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Ahead of last night’s Extreme Rules show, Alexa Bliss tweeted out her To-Do list for the evening:
— Alexa Bliss (@AlexaBliss_WWE) June 4, 2017
Very impressively, all that only took her just over five minutes. Yes, despite threatening to get extreme for the whole build to their match, Bayley didn’t get to swing the kendo stick once.
In another piece of surprising booking, Austin Aries lost his third pay-per-view championship opportunity in a row, tapping to Neville’s Rings of Saturn in their submission match for the Cruiserweight title. Aries was shown almost manically dejected after the loss at ringside, and he later teased a change to his character on Twitter:
— Austin Healy Aries (@AustinAries) June 5, 2017
Here’s my fantasy booking scenario – to prove himself after losing over and over again to Neville, he starts challenging and decisively beating non-Cruiserweight wrestlers; both putting over himself and the Cruiserweight division. There’s only one potential obstacle with that I can see…
…what colour would the ropes be?
Also on Extreme Rules, the Hardy Boyz lost their Raw Tag Team Championships to Sheamus and Cesaro in a steel cage. ESPN have pointed out a very interesting stat about Matt & Jeff’s last two tag title wins – with last night’s loss meaning their reigns lasted from and to the exact same dates exactly a decade apart.
— WWE on ESPN (@WWEonESPN) June 5, 2017
With the Hardy Boyz no longer champions, Cage Side Seats are reporting a rumour – so, remember, take this with a pinch of salt – that the tag title change and Extreme Rules finish could lead to the brothers breaking up. The end sequence of the match saw Jeff hit a Whisper in the Wind off the top of the cage, despite him already escaping. This meant Matt had to drag his knocked-out brother’s body through the door to win, while Cesaro and Sheamus beat them to it, reaching the ground first by climbing over the top. The article says this might play into the break-up reason, with Matt being unhappy with Jeff’s high-risk offence.
There’s no word on when this might play out onscreen, but it’s a split we’ve all seen coming even since they resigned with WWE. While super over, the Team Xtreme act is a nostalgia gimmick which will lose its novelty over time. Vince McMahon has always seen big money in Jeff as a singles star, and an eventual feud with Brock Lesnar for the Universal title has been rumoured, but Matt’s breakout run has been stuck in legal limbo while the ownership rights over his Broken Universe gimmick are held up by his former employers TNA Impact Wrestling.
Jeff told SportBible last month “it’s inevitable that we’ll go do our solo things before we’re done but right now it’s all about the tag teams.”
As the influx of big money bets on Sunday afternoon let slip – replacing Seth Rollins as the bookies’ favourite – Samoa Joe ended up winning Extreme Rules’ Fatal 5-Way main event, which means he’ll face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at…Great Balls of Fire, still an actual name for an actual pay-per-view.
Last night’s Extreme Rules show gave us the first promo for the ridiculously titled event, which revealed the official logo for Great Balls of Fire.
At first glance, it’s pretty literal. The words ‘Great Balls of Fire’ being accompanied by images of two great balls of fire and a flaming streak in their wake.
Through the academic lens of Phallocentrism, however – the school of thought that believes man projects his penis shape on the world around him, like skyscrapers and trains – the logo becomes something quite different: a dick.
— Matthew Mendez (@Macho_Mattness) June 5, 2017
Twitter user Matthew Mendez has helpfully pointed this out, using some superb Microsoft Paint skills to outline the orange knob shape, with the caption: “Penis. It’s a goddam penis.”
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