Yeah well, like I said, they often end up being below par. But you get the odd good'un. I hate using development territories anyway, it's too slow a process, and they tend to get so bogged down with god-awful workers that no one learns anything. I tend to give any graduate I want to use a few years in dark matches / battle royals / tag matches with superior workers so they get a bit over and improve their skills all round. It takes a bit of effort and probably isn't anywhere near as easy as just grabbing a good indy worker with decent overness and pushing them straight off the bat, but I enjoy the challenge. And like I said, getting the guy you've worked on for 6 or 7 years into the main-event and not having him sink like a stone is always nice.
I mean I understand what you're saying in terms of developmental territories, but if your guy isn't ready and needs help it is the most efficient way of improving his skills. Pitting a person against top tier talent can improve him and give him a significant push, but in some circumstances it can absolutely ruin the person as well.
An example I would use of both situations would be these:
2000 WCW Mod: Signed AJ Styles (C's all around, maybe a C+ here and there) Was more then ready to come up so I let him. He had 3 matches all with people who were more over than him and he failed to climb or improve at all. Some of the workers who I used, Buff Bagwell (Midcarder) Hugh Morris (Midcarder) MI Smooth+Major Stash when I teamed AJ with someone who I am forgetting now. The way the game works that should improve his popularity and his push, granted it's a very quick one, but some people can handle it. Instead it didn't work. So I moved AJ back into NWA-Wildside (WCW's developmental) and kept him there for about 2-3 months where he won the title and had a nice fued with Alan Funk (surprised? I was) So eventually I decided to give him a second chance and I gave him a slower, but still pretty damn decent push. This time however, his skill ratings were higher (B's and C's now) and his popularity had grown so he was able to be pushed much easier and was all around a better worker.
You can certainly push an Indy worker (like I sort of did with AJ even though it was before he had really done anything Indy. I did it with Punk in a 2006 mod, pushed him to the moon, but I did have him start in developmental for two months just to see if he could grow any from it. And even though he said he wouldn't, he did end up growing more and now he's a main eventer in that mod (haven't played it in a while, but you get the idea)
The point is, either way it can work out, but I prefer Developmental as I have the patience to wait for the wrestlers to improve. But your idea, of course, would work equally as well, I'm just not a big dojo fan...yet.
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