Title This: WWE Extreme Rules Reaction

Josh Isenberg

John Cena vs. Ryback ends in No Contest for the WWE Championship

John Cena

This was the ONLY way to end this match. John Cena could not drop the WWE Championship less than two months after beating The Rock. There was no way Ryback, as a new heel, would lose clean. If either of these happened, it would be a complete mess. This was a physical and entertaining match from the very beginning. This was the perfect match for two guys that are not the most fluent in the ring. We saw multiple high spots, including a body slam through a table. They also were able to take it to the outside. Ryback used a barricade to knock out Cena, while Cena and Ryback crashed through a table set up in the crowd. This was a really fun and intriguing match to watch. As both men looked like monsters by kicking out time and time again, it was ready for the finish. Ryback reversed an Attitude Adjustment and drove Cena through the sets. Electricity hit them both and made Cena and Ryback not be able to continue. It was the perfect way. I give kudos to Cena and Ryback. I was very skeptical that their styles would clash. They seemed too similar. It worked well tonight and continues a feud without burying either guy's momentum.

Grade: A-

Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in a Steel Cage Match

Brock Lesnar

The rubber match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H was somewhat similar to what I was expecting. For months, we have seen Triple H and Brock Lesnar brawl. Whether it was at Summerslam or Wrestlemania, they have fought with much anger and aggression. This match was no different. The positives were as follows: Brock Lesnar was hurt in the match. I know he was not actually hurt, but WWE needed the "real" fighter be harmed by the "fake fighter." This humbles Brock Lesnar and makes the WWE guy look tough. We all know that Lesnar could dominate anybody on the roster, so this makes sense. In a cage match, it was more technical than anything. Lesnar hit his knee into the cage and was a problem for him the entire night. Triple H continually worked over his knee, with Sharpshooters and Figure Fours. It was smart, but I really wanted to see more fast action. Lesnar needed to hit more belly to belly suplexes, possibly into the cage. The cage needed to be utilized much more tonight. I wanted to see Lesnar and Triple H end the feud on a huge note. It was mediocre. Lesnar needed to win this match. This is the beginning of Lesnar's build back up to the top. Triple H can come back and find other competition if he wants to. Lesnar, even with limited dates, will be a guy that Heyman talks about to fight for the WWE Championship. Or, at least, he should. I know this will not happen, but Lesnar as Money in the Bank winner would be intriguing. It won't happen. The night ended with Lesnar standing tall and Triple H's future in question. Much like Summerslam in August, we are unsure where this goes.

Grade: B

WWE Extreme Rules Grade: B-

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