Welcome to the Horror Show at Extreme Rules PPV. If you’re a wrestling fan, this is a great weekend for us all. Unfortunately, I’m not spending $50 for a PPV despite hearing great things about Slammiversary. We had Braun Strowman defending the Universal Championship against Bray Wyatt in a Swamp match. Drew McIntyre put up his WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Bayley defended her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Nikki Cross. On Raw, Asuka put her Women’s title against Sasha Banks. The New Day defended their SmackDown tag titles against Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura. Apollo Crews was supposed to defend the new and improved United States title against MVP. It was reported that Apollo Crews is injured and couldn’t defend the title. Let’s peep how the Horror Show at Extreme Rules PPV.
We opened with the New Day putting up the SmackDown tag titles against Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura. This was a Tables match between these two. They have been going at it for weeks now with Cesaro beating Big E on this past SmackDown. The match saw a lot of physicality from all four men. As expected with these four men, you knew this would be a good match. In the end, Kofi brings Cesaro back in with lefts and rights in the corner. Kofi takes Cesaro to the top and looks down at the double tables on the floor. Cesaro counters. Nakamura assists with a kick. Nakamura helps re-position as Cesaro powers Kofi up from the top, putting him through the double tables on the floor with a huge powerbomb to win the titles. Winners and New SmackDown Tag Champs: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
Match Rating: 3.75/5- The opening match was awesome and I’m really glad to see Cesaro with some gold.
Bayley put up her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Nikki Cross. This match had a lot of mind games being played in it. Sasha Banks was in the corner of Bayley while Alexa Bliss was there for Nikki Cross. Towards the end, they both down on the outside as the referee counts. They come back in and Bayley clotheslines the challenger. Cross drops her and covers for 2 as Banks looks on worried now. Bliss cheers her partner on. Bayley kicks Cross away a few times but Cross keeps coming. Banks approaches Bayley at ringside and looks to hand her something. Banks gets on the apron to distract the referee. Bliss also gets on the apron and yells at them.
Bayley takes advantage and hits Cross in the ribs with the large “BOSS” ring that Banks wears, which she slid to her before the apron distraction. Bayley follows up by slamming Cross face-first into the mat, then covering for the pin to retain. Winner and Still SmackDown Women’s Champ: Bayley
Match Rating: 2.5/5
We had the Eye for an Eye match between Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio. Of course, this feud got started a couple months ago when Rollins injured the eye of Mysterio. The match saw them retrieving tools and some great action. Rollins talks trash and says Rey did this. Rollins drags Rey back to the steps and tries to put his eye into the edge of the step. Rey resists but it’s not enough. We see what looks like blood coming from Rey’s eye. Rollins backs off and waits for him to get up, but Rey isn’t moving much. The referee checks on Rey again and calls for the bell. Winner: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: 3/5- The match was really good, but the stipulation sucked. This could write off Rey until his contract is settled or for good.
In the most anticipated match, Asuka defensed the Raw Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks. These are arguably the two best women wrestlers on the main roster. This match had everything from a wrestling standpoint. Unfortunately, things turned crazy towards the end. Bayley and Kairi Sane got involved in the match. In the end, Asuka approaches from behind and sprays green mist as Banks turns around, but Banks ducks and the mist hits the referee in the face. Bayley comes from behind at Asuka, but the referee is blinded. Bayley rips the referee’s t-shirt off and puts it on, sending him to the floor. Banks covers Asuka and Bayley covers for the 3 count. Bayley yells for the timekeeper to ring the bell. She goes to ringside and threatens him, so he rings the bell. Bayley grabs the RAW Women’s Title and takes it over to Banks on the floor. No Contest
Match Rating: 3.5/5- Great match, but the ending damaged it.
Drew McIntyre put up his WWE Championship against his former partner, Dolph Ziggler. Dolph was allowed to pick the stipulation for the match and he waited after they were introduced. Ziggler chose an Extreme Rules match, but only for him. If McIntyre was counted out, disqualified or anything he’d lose the belt. Dolph hit Drew with everything possible in this match. Ziggler hit a huge elbow from the ring post on to the floor with McIntyre laid out on a table. Dolph hit some super kicks, Zig Zags and chairs. Towards the end, Drew goes for the Futureshock DDT but Ziggler counters and hits a Fame-asser.
Ziggler with another Zig Zag but Drew gets right back up. Ziggler puts him right back down with the Uranage on a steel chair. Drew still kicks out at 2. Ziggler ends up preparing for Sweet Chin Music in the corner. He goes on but Drew blocks it with a big Claymore Kick to get the pin and retain. Winner and Still WWE Champ: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: 3.25/5
Last, but not least we had the Swamp Match for the Universal Championship. Braun Strowman defended against his longtime friend, Bray Wyatt. The Swamp match was another cinematic one and it was strange to say the least. The finale saw Strowman kneels down at the water and apparently doesn’t see Wyatt. Strowman nods and says it’s over. He keeps looking around the surface of the water until Wyatt’s arm comes up from out of the water, applying the Mandible Claw to pull Strowman into the water. There’s a struggle. It looks like Wyatt comes back up out of the water for a second, struggling to breathe or get out. Wyatt is pulled back under and all is calm. The water then turns blood red and starts bubbling.
The Fiend returns, coming out of the water and staring straight at the camera now. We hear Wyatt laughing in the background. WWE’s “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules” pay-per-view goes off the air as The Fiend growls, “Let me in!” Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: 2/5
Overall Rating: 5/10– There was some really good wrestling, but unfortunately the stipulations or booking killed them. It seems like they’re setting up some big matches for the SummerSlam PPV. Below are my top 3 matches from The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. After that, should be some of the SummerSlam matches to take place. What did you think about The Horror Show at Extreme Rules?
Top 3 Matches
- New Day© vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
- Asuka© vs. Sasha Banks
- Drew McIntyre© vs. Dolph Ziggler
Possible SummerSlam Matches
- Braun Strowman vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
- Asuka vs. Sasha Banks
- Cesaro & Nakamura vs. New Day
- Apollo Crews vs. MVP
- King Corbin vs, Matt Riddle