You are given 1 billion dollars to start a pro wrestling promotion with the intent of becoming the #1 wrestling promotion on earth.
How would you dethrone WWE?
You couldn't. Most of the worlds best wrestlers are under contract with them. They have the TV slot. If ratings aren't your measure of success, then other companies already are bigger.
The easiest way would be to buy as many WWE shares as possible, then hire a hitman to kill VKM, Steph and Rippleaitch. Give the book to Heyman. Job done.
there are not much people to contact, but:
>Emilianenko as Monster heel without a manager
>contract with Aerostar, but he needs to fit.
>Jeff hardy with a lot of cocaine(no fett hardy)
>contract with TLC so i coud bring midgets to the main roster.
>the amazing red
>NO FUCKING JAY LETHAL
I would make a television show. Not like Raw, but an actual television show following the wrestlers and their careers, and when they disagree or get to a boiling point, have a live PPV event.
Here she is after taking a shoe studded with thumbtacks to the face.
I tried to play some TEW but crashed.
Here is who I pick up.
>Zach Sabre, Jr.
Try and do a NJPW talent exchange to get
as long term members with the occasional Shibata,Tanahashi or Omega to spice things up.
The names I want to try and lure from WWE are:
There are a ton more I want but these are the guys that are probably unhappy enough that I could get them without breaking the bank.
On Commentary I want Matt Striker as the Voice of the promotion and for Color we have Colt Cabana.
The rest of the roster I will fill out with indie names and cross promotion things. The show will be angle heavy but will shoot in a the same building. Realism will be the focus so while guys like Chuck Taylor can do silly stuff the opponent won't sell it like its real offense.
I would partner with a few wrestling schools and act as an unsinkable indie promotion until talent starts developing and proven wrestlers start showing their faces in my ring. After a few years of coasting off the massive cash allowance I would start streaming weekly shows in HD with ppv style event every 2 months. The end game is to get on to Netflix.
Get a contract with HBO and MTV.
two versions of the show the pg-14 version goes to MTV, the MA version goes to HBO
Have PPV's but have it so the matches from the ppv's are available on a liscenced youtube channel the week after the ppv stops broadcasting through tv.
Hire a booking staff and a writing staff, the writer staff should consist of former tv writers from comedy, action, and drama shows. have at the least 12 writers and twelve bookers, and 2 from each group are put into groups of four, assigned, they are all given a list of roster members not presently in feuds and left in a room for 3 hours and then checked in on at the end to see what they get.
there are only two divisions. each one split into two subdivisions. Womens, Men. There will be a Womens World Championship and a World Championship. each division also has tag team championship.
to add to the championships for the divisions I would include an Intergender tag team championship, and if the Womans Wolrd Championship hold her belt for 6 months she can opt vacate her championship for a shot at the World Heavyweight Champion (yeah, I'm going for that bit of progressiveness, shoot me)
Hire up popular indie folk, on skill and not looks alone. if possible a talent strike a deal for a talent exchange between places like NJPW and PWG and all of that There's far too many wrestlers out there to really pick but like everyone here I'd get the big names and all that, I'd attempt to not rely entirely on former wwe people like some places have done
Also, worth noting, if anyone utters the words "Russo" they get fired.
>Hire a booking staff and a writing staff, the writer staff should consist of former tv writers from comedy, action, and drama shows. have at the least 12 writers and twelve bookers, and 2 from each group are put into groups of four, assigned, they are all given a list of roster members not presently in feuds and left in a room for 3 hours and then checked in on at the end to see what they get.
Is this WWE? Less writters and bookers and you can easily get a consistent product.
>to add to the championships for the divisions I would include an Intergender tag team championship, and if the Womans Wolrd Championship hold her belt for 6 months she can opt vacate her championship for a shot at the World Heavyweight Champion (yeah, I'm going for that bit of progressiveness, shoot me)
Candice LaRae aproves this.
>Also, worth noting, if anyone utters the words "Russo" they get fired.
>Less writters and bookers and you can easily get a consistent product.
I could go smaller, but I'd just go with an even number of each so I can have a two writers and two bookers working together for a feud
>pay for a TV deal with FX
>sign Scott Steiner as the kayfabe GM
>sign Jay Lethal and Adam Cole and make them the top 2 guys in the company
>try to steal Dean Ambrose
>try to steal Kenny Omega
>steal as much of TNA's roster as I can
I'd buy the WWE from McMahon and make the geeks an hero by making all their favorites be extremely buried and ridiculed by Roman Reigns then fire them. Women Division would only consist of models. I would make Eva Marie Champion and Becky her rival. I would only hire 6ft+ models and basically people like we had back in the days. Wrestling would be secondary, story, promos, and badassery primary. WWE will be TV14. Them ratings will finally go up, people like edgy reality shit tv, i'll give them that.
Poach underutilized talented guys from WWE to deals with decent merchandizing deals for them, so they have an incentive to care/get over. Hire people from inside the business, and talk to them about what average contracts are like, and get wrestling fans who can write to write. Give talent, who have shown they can handle a mic, room to improvise their promos, instead of giving them scripts they must stick to (give them broad outlines to work with, and let them add to their characters, like WWE use to let guys). Heyman as head booker. JR on commentary with Joey Styles, and tell them to actually call moves, instead of calling a belly-to-belly suplex a throw.
Call Dbry and a bunch of jobbers
I haven't watched WWE constantly in a while. I watched the last half of last week's Smackdown and before that the last thing I saw was Survivor Series.
I didn't much care for your roster, some of it at least, so what?
I'd try to set up a deal with Lucha Underground, ROH and NJPW, maybe even GFW for the fuck of it.
Do a tournament to determine a true world champion and tag champions. The champs would defend their titles across of sub-promotions.
Always be sure to have a variety of matches booked and I don't mean gimmick matches. Have a ROH style match that's just flashy spots, less psychology. Then have matches that are the exact opposite. Just try to have at least one match for each type of wrestling fan.
It would take years to compete with WWE but it could shine light on talents from all over the world and would be a good experience for the wrestlers to adapt to different match pacings
I've mainly been watching old NWA stuff, so yeah. I'll watch a few ROH episodes here and there just to see who's champ still and what not and some matches on YouTube. The last thing I remember from ROH was Stevie Richards facing Roderick Strong which I liked.
I just went to a live show like two months ago actually. My father used to work with Truth Martini so he, the promoter Truth worked for and I got in for free.
The main event was Briscoes vs War Machine.
I always thought the Wyatts were held back a bit by Rowen.
The Real Americans never stuck with me, I think they're both fantastic wrestlers, just didn't care for them as a tag.
I don't recall ever getting to see RhodesDust go their full potential in a match, but I don't doubt they could compete with the Usos for best tag team on the roster
And Kidd and Cesaro are great. But they were only around for a short tenure, which is a shame.
But I see your point, it's very arguable that there were better tag teams on the roster. The tag team booking is just so uninspired that the teams don't get a lot of time to show their worth.
I forgot to add. Get a nice fat Monday night time slot, preferable in that 8-11 area, wouldn't need to be 3 hours, two hours at most would do. Then go that extra step and make sure my show had a rerun night or an equal competitor show for each publically acessible wwe show, even as far as to have something on wednesday during NXT. Additionally make sure any ppv's or special events are on the same nights as wwe ppv's.
tl:dr MONDAY NIGHT WAR II
>buy out john cena and roman reigns
>maybe Bayley or Nikki Bella
>bring on random wrestlers
>institute a birthday system
>have cena or roman come to YOUR birthday party for a thousand or so
>also have birthdays inside WWE arena for a thousand
>have a cena or roman pizza party with your friends and get a free signed cena shirt
>make a fuck ton of cena and roman shirts for only 11 dollars plus 6 dollar shipping
>also make high end figures for collectors and charge 40 bucks for them
>call it KWF - Kids Wrestling Federation
>have surprise guests all the time like movie actors and tv show actors on kids shows
>have them get beat by Cena or Roman
>have the girls wear slutty outfits and tell them to just do whatever out in the ring but be sure to give parents what they paid for
I think it'd be a hit
>open a paper LLC and call it "chirp chirp wrestling"
>name my pet parakeet as the CEO
>my bird inevitably fails to draw anybody
>mfw the bird takes the blame and i enjoy nearly 1 billion USD minus the few hundred or so to form the LLC
This is exactly what Lucha did to Triple A.
I would not focus on WWE. I would do like Lucha and buy all the NON contract amazing wrestlers like Ricochet and Angelico. I would focus my money on developing the entertainment. Women's matches would still be but ring girls would know their place. There would be World Title, TV title, Intercontinental, US Title, Light heavyweight, hardcore, WOMENS (not divas) Tag Team Champion, Trios Champion, and Inter gender championship.
That or I would buy my way into WWE creative writting and FIX WWE.