Tuesday, 17 July 2018

WWE Extreme Rules

It was WWE pay per view time tonight as I caught up with the latest Extreme Rules show.

Sadly the title of the show is a bit of a misnomer as it wasn't really that extreme. Overall it was decidedly average!

Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Deleters of Worlds vs. The B-Team
This was a disappointing start t the show. I've seen Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt perform much better than this. The match was unspectacular with the surprise being that Hardy and Wyatt lost the match and their titles to Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas.

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
This match wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. Corbin looks much better with his image change and there is some good chemistry between him and Balor from their time spent together in NXT. Corbin went all out but Balor managed to grab the win with a small package roll up (one of my least favourite ways to finish a match).

SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Asuka vs. Carmella
I didn't enjoy this match at all. It was a tacky novelty match with a screwy ending that lacked the spectacle that a championship match should have. Asuka has been brilliant in NXT and WWE and its a shame to see her lose and miss out on another title rain in such a way.

United States Championship Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
This one was short but sweet. One low blow before the bell and then Nakamura hit the Kinshasa for the win and was the new champion. Hardy is injured so I guess this made sense as it meant he didn't have to risk further injury and the WWE can continue to build Nakamura as a heel. Randy Orton crashed the party and also took a low blow on Hardy after the match so I guess they are rubber stamping his heel status too!

Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
This wasn't the most spectacular steel cage match ever but it was certainly pretty brutal with some real heavyweight blows being chucked around. Owens won the match after Strowman threw him off the top of the cage and through an announcers table. He might have been the victor but there was no celebration as he was escorted away on a gurney by the medical team.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Team Hell No vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
Another meh match that lacked aby excitement.

Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
WWE are still trying to get the fans to accept Roman Reigns as a face. This match is presumably the start of the road to him defeating Brock Lesnar for the title. I didn't really care much about this match but I was happy to see Reigns lose to Lashley.

Raw Women's Championship Street Fight: Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss
This match did at least have some substance to it. There were a few nice shots with foreign objects and some great intervention from Ronda Rousey. Ultimately steel chairs proved to be too much for Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss retained her belt.

WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles vs. Rusev
Matches with AJ Styles rarely disappoint. He can bring out the best in any competitor and Rusev turned up with his A game resulting in a great match. It was a match with some great moves but in the end Styles showed why he is called Phenomenal and retained.

Iron Man Match for the Intercontinental Title: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
This had the potential to be a great match but instead was only a good one. Ziggler is a great wrestler and can easily match Rollins so it was sad that so much of the match relied on the intervention of Drew McIntyre for Ziggler to win. When the match ended tied 4 - 4 I thought, fair enough but then when it went to sudden death it was disappointing for Ziggler to win only after more interference from McIntyre when he should have just won it on his own. Entertaining but could have been better.

Overall this was a mediocre show with more filler than killer matches. Hopefully WWE will get this brains together and book some better matches for the next one!

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