guys, Mid Card and higher, to keep the matches strong. I almost always book rematches when a title changes hands unless its the end of a feud. In those cases I cycle the loser into a different feud to keep them on TV, and then depending on how THAT ends I can justify if they get another shot or not. </p><p> </p><p>

Gimmick Events - Rare. In WWF I use the Rumble and Survivor Series, but any time else, and any other fed, it's just my best matches for the month on a cleverly named Event. <img alt=";)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/wink.png.686f06e511ee1fbf6bdc7d82f6831e53.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

Match Levels - Again, I try to balance it. My B shows usually main event with a Upper vs a Midcard. A shows should features 2 Main Eventers. I dont like to use squashes unless I'm trying to build a guy as Monster. (Vader, Bruiser Brody, Warrior, etc)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Gosh, as I re-read this, I see I'm incredible "middle of the road"!!!!</p>

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<p>Schedule - 2 PPV'S a month except on months of the big 5 (MITB, Summerslam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania)</p><p> </p><p>

Show Length - 3 hour Raw, 2 hour Lucha Underground, 4 hour PPV's</p><p> </p><p>

Segments - Usually angle/match/angle/match but sometimes 2 matches then an angle when I book lazy</p><p> </p><p>

Alignments - larger amount of Heels on Raw-More Faces on Lucha Underground</p><p> </p><p>

Stables - I love booking stables and I have 6 currently with another one debuting in the next month-Only problem is I have problems booking face stables so I have 5 of the 6 being Heels.</p><p> </p><p>

Archetypes - I'm booking kind of a mix with two huge babyface underdogs on Raw and the champion being a dominant yet still cheating heel</p><p> </p><p>

Feuds - A mix again here with a lot of feuds being 1/2 month feuds but also having a few longer than that and one storyline has gone for a year and will continue longer.</p><p> </p><p>

Crowning Title Contenders - Always operate rematch policies for people who lose their titles and with a lot of my stories being basic it's usually just a number one contenders match or Heel attacks Face champion.</p><p> </p><p>

Gimmick Events - My only gimmick PPV's are the Royal Rumble and the two December shows No Way Out and Elimination Chamber</p><p> </p><p>

Match Levels -I never hire jobbers for squash matches but I have two enhancement talents who are around 0-70 in win/loss record who lose whenever they are needed. My main events are usually either the people involved in the world title feud in a tag match or when Championships are on the line</p><p> </p><p>

This is on my WWE save that started the night after Wrestlemania 32 and I am currently in June 2021</p>

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<p>This is SWF specific which since TEW16 is the only game I've played and I love it. Freestyle angles 4 life.</p><p> </p><p>

Schedule - A show every week, 1 PPV a month, 1 TV Special a month. I tried B Show but I just got lazy and auto booked and then it killed my midcard storylines. TV Special is matches and hype videos.</p><p> </p><p>

Show Length - 2 hour TV, 3 hr PPVs and TV Special, 4 hr Season Finale PPV.</p><p> </p><p>

Segments - It depends. Generally 3 matches and 3 angles per hour on TV and 3 matches and 1 or 2 angles per hour on PPV</p><p> </p><p>

Alignments - Try to keep it even all around. Top of the card is always even and I let midcard and below happen organically and turn guys as necessary.</p><p> </p><p>

Stables - Stables to get established guys that can put over younger guys. Nothing bigger than four people and no more than three at a time.</p><p> </p><p>

Archetypes - I look for things I can do based on bios in the CVerse. I definitely book Attitude Era style where over the top characters and gimmicks are expected.</p><p> </p><p>

Feuds - I try to have at least two feuds that will operate for six months or more and then have short ones to fill out the rest of the card. Usually have about half my roster in a non generic storyline at a time.</p><p> </p><p>

Crowning Title Contenders - Rematch clause and multi man #1 contender's matches when there's no logical next in line. One tournament a year to set up the main event for the season finale.</p><p> </p><p>

Gimmick Events - I like having a set of PPV's and sticking to gimmicks for ones that have them. If the default says to hold a Battle Royal, I do it. If there's a gimmick that fits (Cage match for big matches at "Under Control", Master of Puppets containing a "manager's pick" tournament) I incorporate that too.</p><p> </p><p>

Match Levels - Generally the main event is some kind of tag/six man match featuring the prominent feuds. I use just about everyone in every show in some manner though.</p>

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Schedule - Weekly event on Tuesday and monthly PPV on Saturday. This gives 4 days after final show before PPV to recover and 3 days after a PPV to a show - so maximizes recovery. One brand with a child company.


Show Length - 2 hour TV and 3 hour PPVs.


Segments - 4 matches and 2 angles an hour, 2-to-1 angle/match ratio.


Alignments - Midcard is balanced, upper card has more faces than heels, however the dominant champion and stable are heels. Faces usually behave a bit heelishly, while heels look to be developed characters who have good reasons for their antics.


Stables - Faction warfare, with a heel faction at the top. Several scattered babyfaces who either dislike one another or can't sit aside their own ego. The midcard has several factions trying to "survive the business".


Archetypes - Anti-Heroes of today, wash-out heroes of yesterday fighting to cling on, stable wars and Machiavellian storylines in a dystopian business where the world interest has nearly bottomed out and trends still point downward. Everyone struggles to remain present and relevant now in hopes of catching it big during the upswing people hope will happen in a few years. Male/Female integrated roster and anyone may compete for championships. (Integrated championships and gender divisions instead of gender segregated divisions). I also have a Tag Duo and Tag Trio championships.


Feuds - One stable is in control, and several others represent different interests around the storied universe of this promotion. The stables fight for their various reasons. Feuds are long term while storylines tend to rotate and shift active participants. Mid carders in stables are often used to job to main eventers of other stables. The feuds are oriented around the championships and payday tournaments (the title, "one million dollars" represents the prize). Other times the feuds are more personal, revolving around the personal lives of members in the stables competing for glory and the alliances and feuds between those stables.


Crowning Title Contenders - Rankings for each title similar to an MMA promotion. Battle Royale held once a year for number one contendership. Tournament to crown King/Queen once a year - who may dictate stipulations of their matches ten times that year.


Gimmick Events - One show centers around a tournament, another around the battle royale. Other PPV events are used to conclude storylines and operate under a model of seasons that last 3 PPV's each.


Match Levels - Each show normally features a few big names however most of the show is done by upper midcarders and mid carders having good storylines that occasionally involve popular personalities (star power and overness), main eventers and titles.



To add, I usually keep my top wrestler off the belt, and in the title pictures as a third man who either guest commentary or referee, run-in or something else to maintain a presence in the feud. The title is usually used to boost the number 3-5 top guys and a midcard belt glorifies the "king of the midcard" and usually does not change hands while the tag team and trio titles bounce ass needed to put over stables.

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<p><strong>Schedule -</strong> 4 TV Shows and 1 PPV a Month.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Show Length -</strong> 1.5 hrs for TV and 3hr minimum PPV, would love to do a highlights show in another region.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Segments -</strong>Usually 3 matches 1 Angle and 3 matches for TV, PPV is usually 9/1 in favour of matches.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Alignments -</strong>Usually a 60/40 split in favour of faces.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stables -</strong> Never use stables.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Archetypes -</strong> Usually one dominant heel and an extremely strongly booked champion who wrestlers workers from up and down the card.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match Levels - </strong> Show starts with a strong upper card bout, main event and semi have upper and mains against each other. Midcard is usually tags and women.</p>

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<p>It really differs from what company I'm booking...</p><p>

With WWF/WCW, I always go for atleast one 2-hour A-show and a 1-hour B-show, with a monthly PPV (sometimes two). When booking a smaller company (such as my current ECW save), I have a 1-hour A-Show and a monthly or two monthly Event(s). Would love a 2-hour TV-show, as the roster is big enough (just barely), but I simply cannot afford it. </p><p> </p><p>

Schedule - Like described above</p><p> </p><p>

Show Length - Like described above</p><p> </p><p>

Segments - In a 1-hour TV-show (4 matches and 2 angles), In a 2-hour TV-show (6 matches and 6 angles). My events differ. </p><p> </p><p>

Alignments - I try to balance them out 50 - 50</p><p> </p><p>

Stables - One big heel group? Faction warfare? Every man for himself?</p><p> </p><p>

Archetypes - A vast mix... I try to have one lovable bubbly babyface and a strongly booked face. One dominant heel and one monster heel</p><p> </p><p>

Feuds - I usually go with 3 months long feuds for my upper carders and main-events (though I can stretch it to 6 months, if it's a really hot feud, and I wanna keep them apart in the ring for some time), while my lower card cards usually only gets a 1 month feud. </p><p> </p><p>

Crowning Title Contenders - Former champ always gets a re-match, usually on the following tv-show. A new contender varies... either I book a tournament, or the new contender just makes sense in my mind and will interrupt the champ during a promo.</p><p> </p><p>

Gimmick Events - Some of my events are gimmick events.</p><p> </p><p>

Match Levels - I try not to destroy the tv-rating with bad matches, and usually keep my tv-shows for my midcarders to main-eventers. Though lower midcarders will get a match every once in a while.</p>

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<p>Meant to add another category when I posted - think this is okay, Nedew. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Presentation / Vibe / Look & Feel</strong>: in large part, this in-game ends up being the kind of angles you run and how you present the product. With a real world mod, it is usually just me emulating the product from that company at the time, roughly. Not dead-on exactly, but fairly close. With a fictional company, I used to just correlate it to a real world company at a given point in time and emulate that. My early SWF games (and diary), I correlated the SWF to Attitude Era WWF, so there was loads of random attacks, magic camera backstage angles, etc. While putting thought into the "look & feel" is really more important in a diary game than a personal game IMO, I like to do it just so I have a better grasp of the company and can better visualize things. So I might actually decide what the ring, stage, and overall set up for the company look like. But in-game, its more about the types of angles and how workers are presented. And I take a fairly old school approach, even when using modern Sports Entertainment companies in the Cverse or Tverse. Attacks are rare, backstage angles are almost non-existent. No magic cameras that capture bad guys/girls conspiring. In-ring promos or even stage promos are an occasional thing, not for every single promo - the average normal promo is from a backstage interview set or maybe the worker's locker room. Vignettes establish and reinforce workers character traits. Trying to not overuse any one particular dynamic so that it doesn't lose its value entirely. And with some companies - like the AWF's in the Tverse - I like to use money as a regular on-screen motivating factor for wrestlers. </p><p> </p><p>

That went long.</p>

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<p>Playing a 2016 WWE game...Might as well join in the brigade.</p><p> </p><p>

Schedule - I have four shows and 12 PPVs a year. RAW and SmackDown are branded, Superstars acts as a filter for new talent that will soon move to either RAW or SmackDown. Main Event showcases matches from all shows.</p><p> </p><p>

Show Length - RAW is 3 Hours, (though i'm considering a move to 2 Hours and 30 Mins) SmackDown is 2 Hours, Superstars is 90 Minutes and Main Event is 60 Minutes.</p><p> </p><p>

Segments - I try to keep by the 40% match ratio given to me, but I usually bend it for B shows.</p><p> </p><p>

Alignments - Equal on both brands.</p><p> </p><p>

Stables - Usually brought together to give them something to do.</p><p> </p><p>

Archetypes - Big heroic babyfaces and cheating heels? Scrappy underdogs against monsters? What's your personal preference?- Keeping with what their character is in the real world.</p><p> </p><p>

Feuds - Depends on the situation.</p><p> </p><p>

Crowning Title Contenders- If it fits the storyline, then it's usually a battle royal.</p><p> </p><p>

Gimmick Events - I did bring back the King of the Ring for this year, might do another one next year.</p><p> </p><p>

Match Levels - Three competitive matches, A couple of squashes and a big main event.</p>

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<p><strong>Schedule -</strong> 1 A show, 6 ppvs </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Show Length -</strong> 90 minute TV. I think about commercials, I figure 15 minutes of commercials per hour so 90 minutes of actually booking. Normal ppvs 2.5 hours, major show 3.5 hours.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Segments -</strong> I tend to book 45 minutes then a reset of sorts where we open the "2nd hour" with a good match or hot angle. As far as per show I like to have a storyline running throughout the show to keep viewers watching like keeping eyes outside of the arena before every commercial break to see if a big star rumored to return will show up. Lots of different type promo segments and brawls. I tend to keep it simple.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Alignments -</strong> I'm a heel guy so I run a heel territory. Not many heels at the top of the card. I like my upper mid 60/40 face/heel at the most. The rest of the card I try to keep split.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stables -</strong> I love stables. Always at least 1, I try for 2 and very very rarely will I ever do 3+. Generally I have an evolution type stable and a stable for my top heel similar to the cabinet from JBLs run as champ back in his wrestling god days.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Archetypes -</strong> Nothing really special. I try to keep it pretty realistic. I do like to have 1 MMA guy and 1 supernatural Undertaker type guy.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Feuds -</strong> This tends to follow a template. 3 feuds for each title (main event, midcard, tag) and 3 personal issue feuds at each of the same levels that could also lead to potential #1 contender status. Past that, I may have a secondary uppercard tv feud that I utilize to main event tv shows and get ratings.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Crowning Title Contenders -</strong> Depends on who's over, how pushes are going and what ppv is coming up. I'll utilize tournaments, battle royals, beat the clock challenges, anything I can think of at the moment if somebody doesn't stand out.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Gimmick Events -</strong> Not really. Royal rumble themed event but that's about it.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match Levels - </strong> Main eventers never go 1v1 on tv if they're working a ppv program in the near future. I utilize tv to build momentum for my guys in stories by beating midcarders, sometimes squash, sometimes easy wins. For the main event matches, it'll usually be a main eventer vs an upper mid or an over midcarder in a competitive match. My general philosophy is tv matches are to build momentum, angles are to progress storylines. I absolutely hate seeing a ppv match spoiled on tv.</p>

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3A/1B show/week, 1 PPV/week, and the big PPV/month.


21 shows, from...1 hour, I think, for the B-show, 1.5-2 hours, I think, for the A-show, and 2.5 for the PPVs. I think.


That's my 2010 game, by the way. I'm pretty sure I managed shows 3/4 days possible.


IT WAS GLORIOUS. B-shows in the 96 range, Dark Angel somehow ridiculously happy...



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<p>I think I'm quite different to a lot of people. I like to keep Kayfabe alive and treat my booking as though Pro Wrestling was a "Real" Sport, which means more matches than angles, however, I also know that if I want to reach National, International, Global, I need to build stars (I usually book a company from Small in the UK), so I still do run angles and stories but quite often find them a chore.</p><p> </p><p>

Schedule - Once I reach Cult I like to have 2 TV shows a week, my B show is auto booked, No higher than midcard workers. I like to make sure my lower guys are getting TV time and wrestling as much as possible. I also run 1 PPV or event per month. Ocassionally I'll add a second for a special occasion.</p><p> </p><p>

Show Length - 2 - 2.5 hours for A Show. 1.5 for B show, 3-4 hours for PPV.</p><p> </p><p>

Segments - Usually split 70-30 in favour of matches for TV. Get lazy booking most angles, unless I actually have a really good storyline in my head. it's 80-20 in PPV. Usually works out at 2 matches, angle, 2 matches, angle.</p><p> </p><p>

Alingments - Usually a 50-50 split but its not always possible. If I have 1 push too top heavy in a desposition, I plan turns.</p><p> </p><p>

Stables - VERY rarely use these. Probably due to my laziness in booking storylines. If I have a few workers with similar charcters I might put them in a group together.</p><p> </p><p>

Archetypes - Nothing to write home about, cheating heels usually or big beasts. I like ot have 1 clean cut babyface who I try to make my figurehead.</p><p> </p><p>

Feuds - Again, I don't go into too much detail, usually just go through the motions, create them on the datase, wait until at least one guy has reached a success rate of "Fantastic" then end it. Usually takes 3 months to run a story. Sometimes I will end them early if I have a better idea come along or I want to start developing someone else on the roster. I normaly have 2 main eventers and/or upper carders with a 3 or 4 midcard / lower who I want to develop.</p><p> </p><p>

Title Contenders - I don't use these, I don't like the idea of these, I don't know why. I usually like to habe my champions take on one and all.</p><p> </p><p>

Gimmick Events - I love the idea of these and I try to create them. Usually between 3-5 of my 12 PPVs are gimmick based depending on if I have any fresh idieas.</p><p> </p><p>

Match Levels - A Show. Start off with an Upper or Main Event v Midcard, a couple of Midcard and/or tag matches and finiish with a couple more matches involving Main Event and Upper Midcarders, maybe with a Midcrder involved if he's being pushed.</p>

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<p>It largely depends on the promotion, am I in America? Japan? Entertainment fed or Performance fed? I often run a Performance fed either way, never actually getting too deep into a Entertainment one, and often in America but right now am running one in Japan so I'll do that..</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Schedule:</strong> Currently running 1 show, but I think 2 is fine. 1 A 1 B and I do like absorbing companies so if I take their titles I'd turn the B show into an A show. Partially as a reward for those on the B show that have improved/broke out.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Show Length:</strong> 2 hours is fine. 1 hour B show. I really am trying to control my roster size this game so I'm going to stick to this formula. Again if I absorb more titles, I'll go 1:30 or 2 hour secondary A show. Biggest PPV always 4 hours. I then go by importance. Often though it's 2:30-3 hours.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Segments -</strong> Performance fed in Japan right now only use angles as "press conferences" I have like 1 or 2 of them a month. Often get pretty good grades. Sometimes I'll have surprise appearances and they'll give a promo at a PPV. But other than that, mostly matches.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Alignments -</strong> With the alignment on (I like to just decide my own face/heel split) it's very balanced, my main event scene is slightly leaning towards heel, though only by 1 extra wrestler. Other than that it's pretty even.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stables -</strong> Japan baby, currently using RWC too so I have all of LIJ, some of Bullet Club, and none of Chaos. Though my goal is to find a breakout star (who I found) and sort of try and form my own faction. Am excited for it. I wanted Suzuki-Gun as well but couldn't get enough of them so sad.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Archetypes -</strong> Characters are important in Japan but not entirely the focal point here. Naito is Tranquilo, EVIL is the Undertaker with a laser pointer, Sanada is sexy, you know. They have a character they show in the ring.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Feuds -</strong> It depends. Champions always get their rematch should they lose. Easy filler feud. Mostly it's just every title has a feud, plus the people I am building up to eventually challenge for the title. Usually save Main Eventer vs Main Eventer for a big PPV.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Crowning Title Contenders -</strong> I operate on a rematch clause. I haven't held a battle royal, but I do have a tournament similar to the G1, which gets a shot at the title at our biggest show in December.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Gimmick Events -</strong> Similar to NJPW, not too many gimmick matches. The only gimmick match I have set up is a 4 way elimination match set for my final show of the year. Do have 2 tournament events, both for tag and singles competition. Although the singles one still has title matches, the tag one will be a "break" for singles competition. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match Levels - </strong> A lot of my shows are "main title feud + tag fued" six way. In Japan that's kind of the norm. Is it a bit lazy? I guess. The undercard is often squash matches with some older guys in there as well. A singles match or two for interest. Maybe a special singles 1 vs 1 match, but eh. It's often 60% 3v3-4v4-5v5 and then 30% 2v2 and 10% 1v1. In PPVs it's the exact opposite.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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<p>A lot these answers depend on which company i use in my game, but in general....</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Schedule -</strong> Traditional, 4 TVs & a PPV. B-shows depend on who I play. Big roster? B-Show please! Indy company that just reached TV? No thanks.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Show Length -</strong> 1-2 hours for TV, 1/2-1 hour for B-shows, 2 & 1/2-3 hours for Big Shows.<em>(well....)</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Segments - </strong> No back to back matches. Angles also provide a break in the action, even on PPVs.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Alignments -</strong> Depends on the product. Preferably play with Face/Heel disposition, but can play with it on. But, without it, I can book with less foresight and have more options.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stables -</strong> Multiple factions throughout the card. Typically heel guys. Faces are normally booked as "lone-wolfs" willing to take on all challenges, but will make alliances with others to take care of a greater evil.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Archetypes -</strong> Completely all over the place here. Heels can be legit tough singles wrestlers, cowards hiding behind a faction, and just jerks. Faces are normally full blow heroes - or Anti-heroes. Really depends on the roster I have. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Feuds -</strong> Depends on what company I book. If I have to build to a "big 4" PPV in the WWF, feuds can last 3 months, with different opponents providing stepping stones before a huge matchup. Rematches are spare, and aren't treated too special when they happen, unless it's a major title feud. Typically, wrestlers only feud with folks that are either one level above or below their pushes. No openers feuding with Main Eventers.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Crowning Title Contenders - </strong> No tournaments. I find them exhausting to book. But if the match gets a good grade, rematch! Number one contenders matches are frequent, but don't have to be explicit. If a top heel beats a top babyface, expect him to get a title shot at a babyface champ.</p><p>


Gimmick Events - </strong> <em>I love gimmicks.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match Levels -</strong> Depends on the mod/company. Big matches are given out on tv, but only to get a high match grade I need to gain popularity/momentum.</p>

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<p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Using a 1994 Clash of Titans mod as ECW.</span></em></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Schedule -</strong> <em>4 TV's and 1 Large Event a month, not enough popularity to get any PPV companies interested in using us for programming unfortunately. </em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Show Length -</strong> <em>I use 1 hour TV's and 2 Hour Large Events for the most part. I do have one of my Large Events that is 3 Hours (Wrestlepalooza) and one of my Large Events is 4 Hours long (King of Extreme) but that is because it's a one night Tournament.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Segments -</strong> <em>I don't have an exact breakdown but I try to book towards my feuds getting big heat. Usually what I will do is book my matches with feud participants in them. Then what ever feuds don't end up in matches I will throw in promos. But I also will occasionally do a show with just after match celebrations or attacks that level out with the matches. My ratio is set as 60% Matches for TV and 80% for Events.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Alignments -</strong> <em>I actually have a very heel dominated roster, with the Faces fighting the good fight against those.</em> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stables -</strong> <em>I try to only have one real "faction" at a time. Usually a heel faction with a general set-up of One Main Eventer, One Midcarder-Lower Midcareder, and two Lower Midcarders-Openers. Use the Main Eventer to get over angles, build up the midcarder and use the lower mid carders to run through the tag team division. Simple formula to push the game forward. Also allows for the Stable to be involved in multiple storylines at once.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Feuds -</strong> <em>I usually book one big year long feud to build up. Then smaller feuds that normally last anywhere from one month to three months.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Crowning Title Contenders -</strong> <em>I try to always have a upper midcard or main eventer feud that doesn't have the title involved that will eventually easily lead to the winner getting to be top contender for the World Title. I try to do battle royals or number one contender matches for the midcard titles and Tag titles are usually just thrown together with the two hottest tag teams at the time.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Gimmick Events -</strong> <em>I try not to do to many "Gimmick" events but I believe I have two, King of Extreme and Ring of Valhalla. King of Extreme is a one night tournament similar to King of the Ring. Ring of Valhalla is kind of my version of the Royal Rumble but also has a loser leaves town match as the Semi-Main Event every year. Good way to thin out my roster or get rid of a negative influence, but also do it with storylines in mind. May get old eventually but for now it has worked well.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match Levels -</strong> <em>I try, because ECW is so limited on income from shows and sponsorship to book where every person gets one match per month on TV and then the Events I book strongly around my storylines that are building. I always have either Main Eventers or Upper Midcarders at the top of the card and build down.</em></p>

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<p>Depends on the product, but some things are the same for nearly every game:</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Schedule -</strong> One A tv show and a PPV every 2-3 months, B shows only if it's really necessary, tv specials from time to time if I need it to develop a storyline or if I want to expand to another region</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Show Length -</strong> 2 hour for tv shows and 2.5-3 hour PPVs</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Segments -</strong> Depends on product, usually 3 matches an hour and 3-5 angles</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Alignments -</strong> 60% heels 40% faces</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stables -</strong> I don't like booking stables but I often build heel tag teams so that they interfere in each others matches and two faces have to team up to ultimately beat them.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Archetypes -</strong> A monster heel, one or more cheaters, a psycho tweener, a heroic face, an underdog face, a veteran face, a clean cut tag team... man, I just recognize that my complete roster is made up of archetypes <img alt=":D" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/biggrin.png.929299b4c121f473b0026f3d6e74d189.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Feuds -</strong> Usually 2 or 3 main event feuds, if they work they will go for as long as I have enough material to keep it interesting. </p><p>

3-4 midcard feuds that only last 1 or 2 months.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Crowning Title Contenders -</strong> Rematch clauses if it makes sense, one tournament a year at max to determine a contender for a PPV, battle royals or three- or 4-way-matches from time to time.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Gimmick Events -</strong> Not necessarily</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match Levels - </strong>Main event usually between Main Eventer and upper midcarder, rest of the card either squashes or upper mid vs. lower mid.</p>

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Schedule - an A and a B show done in the same day, B show is shown on a different day just so it gets all the people going to watch the A show. One PPV a month with 4 big PPV's


Show Length - 2 hour A show, 1-1:30 hour B show, 2:30-3:30 PPV, depends on importance.


Segments - usually it's 2 angles to start the show, either to book the main event or featuring the main feud, then at least one angle between two matches with 2 angles in the middle (like a commercial break) a lot of post match interferences and backstage brawls, and an angle to finish the show. Matches on weekly shows would mostly be squashes, a good midcard bout and a long main event (WCW style), and trying to fit in most unused workers in the pre show.


Alignments - trying to get a nice balance but usually more heels, especially at the top.


Stables - depends on the situation, but I love a good top heel vs top face faction, on my WCW Lives save I got nWo vs La Resistance (DDP, Booker and Rick Steiner. Yes it's a horrible name)


Archetypes - More of an anti heroes fan myself, easier to book than a happy go lucky face. More Sting/Stone Cold/CM Punk like guys than John Cena/Daniel Bryan guys. Heels are the easiest to book (both in game and irl), anything from a Miz type cocky heel to a Neville type rightful heel


Feuds - Very old school on this one, mainly a long feuds kind of guy, a year or longer top feud featuring top factions and a few long midcard feuds with occasional transition feuds. In a current time save (2017) it's not the same, never really picked up a long save of recent times.


Crowning Title Contenders - I usually find it hard to start a title feud, since I like just getting rid of the beginning of the feud and jump into the story, so it's a "who didn't fight this champion yet and deserves it?" sort of thing


Gimmick Events - Not a big fan of these, with the exception of Royal Rumbles/War Games events where the gimmick is worth the PPV, mostly a PPV is focused on the matches than the stipulations


Match Levels - I like doing the Teddy Long style of main event, putting a tag team match between 2 separate pairs of rivals, brings a lot of interesting outcomes, but also many squash matches on TV to save good match ups to a PPV, and there's barely any shows without the main event being connected to the main or second feud

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