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Around the Ring: No hype for Wrestlemania

Peter W | Interrobang | Sports | March 12th, 2007




Can you believe this? Only three weeks and there is no real hype leading up to Wrestlemania. The Undertaker/Batista match should be entertaining but they've already done what they can with two faces and the same goes for the HBK and Cena feud. Even Vince vs. Donald Trump seems pretty damn tame even though Lashley and Umaga are representing them both.

I think that the problem with this year's Wrestlemania is lacking the whole classic Heel vs. Good Guy angle. I don't care about two billionaire's hair cuts. I don't care if someone is going to turn “heel” at the biggest show. I don't care about the ECW Champ potentially beating Umaga. I don't care who will win a money in the bank match which they'll probably use in couple months.

I would care if someone turned heel before the big show and there was real animosity between two wrestlers in the match. I would care if the billionaires got the crap beat out of them. I would care if the money in the bank winner would use their shot that very same night (which I doubt they will). I would also care that with three weeks left to wrestling's Superbowl that there were more than four matches announced.

Do you see where I'm going with this? There is absolutely no build up for this (expensive) show. Is Vince thinking that Stone Cold will be the draw for his match? I don't care if Stone Cold screws either one of them and then drinks beer.

Vince is smart to pump up each year's upcoming Wrestlemania during the big show (no pun intended) itself. You want to be apart of the biggest show of the year? Pay big bucks way up front and hope that there will be a good card. Last year's Wrestlemania was one of the better ones in recent years and although I don't want to be a pessimist, I think that this year's is going to take the WWE back down the Diesel-era Wrestlemania's.

I pray that TNA sees this, laughs and then puts together some of the most amazing PPVs of their span. Think about it: two stellar TNA PPVs for the price of Wrestlemania? I'll be all about getting those. The unfortunate thing is that even though I'm bitching about this year's show looking so far to be a dud, just like many big sport final events, if the teams aren't your favourite (or you simply don't care), you'll still watch the big show. The only crappy part is that I have to pay $50-$60 for this event (well, friends will be helping out) and Wrestlemania does bring that “big event” feel which gives even some of the crappiest matches an elevation (that and sweet, sweet booze). Here's hoping that the WWE does more in the next three weeks to make me anxious to pick up my remote and punch in the code to order their Superbowl.
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