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
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.