With the WWE Extreme Rules 2012 results now in the books, analysis is arriving each day after for the biggest winners and losers. While someone may have come up on the losing end in a match, that doesn't necessarily mean the loss hurt them.
According to analysis from Bleacher Report, two guys who were winners came from the same match? How is that possible? Well in Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight title, these two put on a good show, unlike their previous PPV match at Wrestlemania 28. This time Bryan lasted longer than 18 seconds in a "2-out-of-3 Falls" match. While he didn't capture the title, he showed his abilities and skills more than before, rallying his fans to heavy "Yes!" chants. Sheamus retained the title and continued his dominant title reign so far.
Who were the losers at the event? How about The Miz and Dolph Ziggler? Both lost to generally comedic wrestlers in Santino Marella, and Brodus Clay. Clay has been getting a sort of push, despite his kid-friendly dance gimmick, so defeating Ziggler seemed to make sense. The Miz has been an enigma though, going from the hero for Team Johnny at Wrestlemania to a dark match at the next PPV. This was a guy who was once the top heel on Monday Night Raw, and a WWE Champion. For the sake of his fans, they can only hope he isn't getting buried completely.
Two other losers in the Extreme Rules 2012 results both during the event and after are the Bella Twins. At the event, Nikki Bella was set to defend her championship against Beth Phoenix. Phoenix was too hurt to compete, so a surprise opponent filled in. That opponent was Layla El, making her big return to WWE after time away for injury. She managed to capture the WWE Divas Championship in just her first match back. To add insult to injury, both Bellas lost to her in under a minute in a Triple Threat match on Raw, and then were fired later backstage. In fact, their firing wasn't even televised, it was put on WWE.com via video. Ouch!
Whether or not John Cena was a loser at the PPV is another story. Some think so because he pulled another win out of nowhere in heroic fashion. Others think he was beat up enough to reveal his mortality and human nature. From here, Cena is now in a new feud with his boss and Lord Tensai. He probably would've benefitted from a longer program with Brock Lesnar, but Cena's popularity seems to endure with his fanbase, so that won't hurt merchandise or PPV sales in the near future.
Who do you think the biggest winners and losers were at the Extreme Rules 2012 event?
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