During Monday Night Raw in jolly old England, Punk and Henry seemed to put an end to their mini-feud with a no-DQ match that I still think they could have drawn into a title match at the PPV. Punk finally won of course, but the three matches told a good story and I enjoyed the concept of Punk constantly trying to chop down Henry with kicks, only to be thwarted every time he went for a big blow. It was entertaining, and the crowd was into it every time it looked like Punk would finally bring him down, which he finally did with a chair shot off the top rope. Again, that would have been a good finish at Extreme Rules.
So now that that killed a few weeks, Jericho was ready to announce that he will get a rematch against CM Punk in a Chicago Street Fight. Of course they are still playing they whole “CM Drunk” angle, because otherwise there would be no reason for this match to happen. We already saw it once and while it was great, I don’t need to see it again. I’m fairly concerned that the street fight aspect will take away from the technical wrestling, which was the whole reason we wanted to see these two fight in the first place. All I can say is that my fingers are crossed.
As far as matches go, the rest of Raw involved Brodus Clay continuing to get over on Dolph Ziggler, Kane setting Zach Ryder’s career further back by turning him into a jobber while trash talking Randy Orton, and Lord (Prince) Tensai (Albert) keeping his dominant string going with an extreme rules win over John Cena (with a little outside help of course).
Clay and Tensai are really getting built up as unstoppable monsters, and I can’t remember a time where there were two of this type of superstar at the same time. It’s actually pretty interesting. Both are big brutes who don’t sell and have no real personality. However one of them is an all flash babyface, while the other is a slow walking uber heel. Is it me or should these two definitely face off soon. You can only go so long with two undefeated streaks, and given their move sets it would probably be fun to watch. Me wanting it though probably means it will never happen. Oh well.
Cena continued his string of getting beat up by everyone possible, but not before he and Lesnar got to talk about why they are fighting each other and whatever other nonsense they want to say. The gist of it is, Lesnar wants to hurt people, and Cena wants to fight. Thankfully we only have to put up with another week or so of this instead of the year of it we had with The Rock.
Last week on a live Smackdown, it was announced that Daniel Bryan would get a rematch against Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship. To make sure he doesn’t get another early exit, it has been declared a 2-out-of-3 falls match. I had previously been thinking that Alberto Del Rio would get thrust into the title picture, especially after Del Rio’s pleas for a title shot. Instead we will get another WrestleMania rematch, giving Bryan some much deserved ring time in what I’m sure will be a lengthy match. It’s absolutely amazing what has happened to him in the last couple months. He’s gone from relative obscurity, to budding champion, to this year’s version of CM Punk. “Yes!” chants fill arenas during every single match, not just his, and the mere sight of him makes the crowd go crazy. On Raw he had a solid match against Kofi Kingston, winning by submission as AJ looked on, still in support of her now ex. I’m sure they have something interesting planned for her, as she could either win or lose the title for Bryan.
Normally the WWE overexposes something like this to death, and they’ve tried. Only this time it’s playing right into Bryan’s character, who’s starting to turn into an absolute nut job. He’s totally committing to what had taken so long to build up, now even changing the Lebelle lock to the Yes lock. There isn’t a guy I want to like more than Bryan. He’s getting a crazy push that has more to do with the fans than anything else. He’s a real wrestler, not a sports entertainer. He also seems to really appreciate what has happened to him since WrestleMania. He just keeps failing to impress me in big spots. Extreme Rules good give us the match we hoped we’d get just a couple of weeks ago, and his performance could finally get me on the bandwagon.
So right now it would appear that Extreme Rules will feature Bryan vs. Sheamus, Punk vs. Jericho, Cena vs. Lesnar, and most likely Orton vs. Kane.
Isn’t that a lot like the card for WrestleMania? Substitute Lesnar with the Rock and it’s a Triple H vs. Undertaker match away from being exactly like WrestleMania. This just isn’t good. We just saw all these matches. Does that mean most of the results will be different? If not they we’re just wasting our time trying to duplicate last month’s PPV. Lesnar might as well be using the same script as The Rock (if he could talk he would), coming back for little reason other that to beat up Cena. It all points to the same issue everyone complains about. The WWE has no interest in promoting anyone not already in the spotlight. Only this time forget about new talent, there are barely any new story lines. I’m afraid I might be skipping this PPV to save up for one I haven’t seen already.