tristram Posted May 10, 2006 Share Posted May 10, 2006 [B][U][CENTER][IMG]http://steveswrestling.com/logos/wcw/wcw.gif[/IMG] World Championship Wrestling 1993[/CENTER][/U][/B] [B][U]Why WCW '93[/U][/B] Firstly, I would like to let you know why I have chosen WC-dubbya for 1993. I had previously ran the [URL="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13908"]WCW '98 dynasty[/URL] and got bored with the monotony of great results. Love the scenario in my downtime, because WCW was really important to me back then, but I wanted a challenge. This scenario definitely gives that. Apologies for starting a-new... [B][U]WCW Hire New Head Booker - Dave Meltzer, the Wrestling Observer[/U][/B] News is buzzing in the professional wrestling ranks, as Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling today announced the hiring of new booker, John Simpson. In what can only be regarded as a major surprise in the wake of Eric Bischoff's recent performances, it is interesting to find out the thoughts and aspirations for WCW under the guidance of Simpson. Dave Meltzer: Thank you for your time, John. John Simpson: Thank you for having me, Dave. Dave Meltzer: I regard myself as a fair bit of inside knowledge in the world of professional wrestling, while there's been some comments recently I didn't see you coming into the position of WCW Head Booker. Can you describe the sequence of events that lead to your hiring? John Simpson: Well, firstly, I've been involved out the back of professional wrestling arenas since the mid 1970's, particularly down in the Carolinas, which as you know, in a round-about way is now looked after by WCW. So I'm not completely unknown to the powers that be, I guess more than anything I am just a great fan of professional wrestling, and in particular southern professional wrestling. From that, I got contacts with the hierachy of WCW, and, well, one of Ted Turner's executives called me in last Tuesday and delivered the bombshell. Dave Meltzer: Have you had any discussions with any of the roster, or Eric Bischoff? John Simpson: I've known Eric since he moved down from the American Wrestling Association, not closely, but yes, we've held discussions. Basically, Eric will oversee the wrestling product for Turner's television conglomerate, and I will be reporting directly to him, so if anything, he gets a cooshy promotion out of all this. I think his new title is Director of Wrestling Operations or something, quite impressive. As far as the wrestlers, I haven't really talked to them since I signed the contract, but most of them I've talked to over the years. Its a very tribal feel within WCW. Dave Meltzer: We all know Hulk Hogan is on the free-agents list at the moment, do you have any aspirations to negotiate with him? John Simpson: I really haven't identified where we need to strengthen our roster yet. If I'm after someone to bring some hype, yes, Hulk will be looked at. But there's a range of issues to be ascertained with all parties, not just their in-ring suitability, but whether or not they will be effective in forming a positive core group backstage also. I don't want to get to a situation of the in-mates running the asylum so to speak. Dave Meltzer: Who in your estimation are the two guys currently in WCW that you can say they're your go to money men? John Simpson: I'd say at this stage "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and Sting, but there's also "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Stunning" Steve Austin, even a youngster like Chris Benoit has a lot of potential to be tapped into. Dave Meltzer: What can fans expect? A show focussing predominately on good work inside the ring, or outside the ring charisma and entertainment? John Simpson: I think the fans demand a mix of both. Its about finding the ideal mix, I guess. I guess at the moment the market is kind of interesting, you've got the old school NWA fans who want tradition and drawn out matches, and then you've got the northern fans who want big guys wrestling quick matches and then creating drama outside the ring. Dave Meltzer: You say you've been involved with professional wrestling since 1970's, who are your wrestling idols? John Simpson: I grew up watching Ric Flair, and Harley Race, and Ricky Steamboat. I guess they were my three favourites as a youngster. Dave Meltzer: You'll be glad to see all three are on the WCW roster. John Simpson: That's an obvious attraction to me, purely from a fan's perspective of course. Dave Meltzer: John, thank you for your time, and good luck. John Simpson: Thank you. --------------- Later tonight - head booker John Simpson looks at the state of the roster, additions, cuts and changes. Stay tuned! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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