Many readers have sent along news that included in their recent DirecTV bill is the usual pamphlet which previews upcoming PPV events. This time there is an ad for the Royal Rumble with John Cena. What makes this interesting is that at the bottom of the ad is a section with a "Road to WrestleMania" special offer for DirecTV customers exclusively. This offer allows customers to get the Royal Rumble, No Way Out, and WrestleMania XX for $98.95, a savings of almost $21.
Considering Mania is in the package, they must really be starting to question whether anyone would buy a brand exclusive PPV between Rumble and Mania, especially when considering that generally has been considered one of the 2 throw away PPV's of the year (along with the December between Survivor Series and Rumble PPV). And, $98.85 might be an even greater savings than $21 depending upon what the price/length of Mania ends up at.
If only Paul Jones had brought in General Skandar Akbar as a technical military advisor, Paul Jones' Army could have thwarted the McMahon infidels and prevented the collapse of wrestling civilization.
Let me throw this idea out there: gimmicks are a cover for a lack fo character development. Why make a 3 dimensional character who reacts to certain situations in certain ways, has a unique moral (or immoral) code, personality and interview quirks, etc....