Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Aug 2017
Re: FIVE COUNT: Five Lessons Wrestling Bookers Can Learn from New Japan
1) You’re right on the money with the fact that the WWE seems to be more for the instant pay-out instead of letting characters develop. I almost wish we’d see something like you do in the skilled trades: apprentice->journeyman-> master. Pair up an apprentice wrestler with a journeyman, show them earning their place and becoming a journeyman wrestler themselves.
2) Titles being worth something instead of just a prop should be something that most promotions strive for. I remember when beating the man with the belt meant you were THE MAN. You can have a rematch clause but then if they don’t recapture- head to the back of the line. Don’t play hot potato with the belts. On the other hand, they should also be defended often- that builds equity quickly.
3) Guys and girls that have been at it 10+ years definitely deserve a place. If you’re a promotion like WWE where you have developmental system- you treat it like MLB and NHL do with theirs. You send veterans down for “rehab” assignments, they get a chance to fix injuries and pass along knowledge. You also have a place for those wrestlers that have been at it a while to go down and work on their skills while not developing “ring rust.”
4) Agreed, you don’t need a filler match.
5) WWE is unfortunately doing the same thing with its cruiserweights today that it did in the ‘90s when they had the working agreement with AAA. Treating them as a separate show and not allowing them to fight anybody but each other does nothing to sell the product. I’m not saying give them shots against people in the picture for the WWE/Universal Championship, but more like the guys that are on the IC/US title tier.