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For main event, I will have a story that runs for a year (Austin v Corporation, for example) from Mania to Mania. Outside of that, my ME stories average at three months. Midcard averages at two months and lower at one or less. However, that's in the planning stage. It's a lot harder to make stories last that long when you're running two weekly shows....
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On average.... I'd say 2-3 months. 1 month is the most common one, but since I have a brand split where both brand's DON'T get a PPV every month like in real life, depending on the situation the 2 PPV feuds are either 2 or 3 months. However, I have had storylines that take a full year or close to it but they're not always just the same guys feuding, I have many long storylines that evolve into several different rivalries over the time. For example, at the time I'm running a storyline that started as Ziggler vs Triple H, then evolved into Ziggler vs HBK, then a Survivor Series storyline with Ziggler not being happy with his team captain Goldberg, and now HBK is back in the mix as Ziggler is feuding with Kenny Omega. This all started before WrestleMania and it's now the December of that same year.
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Most of mine run for 3 PPVs, usually going into the 3rd match with 1 win each. If I try to run one major storyline per year (Austin Vs McMahon, Corporate Ministry, Owen Hart Vs Bret Hart, Undertaker Vs Mankind etc) which will run anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.
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<p>When I first started playing, I'd do a one month storyline.</p><p> </p><p>

That changed when I saw a YouTube video of a Jericho-Cena feud in 2005 which ran for 2 PPVs & ended on RAW.</p><p> </p><p>

As others said above, I'd extend the story to 3 PPVs & sometimes 4 if the wrestlers are popular enough. Each PPV would have a different stipulation and the forth might be triple-threat/fatal-4 way.</p><p> </p><p>

I'd keep the wrestlers from having a match until the PPV but they would interact on the A shows.</p>

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<p>My main event stories run usually around a year. That doesn't necessarily mean two individuals feuding, but there tends to be for example a dominant stable, or the champ having a story, or there being an ongoing promotion-wide feud.</p><p> </p><p>

The programs within usually go about three months, but I tend to go for overarching storylines rather than it being like I said a 1v1 program.</p><p> </p><p>

and of course one main event story then flows into the next.</p>

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<p>Depends on the story. I might just run a story with my World Champ it will probably run for the duration of his run and I'll just put people in and out of it as needed. This does tend for only be for title storylines. Most will go for the typical 3 month length. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

I did, however, have a storyline playing Montreal Aftermath that lasted from the start of the game in Dec 97 all the way to WrestleMania 2001. This was on TEW 2013 and I wish I still had that save file.</p>

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Basically three months... Gives each worker a win each before the big blow-off match. With lowercard workers, I tend to give them a month, leading up to the one and only PPV match. However, I have gone beyond three months, in my WWF'87 save. Had Hogan feud with DiBiase for most of the year, cause they had awesome chemistry together.
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<p>As long as it takes. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

Main event storylines go 3-6 months, sometimes longer. Midcard storylines go 2-4 months (sometimes longer). Low card storylines tend to last 5 shows (4 TV, 1 PPV) with a strict cap since most of the time, by the time the 5th segment rolls around, at least one member of the storyline autopushes to midcarder.</p><p> </p><p>

I typically have at least one "Making of..." storyline, surrounding a worker I'm actively pushing and that can last YEARS with people entering and leaving the storyline along the way.</p>

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<p>My main feuds tend to run from major PPV to Major PPV. Essentially from Summer Slam till Mania. If I'm feeling extra froggy, I might go from Mania to Mania. </p><p> </p><p>

Otherwise 1-4 months. I also revisit feuds months or years down the road and add chapters to their stories.</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="gazwefc83" data-cite="gazwefc83" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43887" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>With a company cult and larger how many active storylines do you run at one time?</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> There is no cow level.</p><p> </p><p> What I mean is, aside from your promotional requirements (i.e. X number of storylines with minimum Y heat), there's no number that's required. It also depends on how you use your storylines. For example, since I tend to run multiple saves at a time, I use my storylines to clue me in on what plans I was working on for that save. As a result, I could have 10+ storylines going at 'small' since I try to keep all workers of consequence in a storyline of some kind (it's free momentum, why not?).</p>
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If it is a storyline for my biggest event, I will normally make it 2 years. 1 year planting the sedes and the other year slowly building up an actual start of the story, midcard mostly 1-6 months and lower midcard stories never end because I have nothing for them.
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<p>Depending on the story, right now I have Jack Bruce and Roberts which will has gone on for about a year and a half, although it was like... a backburner story? Jack was away for a movie so Roberts essentially just managed to mention him every so often to remind people he put (kayfabe) Bruce out for a bit. </p><p> </p><p>

Then I have one where I plan to turn Enygma heel and de-mask him. This is has been going on for four months and has been built up across different arcs.</p><p> </p><p>

The generic feuds depend, if it's a big returning feud (say... champion vs old friend/biggest rival/person whose beaten them every time 1v1) I have it go 3 matches or smth, but if it's just a filler feud it's a month long.</p>

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Most of my storylines run just a few months. Usually long enough for three one on one matches. However, my Heavyweight title storyline has been going on for just over four years now. I just keep switching wrestlers in and out of it. It started with Bret Hart and Rick Martel fighting over the IC title, had a major feud between The Hart Foundation and The Four Horsemen, featured The Undertaker winning his first World title, Randy Savage and Ric Flair fighting over the belt, and just about any major story in the last four years in the WWF.
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<p>It honestly depends on what's "happening" and who is involved.</p><p> </p><p>

I would agree 3 months is the average, but sometimes I have a "tag team" on one side and the opponent has rotating partners. So I'll cycle guys in and and out of a story and it runs longer...</p>

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<p>my question for storylines is, can they be longstanding rivalries or do they lose heat if the wrestlers involved aren't always fighting?</p><p>

Like how WWE revives old rivalries like Cena/Orton, they don't fight every week, but every couple of years they'd have a feud here and there, or a one-off match every few months. So in TEW world, would that kind of story lose heat if they aren't always focused on each other?</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="jjohns44" data-cite="jjohns44" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43887" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>my question for storylines is, can they be longstanding rivalries or do they lose heat if the wrestlers involved aren't always fighting?<p> Like how WWE revives old rivalries like Cena/Orton, they don't fight every week, but every couple of years they'd have a feud here and there, or a one-off match every few months. So in TEW world, would that kind of story lose heat if they aren't always focused on each other?</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> If participants of a storyline are not used in the same segments, then yes it will lose heat.</p>
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