WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Results: Biggest Highlights and Low Points
The results of WWE's Extreme Rules 2014 pay-per-view are in, so it's time for us to look back on the evening and break down the highlights and low points that made the event what it was.
Following the biggest show of the year in WrestleMania 30, was WWE able to keep the momentum going and have as good of a show or even a better one?
Or, on the contrary, did this prove to be nowhere near as good in comparison, with more low points than highlights?
Did the main events of The Shield vs. Evolution and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane measure up to expectations, or were there other matches that stood out in some fashion?
Let's break down the positives and negatives of the night, presented to you in order of their appearance on the event's timeline.
Highlight: WeeLC Match: El Torito vs. Hornswoggle
This match was destined for a spot on this list as a low point the moment it was announced.
However, the match ended up being filled with so many ludicrous things that it was entertaining.
It was a nice touch having special guest commentators such as "Micro Cole."
Hornswoggle and El Torito made a mess of a lot of the moves, being unable to actually perform them, but that didn't take away too much from the positives.
For such a small match on the card, this was filled with some pretty big spots—some of which have been more impressive than what we've seen in a while in WWE.
The pure stupidity of this concept will be embarrassing to show to any of your friends who don't follow wrestling, but for the rest of us in the WWE Universe, it served its purpose.
It was silly and ridiculous, but these guys deserve at least a little bit of credit for evoking a chant of "this is awesome" from the crowd.
Low Point: Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth and Xavier Woods
There was absolutely nothing in this match that we haven't seen before in a squash match involving Alexander Rusev.
As evidenced by the crowd's reaction, the WWE Universe cares more about Lana than Rusev.
This also made Xavier Woods look like a complete chump by taking him out of the equation with a single kick.
Sacrificing one bright young star so badly just to have yet another boring squash match is a shame.
Rusev is going to need a lot more depth and some actual feuds that people can care about before he amounts to anything.
It's no surprise that this was placed on the card in a position to give fans a bathroom break; if you skipped it, then you didn't miss a single thing.
Highlight: Bad News Barrett Wins the Intercontinental Championship
If you were supporting Big E in this match, I'm afraid I've got some bad news.
While Big E is no slouch, he had grown a bit stagnant with the Intercontinental Championship.
Perhaps this was more WWE's booking and not Big E's fault, so we shouldn't necessarily blame him.
However, the fans clearly were ready for the Winds of Change to blow the intercontinental title back into the hands of Barrett.
Now that he is the new champion, maybe the title picture can become a little more interesting than it's been the past few months.
Highlight: Evolution vs. the Shield
Without a shadow of a doubt, this was the true selling point of the pay-per-view, and it thankfully didn't disappoint.
The talent in this match and the stipulation that allowed anything to happen made this contest a great success.
Both teams looked strong and equal to one another, and every man had a chance to shine in some fashion.
A particular highlight was the battle that Ambrose, Rollins, Triple H and Orton had on the outside.
The match had something for everyone: brawls, high-flying action, finishers coming out of nowhere and many false finishes that kept the fans on their toes.
Low Point: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Much to the bane of the anti-Cena crowd, this match symbolized much of what creates criticism for his character.
This entire match was built around situations where Cena clearly had it won but came up short only due to interference.
Fans dislike how strong Cena usually looks and how routine his matches can be. This was no exception.
Furthermore, since Cena won at WrestleMania 30 and clearly was the better man here as well, that means that no progress has been made on behalf of Wyatt, who actually could use the bump.
Sure, it will say in the record books that Wyatt was the winner, but it is a shallow victory that means nothing.
We're in the same place we were before this match started, and it didn't even accomplish as much as the promo with the children on Monday Night Raw did beforehand.
Low Point: Paige vs. Tamina Snuka
Very rarely are the Divas matches ever anything other than a low point on a show, and this followed suit.
Paige and Tamina did not wrestle one of the worst matches in Divas history by any means, but they certainly weren't even close to a highlight of the night.
It was kept short, which could just as easily have been a benefit as much as an obstacle in the way of success.
The only impressive part of the match was Tamina slamming Paige into the security barricade. There was also a little excitement when Paige made Snuka tap out.
Some fans might have enjoyed the match, but there's a reason why this was booked in the spot between two more important matches: bathroom break.
Highlight: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Despite not being a thrill ride from start to finish, there were enough moments in this match to justify calling it a positive way to finish the show.
Among them were the backstage brawl and the use of the flaming table, which takes the "light" part of highlight to a different meaning.
Kane was really nothing more than a stepping stone for Bryan, so unless you went into this match with high expectations, you probably weren't disappointed.
A rematch may not be the best course of action for the upcoming Payback pay-per-view, but for this event, these two put on a serviceable title match that did its duty of putting Bryan over while facing a challenge.
What were the parts of this event that you loved and hated?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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