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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Rundown Slam: WWE Extreme Rules 2014

5/21/2014 8:31:25 AM

Everything just went extreme during that first Sunday of May 2014, as the World Wrestling Entertainment unleashed their latest edition of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view event held May 4 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford.

And over that three-hour stretch, I can only come with few takes regarding the matter, but too bad the Wee-LC match between El Torrito and Hornswoggle was not shown on air though. I can only manage to catch-up via their highlights aired during the evening. On the shallow aspect, it was indeed entertaining.

Paul Heyman was indeed the master of all heels, though it took some time for the universe to recognize his latest guy Cesaro as one. But come on, Mr. Hustler. Move on, no one really cares about how your beast incarnate dragged the Undertaker and his 21-undefeated battle run to death.

It’s just the Italian fella proved to be an even hell-sick performer from time-to-time.

Looks like it was a “Bad News” era for the former Inter-continental champion named Big E Langston. I just noticed. Since his title-defense defeat to the new IC titlist Wade Barret, Big E has been on a slump. But maybe, that’s how the plot should roll in his character considering this heavyweight lifter-looking athlete has been dominating though not earning a total primetime card slot.

Paige has been successful in her title defense against the always-dangerous TaminaSnuka. And their match proved to be one. On that note, the match already earned my nod for the second best match of the night.
Rusev has shown much promise, despite facing a numbers game versus the combo of Xavier Woods and R-Truth. 

But could the match go even well only if the Bulgarian brute (oh, sorry. He’s already a Russian according to his manager-slash-rumored dating partner Lana) didn’t unload his shot before the bell rang? Too bad, their battle went only short-lived and the super-athlete proved to be too much for the two of ‘em.

On the other side though, no wonder why NXT talents like him and Paige would be lording over the main roster soon. I suggest he should face either Bray Wyatt or Brock Lesnar in the future.

Sorry for both the Buzzard and Cenation follower, but the “steel cage match” between John Cena and Bray Wyatt sucks. Seriously, it is. Not because it is really plain scripted by acting-wise speaking, but because it’s damn ill-executed. Forget the child with that weird-sounded voice singing “He’s got the whole world in his hands,” it’s just kinda ill-planned despite both fighters appeared they played well against each other.

So the plot continues, and we’ll hope on Payback, their clash (which by the way, is on the verge of creating a trilogy a la boxing) will top them all… even the ones they had at WrestleMania.

Kane and Daniel Bryan were on the title match. And everything went to their extremities (though still nothing compares to that term during the WWE’s attitude era), you see those backstage brawl that includes crashing cars, forklift, fiery table, and even a sparking television set (when thrown without any unplugging per se on a bucket full of iced water).

But sadly, it was not that epic thing to see. Still, I gave them my verdict as the third best match of Extreme Rules 2014. Plus, Daniel Bryan may have won the match and retained his WWE World Heavyweight title, but never enough to finish one daunting important task – that is to slay the demonizing red-head demon.

And of course, I reserved this last spot for what would the best match of the night – the trio versus trio clash between Evolution and Shield. Seriously, they should have been co-headlined Extreme Rules aside from the title clash between these two former tag team members of Hell No.

And this time around, it was not Reigns who emerged the most – it was Rollins. Talk about that highlight moment when he jumped for like 10 feet above the stands and landed on two Evolution members. Perhaps if you were seated near to Seth’s jumping row, you already saw it coming. But the aftermath was just sick as fuck – the “holy shit” chants which I’m afraid the MTRCB would not be able handle (and just imagine if it was airing here on free TV: you might get irate on why suddenly your TV went mute for that matter).

Reigns have been a usual one-man show. It may be too much for us to see, but it was impressive to do a one-man screwjob anyway, no matter how many the odds are placed on the squared circle.

As for Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista, they are on the verge of unleashing the vengeance in Payback. I’m seeing another potential match-of-the-year (well, the Shield was always to top contender since their Elimination Chamber 3x3 battle against the Wyatt Family).

Author: slickmaster | © 2014 september twenty-eight productions

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