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WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Results and Review: The Monsters Make Impacts and Justice is Golden

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Anyone expecting another John Cena taking time off tease? I think we need those like once a month nowadays, right?

It’s often said that WrestleMania is the end of the WWE season while the Raw after WrestleMania is the new beginning, but that keeps out an important step. The pay-per-view after WrestleMania whether it is called Backlash or Extreme Rules is the fresh slate for WWE to show off their plans.

We all know that WWE sets their entire sights on WrestleMania for months, but, when it is all over, it takes some time to recover. If there was a minor quality dip in recent Raws, it was because of WWE had to rest. Having to deal with writing for WrestleMania and then dealing with the packed international tour is quite a bit of work.

However, professional wrestling is not a patient sport. People don’t get off seasons, so we come to Extreme Rules where there are no more excuses any more. Ratings are dropping a bit lately. The Rock and Undertaker are gone with Brock Lesnar coming in and out as he pleases. These are the times when WWE has no safety nets anymore.

This was the night for WWE to make a statement which isn’t easy centered around a PPV that has been more ridiculed than it probably deserves. WWE could crown the Shield. They could even crown Ryback. They could make some serious revisions to a company that needs some forward momentum.

Tonight was the night that WWE had to put or shut up. It wasn’t about having a great show but memorable moments, something to kick start the company again, though a great show also helps.

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Wrestle Enigma's voted Writer Of The Year two years running. I am writing to prove a point. The day I stop writing is the day I realize I have nothing more to say, and I don't believe that day will ever come.
  • Brett Chandler

    Miz vs. Rhodes was a solid pre-show match. I like the panel format, but I wish that these matches would be given some more time since they’re usually pretty fun to watch. I’d like to a see a re-match from these two at some point with more time given to them.

    I’m guessing Fandango will beat Jericho tonight on Raw to go 2-1 against him. The match was really good and better than their WrestleMania match. Jericho winning here is a good choice since it allows him to look strong enough to put other stars over in the future effectively.

    Exciting match between Kofi and Ambrose. It wasn’t technically appealing or full of spots, but it was good and served its purpose. Ambrose winning the US Title and celebrating was a great goosebumps moment for me since all three guys of The Shield seemed genuinely happy for him.

    Sheamus vs. Henry was above average. It was a good physical match, but it wasn’t too great. Part of that might have been because it looked like Henry legitimately suffered an injury during the match, but part of it was also the awful build. The two had a very good big man match at SummerSlam 2011, so I hope that they mend the feud and are able to have a good match before it ends.

    Pretty good match between Del Rio and Swagger. The finish with Colter throwing in the towel and the ref thinking it was Ricardo was cool, but the instant replay was kind of meh. Even more meh was the fact that Swagger quit to the cross armbreaker afterward. I’m interested in seeing where this goes, though; Swagger and Colter have a legitimate complaint against the instant replay since it’s the first time (at least that I can recall) that’s been used at a WWE event. I’m guessing WWE still wants to do that Ziggler vs. Swagger vs. Del Rio match.

    Very good tag team match from Rollins, Reigns and Team Hell No here. It was bit frantic and chaotic as you said, but that’s The Shield’s style so I’m fine with that. The finish was cool with the flying knee/torture rack combination, but I hope that The Shield does something with all of the midcard title belts they’re holding. Hopefully that something is restoring prestige or else I would have rather seen them walk out of Extreme Rules with no title belts rather than holding three belts that won’t get them anywhere. On a sidenote, Team Hell No had a fantastic 230+ (?) reign as Tag Team Champions and they really reinvigorated a tag team division that had been dead for a long time.

    Really good match from Orton and Show. As you said, the build was awful, but they pulled out all stops and delivered here. Orton was especially on fire in front of his hometown crowd and it was great to see the punt back. With the WWE roster thin as ice right now, I doubt Show will be taking some time off to sell an injury angle, but I don’t think we’ll see him on Raw tonight. I don’t think Orton’s going to be doing anything special or go through tweaks through his character. At most, he’ll be challenging for the World Title at SummerSlam.

    Very good Last Man Standing match between Ryback and John Cena. It slowly built up to a crescendo and the finish made a lot of sense. Even though I had predicted it, it keeps Ryback and Cena looking strong and gives Ryback another shot at the WWE Title. Hopefully this will evoke a more serious side out of the Cena character and cause him to take Ryback more seriously. I’d be surprised if Ryback doesn’t win the title at Payback.

    Not a bad match from Lesnar and Triple H, but I haven’t really loved any of their matches so far. The new steel cage looked good, although a bit too fragile, and Lesnar and HHH told a good story. Despite that, I feel as if Brock Lesnar was made to look like “Brock Lesnar, the bitch” instead of “Brock Lesnar, the beast” at some points, but he was able to win with a bum knee even though Triple H had a sledgehammer in his hand and stuff. If you put it that way, he looks pretty strong. I don’t know if Lesnar is advertised for Raw, but I’d love for his next opponent to be either Sheamus or Randy Orton.

    I’d give Extreme Rules a B+. It’s set a pretty good standard for the pay-per-views after WrestleMania and the road to Payback starts tonight on Raw. Looking forward to how the Ryback/Cena feud continues, Brock Lesnar’s next challenger and The Shield’s next story personally. Very good show and very good review.

    • Kevin Berge

      Thank you on the compliment and for the detailed comment. On your final note, I would love to Lesnar feud with either of those guys for sure. Would be a great match and give both parties direction.


    I’m all for The Shield, mainly because they are topnotch wrestlers with lots of potential separately or together, but you wonder if all this gold is going to undermine their maverick cred. Will defending championships detract from their mission of “justice,” in other words, surrounding other wrestlers and attacking them when they are vulnerable? Have they, indeed, achieved justice winning these championships? So how WWE’s creative plays these angles will be crucial in the coming months: I’d like to see The Shield come in and do something completely off the wall, like, perform a coup d’etat, take over the management of Raw and start setting unheard of, particularly cruel matches that will bring “justice” back to the WWE. And I’d like to see AJ join the Shield, but then again, I’d like to see AJ pumping iron–but that’s just me.

    • Kevin Berge

      Very interesting thoughts on the titles detracting from the ability of the Shield to choose their spots. Certainly should be interesting to see how they balance the power WWE has over them now as champions.

  • Jacob Stachowiak

    So i wrote an extremely long comment that I thought was throughougly entertaining but everything bugged out so it was all swept away. A comment on every slide, caption, overall theme of the article, why I thought the ppv was booked well but I guess I’m not allowed to have nice things.

    So on a very depressing note, despite not watching the PPV I would grade it the same as B. Great review as always, Kevin.

    • Kevin Berge

      I totally understand, Jacob. That happens to me all the time. I started copying my comments sometimes as I write them just in case it bugs out. That way I can re-paste it though it only fails when I forget to do that.

      Thanks, Jacob.

      • Jacob Stachowiak

        Man it’s depressing. i’ll try to make up for it for tonight’s Raw review.