History SoYouWantTo / BeABooker

28th Feb '16 9:14:12 AM nombretomado
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# Don't have wrestlers break {{kayfabe}} under any circumstances. The same goes for you; don't ever create a storyline based on [[InspiredBy real-life events]] if that story would contradict a previously established narrative. This is for the same reason that halfway through ''{{Blade}}'', Wesley Snipes doesn't stop using his silly rusty voice. It breaks the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief a story needs to work! {{Worked shoot}}s have almost never made big money. Nobody wants to see it; the casual fans will be horribly confused, and the {{smark}}s, the only guys who would actually be able to follow what is going on, would really rather you drop the nonsense and just put people in the ring anyway. It makes no money, and serves no purpose other than damaging your credibility with the fans. This is wrestling, not [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts UFC]]. While there's no need to insist that wrestlers maintain kayfabe ''outside'' of the job, as was done for much of professional wrestling's history, the fact that almost everybody knows it's a work in no way means you should call attention to the fictional nature of your storylines. Everything that happens inside the arena and/or on camera should be treated as if it were completely real.

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# Don't have wrestlers break {{kayfabe}} under any circumstances. The same goes for you; don't ever create a storyline based on [[InspiredBy real-life events]] if that story would contradict a previously established narrative. This is for the same reason that halfway through ''{{Blade}}'', ''Film/{{Blade}}'', Wesley Snipes doesn't stop using his silly rusty voice. It breaks the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief a story needs to work! {{Worked shoot}}s have almost never made big money. Nobody wants to see it; the casual fans will be horribly confused, and the {{smark}}s, the only guys who would actually be able to follow what is going on, would really rather you drop the nonsense and just put people in the ring anyway. It makes no money, and serves no purpose other than damaging your credibility with the fans. This is wrestling, not [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts UFC]]. While there's no need to insist that wrestlers maintain kayfabe ''outside'' of the job, as was done for much of professional wrestling's history, the fact that almost everybody knows it's a work in no way means you should call attention to the fictional nature of your storylines. Everything that happens inside the arena and/or on camera should be treated as if it were completely real.
5th Feb '16 2:43:23 PM SSJMagus
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# Wrestling leads to horrible injuries as limbs and bodies wear out. Give your wrestlers ample injury time off; let them return to their position on the card when they come back. Creating this kind of a positive working environment is good for the wrestlers' performances and the fans. See The Golden Rule.

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# Wrestling leads to horrible injuries as limbs and bodies wear out. Give your wrestlers ample injury time off; let them return to their position on the card when they come back. But even if they want to (and they often will), never rush an injured wrestler back into the ring before they're medically ready. Creating this kind of a positive working environment is good for the wrestlers' performances and the fans. See The Golden Rule.



** Of special consideration are Retirement Matches. Retirement stipulations have been broken so often that fans have now been conditioned to regard it as a DiscreditedTrope. [[RunningGag Terry Funk's "retirement"]] is a joke that was old in 1999, and Wrestling/RicFlair's return after his "retirement" clearly demonstrated that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming no matter how perfect the send-off]], no matter how appropriate, [[TearJerker no matter how emotional]], it won't stick. [[WrestlingDoesntPay Why not?]] [[MoneyDearBoy Unless you're prepared to support them afterwards, wrestlers have to earn money somehow]]. We'll say it again: no wrestling promoter has yet invested in a sound retirement plan for their workers. Unless you're 100% certain that your wrestler isn't going to be performing ''anywhere'' afterward, don't use the retirement angle; it's always a lie.

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** Of special consideration are Retirement Matches. Retirement stipulations have been broken so often that fans have now been conditioned to regard it as a DiscreditedTrope. [[RunningGag Terry Funk's "retirement"]] is a joke that was old in 1999, and Wrestling/RicFlair's return after his "retirement" clearly demonstrated that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming no matter how perfect the send-off]], no matter how appropriate, [[TearJerker no matter how emotional]], it won't stick. [[WrestlingDoesntPay Why not?]] [[MoneyDearBoy Unless you're prepared to support them afterwards, wrestlers have to earn money somehow]]. We'll say it again: no wrestling promoter has yet invested in a sound retirement plan for their workers.workers, and it's the exception rather than the rule for a wrestler to wisely invest his own income. Unless you're 100% certain that your wrestler isn't going to be performing ''anywhere'' afterward, don't use the retirement angle; it's always a lie.
14th Jan '16 7:05:26 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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# "Protecting" your wrestlers ''(that is, to take your franchise players and keep them from losing or to lose via outside factors)'' is something that is a very fine line to walk. One the one hand, NewJapanProWrestling can be very much a crapshoot where even the top tier superstars on the roster can lose clean to a lowly midcard performer at any given event. On the other, {{WWE}} takes a lot of flack for booking several matches a card to end inconclusively or with a distraction leading to a quick pin in an effort to keep both sides looking equal in the eyes of the fans, with the end result being a kind of status quagmire where all wrestlers are made to look strong and therefore none of them do. There is no right answer as far as which direction to take things, but keep in mind that fans are very understanding of the "any given Sunday" aspect of matches wherein sometimes, even for a superior wrestler, it's just not their night. When fans can predict a winner of a match because of the wrestler's relative positions in the company hierarchy, it's too far. But if you have a position where Wrestling/JohnCena loses clean to a Wrestling/SantinoMarella without any shenanigans, that's also too far. Perhaps the lesson is to protect, but don't coddle.

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# "Protecting" your wrestlers ''(that is, to take your franchise players and keep them from losing or to lose via outside factors)'' is something that is a very fine line to walk. One the one hand, NewJapanProWrestling can be very much a crapshoot where even the top tier superstars on the roster can lose clean to a lowly midcard performer at any given event. On the other, {{WWE}} WWE takes a lot of flack for booking several matches a card to end inconclusively or with a distraction leading to a quick pin in an effort to keep both sides looking equal in the eyes of the fans, with the end result being a kind of status quagmire where all wrestlers are made to look strong and therefore none of them do. There is no right answer as far as which direction to take things, but keep in mind that fans are very understanding of the "any given Sunday" aspect of matches wherein sometimes, even for a superior wrestler, it's just not their night. When fans can predict a winner of a match because of the wrestler's relative positions in the company hierarchy, it's too far. But if you have a position where Wrestling/JohnCena loses clean to a Wrestling/SantinoMarella without any shenanigans, that's also too far. Perhaps the lesson is to protect, but don't coddle.
14th Jan '16 7:04:20 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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# [[GarbageWrestler Hardcore matches]] should be used sparingly. Beyond overplaying a gimmick, hardcore matches can destroy the bodies of those involved; just ask Wrestling/MickFoley, or look at the gravestones of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and his wife and son. Another danger is the [[LensmanArmsRace increasingly dangerous stunts]] people will pull to get reactions out of a desensitized crowd. Use them as a blow-off to a bloody feud and promote the hell out of them so your wrestlers won't feel like they're sacrificing a lot for nothing. More harmless stunts like table bumps or blading can be used more frequently. Unprotected hits to the head and New Jack-esque falls should never, ever be used, fans care about the wrestlers, and watching them get crippled will shock and scare away all but the most [[strike: bloodthirsty]] extreme fans.

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# [[GarbageWrestler Hardcore matches]] should be used sparingly. Beyond overplaying a gimmick, hardcore matches can destroy the bodies of those involved; just ask Wrestling/MickFoley, or look at the gravestones of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and his wife and son. Another danger is the [[LensmanArmsRace increasingly dangerous stunts]] people will pull to get reactions out of a desensitized crowd. Use them as a blow-off to a bloody feud and promote the hell out of them so your wrestlers won't feel like they're sacrificing a lot for nothing. More harmless stunts like table bumps or blading can be used more frequently. Unprotected hits to the head and New Jack-esque Wrestling/NewJack-esque falls should never, ever be used, fans care about the wrestlers, and watching them get crippled will shock and scare away all but the most [[strike: bloodthirsty]] extreme fans.



# The Internet Wrestling Community will complain about everything you do. [[FanDumb This is acceptable]] and [[{{GIFT}} their complaints are to be largely ignored.]] After all, it is impossible to please everybody, and unless ratings, buyrates, and live attendance plummet then there is no reason to believe you are doing a lousy job. There are a lot of people writing about wrestling in the internet, and each of them has completely different tastes -- the only things they share in common are that they are loud and opinionated. You will piss ''somebody'' off. Accept this.
** NOTE: While this bit of wisdom may have been true twenty years ago, This is no longer the nineties or early two thousands where the "internet fans" were a small collection of people on the internet. These days, practically every single human being in the western world has an internet connection and they are ''constantly'' using social media to post their opinions on things they like and things they don't. The "Internet Wrestling Community" is no longer a small fraction of the Wrestling Community, it '''IS''' the Wrestling Community. However the wisdom that "You can't please everyone" should still be kept in mind.

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# The Internet Wrestling Community will complain about everything you do. [[FanDumb This is acceptable]] and [[{{GIFT}} their complaints are to be largely ignored.]] After all, it is impossible to please everybody, and unless ratings, buyrates, and live attendance plummet then there is no reason to believe you are doing a lousy job. There We are well into a millennium where most fans can be expected to find access to online devices of some sort and wrestlers promote themselves through services like the world wide web. This has resulted in a lot of people writing about wrestling in on the internet, and each of them has with completely different tastes -- the only things they share in common are that they are tastes, most of them of loud and opinionated. You will piss ''somebody'' off. Accept this.
** NOTE: While this bit of wisdom may have been true twenty years ago, This is no longer the nineties or early two thousands where the "internet fans" were a small collection of people on the internet. These days, practically every single human being in the western world has an internet connection and they are ''constantly'' using social media to post their opinions on things they like and things they don't. The "Internet Wrestling Community" is no longer a small fraction of the Wrestling Community, it '''IS''' the Wrestling Community. However the wisdom that "You can't please everyone" should still be kept in mind.
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24th Oct '15 3:34:33 PM EryliaStarheart
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# '''Never''' punish wrestlers for RealLife misdemeanors by depushing, burying, or otherwise harming their {{Kayfabe}} talent. Again, this requires superhuman continence on the part of bookers considering how desperate for new material they must be (more characters have been reduced to laughingstocks due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot writer's block]]). Reminder: Your wrestlers '''are''' your business. If you damage their credibility through a series of protracted losses, you aren't harming them - you're harming your own business, because you have just told the fans that this wrestler cannot be taken seriously. To harm a wrestler's aura is to harm the business. Be a professional; do what '''actual''' businesses do; have a disciplinary process. Take the wrestler off-television, dock their pay. Have a legally airtight code of conduct that states in black and white what is expected of your employees so they know. Have a set of clearly defined boundaries that you will not allow to be crossed. You know, like a real business. Wrestling needs to leave its carnival days behind it, and march into the modern era.

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# '''Never''' punish wrestlers for RealLife misdemeanors by depushing, burying, or otherwise harming their {{Kayfabe}} talent. Again, this requires superhuman continence on the part of bookers considering how desperate for new material they must be (more characters have been reduced to laughingstocks due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot writer's block]]).block]] than any other factor). Reminder: Your wrestlers '''are''' your business. If you damage their credibility through a series of protracted losses, you aren't harming them - you're harming your own business, because you have just told the fans that this wrestler cannot be taken seriously. To harm a wrestler's aura is to harm the business. Be a professional; do what '''actual''' businesses do; have a disciplinary process. Take the wrestler off-television, dock their pay. Have a legally airtight code of conduct that states in black and white what is expected of your employees so they know. Have a set of clearly defined boundaries that you will not allow to be crossed. You know, like a real business. Wrestling needs to leave its carnival days behind it, and march into the modern era.
19th Oct '15 5:00:44 AM Lunacorva
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So you want to book some wrestling matches? Okay; however, you should consider that good wrestling booking is a skill set that is both rare and extremely difficult to implement. [[Wrestling/VinceRusso More have]] [[Wrestling/HulkHogan failed at it]] [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} than]] [[Wrestling/NXT succeeded]]. However, there are some basic rules to consider when working as a booker.

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So you want to book some wrestling matches? Okay; however, you should consider that good wrestling booking is a skill set that is both rare and extremely difficult to implement. [[Wrestling/VinceRusso More have]] [[Wrestling/HulkHogan failed at it]] [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} than]] [[Wrestling/NXT [[Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} succeeded]]. However, there are some basic rules to consider when working as a booker.


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19th Oct '15 4:59:02 AM Lunacorva
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So you want to book some wrestling matches? Okay; however, you should consider that good wrestling booking is a skill set that is both rare and extremely difficult to implement. [[Wrestling/VinceRusso More have]] [[Wrestling/HulkHogan failed at it]] [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} than]] [[Wrestling/WWENXT succeeded]]. However, there are some basic rules to consider when working as a booker.

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So you want to book some wrestling matches? Okay; however, you should consider that good wrestling booking is a skill set that is both rare and extremely difficult to implement. [[Wrestling/VinceRusso More have]] [[Wrestling/HulkHogan failed at it]] [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} than]] [[Wrestling/WWENXT [[Wrestling/NXT succeeded]]. However, there are some basic rules to consider when working as a booker.
19th Oct '15 4:58:48 AM Lunacorva
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19th Oct '15 4:58:14 AM Lunacorva
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So you want to book some wrestling matches? Okay; however, you should consider that good wrestling booking is a skill set that is both rare and extremely difficult to implement. [[Wrestling/VinceRusso More have]] [[Wrestling/HulkHogan failed at it]] [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} than succeeded]]. However, there are some basic rules to consider when working as a booker.

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So you want to book some wrestling matches? Okay; however, you should consider that good wrestling booking is a skill set that is both rare and extremely difficult to implement. [[Wrestling/VinceRusso More have]] [[Wrestling/HulkHogan failed at it]] [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} than than]] [[Wrestling/WWENXT succeeded]]. However, there are some basic rules to consider when working as a booker.


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** NOTE: While this bit of wisdom may have been true twenty years ago, This is no longer the nineties or early two thousands where the "internet fans" were a small collection of people on the internet. These days, practically every single human being in the western world has an internet connection and they are ''constantly'' using social media to post their opinions on things they like and things they don't. The "Internet Wrestling Community" is no longer a small fraction of the Wrestling Community, it '''IS''' the Wrestling Community. However the wisdom that "You can't please everyone" should still be kept in mind.
16th Oct '15 8:26:04 PM SSJMagus
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** As a side note, it may seem strange, but good taste should generally prevail when it comes to most storylines. The more [[HilarityEnsues "out-there"]] a storyline becomes, generally the less interest the fanbase has (because they're interested in wrestling), [[ValuesDissonance the more you make yourself look unpalatable to the mainstream]], and the less business in the long run. There are [[Website/{{WrestleCrap}} too many cases demonstrating this principle to go into detail]]. As a general rule, [[{{Squick}} necrophilia, incest]] and similar themes are the purview of 18 certificate {{Euroshlock}}, not a fight between two big angry men. There is a reason that even mentioning the [[OldShame Katie Vick]] saga will make those fans who remember it feel a little ashamed of their love for the "sport."

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** As a side note, it may seem strange, but good taste should generally prevail when it comes to most storylines. The more [[HilarityEnsues "out-there"]] a storyline becomes, generally the less interest the fanbase has (because they're interested in wrestling), [[ValuesDissonance the more you make yourself look unpalatable to the mainstream]], and the less business in the long run. There are [[Website/{{WrestleCrap}} too many cases demonstrating this principle to go into detail]]. As a general rule, [[{{Squick}} necrophilia, incest]] and similar themes are the purview of 18 certificate {{Euroshlock}}, not a fight between two big angry men. There is a reason that even mentioning the [[OldShame Katie Vick]] saga will make those fans who remember it feel a little ashamed of their love for the "sport."" Additionally, an individual wrestler who's tarred with a particularly distasteful gimmick can have his career permanently damaged by association with it. If your promotion gains a reputation for doing this, it becomes that much harder to hire new talent.



** Faces should win the majority of the time. Fans want to see the wrestlers they like victorious, and the want to see the wrestlers they hate get their comeuppance. A heel [[YouCantThwartStageOne having the upper hand for most of a feud]] is fine, so long as there's a payoff to the fans in the end. In fact, this can make it all the sweeter when the face triumphs in the end. If you decide to have the heel win his feud for whatever reason, there are two important things you should do.

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** Faces should win the majority of the time. Fans want to see the wrestlers they like victorious, and the want to see the wrestlers they hate get their comeuppance. WCW gives us a perfect example of how toxic it can be to the fanbase if the heels always win. A heel [[YouCantThwartStageOne having the upper hand for most of a feud]] is fine, so long as there's a payoff to the fans in the end. In fact, this can make it all the sweeter when the face triumphs in the end.end, as it shows him triumphing over a real threat rather than making the heel seem like a HarmlessVillain. If you decide to have the heel win his feud for whatever reason, there are two important things you should do.
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