WWE Extreme Rules 2012: 4 Negatives to Take Away from Last Night's PPV
WWE Extreme Rules 2012 has come and gone.
Overall, it was a pretty good pay-per-view. The focus was only ever on three matches—Daniel Bryan versus Sheamus, CM Punk versus Chris Jericho and John Cena versus Brock Lesnar—all of which delivered.
An argument could be made that any one of the three was match of the night.
With that said, not everything that happened was exactly a good thing.
Here are four negatives from Extreme Rules 2012.
Zack Ryder Is a Joke
It was nothing more than a throwaway moment from the Kane/Randy Orton match, but about midway through, Zack Ryder got involved.
He hit Kane with some punches to the back, but Kane absolutely no sold it.
Now remember that Kane was in the midst of a falls count anywhere match against Orton. He should be a little tired or something.
Yet Ryder was nothing more than a nuisance to the Big Red Monster.
That pretty much sums up the past few months for Ryder. Ever since he got involved in the Kane/John Cena feud, all of the heat Ryder built up from his YouTube show has evaporated.
It just illustrates WWE's continued dropping of the ball on some of the company's best young talent.
The Divas Title Is Worthless
Nothing says legitimacy like having a wrestler return from an almost yearlong layoff to win the premier title in a division.
Seeing Layla return is a good thing, and it was quite symbolic that she made her return at this pay-per-view.
It was at Extreme Rules last year that she picked up the injury which kept her out for so long.
This match wasn't anything new, but it just represents another move in the wrong direction for the Divas division.
It made sense to not have Beth Phoenix wrestle Nikki Bella after she injured herself on Raw earlier in the week.
What didn't make sense was to immediately give Layla a title shot.
She has done literally nothing for almost an entire year when it comes to moving up the ranks of Divas Championship contenders. And then she goes and actually wins the title.
Most fans can pick up the fact that WWE doesn't take the Divas division seriously anymore. The company is clearly just waiting for Kharma to make her return.
But even when fans get the highly anticipated Kharma/Beth Phoenix match, how can anyone really care when the Divas Championship is devalued so much?
Ryback Needs to Take on Someone His Size
The Ryback storyline is one of the easiest to execute.
You have a guy win a bunch of matches and look like a monster in the process.
WCW did it to perfection with Bill Goldberg, and it appears WWE is trying to copy that blueprint to a certain extent.
However, no one is really taking Ryback seriously when he's beating guys who are a hundred pounds lighter than he is.
It's understandable if WWE doesn't want to put guys like Drew McIntyre, Alex Riley, Tyson Kidd, etc. constantly out there to get squashed. Although they were all sacrificed to Brodus Clay, there has to be a limit for them.
If the company just wants to use jobbers, they could at least get guys who are over 150 pounds.
It also doesn't do Ryback any favors when Michael Cole is going on about how small his opponent is and how little chance the guy has.
Doctors at an Extreme Rules Match?
There can be little argument about many of the steps WWE has taken to try and ensure the safety of its wrestlers.
Knowing all of the information about concussions, it can be really difficult to watch a match like The Rock versus Mankind at Royal Rumble 1999 where there were multiple unprotected chair shots to the head.
The Brock Lesnar versus John Cena match did a great job of toeing the line between extreme and PG without going too far on one side.
Cena took a ton of punishment from Lesnar. It is rare to see a match like this one in the so-called PG era.
But the match could have gone without the doctor stoppages.
This was an extreme rules match where, hypothetically, anything goes. Yet it had to be stopped because Cena's cuts had to be closed up.
Applying medical care mid-match is not very extreme.
It was just one of those things that took away from the momentum of the match.