On the Bright Side: What Positives We Can Take From WWE Extreme Rules
Well, I watched Extreme Rules last night, and in my opinion it was very much a mixed bag.
Jeff Hardy and Edge put on a really good Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship, and Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho had a good no-holds-barred match (although the ending was a little predictable).
On the flip side of the coin, The fatal four way could have been longer, whereas John Cena vs Big Show was highly missable and lasted way too long.
Batista annihilated Orton in a very short Steel Cage match, and Santina vs. Vickie and Chavo Guerrero was just plain embarassing.
However, after a nice long sleep, I've spent today thinking about what all this could bring about, and decided I should take a look at the positive aspects of last night, rather than the things that were bad about it.
So. Firstly there was the fatal four way. This was a decent enough match and contained the only title retention of the night.
Kofi will make a good US Champion if used right, and this frees up MVP for a possible main event run. Matt Hardy and William Regal seem to be in a kind of limbo storyline-wise at the moment, but could both have good feuds with Kofi.
Next was the Intercontinental Title match. I think that the result of the match will lead to a continuation of the feud, and as the two always put on solid matches, this can only be a good thing.
Chris Jericho is a top superstar, and to have such a big star holding the IC title will help it regain the prestige it's been lacking in recently. It will also help put someone over big time when they eventually beat him... I'm looking at you, John Morrison.
CM Punk vs. Umaga came next, and was an okay match without being overly exciting. I don't think anyone really gve a damn who won, and so it helped fill out the card nicely. It also gave Punk credibility in beating such a big guy, which is a very good thing considering what happened later in the night.
ECW's offering was next with their Triple Threat Hardcore match. It was another solid enough match, although I didn't like the ending. Why did Christian stay down so long after Dreamer got him out of the gutwrench powerbomb? They should have had Swagger hit the powerbomb and then Dreamer attacks him and wins the title.
I can live with Dreamer as champ for a couple of reasons. Firstly, he probably deserves it, he's paid his dues and jobbed out to help put over a lot of young stars.
Secondly, I don't see it lasting long, and may even possibly lead to him retiring anyway and vacating it, leaving a very interesting opening for a championship tournament.
The only positive I could take from the Hog-Pen match was that they announced the winner would be the "Undisputed Miss Wrestlemania."
Hopefully that means they're going to end this storyline here. Also Edge told Vickie he wants a divorce, and Goldust had a funny segment just after the match.
The WWE Title match. Batista defeats Randy Orton in a steel cage. In a very short amount of time. Positives are...positives are...erm....Oh! Found one!
Sort of...A lot of people have been saying Batista doesn't have a huge amount of time left, so hopefully this might be his last title reign.
Unfortunately, I have also heard he's due for surgery on Tuesday which will keep him out for quite a while, so I expect this won't be the last. Still, we live in hope.
John Cena vs. the Big Show was boring, and took up too much time, time which should have been used in expanding either the US title match or the WWE title match.
However, there is a positive. That match may well have ended the feud, which is good because the feud was crap.
Ah, and the Ladder match. By far and away the best match of the night. And, depending who your favourite stars are, it had either the best or worst ending of the night.
Jeff Hardy finally beats Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Months of being screwed over by his brother are finally over, and he's a champion again!
For approximately four minutes.
Yes indeed, after a grueling ladder match with some great spots and an exciting finish, the Straight-edge superstar CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Jeff Hardy.
1. Jeff kicked out of the GTS! Then rolled up Punk! Then got the pi...oh no, GTS'd again for the pin. Why is that a positive? Well Jeff had just taken a ladder match, was barely able to stand, and still kicked out. That will build his profile for next time he's champion.
2. CM Punk got absolutely no cheers for winning the title. In fact, when his music hit, there were boos. The same sort of boos he received when he won the Money in the Bank match in the first place. CM Punk is (surely?) about to turn into a heel. From what I hear he was an brilliant heel in Ring of Honor, so this could be great.
3. CM Punk and Jeff Hardy must surely have a feud in the pipeline. That will be awesome.
4. Edge also still has a rematch. Triple Threat? Sounds good to me.
5. CM Punk can finally get that strong title run. His main event level competitors are Jeff Hardy, Edge, Rey Mysterio (after his feud with Jericho), Jericho (although probably not if he keeps the IC belt) and possibly a returning Undertaker or Kane.
Having beaten Umaga earlier in the night he has credibility to beat any one of them (except Undertaker, I think). He could also have a great feud with Morrison if the WWE push him enough.
Well, that's my thoughts on what we can take from Extreme Rules. I have no doubts that some of you will have disliked the PPV on the whole, or hated some of the matches, but there are positives, and if you have any more I'd be happy to hear them.
Just look On The Bright Side.
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