WWE Extreme Rules 2013 will be remembered by me for some of the strangest booking in recent memory. If you watched the show and are still wondering how a guy who walked away from a Last Man Standing Match isn’t the new champion, you aren’t alone.
[adinserter block=”1″]John Cena retained the WWE championship or so I think in a Last Man Standing Match against Ryback in one of the weirdest finishes I can remember seeing on a WWE event in ages. The story here was Cena’s injured ankle which the announcers brought up several times throughout the match. The match was probably worlds better than you expected if you haven’t seen it. These two guys broke a lot of tables and kept the action moving for most of the bout. Both guys hit power bombs for near falls. There were certainly a couple of questionable moments in the match that will probably make it on a future Botchmania video. The match got a little corny as it hit the halfway mark. Nobody sold a thing to the point that it just got ridiculous. They’d hit each other with everything and get back up a few seconds later. One of the things that was also a bit odd is that they really put over this ankle injury yet Ryback barley worked on it. They fought in the crowd at one point, although at a safe distance from fans. Ryback actually pulled off a piece of the barricade/wall and hit Cena with it. Cena miraculously recovered in record time and caught Ryback in a sleeper hold. Cena jumped off a level and put Ryback through a table on the floor. Cena proceeded to use a fire extinguisher on Ryback. Cena went for the A.A. on the stage but Ryback picked him up and speared him through the wall. Both guys were seen down in the back and unconscious. The fans booed it and rightfully so. Ryback got up and limped while Cena was stretchered out with a neck brace.
The sad part about all of this is that these guys were having a hell of a match until it hit the floor. Once they hit the floor it just got a bit too cartoonish for my tastes. What is even stranger here is that this was a Last Man Standing Match and Ryback limped off yet he wasn’t announced as the winner. It makes no sense to me. Hey the finish is fine but why would you do it in a Last Man Standing Match unless both guys are going to get stretchered out? I don’t see how Ryback can’t be recognized as WWE champion by the rules of the match. Who knows? I guess you could say that neither guy got up at the count of ten but the image of one guy walking out and the other stretchered said something different. Believe it or not they never gave an official result.
Brock Lesnar went 2-1 on Triple H at Extreme Rules. Triple H attacked Lesnar as he was walking to the ring. Lesnar did a spot where he hurt his knee. He told Heyman through the cage that he hurt his knee. Hunter immediately went to work on it. I found this kind of odd to work a knee injury a match after they just worked an injury angle. I also found it kind of odd that they would have their monster showing that kind of vulnerability. Talk about a strangely booked show. Heyman told Lesnar to “shake it off.” Hunter brutalized Lesnar’s knee with the chair. The announcers certainly went out of their way to give Lesnar sympathy, setting up the babyface turn. Heyman came into the cage at one point and was pedigreed. Hunter pedigreed Brock immediately thereafter who kicked out at 2 ½ for a near finish. One odd spot saw Hunter apply the Sharpshooter onto Brock. I say odd considering all of the negative things that Bret Hart has had to say about Hunter in recent weeks. Hunter got his hands on a sledgehammer and went to use it before Heyman gave Triple H a low blow. Lesnar wound up using the sledgehammer on Triple H and KO’ing him. Lesnar than F5’d Triple H and pinned him. I must be crazy because I thought this match had old school rules where you can only win by leaving the cage.
It wasn’t a bad match but highly disappointing in regards to how it was built up. It was promoted as an “old school” cage match which to me means blood and brutality. Was it brutal? That is debatable. But to promote the violence of the cage match and not deliver any blood was a bit kind of weak if you ask me.
The Shield had a big night at Extreme Rules. Seth Rollings and Roman Reigns defeated Team Hell No to win the WWE tag team championship while Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to win the United States championship. Reigns had Bryan in the torture rack and Rollins came off the top rope with a kneedrop and Reigns pinned Bryan to win the match. It was a real fun match, Tornado style but it was a bit short as was Ambrose’s win. Regarding Ambrose’s win, it should be noted that Ambrose had zero help from the rest of The Shield. Ambrose pinned Kofi with a standing bulldog or a headlock DDT (best way to describe it) after Kingston missed Trouble in Paradise. This was a really good match that opened up hot and stayed hot. JBL put over hard how Kofi could have won the match by count out at one point and rolled Ambrose into the ring. I have no idea if this is the plan but I’d love to see this be the start of a SummerSlam main-event between Ambrose and John Cena for the WWE championship.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger in an I-Quit Match to become the number one contender. The referee originally awarded the match to Jack Swagger after Zeb threw a towel in and the ref thought it was Del Rio’s. Another referee came out, instant replay was used, and the match was restarted. Del Rio than quickly won with an armbar to earn a title shot at Dolph Ziggler when Ziggler comes back from his concussion.
Chris Jericho also pinned Fandango to open up the show. Fandango came down off the top rope and was nailed with the Code Breaker. This was a solid opener but the big news here to me is Fandango losing. Fandango had some nice momentum coming out of WrestleMania so the loss here was a bit surprising.
I’m not a Fandango fan but finishes like this just make me scratch my head. The WWE caught magic in a bottle last year with Ryback. Why? Because he was undefeated and by the time he got to CM Punk people thought he was something special. Growing up in the 80s watching wrestling the formula was simple. A new guy would come in, he’d go through a few guys and remain undefeated until he fell to the champion. It amazes me that the same guy who watched his father apply that formula for decades can’t commit to anyone. Again this isn’t a rant on beating Fandango because I like Fandango. It’s a rant on the WWE once again failing to give these new guys any steam and build for future title matches.
[adinserter block=”2″]Full WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Results & Winners…
Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in a Steel Cage Match
John Cena vs. Ryback in a Last Man Standing Match for WWE championship ended in a no-contest
Sheamus defeated Mark Henry in a Strap Match
Randy Orton defeated Big Show in a No Holds Barred Match
Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger in an I Quit Match
Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan & Kane in a Tornado Match to win the WWE tag team championship
Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to win the U.S. title
Chris Jericho defeated Fandango
The Miz defeated Cody Rhodes
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