Friday, January 6, 2012

Booking SAW Part 1

Early in South Atlanta Wrestling's run I participated in The Wrestling Blog's All-Time Draft.  We had a ton of fun with it and I really enjoyed the roster I assembled.  At the time I had every intention to talk more about how I would book my fantasy promotion.  That never really happened.  The other day I was thinking about this again and decided I would try to tackle it, but in a slightly different manner.  Basically, I'm not going to talk specifically about SAW's roster here.  What I am going to do is talk in general about some booking principles I would employ and others that I would not use frequently or at all.  Some of these may get their own entries here some day, but for now this will be attacked via a list with some brief comments.

Let's get started:
  • Tag team wrestling--I prefer a strong tag division that stands on its own apart from the singles division.  If two single stars team against the tag champs they will be at a disadvantage since the champs are tag team specialists.  If a tag team is popular enough (think the Roadies) one member may even get a shot at the world title from time-to-time.  Same rule applies though, the tag team member is at a disadvantage because he is not as familiar with working singles matches.  Also, tag matches with "thrown-together" tag teams will often headline cards so feuding wrestlers can mix it up without giving away their one-on-one matchups before the big card.
  • Handicap matches--Not happening frequently.  They would be booked accordingly.
    • Monster destroys lower card wrestlers. Think Big Show vs two jobbers.  Only booked to show off how physically impressive the "monster" is.  The individuals taking him on are either comedy gimmicks or simply lower card folks that have enhancement value but will most likely not ever work up the card.
    • Tag team match gone awry.  This will be the old situation where a babyface partner is beaten mercilessly backstage and is unable to compete.  If no one is able to assist the other guy, then the match goes on and he is at an extreme disadvantage. 
    • Heel manages to get a handicap match booked.  This may be an evil authority figure or someone who plays on the hero's pride to get the match.  The hero will show his courage by simply being willing to fight.  He most likely will not be able to overcome the odds however.
  • Non title matches--Don't love them, especially for the secondary belts.  Too often they are used as a lazy way to justify why the challenger gets a title shot.  The challenger earns his shot through either his impressive record or a personal issue with the champion.  To me, that makes far more sense than neutering your title holders.
  • Champion always introduced last--I am an old school fan and one thing I believe is that the champion should always come out second.  If you are having a big unification bout then I would probably introduce the face champion second, but in all other situations the champ has earned the right to come out last.
  • Cage matches--I thoroughly enjoyed the Daniel Bryan/Mark Henry WHC cage match, but in general I do not care for the escape method of winning these things.  To me, the cage is there to contain the action, keep outsiders out and to be used as a weapon.  If you must keep the escape method as a way to win the match I think that pin and submission have to be in play too.  I also think you should have to climb over the top to win.  I hate the idea of the official standing at the door and opening it so you can simply climb out that way.  It's beyond silly.
That is it for the first edition of "Booking SAW."  Hope you enjoyed and I would love some feedback on these booking principles.