WWE Extreme Rules 2012 PPV Review

Santino © def. The Miz (US Championship) ** (Not Counted)

– Randy Orton def. Kane (Falls Count Anywhere) *** ¼

– Brodus Clay def. Dolph Ziggler * ¾

– Cody Rhodes def. Big Show © (IC Championship/Tables Match) ** ¼

– Sheamus © def. Daniel Bryan (World Heavyweight Championship/2 out of 3 Falls Match) **** ½

– Ryback def. Jobbers (Handicap Match) N/A

– CM Punk © def. Chris Jericho (WWE Championship/Chicago Street Fight) **** ¼

– Layla def. Nikki Bella © (Diva’s Championship) ¾ *

– John Cena def. Brock Lesnar (Extreme Rules Match) ****

Overall: 8.5

Overall Thoughts – WWE has returned to Chicago once again and of course with Chicago you get a great crowd. The show kicked off with Orton/Kane which was really fun. They really used the Falls Count Anywhere gimmick to the fullest battling all over the arena. I think it was a great type of match for the feud these two have been in and definitely helped it. It went a bit long but it was good stuff. As everybody expected, we got an impromptu match which was Brodus Clay/Dolph Ziggler. This was Brodus’ first real singles match since his return and it wasn’t really anything special. Rhodes/Show was decided to be a Tables match on the Pre-Show and it turned out pretty decent. There was a sick spot where Rhodes ran up a Table standing on the turnbuckle to hit the Disaster Kick. I think the finish was a brilliant way to get the belt back on Rhodes and how Big Show beat the shit out of him after. DBry/Sheamus was Match of the Night without a doubt. Daniel Bryan gave Sheamus the best match of his career and I WWE realized what they missed out on WrestleMania. Everything in this was really well executed, wrestling, storytelling, you name it. I hope this gives WWE a reason not to take DBry out of the main event scene, hats off to both guys. This match is a must see, great stuff. Another impromptu match here with Ryback and two jobbers. The crowd pretty much sums up this match with “Goldberg” chants. Punk/Jericho was definitely a shoe in for the MOTN, another fantastic match. The storytelling was really well done especially with his sister in the crowd. They both dressed up in street fight clothes which was really cool. They used everything and anything, the wood to the announce table was even broken in half which is probably a first. Punk hit the sick “Shane McMahon” elbow through the announce table. The false finishes were good but Punk was able to pick up the win, great match. Nikki/Layla was nothing special, just a typical Diva’s match. Layla made her return after a knee injury so Nikki at least worked on the knee. Everybody in the crowd wanted Kharma but I guess WWE is gonna push her return back a bit longer. Brock Lesnar versus John Cena wow. I guess you can say it was fight of the night but wow, it was great. The finish was definitely questionable and it makes Lesnar look bad, especially since Cena said he’s taking a break. This match was one of the most brutal matches I have seen. Lesnar absolutely destroyed Cena only for him to come back and win. I don’t know about the result but the match was great.

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