Well, that happened.
Let’s start with the bad, shall we?
Alexa vs Bayley
If their intention was to make Bayley look like a pathetic child, than they succeeded. All the build up of “Can Bayley get extreme?” simply led to a, “Haha, no.” She got virtually no offense, didn’t use the stick once, and got beaten down by Alexa in just a few minutes. It was sad, and even the fans are now turning on Bayley.
Rich Swann & Sasha Banks vs Noam Dar & Alicia Fox
Part of my dislike of this match comes from the fact that I don’t like mixed tag team matches. It seems utterly pointless to me for people to have to forcefully tag out when the other team makes a tag. What is the point?
Secondly, if you weren’t watching 205 Live or the full version of RAW (Hulu version cuts out quite a bit) then you had no idea why this was happening. All you got from it was that Sasha is now relegated to cat fighting with Alicia Fox…for reasons, and that Rich Swann got involved…for reasons. Sasha is The Boss, why is she cat fighting with Alicia Fox?
At least Sasha got a pretty cool spot out of it?
The Hardy Boyz vs Sheamus and Cesaro
This match lacked all logic, to the point of distraction. I can only suspend my disbelief so much before I just give up and roll my eyes. There were multiple times when one or both teams could have just walked out the door. At some point Jeff managed to get out of the cage, but then Matt proceeded to completely lose his mind and focus on keeping Sheamus from climbing out instead of following him, leaving Cesaro in the cage and the Hardy Boyz keeping their title.
Seriously. It made no sense, the ending was silly, and there are apparently a lot of rules about coming back into the cage which became the ultimate undoing of the Hardy Boyz.
Neville vs Aries
Why was a Submission Match on an Extreme Rules PPV? I get it went with the story, kind of, but still. There is nothing particularly extreme about a Submission Match, and this match proved that. It was definitely a far cry from Neville and Aries’ past matches against one another. They almost stole Wrestlemania before it even started, and their match at Payback was also great to watch. And then we got this.
It was a classic example of two great wrestlers being stifled by totally unnecessary stipulations. The match was mostly meh, and Aries was undone by silly rules. There is a trend here.
Dean vs The Miz
This was one of those matches that make refs look like utter morons. The Miz, in an attempt to DQ Ambrose, has Maryse slap him to which the ref took an inordinate amount of time to make a decision about whether The Miz and Maryse are dastardly enough to think up such a scheme. This apparently caused the ref to use up all of his brain power, as soon after, The Miz pushes Dean into the ref, leading the ref to , for some reason, believe that Dean deliberated pushed him, and allowing Miz to pin Dean while he was distracted by the ref losing all sense of reality. Okay.
Other than this bizarre ending, the match was alright, and I am glad that The Miz has the belt again. He’s not lying when he says that he brought relevancy to that belt, and I’m sure he will bring some back after Dean’s run with it set back a lot of the hard work Miz put in to making that belt important.
Yes, I am putting Elias Sampson singing a song called, “Baltimore is Bathed in Filth” on the good list. The man has the perfect heel gimmick and gets legit heat when goes to the ring, and it’s fantastic. As we all know, the best way to get heat to sing and mock the city your performing in. Elias does both, and it has this cringy beauty to it that I love.
Rollins vs Joe vs Bray vs Roman vs Finn
This match started off a bit slow with each person breaking off into their feuds, leaving Roman standing in the ring by himself (which was actually quite funny. I will give them that.) Eventually, Bray decided things weren’t extreme enough and did us all a favor by bringing out a chair, thus beginning the good part of the match. Leave it to Bray to shake things up.
There were some great spots in this match, including one in which Roman spears both Joe and Finn through a barricade.
Finn got some good offense with a chair and went into a bit a rage, which I’m completely into, and Seth had a great spot onto an announce table. General no-DQ match stuff which is always fun to see.
The best part, however, was that Samoa Joe won. Samoa Joe was the last person I believed was going to win this, and I am so glad I was wrong. I’m not a fan of Brock, and if I have to watch Brock lumber about in the ring, I would rather watch it happen with Joe. This was the first time I was hoping for Finn to not win, (blasphemy, I know) but I don’t want to watch Brock suplex Finn over and over, which we all know would happen, because it’s Brock Lesnar. This way, we might actually get a fight out of Brock worth watching.
While Joe is more than likely going to lose to Brock, I am just going to spend my time until then basking in the the glory that is a Samoa Joe push.
Overall, this was one of the worst PPVs I’ve watched. Granted, I haven’t been around long, but still. Most of the night was boring at best, and some of the shining moments were overshadowed by a general feeling of apathy about the current storylines. Not to mention that a couple of the matches ended with people losing because of some mundane rules…at Extreme Rules.
Ultimately, Extreme Rules was bogged down by too many stipulations and stories that people couldn’t fully get behind. Even the promo packages lacked a certain amount of drama. Let’s hope that SmackDown Live does a better job with Money in the Bank.