As we know the WWE has strayed a little more towards the entertainment side of wrestling as opposed to the wrestling side of wrestling. This meant that not much hope was held up for extreme rules as the matches weren't going to be that extreme. While this was the case for some matches it didn't prevent them from being entertaining.
The highlights for me were the NO HOLDS BARRED MATCH between CHRIS JERICHO and REY MYSTERIO. A great match between 2 fantastic experienced wrestlers and it was probably the second best match of the night in my eyes. Chris Jericho in the weeks leading up to the match vowed to remove Rey's mask and reveal him for who he truly was. Was he going to succeed or was the 619 being dialed up for mysterio retaining the title?
Another highlight was the TRIPLE THREAT HARDCORE RULES MATCH for the ECW title in which if TOMMY DREAMER lost then he would leave wrestling. Was the ECW original going to capture the title which meant so much to him? Was JACK SWAGGER going to ruin things and become a 2 time ECW champion or was captain charisma Christian going to somehow retain his title? This match was true to its name as a HARDCORE RULES match as almost from the get-go weapons were introduced and used much to the viewing pleasure.
The HOG PEN match deserves a mention as it was just damned hilarious. SANTINA MARELLA and VICKY GUERRERO rolling around in mud and slop. Lovely.
The match of the night however was the LADDER match for the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. EDGE and JEFF HARDY put on a treat for the audiences with a variety of eye catching moves and high risk in a match that really lived up to its hype. Was JEFF HARDY able to prove that his first title reign wasn't a fluke or would the ultimate opportunist regain his title yet again. A great match with a (small) shock ending.
The only disappointment for me was the CAGE match for the WWE title between BATISTA and RANDY ORTON. I just felt that with the amount of hype that there was going into this match what with the storyline with RIC FLAIR, this match should have provided more and frankly it was disappointing and far far to short.
Other matches included a FATAL FOR WAY match between WILLIAM REGAL, MATT HARDY, MVP and KOFI KINGSTON for the UNITED STATES championship. A SAMOAN STRAP MATCH between UMAGA and CM PUNK and a SUBMISSION match between JOHN CENA and THE BIG SHOW which was actually very boring as most CENA/SHOW matches tend to be because its the same old thing. End the feud and start something new.
All in all i was impressed with the matches and the performances put it. Nearly every match lived up to expectation in what was a solid display by the WWE. Roll on to THE BASH
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