Hello everybody, this is Rydogg95 here, and I’m here to review the results and react to what happened at WWE Extreme Rules 2016. So with that in mind, let’s skip the stupid introductions and get right into the review.
Kickoff match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin – No DQ
Kicking the action off for us on the… the…. the ki…. DAMMIT! Kicking us off on the pre-show is the “Show Off” Dolph Ziggler vs. The, much beloved by the IWC, “Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin. This match was quite back and forth for the most part and despite being advertised as a “No DQ” match, there was very little aspects of a “No DQ” match. They fought outside of the ring a little, but was more of a normal match until the finish. Which I will give the man himself Mauro Ranallo credit for making a low blow sound absolutely freakin’ painful (and why wouldn’t he? Getting hit in the nards hurts like a bitch!) with the statement “He just pulverised his plums!” Oh Mauro, never change! The finish comes when Baron Corbin hits the End of Days on Dolph Ziggler. Fairly decent opening contest.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Usos -Tornado Tag
We open the main card with “The Club” vs. The Usos. There was a couple of things that threw me initially, they were both relating to the Usos, one of them wasn’t wearing his tights underneath his shorts and the other one had his shirt on backwards. Either way, this was one hell of a fight, with both teams going back and forth between momentum and Karl Anderson ,to me, was really the star of this match. Watching the match and realising that this is still one of the first times the WWE Universe is exposed to one of the Bullet Club’s co-founders. That being said, there was one spot in the match that just bugged me. Basically what happened was one of the Usos (I can’t tell them apart, to he honest) went for the running hip attack that they’ve been using (y’know, the one popularised by their late uncle Umaga.) into the barricade and KA moved his head, obviously to protect his head and neck region, but the announcers actually sold it as the move hitting, despite the fact that you can clearly see Anderson move. Just a minor little thing in an otherwise great first Pay-Per-View match. The finish came when “The Club” hit the Magic Killer. I really enjoyed this match, Jimmy & Jey looked formidable, at least to me, for the first time in ages and all parties came out looking like a million bucks.
Rating: 4/5 stars
WWE United States Championship: Rusev vs. Kalisto (c)
Now we get into the first championship match of the night. To be honest, as soon as Rusev became number one contender for the championship, I knew that the “Bulgarian Brute” was getting the gold, and I say that in full knowledge that it would probably make me sound like a smark, but to be honest, I gotta calls them like I sees them, the way Rusev had been booked on tv with his vicious attacks on Kalisto, it just made sense to put the championship on him and with that, it would appear they were giving both “RuRu” and the US title some more credibility after (at least in my opinion) a lackluster championship reign from Kalisto and some more than questionable storylines involving Rusev (I refer of course to the Rusev/Summer/Ziggler/Lana debacle and the polished turd that was the League of Nations). I suppose now I should talk about the match. Kalisto’s offense didn’t really do much for me, I enjoyed some of his high flying stuff, but it wasn’t as impressive as it usually is. The finish for the match came when Rusev planted Kalisto on the apron with that LED display on it. And it looked as if Kalisto was legitimately hurt like Enzo was at Payback, but when Rusev was still wanting to attack an already downed Kalisto, suddenly it hit that it wasn’t and that accolade that Rusev had locked in looked absolutely back crushing! It was a no brainer that Kalisto would submit to that. Again, a great match on the card, and 3 great matches in a row for a WWE event, seriously, when’s the last time anybody said that?
Rating: 3.75/5 stars
WWE Tag Team Championship: New Day vs. The Vaudevillains
OOOOHHHHHAHHAAAA WE WRITE WRESTLIIIIIIIIINNNNGGGGG! DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR…. CLAP… FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS 2-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEEELL THA POWAAAAA! It’s a New Day, yes it is! Ok, all Big E impersonations aside, this was actually a fairly entertaining match from both teams, but there’s one thing I really need to ask, and if you follow me on twitter, (@Rydogg95, give us a follow if you don’t ;)) you’d already know what this question is… “What the f*** is going on with Simon Gotch’s hair?” It’s quite perplexing, like, I don’t think they had hair like that in the 1920’s, but then again, it was almost a hundred years ago, and I don’t have the ability to use time travel so it’s irrelevant. Confusing hair styles aside, I enjoyed this match and the various spots that had me on the edge of my couch, such as that brilliant counter to Big E’s apron spear by Aiden English. I also enjoyed the fact that Xavier Woods wrestled in this match because despite being perhaps the second most entertaining member of the trio, sorry Kofi, he doesn’t get as much ring time as he should. The end came when Kofi Kingston took advantage of a distraction following the aftermath of the second attempt at a Big E spear, which actually worked this time. And Xavier Woods scored the pin to retain the match, as I said, I enjoyed the match, but it was probably the weakest match of the main card so far.
Rating: 2.75/5 stars
Fatal 4-Way for the Intercontinental Championship: Miz vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
This. Is. Mother. F**king. WRESTLING! From bell to bell, this match was amazing, the amount of moments in this match that made me go “holy sh*t” weren’t able to be counted on both of my hands. The thing about this match though, it was a match where it didn’t matter who won the championship because you were just watching for the spectacle of 4 of the best on the roster. As despisable as The Miz can be at times, he’s really come into his own while doing this hollywood gimmick and if there was a missing element to the gimmick after the dissolution of the Miz & Sandow/Mizdow tag team, it is Miz’s wife, Maryse. The natural chemistry between the two is astounding (I get it’s because they’re married IRL, I get it). Cesaro, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have had countless matches against eachother, they would have a great idea of what they’re all thinking and when they’re thinking it. This match was classic, all 4 men have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and they’re all worthy of that brass ring. I really wouldn’t have an issue if the feud between the 4 of them isn’t far from ending, because I really want to see more matches like this. The Miz’s opportunistic character is very well booked. The Miz retains the championship after taking advantage of Sami Zayn taking everyone else out scoring the pin. This match has to be the match of the night, no matter how good Reigns/Styles was, can’t beat this.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Asylum Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
And now we get to the part where we all unanimously agree that nothing could follow that fatal 4-way. The ever so confusing concept of the Asylum Match, I’ve seen people comparing the Asylum match to TNA’s lethal lockdown and I have to agree to an extent, if the match had a roof that lowered at a certain point, then it’d be blatantly copying lethal lockdown. Among the weapons hanging from the rafters there was Ambrose’s potted plant Mitch (or a different version of Mitch), a straight jacket, nunchucks, a kendo stick, a mop and a barbed wire 2×4, so there was a mixed bag of weapons. Speaking of bags, the finish came when Ambrose dropped Jericho onto thumbtacks in perhaps the most extreme moment of the night, sh*t was hardcore! This match went a little to long in a lot of people’s opinion, I have to agree with them, the match could have been shorter. However despite that, and the overkill of using every weapon on the cage, the match was quite enjoyable.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Submission Match for the WWE Women’s Championship: Natalya vs. Charlotte
This was a match I had a real interest in. I wanted to see if Natalya would FINALLY get another shot atop the women’s division, all due respect to Charlotte, but she really shouldn’t be champion right now, I understand the heel champion winning because of their manager, but it’s at the point where it’s starting to get stale. This match however, was not. This was probably the best women’s match since ‘Mania. With Ric Flair banned from ringside for this match, you could just see what Charlotte has to offer without the assistance of somebody on the outside. This match had it all. Except for the finish, that was some bullsh*t! The stipulation that if Ric Flair came to the ring, Natalya would automatically become the Women’s Champion. So Nattie has the sharpshooter locked it, Charlotte’s about to tap and suddenly “WOOOOO” so Nattie doesn’t even bother confirming that it’s Flair, instead she just let the damned sharpshooter go and tried to get her hand raised by the referee. Instead of Ric Flair, it’s Dana Brooke (obviously aligning with Charlotte due to Emma’s unfortunate injury). Charlotte wins via figure8. Dana then goes to butcher the Ric Flair strut. It was cringeworthy to watch.
Rating: 4/5 stars. Would have been 4.5 and tied with the fatal 4way if it wasn’t for the bullsh*t finish.
Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns
This was it. The rematch from Payback! “The Guy” vs. “The Phenomenal One” I was quite excited for this one, especially since I enjoyed their match at Payback (come at me, marks!) Despite the matches they had on raw with The Usos and The Club teaming with them respectively, both men looked like they were ready for war. And that’s what this was, it was a frickin’ war! With the two brawling all across the arena and through the crowd, including the kickoff panel area, which was deserted long before and truth be told, I can’t actually see Renee, Booker, Graves and King staying there for the whole show, now back to the match. The fact that there were two commentary table breaks made me smile. Everything in this match looked crazy! The only thing that bugged me was the interference by “The Club” and The Usos. I saw it coming, but it bugged the crap out of me. The finish came when AJ went for the phenomenal forearm and got caught with a spear from Reigns for the deciding pinfall. Reigns celebrates and the crowd surprisingly goes apesh*t! Reigns gets jumped from behind by one man. The “Architect of the Shield” Seth freakin’ Rollins! Crossfit Jesus has returned and staked his claim for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that he never lost. It. Was. Awesome.
Rating: 4.25/5 stars
Overall Show Rating: 4.15/5 stars – it outdid Mania.
Match of the night: Fatal 4-way
Star(s) of the night: Styles, Reigns, Cesaro, Owens, Miz, Sami, Nattie & Charlotte