The first ingredient that any good feud needs is a good beginning. Over the years there have been some terrible beginnings to feud my personal worst being Jericho and Kane where it started over some spilt hot coffee. There are in my personal opinion a few top tier ways of starting the perfect feud. The simplest being over a title, it give a meaningful start to the feud and the viewer can see the point behind the feud and will know there can be heat between two characters and they haven’t just been put together.
The next key factor of The Perfect Feud is longevity. Short feuds just don’t make interesting feuds, you can’t have a good feud based on 1 PPV match and a couple of tag matches on RAW or Smackdown. In a good feud there needs to be at least 2 PPV matches, and it should last at least 3 months. Some of the greatest feuds in wrestling have lasted for a long time and been built up for over a year.
I think the next point in The Perfect Feud is a good selection of matches. I’m not going to go into great detail about the sorts of matches as I will be harking on about that in The Perfect PPV, but matches are important. This is one of the reasons why women’s feuds never seem that great because the matches never live up to the storyline. You can have the greatest storyline ever written, but it wont satisfy the reason why wrestling fans watch wrestling, for the matches. The Perfect Feud needs to have great matches, or else there is no point writing anything else. In my opinion the Perfect feud needs a mixture of matches, it needs a pure wrestling match, a gimmick match, and a match of the bookers choice, either gimmick, interference, wrestling etc. This way it varies the matches fans watch and can cater for the strengths of the wrestler.
The next and final major point for The Perfect Feud is adding a wrestler or two. If in a feud a new wrestler can be added then taken out and the feud still have strength then the feud is good. This wrestler could be bought in by one of the two feuding or just pick a problem with one of the two and then get a couple of matches out of them. This will add a sense of reality to the matches that a wrestler can come in be taken care of and the feud still carry on with passion.
It seems the one thing I have been taking about throughout the whole of this column is reality. I think this sums up The Perfect Feud, if a feud can seem real to the fans even the IWC fans who know how it’s going to end because they’ve read the spoilers then it’s a good feud. We watch wrestling to see wrestling, we may read spoilers about a feud but we will still watch the matches. This year if we had know the exact outcome of the Foley vs Orton feud we would have still watches because we could see the feud has passion between the two wrestlers.
These are what I consider to be the elements of the Perfect Feud. Last column I did ask for people to send me their opinion of the Perfect Feud and what constitutes it. I said I would put the best in this column, well I feel after reading the opinions that I couldn’t just put one in, so I’m not going to mention a specific feud. I hope that I mentioned people’s opinions during the column, but I will add that nearly every Perfect Feud included the McMahon’s, it was either McMahon/Austin, or The McMahon’s were involved. Henning vs Benoit was also mentioned a lot as was Road Warrior vs Dudleys. These are all great suggestions, but to me it does show that although we do complain about them being on TV too much when they’re on, the McMahon’s are needed for good feuds in wrestling.
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