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#1 Posted on 6.3.02 1854.23
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On the WWF's website they list 84 "superstars". Obviously Vince can't keep Austin, Rock, UT, Angle and HHH. They will be split up, but how?

Then there's the "midcard", the Edges and Booker T's and Kanes? I realize this may be a bit odd, but the math seems interesting to me: how many wrestlers do you actually NEED to have a sucessful promotion? Say...4 marquee, 8 middle talents (some of whom can be moved up if need be for variety), and an unknown number of jobbers/curtain jerkers/dark/Jakked workers?
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#2 Posted on 6.3.02 2243.44
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I think it all depends on how they play out the feuds. If they are all 3 week build-ups with the payoff at the PPV, 4 marquee stars would never be enough. People would be sick of the same match-ups over and over again. But if they cleverly draw out feuds as we used to see, that would be enough big names. But Vince really needs to bring back some drama in the feuds. He tried with Edge-Regal, but the matches weren't up to par, although it was nice to see some continuity. No more of this... "Gee Taker, I hated you with a passion last month, but now you're my buddy so we can take out Angle." But I'm sure this point has been argued to death.....
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#3 Posted on 7.3.02 0129.37
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I'd say you really only need 30.

Explanations are for pussies, leave it at 30 :)
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#4 Posted on 7.3.02 0706.33
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Probably however many they had before they brought in all the people from WCW.
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#5 Posted on 7.3.02 1015.17
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Really, hasn't the WWF gone with the same 4 or so marquee stars for the last 2-3 years already? I believe someone pointed out in a thread a while back that you have to go back to Dec. 1999 to find a WWF title match not involving Austin, Rock, HHH or Angle. And even at that card the main event was HHH vs. Vince. Outside of the very recent inclusion of Jericho into the topcard, it has mainly been a 5 man circle jerk for 3 or 4 years now between the aforementioned 4 and Undertaker.
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#6 Posted on 7.3.02 1030.00
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And Foley, though not on such a grand scale.
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#7 Posted on 8.3.02 0014.26
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I have been obcessed with the computer game EWD lately, so I have to say about 40. I have 48 on my active roster and, to be honest, I only use about 25-30 of them in any stretch (about two weeks or so). All the rest are bouncing inbetween the Raw/Smackdown card and Heat.
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#8 Posted on 8.3.02 0450.37
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    Originally posted by StampedeFan23
    I have been obcessed with the computer game EWD lately, so I have to say about 40. I have 48 on my active roster and, to be honest, I only use about 25-30 of them in any stretch (about two weeks or so). All the rest are bouncing inbetween the Raw/Smackdown card and Heat.

That's really interesting. So, therefore, if they do split the roster right down the middle they'd have it about right to have a fair amount of wrestlers in rotation, with a few off TV injured or whatever.

I know it's not the same as running a real fed by any means, but that number was about the same for me when I played TNM7. There's only so many interesting things you can do with a standard 9 match card with two hours to run it in I guess.

So, yeah, anyway, if we ignore my sad wrestling RPG predeliction I say they might be successful with 40ish guys per show. Maybe this carzy split idea may lead to the crazy elevation of new guys into the main events too, you never know... .
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