Between this and the greatest matches tournament, I'm the OP of a very disproportionate number of threads on the front of this forum.
Welcome everyone to the WBM All-time Match Draft. Signups and entries were done in this thread and are now closed.
This thread will contain the actual proceedings.
Here is the link to track the draft:
1. You can draft from any pro wrestling match ever, provided that you can supply us with a verifiable length of time that the match went on.
2. There isn't a set number of matches; there is a time limit that you must fill out. That maximum time limit is 2 hours, 0 minutes, and 0 seconds. You cannot go over that. Your card must fill at least 1 hour, 45 minutes. Once you hit the 1:45 mark, you can declare your card finished at any point before you hit 2 hours. You will be lifted out of the draft at that point and the remaining people will continue drafting until everyone is done. There is no minimum or maximum length of any individual match on your card. Want to throw in a Royal Rumble? Go ahead. Want to have 20 5-minute matches? That's your call.
3. Time is calculated bell-to-bell. If you, for instance, want to draft a match from WrestleMania IX
, then you might be stupid. But in any case follow that Wikipedia link, scroll down a bit, and you can see match times for each match. If you're pulling one off of a TV broadcast, then you'll probably have to manually get the information for it from a YouTube link and just count the time elapsed from bell-to-bell. Again, if you can't come up with a length for the match, you simply can't pick it.
4. Entrances and post-match stuff don't count against your time. A match with an awesome pre-match or post-match promo, or beatdown, or heel turn, or whatever...that just enhances that match's value, compared to some great matches that won't get any kind of rub from something like that.
5. A worker cannot pull double (or triple or more) duty on your card unless he did so on that night in real life...and even then, the double duty has to be both of those same matches. I say "worker" instead of "wrestler" just to be clear that you can't trot out the same dude in different gimmicks for different matches. If Stunning Steve Austin is on your card, then Stone Cold Steve Austin is not. Slight exception to this rule: you can have a worker pull double duty in a battle royale (including the Royal Rumble) and another match, as long as their total in-ring time between the two does not exceed 75 minutes.
6. The same title cannot be defended twice on your card, unless again you're taking both specific matches in which the title was defended that night.
To be clear...
WWF Title = WWE Title = Undisputed Title
WCW World Title, NWA World Title, and WWE World Heavyweight Title are all different from each other despite all utilizing the big gold belt.
Obviously you can branch out and take other world titles, but you may only have two world title matches at a maximum on your card. There are no other title match limitations as long as the titles are unique from each other.
The WWE US Title, WCW US Title, NWA US Title...that's all the same title. The history is unbroken. If in doubt about whether a title counts as the same or not, ask me.
7. Once the draft officially begins (not until at least Wednesday), drafters will get a six hour window in which to pick. Midnight EST through 8 a.m. EST will be a dead zone in which the clock won't run on whoever is up. If the clock runs out on you, you'll be skipped and will furthermore be in auto-skip mode until you return and catch up on your picks. If you have a partner, please confer with them in advance about what you might take so that you can act in a timely fashion. If you won't be around for your pick, please PM someone who can post your pick for you when the time comes.
Here is the preferred format to draft in:
With the 13th pick, I select...
Please do YouTube links instead of embedding into the thread. It really messes with the loading time of a page if too many embeds slip in. Link + pic is way better.