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Chair Shots Presents: Extreme Rules "WIGWIB" Review
By TripleR
May 19, 2013 - 10:54:42 PM

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Welcome back faithful readers to the column that just barely missed out on a spot in the NBC Fall Schedule- Chair Shots! It’s Extreme Rules time again, and despite the lackluster build-up (once again), the match-ups looked to be pretty decent. So did they live up to expectations, or was Extreme Rules nothing more than a run of the mill snoozefest? Let’s find out!

(Pre-Show) The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes

Why it’s Good
The pre-show match isn’t anything new if you’ve been to a PPV live, and it’s no surprise that the quality of the matches isn’t anything special. However, it does get the crowd in a positive mood to watch the PPV, instead of going to a cold crowd when it starts. The Miz continues to get a mini-push from the WWE, but I really don’t see him going anywhere anytime soon, nor do I really want him to. The match itself was little more than a Raw match; same amount of time, same amount of effort.

Why It’s Bad
On the flip side, Cody Rhodes is being used like a whipping boy as of late. When I look at The Miz and Cody Rhodes in comparison, I see more of an upside to Cody than I do The Miz. Yes, Miz is a former WWE Champion, but since then he’s done very little of note. You could say that Cody has done less than that, but he’s got wrestling in his blood, and the drive to be successful in the business. As with most WWE Superstars, the Creative Team just doesn’t seem to know what to do with him, so while he’s getting screen time, he’s losing almost all of the time. Not elevating Cody Rhodes is a major mistake in my opinion.

Chris Jericho vs. Faan….daaaan….gooooo

Why it’s Good
The right person won. I’m sorry; I’m just not on the Fandango bandwagon. Since his debut I’ve felt that this was a ridiculous gimmick with no upside. Yes, the post WM crowd elevated him beyond necessity, but since then the reactions have gotten less and less enthusiastic. Jericho did his job- he put Fandango over. It was only fitting that he got the victory this time around. The Code Breaker on Fandango as he came off the top rope was phenomenal.

Oh yeah, and Summer Rae. ‘Nuff said!

Why It’s Bad
Maybe it’s just me, but I just didn’t feel like Jericho and Fandango meshed well in the ring at Wrestlemania, and even more so here at Extreme Rules. The match was clunky, and had a few missed spots, or spots that just didn’t look smooth at all. Fandango certainly isn’t in the same league as Jericho in terms of in-ring talent, and his shortcomings are starting to show. Will Fandango continue? Well of course he will because he’s one of Vince’s pet projects, but I still don’t see him going very far in the WWE.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose for the US Title.

Why it’s Good
For the second match in a row, the right person won the match. The Shield is without a doubt the best thing the WWE has done in the past year. It was time to put some gold around their waists. Dean Ambrose is unlike anything the WWE has seen in many years. He broke out a cross-face chicken wing, a top rope butterfly suplex, and finished off Kofi Kingston with his headlock bulldog into the mat. I don’t believe in much the WWE does nowadays, but I believe in The Shield. Hopefully, Ambrose holding the US Title will bring some relevance back to a belt that has such great history.

Why It’s Bad
I got nothin’ faithful readers. The match itself was nicely done, and the right person won. The only thing that could tarnish this is the WWE making the US Title remain a pointless entity. They finally have a title holder that can elevate that belt, and its meaning. So far Extreme Rules has had solid opening matches.

Mark Henry vs. Sheamus in a Strap Match

Why it’s Good
Strap matches should be brutal and painful, unfortunately this one was not. Mark Henry continues to be one of the more entertaining Superstars in the WWE, but this match just didn’t really work. There isn’t much positive I can say about this one, so unfortunately this is the first match of the night that didn’t work for me.

Why It’s Bad
Very little use of the strap, stupid looking traffic lights in the corner and a blatant disregard for the rules at the end of the match make this one forgettable. Another thing that didn’t work here is that the strap itself was just too damn long. It almost stretched across the entire ring, making tapping the corners way too easy. I’d have taken a couple of feet off of that strap to make the corners more difficult to touch. This had the potential to be brutal, but it was just slow and plodding. Sheamus didn’t need the win in this match, but it would have further cemented Mark Henry’s path of destruction back to the championship picture.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger in an I Quit Match

Why it’s Good
Well, the match itself was passable, until the use of the “instant replay” to overturn the original decision. Del Rio and Swagger DO work well together, but honestly does anybody really care about either of them in the scope of the WWE Universe? Swagger has NEVER been over, and the WWE continues to shove Del Rio down our throats. I can’t say the match was bad though, so that’s a positive.

Why It’s Bad
This is an example of WWE Creative missing out on opportunities. With Dolph Ziggler being injured, the WWE had a perfect chance to maintain the Ladder Match and take it in a couple directions. They could have reintroduced Christian into the mix, as apparently they don’t know what to do with him at the current time, and immediately put someone that is more over than Del Rio and Swagger combined in the title hunt. They could have also had Big E. “represent” Ziggler in the match, and come out victorious, keeping Ziggler as the World Champion. This could have set-up a feud down the road with Langston turning on Ziggler, wanting a shot at the gold that he helped Dolph retain.

But none of that happened, and instead we get an “I Quit” match between two men that haven’t proven to be draws whatsoever. While Del Rio certainly is more popular as a face, he still isn’t as insanely over as Christian would be in the same spot. The ending of the match set a scary precedent, in that the referee felt the need to use “instant replay” to see the ending of the match. It made no sense, and now anything going forward will have a possibility for this type of ending. It was pointless if you think about it, and made no real sense whatsoever.

Team Hell No vs. The Shield for the WWE Tag Team Titles

Why it’s Good
Believe in The Shield! Just as Dean Ambrose did earlier in the evening, Rollins and Reigns captured gold at Extreme Rules. There probably weren’t four more over wrestlers in the ring than there were in this match. Kane is amazingly underrated, and if you don’t believe me, go read Hustle’s latest column. Daniel Bryan needs to move back into singles competition, because the pops for him are just insane. Rollins and Reigns looked like winners in the match, and the era of The Shield has just begun. Congrats to Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose! I couldn’t be happier with their success.

Why It’s Bad
Nope, I’ve got nothin’ again. Now, does the WWE have teams that can challenge Reigns and Rollins? Does the WWE put the Freebird Rule back into play letting any member of The Shield wrestle? Whatever the case, this was a great night for these three. No complaints.

Big Show vs Randy Orton in an Extreme Rules Match

Why it’s Good
For as little interest that I had to watch this match, it actually delivered for me. There was no way Orton was going to lose in his hometown, so the victor was never in question. I did however think Orton and Show put on a pretty entertaining match together. Orton brought back the punt to the head to finish off Show, after unsuccessfully delivering two RKO’s which Show kicked out of. This should signal the end of this feud, so that’s a bit of a plus as well.

Why It’s Bad
What the hell is next for Randy Orton? He’s been out of the title picture for a very long time, and he’s too talented a wrestler to continue to flounder in pointless feuds. The WWE is probably too scared of Orton’s previous Wellness Violations to put the belt back on him again, but I don’t really see where he goes now. Maybe a United States Title feud with Dean Ambrose? Hmmm…..

Ryback vs John Cena for the WWE Title in a Last Man Standing Match

Why it’s Good
This was the perfect type of match for Ryback, as there were long periods of time during the 10-count where he didn’t have to do anything. Ryback has shown that during longer matches, he tends to get winded, and can’t seem to hold it all together the longer a match goes. This was a very entertaining match actually, and the stage spot was nicely done. It was something different, and that was nice to see. However…….

Why It’s Bad
Why was the match a no-contest? It was a Last Man Standing Match, and I most certainly saw Ryback standing up after Cena was getting attended to. There should have been a count, not a non-finish. Ryback should legitimately be the WWE Champion if the rules of the match were followed correctly. This is the second match of the evening where questionable calls ended matches that were technically No Holds Barred matches. A rematch is definitely in order, but I don’t buy the non-finish at all.

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar in a Steel Cage Match

Why it’s Good
Lesnar got the win over Triple H. Having Lesnar back, and having him lose so often made absolutely no sense in the grand scheme of things. If you’re going to make Lesnar the beast that he is portrayed as, he has to come up with victories, and getting the steel cage victory over Triple H was the right call at the right time. Now we shall see what the WWE intends to do with Lesnar in the meantime. Does he get back in the WWE Title picture again? Does he disappear again for a long stretch of time?

Why It’s Bad
This was a horrible match to end the evening. It was slow, and the crowd really didn’t seem invested in it at all. It made sense to end with this match, considering the cage stipulation, and the finish of the WWE Championship match, but it didn’t deliver like their other matches did. The evening ended in a letdown, and I have a feeling the fans in attendance were kind of deflated by both the match itself as well as the ending.

So that’s it folks, Extreme Rules 2013 is in the books. It wasn’t a bad PPV, but it certainly wasn’t stellar either. However it will go down in annals of wrestling history as the night that The Shield- Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose won their first of I venture many titles in the WWE.

Until next time,
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