Back in Chicago WWE would return and return with an Extreme event. This event would see the return of Brock Lesnar as he would take on "The Face of the Company" John Cena. Also WWE Champion CM Punk would return home to battle Y2J in what was probably my favorite match.
1.[FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE]KANE VS RANDY ORTON-really good opening match that was a part of a good feud for these two. I had liked that they involved the fathers [R.I.P. William] in the storyline and how Kane didn't care. They brawl all over the place from the ring to the crowd all the way to the back. Great moments involving different weapons happen all throughout the match but it leads to Orton winning the match, personally I felt Kane should have taken this one.
2.DOLPH ZIGGLER VS BRODUS CLAY-one of the better matches Clay has had even still today and I think that has a lot to do with his opponent. Clay of course delivered with the power in this match but it was Ziggler that looked the best in my opinion. Better match then I had been expecting at the time. Clay wins this since he was still new with the gimmick.
3.[I-C TITLE TABLES MATCH]BIG SHOW VS CODY RHODES-this was a decent match between these two though they have had better. Big Show really lays it on Cody here in this match dominating for most of it. Cody does pull off some good moves and his win here as he makes Show slip into the table was new. Not the best match from the two but not horrible, the aftermath of the match had the crowd going.
4.[WORLD TITLE 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS MATCH]SHEAMUS VS DANIEL BRYAN-great match here between these two and the match that we should have got at Mania in my opinion. Both guys give a great performance that would have been better showcased at the "showcase of the immortals". The crowd was into this and seemed like they were behind Bryan a lot here. Bryan worked on wearing Sheamus down throughout the match as Sheamus was more of the brawler. Great back and forth encounter with Sheamus getting the first fall and Bryan taking the second. As it came down to the third I had a feeling about who was going to win this one, and of course I was right. Sheamus ends up winning it not to long after the second fall and keeps the belt, personally I wanted Bryan to win.
5.RYBACK VS JAY HATTON & AARON RELIC-this was just another squash match that was meant to make Ryback look even more impressive. It is honestly nothing more than that.
6.[WWE TITLE STREET FIGHT]CM PUNK VS CHRIS JERICHO-this might be my favorite match of the night as these two really seemed like they hated each other. This of course was the street fight in Punk's home town so of course the crowd was behind him. Like any good street fight this match goes all over the place and different weapons were used. Both men come off looking good here with each dominating at certain points in the match. The fans were really into this one especially when Punk delivered that Macho Man elbow drop onto the table. Great match between these two that reminded me of older days. After a great back and forth match and some cool counters Punk gets the win after he makes Y2J GTS.
7.[DIVAS TITLE]NIKKI BELLA VS LAYLA-Beth was supposed to get the rematch she wanted here but no such luck. Therefore a mystery opponent was to be announced, that of course was Layla. This was a quick match that showcased Layla really well as she looked good in her return. She wins the title even with the Twins cheating.
8.[EXTREME RULES]BROCK LESNAR VS JOHN CENA-I remember actually being excited for this match because it felt like a big time fight. The WWE "face of the company" Cena taking on a returning monster that he once clashed with back in the day. Now this match was basically Brock destroying Cena with only moments of John coming back. Sure the outcome was Cena winning but this really was all about selling Brick as a destroyer. In this match we would see Cena smashed, refs bashed, and the fans clash [see what I did there]. For those who watch wrestling they know what I am talking about with the fans. Any way Brock looks great here even in defeat. He works over Cena's arm of course looking for the kimura. There was one part that looked real crazy as Lesnar went over the top rope, you will see. Personally I would have liked to see Brock get the win but maybe this sets up something down the line. They did try to make this a MMA themed fight but that is ok since Brock has that background although it was relatively short.
This was a great event and I actually liked every match on the card, one of the best of 2012. Things from this event would go on and others were ended which is what any event should do.