CC's WWE Extreme Rules 2018 PPV Review
On Sunday night WWE Presented their Extreme Rules PPV and today I give a full review of the entire show and rank each match as PPV Worthy or Worthless.
Now this is what I call a championship match. Both guys had their working boots on and they gave us a great match that had me actually believe in the near falls towards the end. I think AJ retaining was the right move and sets up AJ to move on to Samoa Joe for Summerslam.
The crowd tried to hijack this match and destroy it, but I thought these guys went out there and beat the hell out of each other in a pretty good match. Sometimes fans are just dumb, because the work here was good and Lashley getting the huge win was well done and a great surprise. I figured he would since the match was put on early in the show.
This was great! The crowd was tough after seeing some of the shit they witnessed earlier but these guys did a great job with big spots. None bigger than Strowman throwing Owens off the top of the cage through a table! Owens needs to be commended for putting his body on the line for a great performance, time after time. This was fun stuff.
I know you're saying, why would a 6 second match be PPV worthy? But considering everything, I think this was perfect. Jeff Hardy is hurting very bad, he can barely do anything. I'm so glad they didn't send those guys out there and make us watch a boring match with a man who can barely walk. Nakamura was perfect here with the low blow and the explosive finish. He needed this also. I also liked the Orton return and heel turn. Great segment.
For a pre show match that wasn't given a ton of time, I think the guys did a good job keeping it all action. These teams really worked well in the tornado format and I'm sure this feud is just getting going good. I liked the Sanity got a win here because they have been losing since coming to Smackdown. Good action.
All action once again between the two, and they played perfectly off of their match from Smackdown with the counters and big spot changes. I think Sin Cara has really upped his stock this past week working with Andrade, and I think it's good that these two were able to make eachother look good. Clearly they have plans for Almas, but he doesn't need to be invincible to be a superstar.
I really didn't think it could be done, but somehow, someway, the WWE booking team, Vince McMahon, and whomever laid out this 30 minute Iron man match, botched Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler. This was an overbooked mess. Stupid psychology, way too many falls, and the crowd didn't give a shit. Then, in the end, the babyface lost. This was just horribly conceived and a travesty to the guys. The crowd did the 10 second countdown as the clock ticked down everytime, to amuse themselves. This wasn't a Roman Reigns match either, so he can't be blamed tonight. This was a backlash at the booker.
This was a complete mess from the start. The women's champions on both shows are complete jokes. This was terrible in every way possible, and even the run in by Ronda was sloppy. Nia looked like an idiot, losing to this midget. Mickey came back from her beat down far too easily. Just bad booking, so they could book another unrealistic match between Alexa and Ronda at Summerslam. How am I supposed to believe Alexa should last 30 seconds?
What was the purpose this served? I really don't understand why they needed to have the injury angle, then have Kane come out, only for Bryan to take the pin. Why not pin Kane since he's the injured party. It was basically a clean lost for Bryan, again, when he should be winning matches, or losing in a fashion that sets up his next big feud with the Miz.
This was absolutely pathetic. It was another example of Vince McMahon's horrible influence on professional wrestling, and why I can't wait for him to leave the company and turn it over to HHH. Asuka is killed dead. You beat her again? Fucking Carmella? And don't give me this shit about her getting her heat back by beating up Ellsworth. Dead you see and hear the crowd? They didn't give a shit. This was utterly horrible and a disgrace to women's wrestling. Look at all the excellent women wrestlers who were left off the show so this could be featured. Fucking pathetic.
Did this really need to be on PPV? We already don't need cards with 12 fucking matches, and this one definitely had no purpose. Balor gets dominated by Corbin's boring offense for most of the match, then gets a fluke win. How does that help him? Waste of time.
This feud was joke, the B Team is joke, and Hardy and Wyatt losing to these two jokes makes them complete jokes. What a waste of time and talent.
Overall: I think this show was a microcosm of everything that is wrong with the current WWE product. With all the talent they have at their disposal, its no excuse that they present the ill conceived and terribly booked matches and stories that they do. Look how many great performers were either paired with guys who lack talent or left off the card all together. Then the timing and pacing of the shows are a hindrance to the audience. Who wants to sit through garbage that burns you out and bores you, then you're tired when a match you to see comes up. And not only that, that match is booked to be way less than it should be. Not a good show. AJ was the star of the night, but it's hard to find many shining stars after that.