- Confirmed active characters
These are characters that often pop up in roleplays. Book them in main events or important matches concerning title matches and rivalries.
-Probably active characters
They don't roleplay too often so you are not sure. You can book them against active characters just to fill the show. But the trick here, is to not make that match the primary attraction. Have the rival of one of the wrestlers come out to ringside or interfere or become guest announcer. Then it's time to get creative. Players are sure to send you interference strats and stuff. Example: DMM is feuding with Lost Soul. In your card, you can book DMM and random inactive character vs Lost Soul and another inactive.
Or DMM vs inactive in one match and Lost Soul vs inactive in another. DMM would probably interfere in Lost Soul's match and vice versa. But if none of these happen, it would mean free wins for DMM's and Lost Soul's handlers (but will not seem like free wins for the DMM and Lost Soul characters)
And if the supposedly inactives start roleplaying, we have a game.
Their names are still there, but they are not playing since long ago. These guys would be our jobbers until they get cut. Book them against newbies or just to fill up space.
To conclude, every character, inactive or active, has his/her use, until they get cut. That is how I do it back in 2003 and before WWX. Seemed to work real fine and I got lots of participation.
Sometimes, doing this might mean having to book more than 6 matches. This might be a burden but you can always concentrate on delivering the main event and more important matches. The rest can be summarized or have them start from middle or end of the match, so you don't have to do much; especially those jobber matches.
Note about roleplaying vs booking:
1. People do not get matches because they do not roleplay
2. People do not roleplay because they don't get matches
Which one is true? Both of them. Some bookers book matches that involve only active superstars. Why give inactives matches? This is rule #1. But if rule #1 is avoided, it would invovle more work, but yield better results, discussed below:
Rule #2. Some people don't want to decide the fate of their superstars. They just want to play along. In this case, just book every superstar (active or not) and who knows, suddenly some inactives might start roleplaying! This has happened before, in my experience.Return to : Stuff