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Written By: Mark Armstrong
Running Time: 183 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: July 29 2013
The first PPV after WrestleMania is always a struggle to maintain the momentum of the year’s biggest show. However, ER ’13 does a nice job, making for a rather enjoyable wrestling DVD to watch.
Fandango vs. Chris Jericho is an okay opener, while Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose is good if a bit on the short side. Sheamus vs. Mark Henry under Strap rules revives an old feud and has the potential to be rotten,. to be honest, but it’s surprisingly enjoyable. Less so is Alberrto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger with an I Quit stipulation, which is a television-level bout and therefore a weak replacement for a three-way Ladder match also involving Dolph Ziggler (Ziggler’s concussion is the reason why that match didn’t happen).
Team Hell No vs. The Shield is an enjoyable Tornado match, and a bit sad since it pretty much marks the end of a memorable era for the team of Daniel Bryan and Kane. Randy Orton vs. Big Show is a strong Extreme Rules match which benefits from major hometown support for Orton, but although the Last Man Standing clash between John Cena and Ryback has its moments, the finish harms much of the work which had gone into it. Fortunately, Brock Lesnar and Triple H end the show on a high with a powerful Steel Cage showdown, which finally brings an end to their year-plus rivalry. The bonus match is The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes, although it’s nothing special.
Extreme Rules 2013 doesn’t quite compare to the brilliant 2012 event (which marked Lesnar’s comeback match for WWE in brutal fashion), but it still stands as a really exciting show, making this DVD a nice one to own should you be interested in the fall-out to WrestleMania 29.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Good