Yeah, can I say that I'm not too pleased with a belt that has just been snubbed by what is presented as the top guy in the company? Who would want the Emerald City title now if Perfection doesn't want it?Super pumped for the future of the IWF...the Era of Fear has a chance to be really compelling. Gotta love the "fine, here's your Emerald City title, now it's the secondary belt" angle with Perfection. Wonder if he'll try going for both belts...also wonder how that affects Kuroyama's quest for the Emerald
I'm actually the most prestigious babyface IWF has. With more seniority than Leyenda, less of a "learning rookie" personality than Kerry and not a heel/tweener type like De Seti; who in IWF should garner a bigger face pop than Doom?Good card... Although it didn't seem realistic to see a new guy like Spooky Doom get a deafening pop when he hasn't really been around long enough or done enough in the ring to merit that big of a reaction. Other than that, felt it was a decent card, and I thought the introduction of the new title worked pretty well. Just my personal opinion.
I'm actually the most prestigious babyface IWF has. With more seniority than Leyenda, less of a "learning rookie" personality than Kerry and not a heel/tweener type like De Seti; who in IWF should garner a bigger face pop than Doom?
Add to the fact that Doom is the one of the few IWF wrestler with experience outside of the IWF (a plot point I touched on previous occasions, me learning a posteriori that the IWF has a "new character" policy) and its like TNA hiring top merch seller Jeff Hardy into its ranks. Really, top babyface Spooky Doom is really the only sensible option there is.
Pop: sure! Deafening: that's what he was calling more unrealistic. And I think I agree with that opinion.
Totally agree. I'm not 100 % sure that many IWF guys would get deafening pops at the current moment.....nor would they get the kind of heat that rips ceilings off a place.
Yeah, can I say that I'm not too pleased with a belt that has just been snubbed by what is presented as the top guy in the company? Who would want the Emerald City title now if Perfection doesn't want it?
These angles work better when it's the heel that's screwed, not the babyface figurehead. If there were a new title introduced that was billed as more prestigious than the current Emerald City title, Perfection could act all bitter that HIS title got snubbed and promote the Emerald title as the true honor while the new international Washington state belt (really?) could be the "official" top title of IWF. If a babyface were to defeat Perfection for the no-longer-officially-top title, then he could build the Emerald championship as the one with more history, as the one truer to the territory or what have you. Both belts would have true, distinct importance.
This is what I have a problem with. The angle that was chosen took weeks of tweaking between Brian and I for a way not to destroy the integrity of Pete's character (which I hope he does come back) as well as trying to get things inline following Surge. The fact is that he wasn't "Handed" the title. Plus if you followed the stroyline, the RPs, the Segements, etc. It was laid out for a while.
Secondly. The Washington State belt (and I had no clue in advance Brian was going to do this but when he did he opened the doors to a whole range of reatcions from my end that I am excited for) makes SENSE. IWF isn't a world comapny, or traveling to other states and it was said by Fear that that won't happen for a while. How can you have a World Champion/Company champion when you are still local.
The need for a second belt is there, thus "handing" the belt over and announcing a more prestigous belt makes sense being that Perfection has tarnished and devalued the Emerald City title with his self-entitlement. The story is good, removing Mori was a great heel power play move by Paz who is Cho's hand picked.
I think this card was a great one to build to great feuds and awesome inner company story.
As for the grander picture, I've said this before and been shot down, but I will continue to beat this drum... What a regional fed like the IWF would really benefit from is an umbrella-NWA like strucutre with two or three other regional feds (think NWC, WfWA, for those who may have been in or been familiar with those feds) where there are World Championships that tour those feds. Where the fed is a part of an over-arching umbrella structure.
That's where I really see a fed like this one thriving - not only in terms of story and structure, but also receiving a big influx of talent.
Just an opinion...
Oh, a territories kinda guy. I always liked that idea. Like having one universal title. But egos, politics, favorites, etc always make that a harder challenge than it was meant to be ;(
Yeah, that seems to be the general sentiment - not sure I agree with that.
It's like anything else you need a solid foundation - a constitution or whatever you want to call it with workable checks and balances. If you had that in place - it could operate fairly smoothly and with limited bias. There's always going to be bias in the game - it's just the nature of the beast, but you could limit it through a working document.
Essentially, the feds continue to operate independently of each other except with the World Championships (Heavyweight and Tag, for example) and maybe bi-yearly PPVs. That's all scheduling and not too hard to do if you give yourself enough time in between matches (say a month between defenses) to make sure the cards don't run into each other. Plus, you can either have the championships travel together (In Fed A in October, Fed B in November) or separate (World in A, Tag in B in October), so you either have big events in multiple feds at once or you have a real showcase every few months.
Plus, it gives you a TRUE world champion. I mean if you have a fed with like 10-15 handlers - you can slap a belt on the table call it the World Championship, but you're really just the best out of 10-15 handlers. I mean, I'm sure we've all been in feds like that where the quality isn't anything like what's here. However, if you expand your universe to upwards of 60 handlers - you've really accomplished something by being champion.
As for voting, it's also simple if you have 3 feds - all three get to vote - you assume fairness, but even if Fed A votes for its wrestler b/c of bias, Fed B votes for its wrestler b/c of bias, then Fed C is an independent party and votes accordingly. If you have 4 feds - you could switch to a point system - like UltraTitle - the two independent fedheads vote out of 10 points - highest point total wins.
Schematically, I think you can work through those issues - that's a matter of cooperation in the formation. Plus, I think it adds a homefield to a title match, which is really cool - I mean imagine an east coast champion coming into Seattle, it'd be like Quest Field for the Seahawks. Be a fun write and read.
I know I just made it sound way simpler than it actually is - I just think the problems with it aren't as big as people make them out to be. You could easily check and balance your way through these problems IMO.