OSR: WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Review
Daniel Bryan was on top of the WWE Universe at this point in time, but one mighty demon stood in his way to continuing his success as WWE Champion…Kane. Going one-on-one with his former tag team partner, Daniel certainly has the odds stacked against him whilst Evolution make their resurgence minus Ric Flair to battle The Shield in the collision of past and present. This event also marks the final PPV to emanate from the IZOD Center before the facilities closure. Now, sadly I have never seen this event throughout but have heard various things about it so I am really looking forward to bringing this edition of the OSR with the Extreme Rules 2014 Review…
The opening promo is shown around the return of Evolution in the wake of WrestleMania XXX and the issues which have become apparent between them and The Shield before the attention is shifted to Kane’s decimation of Daniel Bryan in recent weeks. The focus is then once again turned to the slightly odd but epic rivalry which has being established between John Cena and Bray Wyatt. The emphasis taken from this is around the Front Line (aka War related) but also the fight of power. We then go inside the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey for tonight’s event and after a quick welcome from Michael Cole, JBL and The King we are off to the first match of the evening.
Triple Threat Elimination Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) vs. Cesaro (w/ Paul Heyman)
The history package is shown for the match which is based around the issues established between not only RVD and Swagger, but also Swagger and Cesaro as each competitor make their way to the ring. In the early moments, it is a really quick paced match with both Swagger and Cesaro dealing out a lot of the punishment whilst RVD mounts the occassional comeback with a variety of dynamic moves. After Cesaro nails Swagger with a top rope suplex (very impressively done), RVD is able to nail Swagger with the Five Star Frog Splash to eliminate him. The battle comes down to Cesaro and RVD, who are able to have a very good contest between them. RVD does a great deal to showcase Cesaro here without making himself look weak. Eventually, a trash can comes into play which sees RVD go for the Five Star but Cesaro moves. This ultimately allows Cesaro to nail him with the Neutralizer onto the trash can to pick up the win in a very, very enjoyable opening match.
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Handicap Match: R-Truth and Xavier Woods vs. Aleksander Rusev (w/ Lana)
Lana makes her way out first, and cuts a promo about admiring Vladimir Putin and dedicating the match to him which generates a lot of heat towards her before Rusev makes his way to the ring, before he is soon followed by the very odd combination of R-Truth and Xavier Woods who quickly get attacked on the outside. With Xavier now seemingly injured and already out of the match, Truth is then decimated in brutal fashion before submitting to the Camel Clutch. He then attacks Xavier a little further before leaving the arena, in a very forgettable match. This would have had more of an impact had Rusev’s opponent being someone of note.
Winner: Aleksander Rusev
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars