WWE Extreme Rules 2015 emanated from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, and featured a number of interesting matches, from Last Man Standing matches to a Chicago Street Fight. Not to mention a Steel Cage Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
With the fallout from WrestleMania 31 under way, old rivalries continued and new ones began. We take a look at the individual matches and the show as a whole.
In the pre-show match, newcomer from NXT, the man that gravity forgot, Neville took on fellow countryman Bad News Barrett. Barrett was scheduled to face Daniel Bryan for the Intercontinental Championship, but that match was cancelled as Bryan was not medically cleared to compete.
This was a good match with Neville impressive again, demonstrating his high-flying abilities on numerous occasions. This was typified by a spectacular Red Arrow finishing manoeuvre which allowed Neville to pick up a big win.
The main card began with a Chicago Street Fight between Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper. This was chaotic to say the least with both men taking bumps and using weapons, such as Kendo sticks and steel chairs. During the match, Harper and Ambrose ended up in a car and drove out of the arena whilst continuing their brawl on the streets of Chicago.
This resulted in the next match taking place in the ring, as Sheamus took on Dolph Ziggler in a 'Kiss Me Arse' match, where the loser would kiss the arse of the victor. A technically decent match here with Ziggler at his usual standard, and he picked up the win with a Small Package counter. Sheamus was shocked and was reluctant to follow the stipulation. He hit a low blow on Ziggler before making Ziggler kiss his arse.
Then, the New Day challenged Tyson Kidd and Cesaro for the WWE Tag Team Titles. Another good match in terms of wrestling quality here, and with their new heel status, the New Day used dirty tactics to secure the win and Big E and Kofi Kingston became the new WWE Tag Team Champions.
Ambrose and Harper then returned to finish their match, with Ambrose hitting Dirty Deeds to pick up the win.
Then came part 3 between John Cena and Rusev, with Cena defending the United States Championship in a Russian Chain Match. To win, you would have to touch all four corners of the ring whilst bound to your opponent by a chain. This was again decent but the stipulation limited the match. Cena successfully defended his title, touching the final corner after hitting the AA on Rusev.
Nikki Bella then came against Naomi for the Divas Championship, in another decent match technically. Nikki Bella retained after assistance from her sister Brie.
Following this was a Last Man Standing match between the World's Largest Athlete, The Big Show, and Roman Reigns, coming off his disappointment in the main event of WrestleMania 31.
This match was predicted to be the worst match of the night, with both superstars getting heat from fans in recent months, and this was especially expected in a big wrestling town like Chicago. Surprisingly, the fans appeared to get behind Roman Reigns and the match delivered a much higher level than was expected. Both guys took several bumps through tables and Reigns actually speared Big Show through the announce table, and using the other table to crush Big Show and win the match.
The main event of the show saw The Apex Predator Randy Orton continue his rivalry from WrestleMania 31, where he took on the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, inside a Steel Cage, and Orton' s RKO finishing manoeuvre was banned.
Kane was also at ringside in a Gatekeeper capacity. The match itself was okay, with a couple of good moments, especially with Orton hitting Rollins with the Pedigree, Triple H's finishing move. Kane interfered in the match, hitting both men with the Chokeslam, continuing his dissension with Rollins and the Authority. Eventually with Orton distracted, Seth Rollins with the RKO (or as Rollins stated, the SKO).
Overall it was a decent show, with some really good wrestling action. However, the results were fairly predictable, and the major detriment to the show was the weakness of the story lines, with Ambrose v Harper, Reigns v Big Show and even Rollins v Orton having lacklustre build-up. Reigns v Big Show impressed and this could be the start of something new for Roman Reigns with more positive crowd reactions and better matches in the future.
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