Re: The Official BTB Discussion Thread
In all honesty, the Invasion is probably the hardest angle/era to book sensibly, realistically and successfully. People might trash on how the WWF handled it at the time but it's only once you plan out a thread for it, begin planning and writing that you realise that it really is challenging to book. Lets say you start from Wrestlemania 17, these are the things you have to incorporate or at least think about -
The Austin Heel Turn
The Rock's revenge
Where does Triple H lie
What's Stephanie doing
When will they first invade
Who are they?
Are you going to include people who the WWF didn't sign in real life at the time - Sting, Goldberg, Ric Flair, NWO etc.
Will you include ECW, if so, how will you involve them
Are you going to push any WWF talent or just let them take a back seat - Jericho, Benoit, Angle, Regal etc.
How are you going to keep the tag team division relevant
The IC Championship
The European Championship
The Hardcore Championship
The Light Heavyweight Championship
The Women's Championship
The WCW World Heavyweight Championship
The United States Championship
The WCW Tag Team Championship
The Cruiserweight Championship
The ECW Championship
Who's going to be heel and face?
Are there going to be any huge heel/face turns, if so who, when, where and why?
Whens the story going to end?
Will there be a brand split afterwards- If so, who are the gms? who will go where?
Will all of the titles be unified - If so, who will win the unification matches
Will it last until Wrestlemania 18 - If so, whats that card going to look like and will that even be the final pay off?
Where's Eric Bischoff, if anywhere?
Is Paul Heyman going to play a role?
What about the Lower Midcard, which provide a vital role in the WWF - Crash Holly, Eddie Guerrero, Test, the APA, Right To Censor etc.
Linda McMahon, where is she?
Who are you going to push from the Invaders side
How are you going to push them
Title changes - who, when, where, why, how
And all of that isn't even scratching the surface of what you need to consider to successfully book the Invasion. I challenge anybody to think of a period of time, an angle or an era to book that is more creatively challenging to book in a logical and entertaining fashion.