WWE Pay Per View – Upon watching WWE Extreme Rules starting from Rey Mysterio defeating Cody Rhodes, I can honestly say that this was a stronger card than Wrestlemania 27 overall. There’s no epic awesomeness of Triple H vs.The Undertaker, but all the matches were splendidly solid and did what it had to do moving forward with the storylines.
The Michelle McCool vs. Layla match was technically horrible. It’s pretty surprising how both ladies, who were once former co-Divas Champions and had good chemistry as tag partners for some time, stunk up the place with botched moves. However, I would give credit to the fact that both ladies acted distressed when trying to eliminate each other, which adds to the match’s psychology.
I’m surprised that McCool lost. Actually I’m surprised that somebody lost, as I was expected Kharma to interrupt the match and plant both Layla and McCool’s faces on the mat. Maybe it’s because McCool was allowed time off to tend The Undertaker’s wounds following Wrestlemania 27. Not that her leaving matters because Kharma will SQUASH the shit out the Divas, 100% guaranteed. Her look and packaging was well-conceived as she will definitely get exert her dominance in the weeks to come.
Alberto del Rio and Christian‘s Ladder Match was excellent across the board – perfect time given for the match, brutal bumps by Del Rio, and strong performance by Christian. One of the most underrated wrestlers in the WWE roster, Captain Charisma definitely deserved the World Heavyweight Championship. However, I don’t know how things will unfold at Smackdown! in the coming weeks, now that Randy Orton is on the Blue brand, which actually makes things much more interesting. I do see a Viper heel turn, which allows Christian to be a fighting champion of sorts.
Regarding Del Rio, he has no problems sacrificing his body just to pull off the sick bumps he just did in this match. Despite his stature and position in the WWE (he’s being groomed to have a feud with John Cena on Raw), I would want him to have an awesome finisher just so I could identify with him even more. The Flying Armbar hurts as hell, but it just looks bland in relation to his larger-than-life persona in the WWE. Just a quibble to his otherwise awesome character.
The lumberjack tag match for the championship between The Corre’s Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson against ShowKane just shows how the WWE is done with the NXT faction. Both Barrett and Jackson would do better competing as individual, while Heath Slater and Jusitn Gabriel just aren’t able to make you give a damn about them and their matches. ShowKane picks up the win as expected, and life moves on. Just get rid of The Corre already!
The Triple Threat Match involving John Morrison, John Cena and The Miz was equally exciting, although the level kinda died down after R-Truth made his expected run-in attack (more on this later). I can’t really explain it, but the addition of John Morrison in this match-up brought the best in Cena and The Miz. Morrison’s flashy style proved to be a great foil to Cena’s strong moves and The Miz’s… well, I haven’t really decided how to describe his wrestling style. Neither aggressive nor flashy and not enough cockiness, the Miz is just…there sometimes. The verdict’s still out about him, I suppose.
What I love about the R-Truth heel turn is that (a) we won’t be seeing his ridiculous “What’s Up?” introductions, (b) we get to hear him say something else aside from “What’s Up,” and (c) his aggressive and balls-to-the-wall type of urgency is what his stale and downright lame character needs. That beatdown he gave to Morrison is pretty awesome and gives him an opportunity to show off a different side of his personality besides his rapping gimmick that ran its course real “kwik.” This also opens him to a feud with John Morrison, which makes you wonder: what happened to the Morrison’s proposed feud with Dolph Ziggler?
So, John Cena won. Kinda disappointing, to be honest, although this sets him up perfectly for a Del Rio program in the coming months. But what happens to the Miz? Obviously he’ll stick around for a chance to get his belt back, but once he cedes his position to Del Rio, what now? Feed him to Raw’s bottom-feeders? I don’t know if this is a well-thought out plan for the Miz, unless he moves out and wrecks havoc to Smackdown! The plot thickens…