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Random Thoughts on WWE Extreme Rules 2017

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Now that Extreme Rules is in the history books, it’s time for me to share my random thoughts on the show. As always, this is a spoiler post, so look away now if you want to avoid spoilers.

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WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz def. Dean Ambrose © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

Sasha Banks & Rich Swan def. Alicia Fox & Noam Dar via pinfall

WWE Raw Women’s Championship – Kendo Stick on a Pole Match: Alexa Bliss © def. Bayley via pinfall

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship – Steel Cage Match: Sheamus & Cesaro def. The Hardy Boyz © to become the NEW WWE Raw Tag Team Champions

WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Submission Match: Neville © def. Austin Aries via submission to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Extreme Rules match for the #1 contender for the WWE Universal Championship: Samoa Joe def. Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt.

 

***Random Thoughts***

 

The main event delivered, as expected. One of the better main events of the year that went 30 minutes with all guys getting a chance to shine. I liked how it ended with Joe winning in a decisive way rather than the cheap finish where he stole a pin like he did on Raw. I’m not surprised that Balor was the one that was involved in the fall because you knew WWE was going to protect Reigns by not having him take the fall or pass out. The highlight of the match was the sequence where Reigns hit the Spear on two guys through the barricade followed by Rollins hitting the Frog Splash off the top and through the table. After that, the match went into another gear and the crowd was into it a lot more. They set up the last few minutes really well with everybody hitting finishing moves to take out Rollins and Wyatt to take them out of the ring. Balor hit his finish on Reigns, so when Joe applied his submission on Balor there was nobody there to make the save. It was laid out well.

I picked Balor to win, but I don’t mind a Joe win at all. I’ve been wanting to see Lesnar vs. Joe for many years. I’m glad we’ll get to see it next month. Do I expect Joe to win? Nope, but that’s fine. It should be a great match.

 

Really confused about the cage match. You see, Jeff already exited the cage and then he had to leave it again because that’s apparently a rule. I doubt fans in the arena knew that rule. If that rule wasn’t in place then the Hardys won because Matt’s feet touched the floor before the heels got out, but since he had to take Jeff out again that meant it wasn’t over. Confusing? Yeah, I think so. I didn’t expect a title change because I imagined Hardyz/ Revival would be the Raw tag team feud for SummerSlam. I like Cesaro and Sheamus as a team, so I’m certainly fine with them as the champs. I just didn’t think it was going to happen.

 

Who would have imagined that the hometown boy (Rich Swann) would win in his hometown? Mental! I thought Banks would win for her team to give her more momentum, but they went with Swann and that’s okay. It was an okay match which served its purpose.

 

Women’s title was a total let-down. It should have been about Bayley finally unleashing an assault on Alexa, but instead it made her look like a loser. I could be wrong, but I’m guessing the reason she didn’t unleash the fury could suggest that the story will continue. The Bayley character has been booked so poorly in the last few months even when she was holding the title. Alexa is a very good character and a confident talker. At least they acknowledged how bad the This is Your Life segment on Raw was.

 

I enjoyed the submission match, unlike those in attendance. It’s tough to keep a crowd interested in these sorts of matches and fans are only going to react to the signature move. Fans just seemed more interested in throwing around a fucking beach ball than watching two guys busting their arses. It really winds me up. So disrespectful. The problem is when WWE tells fans that the cruisers are the most exciting guys in WWE and they barely do anything exciting the fans aren’t going to care. Something has got to change.

 

Great opener with a title change that was expected. Both guys made good use of the time in what was a long match with a lot of cool spots and near falls. They also teased disqualification finishes a couple of times, but in the end it was Miz winning with his finisher. I think that was the right way to end it because Miz is better as a champion while Ambrose’s title run wasn’t that interesting. It was one of the better matches that these two had together. Also, I thought referee John Cone did a great job as well even though he basically no sold that bump at the end because that’s what he needed to do to make that finish work.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 6

It was an okay show. The main event was the only must-see match on the card with the IC Title match also being pretty good. My expectations for this show were low. The main event was great. Everything else was okay. Bayley/ Alexa was terrible. The Raw brand is stale at the moment. I hope things pick up soon.

 

PPV Rankings

Royal Rumble – 8.5

Elimination Chamber – 8

WrestleMania 33 – 7

Backlash – 6.5

Extreme Rules – 6

Payback – 6

Fastlane – 4.5

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