What 5 Years Of Mayhem Mania Reveals About Our Changing Pro Wrestling Tastes

Over the past five years, the Wrestling Mayhem Show has celebrated the weeks leading up to WrestleMania with Mayhem Mania. It’s kind of a competitive thought experiment that challenges players to make the best WrestleMania matches possible. WWE’s pool of talent has been historically deep in recent years, and our goal is to demonstrate the full potential of their roster.

The ground rules are simple. Only the talents that WWE can realistically book for the real WrestleMania are eligible. Current injuries, contract statuses and other factors help us decide who can be booked. We start by creating an 8-match card. Over the weeks that follow, players make changes to the card, swapping individuals or event entirely new matches. As the weeks go by, some matches survive long enough to graduate to a permanent supercard, opening up room for new matches.

At its most basic, Mayhem Mania is a popularity contest. The matches created over its first 5 years are like a time capsule, revealing who fans wanted to see in the biggest matches on the biggest show of the year. But, as most of us know, the tastes of pro wrestling fans are fickle. A talent who is hot one year can cool off quickly. The name we’re all fighting to book in Mayhem Mania this year may not be mentioned in the next.

Over the first five years of Mayhem Mania, 220 different names have been used to create a wide variety of matches of varying levels of quality, but no name has been used more often than Finn Balor.

That’s 35 weeks when Balor has been booked in a match in Mayhem Mania. He’s been one of the most consistently used names over the past five years, something that will become even more impressive as we take a closer look at his history compared to other names.

Finn Balor

Although Balor’s usage was down slightly in 2019, a recent heel turn and well-received return to NXT sets the stage for a likely resurgence in 2020. Despite his ups and downs in WWE over the past five years, Balor has remained one of the most consistently popular personalities among fans.

It took a down year for the former holder of the top spot, Brock Lesnar, to open the door for Balor to claim it in 2019.

Brock Lesnar

In the 2019 edition of Mayhem Mania, Brock Lesnar was booked in a match just once. That’s an alarmingly sharp decline for a name that was among the most popular in Mayhem Mania. It will be interesting to see if Lesnar bounces back or remains on the sidelines.

Balor and Lesnar are among an exclusive group of eight individuals who have been booked in a match for at least one week during every year of Mayhem Mania.

  • Bray Wyatt
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Charlotte Flair
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Finn Balor
  • Roman Reigns
  • Sasha Banks
  • Triple H

Bray Wyatt‘s history in Mayhem Mania is probably what you’d expect. He was extremely popular from 2015-2017, but he barely made it into a match in 2018 and 2019.

Bray Wyatt

A lot has changed for Wyatt since the 2019 edition of Mayhem Mania. He’s now “The Fiend”, the WWE Champion, and more popular than ever in the eyes of many fans. A big bounce-back should be expected in 2020.

Among the “Five For Five” group, the most interesting name to me is Daniel Bryan. He spent a sizable portion of the past 5+ years retired from in-ring competition. Yet, somehow he kept finding his way into Mayhem Mania. Did we allow a little too much leeway in allowing our players to book a guy who wasn’t medically cleared by WWE? Maybe. It’s still a testament to Bryan’s enduring popularity and the hope fans always held onto that he would one day resume his in-ring career.

Daniel Bryan

As for the two women in this group, Charlotte Flair leads all female competitors with 23 weeks being booked in a match over the five years of Mayhem Mania.

* “Michelle” refers to Michelle McCool. “Stephanie” refers to Stephanie McMahon

Charlotte’s position on top may not be surprising, but she may not hold it for much longer. Despite being used in just the past four years, Asuka has nearly caught her. Also, a closer look at Charlotte’s history shows that her popularity has declined.

Charlotte Flair

As for Sasha Banks, she was popular during three of the first four years of Mayhem Mania, but her usage took a dramatic dip in 2019.

Sasha Banks

Now, let’s take a look at a slightly larger group – those who were booked in a match for at least one week during four of the first five years of Mayhem Mania. Included in parenthesis is the year they were not booked.

  • AJ Styles (2015)
  • Asuka (2015)
  • Bayley (2015)
  • Bo Dallas (2019)
  • Big E (2018)
  • Braun Strowman (2015)
  • Cesaro (2016)
  • Chris Jericho (2019)
  • Dash Wilder (2015)
  • Dean Ambrose (2018)
  • Eric Young (2015)
  • Harper (2017)
  • Jey Uso (2017)
  • Jimmy Uso (2017)
  • John Cena (2016)
  • Kevin Owens (2019)
  • Kofi Kingson (2018)
  • The Miz (2016)
  • Rowan (2017)
  • Rusev (2019)
  • Samoa Joe (2015)
  • Scott Dawson (2015)
  • Seth Rollins (2016)
  • Tommaso Ciampa (2015)
  • Undertaker (2019)
  • Xavier Woods (2018)

Some of the missed years are easily explained, and most deserve a place (with an asterisk) in the top tier list of those booked in all five years of Mayhem Mania. AJ Styles, Asuka, Eric Young, Samoa Joe and Tommaso Ciampa were not yet full-time competitors in WWE in 2015. Others were under contract with other organizations, meaning they were not eligible to be used. The absence of others in certain years is the result of them being off television due to injury: Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, John Cena and Rowan.

John Cena

Despite each missing a year, AJ Styles (31) and Cesaro (29) are not far behind Balor for the top spot on the list of all-time most booked names in Mayhem Mania. Styles has been a very popular name, but can he sustain that popularity? It’s easy to be doubtful after taking a closer look at his Mayhem Mania history.

AJ Styles

As for the reason why some other names are on the “4 Out Of 5 Years” list instead of the “5 Out Of 5” list…

Bayley was left out of the first edition of Mayhem Mania in 2015. She was still in NXT at the time, and was in the NXT Women’s Title picture for part of year. She competed in a fatal 4-way match for the championship in February 2015 at NXT TakeOver: Rival, but the best was yet to come. After Mayhem Mania 2015 concluded, “Peak Bayley” arrived with her championship victory at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August 2015. You can see the reaction. Bayley was a popular choice in Mayhem Mania in 2016. However, her popularity has eroded since then.

Bayley

Dash and Dawson were teaming regularly in 2015, but they were not yet The Revival. They won the NXT Tag Team Championships for the first time in November of 2015.

Braun Strowman was rarely seen in NXT. His popularity didn’t start to rise until he debuted on WWE’s main roster in August 2015. He’s been a fairly consistent choice in Mayhem Mania ever since.

Braun Strowman

Chris Jericho likely would’ve been booked again in 2019 if he hadn’t signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling. Over the first four years of Mayhem Mania, he was a reliable option for our players.

Kevin Owens returned from injury in time to be eligible for Mayhem Mania in 2019, but he was never booked. In 2018, he was booked only once. Owens was one of the most popular names in Mayhem Mania in 2017 and 2016. So, what changed? Early 2017 marked the end of Owens’ reign as WWE Universal Champion. That appeared to mark the beginning of his slide. Owens seems to be in a much better place in early 2020. Perhaps a comeback is in the cards?

Kevin Owens

Undertaker‘s absence in 2019 after appearing in the first four years of Mayhem Mania is clearly a sign that fans are less interested in seeing him perform in the ring.

Undertaker

Bo Dallas is an interesting case. Inexplicably, he was booked in at least one match during the first four years of Mayhem Mania. But in 2019, his slowing momentum came to a full stop and he was not mentioned once. The high point of his modest success was in 2017, when was booked in a match during three weeks of Mayhem Mania. During that time Dallas was still a member of The Social Outcasts.

Now, we’ll look at some of the one-year absences that are less easily explained.

The Usos not being booked in Mayhem Mania in 2017 is somewhat puzzling. They were newly crowned SmackDown Tag Team Champions in March of 2017. But the titles were not defended at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida. Instead, The Usos participated in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Just like WWE, the Mayhem Mania players couldn’t find anything interesting to do with The Usos.

Another tag team worth looking at is The New Day. All three members were left out entirely during the 2018 edition of Mayhem Mania. What makes this so unexpected is the fact that The New Day were still riding the wave of a hot feud with The Usos over the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. The two teams were in a three-way match for the titles, with the Bludgeon Brothers as the third wheel, at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. For some reason, The New Day in early 2018 wasn’t what the Mayhem Mania players were looking for.

In early 2016, The Miz was the WWE Intercontinental Champion, but he wasn’t capturing the imagination of the Mayhem Mania players. Perhaps WWE sensed that as well. After seeing Zack Ryder win the IC Title at WrestleMania 32, The Miz teamed up on-screen with his real-life wife Maryse to reclaim the title the following night on Raw. The addition to The Miz’ act worked. He’s been booked in every year of Mayhem Mania since then.

The Miz

Rusev is a sad case. He was booked in the first four years of Mayhem Mania. His popularity and the “Rusev Day” phenomenon made him one of the hottest names heading into WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans in 2018. But Rusev’s star faded not long after that. In 2019, he wasn’t booked in a single Mayhem Mania match. His Mayhem Mania history is an uneven pattern. Rusev has been a big part of Raw recently. Maybe he’ll bounce back again.

Rusev

Luke Harper‘s absence in 2017 may be the most baffling omission of all. During the months leading up to WrestleMania 33, you could argue he was having the biggest run of his career. He was in the middle of a long-simmering Wyatt Family breakup story line involving Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. At the 2017 Royal Rumble, Harper turned on both Wyatt and Orton. He followed that up with some memorable in-ring encounters with AJ Styles. Unfortunately, it didn’t resonate with the Mayhem Mania players in 2017. Harper’s name wasn’t used a single time. For all his hard work, something about Harper’s run didn’t click with us or WWE. He found himself in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33.

So, we’ve been able to pinpoint a good amount of names that started hot in the early years of Mayhem Mania before fading. Now, let’s try to find some “Ones To Watch”. There’s a group of names that have burst onto the scene and surged in popularity over the recent years of Mayhem Mania.

  • Ricochet: 14 weeks booked over the last 2 years
  • Aleister Black: 12 weeks booked over the last 2 years
  • Velveteen Dream: 12 weeks booked over the last 2 years
  • Nikki Cross: 9 weeks booked over the last 3 years
  • Johnny Gargano:  8 weeks booked over the last 3 years

There’s another group that made a big splash in their Mayhem Mania debuts in 2019.

  • Io Shirai: 7 weeks
  • Zelina Vega: 7 weeks
  • Ali: 6 weeks
  • Rhea Ripley: 6 weeks
  • Lio Rush: 5 weeks
  • Walter: 5 weeks

Io Shirai and Zelina Vega both benefited from being attached to a trios tag team match booked in 2019 that included The IIconics on one side and Asuka and Kairi Sane on the other. To me, their popularity individually is still something that needs to be proven in Mayhem Mania.

On the other hand, Ali and Rhea Ripley made far bigger impressions during Mayhem Mania 2019. Both kept finding their way into matches. Since the 2019 edition of Mayhem Mania, Ripley’s stardom has grown dramatically. She won the NXT Women’s Championship in December 2019. I’m proud to say we were on her bandwagon nearly a year earlier.

As for Ali, his momentum feels like it’s stalled since the early part of 2019, when he was orbiting the WWE Championship picture. We’ll see if the Mayhem Mania players remember him in 2020.

There are many more names we could break down. Producer Missy and Mad Mike deserve a ton of credit for helping to bring all the Mayhem Mania data together and organize it into spreadsheets. It’s really interesting to look at years of data and the trends that emerge. But as I mentioned earlier, this is pro wrestling. No one knows for sure what fans and our Mayhem Mania players will want to see in 2020.

 

Mayhem Mania 2018: Week 7

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking. It’s more like reality booking. Any match created must have at least a chance of happening in this year’s WrestleMania. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. 

Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control.


Catch up with Mayhem Mania 2018: Week 1 – Week 2 – Week 3 – Week 4 – Week 5 – Week 6

Remember, any match that survives three consecutive weeks without being altered in any way GRADUATES to our SUPERCARD. So far, that’s happened only once during this year’s Mayhem Mania.

TREVOR “RICOCHET” MANN VS. PETE DUNNE
(CREATED BY @MADMIKE4883)
week2-2

That’s a pretty good start, but we’re looking for more. It’s Week 7, and we are DEEP into Mayhem Mania season with only ONE graduated match. We gotta get to work!

The first bit of business during Week 7 of Mayhem Mania was the Fastlane Challenge! We got a bunch of entries, but no one correctly predicted that AJ Styles would pin Kevin Owens to retain the WWE Championship. So, we went to the tiebreaker (total time of the match). Brandon was the winner and he gets to make the first move in this round.

Also, Mad Mike is back thanks to the “Alex Kahrs Rule”. That means he gets to make the final move of this round.

All of our players can each make a single change to the card. They have three options.

1. SWAP a wrestler/tag team for one already on the card, or bring for a name not currently on the card.
2. ADD an unused wrestler/tag team to an existing match.
3. KILL a match AND CREATE an entirely new match with wrestlers not currently on the card.

Here’s how things shook out on Episode 611 of the Wrestling Mayhem Show.

MAYHEM MANIA 2018: WEEK 7

MOVE 1: @thebdog1318
SWAP Ember Moon & Kairi Sane for Sasha Banks & Bayley

MOVE 2: @RobBrownPA78
ADD Andrade “Cien” Almas to Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Adam Cole

MOVE 3: @Sorgatron
SWAP Andrade “Cien” Almas for Johnny Gargano

MOVE 4: @MarcusMannBHS
SWAP Asuka for Batista

MOVE 5: @MadMike4883
ADD Rusev & Aiden English to Honky Tonk Man & Rockabilly vs. Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie

With the Week 7 moves in the books, let’s take a look at our newly created matches.

Honky Tonk Man & Rockabilly vs. Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie vs. Rusev & Aiden English
(Created by @MadMike4883)
week7-4

Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano
(Created by @Sorgatron)
week7-2

Asuka vs. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Drake Maverick
(Created by @MarcusMannBHS)
week7-1

Billie Kay & Peyton Royce vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley
(Created by @thebdog1318)
week7-3

Batista vs. Brock Lesnar
(Created by @MarcusMannBHS)
week7-5

And here are the three matches that survived Week 7 without being altered in any way.

ELIAS VS. THE ROCK
(CREATED BY @MUTILATORLARRY)
week6-3

FINN BALOR VS. ALEISTER BLACK
(CREATED BY @BOBBYFJTOWN)
week1-1

JOHN CENA & BELLAS TWINS VS. UNDERTAKER & LAYCOOL
(CREATED BY @CHADTHESHAD)
week6-1

Rob’s match didn’t survive the round. Hell, it didn’t survive the next move. So, Rob is invited back to try again under the “Alex Kahrs Rule”.

Don’t forget, the thrilling Patreon In The Bank round is coming up soon. Only Patreon supporters of the Wrestling Mayhem Show will be invited to take part, and they’ll be granted incredible, far-reaching that will grant them almost godlike powers over our precious card.

What changes do you want to see made to card? Who’s missing that needs to be added? Will any more matches graduate? Honestly, it’s taking a while. A couple other matches have come close, but nothing else has been able to get over the hump.

Anyway, thanks for supporting Mayhem Mania!

Wrestling Mayhem Show 589: The Champion We Deserve

We’re back to our usual stable of Sorg, Chad the Shad, Mutilator Larry, and Bobby F J-Town as we talk this week in wrestling, including:

  • Our guest tonight, The Rev, upped the call-in-sick ante to call off tonight’s show by burning stuff down.
  • Friend of the show, Brandon Mynatt, will be a participant in the 2018 Special Olympics as part of the Team Missouri Bowling Team. (Donate at: http://give.somo.org/site/TR?px=1073149&fr_id=1190&pg=persona)
  • Enzo dropped some truths, but it’s bringing some attention to 205 Live.
  • WWE wanted us to hate Dolph Ziggler so much that they took away what we loved most to make it so.
  • Bobby is a fan of sleep-deprived Neville.
  • We’re talking the importance of cutting promos and not taking things personally.
  • Cody Rhodes reciting Independence Day won the internet last night.
  • Bullet Club and Cody Rhodes stalking RAW a la DX was phenomenal, guys!
  • We may or may not be spinning a DDP Yoga show.
  • Big Show cannot make Big Showberfest? And, it’s now Yes Yes Yes Fest? *head scratch*
  • We’re *finally* getting around to some No Mercy 2017 discussion.
  • Man. Cesaro’s teeth is a thing after No Mercy2017. #BeastMode
  • Is WWE pulling out all the stops for PPVs? Is this why we have so many injuries lately?
  • It’s looking like a Shield reunion. Will we get Miztourage and Wyatt Family 3-way?
  • How about that Aiden English spot with Rusev tonight?
  • This week’s Big Question: What is next for John Cena?
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Sorg (@Sorgatron), Chad the Shad (@ChadTheShad), Larry (@MutilatorLarry) and Bobby F J-Town (@BobbyFJtown)!

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 579: Fluent in Cockney

It’s the last Mayhem Show in the Mayhem Studio. But, before the crew moves to the new studio, we’ve got one last hurrah for Wrestling Mayhem Show 579. Sorg, Chad, Larry, MadMike, Matt, Bobby, and a special birthday boy (Rizz) get together to reminisce about our time in the studio and to talk about what’s happening in wrestling these days: WMS

  • Mad Mike is the Center Square.
  • There’s a PPV this weekend guys!
  • Rizz is so happy about the Punjabi Prison Match. It’s like WWE knew it was his birthday!
  • Is it “poops” “liver enzyme” or “steroids?” We’re not sure what we’re talking about either.
  • More stipulations?
  • Larry is calling out John Cena on his geography.
  • All you need to know is John Cena and Ruzev and you’ll be okay.
  • Is The Rock running for President?
  • Are we getting a Shinsuke v. AJ Styles match in our future? The mayhemmers are weighing in.
  • We’re running down the WWE-related people who are running for various offices these days. More than we realize.
  • Nakamura v. Corbin in a hair-vs-hair match?
  • We may be playing Hollywood Squares in the new studio.
  • Talking Smack is still on for PPV shows. We’re happy that it’s not totally cancelled.
  • Thank goodness Matt came in to settle this argument between MadMike and Sorg.
  • Sorg and some of the guys checked out the Stomp Out Cancer show this past weekend. He’s sharing some good stuff.
  • When the words David Otunga come out of your mouth, you’ve lost your argument.
  • This week’s Big Question is brought to us by Birthday Boy Rizz: What is your favorite in-studio Mayhem Show memory?
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Sorg (@Sorgatron), Larry (@MutilatorLarry), Chad the Shad (@ChadTheShad), Rizz (@TheeRizz), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), Matt (@MainstreamMat), and Bobby (@BobbyFJtown).

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 574: Lucha Underground is Linux


We’ve got Sorg, Mad Mike, and Rizz for Wrestling Mayhem Show 574, and they’re talking about what’s happening, including:WMS

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 565: Drew McIntyre Does Not a Nakamura Make

It’s the return of the WMS prodigal son!  That’s right, Eamon returns to the show.  Sorg, Mad Mike, Larry, and Chad the Shad are joined by Eamon just off the heels of Wrestlemania weekend for Wrestling Mayhem Show 565.  Of course, we talked what’s happening in the world of wrestling this week, including:

  • It apparently takes Wrestlemania to bring Eamon back to the show!
  • We’ve managed to pull Eamon away from his regularly scheduled Dungeons and Dragons.
  • Guys. We’re talking Wrestlemania, and other stuff in wrestling this week.
  • This could be Sorg’s favorite Wrestlemania – top to bottom, a great show (minus the non-wrestling stuff).
  • We’re a little split – did you feel Wrestlemania ran long? Or did it keep you interested so you didn’t notice?
  • Sharing some thoughts that Smackdown Live matches tonight were more like Wrestlemania matches.
  • Some thoughts that the John Cena match at Wrestlemania fell a little flat for what a Cena match could have been?
  • How many of us thought John Cena wrestled with a ring in his pocket?
  • The Wrestlemania win with Nikki Bella and John Cena was a contractual obligation for Cena’s house rules.
  • The real MVP of Wrestlemania was the security guard who tried to stop Gronk.
  • Gronk may have been too hype for Wrestlemania.
  • The Battle Royal at Wrestlemania felt like a legit battle royal match.
  • 3MB v Sanity at NXT Takeover Brooklyn. We’re calling it now.
  • Shout out to Billy Johnson and the great studio decor.
  • AJ Styles’ shampoo commercial spot at Wrestlemania was as good as the match itself.
  • Of course, we need to talk about NXT Takeover!
  • Speaking of NXT – we’re talking about the talent upgrades to RAW and Smackdown.
  • Our crew has some mixed thoughts on the NXT and TNA shakeups.
  • Larry is upset that the Shinsuke Nakamura Smackdown Live spot wasn’t Nakamura mistaking The Miz for Cena.
  • Post-Wrestlemania has been as amazing as Wrestlemania. We’re sharing some thought.
  • Speaking of The Hardys coming back to WWE, they WILL be at IWC this weekend!
  • We’re trying to figure out how to work a New Day “Hoooo” chant into a “Fuck That Owl” chant.
  • Cesaro is great on his own, but he’s also amazing as a tagteam partner.
  • Guys, Emma FINALLY returned – just as awesome as she was in NXT.
  • Emmalina = Lana’s Instagram posts without Rusev reading Harry Potter in the background.
  • Thanks to Vaughn Johnson for bringing up the discussion of how the roster shakeup will address titles.
  • Kurt Angle. On RAW. Sign us up!
  • All of the stereotype biker comments are coming out about Triple H and Stephanie.
  • Wrestlemania entrances…we’re sharing thoughts.
  • It’s time for the Big Question: What trade would you make in the WWE roster shakeup?
  • We’re talking about some of the great Hall of Fame moments.
  • There are mixed feelings about Kurt Angle’s Hall of Fame speech.
  • Secondary Big Question: What was the biggest WTF Hall of Fame moment?
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?
  • Shout out to JaXon Argos and his amazing sign placement during John Cena and Nikki Bella proposal spot!

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Mayhem Mania 2017: Round 5

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control.


 

Things are really heating up as we cross the halfway point in Mayhem Mania 2017.

First, let’s take a look back at how we got here. We started by creating 8 matches for our card. Then, we started making changes. Here’s where you can catch up on those made in Round 1Round 2Round 3 and Round 4. This past Tuesday night on Wrestling Mayhem Show 559 we saw another series of moves, including one of the most controversial we’ve seen this year. (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2017: Round 4

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control. (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2017: Round 3

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control.

We started by creating 8 matches for our card. You may also want to catch up on the changes made in Round 1 and Round 2. This past Tuesday night on Wrestling Mayhem Show 556 we saw another series of moves, and we ended with our first match to GRADUATE to the Mayhem Mania SUPERCARD! We’ll eventually GRADUATE 8 matches. Which one will be next? (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2017: Round 2

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control. (more…)