It’s Extreme Rules where we discover who will face Brock Lasnar for the WWE Universal Title at great Balls of Fire. lets go.
Kick-off Match – Kalisto vs. Apollo Crews w/Titus O’Neill
This was a good little kick-off match and the crowd were surprisingly quite into it too. Just some fun back and forth action with Titus trying to bark instructions at Apollo throughout and in the end costing him the match when he gets on the apron and they both start having verbal exchange and Kailsto gets between them and hits Solido del Sol running up and kicking Titus at the same time.
Winner: Kalisto(via Solida del Sol) ***
-Now i don’t watch the panel stuff but after the match I saw a few seconds and witnessed Adam Rosenburg regard a shooting star press(that crews hits in a match) as a standing 450 splash…Jeez.
Match 1 – Intercontinental title match: This Miz vs. Dean Ambrose (c)
This was a very good opener. Obviously we had the stipulation where if Dean got disqualified he would lose the title, so throughout the match Miz would try all sorts of things to do that. In the end he gets Maryse to slap in fron of the ref, but the ref doesn’t buy it and ejects Maryse. as he’s distracted trying to get her to leave, Miz pushes Amrbose into the ref, so the ref thinks that Ambrose pushed him and starts arguing with him whilst walking towards the bell ring to DQ him, but while Ambrose is distracted Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale and goes for the cover, so the ref runs back in and counts the 3 making Miz the new intercontinental champion. Loved that finish gonna be honest. It was a very solid effort from both overall and I really enjoyed it.
Winner: The Miz(via Skull Crushing finale) ***1/2
Match 2 – Alicia Fox/Noam Dar vs. Rich Swann/Sasha banks
This was pretty decent match. Crowd were completely behind Swann since it’s his hometown and they kept it well paced with some fun action. Swann gets the win with a phoenix splash after Banks hit a meteora off the top to the outside on Dar.
Winner: Swann(via Phoenix Splash) **1/2
-Elias Samson sings a song in the ring as the crowd voices their dismay.
Match 3 – Raw Womens Title ‘Kendo Stick on a pole’ match: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss (c)
Well they kept this very short, they get the Kendo stick really early on and Bliss is the one that finally uses it, Bayley does a Bayley to Belly but she is too hurt from the kendo stick to go for the cover. bliss then sets the stick in the corner and throws Bayley into it shoulder first before continuing to hit her with it a few more times and then hitting a DDT to get the pinfall and retain her title. Really was not much to this at all, certainly made Bliss look dominant though. It felt a lot more like a throwaway Diva’s match that’d you get a few years back, I knew the ‘Kendo Stick on a pole’ wasn’t the best of ideas anyway and this whole thing has just been a disappointment. Why not just do an extreme rules match? These women are better than this.
Winner: Bliss(via DDT) *3/4
Match 4 – Tag team title steel cage match: The Hardyz (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
So there are no pinfalls or submissions in this, both members must escape the cage to win. This was really good, very back and forth with fun big spots and good use of the cage. In then end Jeff Hardy had already escaped previously but he decided to get back in and hit a whisper in the wind off the top of the cage. But as Matt struggles to pull Jeff out of the cage door with him, Sheamus and Cesaro climb up over the cage together and win the match becoming the new tag team champions. Bit of a confusing finish but I was completely fine with it and the match was a little sluggish but obvously the Hardyz can’t work like they used to and it was still very enjoyable overall.
Winners: Sheamus & Cesaro ***3/4
Match 5 – Cruiserweight title ‘submission’ Match: Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
This was good. It was very back and forth match though I thought the pacing was a tad slower than it should have been and the crowd seemed to be a bit all over the place, sometimes caring and sometimes not. Neville ends up retaining after dodging a suicide dive by Aries, throwing him back into the ring, hitting a Red Arrow onto his back and locking in the Rings of Saturn. I feel like the match lacked some of the drama it needed and didn’t gel all that well, but was still a good effort overall nonetheless.
Winner: Neville(via Rings of Saturn) ***
Main Event – Universal title no.1 contenders ‘Extreme Rules’ Match: Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins
Really good main event with good amount of fun action to enjoy, though the ‘Extreme Rules’ element was underutilized with literally just some stairs and a chair used a little bit. Wyatt & Joe team up and get control for a good portion which definitely slows the pace down but doesn’t hurt the match much. It all leads to a great finishing stretch though that was tense and had Joe getting the win after putting balor to sleep with the coquina clutch. So we’re getting Joe/Lesnar at ‘Great Balls of fire’ which is certainly interesting to say the least. Solid effort from all involved, I think Balor in particular brought the most energy. Crowd were into it throughout, particularly those last few minutes.
Winner: Samoa Joe(via Coquina Clutch) ****
Bit of a mixed show but I thought it was decent overall, definitely really liked Miz/Ambrose, Cage match and the 5-way. Cruiserweight, kickoff and mixed tag had their moment, but it was the Womens title match that was the big disappointment hopefully things make a turn around for them in next few weeks cause it really was not good at all. Other than that not a bad show, crowd were pretty good throughout but it’s definitely the tamest ‘Extreme Rules’ PPV I think there have been, not even one table(aside the announce one) used, ah well.