16th Jul2019

‘WWE Extreme Rules 2019′ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of WWE’s Extreme Rules event, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a card that looks quite good on paper. Let’s see if this show can get on the road to success. I feel like I work at Office Max when I say stuff like that. Road To Success. Anyway, let’s get to it.

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Match #1: Shinsuke Nakamura beat Finn Balor – WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

This tried to be a hit, but it felt like a really fantastic miss. These guys could have had a great one, but they only got a few minutes to show what they could do and it just wasn’t enough.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Drew Gulak beat Tony Nese – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match

This was the same thing as the match above.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: The Undertaker & Roman Reigns beat Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre – No Holds Barred Match

This was very tame for a Hardcore Match, but every-body looked good, especially Undertaker.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5

Match #4: The Revival beat The Usos – Raw Tag Team Championship Match

This was a lot of fun, especially in the last five or so minutes. The chemistry was there and it almost got a higher rating from me, but it just was missing some-thing. I could go for some more from these guys.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5

Match #5: Aleister Black beat Cesaro

Now this was a surprise. This match felt like it inherited the mantle that the Kurt Angle/Samoa Joe Cage Match from Lockdown 2008 tried to establish. This was a grueling, physical grind that was the polar opposite of a typical WWE match. Cesaro looked the best he’s been in three years. Black came across like a big deal and if he keeps performing like he did here, than he might become a World Champion in the WWE within a year. What a great treat this was.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5

Match #6: Braun Strowman beat Lashley – Last Man Standing Match

This was a wild brawl that went all over the place and got the crowd pumped. I’m glad no one died, because these guys looked like they were trying to kill each other.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #7: New Day beat Rowan & Daniel Bryan and Heavy Machinery – Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match

This was yet another great surprise. These guys had a match that was far better than it was allowed to be. I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. What next? Reese Witherspoon is just John Witherspoon in a wig?

My Opinion: 4 out of 5

Match #8: AJ Styles beat Ricochet – WWE United States Championship Match

This was some fine stuff from two of the best. The action was fluid like water in a raging river. I feel like Pocahontas’s dad. There wasn’t anything wrong with this match and by having AJ win, it gives Ricochet someone to chase for Summerslam…hopefully.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #9: Kevin Owens beat Dolph Ziggler

This was a ten second waste of both men.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5

Match #10: Kofi Kingston beat Samoa Joe – WWE World Championship Match

This was a waste of a WWE World Title Match. Why book them for less than ten minutes on Pay Per View? Also, this just didn’t get the chance to be more than the Smackdown Tag Title Match. What a mess.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

Match #11: Becky Lynch & Seth Rollins beat Lacey Evans & Baron Corbin – Winners Take All Extreme Rules Match For The WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championship

This was another lame Hardcore Match on a show built around weapons and plunder. Becky and Seth looked great, while Lacey and Baron were still green around the gills (is that the saying?). These guys tried, but it just couldn’t come together.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5

Match #12: (Main Event) Brock Lesnar beat Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Title Match

This sucked. What, five seconds? Jeez.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The mid-card saved this show from being a train-wreck.

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