Wrestlemania has come and gone, and we've reached Extreme Rules. The pay-per-view after Mania has always had a bit of a hangover effect to it. Even if the matches are good, coming so close to Wrestlemania always makes it seem worse than it is.
This week 28 years ago, 93,173 people attended Wrestlemania III, Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sold for the equivalent of $39.7 million, Bruce Willis' "Blind Date" was No. 1 at the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
For weeks, fans have waited for Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar to finally have a confrontation. While the two did get to stand face to face on Monday's episode of Raw, fans were left disappointed at the end of the night.
When Randy Orton returned at Fastlane, almost everyone assumed he would slide right into a brutal feud with Seth Rollins instantly. As Monday's Raw showed, the WWE is opting to go with a slow-burn for at least one feud.
For seven years in a row, February was marked by the Elimination Chamber match. To get to WrestleMania, you had to fight through that structure, and come out on the other side in order to reach your goal. But the Elimination Chamber is gone, likely moved to the summer, and in its place, we have Fastlane.
It was just last year when the WWE was heavily criticized for having Batista win the Royal Rumble. On Sunday night, recent history seemed to repeat itself when Roman Reigns won the Rumble, amidst a chorus of boos.
TLC has become one of the more anticipated pay-per-views on the WWE schedule. With the guarantee of a ladder match, generally between athletic competitors, and a TLC match, you're almost guaranteed to have at least two exciting matches on the card, and depending on the rest, you could certainly have more.
When Ryback re-debuted a few weeks ago, some fans wondered if (and hoped that) this would be the WWE's chance to recapture the magic from his original run. After an episode of Monday Night Raw that almost entirely revolved around Ryback, I'd say those fans are closer to their answer.