The Horror Show at Extreme Rules
I’m part-time with this shit, you know that if you’ve read any of my pro-wrestling reviews across the last few years. So you can absolutely take anything I say with a grain of salt. I’m occasionally blown away by the ‘show’ aspect, often underwhelmed and either way I no longer really know what I’m talking about. Okay, so here we go with “The Horror Show” at Extreme Rules.
One of those ‘fine’ WWE ppv events – where nothing goes spectacularly wrong but nothing truly pops.
There were some fine matches but the gimmick of Extreme Rules either runs out quickly and/or is just so absurd.
That said, the stupidest gimmick of the night resulted in the match I liked the most. Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins met in an “Eye For An Eye Match” where really what is required is a giant eye-roll. We’re to believe that someone’s losing an eye for this shit? Actually Rey and Seth sold the shit out of this with brutal-looking gauges and stomps on the steel steps. Etc And very much etc. And then they ended it without any stupidness such as a fake eyeball-popping or whatever. Of course it ended with an eye being covered and you could see through the concept – but that was about as well handled as this daft idea could be. Some real tension, some good bumps, great selling and good psychology too. A strong match.
Elsewhere, Asuka and Sasha Banks had a strong match that was ruined by a shitty finish – the old knock the ref out trick and Bayley snuck in and did the count. That shit is stupid. Earlier in the evening Bayley defeated Nikki Cross in a perfectly fine but not great match. Usually it’s the women’s division that provides the strong matches every time lately, but these were only okay – then again nothing apart from Rollins and Mysterio really managed to surpass it.
Well, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler are both good workers so their Extreme Rules match was decent.
The Tables match for the tag champs just didn’t really do much for me. And that dull tone was arguably carried over.
The main event was a cinematic match, pre-recorded (This is Covid-Era Wrestling) saw Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in a “Swamp Fight”. It was what it was. As the President probably said, from his office, watching it no doubt too. I’m so sick of these characters and their shtick. And this really was pretty stoopid. But then the horror-fan in me really popped at the false ending and the attempted jump-scare. It was fun. It was silly. It was meant to be both of those things.
Didn’t really hate the Horror Show at Extreme Rules. Didn’t really love it either.
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