Extreme Rules 2018

|Date: July 15, 2018
|Venue: PPG Paints Arena |City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
|Attendance: 14,739

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A video package kicks us off and pretty much every match is mentioned. It’s fast paced and outlines some of the stipulations for tonight.

Michael Cole welcomes us to the 10th annual Extreme Rules event. Ronda Rousey is shown at ringside.

The Deleter Of Worlds (Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt) vs. The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) – Raw Tag Team Championship match

Background: On the June 4 episode of Raw, The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) won a tag team battle royal to earn the right to face “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt for the Raw Tag Team Championship. On the June 25 episode of Raw, Axel defeated Hardy and the tag team title match was scheduled for Extreme Rules. Since then both members of the B-Team have beaten Matt Hardy in singles action.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two undefeated tag teams.

Extreme Rules Record: Matt Hardy is 0-2, Bray Wyatt is 1-1, the challengers make their Extreme Rules debut tonight.

Match: Matt Hardy and Bo Dallas start the match and it’s Hardy with the early advantage. The crowd pop as Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas square off as they are real life brothers but the cheers turn to boo’s as Dallas tags out. The champions dominate the early going until Axel counters a side effect and takes control of the match. Axel and Dallas make quick tags, stopping Hardy from tagging out but eventually he does make the hot tag and Bray Wyatt picks up the pace. Wyatt hits Dallas with a big urunage and then tags in Hardy, looking for their finisher but Curtis Axel provides the distraction, Dallas shoves Hardy into Wyatt and Bo hits a hotshot suplexes for the three!

Result: Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel win the Raw Tag Team Championships by pinfall.

Review: Well this match was an interesting one. It wasn’t bad but not spectacular either. I am surprised by the result, I didn’t see the champions losing their belts so quickly and especially to these guys! A massive win for Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.

Rating: 5/10

Charly Caruso interviews the new champions after the match and Axel compares his feeling to how a rainbow feels or when Stretch Armstrong landed on the moon.

Renee Young is backstage with Kurt Angle. Kurt announces that he has been speaking with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar and they are refusing to return to WWE any time soon. Kurt issues an ultimatum that he either comes to Raw tomorrow and discusses when his next title defence will be or he will be stripped of the Universal Championship.

Finn Balor vs. Constable Corbin

Background: Not a lot of background between these two men. Balor seems to have got under the skin of Corbin since Baron Corbin became the Constable, appointed by Stephanie McMahon to keep an eye on Kurt Angle. Corbin has taken digs at Finn Balor by calling him small.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.

Extreme Rules Record: Finn Balor is 0-1 at Extreme Rules, Constable Corbin is making his Extreme Rules debut tonight.

Match: Constable Corbin takes the early advantage and mocks the too sweet. Corbins offence starts as clubbing blows but soon becomes a chinlock. Corbin hits a big clothesline for a near fall. Corbin also hits a chokeslam backbreaker as he continues to dominate the match. Balor starts a comeback, hitting a slingblade but Corbin then hits deep six for as near fall. Balor hits a stomp and then his running dropkick which is the usual set up for the coup de gras. Finn heads to the top but Corbin crotches him and looks for end of days but Balor rolls him up and gets the three!

Result: Finn Balor wins by pinfall.

Review: This match was ok, it had a pretty slow pace when Corbin was on top but Balor picked up the pace at the end. Again, not terrible but not one you’d ever watch again. Finn Balor wins and I’m sure Constable Corbin will make life difficult for him on Raw tomorrow night.

Rating: 4.5/10

The cameras go backstage where The bludgeon Brothers are laying out Team Hell No backstage. Rowan swings a mallet into a door which smashes into Kane’s ankle. Paige arrives and asks for medics.

There’s a video package next for Asuka and Carmella.

Carmella (c) vs. Asuka – Smackdown Women’s Championship match

Background: At Money In The bank last month James Ellsworth returned to help Carmella retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Two weeks later Asuka would go one on one with Ellsworth in a match that Carmella got involved with. Ellsworth and Asuka would meet again in a lumberjack match that Asuka would win. After the match Ellsworth would spray hair spray in the eyes of Asuka and Carmella would kick her down. Paige then announced that at Extreme Rules Asuka will get another shot at the title but James Ellsworth will be trapped in a shark cage.

Previous PPV matches: This is a second PPV match between these girls, Carmella beat Asuka at Money In The Bank.

Extreme Rules Record: Both girls make their Extreme Rules debut tonight.

Match: The shark cage isn’t that high, maybe 9 feet up so don’t expect any leapfrogs or back body drops. Carmella asks for something from James and he throws down a chain but Asuka stops her from using it. Ellsworth throws down a spray but again Asuka stops her from using it. Asuka hits some strikes and a hip attack for a near fall. Asuka hits a suplex on the outside as Ellsworth tries to break himself out of the cage. Ellsworth has escaped! But he gets a foot bandana stuck and hangs from it! Asuka lays into Ellsworth with kicks and elbows. It seems as though Ellsworths hanging contraption has been exposed. The shark cage is lowered and Carmella pushes Asuka into the cage and then pins her for the three!

Result: Carmella retains the Smackdown’s Women’s Championship by pinfall.

Review: This was a strange match. Half of the match was Asuka laying into James Ellsworth. It didn’t feel like there was much offence between Carmella and Asuka. Carmella retains though and now holds two victories over Asuka. Remember when she was undefeated?

Rating: 3.5/10

Asuka lays out James Ellsworth and the production team after the match.

We’re shown some footage from the kick off show with Sanity beating The New Day.

Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – United States Championship match

Background: Shinsuke Nakamura was supposed to have a United States title match a couple of weeks ago but due to injury could not compete so he gets his shot tonight instead.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.

Extreme Rules Record: Jeff Hardy is 0-2 at Extreme Rules, Shinsuke Nakamura makes his debut at this event.

Match: Before the bell rings the referee hands the title outside the ring and behind the referees back Shinsuke hits a low blow on Jeff Hardy! Jeff gets to his feet and asks for the bell, which rings. Nakamura hits a Kinshasa and pins Jeff Hardy to win the United States Championship!

Result: Shinsuke Nakamura wins the United States Championship by pinfall.

Review: Well this was extremely short and sweet. Shinsuke Nakamura wins the United States Championships in about 4 seconds thanks to a low blow. I look forward to his title reign, he’s very deserved of one.

Rating: N/A

Randy Orton comes out after the match. Is he going to challenge Nakamura? Has Jeff Hardy been drinking? Orton stares at Nakamura but then turns his attention to Jeff Hardy and hits him with another low blow! Orton leaves, Nakamura is in shock, Jeff Hardy is in a lot of pain.

There’s a video package next for Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens.

Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens – Cage match

Background: Kevin Owens has got on the wrong side of Braun Strowman and Strowman has been relentless ever since. Strowman throws Owens off a huge ladder at Money In The Bank and has since flipped KO’s car, and then flipped over a portaloo that Kevin was hiding in. Kurt angle would then announce a steel cage match between the two for Extreme Rules.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles match between these two men.

Extreme Rules Record: Kevin Owens is 0-1 at Extreme Rules, Braun Strowman wrestles at Extreme Rules for the first time tonight.

Match: Kevin Owens tries to escape the cage in the early going but Braun won’t let him go anywhere. Owens avoids a splash and hits a frog splash before trying to crawl out of the door but Strowman stops him. Braun throws Owens from one side of the ring to the other. Owens manages to hit a stunner out of nowhere. KO then handcuffs Strowman to the top rope, crotch chops and then blows him a kiss but Braun breaks the handcuffs and chases Owens up the cage! Braun then chokeslams Owens off the top of the cage and through a table below! Kevin Owens has won the match but he won’t feel like a winner!

Result: Kevin Owens wins after getting thrown off the top of the cage.

Review: This was a decent enough match. The psychology was good. I liked the finish too, it shows that Strowman didn’t care about winning, he just wanted to hurt Kevin Owens. This match will go down as a win for Owens though!

Rating: 6/10

There’s an ad for the PPV in Australia.

We’re told that Jeff Hardy has requested a rematch for the United States Championship this coming Tuesday on Smackdown.

There’s a video package next for the Bludgeon Brothers and Team Hell No.

The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) (c) vs. Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) – Smackdown Tag Team Championship match

Background: This all began when Harper and Rowan attacked Daniel Bryan following a stare-down before a gauntlet match. The Bludgeon Brothers would attack Daniel Bryan again the following week but this time Kane came to save his old tag team partner.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two tag teams.

Extreme Rules Record: Luke Harper is 0-1, Daniel Bryan is 1-2, Kane is 1-3, Erick Rowan wrestles at Extreme Rules for the first time tonight.

Match: Daniel Bryan comes out alone, there’s no sign of Kane. Rowan and Harper take an easy advantage against Daniel Bryan in the early going. Bryan does manage to get some offence in but the numbers become too much. The two big men out-power Daniel Bryan but can’t keep him down for the three. Bryan looks for a suicide dive on Rowan but Rowan catches him and holds him for Harper to hit a suicide dive but Bryan moves and Harper hits Rowan! Kane’s music then hits and out walks Kane in a boot! Bryan tags in Kane who lays into Harper and then chokeslams both Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Kane motions for a tombstone but his leg gives way. Daniel Bryan tags in but Rowan pushes him into Kane before the champions hit a double powerbomb/clothesline move for the three.

Result: The Bludgeon Brothers wins by pinfall.

Review: This was a fun match. The work was done earlier in the night to make sure that Team Hell No didn’t win too cleanly. Rowan and Harper continue to look dominant as Smackdown Tag Team Champions.

Rating: 6.5/10

Roman Reigns is walking backstage when the B-Team arrive celebrating and tells Reigns that he can be like them and beat Bobby Lashley and then they can all celebrate together. Roman doesn’t seem keen.

There’s a video package next for Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley.

Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley

Background: Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley both want a shot at the WWE Universal Championship held by Brock Lesnar. Kurt Angle announced a multi-man match to decide a number one contender and made Lashley and Reigns the first two men in it but Angle would u-turn on the match. Reigns and Lashley then demanded a match against one another in a rivalry that has become more personal.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.

Extreme Rules Record: Roman Reigns is 4-1, Lashley wrestles at Extreme Rules for the first time tonight.

Match: Laishley out-powers Reigns in the early going. Reigns fires back with strikes to take the advantage. Roman hits a drive-by dropkick for a two count. A “Rusev Day” chant breaks out as Reigns throws Lashley into the barricade. Lashley picks up the pace with a clothesline and a belly to belly suplex. Bobby hits a cross body and then heads to the top and hits a double axe handle which is a move you don’t see much of these days. Bobby counters a superman punch with a spinebuster and then hits a stalling vertical suplex. Reigns then counters a spear with a superman punch for a near fall. Lashley hits a belly to belly over the announce desk. Bobby then heads to the top but Reigns superman punches him off. Reigns then motions for a spear but Lashley hits him with a spear first! And that is enough for the three!

Result: Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall.

Review: This match was pretty good. It was a bit slow in parts but it was a battle of the big men and had some decent spots. I would assume that this puts Lashley in line for a shot at the Universal Championship.

Rating: 6.75/10

There’s a video package next for the match between Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss.

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax – Extreme Rules match for the Raw Women’s Championship

Background: At Money In The Bank last month Alexa Bliss not only won the Money In The Bank ladder match but cashed it on on Nia Jax and won the Raw Women’s Championship. Ronda Rousey, who looked set to win the title at Money In The Bank, attacked Bliss the next night on Raw and received as a suspension. Alexa seemed happy about that until Nia informed her that she’d get her rematch against her former best friend in an Extreme Rules match.

Previous PPV matches: Nia is 2-1 against Alexa on PPV matches.

Extreme Rules Record: Alexa Bliss is 1-0 at Extreme Rules, Nia wrestles on this show for the first time tonight.

Match: Alexa start the match by trying to use weapons on Nia but Nia keeps fighting her off and throwing away the weapons. Jax out-powers Bliss and throws her around the ring. Alexa has Mickie James in her corner who keeps supplying her with weapons whilst Nia has Natalya watching her back and essentially doing nothing. Finally Natalya gets involved and she takes down Mickie James but Alexa helps out her mate and the two heels double team Natalya. Ronda Rousey then jumps the barricade and throws Mickie into the barricade and then into the ring, hitting her with a version of a death valley driver. Ronda then goes after Alexa but Mickie attacks Rousey with a kendo stick. Nia looks to hit a Samoan drop on Bliss but Mickie attacks her from behind with a chair. Alexa then hits Nia with a chair and drops her with a DDT for the three.

Result: Alexa Bliss retains her Raw Women’s Championship by pinfall.

Review: This match was fun. I enjoyed it, there was loads of action, not just between Alexa and Nia but with the likes of Mickie, Natalya and Ronda Rousey. Ronda is really over. This must be leading to Alexa vs. Rousey at Summerslam.

Rating: 6.75/10

There’s a video package next for AJ Styles and Rusev.

AJ Styles (c) vs. Rusev – WWE Championship match

Background: Rusev became number one contender to the WWE Championship when he won a gauntlet match. Since then Rusev has attacked AJ, following a match between the WWE Champion and Aiden English, and locked on the accolade. Rusev claims that Extreme Rules will be Rusev Day.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV singles match between these two men.

Extreme Rules Record: Rusev is 2-1 at Extreme Rules, AJ Styles is 0-1.

Match: Aiden English accompanies Rusev. There are duelling chants for the two men in this match. AJ hits some kicks in the early going, targeting Rusev’s legs. Rusev fights back though, out-powering AJ and slowing down the pace. Styles knocks Rusev out of the ring and then hits him with a phenomenal forearm. Rusev fights out of a Styles Clash attempt and then counters a calf crusher attempt. AJ finally locks on the calf crusher but Rusev gets to the bottom rope. AJ then gets distracted by Aiden English and chases him around the ring but that allows Rusev to get up and hit a belly to belly suplex on AJ. Rusev then his the Machka kick for a near fall. Rusev looks to lock on an accolade but due to the injury to his knee he can’t lock it on. Aiden English rips off one of the top turnbuckles but the plan backfires when Rusev runs into it trying to hit AJ. Styles hits a springboard 450 for a near fall. AJ then takes out Aiden English with a baseball slide and hits Rusev with a phenomenal forearm for the victory.

Result: AJ Styles wins by pinfall.

Review: This was a decent enough match. I don’t think Rusev was ever a real threat to the title but after Jinder won last year I guess you never know. AJ is having a good run as WWE Champion and I look forward to seeing who is next for him.

Rating: 6.5/10

There’s an ad for the WWE Network.

Seth Rollins is backstage and confident of becoming the new Intercontinental Champion, tonight he will burn it down.

Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins – Iron match match for the Intercontinental Championship

Background: On the June 18 episode of Raw, Dolph Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins to win his sixth Intercontinental Championship after Drew McIntyre, Ziggler’s tag team partner, distracted Rollins. The following week, Rollins won a rematch for the title by disqualification after McIntyre interfered on Ziggler’s behalf. On July 2, a 30-minute Iron Man match between the two was scheduled for Extreme Rules.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles PPV match between these two men.

Extreme Rules Record: Seth Rollins is 3-1 at Extreme Rules, Dolph Ziggler is 1-1.

Match: Drew McIntyre is present in the corner of Dolph Ziggler. It’s a cagey start to the match as both men look to pace themselves. We’re told that Dolph Ziggler has never been in a half hour singles match before as the two men go back and forth. Seth then rolls Dolph up out of nowhere to get the first fall in within five minutes. Ziggler’s gear is a tribute to Evel Knievel. The crowd start counting down every minute like it’s a Royal Rumble and it’s pretty annoying to be honest. The second fall comes as Rollins hits a stomp out of nowhere to get the pinfall just over 8 minutes into the match. Drew McIntyre then gets into the match and lays into Seth Rollins, beating him down to give Seth Rollins a 3-0 victory by disqualification. Drew gets thrown out but not before he gives Seth a claymore.

Dolph rolls over and pins Seth to get his first fall of the match. Ziggler hits a superkick and covers Seth for his second fall making it 3-2 to Seth Rollins. Dolph then hits a zigzag and pins him to tie up the match 3-3 with over 17 and a half minutes remaining. Seth knocks Dolph out of the ring and looks to hit a suicide dive but Ziggler hits him with a forearm and rolls up the Intercontinental Champion with his feet on the ropes and gets the count! Ziggler is now up 4-3 and we’re only at the half way mark. Dolph slows the pace right down in this match and tries to get away from Seth as much as possible. The clock ticks down and there are no falls for 10 minutes as the two men go back and forth. The nearest fall comes when Rollins hits a frog splash.

Seth hits a superplex and then a falcon arrow for a near fall. There are four minutes left to go as Seth stares at the clock. Dolph avoids a stomp and rolls Seth up for a near fall. Seth then hits a slingshot and rolls Ziggler up to get his 4th fall of the match! It’s 4-4 with less than three minutes left. Rollins locks on a sharpshooter and then a crossface but Dolph won’t tap out. Seth tries for a stomp but Ziggler rolls out of the ring and tries to escape. Seth rolls Dolph back into the ring but Ziggler hits a fame-asser for a near fall. Dolph motions for a superkick but Seth hits one of his own and then a stomp but is too slow pinning Dolph and the times runs out! This match ends a draw so Dolph Ziggler retains the Intercontinental Championship.

Kurt Angle comes out and says that the match will not end this way. This match goes to sudden death overtime! Dolph can’t believe it and gets back into the ring but Drew McIntyre shows up and distracts Rollins which allows Dolph to come from behind and hit the zigzag! Seth hooks the leg and gets the 3! Dolph Ziggler wins the match in overtime!

Result: Dolph Ziggler wins 4-3 in overtime to retain the Intercontinental Championship.

Review: This was a really good match. Great energy through, fantastic psychology and I really enjoyed the falls. But do you know what I hated? The crowd. Counting down every minute and making the Royal Rumble name. Embarrassing. Some thing make me embarrassed to be a wrestling fan, the crowd in this one have done just that.

Rating: 8.75/10

Well that was an interesting show. There were 10 matches on the main card, 9 of which last longer than 6 seconds.The first half of the show was really average if not below. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas beating Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy was a massive shocker. They’ve gained some popularity as the B-Team and I guess they’re just going with it as a classic underdog story. Then we had Finn Balor beating Corbin, Carmella beating Asuka in the shark cage match and Shinsuke Nakamura beating Jeff Hardy in seconds to win the United States Championship. I don’t really mind any of that but I’m not particularly buying Carmella as Smackdown Women’s Champion. The show would improve from here with Kevin Owens somewhat winning the cage match, The Bludgeon Brothers defeating Team Hell No, Bobby Lashley beating the golden boy Roman Reigns and then Alexa Bliss beating Nia Jax. These were all solid matches to be honest. None of them were spectacular but there was nothing wrong with any of it. AJ Styles retained the WWE Championship against Rusev and then Dolph Ziggler beat Seth Rollins in a really good iron man match. Strange to have the Intercontinental Championship main event over the WWE Championship but you get the impression they really solid it to the powers that be. It was the best match on the show. Overall though not a terrible show. Not a very memorable one but a decent watch overall.

Overall Rating: 60.27/100 (ranked joint 146th out of 362)

Match Of The Night: Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
Worst Match Of The Night: Carmella vs. Asuka
Surprise Of The Night: The B-Team beat The Deleter Of Worlds
Worst Booking Of The Night: Carmella retains the Smackdown Women’s Championship again
Superstar Of The Night: Dolph Ziggler
Extreme Rules 2018 Will Be Remembered For: Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns and the Iron Man Match

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