WWE Extreme Rules result: Best WWE PPV of 2019 laced with multiple title changes and a shock ending no one asked for.
WWE Extreme Rules has come and gone and is now in the history books. The Pay per view definitely delivered and it couldn’t have come at a better time what with the rise of AEW. The event featured 13 matches in the card. Off those 13, 4 of them saw title changes, one of which surely came as a surprise.
Here are the results:
Finn Balor © Vs Shinsuke Nakamura (Intercontinental Championship)
The match started slow but picked up pace near the end. Balor hit Nakamura with the double stomp and drop kicked him. However, he failed to connect with the Coup de Grace. Nakamura took advantage and knocked him on the back of his head with a Kinshasa. 1 2 3 and Shinsuke Nakamura is your new Intercontinental champion.
The title change is sudden considering the match wasn’t even announced until a few hours before the show. Hopefully this will lead to a proper feud between the two. One that can culminate in a proper 20-minute match on the SummerSlam main card instead of the Kick off show. Oh, and one more thing, Shinsuke Nakamura is now only the third man to hold the WWE and NJPW intercontinental titles after MVP and Chris Jericho.
Drew Gulak © Vs Tony Nese (Cruiserweight Championship)
Drew Gulak retained his title with a powerbomb and a cyclone crash. The match was decent but was far below the level one has come to expect from the WWE cruiserweights. To be fair on Gulak though, the man had just gone to war with Matt Riddle a night before on Saturday.
Roman Reigns and The Undertaker Vs Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre (No holds barred)
After being heavily criticized last month for his abysmal match against Goldberg, Undertaker showed that he is still capable of hanging in the big leagues. The deadman paired up with Roman Reigns to finally put an end to Shane McMahon’s tyranny. The crowed was very vocal in their support for Taker. They cheered his every move and to his credit, this was one of his best performance in a long time.
Undertaker and Roman dominated the match early on but Elias interfered to give Shane and Drew an edge. However, Roman and Taker fought back and ended the match after hitting Shane McMahon with the tombstone piledriver. A brilliant start to the main card.
The Revival © Vs The Usos (Raw Tag team championship)
The only downside to this match was that it followed The Undertaker match. This match started at a fast pace but then slowed down as the match progressed. The revival retained their titles with a Shatter Machine. At a time when tag wrestling is in decline, this classic couldn’t have come at a better time. It will interesting though to see where the WWE goes from here now that the Usos have lost.
Aleister Black Vs Cesaro
You’d have to be absolutely clueless to not assume that this match would be anything less than brilliant. Black could not have asked for a better opponent for his singles PPV debut. Cesaro looked like he had the advantage for most of the match but the Swiss terminator lost after receiving a Black Mass from Aleister Black.
Bayley © Vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (SmackDown women’s championship)
This was a match that could have been so much more than it ended up being. Not a bad match by any stretch of imagination. It’s just that there were a lot of expectations heading into this match. The potential Bliss and Cross fallout or even a Sasha Banks return. Unfortunately, neither of them happened as Bayley won clean in the middle of the ring after hitting cross with a flying elbow.
Braun Strowman Vs Bobby Lashley (Last Man Standing)
This is a match hardly anyone was hyped up for. However, once again these two men delivered. They share such chemistry for two large men. Whether it was in Jeddah or on an episode of Raw, these two have continuously had great matches and Extreme Rules was no different. A very violent exhibition that fits the Pay per view perfectly. Strowman won the match after powerslamming Lashley into a box near the entryway of the arena floor. Strowman got up before the 10 count, Lashley unfortunately couldn’t.
Daniel Bryan © and Erick Rowan © Vs New Day Vs Heavy Machinery (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
The New Day won this match with a Midnight Hour on Daniel Bryan to become the new SmackDown tag team champions. All three of them were phenomenal and had an incredible showing. Off all the tag team matches on the night, and there were four of them, this was easily the best one of them all. But the best match of the night was yet to come.
Ricochet © Vs AJ Styles (United States Championship)
Speaking of Phenomenal and the best match of the night, Ricochet vs AJ Styles was both. Styles and Ricochet both pulled out everything from their Arsenal to get that W on their name. Unfortunately, with the Club on AJ’s side, the numbers game got too much for the resident superhero of WWE. Styles took advantage of Ricochet being knocked out on the top rope by way of Luke Gallows’ interference and hit him with a Styles clash to prise the U.S championship from Ricochet.
Kevin Owens Vs Dolph Ziggler
This match ended before you could even ask when was this match added to the card. Ziggler slapped Owens. Owens kicked the Show off and hit him with the stunner to win the match in 16 seconds. He then mocked Shane McMahon asking him to kiss his ass and go straight to hell.
Kofi Kingston © Vs Samoa Joe (WWE Championship)
Kofi Kingston retained his championship after connecting a Trouble in paradise on Samoa Joe. Before that though, Joe dominated the bout and looked like he would finally get to wear the prestigious belt around his waist. That wasn’t to be however, and Samoa Joe walks out of another WWE championship match without the title. The match was entertaining but the ending was, well, lacklustre to say the least. With Joe losing clean in the middle of the ring, it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here now.
Seth Rollins © and Becky Lynch © Vs Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans (Universal and Raw Women’s Championships)
This was well, a lot better than one was expecting. A lot happened in this match. Starting with Evans trying to seduce Rollins. From Kendo sticks to steel chairs, both teams used everything they could lay their hands on. As an extreme rules match it was obvious that weapons were going to be used. However, no one saw Corbin’s end of days to Becky Lynch coming. This led to Rollins losing his mind and going crazy on Corbin. He hit his challenger with 3 curb stomps before finally pinning him and retaining his Universal Championship. Or at least we thought…
Seth Rollins © Vs Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Championship)
Soon after Rollins and Lynch’s victory over Corbin and Evans, Lesnar’s music started playing. The crowd cheered heavily for the surprise. No one in their right mind was expecting the beast to arrive. Brock hit Rollins with a couple of German Suplexes before cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Lesnar hit Seth with an f5 to win the match and become a 3-time Universal Champion. Once the shine of the surprise wore off, the fans started booing the title change. Knowing all too well what a Lesnar title reign means.
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