FROM LAME TO FAME #3 - By Assaf Levavy
Hello there, dear wrestling fans and wannabes, it's Assaf Levavy here again. This time, I'm talking about the juicy stuff. That's right, nothing else than ANGLES.

But before that, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who's been sending in their questions. I hope I've helped everyone. If not, let me know, I'll try my best to give you all advice.

Now, let's go.

Before making the angles, you should consider three things:
1. How many people you've got in the fed.
2. How many are avaliable and would show up.
3. Face-Heel relations, feuds and connections.

Of course, the third part is the most important one, because let's say you've got two brothers in your fed. You can have them feud against each others in different stables or teams, or allign together to fight two other brothers, or a stable.

First, you need a good guy and a bad guy. It always begins from that. Someone should turn heel, or a heel should attack someone because of a perfectly good reason (He doesn't like him, or he once beat him and he still resents him for that, or something like that). After a few matches between them, where the heel cheats and tries his best to ruin the face, as the face sometimes emerges victorious, other people come in. The heel should bring a bodyguard, or a tag team partner, and issue challenges. The face's friends come to help, and here, you've got teams. It's as simple as that.

And that's just one example. There are a million combinations that make an angle. Just remember, the elements of surprise, friendship and CHEATING are alwyas required while making the angle.

Now, a PPV shouldn't always mean that the angle gets to an end there. A PPV is a perfect place to start new angles, or to turn running angles into new ones, or turn them around, like the WWF did with Austin at Invasion.

The PPV should have more people than your usual amount of people in a card, obviously. It should contain matches that people don't usually see in your fed. For example, if you've got people from different places, like I had in my fed, and not all of them could show up a lot, the PPV was a great place to bring them all together. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

ALWAYS plan the PPV ahead, and always set a date for it weeks in advance, or even months in advance so you would settle it with all your wrestlers.

While planning the PPV, always try to include all types of matches. A battle royal, a Royal Rumble, a Survivor Series match, a tag team championship tournament, gimmick matches, wild card tag team matches with enemies teaming with each other sometimes, and all those types of stuff. Try to make it as exciting as you can. Backyard feds PPV's are one of the best things in backyard wrestling. The oppertunity to have as many wrestlers in one card, an oppertunity that doesn't happen very often in some backyard wrestling feds.

Anyway, I wanted to talk a little bit about weapons and such. I think the best weapon to use, at least the safest, laugh as much as you want, is nothing other than styrofoam. It breaks very convincingly, it doesn't hurt, it breaks easily, it seems as if it hurts like hell, it makes a hell lot of noise, and it's great. I hear about people setting ladders on fire, throwing people on tables and broken glass... What's wrong with you people? Wrestling is very dangerous if taken lightly. That's why most people think that us backyard wrestlers are a bunch of idiots. Because when they say "Don't try this at home" they ESPECIALLY mean the hardcore stuff. Do you have money to pay on movie props or easily-breaking tables? Do you? Didn't think so. So what the hell are you doing trying to imitate a SHOW in reality?! And then people think, because of all of your "hardcore" action, that us safely wrestling, fun loving backyard wrestlers, are idiots. So please, instead of breaking your own bones doing stupid stuff, have fun and keep it SAFE!

Most backyard feds don't last long. It's mostly because of a serious injury someone suffered during a match. And mostly, it's because of "hardcore" stuff.

And most of all, remember, wrestling takes two people. One to perform and one to sell. Any other way can result in serious damage. Remember that.

And by the way, if you want to send me some of your tapes, I'd be happy to watch them. Write me to:

I'm also looking for Cactus Jack, Brian Pillman and Steve Austin (Not WWF) matches. Also Marty Jannetty and Rockers matches, and especially ECW tapes (RVD, Tommy Dreamer, Raven and all those top wrestlers tables and cool hardcore matches. Even plain wrestling). And if someone's got Bret Hart WWF sunglasses he doesn't need... I'd even pay for the silver ones. And I'm looking for the Monday Night Raw where Jannetty beat Michaels and 1-2-3 Kid beat Razor Ramon. And before I turn this into an auction... Until next time, I'm Assaf Levavy. Keep it safe. Long live the HWF.

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