Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups. I had assumed that this was going to be one of those pay-per-views that just hits on every level. My expectations going into this one were unbelievably high, sinceย Extreme Rulesย boasted a deeply promising card. Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver quite to the level I had hoped.ย It is, however, easily the best PPV since this year’sย WrestleMania. The main-event delivered in spades, while we also saw great matches for the Cruiserweight and Intercontinental Championships. Another thing of note is how well it dealt with its stories. The beautifully edited promo-packages only helped get these narratives across.…   [continue reading]

A Smark’s Guide to: WWE Fastlane 2017

WWE‘s fledglingย Fastlaneย event is still, in many ways, just finding its feet. ย It’s not a bad concept for a Pay-Per-View either, introducing last minute twists and turns to theย Road to WrestleMania. ย This year, the main point of contention was Kevin Owens‘ Universal Title defence against Goldberg. ย With the victor going on to face Brock Lesnar at the imminentย WrestleMania, it’s something that the WWE Universe had their eyes set keenly on. ย Of course, the finish was always going to end up predictable. ย We’ll discuss that in the end but, first, there’s quite an undercard to comb over.…   [continue reading]