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Booking 101: A WWE Diary

Booking 101: A WWE Diary

Hmm, it has been awhile hasn’t it? I doubt most or any of you will remember me, it’s been five, now nearly six years since I actually had a booking venture. I recently got back into wrestling, thanks to finding some download links to all of the Monday Night Raw’s from 1998 and 1999. I really haven’t kept up with the current WWE and from what I have watched, there really is no reason too. Everything about the product today really is stale. However, with my new found interest in wrestling, also came with a renewed interest in booking. The last time I had a thread was a current day 2008 WWE thread. I have decided with thanks to EWR, to rebook the aftermath of Wrestlemania 21. Fact is, I enjoy the roster for both shows at that time, and it was really the beginning of a new era or wave of superstars in the WWE with John Cena and Batista catapulting themselves to the main-event while stars from yesterday such as Austin, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, they have all ridden into the sunset.
I will be using the real results of Wrestlemania 21, however, I have decided to no longer use Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. The Raw roster is pretty main-event heavy at this point, and I do not have long term plans for Chris Benoit truthfully. I love to write with Eddie Guerrero, but I would hate to be using him all the way up until November, so just not using him from the start will help me out.


Wrestlemania XXI Results:

Pre-Show Interpromotional 30-man Battle Royale

Booker T won by last eliminating Chris Masters

Singles Match

Rey Mysterio defeated Eddie Guerrero

Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Edge defeated Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Christian, and Kane

Interpromotional Singles Match

The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton

WWE Women’s Championship

Trish Stratus © defeated Christy Hemme

Interpromotional Singles Match

Kurt Angle defeated Shawn Michaels

Sumo Match…

Akebono defeated Big Show – aka who gives a shit

WWE Championship

John Cena defeated John Bradshaw Layfield ©

World Heavyweight Championship

Batista defeated Triple H ©


Monday Night Raw

Batista – World Heavyweight Champion
Candice Michelle
Chris Jericho
Chris Masters
Christy Hemme
Eric Bischoff – General Manager
Gene Snitsky
Jonathan Coachman – Staff Member
Khosrow Daivari
Maria Kanellis
Mark Henry
Matt Hardy
Mick Foley – WWE Legend
Molly Holly
Muhammad Hassan
Randy Orton
Ric Flair
Robert Conway
Shawn Michaels
Shelton Benjamin – WWE Intercontinental Champion
Simon Dean
Stacy Keibler
Steven Richards
Sylvain Greinier
Tajiri – World Tag Team Champion
The Hurricane
Triple H
Trish Stratus – WWE Women’s Champion
Tyson Tomko
Val Venis
William Regal – World Tag Team Champion


General Manager – Eric Bischoff
Raw Play-by-Play Commentator – Jim Ross
Raw Color Commentator – Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler
Backstage Interviewer/Heat Play-by-Play Commentator – Todd Grisham
Backstage Interviewer/Heat Color Commentator – Jonathan ‘Coach’ Coachman

Thursday Night Smackdown!

Al Snow – Staff Member
Big Show
Billy Kidman
Booker T
Bubba Ray Dudley – Hiatus
Carlito Caribbean Cool
Charlie Haas
Chavo Guerrero
Danny Basham
Dawn Marie
Doug Basham
D-Von Dudley – Hiatus
Hardcore Holly
Jesus Aguliera
John Bradshaw Layfield
John Cena – WWE Champion
John Heindenreich
Joy Giovanni
Kenzo Suzuki
Kurt Angle
Luther Reigns
Mark Jindrak
Michelle McCool
Miss Jackie
Orlando Jordan – WWE United States Champion
Paul Heyman – Hiatus
Paul London – WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Rene Dupree
Rey Mysterio – WWE Tag Team Champion
Rob Van Dam – Injured
Scotty 2 Hotty
Shannon Moore
Spike Dudley
The Undertaker
Theodore Long – General Manager/Sole Creator of Tag Team Matches
Torrie Wilson


General Manager – Theodore Long
Smackdown Play-by-Play Commentator – Michael Cole
Smackdown Color Commentator – Tazz
Backstage Interviewer/Velocity Play-by-Play Commentator – Josh Matthews
Backstage Interviewer/Velocity Color Commentator – Todd Romero


Aaron Stevens
Alexis Laree
Angel Williams
Antonio Thomas
Beth Phoenix
Bobby Lashley
Brent Albright
Brian Black
Brian Carlucchi
Chad Toland
Chet Jablonski
Chilly Willy
Chris Cage
Daniel Puder
Danny Inferno
Dean Jablonski
Derrick Neirick
Deuce Shade
Frankie Kazarian
Garrison Cade
Gregg Goothius
Jillian Hall
Jim Cornette
Joey Matthews
Johnny Jeter
Johnny Nitro
Johnny Swinger
Justice Smith
Ken Anderson
Ken Doane
Mac Johnson
Marty Wright
Matt Cappotelli
Matt Morgan
Matt Hettinga
Mike Mondo
Mike Shane
Mike Taylor
Nick Mitchell
Paul Birchall
Romeo Roselli
Ryan Reeves
Steve Lewington
Tank Toland
Todd Shane
Tony Straddin

With the developmental roster, you may recognize some names, you may not. Some guys at this time were going under different names in the developmental system. These guys can be called up anytime, and to whatever show. Most new signings, if not, all new signings will be sent to the developmental system and stay there for a time of my desire. Some guys will just be released or cut without even making their debut in the WWE. In this diary, it is being run as an actual developmental system.

My shows will be in a very recap form, along with pay-per-views for the most part. The major four pay-per-views will have longer recap forms. I am primarily focusing on the booking side of things in this diary. Besides, the days of me writing weekly television shows that are 10-15 pages are long over so if that is a problem, either get used to it, or do not read. Oh and Velocity and Heat will just be results. It will also feature some development talent!

News and Notes post will be coming soon. I am undecided on doing previews for weekly shows, we will see as we go along!
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WWE News and Notes

-With Wrestlemania XXI in the books, Chairman of the Board, Vince McMahon was said to have been satisfied with how the show went. McMahon was seen backstage congratulating the new World Heavyweight Champion Batista, and the new WWE Champion John Cena. McMahon and the creative team view Batista and John Cena as the beginning of a new generation of superstars in the WWE. McMahon went on to say that Wrestlemania XXI was a “passing of the torch,” event.

-Officials were extremely happy with how both Interpromotional matches played out at Wrestlemania. The match of the night had to be the showdown between The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, and the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle. Both Angle and Michaels have gone onto say they would both love to do a rematch under the right circumstances. It will surely be a hard match to top. The Undertaker and Randy Orton’s match pitted one of the greatest legends in sports entertainment today against the young, upcoming, “Legend Killer.” The Undertaker continued his Wrestlemania undefeated streak and it will be interesting to see where both The Undertaker and Randy Orton go on after their encounter.

-In injury news, Rob Van Dam is expected to be out until after SummerSlam, perhaps even until Survivor Series! This does not bode well for Mr. Thursday Night as Van Dam was slated for a big push on Smackdown. Mark Henry has not been seen on WWE television for quite some time due to an injury he had last year. Henry will be back in action a lot sooner than Van Dam, as his rehab assignment in OVW will be beginning in May.

-The Money in the Bank Ladder Match, a new concept this year at Wrestlemania, will be used again next year at Wrestlemania XXII. This match is seen as a career stepping stone kind of match. Winning the first ever Money in the Bank match last night, Edge has a World Heavyweight title shot that is good for an entire year and can cash in at any time he desires. When will Edge cash in? Time will tell, but it will not be happening anytime soon.

-Marty Jannetty, who was brought back recently to be involved in the Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels feud, impressed multiple officials with his match with Kurt Angle a few weeks back. The WWE was on the verge of making a contract offer to Jannetty, however, Jannetty found himself in a domestic dispute, which caused the WWE to rethink their offer to Jannetty.

-Finally, the next time the WWE will be on pay-per-view is May 1st, when Monday Night Raw will host Backlash! Backlash this year will be taking place at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The theme song for the event will be “Stronger” by Trust Company. Tickets are still on sale now!
OOC: I probably will hold off on posting Raw until Monday or Tuesday. I already have it done, I am trying to get another week of shows done before I start posting shows. I want to be a bit ahead, as I already have the first two weeks of shows done. News and Notes will be posted every week, basically as the star of a new week if you will. Thanks to all of those who are reading.
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Good luck as always, as for Eddie, it's up to you but I wouldn't mind if had kept using him past November. This is all fiction, so using Eddie would've been cool with me, but again, your call.
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Looking good, will be interesting to see how you book Rey with the tag titles, whether you'll bring in a new parter or something else. Will be reading, good luck!
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Very interested in seeing how you work with this time period especially with promising young big names in Cena/Batista/Orton plus Edge holding the MITB.

Best of luck!

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No Drew McIntyre/Galloway? If this is 2005 he should be atleast in WWE Dev even if he wasnt there IRL.
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He wasn't given a tryout match until a tour the WWE had overseas in late 06. So why would I include him if this is taking place in 2005? I may sign him to a developmental deal before then sure, but he wasn't with the WWE in March/April of 2005.
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Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
4th April, 2005

Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler welcome us to the first edition of Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania XXI! Good Ol’ Jim Ross and The King recap the Raw side of the action from Wrestlemania highlighting the Money in the Bank Ladder Match where Edge overcame the odds to become the first ever, “Mr. Money in the Bank.” The two Interpromotional matches where Raw lost in both matches, as Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels both failed to come up with victories; Trish Stratus retaining her Women’s Championship against the Diva Search Winner, Christy Hemme. And finally, Batista overcoming the odds and taking down his former mentor, Triple H, to become the new World Heavyweight Champion!

The new World Heavyweight Champion, Batista opens up the show in his new thousand dollar suit, hundred dollar pair of sunglasses, but most importantly the “big gold belt” on his shoulder. Batista with a big smile on his face, getting a very warm welcome from the Los Angeles faithful, as Batista gets some cheap pop when he says he, “feels at home” here in Los Angeles. “However, I want to take this moment, to thank Triple H and Ric Flair for all they have taught me throughout the years in Evolution.” Batista paying homage to his former mentors, but quickly reminds everyone that they are still his enemies. As Batista goes onto say he will be a fighting champion and holds his belt up above him drawing massive cheers, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair steps on out, clapping for Batista. “Dave, there is nobody more proud of you than me,” stars off Flair, which draws some cheap pop from the crowd and it also draws a puzzling confused face on the World Champ. Flair would continue to go on about how the title that Batista holds has a very long and rich history and lists some of the all-time greats that have held that title before him. Flair reminds Batista that he is staring at the 16 time World Heavyweight Champion, and that tonight, he wants a shot at the title. Batista thanks Flair for the kind words, and backing up his previous statement about being a fighting champion, Batista agrees to defend his title against “The Nature Boy,” here tonight! Eric Bischoff interrupts both men by reminding everyone that Triple H and Edge are the ones in-line for a title shot, and that if Flair wants a shot at the title, he needs to earn it. “So tonight, Ric Flair will go one on one with Batista in a non-title match!” Most of the fans cheer, while some boo as Flair looks pissed off at Bischoff. “If you win tonight Ric, you’ll get added to the World Heavyweight Championship match at Backlash!”

The action kicks off with a Wrestlemania rematch as Trish Stratus defends her WWE Women’s Championship against the 2004 Diva Search Winner, Christy Hemme. Hemme is accompanied by Trish Stratus’ former best friend, Lita who is still recovering from the torn ACL she suffered at New Year’s Revolution. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler comment on how Hemme is still learning from her mentor Lita, as Hemme was able to mount a better offensive on Stratus than the previous night. However, that would not be enough as Stratus hits Hemme with the Stratusfaction and retains her title. After the match, Lita comes in to check on Hemme, but Stratus has other plans and starts to assault Lita’s injured knee! Stratus leaves the ring, smiling from ear to ear as both Hemme and Lita are down in the ring.

Todd Grisham is shown backstage with Mr. Money in the Bank, Edge! Grisham congratulating Edge on the win, and asks Edge on when he plans to cash in his title match. Laughing, Edge responds by reminding the fans he has a guaranteed title shot for one year, and he can use it anytime, anywhere! He takes this time to warn the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, that he needs to always keep his eyes open. “I’m gunning for you Batista. You’ll never know when I will cash this in!” Edge brings up the briefcase to camera’s view, smacking it a few times with an evil smile on his face.

In tag team action, the World Tag Team Champions, William Regal and Tajiri face off against a fairly new tag team, the first ever “Tough Enough” winner, Maven, and “Fitness Guru” Simon Dean in a non-title match-up. Regal and Tajiri used this match to show everyone why they are the tag team champions, using great teamwork and communication skills to overcome their opponents. After the match, Dean grabs a microphone, publically firing Maven as his workout partner and announces that next week, he will reveal his new workout partner!

The “Legend Killer” Randy Orton is backstage in Eric Bischoff’s office, with Bischoff lackey Jonathan Coachman and of course, Eric Bischoff. Orton is going over his match at Wrestlemania with The Undertaker, emphasizing on how he came so close to ending the streak. Bischoff reminds Orton that Orton failed Raw, but more importantly, Orton failed Eric Bischoff last night! Orton with a pissed off look on his face, asks Bischoff for a favor, and that is to have a match with The Undertaker’s brother, Kane, later tonight. Bischoff laughs and with no hesitation gives Orton his match.

In one on one action, Mister Money in the Bank, Edge takes on Matt Hardy in singles action. Both of these men have history with each other, dating back to their legendary tag team matches at previous Wrestlemania’s. This bout would be nothing like those tag team classics, but both men have a respectable bout with one another. Just as it appeared that Edge was going to seal the deal with a spear, Chris Jericho’s music hits as Jericho comes out and watches from the stage; Edge, clearly distracted by Jericho gets rolled up and Matt Hardy gets the victory! Edge throws a temper tantrum in the ring, upset with the fact he allowed someone he viewed not in the “same league” as himself, came out on top.

Todd Grisham once again is shown backstage, but this time his guest is none other than “Captain Charisma” Christian. Christian recaps his night at Wrestlemania XXI with Todd, but then announces that later tonight, he is debuting his new talk show, “The Peep Show.” Grisham asks Christian who his guest on tonight’s show will be and Christian responds, “The man that made us here on Raw look inferior to those chumps on Smackdown, The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels!”

The arena then fills with boos as Muhammad Hassan, along with his translator, Daivari come walking out to the ring. Hassan goes over on how he was once again discriminated last night at Wrestlemania and publically embarrassed by Hulk Hogan. “Hulk Hogan is just like all of you American’s, you just do not know when to stay out of our people’s business!” A reference to the conflict in the Middle East, which draws a chorus of heat from this crowd; Hassan’s tirade against the crowd doesn’t last long as he is interrupted by the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin warns Hassan to watch his mouth and to stop blaming others on his shortcomings. Hassan and Benjamin get close up and personal with one another before Benjamin steps away and delivers a Super Kick to Hassan followed by a T-Bone Suplex on Daivari! Benjamin leaves the ring with the loudest pop of the night so far, holding his title in the air with Hassan looking on, eyes wide open, cursing Benjamin.

In a match made earlier tonight on request, Randy Orton goes one on one with The Undertaker’s brother, Kane, to try and get some redemption for his loss last night. Orton attempts to mount an early offensive, but due to being outsized, Kane easily overpowers Orton. Kane has Orton where he wants him and is about to deliver a Chokeslam, but Orton decides to kick Kane in between the legs, causing the referee to disqualify “The Legend Killer.” Kane, bending over in pain, stands up as Orton clotheslines him back down onto the canvas. Orton leaves the ring grabbing a chair, and re-enters the ring with the weapon. Orton stands over Kane, lifting the steel chair over his head, slamming it down on Kane’s body numerous times! The crowd is shockingly silent as they just witnessed “The Legend Killer” dismantle “The Big Red Machine.”

The debut of the Peep Show, with your host none other than “Captain Charisma” Christian, alongside with his bodyguard, Tyson Tomko; Christian starts off his talk show with how he was in the back with the boys watching Shawn Michaels come up short against Smackdown’s Kurt Angle last night. “The Heartbreak Kid” comes out to a resounding applause from the fans. Christian continues to comment on how he was disappointed with Shawn’s performance at Wrestlemania. “As a kid, I always wanted to be Shawn Michaels, but last night, you let me down, Shawn. You let down all the boys there in the back, and most importantly Shawn, you let down my peeps!” Shawn defends himself reminding Christian that his “peeps” were not let down because of Shawn Michaels, but because Christian failed to win the Money in the Bank match. Shawn also apologizes to not only Christian, but to Eric Bischoff and to all of the Raw roster for failing to win last night. “Not only did I let Eric Bischoff down, I let down all the boys in that Raw locker room. I let down all of my fans, and most importantly, I let myself down.” Shawn keeps his head down, clearly disappointed with himself. Christian reminds Shawn that he wanted to be just like him. “But now, when I stare at you Shawn, I see a man that is a shell of himself. You are no longer the most charismatic star in sports entertainment, I am!” Christian slaps Shawn across the face and the fans a wait for Shawn to retaliate. Shawn looks up at Christian and then takes a glance over to Tomko. Shawn drops his microphone, turning to his side, making it appear he is going to Superkick Christian! “C’mon Heartbreak Kid, show my peeps here in Los Angeles that I am wrong,” exclaims Christian. However, Shawn leaves the ring; walking back up the aisle with his head down, drawing boos from the fans. “Captain Charisma” is left in the ring, shocked that Shawn didn’t retaliate.

In the main-event, it was another case of the mentor versus the student. The mentor, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair taking on the new World Heavyweight Champion, “The Animal” Batista! Both men showed great deals of respect for one another, however that did not stop Flair from trying to cheat his way to victory, with pokes to the eyes of The Animal along with a low-blow when the referee was down. Flair has the Figure Four locked in on the champion, Batista struggling, trying to not tap out to the sixteen time world champion. Batista struggled, but made it to the ropes, forcing Flair to break his hold. From that point, Batista began his comeback and showed he has the heart of a champion. Batista closes out the match with a Powerbomb, ending Flair’s dreams of becoming a seventeen time world champion. After the match, both men embrace each other in the ring, Flair showing a great deal of respect for his former student. However from behind, Triple H nails Batista with the title belt! Batista goes down and both Flair and Triple H gang up on Batista, throwing multiple kicks and punches to the Animal. Reminiscent of their beating on Randy Orton when Orton won the title last August, Triple H holds the title to Batista’s face, reminding Batista that the title belongs to him and that it will be coming back home at Backlash.

OOC: Well there you have it, my first show in five years. I told you guys it would be much recapped, and I am doing this so I do not get burned out so easily. Like I said, I am writing this diary to primarily focus on the booking aspect, not so much the match writing aspect! Hope you enjoy.

Also Two Things:

1. I am kind of meh on review for review. i'd rather you read and review because you are interested in my show and want to provide tips on improvement. If you are just reviewing for the sake of reviewing, I won't hit you back with feedback.

2. I am trying to make the formatting of the shows very easy and quick to read. If you feel that I can improve on both aspects of that, please let me know!
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Great stuff, easy to read and not that time consuming, but still a quality show. Personally I prefer BTBs such as this, with less quantity, but more than enough to engage the reader. Edge and Y2J looks tasty, as does the Simon Dean tag-partner gimmick. I'm hoping Christian and HBK develops into something special. As I said before, good first show. Excited to see where you go from here.
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Thank you for your comments! That is what I am aiming for, easy and quick read, its like you're reading a recap of a show from someone that was there. I am trying to even further improve the quality of my shows, I've always been huge on quality over quantity.

Thank you for your comments, I will be posting Smackdown probably Thursday.
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