Re: EWR/TEW Discussion Thread
^^^ Your relentless pushing of the superb Mike Knox amuses me greatly. He will take you to the top, you just gotta keep going with it!
I've just completed my first proper large show London Showdown 2012. It drew a sell-out crowd of 2,000 to the Hippodrome in Westminster, London and lost me so much money I immediately canceled my second TV show. Here's the results:
Pre-Show match: Antonio Cesaro def. Chris Egan - Grade: C
I was impressed these two got a C grade as I hardly book them anymore and when I usually do it doesn't pan out well. Egan's one of the only UK talent to survive my cuts, he's just about good enough at getting an angle over so I keep him around. He was my first TV champion but that kinda bombed so here he is jobbing to Cesaro on the pre-show.
Kevin Nash & Scott Hall def. The Briscoes to win the UK Tag Team Titles - Grade: C
Impressed again here as Nash and Hall managed to drag themselves to a pretty decent 10 minute match with Dem Boys. Nash & Hall got the belts of course because they woulda yelled at me if they didn't. That and they're HUGE STARS. Feud will continue though.
Sean Waltman def. Christopher Daniels 2-0 in a 2 out of 3 Falls TV Title #1 Contender match - Grade: C
These two had a decent feud heading in and I gave them 18 minutes and a stip to play with so a C grade was a bit lame. I didn't want it to go 2-0 but I don't totally know how to arrange 2 out of 3 fall matches on TEW yet.
Jerry Lynn def. Chavo Guerrero, Jr. in a Ladder match to retain the UK Television Title - Grade: C
The feud behind this one is solid and Lynn & Chavo can still go so I figured a ladder match would end well but it was another C. Not that C is bad but I was hoping for more. Lynn keeps the title here which is rare for me cause I'm hotshotting titles like a maniac in this game (no one's held the tag belts for more than 3 weeks and I'm six months in). Feud will continue to next month's large event Blood & Guts, in Liverpool - Waltman will just job to Lynn on the surviving Adrenaline TV show.
Magnus def. Homicide in a Ghetto Brawl - Grade: C-
These two only got a C- in what was basically a falls count anywhere match, which was a shame. They had an unchained feud heading in so I don't think that helped. They probably don't click that well either tbh. Magnus gets the win to build him up as the big UK star in the UK (even though he's a heel).
Ken Shamrock KO'd Bobby Lashley in an MMA Fight - Grade: C
I was happy with the C grade here as it was two guys who aren't incredible in the ring (Ken's pretty old now too) and I gave them 15 minutes. The feud heading in seemed to really get over with the audience though and I think that helped a lot, even though it was simple stuff where Lashley ran though a few guys on the roster - Chris Sabin, Homicide and Chris Egan to make him look "unstoppable". Lashley totally buried Sabin twice for what's it worth, since I still had him for a week until his exclusive deal with TNA kicked in.
Ric Flair def. Rhino in a Heavyweight Title #1 Contender No Rules Revenge match - Grade: C+
"The Nature Boy" made his huge debut on FSW Adrenaline live in Gloucester, Gloucestershire and after a 15 minute hype video, followed by a 10 minute promo which captivated the FSW Universe, it was Rhino's sneak attack, piledriving Flair onto the concrete floor that truly made it an unforgettable night. We got to the match here and I think the match being 20 minutes long hurt rather than helped, as Flair was spent by the end of it. Still put on a great match though for his age and he got his retribution - he'll be in the UK Title Cage match at Blood & Guts.
Batista def. Jeff Jarrett in a No Holds Barred match to win the FSW UK Heavyweight Title - Grade: B
Kurt Angle was the guest referee for this one as I got him a couple days before the show and couldn't shoehorn him in anywhere. I would have had him replace Rhino, storyline be damned, to face Flair but I'd already advance booked it. Nevertheless trust my HUGE STARS to deliver a superb main event. Batista & Jarrett apparently have great chemistry, and the run-ins from Flair & Rhino and overbooking helped. The after-match angle where Flair & Batista celebrated his big win got an A rating which was sweet, the crowd in the Hippodrome truly ate it all up.
Overall the show got a B- minus rating and helped my popularity which was great, but I'm now minus 57 grand so I need business to pick up in a big way heading into Blood & Guts. /longpost
Last edited by N-Zone; 08-14-2012 at 08:30 PM.