Pro Wrestling 101: The Recipe For a Great Feud

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IAugust 19, 2009

Hello everyone. As always, I would like to thank all of you for spending some time with me today.

A short time ago I did an article about the slow loss of technical wrestling. It brought out a mixed reaction that surprised me a little. I was inspired from a response though from Andrea. That is why I am writing this today.

In high school, I am sure there were a decent amount of you that probably had to take some kind of home education class. Maybe they don’t do that anymore but they used to in the past. Think of this as home education class for wrestling.

Today’s subject for the class is how to build a proper wrestling feud.

Much like any recipe it requires a few different things in order for the feud to work out. For starters, it takes the right selection of wrestlers. In order for a feud to work out, they have to be compatible in some sort of way.

You wouldn’t want to take a wrestler like the Great Khali and match him up with someone like Yoshi. An ideal pair should have roughly the same skill set and ideals. Take last years HBK vs. Jericho feud.

They not only worked well in the ring, but both were roughly the same build and both knew how to work the crowd. It is that kind of pairing that is the perfect setup for a feud.

After that part of the process is done, you want to start the feud off right.

It doesn’t take much to get a good battle going. Think of it this way, if you took a piece of meat and just threw it in the oven. It would cook, but how tasty would it be with out the right fixens and seasonings.

In order for a feud to be a success you have to baby it. A little argument here and there, throw in an accidental punch during a tag match. Things of that nature are in general a good starting point for a feud.

Once you have the feud going you are going to want to cook it slowly. If you give away the ending in a month or so you will leave the fans unfulfilled. Like a good soup, you want to let it simmer a while.

You want to give the fans a whiff of what is in store for them, but always leave them wanting more. This will not only keep the fans watching, it will also have them ready to empty their pockets come PPV time.

The last and probably the most important part of the feud is the climax. You don’t want to end like a lot of movies where they leave the crowd disappointed. You want the audience to be in suspense every step of the way.

If you end a feud in a quick 15 minute BS match, it will leave a very bitter taste in their mouths. You want to give the crowd a decent 20 to 30 min match with lots of near falls. The audience should have the feeling of uncertainty on who will win the match.

Also, after the match there should be no question on whether the feud is over. You should have one winner and one loser. Either way, it should be done so that both parties involved should look good in the end.

That my friend is the recipe for a great wrestling feud.

I would like to thank all of you once again for spending some time with me.

As always, have a great day and god bless.