@BangoSkank Fine idea for a character but yeah, make sure it's formatted to match the character sheet and the general flavor of the RP. Things like race, weapons, and equipment don't really fit the vibe at all. Also, a take-it-or-leave-it suggestion: what if he had a normal first name to go with his normal last name... that way "Danger" could literally be his middle name...
Would make a great catchphrase too. And we know how much wrestling fans love catchphrases.
Bio: As a wrestler, Randy Steel was known as "The Real Deal" for a reason. A multi-sport athlete in college, Randy brought a level of legitimacy to the pro wrestling ring. Yes, the matches were a work, but no one doubted Randy's ability as a shooter (or as a drinker of Jack Daniels). He was "The Real Deal." A true world champion and highly respected ring general, Randy was capable of having a great match with just about anyone, from anywhere. For many wrestlers in the 1980s and early 1990s, Randy Steel was their favourite opponent.
After retiring from the wrestling business, Randy got into the investment business. Perhaps even more impressive than his many world title victories and main event sellouts was the fact that a professional wrestler was actually able to save and take care of his money. Even more impressive was the fact that it was Randy, of all people, who was able to do it. Although upon closer inspection of the man's career, it becomes a bit less surprising. To stay on top of the wrestling world for any length of time, it takes a certain amount of shrewdness and intelligence. Even when he wasn't the toughest or the biggest man in the room, Randy was often the smartest. To say those traits were transferable to the world of finance would be an understatement.
Soon Randy became known by a new nickname, "The Dealmaker," as a result of his impressive investment portfolio. With considerable assets in his name, Randy's life would eventually come full circle, bringing him back around to professional wrestling. Now too old to step into the ring, Randy wanted to give back by providing up-and-coming talent a place to make big time money on a big time stage. He purchased Underground Pro Wrestling, and re-branded it Undisputed Pro Wrestling, signing some of the top wrestlers in the game today. With "The Dealmaker's" financial backing, UPW is ready to go global...
Chuck Vance - LEAD COMMENTATOR
Chuck Vance, the Voice of UPW
Name: Chuck Vance
Role: Play-by-Play Commentator
Bio: Chuck Vance grew up a sports fan in the great state of Texas. His father was the head coach of a division 2 football program, and many believed that Chuck would one day want to follow in his dad's footsteps. However, as much as Chuck loved the gridiron... his heart truly belonged in the squared circle. Despite being undersized, Chuck began training at a rough and tough pro wrestling school just outside of Dallas, first breaking into the business as a referee. His small stature limited his opportunities, but after learning the ins and outs of matches through officiating, he was eventually given a role as a manager. This was Chuck's first real chance to work the microphone, and he was a natural.
Eventually, Chuck landed a gig as a backstage interviewer, and would often help some of the more nervous or inexperienced wrestlers with their promos. Chuck worked well in this role and enjoyed it. He didn't plan on becoming a lead announcer, and only stepped into the booth as a last minute replacement for a commentator who had lost their voice (no doubt due to some old school debauchery the night before). The fact that Chuck wasn't a complete drunk already made him a big step up for the territory, so the fact that he turned out to be an excellent play-by-play announcer as well was merely an added bonus. Chuck's wit, charm, and earnest likeability were valuable tools, but ultimately it was his ability to put over the wrestlers and the action in the ring that made him the perfect fit. He stayed in the role permanently. Ironically, it was a colleague losing their voice that truly allowed Chuck Vance to find his.
Now one of the most respected play-by-play announcers in the game, Chuck Vance is the voice of UPW, the world's hottest up-and-coming wrestling promotion.
Bobby "The Body" Robinson - COLOUR COMMENTATOR
Bobby "The Body" Robinson
Name: Bobby Robinson
Hometown: Panama City Beach, FL
Role: Colour Commentator
Bio: Like most great colour commentators, Bobby Robinson was a player first. He was a wrestler first. Although in "The Body's" case, wrestler was a rather loose term. "The Body" was not known for his dropkicks and arm drags, nor was he known for his plethora of intricate submission holds. He was not, shall we say, a "catch-as-catch can" specialist. In fact, he was the furthest thing from one. But while his matches may not have been works of art, his physique damn sure was. Bobby Robinson looked like a star, a SUPER star, and he carried himself like a superstar as well.
"The Body" had a mouth (and an ego) to match his physique, and he ran it quite frequently. Arrogant, flamboyant, charismatic, outrageous, and outspoken, there was no shortage of adjectives to describe Bobby Robinson as a professional wrestler. He could talk trash with the best of them, and talk fans into any arena in the country. His verbal ability would prove to be quite useful in the latter half of his career, when he stepped out of the ring and into the commentary booth.
It turns out that partying all night, pumping your body full of PEDs, and packing on an absurd amount of muscle mass was not, and is not, a recipe for longevity. On top of that, or perhaps because of it, Bobby suffered several injuries, both in the ring and in the gym. He was forced to cut his career as an active wrestler short. Despite this, Bobby "The Body" remains a huge part of the professional wrestling business. With his newfound role as an entertaining heel colour commentator, he is arguably more recognizable today than he was in his prime.
Originally known as Underground Pro Wrestling, UPW began as a showcase for some of the top independent wrestling promotions in North America. Under the UPW banner, an annual event called Rise Up was launched, offering a unique amalgam of wrestling styles and featuring matches from a variety of different regional promotions. It was an opportunity for die-hard wrestling fans across the country to gather together in one place, and see live wrestling that was not available in their local area. What was initially a one night show grew into a three day event, with a fan convention and multiple nights of pro wrestling action. Rise Up became a phenomenon. Major sponsors and television executives started to take notice.
Unfortunately, greater money being at stake led to greater friction between promoters. Everyone wanted a bigger slice of the pie. It was a story as old as wrestling itself, a story dating back to the carnival days: dishonest promoters stabbing each other in the back and lining their own pockets at the expense of the talent. Veteran wrestlers had seen this story play out time and time again, wrestlers like "The Real Deal" Randy Steel. However, unlike the others, "The Real Deal" was actually in a position to do something about it.
Having retired from the big leagues several years earlier, "The Real Deal" was now known as "The Dealmaker," boasting a rather impressive investment portfolio. Randy Steel purchased the UPW brand, and contacted many of the top wrestlers on the independent scene. Almost overnight, UPW was reorganized into Undisputed Pro Wrestling, a singular promotion featuring the absolute best of the best. Randy vowed to treat the wrestlers differently, offering superior contracts with comprehensive benefits. His business acumen combined with his history as a respected in-ring worker made "The Dealmaker" the perfect man for the job. Based on the past success of Rise Up, Randy was able to negotiate a lucrative television deal for UPW. On Wednesday September 4th, 2019, Undisputed Pro Wrestling will launch the very first episode of it's weekly television program, UPW Showdown, live in prime time. UPW is now a beacon for elite wrestling talent seeking international television exposure. Wrestlers from around the world have flocked to the promotion to compete for honour and glory against the very best in the business.
The pro wrestling landscape will never be the same.
Structure of the RP
Welcome to Undisputed Pro Wrestling! This RP will be structured like an "efederation." Rather than being a GM, I will take on the role of "booker" or matchmaker. My job is to outline the matches and segments for each wrestling show, collaborating with players as to the overall direction of the promotion. The players are the real stars, taking on the roles of the actual wrestlers, and RPing their individual matches and segments. The game will follow a basic THREE-STEP CYCLE for each show.
1. Booker Announces the Card (OOC)
As the booker, I will post a list of segments for our next show here in the OCC thread. It will be pinned at the top. This will be rather bare bones, who beats who, maybe a couple bullet points for each with some ideas. Our promotion features a one hour weekly television show, UPW Showdown, which will feature about 5-6 segments. Some will be matches, some will be non-wrestling segments like promos or backstage angles.
2. Players Post Their Segment RPs (IC)
The players look over the card, and write up their RPs for the segment in which their wrestler is booked. These are posted in the IC thread when finished. They don't have to be posted in order, so for example if the player in segment #2 finishes their RP first, they can just go ahead and post it. Of course, our roster will not just include PCs, there will be a bunch of NPCs needed to pad it out as well. These NPCs will be based on classic, easy-to-recognize wrestling archetypes and I'll be sure to have character sheets for them. With a mix of PCs and NPCs on the show, there are a few different possibilities for matches:
PC vs. NPC Match: The player writes up the match, simple enough.
NPC vs. NPC Match: These will happen rarely. But if they do, then I'll take care of the RP for the match unless a PC is involved by interfering or something like that. In that case, the player will be responsible.
PC vs. PC Match: The loser of the match will write up the first half, the winner of the match writes the second half and finish. Requires a bit of give-and-take, just like actual wrestling. Since the PCs are the main stars, these will be the "bigger" matches.
Non-Wrestling Segment: The player being interviewed, cutting the promo, or otherwise starring in the segment will writes the RP for it. Again, pretty straightforward.
3. Booker Posts the Final Show (IC)
Once all of the RPs have been posted I will gather them and put them into one large post, in the proper order. I may also add some bits of "commentary" between segments to help with flow. This is the finished product. I will post the completed show in the IC thread, and pin it to the top of the IC thread as well so it's easy to find and follow.
Due to the nature of this RP, a committed player base is required. In order to create a more expansive roster, players will be allow to create two characters each. Players may also create a dedicated tag team, which counts as one character. Please have a look at the roster before creating your character to ensure that they stand out from the others. Pro wrestling works best with a colourful cast of unique characters, when everybody looks and acts the same it sucks. Also keep in mind the balance between babyfaces and heels on the roster, we don't want things to be lopsided. If you would like to apply, fill out a character sheet and post in in the OOC thread. Please try to stick to the template. For images, I recommend that you just use a picture of an actual pro wrestler. When your wrestler is approved, you can go ahead on post the sheet in the official Characters thread and I will update the roster list. I will also be posting some NPC sheets in the Characters section.
WRESTLER'S NAME IN DIALOGUE COLOUR
Height | Weight | Age
Alignment: Babyface or heel. There is no such thing as a tweener.
Gimmick: Are you an arrogant womanizer? A beer-swilling, foul-mouthed, S.O.B? A mysterious master of mind games? Give a description of your basic character and personality. Don't overthink it, especially at first. As the RP evolves, more layers will be added to your character. When the Undertaker first started in the WWF he was a dead guy, that's pretty much it. Over time more layers were added. He became an evil cult leader, then a biker, then a dead guy who did a triangle choke and wore MMA gloves. Wrestling is weird.
Entrance Music: Post a link.
Wrestling Style: Are you a powerhouse? A high-flier? A submission specialist? A hardcore brawler?
Finishing Move: Only have one or two. You can give them fancy names and include links to videos if you want.
Signature Moves: - Armbar - Armbar - Armbar A list of the moves you commonly use in matches. Don't have more than 10.
Sample RP: A short, one paragraph promo to give a general sense of your character and writing style. Remember to keep it simple, clear, and concise.
TAG TEAM NAME IN DIALOGUE COLOUR
Wrestler #1 Name | Wrestle #2 Name
Alignment: Babyface or heel.
Wrestler #1: The wrestler on the left of your picture
Height: Weight: Age: Hometown:
Signature Moves: - Armbar - Armbar - Armbar A list of the individual moves this member of the team utilizes.
Wrestler #2: The wrestler on the right of your picture
Height: Weight: Age: Hometown:
Signature Moves: - Armbar - Armbar - Armbar A list of the individual moves this member of the team utilizes.
Double Team Moves: Include a tag team finisher if you want.
Sample RP: A short, one paragraph promo to give a general sense of your writing style and the dynamic within the team.
Alright cool. Ideally we'd want a couple more people to show interest here before posting the big RP thread (so if you know anybody...) or I might just say fuck it, post the thread, and see what happens.