Title: Length of matches and matchwriting
Description: Our discussion of the week!
petek - October 20, 2005 03:32 PM (GMT)
So yeah, what length of matches do you like? Are they good right now?
I think you have to find a good line between too much and too little. The key in PBP format is the storytelling, not the moves. At least that's my take on it. So to tell a good story you need at least some length to it. But at the same time, I don't want to get burned out writing huge matches every time out. So that leads to matches that probably COULD be longer but aren't. For instance, I know I could have done a LOT more with Hurley/Lazarus at D&C, but I figured going shorter was better as it would save more for any rematch, and it was more realistic given the matches they'd been through.
On the last show, the 6-man tag could have gone a LOT longer had I worked all six guy's big moves in there, but I went shorter partially due to keep myself from burning out and partially due to the story being told in the match and not really NEEDING that much longer.
So what do you guys think? What would you suggest as far as match writing and length and keeping things rolling without burning out? What about handlers writing matches? Should it be required? Begged of? Should the same people always write? What do you think?
RedRajah - October 20, 2005 04:08 PM (GMT)
Over in KEW, I'm flattered/relieved when the handlers want to write matches.
Now if I can just get them to write something other than their own matches.... ;)
For regular non-PPV matches, I try to stress (after entrances) that the matches should be about 10-15k. Main Events, I give a little bit more leeway.
Of course, I've got one guy who still needs to learn that Epic Length does NOT equal good. <_< You want to give a little personality and maybe some threat for a jobber? That's one thing...giving them their own elaborate 10k entrance is another.
If it's well-written, the action should read quick regardless of length. If it doesn't need to be padded out, don't add filler. It'll only drag things down or make things repetative.
StevenMansfield - October 20, 2005 04:31 PM (GMT)
I agree with RedRajah. Don't burn yourself out Pete! We love you!
petek - October 20, 2005 04:34 PM (GMT)
TheWolf666 - October 23, 2005 08:43 PM (GMT)
Personally, I've always dug the summary style feds, but you gotta add a PBP twist. What I mean by that is have the undercard summary style and the main event be PBP. Then for supercards and what not, have it all be PBP. That way you can focus on angles, get cards out in a decent timeframe, but still get that big epic match when you need it most.
And, of course, certain matches just have to be PBP. Which means the whole thing acts as a sort of motivation for people to get shit done so they can actually read a match, and allows a fedhead not to waste time on people who don't produce.
* Has to chip in his two cents... Just has two....