WWE “Eye For An Eye” Extreme Rules Match is a true idea horror show


The stipulations of excessive matches are an important part of the fight. Promotions like WWE can’t just have head-to-head or team matches for every fight during a show, and with PPDs, society must be at the forefront to keep viewers engaged. Sometimes adding a cage around a ring, allowing you to add weapons to a match, or having to climb a ladder to catch something floating above the ring is all you need you need. However, not all stipulations are “best for business”.

Take the Kennel from Hell match between Big Boss Man and Al Snow, for example. As discussed in an episode of Wrestle Buddies, the two wrestlers were surrounded by a steel cage, a Hell in a Cell structure and a pack of “trained” dogs. It ultimately led to a mediocre match, but the visual was striking.

With the next PPV, Extreme Rules, which will arrive in the company’s streaming service on July 19, WWE effectively jumps the shark with a match while Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio compete in an “Eye for an Eye” match. There is no subtlety here. The person loses if one of their eyes is removed.

A little history on this stupidity. During an episode of Raw, Rollins crushed Mysterio’s face against the steel steps, which caused damage to Kayfabe’s eyes. In addition, Extreme Rules has the slogan “The Horror Show”. No seriously, they are promoting the event as The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. So because of this useless tag – which makes no sense in the grand scheme of things – now eye removal is part of the game.

Sure, everyone has thoughts on the Eye for an Eye match, but it’s time to find out what the two GameSpot wrestling buddies – Chris E. Hayner and Mat Elfring – have to say about this extravagant stipulation.

Chris: Why are they doing this to us, Mat? Honestly, Rollins and Mysterio could have an incredible professional wrestling match on a professional wrestling TV show. Instead, we should expect them to literally maim themselves – something WWE has absolutely no intention of pursuing, and they shouldn’t either.

I understand they are presenting Extreme Rules as a horror show, which makes sense for the match between Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt. Will they do this for each fight, however? Will Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre face off in a finger knife match where Freddy Krueger’s glove is on a pole?

Carpet: The only thing Extreme Rules needs on a post is Judy Bagwell. And the stipulation makes no sense. It will just lead to brutality and not much else, which sucks because Rollins and Mysterio could put on a barn burner if they wanted to. However, all roads will eventually get the eyes out of the heads.

But that’s the thing. They want us to talk about this game. It’s exaggerated. It is shocking to fall into a glass of champagne. We do exactly what we are supposed to do. It is a double-edged sword. An Eye for an Eye match is silly and useless, but here we are… talking about it before it even happens. And frankly, we’ll probably cover it on an episode of Wrestle Buddies in about three weeks because we’re suckers.

Chris: The fact is that we are talking about it because there is no way it can happen. WWE loves hyperbole, it always has. But to say that the only way there will be a winner is that someone loses an eye is ridiculous. This match will clearly end in a draw, or some sort of strange angle in which Seth “loses an eye” and wears an eye patch for a few weeks while his eye is replaced and healed. It’s going to be silly, even if it’s one of the cinematic matches that WWE recently did.

It’s the same problem that comes with the biggest wrestling match of all time at Backlash. If they had fought the same match but without this branding, it would have been a candidate of the year match. Now, no matter what Mysterio and Rollins are doing in this fight, it’s about pretending to widen your eyes.

But you are not mistaken. WWE wants to spark discussion on the show and wants people to log in to see how, exactly, they are going to remove this stipulation. So, in all honesty, it works. But it’s something the company has done more and more recently, with no audience to add to the games. They’ve put those headlines or stipulations on games that could work as hype before, but it’s all the more difficult to make it worth it in the end.

Carpet: But it’s easy to add crazy stipulations to a game and make it work. The Boneyard match and the Firefly Fun House match at Wrestlemania 36 as well as the Money in the Bank match at Money in the Bank are a perfect example. I never felt that these were too exaggerated or had stipulations outside of what WWE has done in the past. Yes, a group of wrestlers trying to get a briefcase at the top of a building is silly, but it worked so well – mainly because it had more of a comedy angle. Meanwhile, the WM36 matches were introspective on the careers of the Undertaker and John Cena. And even with the greatest wrestling match of all time, ever, period, you had two artists with a long history between them to give it some flavor – even if it was just a normal match with two more camera angles. and a crowd noise pumped in.

As for the Eye for an Eye match, how is this fight going? It sounds like Attitude-era shenanigans – in the worst way possible. And to top it all off, WWE is slowly moving away from the PG-E era, but it’s still a showcase for all ages. I don’t want my child to watch a group of guys trying to get their hair done for 20 minutes, and I’m sure there are other people like me. I feel like I have become the whiny parent I have always hated …

Crazy stipulations will always be part of the fight. It’s the nature of the beast, but it’s one of the times it feels like it’s gone too far, before the match even happened.

Chris: The stipulations you mentioned work on some levels, especially the Boneyard game and the Firefly Funhouse game because, honestly, who knew what to expect? Arrange it this way, with the only way to win is to turn your opponent into a cyclops, it’s strange. And you are absolutely right. Gouging an eye is not a struggle and I would be wary of showing this match to a child.

I am just puzzled as to why this is the path they have decided to follow. There are a billion other stipulations that could have resolved their grudge. Why not do it? Heck, get out the NXT Fight Pit and get them in town in this thing. It was an idea for a match without audience performed in the Performance Center, which was incredibly good and should be exploited again.

Well, this game will be played the way it is and in the end no one will lose an eye because you can’t do it on TV.

Carpet: If you want horror, get rid of the eye stipulation and add scary ghosts. It is no longer 2005. The horror of torture is not popular. Give me more scary ghosts, please.

Extreme Rules airs on Sunday July 19 on the WWE network, so be sure to come back to GameSpot that night for live PPV coverage.


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