The 2018 WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff pre-show opens live from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. Renee Young welcomes us as we see the Steel Cage hanging above the ring. Renee is joined by David Otunga, Sam Roberts and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
The panel goes over tonight’s matches. Renee sends us backstage to Charly Caruso. She talks about Hulk Hogan being reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame and how he’s backstage mingling tonight. Charly says everyone is happy to have Hogan back in the family. She says the whole locker room is waiting to see Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns and Team Hell No vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers tonight. She will be joined later by Shinsuke Nakamura and fans can tweet their questions with the #AskShin hashtag. We go back to the panel and Renee talks about Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens in a Steel Cage match. Finn Balor joins the panel and gives props to Strowman, saying he doesn’t envy Owens tonight. They talk Balor vs. Constable Baron Corbin tonight and Balor says he’s not worried about the size difference. Balor leaves the panel and Renee hypes the Kickoff matches. We see the Steel Cage and James Ellsworth’s Shark Cage hanging above the ring. The panel briefly discusses Asuka vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella before Renee sends us to the ring.
Sin Cara vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
We go to ringside and Tom Phillips welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Sin Cara makes his way out first as Greg Hamilton does the introductions. Andrade “Cien” Almas is out next with Zelina Vega.
The bell rings and Almas rocks Cara to start. They go at it and Cara sends Almas flying out of the ring for a breather. Almas comes right back in but Cara dumps him over the top rope to the floor. Cara runs the rope for a suicide dive but Almas blocks him in mid-air and launches him into the barrier as Vega cheers him on.
Almas brings it back into the ring and stomps. Almas with a low dropkick to the face. Almas keeps control, tangling Cara in the ropes and clubbing him to the mat. Almas can’t get the pin but keeps control. Cara fights back and they botch a sequence as Almas hits a back elbow, sending Cara to the floor. Almas and Vega pose on the ropes together as we go to a break.
Back from the break and Almas has Cara down by his arm. Cara fights up and out, turning it around with several moves now. Cara counters and spikes Almas into the mat for a close 2 count as Vega looks nervous at ringside. More back and forth in the ring now. They go to the second rope in the corner and trade shots. Cara gets caught in the ropes and almost knocked down but he counters and sends Almas flying out to the floor. Almas lands hard. Almas comes back to the apron as Cara leaps from the top, taking them both back down to the floor.
Cara brings it back into the ring and goes to the top for the Frogsplash. He nails it but Vega is on the apron to distract the referee as Cara goes for the pin. Almas takes advantage and drops Cara with a big kick. Vega chants for the knees now. Almas runs and hits the flying knees in the corner. Almas goes on and hits the Hammerlock DDT for the pin.
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
After the match, Vega hits the ring and celebrates with Almas. We go to replays. Almas and Vega leave together as his music hits.
– Renee is joined by Shinsuke Nakamura from backstage. He acts like he can’t hear her and says he has a bad connection. Sam asks a question and Nakamura calls him a clown. Booker agrees with Sam being a clown but asks how important a title change will be tonight. Nakamura says he respects Hardy but tonight he will take away his canvas, paint and title. Renee thanks Nakamura for the interview and he just smiles, then acts like he can’t hear her. The panel discusses Team Hell No vs. The Bludgeon Brothers next. Otunga predicts Team Hell No will win but Sam and Booker believe Harper and Rowan will retain. We see video of RAW General Manager Kurt Angle throwing out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB game this weekend. Renee leads us to a video package for Nia Jax, Ronda Rousey and RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. The panel discusses tonight’s RAW Women’s Title match until Drew McIntyre and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler interrupt. Ziggler talks about how everyone wants to just see them on RAW. He gives some props to Seth Rollins but is confident about retaining tonight. Drew says he has the best seat in the house for the match. Ziggler tells Booker that he’s no longer about stealing the show, he’s about winning. Ziggler says they are the main event of the show, no matter what spot they’re in. Drew and Dolph walk away now. Renee sends us back to the ring.
Tables Match: SAnitY vs. The New Day
We go to Tom, Corey and Byron on commentary. The New Day is out next with pancakes for the crowd. SAnitY is out next.
The bell rings and all 6 Superstars start brawling. Big E and Kofi Kingston take Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe on the outside while Xavier Woods sends Eric Young to the floor. The New Day keeps control on the outside and stand up the first table. Wolfe and Dain cut them off. Young and Wolfe double team Big E in the ring now. Young decks Wolfe after Big E moves out of the way. Big E tries to spear Wolfe and Young off the apron but they hit him with knees. Wolfe with a spinning neckbreaker as Young follows up with a big elbow drop from the top.
Wolfe works over Big E in the ring as the screen splits and we cut to a break. Back from the break and Woods and Kofi take out Young and Wolfe on the floor with dives. Dain runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Woods and Kofi down on the floor. Wolfe works over Kofi back in the ring now. Dain and Young start setting up tables at ringside. Wolfe takes Kofi to the top and instructs his partners to stack the tables at ringside. Wolfe goes to put Kofi through the tables but Kofi resists. Young enters the ring and nails Kofi. Woods and Big E take out Dain on the floor. Big E runs in and stops Young and Wolfe from double teaming Kofi, still up top in the corner. Woods and Big E grab Young and Wolfe for powerbombs but Kofi leaps off the top and assists in bringing them to the mat for a big pop.
Woods and Big E place Young on a table outside while Kofi goes to the top. Dain brings Kofi to the mat and stops it. Dain ends up slamming Woods onto Big E in the ring now. Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise to Dain in the ring. Kofi goes to leap out to put Young through a table but Wolfe makes the save. Kofi and Wolfe tangle on the apron now. Kofi hangs on as Young goes to the top. Wolfe bites Kofi on the apron, trying to make him fall from the apron to the table on the floor. Young leaps from the top, putting Kofi through the table with a big elbow drop. SAnitY wins.
After the match, Kofi and his partners try to recover as SAnitY gets to their feet.
– We go back to the panel and Renee announces that Ronda Rousey has arrived to the arena. The panel goes over tonight’s matches again. We see Rousey walking with husband Travis Browne and a friend/handler out in the concourse. Renee talks about Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns and leads us to a video package for that match. We cut backstage to RAW Tag Team Champions Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. Matt sends a warning to The B Team and Wyatt says they are here, they are next.
WWE Extreme Rules Opener:
The 2018 WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view opens up with a video package for tonight’s matches.
– We’re live from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman.
RAW Tag Team Title Match: The B Team vs. Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy
We go to the ring for tonight’s opener and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. Out next comes The B Team, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, as JoJo does the introductions.
Cole introduces us to the international announce teams at ringside. We also see suspended RAW Superstar Ronda Rousey with husband Travis Browne in the front row. Rousey gets a pop from the crowd. The bell rings and Hardy is going to start off with Dallas. Dallas swings to start but Hardy blocks it and unloads. Hardy sends Dallas into the corner and then into another corner, whipping him hard. Dallas goes down and Hardy mounts him with strikes. Hardy drops a leg on Dallas for a 2 count. Dallas rolls to the floor to regroup with Axel.
Hardy tells Dallas to come fight him. Dallas comes back in but Hardy tags in Wyatt for a pop. The brothers size each other up but Dallas tags out before they get physical. Axel comes in and Wyatt strikes first. Wyatt takes control and works Axel over. Wyatt misses a splash in the corner. Axel stomps away in the corner now. Axel charges but Wyatt squashes him to the mat. Matt tags in and goes to work on Axel in the corner. Hardy slams Axel’s head into the turnbuckles as the “Delete!” chant starts up. Hardy plays to the crowd and clotheslines Axel in the corner. Hardy with another corner clothesline, and another. Hardy with a bulldog attempt but it’s blocked. Hardy keeps control and hits an elbow from the rope for a 2 count. Axel and Hardy trade counters. Axel drops Hardy with a boot to the face. Dallas tags in and they double team Hardy in the corner. Fans do dueling chants for The B Team now. Dallas drops Hardy again for another 2 count.
Dallas keeps Hardy grounded now. The B Team keeps control of Hardy with quick offense and tags. Axel drives Hardy into the mat for a close 2 count. Axel takes Hardy back to the mat and keeps him down. Fans rally for Hardy as he fights to his feet. Axel shuts him down but Hardy nails the Side Effect. Dallas and Wyatt tag in at the same time. Wyatt clotheslines Dallas and knocks Axel off the apron. Wyatt with a splash int he corner. Dallas blocks Sister Abigail thanks to Axel. Wyatt ends up planting Dallas with the Uranage. Fans cheer for Wyatt as he stands tall. Wyatt turns upside down in the corner and tags in Hardy. They go for the double team but Axel gets on the apron. Dallas shoves Hardy into Wyatt, sending him to the floor. Dallas takes advantage and comes from behind, slingshotting Hardy from the top to the mat for the win and the titles.
Winners and New RAW Tag Team Champions: Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas
After the match, The B Team takes the titles and the big celebration begins. Hardy and Wyatt aren’t happy as they recover. Axel and Dallas celebrate up the ramp as their music plays. Charly Caruso interviews them on the stage. Axel says this is unbelievable. Dallas says they proved the “B” in B Team stands for the best. Dallas chants their name as the music starts back up and they celebrate.
Renee Young is in the back with Kurt Angle. Kurt says he reopened negotiations with Paul Heyman about Brock’s next defense. Kurt says Paul said that Brock is not willing to come back. Kurt says he is sick of this and he mentions that Brock does not care about the WWE. He tells Brock to show up on Raw to figure out when his next title match will be or he will strip Brock of the Universal Title.
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
We go to the ring and out first comes Finn Balor. Baron Corbin is out next. JoJo isn’t happy as she has to re-announce Corbin as the Constable appointed by RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon.
They lock up and Balor with a waist lock but Baron backs Balor into the corner to escape. Baron with punches. Corbin with a knee to the midsection. Corbin with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a double stomp. Corbin runs Balor into the turnbuckles and connects with clotheslines. Baron with a half nelson and chin lock. Corbin pie faces Balor and Balor with a forearm. Corbin slides around the ring post and hits a clothesline when he returns to the ring. Corbin gets a near fall.
Baron stomps on the back. Corbin with a kick and then he sends Balor into the turnbuckles. Corbin misses a splash into the corner and Balor goes to the apron. Balor goes for a springboard move and Baron with a punch to stop Balor. Corbin gets a near fall. Baron returns to the half nelson and chin lock. Corbin runs into boots from Balor and then Balor with a flying forearm. Balor runs into a boot but Balor with an enzuigiri when Corbin goes to the turnbuckles. Balor goes up top and Corbin grabs Balor by the throat and hits a choke breaker for a near fall.
Corbin argues with the referee. Baron with forearms in the corner and the referee warns Baron. Baron with a clothesline into teh corner and he hits another one. Corbin runs around the ring post and returns to the ring. Balor with Slingblade but Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall. Baron with elbows to the back. Baron sets for a power bomb but Finn gets to his feet and he takes Corbin to the mat and hits a double stomp. Balor with a running drop kick and then he goes up top. Corbin crotches Balor and Baron tries for End of Days but Balor counters and gets a three count with an inside cradle.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Corbin is furious over the win out of nowhere as Balor quickly goes to the floor while his music hits. We go to replays and come back to Balor celebrating to the back.
– We go to the back and we see Team Hell No and the Bludgeon Brothers fighting in the back. Bryan is sent into one of the metal doors. Kane’s leg is put in the door and Rowan uses the hammer to hit the door. As soon as the Bludgeon Brothers leave, Paige arrives with some officials.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match
Asuka vs. Carmella
James Ellsworth will be suspended above the ring in a Shark Cage
We go back to Tom, Corey and Byron at ringside. Asuka is out first as we see the other international announce teams in the arena. We see the shark cage in the middle of the ring. SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella is out next with James Ellsworth. WWE crew members enter the ring to work on the cage as Ellsworth is ordered in by the referee, and Asuka. The cage is raised up above the ring and the bell rings.
Back and forth to start. Ellsworth drops a chain to Carmella but Asuka catches him. Asuka tells the referee but Carmella takes advantage of the distraction. We get a close 2 count as Asuka keeps control. Carmella kicks Asuka down in the corner and stomps on her back. Carmella goes for the chain but the referee stops her. Ellsworth drops the spray to Carmella now. Asuka blocks the spray and hits a back-fist. Asuka keeps control and nail a dropkick. Asuka with more offense and a hip attack for another 2 count.
Asuka drops Carmella into the Asuka Lock but it’s broken. They go to the floor and Asuka keeps control. Ellsworth gets free from the cage but gets hung upside down when trying to get down to the mat. Asuka enters the ring and beats Ellsworth up while he’s stuck upside down, dangling from the cage. Fans boo as crew members come into the ring and Ellsworth is put back into the cage. Asuka takes out the crew members. Asuka kicks Ellsworth while one leg is still dangling from the cage now.
Asuka waits for Ellsworth to get up in the corner now. Carmella comes from behind and sends Asuka face-first into the side of the cage. Asuka goes down and Carmella covers for the win.
After the match, Carmella takes the title and celebrates on the ramp as her music hits. Other workers free Ellsworth from the cage as Carmella smiles from the ramp. We get a replay. We come back to Asuka taking out the other crew members. Asuka goes back to work on Ellsworth now and beats him up again. Asuka with two German suplexes and another kick to the head. Asuka drops Ellsworth into the Asuka Lock and he taps out but she’s not letting up. Asuka stands tall as her music hits and we go to replays.
WWE United States Championship Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
We go to the ring and out comes WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy. Shinsuke Nakamura is out next. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton.
Nakamura kicks Hardy low before the bell rings. The referee starts the match and Nakamura with a Kinshasa out of nowhere for the three count. And this one is already over after 2 seconds…
Winner and NEW U.S. Cganpion: Shinsuke Nakamura
After the match, Nakamura stands tall with the title as his music hits. We go to a replay of the squash match. Nakamura stands tall in the corner until Randy Orton”s music hits. Orton gets a big pop for his return. Nakamura retreats to the top of the announce table. Orton enters the ring and stares at him. Orton turns his attention back to Hardy and drops him, then delivers one big stomp. Nakamura watches in disbelief, clutching the title. Orton leaves the ring to boos while Hardy recovers on the mat.
Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
The bell rings and Owens tries to climb the cage and Strowman stops him. Owens tries to go through the door and Strowman stops him and tells Kevin to stop being a coward and fight him. Owens with punches and Strowman pushes him down. Strowman misses a splash into the corner and Owens with forearms. Strowman with a boot to Owens. Strowman misses a splash against the cage and bounces off the cage. Owens with a super kick and cannonball. Owens goes up top and hits a frog splash for a near fall.
The door is opened but Strowman keeps Owens in the cage. Owens pleads with Strowman and Braun with a forearm across the chest. Strowman sends Owens into the cage. Strowman tosses Owens into the cage again. Braun throws Owens into the cage a third time. Strowman picks up Owens and sends him face first into the cage. Braun runs into a boot in the corner and then he hits a stunner. The cage door is opened again but Strowman is able to grab Owens and keep him in the ring. Strowman stands on Owens’ leg and he closes the door in Kevin’s face.
Strowman misses a splash in the corner and hits the ring post. Owens with super kicks to get Strowman down to a knee. Owens handcuffs Strowman to the ropes. Owens with punches to Strowman. Owens asks Strowman what is he going to do and Strowman grabs Owens by the throat and gives Kevin a choke slam. Strowman tries to get loose from the handcuffs. Owens tells Braun to suck it as he starts to climb the cage. Kevin blows Braun a kiss and then Braun breaks the cuffs. Owens gets to the top of the cage and Strowman stops him.
They are both on the top of the cage and Strowman choke slams Owens through the announce table!
Winner: Kevin Owens
After the bell, everyone is shocked at the huge fall for Owens. Some fans are stunned and some chant “holy s–t” now. Officials check on Owens. Braun stands tall and poses on top of the cage and poses as a “get these hands” chant starts up. Officials call for help from the back as paradmedics wheel the stretcher out. We see replays of the big spot from various angles. Braun has made his way down to the floor now. He watches as they put a neck brace on Owens to load him onto the body board. Braun laughs at Owens and walks off. Braun’s music hits as he turns back around and laughs from the stage. Braun marches to the back. We get more replays as Owens is loaded up onto the stretcher and wheeled away. Owens yells in pain as they wheel him up the ramp.
– We take a look back at what happened in the United States Title Match and the return of Randy Orton after the match. Tom announces that Jeff Hardy is asking for his rematch on Smackdown, but Paige has not cleared him to wrestle.
– We take a look at Kane and Daniel Bryan being attacked by the Bludgeon Brothers.
SmackDown Tag Team Title Match: Team Hell No vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
We go to the ring and out first comes Daniel Bryan. Bryan is holding his ribs due to the earlier attack. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers are out next. It looks like this will be a Handicap Match now.
Bryan attacks Rowan as the bell rings but Rowan sends Bryan to the mat. Rowan tries to trap Bryan in his corner but Bryan escapes to his corner. Rowan with kicks and a shoulder tackle. Rowan kicks Bryan in the corner and Harper is tagged in. Bryan gets to his feet and he hits a drop kick that staggers Harper on the turnbuckles. Bryan drop kicks Rowan over the top and then he hits a Frankensteiner on Harper. Bryan with a baseball slide to Rowan.
Bryan applies the Yes Lock on Harper and Rowan pulls Bryan to the floor. Rowan tags in and he sends Bryan into the ring steps. Rowan slams Harper onto Bryan and then Rowan with a splash for a near fall. Harper tags in. Harper with a snap mare and elbow to the back. Rowan tags in and he hits a pump handle back breaker and follows with a slam and gets a near fall. Harper tags in and hits a series of elbow drops for a near fall.
Rowan tags in and punches Bryan. Harper tags back in and Rowan goes over the top rope when he goes after Bryan. Bryan with kicks to Harper but Harper with a knee to the midsection. Bryan flips over Harper in the corner. Bryan goes for a suicide dive and Rowan grabs Bryan and holds him for Harper. Harper with a suicide dive and he hits Rowan when Bryan moves.
All three Superstars are down on the floor now. Kane’s music hits and out he comes, limping and wearing a brace on his foot.
Kane hits the apron and waits for the tag. Kane tags in and goes to work on Harper. Rowan runs in but Kane chokeslams him. Kane with a chokeslam to Harper next. Kane stands tall and fans cheer. Kane calls for a Tombstone but his leg goes out. Harper kicks the leg and Kane goes down. Bryan tags in and nails a missile dropkick to Harper. Fans pop for Bryan and chant “yes!” now. Bryan with the Yes Kicks to Harper. Bryan kicks Harper’s head off but Rowan tags in. Bryan didn’t see it. Bryan charges with the knee to Harper but Rowan runs in and cuts him off. Rowan ends up dropping Bryan with a spin kick. Harper tags in for the double team out of the corner and they hit it. Harper covers Bryan for the win as Kane slowly reaches for the apron to come back in.
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers
After the match, Harper and Rowan stand tall with their titles and pose in the corners. The referee checks on Bryan. Kane is still on the floor, laying over the apron. Bryan rolls out beside him as Rowan and Harper exit with the titles.
Roman Reigns walks in the back and the B Team are still celebrating. They tell Roman if they can do it, he can do it. Roman can be part of the B Team if he beats Bobby. Curtis says they can celebrate together, but Roman gives them that look and they back off.
– Cole leads us to a video package for the next match.
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
We go to the ring and out first comes Roman Reigns. Bobby Lashley is out next.
They lock up and tangle into the corner. Some fans boo as the referee has to break them. They lock up again in the middle of the ring and Lashley slaps Reigns to the mat. Lashley takes Reigns down by his leg and they come right back up. Lashley slams Reigns again. They get back up and Reigns works on the arm. Lashley comes right back with a suplex. Lashley goes behind but Reigns fights him off with a back elbow. Reigns runs the ropes but Lashley leap frogs. Reigns stops and clubs Lashley from behind.
Reigns fights Lashley into the corner now, taking him to the next turnbuckle. Reigns slams Lashley into another turnbuckle and keeps control. Reigns drops Lashley with another elbow and covers for a 2 count. Reigns keeps control and runs around the ring, nailing the Drive By. Reigns with another 2 count. Reigns keeps Lashley grounded in the middle of the ring and smiles.
Reigns keeps control and sends Lashley out to the floor. Reigns launches Lashley into the barrier now. Lashley avoids a shot into the steel steps on the floor but Reigns pushes him off the steps and he hits the floor. Reigns breaks the count and whips Lashley shoulder-first into the steps. Lashley blocks a steps shot on the floor and ends up dropping Reigns on the floor. They bring it back into the ring and Lashley runs into Reigns. Some fans chant “boring” now.
Lashley with a belly-to-belly throw on Reigns. Reigns ends up coming back and dropping Lashley. Reigns unloads with clotheslines in the corner now. Reigns charges but Lashley catches him in a powerslam for a close 2 count. More back and forth now with big shots between the two. Reigns charges but Lashley hits a crossbody in the middle of the ring. They both go down. Lashley climbs to the top and comes down with a double axe handle. Lashley plays to the crowd for some cheers.
Reigns gets Lashley on his shoulders and Reigns sends Lashley over the top rope to the floor. The referee checks on Lashley after he hits the ground. Lashley gets into the ring and Roman with a running leg drop to the back for a near fall. Roman goes for a Superman punch but Lashley catches Roman and hits a spinebuster. Lashley with a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Lashley waits for the spear but Roman with a Superman punch for a near fall. Lashley goes to the floor and staggers by the announce tables. Roman goes to the floor and he does the pre spear growl and he charges at Lashley but Lashley catches Roman and sends him over the German announce table with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
Lashley sends Roman back into the ring and Lashley goes up top btu Roman with a Superman punch that sends Lashley to the mat. Roman sets for the spear and Lashley with a spear of his own for the three count.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the match, Lashley stands tall and has his arm raised as the music starts. We get replays and come back to Lashley celebrating up the ramp as Reigns recovers. Michael Cole suggests that Bobby Lashley has a claim to be the challenger to Brock Lesnar.
– We hear the ultimatum that Kurt Angle made earlier in the night.
– We see Ronda Rousey, husband Travis Browne and a friend at ringside. Cole says she is still suspended until Wednesday but she bought a ticket for tonight to see the next match. Cole leads us to a video package for the RAW Women’s Title match.
Extreme Rules Match for the RAW Women’s Title: Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss
We go to the ring and out first comes Nia Jax. RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is out next with Mickie James as Ronda Rousey looks on from the front row.
The bell rings and Bliss stalls some, looking scared. Mickie is trying to hand a kendo stick into the ring but Jax keeps Bliss from her. Bliss angers Jax with a shot to the mouth. Bliss runs out and Jax follows. Bliss grabs the stick and hits Jax with it but Jax grabs it and tears it up. Jax fights off a steel chair shot and another as Mickie keeps handing weapons to Bliss. Jax blocks two trash can shots next. She’s tossed the cans and the chairs into the ring. Bliss tries to run away but Jax grabs her and floors her on the outside. Jax brings it back into the ring and splashes Bliss in the corner.
Jax tosses Bliss onto chairs and into one of the cans. We see Natalya also looking on from ringside, evening the odds with Mickie. Jax keeps control of Bliss and scoops her on her shoulders. Jax presses Bliss high in the air and drops her on the trash can. Rousey laughs and cheers Jax on. Mickie pulls Bliss out of the ring to safety and talks to her. Jax follows and brings Bliss right back into the ring. Jax gets smacked with a trash can lid, bringing her down to her knees. Bliss with more shots with the trash can lid. Bliss smashes a trash can over Jax’s back next. Natalya cheers Jax to get up.
Bliss wedges a steel chair in the corner. Bliss turns around and dropkicks Jax for a 2 count. Jax ends up nailing a big forearm to the face to turn it around. Jax with a headbutt next. Bliss sends Jax shoulder-first into the wedged steel chair in the corner. Bliss just barely got out of the way. Mickie gets on the apron and tries to hand a can lid to Bliss but Natalya runs over and pulls her off. Natalya unloads on Mickie on the floor. Bliss helps make the save and they double team Natalya, taking her out on the floor. Rousey looks on and looks ready to fight. Rousey finally hops the barrier and attacks Mickie, slinging her into the barrier a few times. Rousey pushes Mickie into the ring and scoops her on her shoulders. Rousey drives Mickie into the mat and takes her back outside, throwing her into the German announce table. Rousey has snapped.
Rousey stares Bliss down as Bliss looks on from the other side of the ring. Fans chant Rousey’s name. Rousey chases Bliss and stops her from escaping over the barrier. Mickie with a kendo stick from behind to Rousey and another. Bliss returns to the ring and goes to the top. Jax catches her in mid-air and picks her up for a Samoan Drop. Mickie runs in and hits Jax with a steel chair to stop the Samoan Drop. Bliss with a chair shot to Jax and another. Bliss drops Jax with a DDT onto the steel chair and covers for the win.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
After the match, Mickie and Bliss retreat to the ramp as Natalya and Rousey hit the ring. Rousey stares Bliss down as we go to replays. Mickie raises Alexa’s arm on the stage as she raises the title.
– We go back to Tom and the blue brand announcers as Hardy vs. Nakamura is confirmed for SmackDown. Tom leads us to a video package for tonight’s WWE Title match.
WWE Title Match: Rusev vs. AJ Styles
We go to the ring and out comes Aiden English to do the introduction for Rusev. They march to the ring together as the music plays. WWE Champion AJ Styles is out next. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton.
The bell rings and Rusev charges, backing AJ into the corner. They break and AJ turns it around with kicks and strikes in the corner, focusing on the leg. AJ ends up taking Rusev’s left knee out. Rusev fights back and tosses AJ. Rusev catches a kick and drops AJ with a big strike. Rusev with a 1 count. AJ fights back again and brings Rusev to one knee. Styles with a big chop to the chest now. Rusev blocks a suplex as fans do dueling chants for the two. AJ counters the block and goes back to the leg. Rusev catches AJ off the ropes and drives him into the mat for another pin attempt.
Rusev with a big suplex as English cheers him on. Rusev sells the leg kicks from earlier and hits another suplex. Rusev drops an elbow and covers for another 1 count. AJ turns it back around with more kicks. Rusev catches AJ with a big back bodydrop. Rusev with forearms to the lower back now. Styles goes down after a forearm to the face and Rusev covers for another quick pin attempt. Rusev takes his time and stalks AJ now. Rusev scoops AJ for a bearhug in the middle of the ring.
Styles with a slingshot forearm to the floor. They return to the ring and Styles with a clothesline and sliding forearm. Styles with a splash into the corner and he gets Rusev on his shoudlers for a moment. AJ with a reverse DDT for a near fall. Styles sets for the Styles Clash and Rusev backs Styles into the turnbuckles. Styles goes for the Calf Crusher but Rusev holds on to the ropes. Rusev puts Styles on the turnbuckles and punches Styles to knock him onto the apron. Rusev kicks Styles to the floor. Styles with a forearm to Rusev from the apron and both men are down.
Styles with an enzuigiri. Styles sets for the springboard 450 splash but Rusev moves. Styles rolls through and Styles goes for the Calf Crusher but Rusev escapes and goes for the Accolade. Styles escapes. Styles with a kick to the leg and Rusev with a boot as Styles goes for a sliding forearm. Styles gets Rusev in the Calf Crusher. English helps Rusev with the rope to allow him to get to it faster. Styles has to release the hold. Styles goes after Aiden and Rusev goes to the floor and stops AJ and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex on the floor.
They return to the ring and Rusev with the Machka Kick for a near fall. Rusev sets for another Machka Kick but Styles moves and AJ hits a Pele Kick. Styles is given a knee to the midsection followed by a round kick for a near fall. Rusev tries to apply the Accolade but he cannot set the base so he has to release the hold. Rusev applies a modified Accolade but Styles gets to the ropes and Rusev releases. Aiden removes the pad from the top turnbuckle. Rusev with a boot to the back and he goes for the Accolade. Rusev charges at AJ and AJ moves so Rusev’s head hits the exposed turnbuckle.
Styles goes to the apron and hits the springboard 450 splash but Rusev kicks out. Styles with a baseball slide to English. Styles sets for the Phenomenal Forearm and hits it for the three count.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the match, Styles takes the title and has his arm raised as the music hits. English clutches his jaw on the outside while Rusev is still down in the ring. We go to replays. Styles hits the stage and raises the WWE Title as Rusev and English look on.
– Back from a break and Cole plugs the Extreme Rules post-show on t he WWE Network with Bobby Lashley & Carmella talking to hosts Renee Young & Sam Roberts.
Charly Caruso stops Seth Rollins backstage and asks him about the main event. Rollins is aware he has 3 opponents tonight – 1 on the outside, 1 in the ring and the clock. Rollins doesn’t know how many falls it will take tonight but he does know he will leave it all in the ring, then leave with the title. Rollins says there’s only one thing left to do… burn it down. He walks off.
30-Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Intercontinental Title: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
We go to the ring for tonight’s 30-Man Iron Man main event and out first comes Seth Rollins. WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler is out next with Drew McIntyre. JoJo does formal ring introductions.
Back and forth to start as McIntyre watches from ringside. Rollins takes it to the ropes and they break. Ziggler goes to take Rollins down by the leg and they trade holds on the mat. More back and forth early on. Ziggler kicks out of a pin attempt. They lock up again and Ziggler rolls Rollins up but he rolls through. Ziggler with a backslide for a 2 count. They go at it again and Rollins goes for a pin. Rollins with more quick pin attempts. Ziggler goes to the floor for a breather and a chat with McIntyre. The referee counts but Ziggler returns to the ring and goes at it with Rollins. Rollins drops Ziggler off the ropes and covers for a 2 count. Rollins slams Ziggler and covers for another 2 count in the middle of the ring.
Rollins with a big chop to the chest. Ziggler sends Rollins to the apron. Rollins flies back in but Ziggler ducks. Ziggler drops Rollins with a right. Rollins counters a move and goes for the Buckle Bomb. Rollins nails the Buckle Bomb and rolls Ziggler up for the first 3 count at the 25:20 mark.
Rollins keeps control and goes to the top but Ziggler rolls to the floor. Rollins leaps out and takes him out. The referee counts as Rollins works Ziggler over around the floor. McIntyre stares at Rollins. Ziggler drops Rollins and pounds on him. Ziggler with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Ziggler drops Rollins again for another pin attempt. More back and forth now. The crowd keeps counting down the last 10 seconds of each minute. Rollins with a running forearm in the corner. Rollins charges again but Ziggler dropkicks his knee out. Rollins avoids a Fame-asser and rolls Ziggler up. They trade pin attempts. Rollins powers up for a Buckle Bomb but it’s countered. Rollins comes right back with The Stomp for another pin. Rollins is up 2-0 at the 22:00 mark.
Rollins plays to the crowd some and then cranks up for another stomp. McIntyre runs in the ring and attacks Rollins. McIntyre beats him down. The referee argues with Rollins and tells JoJo to announce another fall. Rollins is up 3-0 now.
McIntyre immediately clubs Rollins over the top to the floor. McIntyre destroys Rollins on the floor and brings him back in. The referee argues with McIntyre some more and ejects him from ringside. McIntyre turns around and hits a Claymore Kick on Rollins at the 20:00 mark. McIntyre finally leaves up the ramp and tells Ziggler to finish this. Ziggler crawls over and covers Rollins. It’s now 3-1 at the 19:32 mark.
Rollins gets up and Ziggler drops him with a superkick. Ziggler covers to get his second fall. It’s now 3-2.
Ziggler cranks up for a superkick in the corner as Rollins gets up. They trade counters. Ziggler sends Rollins into the ring post. Ziggler follows up with a Zig-Zag. Ziggler covers for another pin. It’s now tied at 3-3 at the 17:50 mark.
Ziggler goes for a Zig Zag but Rollins holds on to the ropes. Ziggler runs into a boot from Rollins and he goes to the turnbuckles and leaps over Ziggler. Rollins with Slingblade. Ziggler is sent to the floor. Ziggler stops a suicide dive attempt and Ziggler with a cover and his feet on the ropes for the three count. It’s now 3-4 with 15:51 remaining.
Ziggler keeps Rollins grounded by his arm now. Ziggler keeps Rollins down with the front facelock now but Rollins tries to fight up. They trade counters again and Ziggler jumps on Rollins’ back for a Sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Ziggler takes Rollins back down as fans chant for The Architect. Rollins fights up and rams Ziggler back into the corner. Ziggler keeps the Sleeper locked. The hold is finally broken and Rollins sends Ziggler to the floor. Rollins runs the ropes for a suicide dive. Rollins brings Ziggler back into the ring but Ziggler crawls out the other side. Rollins runs the ropes again and nails another dive.
Rollins flies in from the top and takes Ziggler down for a 2 count. Ziggler fights back but runs into a boot in the corner. Rollins nails a Blockbuster and covers for a close 2 count. Rollins looks up at the clock as we approach the 9:00 mark. Rollins goes to the top but Ziggler dropkicks him, sending him down to the floor. Ziggler motions for the referee to hurry up and start counting Rollins out. Rollins makes it back in right at the 10 count. Ziggler goes for a DDT but it’s blocked. Rollins with a kick to the face. Rollins drops Ziggler again and covers for another close pin attempt. Rollins goes to the top but Rollins hits the rope and crotches him. Rollins pulls Ziggler up to him in the corner. Ziggler climbs up with him but Rollins looks to be in control. Ziggler fights back. Rollins headbutts Ziggler to the mat. Rollins stands up and looks at the clock again. Rollins nails a Frogsplash but Ziggler kicks out at 2.
Rollins ends up sending Ziggler back to the floor. Fans chant “burn it down” as Rollins brings it back in. Rollins takes Ziggler to the top and climbs up. Ziggler fights back and knocks Rollins to the mat. Rollins runs right back up to the top and hits the superplex. Rollins holds it and hits Falcon Arrow for a close 2 count. Rollins gets up first and looks out to the crowd as they cheer him on. Rollins cranks for a kick as Ziggler gets up. Rollins hits the kick but can’t get The Stomp. Ziggler rolls up for a 2 count. Rollins slingshots Ziggler into the corner and rolls him up for a pin at 3:08. It’s now tied at 4-4.
Ziggler attacks Rollins and unloads on him. Rollins comes back and applies a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Rollins goes for a Crossface after a minute or so. Rollins watches the clock get closer to 1:00 as Ziggler hangs on. Ziggler crawls for the bottom rope but he’s nowhere near it. Ziggler avoids a Stomp and rolls out of the ring. Rollins goes after him and stops him from crawling over the barrier. Rollins brings it back in the ring at the 1:00 mark. Ziggler immediately hits a Fame-asser but Rollins kicks out at 2. Ziggler waits for Rollins to get up with less than 30 seconds left. Rollins nails a superkick as Ziggler goes for a superkick. Rollins shuts Ziggler down again but doesn’t crawl to make the pin until the :02 mark. The timer runs out and the match ends.
Match Ends in a Draw
After the match ends, JoJo announces the Draw and says Ziggler will retain. Ziggler stumbles out of the ring with the title as his music hits. Rollins looks on from the ring but the music hits and out comes RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. Angle give them props for the match but the WWE Universe and his hometown doesn’t want to see a tie. Angle tells them to get back in the ring for Sudden Death Overtime.
Sudden Death Overtime for the WWE Intercontinental Title: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
They return to the ring and McIntyre appears out of nowhere to distract Rollins at the ropes. Ziggler takes advantage and immediately hits the Zig-Zag for the pin.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Ziggler takes his title and celebrates with McIntyre at ringside. McIntyre lifts Ziggler up on his shoulders and they taunt Rollins. We go to replays. Rollins and McIntyre head to the back as Rollins looks on disappointed in the ring. Extreme Rules goes off the air.
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