Oldschool Posted July 1, 2017 Share Posted July 1, 2017 With WWE ratings, subscriptions and general interest in decline, the chairman of the board brought in his trusted allies to strategize how to re-invigorate the wrestling business. Shane and Stephanie's Smackdown Live and Raw never really became the cutting edge flagship brands they had hoped the would. Triple H, had his NXT pet that had his moments. 205live, WWE UK, and Ladies Mae Young Tournament supplied short lived hype. So Vince held a meeting with the people he trusted most. Of course Shane and Steph, Triple H were there. Vince even brought in Pat Patterson, Jerry Brisco, Paul Heyman, Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, Mick Foley, Steve Austin and a host of writers to try and inspire the future of the business. Idea after idea was dropped at this meeting: a new camera angle, different presentation, re-drafting, longer matches and less talk, more talk and shorter matches were all debated. Finally good ole JR, finally said, "What if we try and go back in time when the now 40 somethings watched Hulkamania, Andre the Giant, Bob Backlund and Jimmy Snuka week in and week out. These 40 somethings might watch and their kids could be the next wave of fans. Mom and Dad can tell their kids how wrestling was when they grew up, when it seemed real. Ross, dropped a full fledge return to 1982, when less was more. No pyro, no flashing entrances, no long interviews, just 2 guys wrestling in boring black trunks. No ladder match daredevils, instead a focus on telling a story, on psychology. A return to kayfabe, where bad guys didn't interact with good guys and where we could suspend our belief and take this as real. Ross continued on talking about building characters, building storylines, making titles mean something. In essence a complete 180 of where the product is today Vince thought this was a terrible idea, citing the days of smoked filled arenas and weekly TV matches of Tito Santana vs Iron Mike Sharpe followed by a quick event center interview will appeal to NO ONE! JR responds maybe not, but a least you are creating a complete alternative. Something totally different, in a way that even competitors don't differentiate. The more Ross discussed, the more passionate he became about this complete change in philosophy. Steph and Shane snickered. Triple H, even said, "Why don't you take the NXT roster and have at it. Heck Vince could care less about NXT anyways" JR said, with the right direction and coaching. With less emphasis on these guys (pointing to the writers" maybe whats old can be whats new. Vince, continued to mock JR, until JR said why don't you have the balls to try it. McMahon got right in his face and said why don't you do it then. Go ahead, try and fail and ruin your legacy in this sport. McMahon continued go ahead with your crappy idea, it will be so pathetic, that anyone that watches will yearn for sports entertainment. Meanwhile Triple H, started to think and proposes. Lets do it with some of the NXT guys. Ross realized he couldn't pull it off unless he had some name power. Sell me the contracts, of a few your guys. If it becomes a success, you can just buy them back and rehire at your own discretion. McMahon reiterates I don't want any of that garbage on my network and all you'll do is turn them into damaged goods. Triple H, realized Ross has some connections that he might be able to get TV and make stars out of some of their development talent, that if they became anything the "E" could just gobble them back up. Many days of discussion later a deal was made. The WWE would allow for JR to use some NXT/Development Talent and even keep their WWE names, so as to not damage any of the momentum the guys have created, but Vince did not want it on his Network. Vince didn't want his name on it, instead he wanted JR to make it on his own. Mainly so he could just prove him wrong. JR set up an office in NYC and he and Triple H began negotiations on wrestlers. (O.O.C.) I know its a terrible backstory, but basically I just want to run a game with todays wrestlers in an early 80's wrestling format. Its also been along time since I've played TEW and written a diary. My daughter is now 10 and very active in sports, much different than when I last was hear back when she was just 5. So I probably wont be as detailed as my old diary. Heck, that's not even really going to matter as I'm not sure if the same people are even still around. Needless to say, this will be a simple diary without much writing and more or less a place o track my game Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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