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Welcome to Episode 57 of the Josh Lopez Wrestling Podcast. Josh talks about the following topics.
– RANT on the back and forth squabble about the WWE Television Ratings.
– WWE SmackDown Live 6/6/17 Review
– WWE Extreme Rules 2017 PPV Review
– RAW 6/5/17 Review
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You gotta love those moments of inconsistency in wrestling, and last night’s edition of Extreme rules was filled with them.
As most of you saw, last night WWE broadcasted Extreme Rules on the WWE Network, and during several of the matches there was a bit of inconsistent backing of rules. Here are a few examples in my opinion of the inconsistent rules that took place from last night’s Extreme Rules PPV.
The Cage match between the Hardy’s vs. Sheamus & Cesaro was actually not bad. They implemented the two guy rule, meaning that both members of the team were intended to leave the cage to instigate a victory for that team. Jeff Hardy was the first one to reach the outside giving the Hardy’s brothers one step ahead in victory. But later on in the match, Jeff was forced to return to the ring by climbing the cage and hitting a whisper in the wind from the top onto Cesaro & Sheamus… But the odd part about this was that because Jeff climbed back in, he reverted the decision and that he now had to re-escape the cage to count him and Matt as the winners. It’s just one of those odd stipulations that yes in a way make sense, but in another doesn’t. Again it’s no DQ, so anything can go. It’s more of a logical confusion than anything, especially for fans watching it live. All of a sudden Jeff escapes, then has to escape again? I feel that WWE should have at least listed out the rules for the match just for that very reason.
The submission match between Neville and Austin Aries was well fought and put together… if you take away the idea of the ref counting rope breaks and count-outs. Now, don’t get me wrong, Disqualifications and/or count-outs are possible outcomes for the match, but then don’t identify it as “THE ONLY WAY TO WIN IS BY SUBMISSION” because in a way that throws out the count-out and DQ wins. But again this is one of those times where being inconsistent with the rules apply, and not listing out the proper victory possibilities only sets to confuse the audience.
The Kendo-Stick on a pole match was another match where I feel could have seen a change. I know the main draw was to get the Kendo stick down and bash your opponent… but let’s face it. They could have used any and all weapons instead of a Kendo Stick. As a matter of fact, I feel when one women was reaching for the Kendo stick, what was stopping the other from getting a chair? Now I know WWE Officials probably limited the women to the ONE weapon only, but I feel if you wanted to show tactics you could have had the other women grab another weapon to distinguish the ability to think outside the box. It’s a no DQ, and never in the rules does it state “cannot use other weapons.” It was just one of those things where you see the potential, but don’t get much from it.
Now last but not least, was the fatal-5-way Extreme Rules match, which to say the least wasn’t as much Extreme Rules as I anticipated it may be. Literally, there was the top half of the steel steps used, one chair, potentially two, and one broken table… That was it, ohh and a broken barricade. For a 5 man match I really was expecting more weapons to be utilized. Not saying it wasn’t a good match. All men delivered in their own way and made it entertaining, but again it’s one of those things that you anticipate something considering it being a “first time” ever match, but get short changed based on creative decision. Again, i’m not downgrading when they did, but I feel they could have added more to the match. I know there is a limit, and having all matches utilizing weapons takes away from the OMG moments. But I feel there were many opportunities during the PPV to generate more OMG moments without downgrading matches as the card progressed.
Overall, Extreme Rules brought us a ton of gimmick matches. We saw titles change hands, and had a few weapon moments here and there. But for a PPV where Extreme is the main game, I feel it lacked on that and thought that it could have added more to not only the main event, but all the matches. It’s one thing to limit weapons in certain matches to make the main event moments involving weapon seem that much more grande, but it seems WWE didn’t even have that many moments with weapons for the main event. So what was the deal with limiting other matches?
This is merely just my opinion. Many could have watched that Pay-Per-View and thought it was the best thing ever, and if you did; GREAT! I have nothing against a fan enjoying the content, I just felt there were moments during the PPV that could have been tweaked to make certain moments feel bigger and more memorable. Cause for me the PPV, seemed very generic and didn’t work to making big moments feel big.
What were your thoughts? Did you enjoy the PPV? Were there moments where you thought they could have changed things up?
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Here are my predictions for this Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules PPV, which airs on the WWE Network.
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Sasha Banks & Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar & Alicia Fox
Mixed Tag Team Match
Here’s a match where in my opinion seems to have been thrown together quickly, just for the hell of it. Throughout the weeks we’ve seen growing tensions between Fox and Banks, which eventually brought in Swann and Dar. So a story to instigate a match is there, but i believe this is one of those “put it together, end it quickly” type of matches. To be honest, one of the biggest surprises from this feud is when Fox pinned Sasha cleanly on Raw two weeks back. That provided some insight on Fox and the potential that WWE may try and get her to go for the Women’s Championship at some point. But, Fox can celebrate that victory in her head, as I see the dancing duo of Swann and Banks coming out on top.
MOC Predictions: Rich Swann & Sasha Banks
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
-WWE Cruiserweight Championship-
Neville yet again puts his title on the line against the greatest man on the planet, Austin Aries. These two have been having some memorable matches, spanning back to WrestleMania 33. But instead of having Neville once again cheap out and retain his title, this has now become a submissions match, when in all reality anything goes. The only way to win is via submission, and DQ wins are not allowed. Aries has a lot to gain, and Neville has a ton to lose, but you do have to ask yourself, will TJ Perkins in some way get involved? TJ has been riding the wave, so to speak on Neville’s shoulders. Being a student of the king he could either help or potentially hurt his chances in retaining that championship. Neville did submit on Raw to Aries Last Chancery finisher, which only showed that the potential to lose the title is there. But in my honest opinion I feel a distraction from TJ could potentially cost Aries yet another match, allowing the King to stand tall once again.
MOC Prediction: Neville (retains)
Matt & Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
-Raw Tag Team Championship-
Steel Cage Match
Let the extreme begin! These men locked in a cage is like having the extra cherry on top of an already overflowing chocolate cake. It’s just too good to not be excited for it. Cesaro & Sheamus has positioned themselves as “The Bar” when it comes to the Raw tag team division, and frankly have what it takes to beat the Hardy’s in my opinion. But you’re also talking about a team who go to the extreme to win. Matt and Jeff are well known for their crazy moments in gimmick matches such as this. I’m sure anticipating a potential splash from the top of the cage, or some type of huge spot that will adhere a “holy shit” chant. I do feel that Sheamus & Cesaro will get their opportunities as the champions and it will come this Sunday as they will take those titles off the Hardy’s. This only allows for the feud to continue and will lead them into Summerslam where you for sure could expect a huge match with some type of stipulation involved. Time will tell, but for sure I see Sheamus & Cesaro coming out as the victors in this one.
MOC Predictions: Sheamus & Cesaro (New Raw Tag Team Champions)
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley
-Raw Women’s Championship-
Kendo Stick On a Pole Match
Seriously, a kendo stick on a pole match? In a way I feel Vince Russo is running this match. But nonetheless these women are prepared to get extreme. In all honesty you don’t have to just use a kendo stick, but being as this is WWE they’ll probably only limit them the use of one weapon and only that weapon on the pole. Throughout the last few weeks, we’ve seen Alexa get into the mind of Bayley and try to break her down mentally, and it’s kind of working. Following the horrendous “this is your life” segment on Raw we saw Alexa once again come out on top, which begs the questions if she’ll be able to retain that title at Extreme Rules. I’ll be honest I’m not sure, but I can’t see Bayley once again winning and continuing this feud, as there are a ton of other potential competitors on Raw that could very well compete for the title. So, preferably I’m going for Alexa to retain, to potentially compete against Nia Jax down the line.
MOC Predictions: Alexa Bliss (retains)
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz
-WWE Intercontinental Championship-
Singles Match (If Dean is DQ’ed he loses the title)
Listen, we can all admit that Miz has elevated himself to a talent in which can invoke emotion, anger and frustration from the audience. He’s one of the top heel’s in WWE and can work the mic above anyone else on that roster today. He elevated that IC title on Smackdown based on how he held himself and the actions he took to keep it. So him requesting this DQ stipulation only tells me that he will find someway to screw Ambrose out of this title. Here’s one example, what’s stopping Maryse from slapping Miz, causing a DQ and having Ambrose lose the title? What’s stopping Miz from taunting and pushing Ambrose to utilize weapons against him through annoying tactics. I feel Miz will take advantage of this stipulation to garner the win. He had a point on Raw, Dean hasn’t helped the prestige of that title at all. In a way WWE creative just doesn’t seem to know what to do with him when he’s champion. It’s the same when he was US Champion, WWE champion and now the IC Champion. He just seems to fill the void and not actually play the role in my opinion. Miz is the perfect fit for that title and this Sunday he’ll win it back for sure. Let’s face it, on a show where the MAIN [Universal Championship] title is not showcased on a weekly basis, you do need a top title to make it the goal for the show. Miz can make the IC title that title.
MOC Predictions: The Miz (New IC Champion)
Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
-#1 Contender Match For The Universal Championship-
Fatal-5-Way Extreme Rules Match
The main event for the show, and potentially the TOP match for the show will feature Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe going against one-another for a shot at the Universal Championship. Ohh and did I mention it’s an Extreme Rules match?
This in my honest opinion will be one, if not the top match of the night. These five men are not only great competitors in the ring but have the ability to make anything they do spectacular. The winner for this match is difficult to determine as each man has his own merits on why they should compete for the Universal Championship. Roman is obvious, he’s Vince’s guy and usually gets the big opportunities. Same goes for Rollins. Bray is the enigma of the group and his creepy vibe can make for an interesting match with Brock. Joe is just a bad-ass, beat down, gonna kill you type of guy. His style along with Lesnar’s could make for a great hard hitting match. And then there’s Finn, a man who never lost the title and even got a hand shake from Paul Heyman, where Heyman wished him luck. Let’s face it, WWE has already implemented who they want winning, why else would there be a segment featuring Finn and Heyman where Heyman appears to want Finn to win. It’s obvious that Heyman wants Finn to win as he sees him as not a threat to his client Brock Lesnar. When you see both men together you understand why, but Finn will hone into his inner demon, as usual to give him the potential he needs to defeat any challenger that comes his way.
Even though this match is hard to determine on who comes out on top, it’s still intriguing to have seen Heyman and Finn and therefor I will have to go with Finn. Give him the opportunity to compete for his title and bring a fight to Lesnar which he’ll never forget.
MOC Prediction: Finn Balor (New #1 Contender For The Universal Championship)
Those are my predictions, feel free to share yours!
Who do you think walks our of Extreme Rules champions, new #1 contenders and overall winners.