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Wrestlemania’s lacking the element of surprise
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


In WWE’s way of thinking, the best surprise is no surprise.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to shell out $39, an arm, a leg and your first born ... and actually want to buy the next pay-per-view?

WWE parades out Donald Trump on RAW last week.

The Donald challenges Vince McMahon.

Okay, so they won’t wrestle each other ... they’ll each have a wrestler representative. And the stakes are high: The loser will have his head shaved.

I get that ... the idea will help sell Wrestlemania.

And soon, Stone Cold Steve Austin will pop up on our TV screens. He’ll have to ... his movie, The Condemned is due out this spring.

But wouldn’t it be great if it just happened, with no advance warning?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, with no hype, Austin just showed up at Wrestlemania and interfered in the McMahon-Trump battle, costing Vince the match?

It’d be an element of surprise that is so sorely lacking.

The fact is pay-per-views are just so predictable. Titles change hands ... every now and then we witness a five-star match ... but too often we’re lefting wanting more for our money.

We want to see a swerve ... we want to see a celebrity ... maybe even an old DX member popping up.

WWE does all that, but it’s too telegraphed ... too hyped.

The hype machine too often begins on RAW or Smackdown!, then ends in pay-per-view disappointment.

Fact is we’d all probably be more interested in buying a pay-per-view if we didn’t know exactly what or who to expect. Kind of sounds like the "old" ECW, eh?

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