Re: Being The Booker
I'm new to these boards, but I'm far from new to fantasy booking and e-feds. This is very much like any of that, and I've got to say... you're damn good at it. In fact, between this thread and Forever Delayed's thread.. I'm feeling inspired to start up my own thread sometime down the road here.
I'll go ahead and give a brief review of your Royal Rumble pay-per-view. It's not much. Basically, I don't know enough about the history of this BTB to know what ALL the characters on your roster have been doing. BUT, thanks to your detailed outlines and "hype videos" prior to your matches, I'm quickly brought up to speed on the most important things.
The Lesnar/Jericho match just FELT like a hot opener, and that's something every Royal Rumble should have, every year. The Tag Title match was well-written, but it just seemed a little like filler. The Hart/Angle portion of the PPV was DEAD ON. I mean it. I could definately visualize that whole bit playing out on television, and your fans' reactions were perfect. I really hate it when BTB threads have fans reactions down to a routine. Boo the heel. Cheer the face. No matter what. Blah... live crowds are meant to be unpredictable every now & then.
The Austin/Goldberg match, in my opinion, was AMAZING. Nothing sort of it, by any means. I don't think anyone could've done a better job booking that match, honestly. I NEVER thought I'd enjoy reading through (or trying to visualize) a match between those two men. I mean sure, the intensity would be off the charts.. but, you took us one step further, by making us FEEL and FEED OFF that intensity. Your description of the staredown was so in-depth, and the match was filled with great back-and-forth action. And, best of all, you created a memorable match (for me), without having either guy do something they wouldn't normally do in real life. It really was the MOTN.. more so than the Rumble. I don't care what anyone says..
The 'Taker/Cena match was decent enough. It served its purpose, and it kept a good pace. To be honest, I would've liked to have seen 'Taker win the title and take it to WrestleMania. After all, he's got the undefeated streak.. and he's won the title at 'Mania only once.. but he's NEVER walked in with the title, and defended it. I think it would've made for a great story for The Undertaker to have to face an opponent at 'Mania.. with not only the risk of losing his undefeated streak.. but also his championship. Meh.. still, good bout.
The RR was a fine match, also. Obviously, anyone who writes out an entire battle royal like that has put time & thought into it. Everything was planned out well, I thought. Your entrances and eliminations all seemed to be something along the lines of what the WWE would actually do. Nothing too wild, which is both bad & good..
Still, I just cannot believe how well the Austin/Goldberg match turned out to be. It really, really left me stunned. I didn't think it could be done that well. Hopefully, you'll come back soon and continue to book shows of this caliber. I'm interested in seeing where everything's going & where all the pieces fall, leading into your WrestleMania. I definately see some matches already being put into place as possibilities.
Potential WrestleMania Card (??)
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Christian
- Triple H vs. Rey Mysterio
** Champion vs. Champion Match **
- Carlito vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield
- Eugene vs. Gene Snitsky
Those are just a few I could see goin' down. Obviously, Benoit will challenge someone for a major title, and Bret/Angle will be on there. So don't leave us all wondering TOO long.. things are getting real interesting.