I know what my reaction to last night’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view was: “Holy crap. That was a hell of a show.”
Extreme Rules had a tough task following up a very good WrestleMania show, but the WWE delivered with a fantastic show that featured three great matches and one really good one.
It was probably the best B-level pay-per-view since Money in the Bank in 2011, which—perhaps unsurprisingly—also took place in Chicago.
Like I said, I enjoyed the heck out of Extreme Rules. But what did those within the WWE think about it?
The general consensus backstage last night at Extreme Rules was the pay-per-view came off well. The CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena matches received rave reviews.
There was a lot of chatter about Cena going over Lesnar in the main event. The feeling among most was that WWE should have waited before having Lesnar lose because getting a dominant former UFC Heavyweight Champion back on your roster doesn't happen often and now Lesnar appears as just another talent on the roster that has lost to Cena.
No love for Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan? What’s up with that? I thought that match was neck and neck with Jericho vs. Punk for the best match on the card. But other than that, I completely agree with this report.
Lesnar vs. Cena was an incredibly interesting match that was unlike anything I can ever recall seeing before, Though it obviously wasn’t a technical classic or anything like that, it was an extremely entertaining match.
Meanwhile, I though that Punk and Jericho had a much better showing last night than they did at WrestleMania. That was an epic brawl between those two, and it was that must-see match that we’ve been waiting to see from them.
But back to Cena vs. Lesnar.
I didn’t hate the outcome like I thought I would (mostly because of Cena’s great little post-match speech), but I do think that the WWE dropped the ball here by having Lesnar lose his first match.
You bring the guy in, pay him $5 million and then have him lose? I don’t particularly like it.
I get that the WWE was in a tough position here, and they probably didn’t want to book either Cena or Lesnar to lose, but I think a loss for Lesnar hurts him a lot more than it would have hurt Cena. Still, I’m not going to completely crap on the WWE for this because it looks like Cena is going to step away from the company for a while, and we don’t know exactly where Lesnar is headed.
Let’s give this a chance and see what happens before we totally write it off as terrible booking.