Extreme Rules 2012 is in the history books. This event was highly anticipated, as it was Brock Lesnar's return to the WWE ring for the first time since 2004. Let's take a look at the aftermath of this event, and what's in store for some talent as we move ahead.
1. John Cena Prevails Again!
Judging by fan reaction and feedback, it looks like I am in the minority of fans who didn't really enjoy this match very much. I know it was supposed to be looked at as a "fight," but I just thought the match came off slow and clunky at times. Not really the fast-paced, high-intensity match I was expecting.
I was hoping for a Brock Lesnar victory in this match, and for John Cena to lose and take a nice vacation. That would have given WWE fans something different for the next few months. A television product not based around Cena winning, and Lesnar to go on a monster win streak. It looks like WWE has other plans in store for us.
2. The CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho Feud Looks to be Finished
That gets a big "YES!" from me and others who didn't enjoy this feud.
The main reason I didn't like the rivalry was because most of it was based off of alcoholism, when it should have been about ring ability. It's that little thing called "legitimacy" I was hoping for.
The match was good though. Both guys did well in the street-fight environment, and Punk's family and friends made a nice addition to this match.
CM Punk will go on to battle Daniel Bryan next, which should be excellent, but I'm not sure what's up next for Jericho. As long as it doesn't involve bad acting, I'm fine with it.
3. What's There to "YES!" About?
Much to my surprise and disappointment, WWE decided to go with Sheamus as the winner of the match against Daniel Bryan.
After the embarrassing loss at WrestleMania, I was looking forward to Bryan regaining the gold, and really have something to "YES!" about once again
Thankfully for D-Bry fans, he now goes on to challenge CM Punk for the WWE Championship, after winning the "Beat the Clock" challenge on RAW this Monday.
4. The Randy Orton vs. Kane Feud Looks to be Finished—Please?
For those of you like me, who found this feud to be numbing to the brain and an instant remedy for insomnia, let's hope that these two have finished their rivalry, and can both move on to different chapters.
For Randy Orton, I hope it is something much more meaningful, because he deserves it, and is capable of doing much better than he has in recent months. This works both ways. Creative has to have something good for the talent, and the guys have to deliver. Kane vs. Orton was terrible in all aspects.
5. What Happened to Chi-Town?
The reason I was most disappointed with Extreme Rules was because I was expecting a much more vocal "heel" crowd.
At last year's Money in the Bank PPV, the crowd was firmly behind CM Punk, and completely against anything John Cena did. I was hoping for that same type of atmosphere during main event, but the crowd was very pro-Cena, which struck me as odd.
Chicago has always been a "heel" crowd, going back many years now. So I was very surprised to see Cena get the positive reaction he did, and was equally surprised to see that there was not much reaction for Brock.
It seemed like the crowd wasn't really for or against Brock, whereas with Cena, there were quite a bit of Cenation in Chicago.
To me, that took a lot away from the match, as it came across as your typical WWE crowd.
Those were the top five main takeaways from the show.
When you take a look down the mid-card side of things, Dolph Ziggler lost to Brodus Clay. How does this happen? How do you have a talented star like Ziggler lose to a comedy act like Brodus? Dolph should be on to much greater things at this point of his career, and losing to the Funkasaurus is certainly not one of them.
Layla returned out of nowhere and won the Divas Championship. I think all us fans can officially proclaim that this is the lowest point of the WWE Divas division. There is just nothing happening in that division to get excited about. Kharma returning is about the only thing I can think of that will create interest.
Cody Rhodes winning the Intercontinental Championship was good. Rhodes is a very talented wrestler, and is a good fit for that championship. Big Show, at this late stage of his career, being Intercontinental Champion just didn't make sense. Let's hope for good things to come for Rhodes in the future.
The main thing I took away from this show is that I miss WrestleMania! But I was at least happy to see some of these feuds come to an end.