WWE Extreme Rules 2012 Review

 

 

Here we go again, this month we have the Extreme Rules PPV from the WWE. The event takes place in Chicago, you know the place where the Money In the Bank PPV last year, great PPV also. This year I want to give a shoutout to the live Chicago crowd. To me, the crowd can make an event better than what it really is. The main event for the PPV is John Cena against the former UFC and 3 time WWE champion, Brock Lesnar, who’s wrestling his first match in over 8 years. Let’s get started.

 

 

The show starts off with Kane and Randy Orton, which is a rematch from there match at WrestleMania. But this was a falls count anywhere match. This was a real good brawl from these two, they actually have good chemistry with one another. They brawled in the crowd, where there were several pin attempts and they also went to the backstage area. While backstage, Zack Ryder got involved by attacking Kane but was fought off quickly until Orton made the save. They used pipes and chairs also and made there way back to the ring. Orton hit a big spot by hitting the suplex from the top rope but Kane kicked out. It was followed by Kane hitting a chokeslam for a nearfall also. The finish came when Kane went for a tombstone piledriver onto a chair but was reversed by Orton to an RKO for the pin. Winner: Randy Orton

Match Rating: 3.5/5- This was a really good opener and the crowd was definitely into the match.

Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler

This was an unannounced match and before I talk about the match, I just want to know what in the hell is up with them not pushing Ziggler, he deserves so much and should be fighting for a world title. Ziggler is so good that he made Clay look better that he has since his new gimmick, the way Ziggler sold made Clay look great. Clay picked up the win with the big splash. Winner: Brodus Clay

Match Rating: 1/5– I gave my reasons for this rating.

This also is a rematch from WrestleMania and these two have been feuding for around 2 months. Show won the Intercontinental title from Rhodes at WrestleMania and this match stipulation would be determined by the Roulette wheel. It was determined it was going to be a Tables Match. This match didn’t go too long and the finish came when Show was trying to get in the ring but was dropkicked by Rhodes and he stepped on a table and broke it. Winner and New Intercontinental Champion: Cody Rhodes

Match Rating: 1.5/5– Yes it was a cheap finish but, winning the title by Show at Wrestlemania gave him a moment and Rhodes winning the title back doesn’t hurt Show since it was fluke.

This was the match that we wanted to see at Wrestlemania between these two. I recommend you watch this match, it was great. The fans only enhanced this match also, the crowd loved it. Sheamus won the first match but after the restart Bryan turned up his offense and got the win with the Yes Lock, in which he passed out instead of tapping out. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick for the 3rd and decisive win. Winner and Still World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus

Match Rating: 4.5/5– This was a great match and match of the year candidate.

Ryback vs. 2 Jobbers

I don’t like having these matches on a PPV but I understand you’re basically letting a huge audience see him on a PPV. A loud “Goldberg” chant broke out. But I’ll be honest I’m sold on him, I just want to see him in a meaningful feud.

Match Rating: DUD

This is a rematch from Wrestlemania but this time it’s a Chicago Street Fight. This match was tremendous and they pulled out all the stops. To add fuel to the fire, C.M. Punk’s sister was ringside and she got involved by slapping Jericho and when Jericho went after her, Punk went crazy on him. But Jericho got the advantage back and even smashed a monitor onto the back of Punk. They used chairs, kendo sticks and whatever they can get there hands on including alcohol by Jericho. Big spot saw Punk hit a flying elbow drop on Jericho from the ring to the announcers table. The finish came when Punk hit Jericho’s head into the turnbuckle Jericho exposed earlier and then hit the GTS for the win. Great match. Winner and Still WWE Champion: C.M. Punk

Match Rating: 4.5/5– Another Match of the Year candidate.

This match was supposed to be between Beth Phoenix and Nikki Bella but due to the injury to Beth it was announced that Nikki would face a mystery diva. The crowd was chanting “We Want Kharma” and I was wanting her also. But the mystery diva turned out to be Layla who’s been out for almost a year with a torn ACL and MCL. She looked great in the return and showed alot of great offense. The Bellas tried the twin magic but it didn’t work as Layla hit the neckbreaker on Brie Bella to win the title. Winner and New Divas Champion: Layla

Match Rating: 1.5/5

Now to the main event, it had to follow 2 classics and another really good match and it lived up to the hype. The match started out with Brock taking  Cena down and hitting him with elbow strikes and forearm shots to bust Cena open. Then Cena got up and Cena was hit with a clothesline, the trainers checked on Cena. Cena tried to rush Lesnar but was took down again and Lesnar just beat the hell out of him. The entire match was Brock being dominant and then while Cena was outside, Brock was waiting on him then he bounced off the ropes and jumped off the steel steps in the ring to hit Cena but fell over the top in the process. I thought Lesnar injured his knee, as he was limping around until he stopped and started laughing. The finish came when Cea was trying to get in the ring s Brock was about to hit another flying elbow but Cena connected with a chain to the head of Lesnar and busted him open, which was followed by the Attitude Adjustment onto steel steps for the win. Afterwards Cena addressed the crowd. Winner: John Cena

Match Rating: 4/5- Wow. What a physical match. Props to both guys, I know Cena catches alot of flack for alot of things in that ring but he delivers and I can’t say enough about Lesnar’s performance after a 8 year hiatus.

Overall: 4/5- There were a couple of things I could’ve lived without on this PPV but when your top 3 matches are great and throw in the Randy Orton/Kane match, it made up for a great PPV. Best PPV of the year, so far.

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