WWE Extreme Rules: Top 5 Biggest Disappointments in Pay-Per-View History
In two nights, WWE will present Extreme Rules live from Chicago. The show has a couple good matches set, and I am expecting a great event.
However, WWE does not always deliver. In most cases, they certainly. Every once in awhile, I am left disappointed by what I had just seen. Through just three Extreme Rules, this show has a history of let down moments.
Here are the top five offenders.
5. Morrison Replaces Truth
Everybody remembers John Morrison, right?
The "next big star" in the business; that man who got loud cheers every time he walked out on Raw; the man who wasn't leaving WWE last year...
Last April, WWE put together a very intriguing triple threat WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules. Inside the steel cage, The Miz would defend his gold against John Cena and R-Truth.
For some reason, WWE decided to take Truth out of the match and insert Morrison a week later. While Truth ended up getting a great gimmick out of this mess, why did this happen?
Morrison wasn't going to win. He was going to hit his usual spots and lose, while the two other real main event talents fought in the cage.
The R-Truth vs. Morrison feud never really did mean anything anyways. Just a disappointing move by WWE...
4. No Time for Crime?
Shad and JTG had broken up as a tag team a few weeks earlier.
Yet another team in WWE was demolished, but I actually agreed with this move. Shad was worth taking a shot on and JTG was getting good crowd reactions.
With the "youth movement" in full swing two years ago, this was a risk worth taking.
The two ended up having their big match at Extreme Rules. It was four minutes, JTG won, and the feud was over with.
Just done! The two did nothing after that, and it was all over with. Very disappointing.
3. Cole-Lawler Continues
I have said many times that I loved the Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler feud leading up to Wrestle Mania XXVII. It was excellent and I truly believe that match added to the huge buy rate.
After Mania was a completely different story.
The feud should have ended in Atlanta at the biggest show of the year. The company thought otherwise and it continued on for another month or two.
This time, Jim Ross and Jack Swagger were added.
Lawler and Ross vs. Swagger and Cole was just not needed. Stipulation or not, I had no desire to see this. It wasn't that bad of a match, but enough was enough.
Sadly, this feud even went one more pay-per-view with a Kiss my Foot stipulation added, where Bret Hart got involved. It was just too much.
It was a great, intense feud leading up to Mania. Continuing it for another month at Extreme Rules was highly, highly disappointing.
2. Batista Wins
Randy Orton was WWE Champion. Batista was the challenger inside a steel cage.
It was a nice match set for Extreme Rules.
The only problem was Batista needed time off for surgery. That was disappointing enough, but you knew the two would work well and do some sort of injury story line.
Well, not exactly.
Batista won the WWE title in eight minutes, ending Orton's title run just like that. The next night on Raw, Orton injured Batista to take him out of action, leaving the gold vacant.
Eventually, it was sorted out. The champion ended up being...Randy Orton.
Everything just spun in a circle for a month, so Batista could win the title in less than ten minutes, get a one day reign and head off to surgery for a few months.
All of this so Orton could end up champion again. There was just no need for the quick title change.
1. Edge vs. Jericho
Edge is in the WWE Hall of Fame. Chris Jericho is a future WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
Both men have had excellent careers in WWE. Their feud from 2009-2010 wrote itself. It was so simple, yet so great to watch.
Their match at Wrestle Mania XXVI was disappointing. Edge was coming off an injury and everything would be back to normal in a few weeks.
The two were going to end their feud at Extreme Rules inside a steel cage. The only problem was the exact same thing happened at Mania.
Chris Jericho vs. Edge disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high. Perhaps Edge never really did heal up. Maybe the two just simply did not have good chemistry against each other.
Either way, Edge won, ended their feud and the WWE Universe never really did get that one classic match between the two.