WWE Extreme Rules is in the history books. Here are the highlights from the pay-per-view –
Miz starts 7th Intercontinental Reign
The Miz took another step towards being among the greatest Intercontinental champions of all time by defeating Dean Ambrose and winning the title for the seventh time. The Awesome One now moves into second place on the all-time list, trailing only Chris Jericho’s nine title reigns.
Miz tried to take advantage of the match stipulation that dictated a title change if Dean Ambrose were disqualified from the match. Miz’s wife Maryse slapped him to get the DQ win, but the referee did not buy it. Soon after, Miz shoved Ambrose into the referee, who was about to call the match in Miz’s favor thinking it was pre-meditated, but Ambrose convinced him not to. With his opponent distracted, Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the win and a seventh IC title win.
Sheamus and Cesaro dethrone the Hardy Boyz
After claiming the Hardys robbed them of the title at Wrestlemania, Cesaro and Sheamus exacted revenge at Extreme Rules by dispatching of the champions and winning the tag team championships in a steel cage match.
The action in the ring was vintage Hardys, who were able to get in the majority of the offense during the course of the match. There were many close calls courtesy of Matt Hardy connecting with a Twist of Fate; Jeff Hardy nailed Whisper in the Wind and Poetry in Motion towards the end of the contest. They also countered most of their opponents’ attacks.
In the end, it all came down to which team would make it out of the cage first – the Hardys tried to make it out through the gate while Sheamus and Cesaro attempted to climb down from the top of the cage. The challengers ultimately beat the champions in the race and won the championships as a result.
Alexa Bliss retains in dominating fashion
Raw Women’s champion Alexa Bliss took on Bayley in a Kendo Stick on a Pole match with her championship on the line. The match promised to be a back-and-forth affair, but in the end it was more one-sided than initially expected.
Champion Bliss was in control of the proceedings almost throughout the contest, while Bayley had a handful of reversals here and there like the suplex she hit after Bliss lost possession of the Kendo stick. But Bliss played possum after that and got to the stick again and put it to good use. Using it as weapon, Bliss sent Bayley face-first into the stick and got a few strikes in. The end came when Bliss hit the snap-DDT for the relatively easy win and title defense.
Samoa Joe stands tall in the main event
The Fatal Five Way match to determine the number one contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal title was an intense battle between the five superstars involved.
All competitors got their licks in with signature moves coming into play at various junctures of the match. It looked like anybody’s match to win. Seth Rollins was looking like the early favorite with quick, smooth exchanges with every superstar he encountered. Reigns then took over the mantle and imposed his power and strength. He also connected with a drive-by kick and power bomb on Finn Balor. But Balor quickly turned the tables and came back with high energy offense of his own.
Wyatt and Joe worked together on a few instances during the match. They took out the other three momentarily, but Joe broke Wyatt’s pin attempt, signaling the end of their partnership. They both went at it. Reigns made the most of the split and speared Joe and Balor through the barrier.
Reigns later took out Wyatt with a spear, and then had to deal with Rollins. Rollins looked to have gotten the upper hand with the Buckle Bomb, but Reigns came back with a superman punch. Out of nowhere, Finn Balor hit the Slingblade on Reigns and got him in position for the Coup de Grace. Balor then nailed the finishing move on Reigns. But before he could take advantage, Samoa Joe caught him in the Coquina Clutch and made Balor submit.
Here is the complete package of WWE Extreme Rules:
Extreme Rules Quick Hits: Intercontinental Championship Match; The Miz vs Dean Ambrose (c) Sasha Banks and Rich Swann vs Alicia Fox and Noam Dar Kendo Stick on a Pole match for the Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Bayley Steel Cage Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship: Cesaro and Sheamus vs The Hardy Boyz (c) Submission Match for the Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (c) vs Austin Aries.