WWE Extreme Rules 2018: Star Ratings For All 12 Matches

Too many cooks overbook.


They don't like it when you compare WWE to New Japan Pro Wrestling.

To some, there is no comparison: Bigger automatically equals better, and financial success is not depressingly mutually exclusive to the creative process but somehow a commendation of it. To others, there is no comparison. New Japan's in-ring product is everything WWE's isn't: coherent, exciting, meaningful, eclectic, electric.

I can’t not draw the comparison here.

WWE promoted Extreme Rules ’18 in parallel with the beginning of the G1 Climax tournament. Your writer, pressed for time, was forced to make a choice: either sleep for a meagre four hours, watch Extreme Rules in its entirety and catch the top two G1 Night Two bouts, or sleep for longer and miss New Japan altogether. Given that a near-guaranteed five-star classic awaited, the former option was taken. The main event - Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito - was incandescent; bewitched by a ten minute final third of absurdly-paced, dynamite action, the Tokyo crowd, to a man, reacted like Vince McMahon did when Titus O’Neil botched at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. was a gruesome technical feast so expertly-worked that you felt Ibushi’s searing pain. After that, to miss the rest of the show - the content comes first, and WWE gets the hits, somehow - was deeply annoying.

Tired and already predisposed to hating this show, any attempt to actively try to care was almost immediately deflated.

If WWE don’t care, why should I?


Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!