It's probably a technically sound wrestling match, but I couldn't get into this at all. Orton has been lacking on the character front for a while now, which means I rarely can unless he's facing someone that doesn't induce extreme feelings of 'meh' like he does me.
I thought Christian/Shelton match sucked. Giant balls. Botches everywhere. Plus, it was a ladder match, not a TLC match (just took place at the TLC PPV) .
Flair/Edge was awesome, and I seem to recall another TLC singles match being great, but I can't for the life of me remember it (NOT Cena/Edge). Ah yeah, Miz/Lawler. Need to re-watch Punk/Hardy though.
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Just watched WM28 again and finally decided to score it:
Rock/Cena was weak, very pedestrian match. I was supremely letdown by it. I rated it about *** 1/4 stars and that includes atmosphere (which was pretty awesome) and finish (which was nonsensical).
Punk/Jericho blew them away easily **** stars maybe **** 1/4.
The HIAC was awesome easily **** 1/2 stars.
Orton/Kane *** 1/2 another pedestrian match but better worked than Rock/Cena.
Rhodes/Show was a glorified squash match **
Team Teddy vs Team Johnny was kinda fun but definitely filler ***
Worst match of the night was a match that barely got started: Bryan/Sheamus DUD.
--I also just watched Extreme Rules again and found it far more enjoyable than WM 28
Brock/Cena **** stars, brutal match. Lesnar flying off the stairs alone was worth the price of admission. Ending made more sense when you watch it closely.
Jericho/Punk was fantastic, even better than their WM encounter. A beautiful mix of fighting and wrestling **** 7/8
Rhodes/Show wasn't much better than their Mania match ** 1/2 stars. Cody's huge bump after the match would have increased their score if it happened during the match.
Sheamus/Bryan was very good I gave it *** 7/8, it doesn't make sense that Sheamus "can't continue" during fall two and then out of nowhere he wins. That nonsense decision brought it down some to me. There should be no stigma to submitting, especially after DB got himself DQ'd to cause that injury.
Orton/Kane was also very good. Unoriginal finish with the chair spot but great action up to that point *** 1/2 stars, eclipsed their 'mania match by leaps and bounds.
Overall Extreme Rules was awesome. Action packed.
How can you say Orton/Kane at ER eclipses their Mania match by leaps and bounds and rate both matches the same?
Just picked up the first ladder match DVD and i'm very excited about watching it.
Taker v Jeff Hardy
TLC 3 & 4
Edge vs Matt Hardy
Christian vs Jericho
RVD vs Eddie
Hardy vs Nitro
Armageddon 06 4 way
All of them are matches I haven't seen in years and I seem to remember really enjoying them on first viewing, so they'll be top priority (plus it's always fun to watch the first 2 TLCs & HBK vs Razor).