AJ Lee, Batista, Big E, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Evolution, Extreme Rules, John Cena, Kane, Paige, Paul Heyman, Randy Orton, RAW, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Smackdown, The Shield, Triple H, Wade Barrett, WWE
Pre-Show WeeLC Match: Hornswoggle vs. El Torito
In all honesty, I expect this to surprise a LOT of people. I’m not expecting Dave Meltzer to give it four stars in the Observer, but I think we might get a little more than just simply comedy fodder. That being said, I’m not gonna spend a whole lot of time on it. El Torito gets the win, for no other reason than I needed to attempt to balance out the heel/babyface win ratio.
Winner: El Torito
Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger
I believe that Extreme Rules needs to accomplish two things, in order to service the WWE in the not-so-distant future. The first of those things, is to build an opponent for Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. To make the Heyman connection worthwhile, they need Cesaro to go on a bit of a win streak before making the break. That being said, Cesaro gets the victory over Rob Van Dam, avenging the “shoot comments” RVD made a few weeks back on RAW. Post match sees Zeb finally get the Big Swing from Cesaro.
R-Truth/Xavier Woods vs. Rusev
Can someone please explain to me why Xavier Woods in on the main roster?
Diva’s Title Match: Paige(c) vs. Tamina
Paige is still extablishing herself, and little if anything has been done to truly make Tamina Snuka a legitimate threat. Give them 10 minutes to help Paige get her moveset over before getting the victory over Snuka. After the match, AJ Lee makes her return attacking Paige.
Winner and STILL WWE Diva’s Champion: Paige
Intercontinental Title Match: Big E © vs. Wade Barrett
The rise of Bad News Barrett (the figurative rise, not the literal rise he intermittently gets) has been interesting. He might be the newest fan favorite crowned by the WrestleMania weekend crowd. Big E seems to have been the latest of Vince McMahon’s projects, to lose his luster and get tossed to the waistside. Then again, maybe it’s just the albatross that sadly, the Intercontinental Title has become. Whatever the case may be, he seems to have run his course as the IC champ. The TRUE story behind this match, is the WWE Lineal Championship that is at stake here. If you’re not aware of the Lineal Championship, please take a minute and read the story behind this project here. Barrett is more over than he’s been in years, possibly dating back to the debut of the Nexus. Barrett gets the win here, escaping the Big Ending and hitting the Bull Hammer for the 1-2-3.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Wade Barrett
And more importantly.. Winner and STILL WWE Linear Champion: Wade Barrett
Steel Cage Match: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
As I said earlier in this column, Extreme Rules needs to accomplish two things. The second thing on that checklist is creating heel challengers for Daniel Bryan. Bray Wyatt is one of these challengers. Keeping that in mind, maybe this feud with John Cena hasn’t been booked backwards as many (myself included) had accused them of. The build-up to this match on Bray’s behalf has been fantastic. The kid’s choir is a visual that wrestling fans will remember for some time. Cena has calmed his need to turn everything into a bad amateur night stand-up routine, and allowed his serious side to show more this time. We even got the slight tease of a heel turn last week on RAW. This match has the chance to elevate Wyatt to that next level, and a win over Cena would line him up as a potential #1 contender to Daniel Bryan coming out of this event. I would have Rowen/Harper ejected from rinside ½ way through the match, leaving Bray to his own devices. The end comes when the lights go out, when they come back on there’s a young kid in the ring dressed in a John Cena t-shirt, wristbands, and jean shorts. The lights go out again, and the same kid is now wearing a sheep mask. Cena is not sure what to make of this, and Wyatt comes from behind, catching him with the Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Extreme Rules WWE World Heavyweight Title Match: Daniel Bryan(c) vs. Kane
This match is the exact reason why WWE needs to build heel challengers for Daniel Bryan. This match was thrown together as the only real option for Daniel Bryan, once Orton and Batista were tied up in the Evolution angle. They did a fairly good job, considering the amount of time they were given. With the Tombstone barrage that Bryan took two weeks ago, I’m not sure he should have been on the show this last week, but I can understand wanting him to appear on the go-home show. Prior to this match, I would have Stephanie tell Hunter that she wants to be at ringside, to keep Kane in check. Hunter objects, but then says he has a match to get ready for, and doesn’t have time to argue. He tells Kane that if anything happens to Stephanie, that he is responsible. The two stare down, and Hunter leaves. The match finish sees Stephanie distract Daniel Bryan, Brie then hits Stephanie with the flying knee. This distracts Kane, realizing that he’s now in trouble with Triple H, giving Bryan the chance to hit a flying knee of his own.
Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan
The Shield vs. Evolution
If coming out of the Cena match, Bray Wyatt become option 1. My idea with this match was coming up with option 1a. For a couple of weeks now we’ve heard the phrase “evolve or perish”. With Batista taking time off following this week to begin the press tour for Guardians of the Galaxy, what better time for them to evolve? Plus, insert your Triple H shovel meme here, but when was the last time Triple H lost in back to back PPV appearances? It’s probably been awhile I would venture to guess. With all that coming into play, the finish comes when Ambrose has Orton set-up for the Dirty Deeds. Reigns readies himself for the follow-up Spear, Orton wiggles free and irish whips Ambrose directly into the Spear. Triple H slides in for the pin, as Reigns catches Rollins trying to break the pin from the top rope with the Superman Punch. Triple H gets the 1-2-3. The “evolved” Evolution celebrates, followed by a triple powerbomb on both Ambrose and Rollins.
As always I welcome thoughts and opinions on any of this. I know the Bray booking was a little out there, and the Reigns turn wasn’t exactly a Pat Patterson masterpiece, but you get the general idea of what I was going for. I also must apologize for my long-winded rant on the Rusev vs. R-Truth/Xavier Woods match. Thanks for reading and be sure to follow me on Twitter @RebookTheFinish!