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<p>The Heenan Family cuts a boastful, menacing promo on Hulk Hogan... The Four Horsemen jump Dusty Rhodes in the parking lot and leave him laying... D-X taunts WCW in a series of skits... The nWo viciously beats The Giant down until Sting makes the save.</p><p> </p><p>

The "What's New in TEW 2020" section touts that stables have been revamped and are now "fully integrated with AI-controlled companies." In many ways, that's true: the AI will now form and dissolve stables; they'll team stablemates in matches; they'll bring workers in and kick them out. Unfortunately, one thing they <strong>don't</strong> yet do is book angles for stables.</p><p> </p><p>

The AI <strong>will</strong> book angles for singles wrestlers, tag teams and trios. You can find interviews, confrontations, brawls, backstage segments, video recaps, etc. Nothing for stables. It's strange to see news reports hail the formation of this stable, or tout a change in roster for that stable -- only to have the AI show reports never feature a single angle for these stables that are getting so much media attention.</p><p> </p><p>

Is it possible for the AI to book angles for their stables? Is that programmable? </p><p> </p><p>

Presently, there tend to be a good number of backstage segments and interviews for single wrestlers -- with SWF I've seen as man as nine each show. I'd love to see one, two or three of them turned into stable angles, provided that the company has stables and the product allows for angles.</p><p> </p><p>

What kinds of angles? The same you'd see for singles, tag teams and trios: interviews, confrontations, brawls, etc. </p><p> </p><p>

You could have "standalone" interviews and backstage segments which don't set up matches; you could have "set up" angles that build to a match where stable members will see action; you could have "feud" angles where stable members focus on whomever the stable is feuding with; and you could have "revenge attack" angles where the stable attacks whomever just beat one of their single wrestlers or tag teams in a match. (This would be particularly good for DQ finishes to simulate a heel stable rushing into the ring to beat down the babyface who had been on the way to a clean win.)</p><p> </p><p>

You could also reverse this: If Hulk Hogan is feuding with Andre the Giant, you could not only have The Heenan Family cut a promo on Hulk Hogan, but have Hogan occasionally cut a promo on The Heenan Family (as opposed to Andre specifically.)</p><p> </p><p>

If the size of the stable presents a problem for the AI -- if there's something gamebreaking about all members of a huge stable getting regular action in angles -- then a subset of the stable could be chosen for angles based on their roles. Leaders might more regularly be featured in promos, while muscle might more often end up in brawls, etc. </p><p> </p><p>

Admittedly, I don't know enough about how TEW 2020 is put together to know how easy or difficult these changes will be, but if this *is* possible, I'd very much like to see it, for realism's sake and the joy of an immersive game experience.</p>

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