February 18, 2007
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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Here are the results from TNA’s Against All Odds pay-per-view last Sunday: The Latin American Xchange beat Team 3D in a Little Italy Street Fight; Senshi beat Austin Starr; Christy Hemme beat Big Fat Oily Guy; Lance Hoyt beat Dale Torborg in the Basebrawl 2 match; AJ Styles beat Rhino (Motor City Chain match); James Storm and Jackie Moore beat Petey Williams and Gail Kim; Sting beat Abyss (Prison Yard match); and Christian Cage beat Kurt Angle.
Here’s the lineup for tonight’s No Way Out pay-per-view: Undertaker and Batista vs. John Cena and Shawn Michaels; King Booker vs. Kane; Diva Talent Invitational; Finlay vs. Boogeyman; and London and Kendrick vs. Deuce and Domino.
UWA will present Respect March 9 at Cornwall’s St. Lawrence College. The main event will be a Six-Sided Steel Cage Match featuring The Original Sinn, Abyss and Bobby Roode.
A Meet the Legends event in Windsor on April 1, the day of Wrestlemania in Detroit, has added Superfly Jimmy Snuka to its star-studded cast. Also appearing will be Tito Santana, Demolition and The Iron Sheik. The event, which will feature autograph signing and a live wrestling card, will be held at the Ciociaro Club, with doors opening at 10 a.m. For more info on ticket packages, which have been reduced, call 1-800-387-9181 or check out www.meetthelegends.com.
- Greg (The Hammer) Valentine no-showed at Independent Wrestling Manitoba's card last Saturday at the Doubles Fun Club in Winnipeg. Results: Zack Mercury beat Moses Luke and Mentallo to become the new IWM champ; A.J. Sanchez beat Jon Cutler; Beautiful Bobby Jay beat Oz; Kevin Chevy vs. Wavell Starr was a no contest; Robby Royce beat Danny Duggan; Wavell Starr and Jon Cutler beat The Big Sexy Beasts; and Rob Stardom beat T.J. Bratt in a hardcore match. IWM Wrestling returns to Doubles March 24, with former WWE legend Sensational Sherri Martel on hand and Robby Royce facing Rob Stardom in a hardcore match.