WWE DVD Review – Extreme Rules 2011
By Phil Allely
Extreme Rules 2011 may have seemed like your usual run of the mill stipulation heavy pay-per-view event, but it was an awful lot more than that. This was the event where we were guaranteed a new World Heavyweight Champion (after Edge’s sudden retirement due to injury), the newly vacated belt being fought for under ladder match rules between Christian and Alberto Del Rio.
This was a historic night in other areas too, whilst Del Rio and Christian battled for their respective brands gold using steel ladders, John Cena, John Morrison and The Miz took their three-way scrap for the WWE Championship into the confines of a steel cage. Elsewhere Randy Orton and CM Punk took their war to new levels with a brutal Last Man Standing encounter that bettered their WrestleMania effort.
These three match-ups are well worth watching for their innovative, exciting and hard-hitting action, but they are in good company too. Kofi Kingston versus Sheamus for the United States Championship proved to be a thoroughly decent Tables bout. The Country Whipping Match between the teams of Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler/Jim Ross and Michael Cole/Jack Swagger lived up to expectations (just). Rey Mysterio’s Falls Count Anywhere brawl with Cody Rhodes proved to be far better than expected, considering Mysterio’s collective injuries this was indeed impressive. The Layla and Michelle McCool Loser Leaves WWE match was well planned, short and worked to meet its ends. The only shortcoming being the Kane/Big Show versus Wade Barrett/Ezekiel Jackson Lumberjack Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, this could have been good if given enough time to build.
Extreme Rules was a well above average PPV event, the stipulations worked well in the whole, the Del Rio and Christian match gave the fans just what they wished for, the Lawler/Ross & Cole/Swagger bout rounded that feud off to a degree and the LayCool Diva scrap saw us bid farewell to one of the WWE’s most recent female success stories.
This DVD fully showcases Extreme Rules as the success it was, there were some decent matches, storylines continued and some feuds ended in style. The crowning of a new champion (or two)and some surprises to boot.
On the extras front we have an interview the new World Heavyweight Champion.
WWE Extreme Rules is available now from www.silvervision.co.uk and all good retailers.
Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, RRP £17.99 (single disc DVD) & £24.99 (double disc Blu-ray).