Kane vs Orton - **
- A bit boring really, just a drawn out brawl through the crowd which only got interesting (for the wrong reasons) when they went to the back. lol at Ryder's interference and the cameraman going arse over tit!
Brodus Clay vs Dolph Ziggler - DUD
- Pointless match and a complete waste of time/filler.
Cody Rhodes vs Big Show - **1/2
- A decent match involving Show, he has been overdue one to be fair. The ending was very clever, a fun match overall. Cody is impressing me more and more with his adaptability.
Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan - ****
- Brilliant match that should have happened at WrestleMania, this had it all, smooth technical exchanges, solid storytelling and actual ring psychology from Bryan when targeting Sheamus' shoulder. A really good effort overall. The crowd was very vocal for Bryan which made it even more entertaining.
Ryback vs Jobber team - *
- Maybe a bit generous but atleast this entertained me, from the pre match promo all the way to the Goldberg chants. Ryback looked quite impressive in there, although he was up against guys that weigh less than first year high school children.
CM Punk vs Jericho - ***
- This was okay but lacked a little bit of pizzaz, having said that both men were quite ceative when implementing the announce table covers into the match. It felt like it dragged during the middle, the crowd was carrying this at times.
Layla vs Nikki Bella - DUD
- Dissapointed Kharma didn't return to be honest, typical Diva's match, ot given enough time regardless of the quality of workers involved.
John Cena vs Brock Lesnar - ****1/2
- Unbelievable match that had me completely suspend my disbelief until the last minute where Cena made his normal superman comeback. Full credit to both men for putting on a hell of a match, Lesnar completely controlled the crowd while Cena was excellent in his selling until the ending sequence where he miraculously shook off the previous twenty five minutes beatings! Absolute gore fest, something that is rarely seen in WWE these days. I don't want to ever read people saying that Cena can't work on here again, the guy has had three bordeline classics in less than a year. The only criticism of Cena that I have relating to his ring performances is down to his character, can't blame him if Vince wants him to be superman.
Extreme Rules 2012 Thoughts
Before the DQ first fall, I was loving every minute of Bryan/Sheamus. However, after Sheamus passing out rather than tapping, it made me realize how little chance that Bryan has. I know he didn't have much of a chance anyways, but it's their job to make me believe otherwise. ***3/4.
Vince was never going to have his new babyface pet project tap out, important faces don't do that, wrestling 101 etc...