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Jimmy Jacobs explained the WWE creative process

This week, the Breaking Web has discussed and discussed McMahon's return as a sign of Raw & SmackDown and the "New Age" promises that they brought along. Last week, it was difficult for WWE to create five weekly sports entertainment, whose concern it was and the fact that it was hard to write Raw was dealing with flag ratings. [19659002] The conversation a week ago was subjected to a tweet from former WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs in response to Wrestling Observer's Bryan Alvarez. On Weds., December 19, Jacobs with Alvarez went to Wrestling Observer Live (subscription required) to give more details about why he said, "Writing a 3 hour wrestling TV show every week is really hard." The information is equally fascinating and confusing. Here are some highlights, thanks to WrestleZone's transcript: "[The writing team] is about 25 people. My first day of work was in the room for about an hour until I realized that, hello, these people are really wise. They are very talented in their own way. The way is divided, there are two teams. There is the home team that stays in Stamford, Connecticut, and works at the office all week, and the roadmap goes to RAW, SmackDown and produces the TV on The road is also in the office one day or two during the week. Dave [I believe this is the former Riajin Singh, David Kapoor] manages the team, then has RAW a leading writer and a guide. Then SmackDown has a leading author…

This week, the Breaking Web has discussed and discussed McMahon’s return as a sign of Raw & SmackDown and the “New Age” promises that they brought along. Last week, it was difficult for WWE to create five weekly sports entertainment, whose concern it was and the fact that it was hard to write Raw was dealing with flag ratings. [19659002] The conversation a week ago was subjected to a tweet from former WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs in response to Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez. On Weds., December 19, Jacobs with Alvarez went to Wrestling Observer Live (subscription required) to give more details about why he said, “Writing a 3 hour wrestling TV show every week is really hard.”

The information is equally fascinating and confusing. Here are some highlights, thanks to WrestleZone’s transcript:

“[The writing team] is about 25 people. My first day of work was in the room for about an hour until I realized that, hello, these people are really wise. They are very talented in their own way. The way is divided, there are two teams. There is the home team that stays in Stamford, Connecticut, and works at the office all week, and the roadmap goes to RAW, SmackDown and produces the TV on The road is also in the office one day or two during the week.

Dave [I believe this is the former Riajin Singh, David Kapoor] manages the team, then has RAW a leading writer and a guide. Then SmackDown has a leading author and a supervisor. They have the task of putting the pieces together and what the performance will be. Below you are the task to come up with what these pieces are. I would produce the TV.

So, let’s say it was a Roman government’s John Cena promo, now cow Does anyone have written (I or someone else) a version of what it may be, and then I take that promo and based on some notes that Vince would have, I would go to the talent. John knows what he wants, and he has a lot of freedom because Vince trusts him. I ask them what they want to do, and maybe they want something completely different … but we’d sit down and crack something out. We would come up with a new version of the promotion, I would take it to Vince, and he would either give ok or give us some changes. Then I go back to talent, and make sure the guys know what production they need.

It’s a job for seven days a week. So, when the roadmap is on RAW, home team is back in Stamford, and they help with rewriting on Monday and Tuesday, but we will get an idea of ​​what they want to play at Vince. They will have a meeting with Vince and then he will give us feedback. Sometimes he wants to change a lot, sometimes it’s a bit. Then on Thursday, the leading authors put together the pieces of what RAW should look at. Then we will put pen to paper on Friday to Saturday and write the promotions. On Saturday night, all writers will send in the campaigns, and then on Sunday, leaders will put everything together for a real screenplay. They send it to Vince, and since late monday, the production meeting for RAW is at 1

3:00. We go through the plan, and then all authors and agents will give their views. Based on these suggestions, Vince will make changes, and then as a writer on the road I will implement these changes. We compile these changes and put it in a new version of the script. Then I tell talent what they do. “

In addition to wondering if there could not be a better way to do this (something everyone believes in the outside of almost any job), I will abandon this with even more respect for the artists. It sounds like those who do not Major competitions are finding out what they are doing and what they are expected to say, very late in the process. No wonder campaigns do not sound authentic if you only get a day or a few hours to memorize them, even digging in motivations, trying different deliveries, etc

Jacobs also spoke to some of the major specific reasons people say writing for WWE is a unique challenge.

On Vince McMahon’s Engagement:

“The Vince Factor is a big part of writing RAW and SmackDown . Even if you took Vince out of the equation it is an extremely difficult task to come up with new ideas, concepts and new matches for 3 hours each week. But yes, it’s hard to write for Vince. The overall goal is “Is Vince like this?” So, [you’re writing things going] “Will Vince shout about this?”

It’s hard to know what he wants for things to change, and he wants changes. He’s really a unique character and some people like to blame Vince for all the bad things, I do not know if it’s true or not. Certainly, I will give the devil his fault: If you blame him for the bad things, you must blame him for the good things. “

In Rawen’s third hour:

” I’m working with IMPACT now and just finished a creative meeting an hour ago, and it’s hard to write a two-hour show. However, a three-hour show is significantly more difficult.

When you ask yourself, “Why did they do this?” The reason is that we have to do something, we have three hours to fill. So, you stop giving a few matches away. It is a lot. You get an empty sheet of paper, you have a list, and you have the task of including 16 segments.

So, do you think “What matches have not been made? What stories have not been heard?” Over the past 20 years almost everything has been done. When I grew up there would be an hour of superstars. It was all job matches, and then the main event would be Koko B. Ware against Rick & The Model & # 39; Martel, and it had enough value to be an important event. But in the world of supply and demand, a three-hour show is too much supply and not enough demand.

There is no shortage of matches. They only had their lowest ratings of all time with a key role in their main babyface in Seth Rollins, Intercontinental Champion, against one of the most prominent heels. And nobody looked at it! So it makes you wonder, what can you do? Even if you pulled out all the stops, what ammo have you left in your gun that you have not already done. It is difficult. “

” There are too many cooks in the kitchen “:

” No, definitely not. 25 writers are not too many. Do you feel that sometimes there are too many cooks in the kitchen raw day when you make changes in the eleventh hour? Sure, you will feel like “Why did not you tell me about this three days ago?” But there is so much detail … and it’s harder to produce.

Making a segment is a very time-consuming thing, and you are responsible for everything under that segment. If something goes wrong, it’s on your head. The authors are not the callers, they are the creators. There are not so many guys up there with the last say. “

It’s a lot to melt and check WOL and WrestleZone’s report on Jacobs & Alvarez conversation if you think you can handle even more.

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