WWE Extreme Rules 2019
Running Time: 276 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 2
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: August 26 2019
(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)
Even considering the modern digital climate and the likes of WWE Network allowing for instant access to its content, it really is amazing how quick the turnaround is for WWE PPVs to DVD these days. In the past, fans would have to wait around three months or more for, say, a WrestleMania to come to stores, and in the very early days, it could even take over half a year. Nowadays, though, it is taken for granted that the likes of WWE Extreme Rules 2019 are coming to DVD just six weeks after the supershow originally took place. How cool is that?
Anyway, my blabbering aside, the eleventh annual Extreme Rules has its moments, beginning with the opening tag match that sees The Undertaker and Roman Reigns form a dream team against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. This is an energetic contest that masks the weaknesses of Taker at this stage of his career, thus causing critics to re-evaluate their perspectives on how long he will continue to wrestle, because this was his best match in a long time. The Revival vs. The Usos for the Raw Tag Team Titles is decent but nothing memorable, a disappointment considering what both combos are capable of, while Aleister Black vs. Cesaro is a fine hard-hitting scrap that serves its purpose rather nicely.
Bayley manages to overcome both Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a handicap match that surprisingly did not lead to the Alexa-Nikki break-up (well, not yet, anyway). Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley then put on a very exciting Falls Count Anywhere match in a scrap that goes down very well in Philadelphia (incidentally, can you believe that at the eleventh time of asking, this was only the first Extreme Rules to be held in Philly?). Expectations are exceeded again by the SmackDown Tag Team Title three-way as Daniel Bryan and Rowan, Heavy Machinery and The New Day deliver a fun match that has a popular outcome.
AJ Styles and Ricochet bring their feud to PPV with another strong contest. The in-ring standard has been elevated so high in recent years, though, that even a well-executed bout like this ends up being slightly unmemorable, though one cannot fault their effort at all. Kevin Owens then literally pins Dolph Ziggler in seconds with a Stunner to continue his career revival as the latest Austin-style anti-authority babyface (hence his finisher), and Kofi Kingston bests Samoa Joe in a WWE Title match that was okay but lacked drama since very few people believed that Kingston would lose the gold here, at least against Joe.
That’s because of the post-match events after the main event of Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans. This Extreme Rules match is a bit uneven, with there being some crowd-popping high spots and there also being some real lulls. It’s a decent headline bout, though, and after the bell rang, Brock Lesnar chose to cash in Money In The Bank on Seth Rollins. The Beast struck again much to the chagrin of Seth, but to the delight of Kingston who avoided Lesnar’s wrath, for the time being anyway. Also included as extras are the Intercontinental Title bout between Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura and the Cruiserweight Championship contest between Drew Gulak and Tony Nese both from the Kick-Off Show, along with segments involving the combatants in the opener and the WWE Title match from television.
On the whole, WWE Extreme Rules 2019 has a lot to offer on DVD, especially when throwing in the bonus material. The poorest matches are merely average, and there are some very good contests on the show (though none are classic material). If you’re looking for a fun card to watch on a quiet evening, Extreme Rules 2019 ticks the box.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Good