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    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Extreme Rules 2021

    Finn Balor and Roman Reigns

    Whether wrestling fans know it or not, whether they like it or not, big moments just stick out more than good wrestling.

    That's why when the top rope inexplicably snaps a moment before the Demon Finn Balor completes an epic, supernatural comeback to finally wrest the Universal Championship from Roman Reigns, it doesn't matter that the rest of the match before that instance was good and solid. It doesn't matter that the past three hours of action were consistent and some of the best stuff WWE's wrestlers have produced in this new time of war. What matters is that that ending was abjectly stupid, especially when taken at face value.

    On its face, God—or some sort of higher power—was responsible for that lucky break, if Roman's skyward gaze after the match was any indication. I'm withholding judgment on this angle as there's still time to change it on this Friday's SmackDown, because the world is owed an explanation. There's still time to say that the Bloodline somehow sabotaged the top rope, because they scouted Balor and they knew the Coup de Grace was coming from above.

    Otherwise, everyone looks bad: WWE looks bad for having a ring that broke at such a crucial time, the Bloodline looks bad for not having thought of sabotaging the rope, Balor looks bad for getting destroyed by an opportune spear. Bad publicity may be publicity, but the damage is real.

    Let this be a lesson to all promoters that one bad moment can derail the entire momentum you've built up, even if the idea was to get people talking. And it's not just a lesson exclusive to WWE and Vince McMahon's booking (see Hell in a Cell 2019, too, where Seth Rollins said he wanted to strangle Vince after the unintuitive TKO)—AEW has fallen victim to this as well with the Kenny Omega fireworks display. 

    It's a shame, too, because if it didn't happen we'd all be talking about how good the wrestling was on Extreme Rules, and it was as everyone brought it in the ring that night. Now the only memory people have of it is a freak accident destroying the credibility of an unstoppable Demon King.

    Extreme Rules 2021 Rating: A-

    Match of the Night

    Again, all the matches on the main card were good. I'd just like to give a shoutout to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, with Montez Ford turning in two great performances over the weekend. I'd expect them to get broken up in the Draft in a couple of days as Montez may or may not get a singles push.

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    Item Reviewed: The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Extreme Rules 2021 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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