For a PPV branded as possibly altering the landscape of WWE
forever, it sure felt like just another Sunday night.
Extreme Rules provided some pretty good in-ring action and
offered a nice escape, but it also signaled the possible death knell for one of
the former top stars from NXT. It gave a spotlight to a new addition to the
roster so he could sing, and then do nothing else. It billed itself as “extreme”
with one match carrying a stipulation that if the rules were broken, the
champion would lose his title.
This isn’t to say that Extreme Rules was a bad event, but
the positive mostly fall in WWE’s strongest suit these days: the wrestlers on
the roster are capable of delivering good-to-great matches any given night. So
if you give them time, they will most likely turn in solid performances and
Without a doubt, the biggest kick in the gut was watching
WWE’s best can’t-miss star who appeals to a different demographic, Bayley, get
squashed in about five minutes. A female wrestler whose character in NXT was
tailor-made to draw in young girls as fans has been mishandled on Raw from the
start, and Sunday night, she was beaten to a pulp and buried. If this were the
territory days, you’d think she was packing up and heading off elsewhere.
With that said, let’s find out what walloped the competition
and what got battered with a kendo stick. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.