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This week we have another one of the Double Feature releases. A few days later than expected but that was only due to me having a busy week personally which is why also there haven’t been any interviews out this week but when I received this last week I was really looking forward to adding it to the pile to review in the coming weeks.
As usual with these Double Feature releases with them being two PPV’s I will be running through the matches in a shorter way and then giving my recommendation at the end of the review as to whether you should purchase this release.
Let’s start with Extreme Rules, which started with Dean Ambrose vs The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. with this match it had an added stipulation that if he ended up losing by disqualification he would lose the Intercontinental title. The Miz ended up winning the title for a 7th time, this came about through Maryse accidently slapping him then being ejected. Maryse argued with the referee about this and The Miz took advantage whipping Ambrose into the referee. The referee and Ambrose had some words but The Miz hit his Skull Crushing finale to pick up the victory and the title in a pretty good match to start the show off. A lot of cool spots and nearfalls that you don’t usually get in an opener and it made it really feel like you were watching a sub main event or at the least a midcard match and as usual the WWE put a good match first in order to get the crowd excited which is what has been lacking in PPV’s previous to this year.
Next up we had Noam Dar & Alicia Fox vs Rich Swann & Sasha Banks which was quite average compared to the previous match and it was used to continue the feud and to put Rich Swann and Sasha Banks over. Not really watching WWE regularly I didn’t really get this match that much but if you watch it I guess you will know what has gone on previously. It ended up being that we had Sasha Banks hitting a double knee attack followed by Swann’s finisher showing the chemistry between the pair as a team and it added to it as Swann ended up winning in his hometown which of course would be a brilliant moment for him which means personal gain as well as for the team.
Next up despite it being an Extreme Rules PPV we had a weird match type in the form of a Kendo Stick on a Pole match between Alexa Bliss and Bayley which would be a good or bad match depending on which wrestler you favoured as Alexa Bliss made Bayley look poor and exerted her dominance as the champion winning quite easily and it is fair enough if it was against an external jobber or from someone not really used in the company but Bayley is seen as a big star to the fans in terms of the Women’s Division. I think though that being booked poor like this will make her come back and sooner rather than later beat Alexa for the title.
Following this we have The Hardy Boys taking on Cesaro and Sheamus in a Tornado Steel Cage match for the RAW Tag Team Champions. This was an alright match as is everything with the Hardys. Due to the setting unlike the Hell in a Cell match, it is quite restricted so you can’t really get the unique offence that the Hardy Boys are known for. Jeff ended up leaving the cage early which put the Hardys on the back foot and then when Matt was being beaten up, Jeff was there to climb up the cage and hit a Whisper in the Wind which proved fatal as when Matt ended up trying to get him out the cage which gave Cesaro and Sheamus an opportunity and they got to the floor at around the same time that the Hardy Boys did meaning that they won the title which I didn’t expect and probably will continue the feud all the way to SummerSlam with hopefully in terms of The Hardys will mean that they win the titles back from the champions.
Next up following that we had a Cruiserweight match and without prior research I guess Austin Aries’ last appearance in a WWE ring as he took on champion Neville in a submission match and this wasn’t amazing but wasn’t poor which was a theme of this PPV overall and with it being a submission match it is all about the ground work early and this type of match doesn’t really suit the style but like I say it wasn’t at all terrible. I am a big fan of Neville and don’t think he will be unseated unless in a shock loss at any time soon.
Finally we had a Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules Match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor & Bray Wyatt, I’d probably say the 5 faces of the company in terms of RAW and this match lived up to expectations. This match was for the chance to face off against Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire the next PPV and it was Samoa Joe who ended up winning the shot against ‘The Beast Incarnate’. All 5 men had chances to win as expected and it meant that Samoa didn’t look like he was the strongest but of course he was and ended up making Finn pass out with the Coquina Clutch with Finn looking like he might end up winning before this point hitting the Coup De Grace before that before being made to tap out.
The next PPV was Money In The Bank 2017 which started off with the Women’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match which was between Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Tamina, Carmella (w/James Ellsworth) & Natalya. This was like with the previous PPV a great opener between 5 of the best women in the division. Carmella won the match and of course the contract surprisingly even though she had of course a certain James Ellsworth with her, I didn’t think it would come off and of course it was Ellsworth who helped out Carmella by grabbing the briefcase for her and throwing it onto her. Even though it might annoy some people, I don’t reckon Carmella will win the title when she tries to cash in which will be a victory for all people who don’t like the duo and the result of this match.
Next up we have the Usos vs the New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team titles. This was a very good match which started off with some great back and forth tag team action but then had a brilliant ending which was typical heel when the Usos left the ring after it looked like Jimmy and Jey Uso were going to lose and that meant that the New Day ended up winning the match by countout which me being a big fan of heels was a really good moment but I bet that other people thought of it differently and that is fair enough. I enjoyed the Rap Battle in particular before the match on SmackDown with Wale and so this was a match I was very much looking forward to before review and even though it wasn’t amazing it delivered.
Next up was Naomi vs Lana which was for the SmackDown Women’s title, this looked like on paper that it would be very average and maybe even the dud match of the event and even though it was very average, Lana in particular who was the big concern wasn’t as bad as I thought she would be and even though some of her offence left a bit to be desired, some of her moves showed that some work had been done. Carmella came out at the end to heighten the match and potentially tease a big MITB cash in but she decided against it and this allowed Naomi to win easily despite some late offence by Lana due to the distraction which could have handed her the title.
Next up we had Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton which was for the WWE title of course held by the Modern Day Maharaja. This was a very good match between the two who are two of the hottest properties on SmackDown right now. I love how they have used Mahal since his return to the fray in WWE and how he has finally become more than just a jobber like he was the 3MB and I think he would of never been released had he stayed with his gimmick that he started with in WWE> The finish that occured included two staples to Jinder and that is the Singh Brothers. Orton attacked both of them at the end but this proved fatal to Orton who went back into the ring just to be hit with the Khallas for Jinder to retain the title which showed that while Jinder has someone by his side he will be forever powerful.
Then we had a throw away match before the main event between Breezango and The Ascension which was there to of course heighten the former team as opposed to the latter who I think will be on the release list come the end of the year. Overall just a boring filler match that lasted 4 minutes and basically didn’t give either team any favours in the long run.
Finally in the main event we had the usual Money in the Bank Ladder Match which was between AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Shinsuke Nakamura and as expected this match was excellent when you think about on paper that was always going to be the case. Zayn was the best part using the cliche with the Money in the Bank that they will do anything to win, Styles and Owens also were brilliant and of course Styles facing off against Nakamura was the part fans were most looking forward to and is a wrestling mark’s dream and also nods to potentially a future match between the two. I was not surprised at all that Baron Corbin grabbed the win and the briefcase as this match despite having the established stars is always there to make someone else a new star and it did it with Corbin in the ATGBR and it has done again with the Money in the Bank. This was up there as to one of the best ladder matches I have seen over the years so overall a great end to the show from WWE.
Rating – 6/10 – Not a great set as both PPV’s of course have stand out matches but nothing spectacular but I guess if your going to part with your hard earned cash you will do knowing that you got both PPV’s for only around £7 each as opposed to paying the usual retail price for individual PPV’s that may not be that good but at least with this you have security on that front. Not as good as the other double features and a would not recommend from me unless you are a collector then go for it!
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