This column was originally written by an anonymous source on The eFed Truth, which no longer seems to be active. It is here for archival purposes.
Happy Halloween everyone! I’m back in the fold after a brief delay caused by a fried computer monitor that necessitated a replacement. But, there are no more hitches and I’m ready to contribute more content.
As promised in my acknowledgement, this article, as hinted, was going to make the minority very happy and so, here we are.
Match writing e-feds. Why aren’t there more of these in the hobby?
I’m not knocking roleplay feds. Those are never going to disappear and they are always going to be front and center of this hobby. You’ll be hard pressed to find an e-fedder that has never done a roleplay fed. A match writing fed on the other hand, you’ll find plenty of those that have never even attempted one and that’s a shame because I think that match writing feds need to be given more attention.
For those that don’t know what a match writing fed is, the concept speaks for itself. In feds like these, results are not determined by angling (as they are in angle feds) or by roleplaying feds (as they are in about 98% of feds), they are determined by who can write a wrestling match the best. I wholeheartedly endorse this concept and feel that there should be more of these in the game. The only notorious match writing fed out there at this moment is XWA, and they brand themselves as the “#1 Match Writing Fed”, as they should, to be quite honest. I do believe, and I’m about to present a theory here, that there are reasons why people don’t try a match writing fed. Among these reasons:
- They prefer roleplaying, because they think it’s more fun to do. Can’t and won’t argue with this as everyone has their preferences
- They don’t like to write matches. Again, simple reason.
- They feel like their creativity is restricted more when writing a match and feel that there’s more freedom with writing a roleplay. I’ll have a counter for this in a bit.
- They’re afraid to try something new. If this is your reason, and you have the time to take on another fed, AND reasons 1-3 don’t apply to you, give it a shot!
- They’re too accustomed to people writing matches for them in roleplaying feds.
Of course, there could be numerous more reasons, but those are some basic ones. For those that feel that your creativity is more stifled in a match writing fed than a roleplaying fed, your feelings are misguided. Remember, in my “Storytelling/Trashtalking” column, I go on record as stating that you can be creative with your roleplays and STILL have full relevance to wrestling. You can apply this to ANYTHING in e-wrestling and that includes matches. First of all, there are dozens upon dozens of match types and stipulations you can write (of course, the owner of the fed has to book one of those). For example, if you’re booked in a ladder match, you can create some amazing spots that nobody has ever seen before. You can look back at some famous ladder matches in real wrestling as guidance and inspiration too if you like.
In addition, even if you’re booked in a regular match, creativity is still in abundance. Having taken a look around XWA and seeing the work of their roster, I’ve seen people try to be creative with everything from the match itself, to the commentary, crowd interactions and even the entrances and introductions. You don’t need to be vanilla with that type of stuff when you’re writing a match. Inject some sense of humor into your commentary, get the crowd more involved, it doesn’t take much to create an entertaining match in your own vision and the best part of all is that in a match writing fed, you have COMPLETE control of your character. You don’t have to rely on a fedhead to write matches for you and worry about him portraying your wrestler wrong.
The rules of how a match writing fed can work differently, depending on the fed. But, the way XWA does it? I think people need to take it as a blueprint. To sum things up, their style is that everyone involved in the match writes their matches and the other members vote and give feedback on them and in essence, the matches written are treated like, and judged as, roleplays. Whichever match is voted the best, wins and is considered part of the show. Why do I think XWA is a blueprint? The way they do it is BRILLIANT! Here’s why:
- Everything is focused on WRESTLING! This is one big advantage a match writing fed like XWA has over a roleplay fed. There’s no drifting off into the non-wrestling related novel stuff.
- You can still be CREATIVE! I’ve already touched on this in the article.
- It saves the owner and staff plenty of time and stress! With everyone writing their own matches, it takes a huge load off.
Now, I understand that not every match writing fed follows what XWA does, but there are an additional two things they do that I really like.
- Popular vote. The members are given an opportunity to vote, and the fact that it’s public makes it better that way, it reduces any biases. I know a drawback to a popular vote can be friends voting for friends, but this still gives power to the roleplayer, so I endorse this.
- Public feedback. I truthfully feel that there should be more of this even in roleplay feds. With public feedback, people work to make each other better and as a result, the community becomes closer.
With what I have listed above, it puzzles me that there aren’t more of these in the game because I feel that a match writing fed is the best of all worlds! I give full kudos to XWA for being able to find a blueprint for themselves that works for them and anyone that is considering opening up a match writing fed really needs to look to them as an example as to how it’s done.
If you’ve never tried a match writing fed before, I strongly recommend that you give it a try. You might like it, you might not. But, it never hurts to try something new in this hobby. There’s another truth we can all agree on.
Match writing feds: a concept that I officially give two thumbs up and my full endorsement.
Again I ask, why aren’t there more of these in e-wrestling?