Yesterday was the 9th annual Extreme Rules show and it was a pretty ok show, to say the least. It certainly wasn’t a horrible show but it isn’t going to be on the list of best shows WWE did when 2017 is over. It did have two different title changes however and a fantastic musical act so let’s do what Randy Orton hates the most and …dive into what happened last night at Extreme Rules.
On the pre-show, we saw Kalisto beat Apollo Crews in a surprisingly good match. It wasn’t a five-star matchup but for being a pre-show match it did it jobs. I’ve been really enjoying what they’re doing with Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil lately and despite the loss to Kalisto, I’m still excited to see what this does for Crews and O’Neil on Raw tonight.
The Miz vs Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship
Now when I think of Extreme Rules I think of tables, kendo sticks, ladders, baseball bats, and so on. What does WWE do to kick the show off? They give us a match where the championship changes hands on a DQ. WWE has been responsible for amazing stipulation matches but sometimes they hit a speed bump and this was one of them. Don’t get me wrong this was a good match but when your show is called “Extreme Rules” and weapons are banned it kind of defeats the purpose there. Regardless of this The Miz and Dean Ambrose have normally put on great matches and this was one of them. Miz told his wife Maryse to slap him so he’d win by DQ and win the belt but the ref played it smart and instead caught on to what was going on and threw out Maryse. While the ref was doing that Miz shoved Ambrose into the ref and the as the ref was about to throw out the match The Miz came up from behind and hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Ambrose and the ref counted the pin and now The Miz is now a 7 time Intercontinental Champion and two reigns from tying Chris Jericho’s record of 9 reigns as champion.
Rich Swann and Sasha Banks vs Noam Darr and Alicia Fox
Following The Miz and Dean Ambrose was a cruiserweight mixed tag team match that despite their being cruiserweights did not have purple ropes but if I never see them again it’d be too soon. Yes, you read that right by the way Sasha Banks was actually in this match. 205 Live has really been falling in numbers lately and despite them putting on good matches people just aren’t interested. I think what made this strange was Sasha Banks is here. A few months ago she was at the top of the Women’s division and now here she is having a hair-pulling contest with Alicia Fox. Swann and Banks were able to pick up the win after a match that barely went six minutes.
Bayley vs Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship
Speaking of matches being short up next was Alexa Bliss defending her Raw Women’s Championship against the women she won it from, Bayley. Remember earlier when I said that when I think of “Extreme Rules” I think of kendo sticks? Well here was my does of that. Bliss and Bayley faced off in a “Kendo Stick on a Pole” Match and somewhere Vince Russo is having an aneurysm. This match lasted a little over 5 minutes and was about as bad as the segment from Raw last week. It did nobody any favors and couldn’t have been over quicker. Bayley couldn’t bring herself to use the kendo stick and that was her downfall because Bliss had no trouble using it on Bayley and putting her away with the DDT. Bliss stays champion and will hopefully move on to a new program.
The Hardy Boyz vs Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Championships
Aside from the Fatal-5-Way later in the night this was the match I was looking forward too and well it could have delivered more it certainly wasn’t a bad match. The Hardy’s are no stranger to the tag team steel cage match but that didn’t matter here tonight. WWE tends to make up the rules as they go along and it was apparent in this match tonight. Near the end of the match, Jeff Hardy managed to escape the cage and left his brother Matt to fight Sheamus and Cesaro alone. After it was apparent Matt wasn’t going to be able to escape the cage by himself Jeff took matters into his own hands. Jeff Hardy climbed back onto the cage and took out Sheamus and Cesaro which apparently put him back into the match because shortly after that Matt Hardy dragged his brother to the door and got out all while Sheamus and Cesaro were climbing the cage on the other side. Jeff had already left once so you’d think it would count has him just interfering at that point but because WWE plays by what they want to do Sheamus and Cesaro escaped over the side quicker than Jeff could escape the cage and Sheamus and Cesaro are now 2 time Raw Tag Team Champions.
Austin Aries vs Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship
Austin Aries has been chasing the cruiserweight championship since before WrestleMania 33 and after two previous failed attempts Aries had one more chance to win the belt away from Neville. Aries has used the Last Chancery for years and with Neville adopting the Rings of Saturn it was natural that they have a submissions match. These guys went out there and did what they do best and had a really good match but something that bothered me happened here in this match. At one point near the end, Aries locked in the Last Chancery and Neville was able to slip out of the ring but Aries was still able to keep the Last Chancery locked in and it made Neville tap out. If the point is to make your opponent tap out then shouldn’t this have counted? After Aries let it go Aries found himself on the receiving end of a Red Arrow which Neville then turned into the Rings of Saturn and after 3 matches between the two Aries could not capture the title he had been watching for months at the commentary table. This leaves us with two questions. What’s next for Austin Aries and Who will be the one to dethrone the King of the Cruiserweights?
Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe, vs Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins
The main event of Extreme Rules was a Fatal 5 Way to determine who will face the absentee champion Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire for the Universal Championship. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are the only ones who have actually faced Brock Lesnar one-on-one before so the possibility of any of these 5 men facing off against Brock Lesnar is really something to think about. These 5 men put on a very entertaining match against each other which saw the peculiar alliance of Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt which actually worked out quite well. All 5 men brought all they had to the table for the chance to be the one to take the Universal Title away from Brock Lesnar. Near the end of the match, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor were brawling right before Roman Reigns demolished both of them through the barricade meanwhile Seth was diving onto Bray Wyatt who had been laid out on the announce table. After this Rollins and Reigns would be fighting in the ring and after both men nearly won the match Balor would come back in to steal the victory away from Rollins who had laid out Reigns but as Balor was pinning Reigns Joe snuck back in to lock in the Coquina Clutch on Balor who would pass out in the move and give Joe the victory.
At the end of the night, Extreme Rules was a fairly decent show. We have a new Intercontinental Champion and new Tag Team Champions and we will finally see the dream match that is Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar. What did you think of Extreme Rules? Tweet me during Raw tonight on Twitter @UberTieGuy and let me know your favorite match or moment of the night or what you think the fallout will be.