WWE’s “special event” of the evening was Extreme Rules and during moments tonight it was actually extreme, and it gave the WWE Universe a very solid B PPV.
Extreme Rules was filled with seven matches on the main card with a very interesting match on the pre-show. While the idea behind the pre-show match was to be fun and enjoyable I think the WWE missed the boat and improving their mid-card roster or even help improve the tag team titles. Although El Torito and Hornswoggle along with Los Matadores and 3MB getting involved the match was somewhat entertaining, but did nothing to help improve the product besides giving the fans plenty of laughs. Superstars like Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, The Usos, Titus O’Neal, Kofi Kingston, Fandango; Plenty of superstars should have been given that platform to help build their standing with the WWE Universe.
With every PPV/”Special Event” that passes the young group of superstars will continue to grow and the passing of the torch will continue and that held true tonight in the two biggest matches of the night. The legendary group of Evolution consisting of Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista all have the concept of what’s “best for business”(especially Triple H), and tonight showed that in their match against The Shield. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and mainly Seth Rollins put on a show tonight that put their group/faction in the conversation of top five of all time. Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins continue to grow leaps and bounds after every match, and tonight they went to another level tonight and they were able to defeat Evolution. The opportunities are endless for The Shield, and I could see them once again all holding onto championships. By making Ambrose defending the championship more in the end will help bring some notoriety back to the US title; Reigns is the future of the business and can soon become the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion; Which leaves the Intercontinental title for Seth Rollins, and the IC belt is back in the limelight following tonight’s title change with Bad News Barrett beating Big E. Not only would it put The Shield in the conversation as one of the best factions of all time it also allows all three members of The Shield grow as singles competitors, and they still stay together as a group. While we all know in the end all three superstars will break away from The Shield the run they are on now should continue for a long time, and giving them all individual championships will only benefit the group and them all in the end.
As I mentioned a little bit earlier Bad News Barrett became the new IC champion title by defeating Big E. The run Big E had was nice, but the WWE had him in no mans land, and had to get the belt off of him. Barrett is the perfect guy to do so and he did with the fans finally behind him. Tonight was Barrett’s fourth time winning the IC title, and will be his most successful run. “I’m afraid I got some bad news” is finally catching on with the WWE Universe, and can go for a long time especially with his mic skills. In the other title match tonight saw Paige successfully defend her Divas title against Tamina. Every week Paige comes out and impressives the WWE Universe, and tonight was no different. Up against the biggest diva in the locker room, and Paige was able to be the bright spot in the match. Paige was able to defeat Tamina using her very unique submission hold, and along with her random screaming in the ring the fans in attendance seem to be on her side. It’s nice to see the divas division with some real competition instead of seeing AJ Lee beat up on Total Divas. The likes of AJ Lee(When she returns), Paige, and plenty of other divas in the NXT can help rebuild the divas division to a place that could mirror the likes of when Trish Stratus and Lita owned the division.
Tonight’s final match and final title defense of the evening was Daniel Bryan defending his WWE World Heavyweight championship against the demon Kane in an Extreme Rules match. In Bryan’s first title defense of many to come he came out on top as he was able to defeat Kane in an somewhat exciting match. The Extreme Rules element helped the match be what it was. The stipulation to the match helped cover the ring rust Kane had, and also that he is getting older and him being in a main event match should be in the past. Bryan looked well rested since he hasn’t wrestled since WrestleMania30. Bryan did what I think the best he could with his opponent being Kane; and it doesn’t seem to be the end of this rivalry. Plenty of chair shots and kendo stick shots were exchanged between the two with Bryan hitting Kane a lot more than Kane hit Bryan. Kane took one hell of a beating tonight due to the fact of it being an Extreme Rules match, and Bryan took it to the limits when it came to using what he could to win the match. As the action made its way to the back; Kane and Bryan broke two car windows, and Bryan used a crowbar on Kane to knock him out. With the inability to move his bad Bryan used a forklift to take Kane back to the ring which was entertaining, but was also very time consuming. Bryan was able to get a very nice “yes” chant from the entire crowd when he jumped off the top of the forklift onto a motionless Kane. But that wasn’t the most exciting moment in the match as Kane finally gained consciousness, and got the upperhand and headed to the outside of the ring. Kane found a table and not only that put lit the table on fire. With the intent to put Bryan through the table the plan backfired as Bryan put Kane through it, and then eventually hit the running knee and got the 1-2-3.
Extreme Rules gave the fans a little bit of everything and it even gave us one of the creepiest moments in WWE history during the John Cena vs Bray Wyatt steel cage match. Although the match took place inside a steel cage Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were both able to make their presence known as they both eventually got their hands on Cena. It appeared to be Cena’s to win with all three members of the Wyatt Family down and Cena the only man up and getting ready to walk out of the cage, but that’s when everything takes a turn. The lights go out, and yet another kid is singing “He’s got the whole world in his hands”, but this time it’s right in the face of Cena who is stunned and stopped in the tracks. Which gives Bray plenty of time to recover, hit Cena with Sister Abigail and gets the pinfall. Bray and his family along with the newest member walk up the stage as Cena is left in the ring asking “why”.
As a whole this PPV in my eyes was a B. Not one of the ones that will stick out in my mind, but was one that left moments in people’s memories and helped grow the storylines of many rivalries. Bray vs Cena, Bryan vs Kane seem to have picked up even more steam than it had coming into tonight, and should give the WWE fans something to look forward to with Payback being the next PPV/special event to happen in June. The Shield vs Evolution could have seen it’s final match, but nothing would surprise me if we continue to see Orton and Batista tag together to take on The Shield. The push for two of the champions started, and continued tonight; and both will continue on for the next few months with Barrett and Paige standing tall as they both represent their divisions well. Monday Night Raw has tons to work off of, and I am excited to see what is going to happen next.
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