7. Last Man Standing Match Drags On
When it started, the Last Man Standing match between Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman looked like it was going to be a dull, plodding affair.
But things ramped up in the latter half, with both men teeing off on each other. Lashley used the steel steps, a chair and the railing to injure Braun, but Strowman came back with a suplex into the wall on the concourse. The two continued to battle back into the arena, with Lashley driving Braun through the barricade, and Strowman tossing the All Mighty into the announcers’ desks at ringside and in the arena.
The match ended with Braun powerslamming Lashley off a seating section through a gimmicked platform, which was an obvious spot, but an effective one. Thankfully, rather than a double count-out, Braun punched his way out to be the last man standing.
Still, this match dragged on for probably about 5 minutes too long. You could have had both men use various objects to wear each other down (you know, the PPV is called Extreme Rules) and shave some time off. When you have guys going down after a shoulderblock for a 5 count, it’s just going to drag the match to a standstill.
However, this wasn’t a bad match, so it only gets a tacit “down” here. Hopefully, this feud is over, and Braun can start wrecking fools with a real, sustained push, because WWE can’t keep doing the stop/start deal with him.