So over the course of life taking it's toll on me and keeping me busy, and in the wake of learning folks really want to get more events and titles sorted, I've been giving thought to some a match idea that could help involve several characters without being difficult to pull off. Real pro wrestling usually features multiman/multiwoman matches as a way of adding multiple characters to stories and accelerating stories. But traditionally, forum-based RP like ours is much more easily executed in a 1 v 1 format. One character controlled by one poster, each person posting when they can. Interactions locked between those two characters for the duration of the thread. It's tried and true and it works. That's why we've done many tournaments or events where it's simply a series of one on one matches. Sometimes tag matches or with one additional character at ringside. That kinda stuff.
It's pretty difficult to add to that in a practical manner where the thread actually gets seen through to completion. What's more, open threads are notoriously difficult to pull off. Life happens and that's okay. So what's my idea to sorta circumvent that and make it work, at least for 1 particular type of match? Well, bear with me for now. Please hear me out.
Imagine a lumberjack/lumberjill match. Pro wrestling fans on the forum will be familiar with the idea. But the long and short of it is that it's a match between two people with several wrestlers at ringside. The wrestlers around the ring act as enforcers. Should a wrestler competing inside the ring be thrown out or try to run away, the ones around the ring serve to force them back into the ring, usually dishing some punishment out to them in the process of doing so. This lead to fun interactions. One of the ladies in the ring intentionally throwing the other out of the ring, for example, so that the wrestler's at ringside do some of their work for them. Or a heel wrestler fighting to stay in the ring before finally being thrown out and being forced to endure some of their own medicine. Fun stuff like that.
What I propose is two threads that run sorta parallel to one another. You could have two wrestlers competing and whenever one is thrown out, that wrestler temporarily enters another thread, where the girls at ringside (it can be different wrestlers partaking each time depending on which side of ring the out-of-bounds wrestler was thrown out of). And I think coordinating on discord for who gets involved in that thread and what spots there can be would be a really cool way to make sure that other people get involved in brief spots and get their turn so to speak, all while still having an official match seen through in the ring.
Biggest hangup with this is that if one girl is thrown out of the ring in the 1 v 1 match happening there, the thread kinda has to come to a halt until they make it back into the ring or are thrown back into the ring. So to overcome this (again bear with me), what I have in mind is add a third person to the ring and make it a triple threat. Finally, allow the lumberjacks/lumberjills to legally (within the match rules and the canon) keep one member of the triple threat match occupied outside the ring with them, so that they aren't necessarily forced to allow them back into the match right away like in a normal lumberjack match.
This accomplishes 2 things. It allows the open thread to continue with one girl on the outside without stalling the main thread with the match between the in-ring competitors. And it allows the match to complete without having to wrap up the open portion first (the need to both girls in a 1 v 1 present in the ring and outside of the open thread to that the match can finish properly.
Please let me know what your thoughts are and if it's a good idea. In my head, it can be fun and a great way to get many characters to interact in ways that they wouldn't usually or if they normally wouldn't get the chance. I'd definitely moderate it and try to see it to completion, and I'd look after a discord server to plan spots for the match.
TLDR/Recap of Match idea
- Triple Threat Lumberjack Match
- Girls on the outside legally allowed to keep a competitor in the match outide with them at ringside and out of the match until they find their way back in or until they're thrown back in
- A semi-open thread running in tandem with the in-ring match. The open thread would cover the events outside the ring (e.g. banter, pulling someone in the ring outside the ring, ambushing someone that falls out the ring, hopping on the apron to interfere etc
- spots coordinated on discord and everyone having a heads up on who's plans the post what and what spots to set up. Of course, we'd figure out a bunch of that stuff before the actual match
- Feedback/ideas appreciated