WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Results: Most Underrated Moments from Event
WWE Extreme Rules 2014 featured a number of moments that will go underlooked and be underappreciated, including El Torito's contributions to the event.
A demonic choir boy and a sadist falling through flames will do that. In addition to the night's most images, Extreme Rules produced surprises, moments of great theater and the kind of spots the pay-per-view is famous for.
The pre-show match mixed danger with comedy. Alexander Rusev showed off his shrewdness while Daniel Bryan and Kane took their fight to an unexpected arena.
While Seth Rollins' dive from the stands grabbed much of the Extreme Rules spotlight, the following moments impressed as well, even if they won't receive as much recognition.
El Torito Takes out Jinder Mahal
Extreme Rules hasn't seen many crash landings on ladders lately. El Torito provided a stunning one during the pre-show WeeLC match.
The bout's placement on the card meant some fans didn't even tune into it. The ridiculousness of the concept and the frenzy of jokes about little people that this became had several eyes rolling.
In between all the comedy bits, El Torito and Los Matadores sent Jinder Mahal on a painful trip.
The bull leaped onto Mahal. The 3MB member then fell backwards onto a mess of ladders and tables. The violent crash was a striking contrast to the hammy parts of the match, and one of the most jaw-dropping spots of Extreme Rules 2014.
Alexander Rusev Thins the Field
Alexander Rusev's latest dominant performance is destined to be underrated. A handicap match against two midcarders doesn't usually get much attention.
He wisely dismantled his opponents before the bell rang, turning what was to be a two-on-one match into a fight with far better odds.
Rusev sent both Xavier Woods and R-Truth flying backwards from heavy blows. He then exposed the metal along the side of the ring and introduced Woods' head into it.
This was a wise move by WWE.
It led to a match that was more believable and continued Rusev's rise. He looked crafty in applying this strategy and even more of an unstoppable beast. He now moves forward needing an even tougher challenge to run through.
The Divas Get Intense
Paige and Tamina Snuka made the most of their short time in the ring.
They went hard at each other, looking more like warriors than Divas. The lasting image of their championship battle came when Paige went for a hurricanrana on Tamina outside the ring.
The challenger caught her instead and rammed her sideways into the security barricade.
It's the type of move that occurs frequently in men's matches, but is rarely seen in the Divas division. Try to imagine Brie Bella doing that to Cameron.
This bout's placement—squeezed in between a cage match and an Extreme Rules war—assures that it will be overshadowed.
The Wyatt Family Surrounds John Cena
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt was a mixed bag. At its best, it haunted the audience with a choir boy who sounded like a hellish Andre the Giant. At its worst, it dragged, bogged down by overbooking.
Lost in those extremes is the danger that Erick Rowan and Luke Harper provided early in the match.
When Cena tried to escape the cage, he evaded one monster only to find two more waiting for him below. Rowan and Harper were two gators waiting in the water for the lion to draw near.
It made Cena the overwhelmed hero with no clear path to take.
While The Wyatt Family got too involved in the match, taking focus away from the story of Wyatt's mind games with Cena, their part in the early going added layers to the action.
The Battle for the Title Leads to Ruined Cars
Violent images filled Daniel Bryan's attempt to conquer Kane.
It's easy to forget their brutal fight in the IZOD Center backstage area. After all, Bryan later dumped Kane into the ring with a forklift and sent the big man flying through a flaming table.
In the PG Era, though, a skirmish atop and between cars is a rare sight.
Kane flipped Bryan onto the hood of a car. He then tried to throw a metal canister at his foe's head. He smashed through a windshield instead.
Danger, drama and novelty all powered this moment. Champion and challenger then topped it with even more memorable carnage.