Extreme Rules, the newest WWE pay-per-view, has just wrapped up.
Although the card itself was not that exciting on paper, the show ended up being pretty solid, with only one match ending up being a complete dud. Most of the booking decisions were satisfying, and by the end, fans should find themselves much more excited for Great Balls of Fire than they ever would have expected.
Here’s our overall thoughts on Extreme Rules 2017.
Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto
Reactions: Although this was a last minute addition to the show, not being announced until hours before Extreme Rules, it was a surprisingly enjoyable match with storytelling that actually made more sense than some of the main matches. A highlight was a spot in which Kalisto launches off of the second rope into a corkscrew, resulting in a near fall which caused Titus O’Neil to freak out at ringside. O’Neil’s insane reactions actually added a lot to the match, and the ending, while a bit predictable, was appropriate, with O’Neil’s distraction causing Crews to lose. It was a simple, well executed match that didn’t bring the house down but did what it needed to do.
Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz (with Maryse)
Reactions: From start to finish, this was a spectacular match with excellent momentum and hilarious moments throughout. Although on the face of it, it’s a bit ridiculous that the “extreme” rule here requires Dean Ambrose to be less extreme, this idea was utilized well right away, with The Miz clearly trying to provoke Ambrose into disqualifying himself. Later, there was a funny and perfectly Miz-y moment in which Ambrose avoids using a chair as to not be disqualified, only for Miz to go after the chair as soon as the referee isn’t looking. The match might have gone on a bit too long and became slightly repetitive, but the ending was absolutely brilliant: The Miz begs Maryse to slap him so that the distracted referee can be tricked into thinking this was Dean Ambrose; although this doesn’t work, it does work when The Miz throws Dean Ambrose into the referee and Ambrose becomes so distracted defending himself that Miz can get the win. It’s kind of a bummer how little was done with Dean Ambrose’s Intercontinental Championship title reign, but here’s to another run for The Miz.
Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Rich Swann and Sasha Banks vs. Noam Dar and Alicia Fox
Reactions: The idea behind this match was a good one, as it’s nice to see the Cruiserweights actually interacting with the main roster and not feeling like their segments are taking place in a completely different universe than the rest of the show. Sasha Banks was, of course, amazing as always, and Alicia Fox came out of the match looking quite good as well. It was a bit strange that Sasha Banks wasn’t disqualified for making contact with Noam Dar, but it was worth it if only to see Rich Swan actually get a pin in his home town again all odds.
Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars.
Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley
Highlights: This was a bizarre, unsatisfying match that managed to make Bayley look terrible and make Alexa look slightly less awesome than she really is. From the start, the stipulation to the match wasn’t explained particularly well; was it that the first person to reach the kendo stick is the only one who can use it, or they’re simply the first one who can use it? The former is how it was explained leading up to the show, but the latter is how things actually played out. It seems that the idea may have been that because Bayley and Alexa both theoretically knocked the stick down at the same time, they both got to use it, but this just caused confusion and was not articulated on commentary. Even though Bayley managed to get the kendo stick first, the match ended up essentially being a glorified squash match which was a very strange way to end a storyline in which it is repeatedly stated that Bayley is a loser; Bayley hardly proved Alexa wrong at Extreme Rules, and the whole endeavor felt like a waste of everyone’s time.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars