NFW is coming off a 2005 that saw them post thirteen new shows and partially reverse their image that they were a slacker fed. It propelled them to the MVP fed position for FW.com.
Yet, there's the sinking suspicion that they can do better. If you ask Katz, he'll probably say that only an act of God would get the schedules moving faster, seeing that there's always someone writing matches in either conference that's lagging behind.
While I agree that real life comes in and hits hard sometimes, causing delays in shows, I do think that there could be room for slight improvement. Now, given the size and scope of the NFW roster, that might only mean improving to getting, say fifteen shows in a year instead of thirteen. That might seem miniscule, but any extra show helps.
Now, the latest group of shows were supposed to be put out before the New Year, which would have upped the total for 2005 to 16. But asking folks to produce during the holiday season is a tricky proposition.
But here we are, 17 days into 2006, and we're still waiting on matches. Well, only three matches for the main shows, and then the UWA stuff which only has one match that has bearing on the ULTRATITLE. There's a push to post the cards without the matches in question. While NFW hasn't posted an incomplete card yet this season (outside of Midnight Madness Week Four, the main event to that I still don't think has been posted), the supporters for posting sans the four matches would say that it at least gives us sharks a little meat after smelling the blood.
But then again, would reading Midnight Madness or Crashmas be the same if there were matches missing?
It all depends on your perspective, and whether you had an angle in the match that was missing. Usually, if you just have wrestler A vs. wrestler B with no other angle involved than "hey, I want my 10 points," then it's okay to omit the matches and post the finish as a holder until the match gets done. A1E has done similar, and many of its lowcard matches have really no angle bearing on them.
However, many matches this year have some kind of underlying storyline to them, especially out West, which is a hybrid-angle fed.
So what do you do?
Honestly, I don't think Katz is going to post the RP threads for week seven until all the results are written, so even if he does post, he may go the EPW route, post part of the results and then keep the rest hidden until they're written.
In which case, it might be better to wait for the whole thing, especially since NFW and EPW are totally different feds in structure.
So after all that rambling, I guess all I can say is good things come to those who wait. Although if we have to wait much longer, it might turn into Season One all over again.
And that's NOT a good thing.