Los Matadores vs. 3MB
Do I really need to explain why this match belongs here? I realize some people find the feud between Hornswoggle and El Torito to be "harmless," but in reality, what purpose is it supposed to serve? It'd be different if the live crowds were actually reacting to anything they were doing, but the lack of crowd response indicates that, simply put, no one cares. I'm more annoyed by the fact that 3MB and Los Matadores are still facing each other all these months later and 3MB have yet to win a match against them.
Hornswoggle vs. El Torito
Copy and paste everything said about the prior match and apply it to this one. The action between these two wasn't even all that bad, it's just more of the fact that it was a complete waste of time that had me rolling my eyes by the end of it. If nothing else, I'm glad it only took up time on Main Event and not Raw, where it could have been dragged out even more.
Alexander Rusev vs. Sin Cara
Personally, I don't have a problem with Rusev or his act, but I can definitely understand why some people see it as outdated or boring. My only issue with this match was that it didn't give us anything new from Rusev that we haven't seen from all of his prior squash matches. If anything, this match hindered him more than it helped him due to the fact Sin Cara got a significant amount of offense over him at one point. I was also surprised to see a Handicap match between Rusev and the team of R-Truth and Xavier Woods actually confirmed for Extreme Rules in advance.
The Usos and Curtis Axel and Ryback
I'm still a huge fan of The Usos' act and am liking them as Tag Team champions, but I'm bored to tears by their feud with Ryback and Axel. I like both competitors on their own, but as a team, they have zero chemistry. The singles matches between the two teams were nothing to write home about and didn't make me want to see them clash for the Tag titles. It's obvious that Ryback and Axel are only being set up as the challengers of the month, so why should I take them seriously as threats to the straps?
Emma vs. Layla
I didn't have a problem with the match itself given that both Emma and Layla are very good workers. If anything, it was a nice match from the ladies, but the finish and all the shenanigans afterward left a very sour taste in my mouth. The pairing of Emma and Santino simply isn't working, and why they continue to feud with the comedy duo of Fandango and Layla is mind-boggling to me. I hope to see her branch out on her own sooner rather than later before her character becomes damaged beyond repair.
Sheamus vs. Titus O'Neil
I was shocked that O'Neil got as much offense over Sheamus as he did, but did anyone honestly think that O'Neil would win? He's been the jobber to the stars since his heel turn, further proving why his split from Darren Young was a major mistake. Meanwhile, Sheamus is directionless and is in need of either a heel turn or massive character overhaul. Until then, he'll just be treading water.
Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya
The match was fine for what it was, but you'd think it would mean more given that these are two of the best women's wrestlers in the company at the moment. I'm sorry, but seeing Natalya defeat Tamina within minutes on multiple occasions a few months back didn't help matters, either. I appreciate the effort in making Tamina a monster heel, but she'll need to interact with Paige at some point.
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Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.