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WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Blu-Ray Review

CaptureWith the Road To Wrestlemania over, WWE once again faced that yearly question of ‘what now?’ So much of the year is spent building up to their biggest spectacular that they often struggle once they’ve reached the peak – in this case Daniel Bryan overcoming all odds to win the WWE World Heavyweight Title and the YES! movement celebrating worldwide. With the shocking result in the Undertaker/Brock Lesnar match and new stars like Cesaro and The Shield rising to the challenge, Wrestlemania XXX was a tale of paying tribute to history while starting to build the future.

The PPV after Wrestlemania doesn’t typically shake the status quo a whole lot, with the majority of feuds continuing in one way or another. No surprises here with Extreme Rules as The Authority look to screw Daniel Bryan out of his title once again by putting him against the demon Kane, while HHH also has his hands full with The Shield. Of course there’s always room for a few returns and debuts after ‘Mania, and so the night after saw Paige from NXT make her main roster debut and win the title in her very first match. As Vince McMahon always says… “anything can happen!”

The key to Extreme Rules is in the title – taking things to the extreme. Here we get a Steel Cage match, an Extreme Rules match and even a WeeLC match! Whether the match ups themselves look good on paper or not, it’s always worth watching a gimmick PPV to see how far the wrestlers will go and to enjoy the chaos. Men like Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins certainly thrive in this type of environment, looking to make a name for themselves at the expense of the old guard. When all is said and done, Extreme Rules brings some feuds to an end while kick starting others for the months ahead.

DVD Extra: Extreme Rules Kickoff

WeeLC Match: El Torito vs. Hornswoggle

Well this isn’t a match I ever thought I’d be writing about, but in all honesty it ended up being one of the most fun on the entire card. The ongoing feud between these two and their tag team rivals comes to a head with tables, ladders and chairs! As a long term wrestling fan I remember many times where we’ve seen ‘mini’ wrestlers have a go, mostly in comedic ways, but the athleticism of these two participants is very impressive. It is of course a generally funny feud, but there’s more to it and it’s one of the great last hurrahs of 3MB before Drew and Jinder got released.

PPV Card

Triple Threat Elimination Match – RVD vs. Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger

While it’s nice to see RVD return every so often, he does often lack direction and proper feuds these days. Luckily what he lacks in booking he makes up for in performances, and here is no different. Thrown in the middle of the explosion of the Real Americans, RVD puts in a great showing here. The story is of Cesaro as the newest Heyman guy versus his ex-partner Swagger, but not forgetting RVD’s storied history with Heyman and ECW. All three men work well together, as well as the additions of Heyman and Zeb Colter on the outside. The elimination rules add to an enjoyable match and it’s a step forward for Cesaro who should be going places.

2 on 1 Handicap Match – Xavier Woods & R-Truth vs. Alexander Rusev

I might be a little biased but Lana is one of highlights of any PPV or weekly TV show. Okay, so it’s just her legs rather than her glowing personality, but it’s still worth watching her. The Ravishing Russian brings a comfort and ease to her performance supporting Rusev, and they make for a formidable team. Sadly as interesting as Rusev is becoming, Woods and Truth are going in the opposite direction to becoming absolutely pointless. The only thing anyone wants to see here is Rusev Crush.

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WWE Intercontinental Championship – Big E vs. Bad News Barrett

There’s something about Big E that hasn’t clicked quite yet. Perhaps it’s on a personality level, something which Bad News Barrett certainly doesn’t suffer with, having won over crowds with delivering Bad News night after night. With Big E, he seemed so dominant and exciting on NXT and now he’s just another guy. There’s definitely more to work with there, but only time will tell regarding how successful he can really be. For now, Barrett is the one on a roll and deservedly gets a title shot here. To think he was more at a main event level against Cena before during the Nexus days and lost his way, it’s a credit to the man that he has reinvented himself and found a place where he’s comfortable and entertaining audiences again. Both men are solid in the ring and tell a good story here, and if this is the future of the mid-card for a while then it’s in good shape.

Six-Man Tag Team Match – The Shield vs. Evolution

Talking of the future, The Shield have been tearing it up for what feels like forever now, and yet they manage to get better and better and better. This is almost months after people felt like they were going to break up, but they managed to become a cohesive unit again and have the crowds behind them 100%. That’s difficult against legends like Evolution but credit where credit is due – HHH, Orton and Batista have done a damn good job at making everyone hate them. This match is every bit as good as you would hope, with everyone working their asses off, which is a relief considering how Batista’s return has gone down with most of the Universe. As with the majority of The Shield’s six man tags, this is one you could happily watch over and over again.

Steel Cage Match – John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

He’s got the whoooole world in his hands! Yes, we’ve all been brainwashed by the Wyatts, but it’s quite easy to get behind them when they’re against John Cena. Yet despite his irritating personality and character flaws, Cena always brings his A-game as soon as the bell rings, and he delivers here once again just like he did at Wrestlemania. These two have a fantastic chemistry with polar opposite characters, and it is the quintessential battle of good and evil. Of course there’s always more than wins and losses where Bray Wyatt is concerned, so you know this is never the end no matter what the result.

WWE Divas Championship – Paige vs. Tamina Snuka

As a huge Paige fan from her time in NXT, I was very excited to see her debut on Raw, beating AJ for the title in a huge surprise. Since then Paige has played the underdog and mostly struggled to win over the WWE Universe because of not being able to showcase her talents. Here she struggles against Tamina who has never been a huge threat, but won a battle royal to gain the honour of being number one contender. This isn’t a pretty match as they don’t work too well together, but it’s just the beginning for Paige and hopefully better things are to come.

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Extreme Rules Match – WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Why Kane is main eventing PPVs in 2014 is something you have to wonder, but with the storied history between these two and Kane’s new role supporting The Authority, you can’t really argue against the logic behind it at least. And actually the match ends up being far better than you would expect, mostly because of Bryan’s willingness to sacrifice himself at all costs to keep the championship. This is a man that has clawed his way up to the top of the mountain and certainly isn’t giving up his role as top dog easily. This is a predictable main event but one that’s enjoyable for what it is.

Extreme Rules 2014 is another PPV that delivers because of the talent involved. WWE’s future is in safe hands with guys like The Shield, Cesaro and Daniel Bryan, and it’ll be great to see how they develop in the coming months. You can’t help but wonder who will be main eventing Wrestlemania this time next year – probably someone like Roman Reigns if all goes well. It’s a great year to be a fan of WWE and many changes are coming, so get on board now!

DVD Extras

The Shield Discuss Their Match with Renee Young

Daniel Bryan Post-Match Press Conference

Bray Wyatt Post-Match Press Conference

Blu-Ray Disc Exclusives

Monday Night Raw – 7 April 2014

Daniel Bryan Thanks the WWE Universe

Hulk Hogan Presents Cesaro with the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match – Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

Monday Night Raw – 14 April 2014

Handicap Match – The Shield vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Alexander Rusev, Fandango, 3MB, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Titus O’Neil & Bad News Barrett

SmackDown – 18 April 2014

Triple H Announces the Reformation of Evolution

Monday Night Raw – 21 April 2014

Kane Eviscerates Daniel Bryan

Monday Night Raw – 28 April 2014

Bray Wyatt’s Choir Serenades John Cena

John Cena Reacts to Bray Wyatt’s Message

Extreme Rules 2014 is available on DVD and Blu-ray now HERE.

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