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The Aftermath – WWE Extreme Rules 2010

There has been a lot of big things happening in the world of combat sports, so we are a little bit later than usual with our rundown of WWE’s gimmick filled “Extreme Rules” PPV. It definitely faced some tough competition falling on the same weekend as the big Kessler/Froch fight and WEC’s excellent PPV debut. It was a show that divided us here at FGB, so let’s get right in to it.

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Best Match: Rey Mysterio Vs. CM Punk

Worst Match: Beth Phoenix Vs. Michelle McCool

AWESOME PPV! 2 great matches, a handful of decent-good matches and really nothing overly bad. Oh and the crowd was great for pretty much the whole show.

Rey vs. Punk was just a masterpiece of a match, right up there with the Rey/Jericho matches from 09. The Joey Matthews run-in was done perfectly and trust me that’s only going to be the tip of the iceberg as far as that situation goes!

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Best Match: John Cena vs. Dave Batista
Worst Match: JTG Vs. Shad Gaspard

We had arguably the best Boxing and MMA shows of the year this weekend, and this card fell well short of that level. It was about on par with your average second tier WWE PPV; a couple of decent matches but ultimately a forgettable experience.

Cena/Batista was an excellent match only hindered by a ridiculously lame finish. Punk/Mysterio was also really good. I hated everything about the tag gauntlet. Shad vs. JTG may have been the least over match on PPV in the last five years, and I have never liked the strap match gimmick anyway.

I also didn’t particularly care for the Edge/Jericho cage match. I absolutely abhor when the face takes on the role of vindictive bully. Edge is the worst babyface in the history of humanity. I can’t believe that some people have the audacity to criticize Orton’s run after what we have seen with Edge from Wrestlemania through to now. Utterly dreadful.

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Best Match: Chris Jericho vs. Edge
Worst Match: Shad Gaspard vs. JTG

I just found this show so boring, and it was magnified coming a day after the fantastic WEC show. But what I didn’t think of until now is that the last WWE show I saw was WrestleMania, and I saw that in person. In person, WrestleMania was an awe-inspiring production and the show didn’t have a lot of shenanigans. This show was all shenanigans. It also started off on the wrong foot for me with the Triple H/Sheamus stuff. If Triple H is going away to shoot a movie, why did he have to get beat up before the match? He put over Sheamus fine, but it seems like there always has to be an excuse. And jeez that match was boring in the middle. And I guess that was the story of the show for me. Other than Rey vs. Punk (and that’s because it was shorter), every long match had a boring middle. Nothing kept up from bell to bell. The main event was a fun match, but after all this time putting over Batista’s character, he loses because of duct tape? Hmmmm.

Next up on WWE’s PPV calender is “Over the Limit” on May 23rd.

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