With nine matches on show, the fans were in for a treat as the first event after WrestleMania 29 was taking place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Three championships were on the line as well as the all-important #1 contender spot for Dolph Ziggler’s World Heavyweight Championship.
Perhaps the order of the matches could have been a little different, but nevertheless the event did not really fail to disappoint. With some excellent matches Extreme Rules has set the foundation for the upcoming pay-per-views and story-lines which we can all look forward to.
The Miz took on Cody Rhodes in the opening match, which was not televised instead it was free to stream on YouTube. It was not the most exciting of matches but it was a decent match to set the tone for the rest of the night. As expected the writers would not have wanted a heel to kick off the show, and upset the children obviously. So making the fan favourite in The Miz leave victorious was probably the best direction to go in.
The Miz defeats Cody Rhodes – 3.5/5
The televised event kicked off with the minor rivalry which dates back to before WrestleMania, Chris Jericho taking on Fandango for the second time after Fandango recorded a debut victory over Jericho at WrestleMania 29. The crowd was definitely behind Jericho throughout the duration of the match and both men looked good on the offence.
We witnessed some pretty good moves from both men also, a couple of dropkicks and elbows to start off the match, to Jericho leaping to the outside and wiping Fandango out with an impressive body press. A few close pin-falls evidently followed towards the end of the match, finishing with Fandango hitting Jericho in the back of the head, climbing to the top rope and leaping off but Chris Jericho was always a step ahead, catching Fandango in mid-air and hitting the Codebreaker for the three count.
Chris Jericho defeats Fandango – 3.5/5
The first of three championships on the line next, Kofi Kingston defending his United States Championship against 1/3 of The SHIELD; Dean Ambrose, he made his way through the crowd and backed up by the remaining members in Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins who were in action later on in the night. They eventually allowed Ambrose to get into the ring, before leaving their partner to fight for himself.
Both Kofi and Ambrose made this a brilliant match, Ambrose was all over Kofi for the starting period but Kofi fought back as a tough champion and attempted to hit a Trouble In Paradise, but missed. From then on we witnessed a great elbow drop from Ambrose followed by a neck breaker and a two count, leading to Kofi hitting a leaping clothesline followed by a Boom Drop. The match concluded as Kingston attempted another Trouble In Paradise, and missed which meant Ambrose connected with his DDT, getting the three count and capturing the United States Championship.
NEW UNITED STATES CHAMPION; Dean Ambrose defeats Kofi Kingston – 4/5
Before the match begins the fans are reminded of how this rivalry and strap match came to fruition, they must touch all four turnbuckles in order to win, with the opponent in tow. Mark Henry entered first followed by Sheamus who received a great reaction from the St. Louis crowd.
Both men begin trading punches as the bell sounds and taunting each other with the straps they have tied to their wrists, Sheamus begins by touching one corner and attempting to drag Henry to the second, but Henry pulled Sheamus back for a clothesline. The World’s Strongest Man then went on the attack, whipping the strap on Sheamus numerous times causing some damage and then touching three turnbuckles and dropping Sheamus with a head-butt.
Some good back and forth action followed and it concluded with Sheamus fighting out of The World’s Strongest Slam and hitting a devastating Brogue Kick then touching the fourth turnbuckle to win the match; but this does not look like the end of this rivalry.
Sheamus defeats Mark Henry – 4/5
This match was scheduled to be a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match stipulation, however with the concussion Dolph Ziggler suffered, it was rescheduled as an I Quit match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger. Swagger started the match in high intensity, a couple of rights followed by a clothesline to send Del Rio over the top and to the outside.
As expected both men showed signs of dominance as the aspect of unpredictability came back into it, Swagger and Del Rio both refused to quit after weapons were also introduced into the match.
Jack Swagger’s controversial manager then got involved by throwing in the towel for Del Rio and the referee mistook it for Ricardo Rodriguez, the manager of Alberto Del Rio. He then restarted the match with Del Rio clamping on the arm breaker twice before Swagger had no choice but to quit.
#1 CONTENDER FOR WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP; Alberto Del Rio defeats Jack Swagger – 4/5
The remaining two members of The SHIELD were in action next as they took on Team Hell No for the Tag Team Championships in a tornado tag team match. With Rollins and Bryan involved in the match, everyone already anticipated a great battle between the two technical superstars, at the start both Kane and Reigns went toe to toe as did Bryan and Rollins, we witnessed some big DDT’s, running clotheslines and some big hits from The SHIELD as they got the better of Kane and Bryan.
Bryan attempted a No Lock towards the end but ended up eating a slingshot to the ropes followed by a kick from Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns then shouldered Bryan and Rollins dropped a knee across the throat of Daniel Bryan, resulting in Roman Reigns pinning Daniel Bryan for the win and were crowned the new champions.
NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS; The SHIELD defeats Team Hell No! – 3.5/5
The Extreme Rules match between Randy Orton and The Big Show followed shortly after, and unsurprisingly the hometown crowd favoured their superstar as Randy Orton received a brilliant reaction from the crowd. Orton went on the attack early on, punching and kicking away at The Big Show and managed to avoid any early damage from The World’s Largest Athlete. The Big Show responded to the early attack with some head-butts and managed to snap the kendo stick Orton was searching for.
Throughout the Extreme Rules match we saw some ladders, kendo sticks and chairs which were used, but the match could have been a little bit more ‘extreme’. After recovering from a giant spear in the closing stages of the match, Orton hit show with a big kick to the chest followed by a devastating RKO on the chair. The fans then chanted even louder as we finally witnessed vintage Orton, hitting the punt kick on The Big Show, a move which was ‘banned’ by the WWE; perhaps the anticipated heel turn is on the horizon.
Randy Orton defeats The Big Show – 4/5
The final Championship on the line in the c-main event; John Cena defending his WWE Championship in a last man standing match against Ryback. Even before the match we predicted there was no way that Ryback would lose this match clean, and that is exactly what happened. The earlier stages Ryback asserted his dominance, clamping on a headlock and a couple of shoulder-blocks as the fans erupted in ‘Goldberg’ chants. Cena followed with a series of rights whilst Ryback preferred the more powerful manoeuvres, pressing Cena over his head and dropping him down to the mat.
The match went outside of the ring and is where the majority of the battle took place; we saw some close calls as Ryback got back up at the count of eight whilst Cena managed to survive by getting up at the count of nine. Some more big moves followed by both men, John Cena hitting a belly to back suplex, locking in the STF, a sleeper hold amongst all sorts of moves but none of them could stop Ryback.
Ryback then went on the rampage tossing Cena around the ring and into the crowd, hitting a massive clothesline before that match moved towards the ending stages. Around the twenty one minute mark Ryback smashed Cena through the set which then resulted in some sparks and leaving both men on the ground, meaning it ended in a no contest, but John Cena retained the WWE Championship.
No contest, John Cena retains the WWE Championship – 4.5/5
The main event, a steel cage match with Brock Lesnar and Triple H locked inside, HHH starts off early as he tosses Lesnar into the cage and then the barricade, then attacking Paul Heyman before wiping Lesnar out with a clothesline.
Triple H then sent Lesnar into the wall again before crashing him down on to the mat and Lesnar then attempted to get back into the match but Triple H countered Lesnar’s advances and once more tossed him into the opposite cage wall. Lesnar finally got his opportunity to attack and threw him into the cage wall, hitting a big shoulder before connecting with a huge German suplex.
Lesnar did hit an F5 but Triple H managed to kick out at two and this led to Lesnar being locked inside the Figure Four Leg Lock, with Heyman screaming and pleading with Lesnar not to tap out. The sledgehammer then came into play, the weapon Triple H has been so familiar with his entire career but this time he was on the opposite side of it.
Lesnar hit the sledgehammer to hit Triple H in the side of the head as he dropped down to the mat, imposing himself over Triple H as he posed, showing his dominance, it all finished for Triple H as Lesnar hit another huge F5 before getting the three count and the all-important victory over his long-time rival.
Brock Lesnar defeats Triple H
As a whole, I believe that the Extreme Rules pay-per-view was a lot better than expected, especially when we read it on paper, the matches did not sound like they would live up to the hype surrounding them, but I can safely say that it was a solid pay-per-view; even though some of the results were predictable, but everyone looked good in their matches.
I would say that the WWE Championship match was the best match of the night, it would have been better if it was the main event but nevertheless both Ryback and Cena performed well and this now leads on to the next pay-per-view, Payback. I would give this show a 4/5; the big disadvantage for me was that the match order could have been rearranged a little better.
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