WWE Extreme Rules 2014 DVD Review
By Ben Spindler
Posted On 31-07-2014 10:27 GMT
Tags: WWE, Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan, Kane, The Shield, Evolution, John Cena, Bray Wyatt

Extreme Rules is WWE’s so called ‘Extreme’ pay-per-view, styled on the idea that what you will see is a bit of the hardcore action that you used to be able to see during the ‘attitude’ era on a regular basis. In practice this usually amounts to little else than a card stuffed with gimmick matches, none of which actually delivers on the promise of anything more extreme than you can see each week on Raw. This year’s event however was a different kettle of fish, this time WWE only booked 2 of the matches on the main card with a gimmick, and instead let the content of the matches live up to the ‘extreme’ moniker.

The first of those two gimmick matches is the Steel cage match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena which, whilst not a bad match, is hindered by the over booked finish which sees Cena on the brink of winning about 6 or 7 times only to be foiled by Wyatt soldiers Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Then when Cena appears to have overcome all 3 men, the lights go out and when they come back on, Cena is looking at a little boy who is singing “He’s got the whole world in his hands” with a voice distorter which makes for a fairly creepy moment. This allows Bray to regain the advantage and overcome the leader of the ‘Cenation’.

The second of the two gimmick bouts is Daniel Bryan’s ‘Extreme Rules’ match against Kane which serves as Bryan’s only title defence of the belt he won at Wrestlemania 30 and had to vacate in early June. The pair manage to put on a good contest with plenty of action, proving that Bryan is capable of delivering the goods against all kinds of opponents. This one ended after Kane set alight a table, but Bryan managed to avoid crashing through it by countering Kane’s attempt and then dumping ‘The Big Red Machine’ through it himself.

Match of the night honours however go to the electric 6-man tag match between Evolution and The Shield. The first half of 2014 had already been The Shield’s after their tremendous 6-man tags following the exhilarating series they contested with the Wyatt Family prior to Wrestlemania, now they were repeating that against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista. This bout stays relatively orderly for the first 15 minutes before breaking down into an arena wide brawl topped off by Seth Rollins’ dive from a crowd balcony onto Triple H and Orton. Meanwhile in the ring, Roman Reigns hit the super man punch and spear on Batista to take the pinfall victory for his team.

On the undercard there isn’t very much to shout about; Cesaro’s triple threat elimination victory over former partner Jack Swagger and Rob Van Dam is a strong opener, but Rusev’s handicap squash victory over R-Truth and Xavier Woods is not PPV worthy, nor is Paige and Tamina Snuka’s dull scrap over the former’s WWE Divas Title. The only highlight of Bad News Barrett’s Intercontinental Title winning effort over Big E is the end, which sees a big roar of approval when Barrett clinches victory.

Overall then, Extreme Rules is an entirely satisfactory affair, with plenty of stuff worth taking a look at. That none of the main matches really conclude the issues between the men involved is a bit of a downer but that being said, WWE’s commitment to their spring ‘youth movement’ is nice to see (Cesaro, Barrett, Wyatt, Bryan, The Shield and Paige all coming out favourably). If you didn’t see this back in April then this is definitely worth a look, if you have, there may be a few things you’d like to see again.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Tags: WWE, Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan, Kane, The Shield, Evolution, John Cena, Bray Wyatt

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