Extreme Rules kicks off with a rarely seen Tornado Tag Team Match as The Usos would face Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson with all four men legal in the ring at the same time. The Tornado Tag Team Match would get off to an intense start as The Usos jump Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson on the outside before all four men enter the ring, letting the match get underway. Gallows & Anderson would dominate the majority of the match before The Usos would make a short-lived comeback and both teams would go blow-for-blow with all four men laying each other out. Anderson would be the first man to his feet, bringing Jey Uso to the outside, but Anderson would find himself on the wrong end of a super kick before Gallows levels Jey with a clothesline, tossing Jey over the barricade. Gallows would then take advantage of the rules of the match, grabbing the ring bell, but Jimmy Uso would avoid the shot, blasting Gallows with a super kick. Jimmy then goes for the Uso Splash, but Gallows moves out of the way and Jimmy lands right on top of the ring bell! Anderson then rolls into the ring as Gallows & Anderson hit the Magic Killer with Gallows pinning Jimmy for the win.
In the first championship match of the night, Kalisto would be in the for the fight of his career as Kalisto would defend the United States Championship against a much larger opponent in “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev, with Lana in his corner. During the match pitting speed against power, Rusev would pull Kalisto off of the top rope, slamming Kalisto spine-first onto the ring apron. The ringside doctor then comes in to check on Kalisto, but Rusev refuses to wait as “The Bulgarian Brute” drags Kalisto to the center of the ring and, despite the referee repeatedly trying to keep Rusev at bay, Rusev would lock in the Accolade on Kalisto, nearly breaking Kalisto in half as Kalisto has no choice but to tap out as Rusev is crowned the brand new United States Champion!
The WWE Tag Team Titles would then be defended at Extreme Rules as The New Day’s Big E & Xavier Woods, with Kofi Kingston in their corner, would put the gold on the line against The Vaudevillains. During the match, The Vaudevillains would hit the Whirling Dervish on Xavier Woods, but Woods would manage to kick out! Shortly after this, Kofi Kingston would get involved behind the referee’s back, hitting Simon Gotch with Trouble in Paradise, allowing Xavier Woods to score with the running knee, pinning Gotch to pick up the win and successfully retain the WWE Tag Team Titles for The New Day.
Extreme Rules would then see the Intercontinental Championship defended as The Miz, with Maryse in his corner, would defend the prestigious title against three other Superstars in “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro, Kevin Owens, and “The Underdog from the Underground” Sami Zayn in a Fatal 4-Way Match, where the first Superstar to score a pinfall or submission in the ring will win the match and leave Extreme Rules as the Intercontinental Champion. Right from the get-go, Sami Zayn makes an impact on the match by blasting Kevin Owens with the Helluva Kick, taking Owens out of the ring before Cesaro charges at The Miz, blasting the champion with a European uppercut, leaving it down to Cesaro and Sami Zayn for the time being!
The Miz would make his way back into the fray before Sami Zayn would dive to the outside, taking out both Cesaro and The Miz. Kevin Owens would then come back into the ring, taking Miz and Cesaro out of the ring before focusing on Sami Zayn, taking control of the match, repeatedly making sure that Miz and Cesaro stay out of the ring. After hanging Sami up on the top rope, Kevin Owens would look for the frog splash, but The Miz would intervene and Owens would fight off both Miz and Zayn. The Miz and Sami Zayn would then work together to try and superplex Owens before Cesaro enters the ring, delivering a double powerbomb to Miz and Zayn, who also superplex Owens! Shortly after this, Zayn would hit Cesaro with the Blue Thunder Bomb before The Miz blasts Sami with a boot to the face, but The Miz would fail to get the three-count on either Cesaro or Zayn. Cesaro would then suplex The Miz, who suplexes Sami Zayn at the same time!
Cesaro would then deliver European uppercuts to his three opponents before Kevin Owens drops Cesaro with a suplex. Owens then squashes Cesaro, The Miz, and Sami Zayn with back-to-back-to-back Cannonballs! Sami then takes Owens out with an Exploder Suplex before Cesaro levels Zayn with a European uppercut and The Miz plants Cesaro with the Skull Crushing Finale, but “The Swiss Superman” kicks out! The Miz then decides to slap Cesaro out of frustration, which would fire Cesaro up as Cesaro takes Miz down with a corkscrew uppercut.
Cesaro then spins the champion around with the Cesaro Swing, locking The Miz in the Sharpshooter. Maryse then tries to help her husband by trying to pull him out of the ring, but Cesaro drags The Miz back into the middle of the ring as The Miz drags Maryse in the ring with him! With the referee’s attention on Maryse, The Miz would tap out to the Sharpshooter and Cesaro would release the hold, thinking that he won the match. In the confusion, Kevin Owens would try to surprise Cesaro with a roll-up, but Cesaro would kick out before sending Owens out of the ring. Cesaro then looks for the Cesaro Swing on The Miz for a second time, but The Miz would hang onto the bottom rope before Owens would come off of the top rope with a frog splash to The Miz!
Cesaro then plants Owens with the Neutralizer, but Sami Zayn rushes back into the ring, breaking up the pinfall at the last second. Sami would then score two near falls over Cesaro, but Cesaro would continue to kick out. Sami then sizes Cesaro up for the Helluva Kick, but Cesaro catches a charging Zayn with a European uppercut. Zayn would still manage to suplex Cesaro into the corner, once again looking for the Helluva Kick, but Kevin Owens would intercept with a super kick to Zayn! Owens then plants Cesaro with the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but before Owens can score the win, The Miz pulls Owens out of the ring and plants Owens face-first with the Skull Crushing Finale on the outside!
The Miz then slides into the ring, trying to pin Cesaro, but Cesaro kicks out yet again! Cesaro and The Miz then climb back to their feet with Cesaro tossing The Miz out of the ring before Sami Zayn charges full force at Cesaro, blasting Cesaro with the Helluva Kick, but Kevin Owens pulls Sami out of the ring at the last second just as Sami was about to win the title! This would enrage Sami Zayn as Sami would repeatedly toss Owens into the barricade before pummeling Owens with right hands on the outside. Meanwhile, in the ring, The Miz would make his way back into the ring and, despite Sami Zayn trying to get there in time, Miz would score the three-count on Cesaro, successfully retaining the Intercontinental Championship in a wild, show-stealing Fatal 4-Way Match.
Extreme Rules would then be home to history as “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would square off with Chris Jericho in the first ever Asylum Match, where a steel cage would surround the ring with various weapons hanging above the cage for the competitors to use and, unlike a standard cage match, escaping will not end the match as the match can only end by pinfall or submission. Early on in the match, Chris Jericho would repeatedly try to escape the cage, but Dean Ambrose would ensure that Jericho would not abandon the match so easily. Later on in the match, Ambrose and Jericho would race to the top of the cage to grab the mop hanging above the ring with Ambrose getting to the cleaning tool first.
Ambrose then smacks Jericho over the back with the mop and even using the mop for a modified Russian leg sweep. Jericho then battles back before making the climb to try and retrieve the two-by-four covered in barbed wire, but Ambrose would stop Jericho, delivering a suplex to “Y2J” off of the top rope. Both men then climb the cage for their respective weapons with Jericho getting the barbed wire two-by-four while Ambrose gets the nun chucks. Jericho misses his shot with his weapon and Ambrose is quick to take advantage, clearly showing his expertise with nun chucks as he delivers several shots to Jericho. Jericho then again tries to escape the Asylum, as well as its creator, but Ambrose would stop Jericho again before “Y2J” grabs the kendo stick, using it on Ambrose before “The Lunatic Fringe” falls to the ring below. Jericho then leaps off of the top rope with a kendo stick shot to the shoulder of Ambrose, delivering a couple of shots with the nun chucks.
Jericho then climbs the cage and retrieves the leather strap, wearing Ambrose out with the leather, but when Jericho gets on the second turnbuckle with the strap, Ambrose would use the strap to pull Jericho off of the turnbuckle. Ambrose then grabs the strap, laying in the leather on the exposed back and mid-section of Chris Jericho before Jericho is able to battle back, tossing “The Lunatic Fringe” into the steel cage. Jericho then again tries to exit the cage, but Ambrose would stop Jericho yet again, this time hanging Jericho up on the top rope. Ambrose then climbs up the cage, grabbing the fire extinguisher as Jericho manages to pull the straightjacket down from above the cage. Jericho throws the straightjacket over Ambrose’s head, blinding Ambrose long enough for Jericho to take advantage, against sending Ambrose into the cage wall. Jericho then tries to strap Ambrose into the straightjacket, but Ambrose fights back. Shortly after this, Ambrose would climb to the top rope, initially looking for the elbow to Jericho before “The Lunatic Fringe” decides to take it one step further, climbing to the top of the cage before leaping off of the cage with a huge standing elbow drop to Jericho! With only a couple of weapons remaining above the cage, Ambrose would climb up and retrieve the bucket.
However, Ambrose would open the bucket and pull out a black bag filled with thumbtacks as Ambrose dumps the thumbtacks out in the ring! Upon seeing what Ambrose has in store, Jericho would frantically try to escape the cage, but Ambrose would stop Jericho. Ambrose then repeatedly tries to slam Jericho on the thumbtacks, but Jericho would repeatedly counter Ambrose’s attempts before locking Ambrose in the Walls of Jericho in the center of the ring. Ambrose would manage to crawl his way to the kendo stick, using it to force Jericho to break the hold. Ambrose then climbs to the top rope with the kendo stick, but Jericho sprays Ambrose in the face with the fire extinguisher before hitting Ambrose with the Codebreaker, but “The Lunatic Fringe” kicks out! Jericho then grabs the barbed wire two-by-four, twice driving it into the mid-section of Dean Ambrose before Jericho sizes Ambrose up for another Codebreaker, but Ambrose counters, slamming “Y2J” back-first onto the thumbtacks! Ambrose then spikes Jericho face-first on the thumbtacks with Dirty Deeds, pinning Jericho to survive the first ever Asylum Match as the victor. After the match, the Asylum is raised as referees and the ringside doctor tend to the thumbtack-ridden Chris Jericho as Dean Ambrose walks to the back with a smile on his face.
The Women’s Championship would then be on the line at Extreme Rules as Charlotte would defend the Women’s Title against Natalya in a Submission Match where the only way to win is by making your opponent submit. In addition, Charlotte’s father Ric Flair would be banned from ringside and, if the Hall of Famer does not comply, then Charlotte would be forced to forfeit the Women’s Title. During the match, Natalya would appear to have Charlotte beat once she locks in the Sharpshooter on the champion, but this is when Ric Flair’s music would play and, since Flair was banned from ringside, someone would instead come out disguised as “The Nature Boy” and, when the disguise was removed, it was Dana Brooke in the Flair disguise! Dana then comes down and gets on the ring apron and, with Natalya’s focus on Dana Brooke, Charlotte would take advantage, taking Natalya down before locking in the Figure-Eight, making Natalya tap out to successfully retain the Women’s Title. After the match, a proud Ric Flair would come down to the ring, high-fiving Dana Brooke on the way. The Women’s Champion then celebrates with her father and her apparent new ally, Dana Brooke.
Then it was time for the main event as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be up for grabs as Roman Reigns would defend WWE’s top prize against “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles in an Extreme Rules Match, where there would be no disqualifications and no count-outs with both men able to do whatever they want to their opponent. It would not take long for the extreme nature of the match to come into play once AJ Styles grabs a steel chair, but it was Roman Reigns who would swing the steel first, narrowly avoiding contact with Styles in the ring before the #1 Contender rolls to the outside. Reigns then swings the chair again, but Styles avoids the steel again as the champion makes contact with the steel steps. Styles then gains the advantage in the match, exposing the announce table before delivering a clothesline to Roman, sending Roman over the barricade.
The champion and the challenger then battle each other through the crowd and over to the Kickoff Panel set where Reigns tosses Styles on top of the glass table. Styles then catches Reigns with a kick to the head before the #1 Contender dives off of the table with a flying forearm to the champion. The fight then returns to the ringside area where Styles sends Reigns face-first into the steel ring post before “The Phenomenal One” exposed the ringside barricade, sending Roman face-first into the exposed barricade. Styles then pulls the protective pad off of the arena floor with the intention of hitting the Styles Clash on the exposed concrete. Luckily for Reigns, the champion counters before exposing the German announce table.
Roman then sets Styles up for a powerbomb through the table, but Styles counters, drilling the champion with right hands before looking for the Styles Clash on the table. However, the champion counters again before the pugnacious challenger charges at Reigns, but Roman delivers a back body drop to the #1 Contender as Styles is sent crashing through the announce table! The champion then rolls Styles back into the ring, trying to a pin on the challenger, but “The Phenomenal One” kicks out. Roman then hits a sitout version of the Razor’s Edge with Styles barely kicking out. Reigns then sizes Styles up for the Superman Punch, but the challenger is able to clip the leg of the champion, hobbling Roman before delivering a suplex into the corner. Reigns then rolls to the outside before Styles delivers a knee to the face of the champion before trying for a hurrincanrana. However, Roman would catch the challenger, swinging Styles head-first into the LED screen on the side of the ring before delivering a powerbomb to Styles on the Spanish announce table, collapsing the table! Reigns then sizes Styles up for the Spear, but “The Phenomenal One” is narrowly able to avoid the charging champion as Roman crashes into the barricade!
AJ Styles then rolls Roman Reigns back into the ring as Styles is slowly able to pull himself up to the ring apron, but when Styles jumps up to the top rope for the Phenomenal Forearm, Roman catches Styles with the Superman Punch, knocking the challenger to the floor! The champion then exits the ring, charging at the challenger, nearly breaking Styles in half with the Spear on the outside! Reigns then rolls Styles into the ring, but before Roman can attempt a pin, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson rush the ring, attacking the champion before leveling Reigns with the Boot of Doom with Gallows & Anderson putting Styles on top of Reigns, but Roman manages to kick out! With both champion and challenger down in the ring, Gallows & Anderson would bring a steel chair into the ring, but that’s when The Usos would arrive on the scene, taking out both Gallows & Anderson with double super kicks. The Usos then deliver back-to-back super kicks to AJ Styles before Jimmy Uso comes off of the top rope with the Uso Splash to the challenger!
The Usos then help Roman Reigns come to as Roman crawls to the cover with the challenger barely kicking out again. Gallows & Anderson then take The Usos out on the outside before Anderson enters the ring, walking right into the Superman Punch from Roman Reigns, who then drops Gallows with a Superman Punch that knocks Gallows off of the ring apron. Roman then looks for the Spear, but Styles counters before planting Reigns with the Styles Clash with the champion finding the will to kick out! Styles then sets Reigns up for the Styles Clash on the steel chair, but Roman is able to counter, back dropping Styles. Reigns then goes for the Superman Punch, but “The Phenomenal One” counters with a Pele Kick to the champion before once again trying for the Styles Clash on the steel chair, this time succeeding, but just as Styles tries to go for the cover, Jey Uso tries to pull Styles out of the ring.
While the challenger is able to kick Jey Uso away, the brief distraction would give Reigns the time he needed to get his shoulder up before the three-count. Styles’ frustration would then become clear as the challenger picks up the steel chair, delivering a shot to the back of Roman Reigns before delivering several chair shots to the backs of both of The Usos before delivering a few more chair shots to the champion! Styles then sizes Reigns up for the Phenomenal Forearm, but when “The Phenomenal One” makes his leap, Roman springs up, catching Styles in mid-air with the Spear, finally keeping Styles down for the three-count to successfully retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title in a chaotic, punishing championship match. After the match, Roman Reigns’ celebration would be short-lived as the champion would be blindsided out of nowhere by the returning Seth Rollins! After six months on the shelf due to a knee injury, Seth Rollins would make his intentions clear as the former champion would plant Reigns in the middle of the ring with the Pedigree! Rollins then admires the championship that he never lost before holding the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt high above his head, making it clear that he wants back what he was forced to give up six long months ago.
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