I was excited when I heard that WWE Extreme Rules was coming to my hometown of St. Louis. It’s rare that I get a chance to watch all of my favorite superstars in person. Everyone that has attended a live event knows that the fixed angle from your seat exposes all.
The night started off on the wrong foot. The Miz came out to a monstrous pop from the crowd, but I’m not sure if St. Louis loves The Miz or was just excited to get the show started. After the match actually got started, it was clear that Miz wasn’t worth the pop he got. The match looked more like interpretive dance than wrestling. Both he and Cody Rhodes were over-selling moves, and I was glad the match didn’t last too long. These two were definitely my biggest disappointments of the night.
There is always a breakout star to every event, and it is quite obvious that the Extreme Rules MVP was Dean Ambrose. It was amazing the things he could do in a PPV match. He’s at least above average in every aspect of the game. From the air to the mat, it seems like there’s nothing he can’t accomplish in the ring.
I was also impressed by Ryback and Fandango. Ryback’s move-set looks so painful in person. Every move looks and sounds like it hurts. While Ryback was good at making himself look strong, Fandango was impressive making his opponent look strong. He sold every move perfectly. Of course Daniel Bryan was amazing as always.
The biggest pop of the night was for Randy Orton. St. Louis always treats their hometown heroes well. The biggest heat came from Zeb Coulter mouthing the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis is the biggest baseball town in the US.
The match of the night had to be the WWE Championship match. John Cena and Ryback told a story in that ring, and I’m curious as to what they’re going to do from here. It looked like Ryback walked off while Cena was stretchered out. Maybe Ryback will have something to say about the rightful winner on Raw tonight.
If you’ve never been to a live WWE event, it’s an experience you have to see to believe. You won’t be disappointed.