For the majority of the last decade, Tuesday nights after work has been wrestling time. I get a phone call from Shaun Blackford (WWEDVDNEWS). We typically break down Raw and then talk about the wrestling world for hours on end and we both form our theories and predictions about where it's all going. To be honest, I often enjoy that part of wrestling more than actually watching the events. There's just something about predicting the events and storylines that I love and a big part of that is why I wanted to make Wrestling Manager.
Take SummerSlam for example. Will HHH vs Brock Lesnar be the headline act or will John Cena vs CM Punk vs Big Show go on last? It's such a small insignificant question right? And the answer to that is...
... Well it depends what they are doing next?
Who's Brock's next opponent? Who's winning the WWE Championship Match? Who will Punk feud with after the event? Did Brock come back to put HHH over? Would HHH lay down cleanly for Brock? What's the bigger picture? What's going on at Survivor Series? Who will The Rock face at the Royal Rumble? Who will face who at Wrestlemania? Who's facing who at Wrestlemania 30? Where's the next PPV? Is there any significance to the fact that CM Punk doesn't have the WWE Championship on the cover of WWE 13? What DVD's are coming out? Is it significant that Brock Lesnars DVD is releasing the week after Hell In A Cell? Am I mad in thinking that the WWE would try and emulate Brock's run in the UFC by having him lose in his debut to the former champ, only to then come back bigger against a veteran and pick up the title in a rematch with the former champ who has now become champion and is also in his home town?
Maybe the answer has nothing to do with the criteria I just mentioned but that's the kind of thought process that goes through my mind for months leading up to events (and the kind of thought that goes in to mind when I'm designing Wrestling Manager). The amount of times, I've laid out what the main event of Wrestlemania 30 will be is crazy. It's nearly 2 years away but surely WWE already have a plan for it? Did they just tease The Rock vs HBK: The Best Ever on WWE.com?
Think about this.
The Rock has beaten Austin, Hogan, Cena my guess would be this year it's Movie Star vs UFC Star for the WWE Title and The Great One will walk out Champ. Wouldn't it make sense for him to vs Mr Wrestlemania at that point? Just like ONCE IN A LIFE TIME, it would be billed as THE GREATEST EVER! And of course it would make a ton of sense for Rock to win that match because then who's the man he's yet to face at Wrestlemania. Now you're talking about a guy that's DONE IT ALL, except end the Streak!
Every single one of those matches is a gigantic pay check with guaranteed ratings and that's the way WWE operate. That's why Wrestlemania 30 isn't at Madison Square Garden, even though WM20, WM10 and the first ever Wrestlemania was. That's why this year, when Wrestlemania is based in New York it's the Hall of Fame that's at the Garden not Wrestlemania. Vince likes that money and who can blame him.
Anyway, enough of my rants and predictions. If you've found this website, chances are you love fantasy booking as much as I do (or at least as much as a sane person would) In which case, I want to hear your theories. I want to know what you think goes into the planning of these amazing events that we love.