WWE Extreme Rules: An Extreme Letdown

There was a lot at stake during WWE Extreme Rules on Sunday May 22nd. Everyone on hand at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ were expecting major title changes in WWE’s new era.

They only got one.

Despite some great action here and there, I felt Extreme Rules 2016 was a bit of a letdown.

The main event saw AJ Styles challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the 2nd consecutive time, this clash with a no disqualification stipulation. Again closely contested, Styles finally snapped near its end, viciously bashing Reigns and his interfering Usos cousins with a chair. This came after Reigns took a Styles clash on to a chair, only to be rescued by The Bloodline before a 3-count. In the end, a battered Reigns lands a mid-air spear, winning off one of the least hard-hitting maneuvers of the contest. Disappointing.

During Reigns celebration he was attacked from behind by the returning Seth Rollins.

As for the rest of the card?

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson rightfully defeated The Usos in their Texas Tornado Tag Team Match.

Rusev nearly breaks Kalisto in half to become a 2-time United States Champion.

Baron Corbin dropped Dolph Ziggler for a 3-count with End of Days.

The New Day outsmarted The Vaudevillians to retain their WWE Tag Team Championships.

WWE Womens Champion Charlotte got an assist from a well-timed Dana Brooke (disguised as Ric Flair) distraction to lock Natalya in the Figure Eight for the win.

After spinebustering Chris Jericho into sea of thumb tacks, Dean Ambrose lands Dirty Deeds to win their mostly predictable, mostly antics Asylum Match.

The Fatal 4-Way for the Intercontinental Championship was easily the best match of the night. Fast-paced, hard-hitting action and multiple near falls made this an instant classic in the history of the Extreme Rules PPV. There were times where it felt certain Cesaro, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn had just won the match, only to have their grounded opponent barely kick out. A great opportunity to reward excited, invested fans with a title change, current champion The Miz steals a pin to retain. Disappointing.

Favorite match: Fatal 4-Way Intercontinental Match 
Least favorite match: Asylum Match 

By Mr. Joe Walker

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