The WWE had their monthly PPV take place last night. Extreme Rules featured a total of 12 matches, which two of them taking place on the Pre-Show. All championships were defended except for the Universal Title, which is held by Brock Lesnar. A.J. Styles defended the WWE Championship against Rusev. In a 30-minute Ironman Match, Dolph Ziggler put up the Intercontinental title against former champion, Seth Rollins. The Bludgeon Brothers defended the SmackDown Live titles against the newly reunited, Team Hell No. Alexa Bliss defended the Raw Women’s Championship against Nia Jax. Jeff Hardy put up the United States Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. Carmella put up her SmackDown Women’s title against Asuka. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt put up the Raw Tag Team Titles against the B-Team. Let’s see how things turned out and see if my preview matched with what happened.
The first match of the night had Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt putting the Raw tag titles against the B-Team. Both teams went back & forth with each other and it was teased Dallas and Wyatt getting physical. Unfortunately, the brothers didn’t battle, and Bo Dallas tagged Axel back in. In the end, Hardy & Wyatt was about to finish off Dallas, but Axel distracted them. Dallas rammed Hardy into Wyatt, knocking him out and he hit the hangman’s neck breaker for the win. Winners and New Raw Tag Champs: The B-Team
Match Rating: 2.5/5- The match wasn’t anything special, but it was good to see them getting some shine.
We had Finn Balor facing “Constable” Baron Corbin as they have been feuding for the past few weeks. Baron Corbin dominated Finn Balor throughout the match. Balor finally took the advantage by reversing a power bomb into a double foot stomp. Balor hit the Shotgun Kick and he goes to the top, but Corbin pulls him down. Corbin was setting Balor up for the End of Days, but Balor rolls him up into a small package for the win. Winner: Finn Balor
Match Rating: 3/5
Carmella defended her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Asuka with James Ellsworth hanging in a shark cage. Asuka dominated this match and Ellsworth constantly tried to interfere in the match. After several attempts to open the door, Ellsworth finally got it open. Ellsworth was hanging upside down after getting his leg caught up in the cage. Asuka beat up Ellsworth, but Carmella runs her head first into the cage to pick up the win. Winner and Still SmackDown Women’s Champ: Carmella
Match Rating: 2/5
Jeff Hardy defended his United States Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. Before the match starts Nakamura low blows Hardy! The referee asks Hardy if he can start the match. Hardy says yes. The bell rings and Nakamura immediately hit the Kinshasa for the win! Winner and New United States Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura
Match Rating: Squash- After the match, Orton appeared and stared down Nakamura and stepped on Hardy’s nuts.
Braun Strowman took on Kevin Owens in a Steel Cage match. The match started with Owens running away from Strowman and Braun yelling at him telling him to fight him. Owens took advantage when Braun went face first into the cage. Strowman finally took advantage by sending Owens into the cage over and over again. Owens handcuffed Strowman to the cage and climbed on top of the cage. Strowman eventually climbed the cage and choke slammed Owens off the top onto the commentary table. Winner: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: 4/5- Braun Strowman choke slamming Owens from the top through the announce table was freakin crazy.
The Bludgeon Brothers put their SmackDown Tag titles on the line against Team Hell No. Earlier in the night, the Bludgeon Brothers attacked Kane and Daniel Bryan. Kane leg was possibly broke, and he didn’t come out to the ring with Bryan. Daniel Bryan fought off the Bludgeon Brothers as much as he could, but to no avail. The music of Kane hit, and he makes his way to the ring with a walking boot on. Kane made a hot tag and chokeslammed Harper and Rowan. Kane was about to hit the Tombstone, but Harper hit the injured leg of Kane. In the end, Harper and Rowen hit a modified Doomsday Device for the win. Winners and Still Smackdown Tag Team Champions, The Bludgeon Brothers
Match Rating: 3/5
We had what is perceived as the #1 contender match for the Universal Championship. Roman Reigns took on Bobby Lashley as these two been going at each other for a few weeks now. Let me just say that these two put on a really good match. Honestly, I’m disappointed in these crowds lately as they always hijack the match, especially involving Roman Reigns. Reigns is a great wrestler and good dude and he doesn’t deserve some of the childish shit they do. As far as the match, it started out slowly as they were feeling each other out. In the end, Reigns hit a Superman Punch to Lashley to knock him off the top rope. Lashley hit the Spear on Reigns to pick up the win. Winner: Bobby Lashley
Match Rating: 3.25/5
Alexa Bliss defended her Raw Women’s Championship against Nia Jax. Of course, Alexa Bliss won the title after cashing in the briefcase on the same night she won it at Money in the Bank. During the match, Mickie James got involved which prompted Natalya to appear. After Alexa and Mickie beat down Jax, Ronda Rousey jumped the barricade to help. Rousey beat the hell out of James and tosses her over the announce table. Rousey chases Bliss around the ring. Rousey gets her hands-on Bliss but James hits Rousey with a kendo stick. Jax picks up Bliss for a Samoan drop. James hits Jax with a chair. Bliss DDTs Jax on a chair for the win. Winner and Still Raw Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss
Match Rating: 2.75/5
A.J. Styles defended his WWE Championship against new #1 contender, Rusev. A.J. Styles can have a great match with anyone and Rusev is underrated as a wrestler. These two put in the work in this match and it shows that Rusev is a major player. Things picked up when Styles chased English around the ring, but Rusev caught him with the belly-to-belly. Rusev lands the Machka Kick! Styles kicks out. Rusev tries another Machka Kick but Styles hits a Pelé Kick. Popup knee by Rusev. Rusev hits another head kick. Rusev tries the Accolade but his knee gives out. Rusev locks in a one leg version of the Accolade. Styles gets to the ropes. Rusev fires up. English exposes a turnbuckle. Rusev runs into it head first. Styles hits a springboard 450. Rusev kicks out! Styles dropkicks English. Styles hits the Phenomenal Forearm for the win. Winner and Still WWE Champion: A.J. Styles
Match Rating: 3.5/5
-We had the main event as Dolph Ziggler defended the Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins. The match started when Rollins and Ziggler each try multiple submissions and pin attempts. Neither can get the upper hand. Rollins rolls up Ziggler with a crucifix. Ziggler kicks out and rolls out of the ring. Rollins does jumping jacks in the ring. Rollins unloads on Ziggler. Rollins gets a near fall after a back elbow. Rollins drops Ziggler with the buckle bomb. Roll up by Rollins to get our first pinfall. Rollins-1 Ziggler-0
-Rollins tosses Ziggler into the barricade. After a distraction by McIntyre, Ziggler takes control. Ziggler gets a near fall after an elbow drop. Ziggler tries a suplex but Rollins counters. Rollins sends Ziggler into the corner. Running forearm by Rollins. Ziggler dropkicks Rollins in the knee. After another series of pin attempts, Rollins catches Ziggler with the Stomp for the pin! Rollins- 2 Ziggler- 0
-Rollins plays to the crowd. McIntyre attacks Rollins. The referee disqualifies Ziggler. Rollins- 3 Ziggler- 0
-The referee tosses McIntyre. Before McIntyre leaves he Claymore kicks Rollins. Ziggler gets a pinfall. Rollins- 3 Ziggler- 1
-Ziggler hits a Superkick. Rollins- 3 Ziggler- 2
-Ziggler misses another superkick. Rollins misses a corner strike. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag for his third pinfall of the night. Rollins- 3 Ziggler- 3
-Rollins lands the sling blade. Ziggler stumbles to his feet. Rollins sends Ziggler to the outside. Rollins tries a dive but Ziggler punches Rollins in the head. Ziggler pins Rollins with his feet on the ropes. Rollins- 3 Ziggler- 4
-Ziggler puts Rollins in a modified chin lock. Rollins gets to his feet. Rollins tries to back suplex Ziggler. Ziggler lands on his feet and locks in a sleeper. Rollins escapes and sends Ziggler to the outside. Rollins lands two suicide dives. Diving clothesline by Rollins. Ziggler kicks out. Rollins hits a blockbuster. Ziggler kicks out. Rollins looks at the clock and goes back up top. Ziggler dropkicks Rollins off the top. Ziggler tells the referee to start the count. Rollins breaks the count. Ripcord knee by Rollins. Ziggler kicks out. Rollins goes up top again. Yet again Ziggler cuts Rollins off. Rollins pulls Ziggler up top. Rollins looks to be trying to suplex Ziggler out of the ring. Ziggler fights it off. Rollins headbutts Ziggler off the top. Rollins crushes Ziggler with a frog splash. Ziggler somehow manages to get his shoulder off the mat. Ziggler hugs the bottom rope. Rollins sits Ziggler on the top rope. Superplex into the falcon arrow by Rollins. Ziggler kicks out! Rollins calls for the stomp. Rollins misses the stomp. Ziggler kicks Rollins in the knee. Rollins rolls up Ziggler for the pinfall. Rollins- 4 Ziggler- 4
-Ziggler jumps on Rollins. Rollins double legs Ziggler and puts him in the Sharpshooter. Ziggler starts to crawl to the bottom rope. Rollins rolls into the Crossface. Rollins lets the hold go and tries another stomp. Ziggler avoids it and tries to run into the crowd. Rollins pulls Ziggler back into the ring. Ziggler hits the fameasser. Rollins kicks out. Rollins superkicks Ziggler and hits the stomp. Time expires as Rollins is going for the pin. Rollins- 4 Ziggler- 4
Kurt Angle’s music hits and Angle says the match is going to restart. Sudden death overtime. Next fall wins. As the match restarts McIntyre appears out of nowhere and leaps onto the apron. Rollins attacks McIntyre. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag for the win! Winner and Still Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: 3.25/5
Overall Rating: 6.5/10- This wasn’t a bad PPV at all. We had quite a few matches that were really good, while some wasn’t so much. Below are my top 3 matches from the night.
- Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman
- A.J. Styles© vs. Rusev
- Dolph Ziggler© vs. Seth Rollins
What did you think about the 2018 Extreme Rules PPV? What was your match of the night? How do you see SummerSlam shaping up? Leave a comment below.