Let’s get right to the bottom line: WWE Extreme Rules
overall was a good PPV, featuring solid action and some smart booking. However,
it was hampered by questionable booking on top, though it might be forgivable
You see, Extreme Rules might be a reset show of sorts, with
Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff taking over Raw and SmackDown, respectively. This
PPV was set in motion before they were tapped to lead the shows, so it’s
possible the outcomes were designed to help set both of them up going forward.
Regardless, huge credit has to go to the wrestlers, who
could have throttled it down since this was kind of a throwaway show. Instead,
they ramped it up and had good matches up and down the card. The worst match
was watchable, while the best was pretty darn good, though nothing reached the “classic”
We saw a few new champions along the way, which always adds
a little excitement, and we learned that WWE is capable of smart booking, as
they found a way to accentuate the positive and minimize the negatives in the
Undertaker & Roman Reigns versus Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre match.
There’s plenty to unpack here so let’s saddle up and get to
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.