The 2013 edition of Extreme Rules was much better than anticipated, but there were some porous booking decisions that some top superstars must overcome if they want to remain relevant moving forward.
It wasn’t the fault of WWE superstars like Mark Henry, Jack Swagger and Cody Rhodes that they were booked to take the loss, but each must step up their performance over the next month in order to make an impact at June’s Payback pay-per-view.
All of the following superstars deserved better than what they were given on Sunday night, but with each possessing immense talent, overcoming the porous booking shouldn’t be an issue.
Mark Henry pulled out a huge win over Ryback at WrestleMania 29, and the last thing the WWE should’ve done at Extreme Rules was to allow Sheamus to walk out victorious over arguably the best heel in the company today.
Sometimes it feels like the WWE swerves the fans for the sake of swerving.
Sheamus vs. Henry in a strap match should have easily been the most violent match on the card, but with silly lights in the corners and enough slack in the strap to hit the turnbuckles without much effort, this bout felt like the biggest joke of the night.
Henry has been amazing on the mic and much better in the ring as the World’s Strongest Man, but allowing him to lose at Extreme Rules was detrimental to his character and the momentum he has created.
Let's hope he moves away from Sheamus and finds a feud he can win.
There is no questioning that Jack Swagger isn’t great on the mic, but with WWE giving him a veteran mouthpiece like Zeb Colter, there should be no excuse that the Real American isn’t getting better treatment.
Swagger won the match at Extreme Rules initially, but with another referee hitting the ring to claim it was Colter that threw the white towel in for Del Rio instead of Ricardo Rodriguez, the WWE went to instant replay like the four major sports do to get the call correct.
Not only was this an awful visual, the fact that Swagger had to suffer because of this experiment is an awful use of the talented worker.
Swagger deserves to be in the World Heavyweight Championship scene more than Del Rio, and a feud between Dolph Ziggler and Swagger would be more interesting than anything the new No. 1 contender has done since coming to the WWE.
If you missed the Extreme Rules YouTube Pre-Show, Cody Rhodes was defeated by The Miz in a nothing match. The Miz is obviously on his way up once again in the company, but the brighter star of this duo is Rhodes.
Not only is Rhodes the better in-ring worker, The Miz has been an awful face that has meant nothing in terms of storyline development.
While The Miz gets respect from the WWE for starring in movies, Rhodes is trying to develop a character and is doing a great job. Along with his former tag team partner Damien Sandow, Rhodes has been underutilized for months and deserves so much better.
The loss at Extreme Rules was embarrassing, but the hope is that officials backstage realize the error of their ways sooner rather than later.
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