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#1 Posted on 22.3.02 0132.58
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I think it's safe to assume that The Rock, Hogan and the Wolfpack will all wind up on the same show. Isn't it? Otherwise, the nWo's SmackDown beating on Hogan and The Rock would serve little purpose other than “last call for paybacks”.

Some teams could and likely will be split up. Vince, in-character, would be just sick enough to draft Lita right after Flair drafted Matt. What if Billy and Chuck were drafted by different shows? What would happen? So far, it appears that the only group guaranteed to remain intact is the Wolfpack.

Would the split also mean twice as many PPVs during the year? I don't think anyone, save the hardest of the hardcore fan, would ever dish out money to purchase 24 WWF PPVs a year. And if they stick with 12 and make the PPVs “inter-brand”, how in the blue hell are they going to have any angle buildup between two wrestlers on different shows?

...Sheesh. That's what the WWF gets for signing just about every big name in wrestling today. It's getting to the point where, if you're an active former world champion but not working for the WWF, something is wrong with you.
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#2 Posted on 22.3.02 0132.58
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I think it's safe to assume that The Rock, Hogan and the Wolfpack will all wind up on the same show. Isn't it? Otherwise, the nWo's SmackDown beating on Hogan and The Rock would serve little purpose other than “last call for paybacks”.

Some teams could and likely will be split up. Vince, in-character, would be just sick enough to draft Lita right after Flair drafted Matt. What if Billy and Chuck were drafted by different shows? What would happen? So far, it appears that the only group guaranteed to remain intact is the Wolfpack.

Would the split also mean twice as many PPVs during the year? I don't think anyone, save the hardest of the hardcore fan, would ever dish out money to purchase 24 WWF PPVs a year. And if they stick with 12 and make the PPVs “inter-brand”, how in the blue hell are they going to have any angle buildup between two wrestlers on different shows?

...Sheesh. That's what the WWF gets for signing just about every big name in wrestling today. It's getting to the point where, if you're an active former world champion but not working for the WWF, something is wrong with you.
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#3 Posted on 22.3.02 0144.39
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last i heard, while they are building up to 24 ppvs - i think they're shooting for 16 but don't quote me on that - something like four of the ppvs will be interpromotional. backlash will be interpromo.

i think the storylines for programs with wrestlers from different group will be more competition based than soap opera based. ie: flair challenges vince to bring his best against lesnar, two guys fight for the world title shot on the next ppv, the ppv challengers for the euro and ic titles come from the opposite roster, etc.

i really doubt the wwf expects people to buy every ppv, but they'll sure as hell try to sell them on each and every one.

i bet vince will take hogan and rock first, knowing flair won't take the nwo, then draft hall, nash and pac.
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#4 Posted on 22.3.02 0155.08
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While I'm not a particular fan of the “soap opera” aspects of wrestling at times, I still find it strange that they could try and build up heat between two guys who can't even wrestle except on pay-per-views. Sure, they could cut promos on each other, but they couldn't have any physical interaction. They could be sent out by their respective owner to “fight for the integrity of the brand”, but shouldn't there still be some serious heat between the two individuals in question? How else does one go about creating that heat?

The exception would, naturally, be the World Title situation, because the champ is likely to end up in feuds with people from both brands. But for everyone else, it'd be hard to build up the heat necessary for a feud. And two guys from opposite shows wouldn't even be able to have “practice matches” on house shows before PPVs, because the house shows are apparently being divvied up as well.

The I-C and Euro Titles will likely wind up on opposite shows, but when was the last time a major feud was built up simply because someone wanted someone else's belt? There's usually a little more of a reason than that, even if it's “There's something about you that just pisses me off.”

Should make for some compelling television, I'll give you that. I'll just hope they can keep it compelling once the strangeness factor has worn off a little bit.
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#5 Posted on 22.3.02 0235.32
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    but when was the last time a major feud was built up simply because someone wanted someone else's belt


that's what i dig about the split as i imagine it happening - it forces them to go old school with it. the "balance of power" thing could enter into it as a sort of meta-angle, where each brand wants as many belts as possible.

building heat to sell interpromo matches should be very different. it's easy to imagine how they could build up a monster versus monster bout (just push 'em both to the moon) but once you get past that it gets trickier.

hrm. this makes me wonder how long it will be before guys from one show appear at the other as "paying customers", sitting in the crowd before leaping the guardrail.

one scenario could be something along the lines of say, farooq having a match against angle. you have a straight up power wrestler against a... uh... wrestler wrestler. (little ceasers could sponser the card.) put farooq up against some cruiserweights on one show and angle against guys like albert and bradshaw on the other. you know, just match the guys up with opponents like the guy they'll have at the ppv.

that could be very cool. "ooh, farooq can't handle top rope attacks!" and "ooh, angle has trouble coming back from a powerslam!"
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#6 Posted on 22.3.02 0541.51
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The last I heard was they were shooting for 24 PPVs, but then sanity checked in and they will stick with 12, with the eventual target of 16.

No tag teams will be split up because Flair or Vince can say "I want the Hardyz", and that will be considered a pick. Now can Flair bust out with, "I want the Union," and end up with Big Show, Test, Shamrock, and Foley?
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#7 Posted on 23.3.02 0119.41
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    No tag teams will be split up because Flair or Vince can say "I want the Hardyz", and that will be considered a pick. Now can Flair bust out with, "I want the Union," and end up with Big Show, Test, Shamrock, and Foley?


The day that Vince McMahon asks for a union is the day that hell freezes over.

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#8 Posted on 23.3.02 0659.03
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I think if they share the PPVs it means that WWFlair contributes half the matches and WWFince does the other half.
They wouldn't wrestle each other except on rare occasions.
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#9 Posted on 24.3.02 1934.40
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It wouldn't surprise me if certain tag teams got split up. I think the APA will be split up, and I think some women will become unattached from their men. Stacy Keibler seems very likely to have that happen, what with the split she and the Dudley Boyz have had recently. Other likely candidates are Mighty Molly (probably with a gimmick makeover) and even Lita, because she's been fighting a lot of solo matches lately. Who knows, maybe they'll try to break the Hardys up again? At least this way, both of them would still be face characters.
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#10 Posted on 24.3.02 2354.04
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The problem is that with all the potential breakups will negatively impact on the tag team scene. Then the tag opponents will be pick-up. Some do work wonders (Rock and Sock), but then nobody on the roster is Mick Foley.
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#11 Posted on 25.3.02 0008.29
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The problem I see with the "brand extension" and tag teams is that according to what was previously said only the Undisputed Champ and Women's Champ will defend on both shows. So say Flair drafts Chuckabilly, it would suck for any team that Vince chose wouldn't it? They'd have no title to challenge for. To make this work they need to have the tag champs be on both shows as well.
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#12 Posted on 25.3.02 0047.47
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the non-title feud will be on one show while the title feud is on the other.

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