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WWE: Extreme Rules 2010

WWE // 2010 // 179 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // June 26th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge Franck Tabouring goes to the extreme, when it comes to cleaning the dishes and making the bed.

The Charge

It's the one night of the year when every match goes extreme.

The Case

WWE's superstars are back in action at WWE: Extreme Rules 2010, the one pay-per-view during which most rules are thrown out and the wrestlers get to fight without worrying about disqualifications. Here's a look at the complete lineup:

• Big Show & The Miz vs. R-Truth & John Morrison vs. MVP & Mark Henry vs. The Hart Dynasty in a Gauntlet Match
Big Show and The Miz must face and defeat three teams in a row in this Gauntlet Match, a mediocre opening battle that fails to offer any surprises but picks up decent speed as it progresses. Each pair of wrestlers offers the audience a few cool team moves, but other than that, this 6-minute matchup is a tad too chaotic. Nothing out of the ordinary to look for in this one. Let's move on…

• Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
If CM Punk loses this fight, he gets his head shaved. I know that's not necessarily an original idea, but as long as the wrestling action delivers, I'm fine with it. Luckily, Mysterio and Punk put on a good show, complete with some well-coordinated maneuvers and dives, and some sleek submission moves. Clocking in at 16 minutes, this match easily bests its predecessor in terms of quality.

• JTG vs. Shad in a Strap Match
Both athletes are strapped to each other in this one, and that means we're in for a lot of pulling. Alas, this is not as exciting as it may sound, and even JTG and Shad try hard to make this an entertaining battle, they ultimately fail. Luckily enough, this battle doesn't last very long. Disappointing.

• Jack Swagger vs. Randy Orton in a World Heavyweight Championship Match
The championship match between Swagger and Orton is an Extreme Rules match, which means anything goes. At 14 minutes, this battle for the gold works pretty well, with both Swagger and Orton delivering some powerful moves inside and around the ring. I would have preferred more extreme, but in terms of solid, classic wrestling, this is surprisingly entertaining matchup after all.

• Triple H vs. Sheamus in a Street Fight Match
I've seen both Triple H and Sheamus do better, but their match here at Extreme Rules is not a major disaster. Triple H enters this match with an apparent injury. Of course, that slows him and the match down at times. I wish the show writers would have spun this one differently, but what can you do? Still, Sheamus and HHH show enough aggression to engage in some powerful moves, and the action inside the ring ends up being entertaining enough. It's outside the ring where things fall apart, even though this is technically a street fight. Alas, there's barely anything extreme about this battle.

• Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix in an Extreme Makeover Match for the Women's Championship
The divas are at it again, but this time, they get to use all sorts of ridiculous tools to compete in this title match. WWE writers may think hairspray, ironing boards, and makeup make funny weapons, but to be honest, I'd rather watch these athletes perform a bunch of passable wrestling moves. Needless to say, this match is not among the best, and even though Phoenix and McCool do indeed deliver one or two cool maneuvers, they ultimately fail to turn this one into a memorable battle. It's a forgettable matchup instead.

• Edge vs. Chris Jericho in a Steel Cage Match
While it's by no means a memorable battle, this steel cage match between Jericho and Edge qualifies as one of the better matches of this PPV. Both wrestlers deliver a bunch of powerful moves inside the ring, but it's when they try to escape the cage that the coordination between the two starts to fall apart. Needless to say, they both bring a lot of energy to the ring, and that's eventually what turns this one into an entertaining show. Extreme? Sadly, no.

• John Cena vs. Batista in a Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship
The main event is a Last Man Standing match, which means this fight for the gold can only be won via count out. Cena and Batista deliver a classic wrestling match filled with punches, kicks, and a great variety of submission and signature moves. All in all, this is a fast-paced battle, and Cena and Batista give each other an equal amount of momentum periods, which creates a welcoming buzz among the audience. The match is by far not as extreme as I hoped it would be, but at least it's not boring. It's a solid finish to an overall decent event.

As always, the quality of the image on this DVD does the job, and the same goes for the audio. The bonus material on the disc includes a brief segment highlighting Shawn Michaels' farewell speech during a Raw event.

The 2010 edition of WWE: Extreme Rules boasts some good matches. Unfortunately, none of the action here is extreme enough to really stand out. That said, I've seen more disappointing pay-per-views recently, and in this sense, this one's worth checking out after all.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 79

Perp Profile

Studio: WWE
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 179 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Sports
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Bonus Clip

Accomplices

• Official Website








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