WWE Extreme Rules: Thoughts on Christian, Cena, Kharma and More

William SmithContributor IIIMay 2, 2011

Photo: WWE.com
Photo: WWE.com

If you got to watch WWE Extreme Rules, then you watched a fantastic event and easily the best of the year so far. If you didn't watch WWE Extreme Rules, what are you waiting for? You should have been ordering the replay after you read the first line of this article.

To sum it up would be difficult, but the best I can do is to tell you that WWE Extreme Rules was an exciting and emotional event that saw dreams come true, titles change hands and all sorts of changes to the WWE landscape take place.

Shockingly, the first match of the night was the Last Man Standing match between Orton and Punk. This feud did kind of fizzle out a bit after their match at WrestleMania, but you wouldn't have known that from how intense and well done this match was.

It was clear early on that Orton would be victorious, but Punk turned in a great performance and the ending was a very nice highlight. Curious to see where Punk goes from here, but this was no doubt the end of the feud.

Up next was an impromptu United States Championship match that saw Sheamus defend against Kofi Kingston in a Table match. This was another good match that was given the right amount of time and the result was the right one.

Kingston has been floundering for the last few months, so giving him the title and letting him take it back to RAW, which did not have a mid-card title post-draft, seems nothing but right to me.

Also, Sheamus is likely going to play a big role on SmackDown, so I don't really feel that he needed the championship.

Now, I was sure that Jerry Lawler would defeat Michael Cole at WrestleMania. I was wrong. However, I was 100 percent sure that Lawler and partner Jim Ross would get the best of Cole this time. Amazingly, once again, I was wrong.

Cole and Swagger got the win after a schoolboy pin by Cole! I don't know if this feud will continue, but surely Lawler and Ross must get revenge to close this thing out? I'm thinking that we'll see another match at Over the Limit.

That was followed with yet another impressive match: a Falls Count Anywhere match between rivals Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes. The match got a good amount of time and it was different enough from their very good WrestleMania match to be a bright spot on the card.

I expected Mysterio to win, but this feud as a whole has elevated Rhodes. I'll be very interested to see where both guys go from here, but mostly Rhodes.

There's hardly ever anything good to speak of in the Divas division, but the match between former partners Michelle McCool and Layla was very well done.

It was heavily rumored that McCool would be leaving WWE after this event, so it was obvious that Layla would win, but I think WWE did a very good job of making everyone believe that it could go the other way.

I think both women did a good job. And following Layla's victory, the debut of Kharma was chilling. I daresay it was one of the most exciting things I've seen in the Divas division in awhile and it was a nice way to send McCool off of television.

The next match was highly emotional and, if you read my earlier article, I strongly believed that it should have been the main event and the way it turned out, it seems I was right. Del Rio and Christian put on a fantastic Ladder match, one that will probably be a MotY candidate.

But the moment when Christian pulled down the World Heavyweight Championship, with Edge at ringside after giving the assist, is going to go down as one of the most emotional moments in WWE history.

Congratulations to Christian. He deserves this moment, wholeheartedly.

I predicted Del Rio. I didn't think that WWE would ever let Christian win. I couldn't be happier that I was wrong. On another note, Del Rio took some hard bumps in this match and did very well. I think he'll be a world champion this year.

*I have to rejoice in the moment here. I have been a huge fan of Edge & Christian from the very beginning and I have become enthralled with their story. I so badly wanted to see both of them reach their dreams and it has finally happened.

That is the greatest feeling for me, as a fan. And you couldn't have asked for a better story.

Edge's sudden retirement led to his best friend finally reaching a goal that many didn't think he would ever reach. That's stuff you can't write, my friends. Truly a happy moment for "peeps" all around the world.

Another impromptu match, this one a Lumberjack Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, took place. Big Show & Kane defended against Wade Barrett & Ezekiel Jackson. The match didn't last very long and I believe that it was mainly used as a breather between Christian's title win and the main event.

Barrett tagged himself him, only to receive a Chokeslam, leading Big Show & Kane to retain the titles and everyone else to wonder just what in the world is going on with The Corre.

Finally, we reached the main event. Morrison, Cena and Miz all did a fine job in this match and there were some nice spots, but it just wasn't as emotional as the Ladder match.

Cena's victory was a bit of a shock to me and kind of anti-climactic, despite the fact that he used an Attitude Adjustment off of the top rope.

Also have to give R-Truth some credit. He's really impressed me as a heel so far and his moment of interference in this match was well done. Cena will probably move on from here to face Del Rio at some point, but I'm not sure where Miz goes.

Overall, this was a fantastic event and I can honestly say that there wasn't one bad match. Orton vs. Punk, Kingston vs. Sheamus, Mysterio vs. Rhodes, McCool vs. Layla, Christian vs. Del Rio and even the Triple Threat match all delivered and the other two matches weren't a detriment to the show.

I'd say that this event is worth the price of a replay for the emotional Christian world title win alone, but the fact that everything else on the show was good to great just cements my recommendation. Definitely check this one out.

Fantastic job, WWE.