I wanted to get some feedback from our Stakes Is High participants as to the rules, contours, and of course the stakes of this year's WrestleMania betting pool.
1. Should we continue with our orientation which punishes futility (person with the least correct picks suffers an excruciating fate) or switch to a system that rewards excellence (person with the most correct picks gets to assign punishment to the person of his choice)?
2. For the Money In the Bank match, should we have some sort of random drawing out of a hat (a la the Hogan Family Death Pool) where each participant is assigned his/her own unique MITB participant?
3. What should the stakes be? Whatever it is, I think it should fairly accessible/easy to obtain yet arduous to sit through for all participants. Recapping the Kane 3 disc DVD (not on the Netflix, BTW)? How about a John Cena or Undertaker DVD? Or how about the Hulk Still Rules DVD which released around the same as the book? How about having to "live blog" or recap a PPV stinker. Think 2006's ECW December to Dismember or the 2002 King of the Ring, or WrestleMania IX levels of unwatchability. Having to read and recap The Hardy Boyz book Exist 2 Inspire? Having to watch one or more volumes of G.L.O.W.? Having to create your own "Danielson Bryanson" tee-shirt and wear it out in public? Oh, I got how about having to read and recap the Hulkster's other book "My Life Outside the Ring"?
4. What about a "Spin the Wheel" component (a la the RAW Roulette from a few years back) where there are a number of wacky and terrible prizes. Before the PPV we would each spin the wheel (or draw from my mesh Schmidt's Beer hat) so everybody is assigned a stakes is high. The person with the fewest correct picks would then be obligated to follow through on their assignment. And if there is a tie for last, then BOTH persons would have to fulfill their duties.