Sudden face turns that stuck + BoD Fantasy Baseball plug


My name is BonzaiDBSM. I'm a top-5 commentator and a three-time BoD fantasy sports champion AND YOU CAN'T TEACH THAT!

Over the last couple of weeks, we've all touched on our displeasure on endless Authority/heel authority figure angles, and it made me think about how I miss Teddy Long running the ship on SD (back when I actually watched SD, unlike now), because how refreshing when an authority guy comes out to make a logical match to benefit the show and its fans (usually in the form of a TAG TEAM MATCH PLAYA) and not just screwing over a face for the zillionith time. 

But it also made me think about Teddy Long, who played that persona for about a decade, which was amusing because he was just randomly turned. He spent all of 2003 as the black-power heel manager, with Rodney Mack (remember the "White Boy Challenge"?), Jazz, and Mark Henry, went off TV when his guys were injured or released, then pops up on SmackDown in the summer of 04 to relieve GM Kurt Angle of his duties in his now-familiar HOLLA HOLLA GM role. What would you and the other BoDers say were the more notable random, overnight face turns for previous heels that stuck for a long time?

Also, could I get a plug for year 2 of the BoD Fantasy Baseball League? I've sent out e-mails to most of last year's participants (mainly the ones who were active all season) but have room for at least 2 more. I can go into more detail in the comment thread for those interested, but was hoping you could get the word out with a post.

​Done.  
As for overnight babyface turns, Sting's initial turn in 87 was pretty sudden and stuck for 30 years.  Randy Savage in 87 was also a case of "One day he started fighting One Man Gang on Hogan's behalf".  ​

BoD Fantasy Basketball League

There is currently one slot open but anyone else from last year who wants to stay in the league, let me know ASAP. If you do not want to stay in let me know here or by email. I sent out the invites to everyone else in the league. If I do not hear from you by next Tuesday, I will assume that you want out of the league and will fill your team with someone else.

Draft is on  Sunday October 19th at 8:30pm EST

Email me at [email protected] with any questions

Fantasy Baseball League of Doom plug

It's me, Davidbonzaisaldanamontgomery! *insert DDP smile* I know the following will sound like Charlie Brown's teacher to you (waghwagh waghwaghwagh….), since I know you just LOVE baseball and fantasy sports, but I was wondering if you could do me a solid and post this plug for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball League of DOOM! As the commissioner of said league (as well as BACK-TO-BACK Fantasy Football League of DOOM! champion) I'm looking for competitive players who will play actively from March through September, and not just slack off the second they're under .500. 
I have sent invites to the three other playoff-qualifying teams from last season since I know they will provide sufficient competition: I'm Rusty Kuntz?, The Human Cespedes, and The Real Nitzilla. That leaves six slots at least up for grabs for anyone who is interested in playing, and if there is a demand for more, I'm opening to pulling an NHL and expanding the league more than I should.
Here are the particulars:
–Draft is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 16th at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT, unless there's enough life conflicts that we can move the date/time.
–AUCTION DRAFT. That's right, Fuj, this is a real fucking league of GM skills. Mike Trout isn't just gonna fall in the lap of the lucky bastard who wins the luck of the automated draw; every owner has a shot at every player, which is way more interesting in terms of roster building (and drafted, since you're always on the clock and bidding against others). Do you break your budget for superstars or balance it out? How do you divvy up your cash between pitching and hitting? And so forth. 
–Head-to-head weekly matchups by categories, wins and losses culminate over the season (so if you win 7 out of 10 categories in your opening match, you'll carry a 7-3 record into the next match, similar to the Fantasy Basketball League of DOOM).
–Basic 5×5 scoring categories as follows:
Offense: AVG, R, HR, RBI, SB
Pitching: W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV
 -7-player weekly acquisition limit, but no seasonal limit on acquisitions and no games played limit on hitters or innings pitched. Starting lineups will consist of C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF slots, and 2 UTIL slots; your daily starting pitching roster can have 2 active SP, 2 RP, and 4 SP/RP slots. There are five bench slots for the rest of your team and 2 DL slots.
Anyone who is interested, please shoot an email to [email protected], first come, first served. If you are interested, you're more than welcome to play as long as you intend to play all season long, whether you're top of the division or chilling like a Cub at the bottom.
PLAY BALL, BITCHES

Fantasy Booking…but with comics

Quick questions: 
 
You are given the pen at DC or Marvel.  You can write any single book for a year (12 issues) and you don't have to fit things in with a giant crossover.
 
Who would your write?
 
What would you do with them?

Are we talking currently established titles, or just whatever I want to do?  Because my dream book would be JLI-era Booster Gold & Blue Beetle, just hanging around the DC universe and having wacky adventures ala Hawkeye right now.  
Second choice:  I would take Superman and carry on with the Grant Morrison Action Comics thing of the t-shirt and jeans version of the character going after crooked stockbrokers and stuff.  Those first few issues were top notch stuff and so fun.  Alternate idea:  Do a throwback with barrel-chested Mort Weisinger Superman with coked-out continuity and crazy Silver Age plotlines and stuff.  

Cena-Taker: Let the Fantasy Booking Begin!

Obviously Cena v. Undertaker is the money match at WM30 and there’s been lots of discussion in my inbox, so let’s hit a couple: So I’ve been racking my brain with regard to the inevitable Title vs. Streak match at Wrestlemania XXX between Cena and Taker. Of course, the easy and logical (albeit predictable) thing to do is put Taker over. He wins the title in his last match, retires with it and a perfect 22-0 record at Wrestlemania. This is certainly the safe way to go and probably the most likely. HOWEVA… Let’s say…Cena wins. With help. From the Shield. Undertaker loses his last match. Fails to win the belt. 21-1 at Wrestlemania. What better way to FINALLY do the Cena turn than to cost the Phenom his most prized accolade? Obviously, it’s not likely to happen, but what a great storyline that could be. Say you’re the booker. Which finish do you go with? It’s hard to go wrong with either. I would probably let Taker decide. If he wanted to go out on top, great. If he was fine with putting Cena over and ushering in something completely different and unexpected that could really help the company out, even better. I guess I’m saying I’d go with #2. What say you? The streak’s not ending and Cena’s not turning heel…hold on, I’m getting a beep. Hey Scott, this story for the Undertaker’s streak at WM 30 just came to me today, thought I’d run it by you and see what you think. So, the Undertaker being undead/unbeaten at WM is tired of existing, like a vampire who has lived too long and just wants to die, but can’t. He’s went through all these opponents at WM, but none of them have beaten him. So, he turns to the one man who would truly have a chance of beating him/ending his existence at WM-Super Cena. This sets up an inner struggle with Cena played out on T.V. leading up to the event. Cena wants to beat the Undertaker at WM and cement his existence as the greatest superstar of all time, but he also doesn’t want to be known as the man who sent the Undertaker out of the WWE forever. The match itself would bring back some of the original elements of the Undertaker character, i.e. the zombie sit-up, the no-selling, etc. Somehow, the match ends with the streak intact, but the Undertaker is set free from his zombie existence and disappears forever, sending off the greatest character in WWE history. So, what do you think? I don’t know about the set free from his zombie existence stuff, but I’m intrigued by the idea of Taker not wanting to carry the burden of the streak and looking for someone to beat him.  Kind of a reverse Shawn Michaels deal, where Taker keeps picking a fight with SuperCena, who naturally is reluctant to take the match knowing that he’ll inevitably have to RISE ABOVE THE STREAK and beat him. 

Fantasy Baseball League of DOOM! plug



'Tis I, DSM, YOUR 2012 Fantasy Football League of Doom! World Heavyweight Champion of the World, hoping I can get a plug for a fantasy baseball league…OF DOOM! 


Since I'm a pretty competitive fellow when it comes to these things, I'm hoping I can find nine others here who will play with the same drive, i,e. people who will show up for the online draft and won't give up if they're doing bad out of the gate. Here's the league settings for anyone who wants to join:

-10 team league, head-to-head weekly matchups (like in Fuj's FFLoD league)

-Head-to-Head weekly matchups done in Every Category fashion (you get a W, L, or D for each category every week, basic 5×5 stats) with a 7-acquisition limit each week.

-AUCTION draft (this is the true test of GM skills, plus I like everyone having a shot at anyone they want; please join only if you're down for this); draft tentatively scheduled for Sat, 3/30 at 7pm ET unless there's a better time that works for most

–23-player rosters: a starting lineup consisting of a C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF spots, and 2 UTIL players, 2 SP, 2 RP, 4 Pitcher spots, plus 5 bench slots, and 2 DL slots. Yes, we have DL slots; suck it Fuj!

-4 playoff teams after 20 weeks of play; playoffs will be held in a 2-week/matchup format.

Anyone who wishes to play can drop me an e-mail so I can give them an invite, just send a line to [email protected]

Yes, that is my actual e-mail handle, named after Batista's refusal to hug Eugene and offering him a can-do salute instead.

Fwd: Top 10 Fantasy Matches per WWE.com

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: "Brian Mcgrath" http://www.wwe.com/videos/wwecom-countdown-top-10-fantasy-matches-that-never-happened-26043099  It's nice to see that even the E acknowledges that an HBK/Rock match would be off the charts.  It's a pity that it never happened.  Do you think Shawn would give us that "one more match" for an opportunity like this? ~Brian ——————– Dude he already gave you a bonus 8 YEARS, what more do you want from the poor guy?

Fantasy Booking

Five days now with no resolution of the Blogger post-by-email problem in sight.  Now I’m starting to wonder if they’ve just decided to phase out the feature completely and pretend like it can’t be fixed.  Either way, it’s messing with my mojo. On with the questions…

Scott, I know of bookers and the way WWE handles booking in terms of agents/producers and creative.  What I was wondering was, who would you have in a booking role if you had a company that needed booking (and you couldn’t use yourself)?  Example, for marketing and sheer spectacle I’d have Vince McMahon at the helm.  From a storyline standpoint, I’d put Paul Heyman and Jim Cornette.  The agent I’d have who would build the matches with the wrestlers I’d put Pat Patterson.  So in my company, my booking team would consist of McMahon, Heyman, Cornette, and Patterson.  Now that is in a perfect world where no one is bigger than another and trying to throw their weight around (as hard as it would seem for Vince not to do).  Who would you have book the various aspects of your company or would you give the entire book to  specific person to run with? Who would you want handling your promos or would you leave that up to the wrestlers as long as they got some specific points across?

I’d probably let Pat Patterson do most of the booking work, because he did most of the heavy lifting during the Attitude Era, regardless of what Vince Russo says.  He was generally the guy who would edit Russo’s stuff into something watchable, plus he’s awesome at finishes and used to choreograph the Rumble every year.  And with the promos, I’d just do it NWA TV style, where you give them a talking point and 60 seconds and let them run with it.  Survival of the fittest. 

Fantasy Finishers

Hey Scott,
Here's a fun question for the blog: if you were a pro wrestler what would YOUR five moves of doom (and finisher)?
J

I really like the Codebreaker as a finisher, but I prefer something more simple and high-impact, so I'd say that the CM Punk / Mirko Cro Cop head kick would be my finisher.  I'd set it up with an AIRPLANE SPIN so the guy will be pre-dizzied, and then when he's staggering around, WHAM.  

Moar fantasy WWE booking that will never happen

Since Punk was so anti-Johnny, now that Johnny Ace is the GM he declares Punk's title (I can't remember if he's WWE or World Champion) will be on the line at Extreme Rules under the old Hardcore Title 24/7 rules. At the start of the ppv Punk MUST be in the arena or forfeit the title. Then the title will be on the line – falls count anywhere – until Johnny declares the ppv is over.
Fast forward to 10:50 pm where, after Punk has been running for his life for more than two and a half hours. Punk just gets finished kicking out from under of someone when someone pops him on the back of the head with a bottle. We think it's Jericho but after the pin the close up reveals it's Johnny, who says "Extreme Rules is now over!"
Todd Nisoff
@therealnitzilla

Well, I don't think I like your idea about Johnny seemingly ending up with the title, but I think that resurrecting the Hardcore title rules for one PPV is actually a clever idea.  That's actually a great way for Johnny to fuck with Punk, although I would end with Punk beating a bunch of midcard guys, getting worn down more and more, and then finally running into a pissed off Brock Lesnar to complete the Knightfall storyline that others have suggested.  That way Punk looks really strong and really sympathetic, as long as they don't give into the temptation to change the title a bunch of times in the same night.

Fantasy Booking Is…

Hey Scott,

You know I love fantasy-booking, and came up with the card below about a week ago. It’s not based 100% on current storylines, but instead just based on the roster that seemed available at the time (including Shaq’s rumored involvement). If you could post this, it’d be much appreciated.

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WWE TITLE
Cena (c) vs. Rock
[Story = Punk drops the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, and Ziggler drops the title to Cena in the “Elimination Chamber”. I realize that some people think that this match doesn’t “need” the title, but I’m of the belief that the biggest match on the card should be for the title, and vice-versa; if the champion isn’t, kayfabe, the best wrestler, then why are they champion?]

WORLD TITLE
Bryan (c) vs. Punk
[Story = Bryan is bullied by Henry, and cashes-in the MITB-contract as revenge; he then remains a face, successfully defending against giants like Henry, Show, and Khali. Elsewhere, Punk loses the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, but then enters and wins the “Rumble” itself later in the night, citing that “anybody can enter”. Instead of dealing with Ace’s crap, though, Punk decides to go after Bryan, with the match being a 1-on-1 “respect” match.]

THE STREAK
Taker, Trips, Shaq, Brodus, Ryder vs.
Jericho, Show, Kane, Henry, Nash
[Story = Jericho returns after “Royal Rumble”, and announces that he plans on ending the Streak. To ensure victory, though, Jericho gathers a stable of heels – all of whom previously lost to Taker at WM – to attack Taker beforehand. Out of respect, Trips volunteers to help his fellow veteran; Brodus wants to do the right thing, as well as even the odds size-wise; and Ryder wants revenge on Kane for all of the attacks he has endured. At one point, Shaq is in the audience when the heels attack Taker; Shaq hops the rail to help out, earning a spot on the team. Of course, the big question is whether Taker can fully trust Trips. Also, assuming that Shaq isn’t part of WM, they could easily sub in Khali.]

“LOSER LEAVES SMACKDOWN”
Orton vs. Christian
[Story = Christian returns from injury, and wants “one more match” against Orton.]

TAG TITLES
Kofi-Gabriel (c) vs. Miz-Truth
[Story = WIth Bourne on shaky ground with the company, Kofi names Justin Gabriel as his new partner. Also, while Truth would have still been “wellness’ed”, the team “Awesome Truth” wouldn’t have been broken-up; Truth simply would have returned after four weeks, and the team would continue as always.]

RAW VS. SMACKDOWN
Otunga (w/ Laurinaitis) vs. Sheamus (w/ Long)
[Story = Sheamus hasn’t won the “Rumble”, but is still a face climbing the ranks. In this inter-promotional match, Sheamus would decimate Otunga in under a minute, continuing his climb back to the top.]

“IF THE LEGENDS WIN, ROSS GETS FIVE MINUTES WITH COLE”
Foley, Goldust, Lawler, Booker, Regal (w/ Ross) vs.
Ziggler, Cody, Swagger, Barrett, McIntyre (w/ Cole)
[Story = Simple “old vs. young” storyline, with Ziggler as US-champ and Cody as IC-champ.]

DIVAS TITLE, “LUMBERJILL” MATCH
Phoenix (c) vs. Kharma
[Story = The dominant Phoenix thinks there are no challengers left, only for Kharma to return.]

REINSTATED CRUISER TITLE, “LADDER MATCH”:
Santino vs. Kidd vs. Tatsu vs. Jimmy vs. Jey vs.
Primo vs. Epico vs. Tatsu vs. Jtg vs. Barreta
[Story = The cruiser-title is reinstated, both as a means to give several talented wrestlers something to do, as well as to reestablish the cruiser division so that they can do the big Rey/Cara match at WM29.]

///

So there you go, nine matches, all with simple, logical build, and most of which I think would provide REALLY good in-ring content.

I’m a diplomatic guy most of the time, so I’ll just note that I’d shoot myself if I had to sit through three multi-man matches and a David Otunga singles appearance at Wrestlemania and leave it at that.  And nobody wants to see the Cruiserweight title resurrected, especially with that field.  Trust me.  Plus I’ve had enough Orton v. Christian for 15 lifetimes, let it die.

I would not buy this show, sorry.

Fantasy Booking Is…

Hey Scott,

You know I love fantasy-booking, and came up with the card below about a week ago. It’s not based 100% on current storylines, but instead just based on the roster that seemed available at the time (including Shaq’s rumored involvement). If you could post this, it’d be much appreciated.

///

WWE TITLE
Cena (c) vs. Rock
[Story = Punk drops the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, and Ziggler drops the title to Cena in the “Elimination Chamber”. I realize that some people think that this match doesn’t “need” the title, but I’m of the belief that the biggest match on the card should be for the title, and vice-versa; if the champion isn’t, kayfabe, the best wrestler, then why are they champion?]

WORLD TITLE
Bryan (c) vs. Punk
[Story = Bryan is bullied by Henry, and cashes-in the MITB-contract as revenge; he then remains a face, successfully defending against giants like Henry, Show, and Khali. Elsewhere, Punk loses the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, but then enters and wins the “Rumble” itself later in the night, citing that “anybody can enter”. Instead of dealing with Ace’s crap, though, Punk decides to go after Bryan, with the match being a 1-on-1 “respect” match.]

THE STREAK
Taker, Trips, Shaq, Brodus, Ryder vs.
Jericho, Show, Kane, Henry, Nash
[Story = Jericho returns after “Royal Rumble”, and announces that he plans on ending the Streak. To ensure victory, though, Jericho gathers a stable of heels – all of whom previously lost to Taker at WM – to attack Taker beforehand. Out of respect, Trips volunteers to help his fellow veteran; Brodus wants to do the right thing, as well as even the odds size-wise; and Ryder wants revenge on Kane for all of the attacks he has endured. At one point, Shaq is in the audience when the heels attack Taker; Shaq hops the rail to help out, earning a spot on the team. Of course, the big question is whether Taker can fully trust Trips. Also, assuming that Shaq isn’t part of WM, they could easily sub in Khali.]

“LOSER LEAVES SMACKDOWN”
Orton vs. Christian
[Story = Christian returns from injury, and wants “one more match” against Orton.]

TAG TITLES
Kofi-Gabriel (c) vs. Miz-Truth
[Story = WIth Bourne on shaky ground with the company, Kofi names Justin Gabriel as his new partner. Also, while Truth would have still been “wellness’ed”, the team “Awesome Truth” wouldn’t have been broken-up; Truth simply would have returned after four weeks, and the team would continue as always.]

RAW VS. SMACKDOWN
Otunga (w/ Laurinaitis) vs. Sheamus (w/ Long)
[Story = Sheamus hasn’t won the “Rumble”, but is still a face climbing the ranks. In this inter-promotional match, Sheamus would decimate Otunga in under a minute, continuing his climb back to the top.]

“IF THE LEGENDS WIN, ROSS GETS FIVE MINUTES WITH COLE”
Foley, Goldust, Lawler, Booker, Regal (w/ Ross) vs.
Ziggler, Cody, Swagger, Barrett, McIntyre (w/ Cole)
[Story = Simple “old vs. young” storyline, with Ziggler as US-champ and Cody as IC-champ.]

DIVAS TITLE, “LUMBERJILL” MATCH
Phoenix (c) vs. Kharma
[Story = The dominant Phoenix thinks there are no challengers left, only for Kharma to return.]

REINSTATED CRUISER TITLE, “LADDER MATCH”:
Santino vs. Kidd vs. Tatsu vs. Jimmy vs. Jey vs.
Primo vs. Epico vs. Tatsu vs. Jtg vs. Barreta
[Story = The cruiser-title is reinstated, both as a means to give several talented wrestlers something to do, as well as to reestablish the cruiser division so that they can do the big Rey/Cara match at WM29.]

///

So there you go, nine matches, all with simple, logical build, and most of which I think would provide REALLY good in-ring content.

I’m a diplomatic guy most of the time, so I’ll just note that I’d shoot myself if I had to sit through three multi-man matches and a David Otunga singles appearance at Wrestlemania and leave it at that.  And nobody wants to see the Cruiserweight title resurrected, especially with that field.  Trust me.  Plus I’ve had enough Orton v. Christian for 15 lifetimes, let it die.

I would not buy this show, sorry.

Fantasy Booking Is…

Hey Scott,

You know I love fantasy-booking, and came up with the card below about a week ago. It’s not based 100% on current storylines, but instead just based on the roster that seemed available at the time (including Shaq’s rumored involvement). If you could post this, it’d be much appreciated.

///

WWE TITLE
Cena (c) vs. Rock
[Story = Punk drops the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, and Ziggler drops the title to Cena in the “Elimination Chamber”. I realize that some people think that this match doesn’t “need” the title, but I’m of the belief that the biggest match on the card should be for the title, and vice-versa; if the champion isn’t, kayfabe, the best wrestler, then why are they champion?]

WORLD TITLE
Bryan (c) vs. Punk
[Story = Bryan is bullied by Henry, and cashes-in the MITB-contract as revenge; he then remains a face, successfully defending against giants like Henry, Show, and Khali. Elsewhere, Punk loses the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, but then enters and wins the “Rumble” itself later in the night, citing that “anybody can enter”. Instead of dealing with Ace’s crap, though, Punk decides to go after Bryan, with the match being a 1-on-1 “respect” match.]

THE STREAK
Taker, Trips, Shaq, Brodus, Ryder vs.
Jericho, Show, Kane, Henry, Nash
[Story = Jericho returns after “Royal Rumble”, and announces that he plans on ending the Streak. To ensure victory, though, Jericho gathers a stable of heels – all of whom previously lost to Taker at WM – to attack Taker beforehand. Out of respect, Trips volunteers to help his fellow veteran; Brodus wants to do the right thing, as well as even the odds size-wise; and Ryder wants revenge on Kane for all of the attacks he has endured. At one point, Shaq is in the audience when the heels attack Taker; Shaq hops the rail to help out, earning a spot on the team. Of course, the big question is whether Taker can fully trust Trips. Also, assuming that Shaq isn’t part of WM, they could easily sub in Khali.]

“LOSER LEAVES SMACKDOWN”
Orton vs. Christian
[Story = Christian returns from injury, and wants “one more match” against Orton.]

TAG TITLES
Kofi-Gabriel (c) vs. Miz-Truth
[Story = WIth Bourne on shaky ground with the company, Kofi names Justin Gabriel as his new partner. Also, while Truth would have still been “wellness’ed”, the team “Awesome Truth” wouldn’t have been broken-up; Truth simply would have returned after four weeks, and the team would continue as always.]

RAW VS. SMACKDOWN
Otunga (w/ Laurinaitis) vs. Sheamus (w/ Long)
[Story = Sheamus hasn’t won the “Rumble”, but is still a face climbing the ranks. In this inter-promotional match, Sheamus would decimate Otunga in under a minute, continuing his climb back to the top.]

“IF THE LEGENDS WIN, ROSS GETS FIVE MINUTES WITH COLE”
Foley, Goldust, Lawler, Booker, Regal (w/ Ross) vs.
Ziggler, Cody, Swagger, Barrett, McIntyre (w/ Cole)
[Story = Simple “old vs. young” storyline, with Ziggler as US-champ and Cody as IC-champ.]

DIVAS TITLE, “LUMBERJILL” MATCH
Phoenix (c) vs. Kharma
[Story = The dominant Phoenix thinks there are no challengers left, only for Kharma to return.]

REINSTATED CRUISER TITLE, “LADDER MATCH”:
Santino vs. Kidd vs. Tatsu vs. Jimmy vs. Jey vs.
Primo vs. Epico vs. Tatsu vs. Jtg vs. Barreta
[Story = The cruiser-title is reinstated, both as a means to give several talented wrestlers something to do, as well as to reestablish the cruiser division so that they can do the big Rey/Cara match at WM29.]

///

So there you go, nine matches, all with simple, logical build, and most of which I think would provide REALLY good in-ring content.

I’m a diplomatic guy most of the time, so I’ll just note that I’d shoot myself if I had to sit through three multi-man matches and a David Otunga singles appearance at Wrestlemania and leave it at that.  And nobody wants to see the Cruiserweight title resurrected, especially with that field.  Trust me.  Plus I’ve had enough Orton v. Christian for 15 lifetimes, let it die.

I would not buy this show, sorry.

Fantasy Booking Is…

Hey Scott,

You know I love fantasy-booking, and came up with the card below about a week ago. It’s not based 100% on current storylines, but instead just based on the roster that seemed available at the time (including Shaq’s rumored involvement). If you could post this, it’d be much appreciated.

///

WWE TITLE
Cena (c) vs. Rock
[Story = Punk drops the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, and Ziggler drops the title to Cena in the “Elimination Chamber”. I realize that some people think that this match doesn’t “need” the title, but I’m of the belief that the biggest match on the card should be for the title, and vice-versa; if the champion isn’t, kayfabe, the best wrestler, then why are they champion?]

WORLD TITLE
Bryan (c) vs. Punk
[Story = Bryan is bullied by Henry, and cashes-in the MITB-contract as revenge; he then remains a face, successfully defending against giants like Henry, Show, and Khali. Elsewhere, Punk loses the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, but then enters and wins the “Rumble” itself later in the night, citing that “anybody can enter”. Instead of dealing with Ace’s crap, though, Punk decides to go after Bryan, with the match being a 1-on-1 “respect” match.]

THE STREAK
Taker, Trips, Shaq, Brodus, Ryder vs.
Jericho, Show, Kane, Henry, Nash
[Story = Jericho returns after “Royal Rumble”, and announces that he plans on ending the Streak. To ensure victory, though, Jericho gathers a stable of heels – all of whom previously lost to Taker at WM – to attack Taker beforehand. Out of respect, Trips volunteers to help his fellow veteran; Brodus wants to do the right thing, as well as even the odds size-wise; and Ryder wants revenge on Kane for all of the attacks he has endured. At one point, Shaq is in the audience when the heels attack Taker; Shaq hops the rail to help out, earning a spot on the team. Of course, the big question is whether Taker can fully trust Trips. Also, assuming that Shaq isn’t part of WM, they could easily sub in Khali.]

“LOSER LEAVES SMACKDOWN”
Orton vs. Christian
[Story = Christian returns from injury, and wants “one more match” against Orton.]

TAG TITLES
Kofi-Gabriel (c) vs. Miz-Truth
[Story = WIth Bourne on shaky ground with the company, Kofi names Justin Gabriel as his new partner. Also, while Truth would have still been “wellness’ed”, the team “Awesome Truth” wouldn’t have been broken-up; Truth simply would have returned after four weeks, and the team would continue as always.]

RAW VS. SMACKDOWN
Otunga (w/ Laurinaitis) vs. Sheamus (w/ Long)
[Story = Sheamus hasn’t won the “Rumble”, but is still a face climbing the ranks. In this inter-promotional match, Sheamus would decimate Otunga in under a minute, continuing his climb back to the top.]

“IF THE LEGENDS WIN, ROSS GETS FIVE MINUTES WITH COLE”
Foley, Goldust, Lawler, Booker, Regal (w/ Ross) vs.
Ziggler, Cody, Swagger, Barrett, McIntyre (w/ Cole)
[Story = Simple “old vs. young” storyline, with Ziggler as US-champ and Cody as IC-champ.]

DIVAS TITLE, “LUMBERJILL” MATCH
Phoenix (c) vs. Kharma
[Story = The dominant Phoenix thinks there are no challengers left, only for Kharma to return.]

REINSTATED CRUISER TITLE, “LADDER MATCH”:
Santino vs. Kidd vs. Tatsu vs. Jimmy vs. Jey vs.
Primo vs. Epico vs. Tatsu vs. Jtg vs. Barreta
[Story = The cruiser-title is reinstated, both as a means to give several talented wrestlers something to do, as well as to reestablish the cruiser division so that they can do the big Rey/Cara match at WM29.]

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So there you go, nine matches, all with simple, logical build, and most of which I think would provide REALLY good in-ring content.

I’m a diplomatic guy most of the time, so I’ll just note that I’d shoot myself if I had to sit through three multi-man matches and a David Otunga singles appearance at Wrestlemania and leave it at that.  And nobody wants to see the Cruiserweight title resurrected, especially with that field.  Trust me.  Plus I’ve had enough Orton v. Christian for 15 lifetimes, let it die.

I would not buy this show, sorry.

Fantasy Booking Is…

Hey Scott,

You know I love fantasy-booking, and came up with the card below about a week ago. It’s not based 100% on current storylines, but instead just based on the roster that seemed available at the time (including Shaq’s rumored involvement). If you could post this, it’d be much appreciated.

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WWE TITLE
Cena (c) vs. Rock
[Story = Punk drops the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, and Ziggler drops the title to Cena in the “Elimination Chamber”. I realize that some people think that this match doesn’t “need” the title, but I’m of the belief that the biggest match on the card should be for the title, and vice-versa; if the champion isn’t, kayfabe, the best wrestler, then why are they champion?]

WORLD TITLE
Bryan (c) vs. Punk
[Story = Bryan is bullied by Henry, and cashes-in the MITB-contract as revenge; he then remains a face, successfully defending against giants like Henry, Show, and Khali. Elsewhere, Punk loses the title to Ziggler at “Royal Rumble”, but then enters and wins the “Rumble” itself later in the night, citing that “anybody can enter”. Instead of dealing with Ace’s crap, though, Punk decides to go after Bryan, with the match being a 1-on-1 “respect” match.]

THE STREAK
Taker, Trips, Shaq, Brodus, Ryder vs.
Jericho, Show, Kane, Henry, Nash
[Story = Jericho returns after “Royal Rumble”, and announces that he plans on ending the Streak. To ensure victory, though, Jericho gathers a stable of heels – all of whom previously lost to Taker at WM – to attack Taker beforehand. Out of respect, Trips volunteers to help his fellow veteran; Brodus wants to do the right thing, as well as even the odds size-wise; and Ryder wants revenge on Kane for all of the attacks he has endured. At one point, Shaq is in the audience when the heels attack Taker; Shaq hops the rail to help out, earning a spot on the team. Of course, the big question is whether Taker can fully trust Trips. Also, assuming that Shaq isn’t part of WM, they could easily sub in Khali.]

“LOSER LEAVES SMACKDOWN”
Orton vs. Christian
[Story = Christian returns from injury, and wants “one more match” against Orton.]

TAG TITLES
Kofi-Gabriel (c) vs. Miz-Truth
[Story = WIth Bourne on shaky ground with the company, Kofi names Justin Gabriel as his new partner. Also, while Truth would have still been “wellness’ed”, the team “Awesome Truth” wouldn’t have been broken-up; Truth simply would have returned after four weeks, and the team would continue as always.]

RAW VS. SMACKDOWN
Otunga (w/ Laurinaitis) vs. Sheamus (w/ Long)
[Story = Sheamus hasn’t won the “Rumble”, but is still a face climbing the ranks. In this inter-promotional match, Sheamus would decimate Otunga in under a minute, continuing his climb back to the top.]

“IF THE LEGENDS WIN, ROSS GETS FIVE MINUTES WITH COLE”
Foley, Goldust, Lawler, Booker, Regal (w/ Ross) vs.
Ziggler, Cody, Swagger, Barrett, McIntyre (w/ Cole)
[Story = Simple “old vs. young” storyline, with Ziggler as US-champ and Cody as IC-champ.]

DIVAS TITLE, “LUMBERJILL” MATCH
Phoenix (c) vs. Kharma
[Story = The dominant Phoenix thinks there are no challengers left, only for Kharma to return.]

REINSTATED CRUISER TITLE, “LADDER MATCH”:
Santino vs. Kidd vs. Tatsu vs. Jimmy vs. Jey vs.
Primo vs. Epico vs. Tatsu vs. Jtg vs. Barreta
[Story = The cruiser-title is reinstated, both as a means to give several talented wrestlers something to do, as well as to reestablish the cruiser division so that they can do the big Rey/Cara match at WM29.]

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So there you go, nine matches, all with simple, logical build, and most of which I think would provide REALLY good in-ring content.

I’m a diplomatic guy most of the time, so I’ll just note that I’d shoot myself if I had to sit through three multi-man matches and a David Otunga singles appearance at Wrestlemania and leave it at that.  And nobody wants to see the Cruiserweight title resurrected, especially with that field.  Trust me.  Plus I’ve had enough Orton v. Christian for 15 lifetimes, let it die.

I would not buy this show, sorry.