After a Predictable WrestleMania 29, Extreme Rules Must Give Fans Surprises

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2013

WrestleMania 29 certainly had some memorable moments, but it will not go down as one of the greatest WrestleManias of all time.

WrestleMania was built around three huge matches that everyone knew the outcomes to weeks before they actually happened, and that is why WWE needs to pull out some tricks for Extreme Rules.

A big return or two, a heel or babyface turn nobody saw coming, or even an unexpected title change could all spice up Extreme Rules.

WWE has had five title changes in recent weeks, so there is little chance that Extreme Rules will see many titles being traded back and forth again.

Dolph Ziggler and John Cena are both new WWE and World champions, and having either man drop the title only weeks later does not seem like a direction WWE would go.

That's why they should do it.

Have Ryback beat Cena for the WWE title. Make some people angry if that's what it takes. Make The Shield suffer its first loss if that's what will make people talk.

Have Christian come out and cost someone a title. Bring up Leo Kruger from NXT and have him come out and put Big E. Langston through the announcers' table just to make a point. Anything would happen at this point.

The most "Extreme" show of the year should have some surprises. This is a show that was originally made in the memory of ECW, and if ECW did one thing consistently it was surprise their fans.

We know we won't get the bloody matches of the past, so there has to be something that makes Extreme Rules memorable.

In some ways, WWE has become very formulaic in recent years. Even when they do something shocking, it really isn't that shocking because we have seen something like it before.

I saw The Shield when they were called DX and the NWO. I remember watching Shane Douglas deliver the original pipe-bomb promo and declare himself the ECW champion.

All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.-Number Six, Battlestar Galactica.

While that might be a tag-line from a famous science fiction franchise, it also describes the nature of the wrestling business perfectly—and really the whole entertainment industry.

Can you think of a single thing that has happened in the world of entertainment recently that hasn't happened before in an almost identical fashion?

I liked Avatar the first time I saw it, back when it was called Dances With Wolves, and Lady Gaga is just Madonna for the new generation.

Expecting something groundbreaking and new to happen on a regular basis will leave you disappointed in the end, but we can work with what we have.

WWE cannot escape the pattern of repetition any more than Hollywood can, but they can occasionally make fans say "Wow, I did not see that coming."

This is their chance to really break away and make fans wonder what they will do next. WrestleMania did not live up to the hype if you wanted to be shocked by the outcomes. Extreme Rules can make up for that.

What we need right now is a good ol' fashion swerve or two. Hopefully WWE can deliver that at Extreme Rules.

Do you think WWE has the ability to surprise us anymore?


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