WWE Extreme Rules took place at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Chicago crowds are one of the best in the country and they tend to have pretty good PPVs. Will this one continue the trend? Let's take a look.
The first match of the PPV was Dean Ambrose facing Luke Harper in a Chicago Street Fight.Harper suplexed Ambrose onto a chair then sent him head first into another chair set up between the ropes. The action goes outside then backstage. They continue fighting then both get into a SUV and drive off...Wait, what? Apparently, the match is continuing and the crowd are not happy with this and neither am I. This is not the way to start the PPV but we will continue this later on.
The next match is a Kiss Me Arse match between Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus. Early on. Ziggler reversed him getting thrown into the steps into a tornado DDT. which was pretty good. Sheamus beats down on Ziggler back in the ring and goes for the Brogue Kick but he gets rolled up for 2. Ziggler gets Sheamus in an inside cradle and gets the win. Afterwards, Sheamus decides to be a dick and low blows Ziggler. He then smothers his bare arse all over Ziggler. Delightful. The match was pretty good. They are both good workers and even though he looks like a fucking idiot, I am quite enjoying Sheamus' heel run.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 0 for 1
The Tag Team Championships are on the line as The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E with Xavier Woods) challenge Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. Kidd gets worked over by Kofi and Big E before Cesaro gets tagged in. He goes for the giant swing but catapults Kofi instead. Later on, Kidd puts Kofi in a sharpshooter. The end comes when Xavier Woods distracts the referee and Natalya slaps him then he gets a kick to the head by Kidd. Kofi rolls up Cesaro and has a handful of tights to help them get the win and become the new Tag Team Champions. This was a solid match and I look forward how Kidd and Cesaro go as faces.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 0 for 2
We now return to the Chicago Street Fight as Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper return to the arena. Ambrose gets a shitload of chairs from under the ring and Harper hits a powerbomb. In the end, Ambrose throws Harper off the top rope onto the chairs then does dirty deeds onto the chairs to get the win. It was a decent match but I felt that it didn't need them to go off for over 45 minutes.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Predictions: 0 for 3
Next is a Russian Chain Match for the United States Championship as Rusev challenges John Cena. The rules are that you have to get to all the turnbuckles consecutively while connected to a chain...? Wait, what? Ok, this is really fucking stupid. You can't have Rusev destroying people wrapping chains on their faces then have a match like this. As soon as I heard the rules, I completely lost interest. As I expected, Cena wins. Most of the time, I understand the PG era of the WWE. However, I feel that it does hinder things. This is a prime example of this.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 1 for 4
We now get the Divas Championship match as Naomi challenges Nikki Bella. Naomi goes for the rear view early on but Nikki held onto the ropes to avoid it. After trading nearfalls, Naomi gets caught up in the ropes and this gives Brie the opportunity to kick her in the head. Nikki then hits the rack attack to get the win. Afterwards, Naomi complains to the referee. It was a decent match but with both the competitors are heels so it was hard to find someone to cheer. It looks like WWE are planning to make the Bellas as faces, which makes no fucking sense. At the minute, there isn't anyone to cheer in the Divas division who hasn't left or is injured. Anyway, we'll see.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Predictions: 1 for 5
The penultimate match is a Last Man Standing match between Roman Reigns and Big Show. Highlights of the match include: Show punching Reigns as he came off the top rope for a count of 7; Reigns putting Show through a table with a Samoan drop; Reigns hitting 2 Superman punches then getting chokeslammed over the top rope into 2 tables for a 9 count; and Reigns spearing Show through the timekeeper's barricade. In the end, Reigns spears Show through the Spanish announce table. When Show starts to get up, Reigns dumped him under the English announce table. Show couldn't get up is counted to 10, giving Reigns the win. This was a generally good match, although it would have been nice for Reigns to win without resorting to pinning down Show with a table. Hey, at least it wasn't duct tape.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Predictions: 2 for 6
The main event is a steel cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Seth Rollins defends the title against Randy Orton. Rollins early on tries to climb up the cage but Orton pulls him down. J&J Security come down to help out Rollins. They climb up the cage but Orton throws Rollins into the cage, knocking them down. Orton then calls for the RKO but it's banned so he hits a pedigree instead, for a 2 count. Later on, Orton tries to leave through the cage door but Kane bloack it. Rollins goes for a dropkick but he knockes down Kane into the steel steps. When Kane recoers, he comes into the cage, chokeslams Mercury and Noble, then Rollins and Orton. He then drapes Seth's arm over Orton but Orton just kicks out. In the end, Kane tries to tombstone Orton but he gets a RKO instead. Rollins then RKOs Orton and climbs out of the cage to get the win. It was quite an entertaining match but for once, I would like to see a cage match that is not compromised.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 3 for 7
I thought that Extreme Rules was ok and a step down from Wrestlemania. I know that every PPV won't be of a high standard but it would be nice to have a good one after Wrestlemania. Ah well, maybe next year.