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I'm usually anti-star ratings, but Lesnar/Cena is particularly difficult to quantify. It doesn't excel in the generic WWE match or generic WWE gimmick match way.

The way Lesnar manhandled Cena, even bending his neck in shoves, and the interruptions with refs and officials checking on him. The way Cena kept getting cut off and beat up played off of years of Cena being treated as a superman. Beyond being a spectacle-type match-up, it deliberately deviated from the way these matches usually go. Even Rock/Cena was a very typical Cena-style match. This was Vader-like domination on a guy who never gets treated that way, and to Cena's credit, he sold getting destroyed extremely well, continually struggling with his arm and generally coming across as vulnerable. As opposed to matches like with Barrett or Tensai, he built up Lesnar so that when he got to come back, he seemed impressive for it. And because it cashed in on all that denied emotion from previous PPVs, it certainly felt more gripping and emotional than Sheamus/Bryan or Punk/Jericho to me and the people in my house, even though both of those matches rocked.

Certainly my favorite match of the year.
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Lesnar vs Cena is easily my match of the year.
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I guess I'll have to watch Extreme Rules these days. Was Cena/Lesnar really that unique?
It really is like a gut punch. Cena makes one huge mistake in the early going of the match, and it almost (should've) dooms him out of the gate. Thos first couple of minutes are what happens when good booking meets good performance.
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I'm usually anti-star ratings, but Lesnar/Cena is particularly difficult to quantify. It doesn't excel in the generic WWE match or generic WWE gimmick match way.

The way Lesnar manhandled Cena, even bending his neck in shoves, and the interruptions with refs and officials checking on him. The way Cena kept getting cut off and beat up played off of years of Cena being treated as a superman. Beyond being a spectacle-type match-up, it deliberately deviated from the way these matches usually go. Even Rock/Cena was a very typical Cena-style match. This was Vader-like domination on a guy who never gets treated that way, and to Cena's credit, he sold getting destroyed extremely well, continually struggling with his arm and generally coming across as vulnerable. As opposed to matches like with Barrett or Tensai, he built up Lesnar so that when he got to come back, he seemed impressive for it. And because it cashed in on all that denied emotion from previous PPVs, it certainly felt more gripping and emotional than Sheamus/Bryan or Punk/Jericho to me and the people in my house, even though both of those matches rocked.

Certainly my favorite match of the year.
Absolutely. Very hard match to stick a rating on, but what i can say is that it was fucking awesome, and basically everything you said about it. I'm tempted to watch it for a 3rd time now.
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John Cena vs Brock Lesnar WWE Extreme Rules 2012

Whi ever said Cena is a bad worker and is poor at selling should watch this match. It's commonly agreed now that Cena is a great wrestler but I never enjoyed a match with him this much mainly because it wasn't his same formulatic WWE main event superman match with the five moves of doom and Cena got to play the underdog which he played to perfection.

Brock's performance was awesome too. Looked like such a badass killing Cena with his sick offence. His MMA gear and style are awesome too. Loved how he shrugged off the botch too like nothing happened. Cam't wait to see him wrestle again and I was never the biggest fan. He just brought that aura that many big matches are missing these days.

It was a perfect blend of a shoot style with a WWE style match where both wrestlers did perfect in their roles. I actually found my self cheering for Cena and was marking like a bitch when he hit Cena with the chain. Crowd was awesome too , the action was great and told an awesome story and this is this is probably one of my favourite WWE matches ever.

That being said in terms of entertainment value I find it hard not to give it five.

*****

Still have to watch Bryan/Sheamus and Punk/Jericho.

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I thought about the selling element in this match but it's hard not to sell when Brock is laying into him for real. Obviously Brock is holding something back but to think he's not hurting Cena is naive imo. I don't hate giving this 5 either (I'd give it way over 5 for entertainment value) but I'm not gonna bother rating it. It was just something else that has to be seen to be believed. I don't mind the finish or result to much either.
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damn some of you guys come off as really insecure in terms of voicing your opinion, really if its amazing and highly entertaining, why are some of you guys afraid to call it 5 stars lol?
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My top 5 for the year so far:

Undertaker/HHH WM - ****3/4
Punk/Jericho WM - ****1/4
Sheamus/Bryan ER - ****1/4
Brock/Cena ER - ****

Huh, just top 4 then. Not sure what my 5th would be .
Punk vs. Bryan on Raw or Smackdown, Punk vs. Henry?

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I guess I'll have to watch Extreme Rules these days. Was Cena/Lesnar really that unique?
It was brutal in the best way possible! Like a super villain completely destroying a superhero to the point where it was hard not to root for Cena. You could feel the crowd become disgusted with Brock and hoping that Cena would do something...anything to beat the monster. Consider the fact that kids are witnessing Cena being brutalized

and honestly yeah it's hard to not want Cena to win. I don't think a heel has gotten the crowd behind Cena since his feud with Barrett/Nexus.


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It really is like a gut punch. Cena makes one huge mistake in the early going of the match, and it almost (should've) dooms him out of the gate. Thos first couple of minutes are what happens when good booking meets good performance.
I loved that one huge mistake he made, because it's playing off the huge mistake he made last month at WrestleMania. They're starting to make the cracks in Cena's armor show, and if it wasn't for a mistake of Brock's own, Cena would have another self-inflicted loss on his record. It's a nice little piece of storytelling that makes the outcome of the match, and Cena's "super" comeback, seem OK. To me, anyway.
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