The ninth annual WWE Extreme Rules kicks off with gold on the line as “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would defend the Intercontinental Championship against longtime rival “The A-Lister” The Miz, with Maryse in his corner, in a match where, if Dean Ambrose gets disqualified, he will lose the Intercontinental Championship. During the match, The Miz would target the left leg of the champion, locking in the Figure-Four Leg Lock, but Dean Ambrose is able to get to the ropes to break the hold. Shortly after this, The Miz would pull the turnbuckle pad off the top turnbuckle, exposing the steel turnbuckle. Dean Ambrose would then have to stop himself from sending The Miz face-first into the exposed steel before Ambrose would manage to lock in a Figure-Four Leg Lock of his own on the challenger. Much like Ambrose did earlier, The Miz was able to get to the ropes to break the hold. With both men hobbling on one leg, Ambrose would manage to take The Miz down with a clothesline and this is when Maryse would get on the ring apron. After both champion and challenger narrowly avoid running into Maryse, The Miz takes Dean Ambrose down before “The A-Lister” instructs Maryse to slap him! Maryse does just that, slapping her husband right in front of the referee.
However, the referee saw right through The Miz & Maryse’s plan to get Dean Ambrose disqualified to steal the title and, instead of disqualifying Dean Ambrose, the referee would eject Maryse from ringside! With The Miz’s focus on his wife being ejected, Dean Ambrose would try to roll-up The Miz, but The Miz would kick out and, with the referee still trying to get Maryse to leave the ringside area, the referee would not see The Miz shove Ambrose right into the referee, sending the referee tumbling out of the ring! Thinking that Dean Ambrose intentionally tried to take him out, the referee would make his way around ringside as Ambrose pleads his case to the official. However, with the referee undecided on whether or not to disqualify Ambrose and the champion’s back turned to his opponent, The Miz would take advantage of the confusion, hitting Dean Ambrose with the Skull Crushing Finale, pinning Ambrose to win the Intercontinental Championship! Maryse then rushes back out to celebrate with her husband as, by hook or by crook, The Miz secures his seventh reign as Intercontinental Champion.
Extreme Rules would then feature Mixed Tag action as “The Boss” Sasha Banks would team up with Baltimore’s own Rich Swann to face Alicia Fox & Noam Dar. In the end, it was Rich Swann hitting the Phoenix Splash and pinning Noam Dar to pick up the win for himself and Sasha Banks in Swann’s hometown.
In the first extreme match of the night, the RAW Women’s Championship would be decided in unique fashion at Extreme Rules as Alexa Bliss would defend the RAW Women’s Title against former champion Bayley in a Kendo Stick on a Pole Match where the first Superstar to climb up and retrieve the kendo stick hanging from a pole positioned in the corner can legally use the kendo stick as a weapon with the match ending by either pinfall or submission. Early on in the match, Bayley would manage to knock the kendo stick free from the pole, but both champion and challenger would fall out of the ring before either could use it. After slamming Alexa Bliss on the floor, Bayley would get her hands on the kendo stick, cornering Bliss in the ring, but Bayley’s hesitation to use the weapon would give Alexa the opening to take Bayley down. The champion then grabs the kendo stick, wasting no time in wearing the challenger out with the kendo stick. Bayley would manage to fire back with the Bayley-to-Belly, but Bayley was unable to take advantage. Alexa then sends Bayley shoulder-first into the kendo stick before delivering more kendo stick shots to the challenger. Bliss then plants Bayley with her signature DDT, pinning Bayley to successfully retain the RAW Women’s Title.
The unforgiving steel would then be lowered as the RAW Tag Team Titles would be decided at Extreme Rules as The Hardy Boyz would defend the RAW Tag Team Titles against Cesaro & Sheamus in a Steel Cage Match, where the only way to win is by both members of a team escaping the cage, either over the top or through the door with both feet touching the floor. As soon as the match begins, Cesaro & Sheamus would do their best to quickly escape the cage, but The Hardy Boyz are just as quick to stop the challengers. Later on in the match, Matt Hardy would nearly escape the cage over the top, but Cesaro was able to stop Matt before Sheamus takes Matt out. Cesaro & Sheamus then try to exit through the door, but Matt would keep the challengers from leaving. The champions then battle back before both Matt & Jeff are able to climb to the top of the cage and, while Sheamus is able to keep Matt in the cage, Cesaro would struggle to keep Jeff from dropping to the outside as Cesaro holds Jeff up by his arm until Jeff is able to knock Cesaro back inside the cage as Jeff drops to the outside!
With Jeff successfully escaping the cage, it would leave Matt Hardy on his own inside the cage against both Cesaro & Sheamus. After taking Sheamus out with the Side Effect, Matt would quickly climb the cage to try and join his brother on the outside, but Cesaro would intervene as Cesaro would try to pull Matt back inside the cage while Jeff tries to pull Matt to the outside. Sheamus then joins his partner and Cesaro knocks Jeff back to the floor before Cesaro & Sheamus powerbomb Matt off of the top rope to the mat. Jeff then tries to come to his brother’s aid through the door, but Cesaro would keep Jeff from entering the cage before Sheamus uses his Brogue Kick to kick the door into Jeff’s face, knocking Jeff to the floor. Sheamus then tries to even things up by escaping the cage through the door, but Matt Hardy is able to keep Sheamus in the cage. Matt then hits the Twist of Fate on Sheamus before pulling Cesaro off of the top rope. Matt then climbs the cage again, but Cesaro catches Matt with a European uppercut before Sheamus puts Matt on his shoulders as, with the assistance of Cesaro, Sheamus would hit Matt with White Noise off of the top rope!
With his brother in trouble, Jeff Hardy would ascend the cage before Jeff would put his own body on the line with a Whisper to the Wind off of the top of the cage, taking out both Cesaro & Sheamus! The race was then on for both teams as Matt would try to get his brother Jeff out of the cage through the door while both Cesaro & Sheamus were working on climbing over the top. Unfortunately for The Hardy Boyz, Matt having to drag a motionless Jeff out of the cage would prove too difficult as Cesaro & Sheamus were able to drop to the floor less than a second before Jeff landed on the floor as Cesaro & Sheamus win the RAW Tag Team Titles!
The Cruiserweight Championship was also on the line at Extreme Rules as “A-Double” Austin Aries would get his third opportunity at the title, challenging the self-proclaimed “King of the Cruiserweights” Neville in a Submission Match, where the only way to win is by making your opponent submit. After working over the shoulder of Austin Aries throughout the match, Neville would lock in the Rings of Saturn on Aries, but Austin would manage to make it to the ropes to break the hold. Neville then tries to lock in the Ring of Saturn again, but Aries is able to lock in the Rings of Saturn himself but the challenger would break the hold once it looked like Neville was going to try and get himself disqualified like he did at Payback. Shortly after this, Austin Aries traps Neville in a guillotine on the top rope before hitting the champion with a sunset flip powerbomb.
The challenger then locks in the Last Chancery on Neville, but Neville is able to pull himself out of the ring only for Aries to exit the ring and lock in the Last Chancery on Neville on the outside. While Neville would tap out to the Last Chancery, it does not count outside the ring as the referee explains to the challenger that the tap out does not count on the outside. Aries then pulls a near motionless Neville to the ring apron before the champion is able to hang Aries up on the top rope but “A-Double” battles back with the Discus Fivearm, knocking Neville to the floor. The challenger then goes for a dive to the outside, but Neville is able to get out of the way as Aries crashes and burns on the floor. Neville then rolls Aries back into the ring before the champion climbs to the top rope, hitting the Red Arrow to the back of Aries before locking in the Rings of Saturn, leaving the challenger no choice but to tap out as Neville successfully retains the Cruiserweight Title.
Then it was time for a chaotic, free-for-all main event as a new #1 Contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship would be decided in a Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules Match as “The Kingslayer” Seth Rollins, “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe, “The Demon King” Finn Balor, “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt, and “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns would wage war in a match with no disqualifications and no count-outs with the first Superstar scoring a pinfall or submission winning the match and going on to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title. As soon as the bell rings, Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe would pair off on the outside before Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt also square off on the outside, leaving Roman Reigns to pace in the ring. After taking Balor down on the outside, Bray Wyatt would be the first to step into the ring to face Roman Reigns with Roman getting the better of “The Eater of Worlds”. Reigns then takes Bray out with a Samoan Drop before taking Samoa Joe out with a Samoan Drop as well. Finn Balor then tries his hand at weakening “The Big Dog” but Roman drops Balor with an uppercut. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns then face off before Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe rush back into the ring to take out Reigns and Rollins.
Finn Balor then takes over in the match, stomping away at Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, and Samoa Joe in succession before diving to the outside, taking out all three men. Roman Reigns then re-enters the fray, getting the better of Balor before going for the Drive-By to Bray Wyatt, but Samoa Joe intercept. Deciding to form a temporary alliance, Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe would work together to try and take out Roman Reigns, sending “The Big Dog” into the steel steps. Wyatt and Joe then use the steel steps to take out Seth Rollins as well as Finn Balor before giving Roman Reigns the same treatment. With firm control of things, Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe would bring Finn Balor back into the ring, looking to dissect “The Demon King”. Seth Rollins then comes back in, briefly getting the better of Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe before Bray Wyatt spikes Seth Rollins with a DDT on the steel steps! Meanwhile, in the ring, Samoa Joe would lock in the Coquina Clutch on Finn Balor before Balor is able to counter out. Bray then enters the ring with a steel chair, using the chair to take out Balor and Reigns. With the decision to either hit Samoa Joe or Finn Balor with the chair, Bray Wyatt would choose Balor, hitting “The Demon King” with the chair. Bray then places the chair on Finn Balor as Samoa Joe delivers a senton to Finn Balor, driving the chair into Finn’s chest. Joe then places the chair in Finn so that Bray could hit a senton of his own.
Somehow, Finn Balor is still able to battle back against Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe, taking down both men before Roman Reigns comes in with the Drive-By to Bray. Roman then powerbombs Balor before taking out Samoa Joe. Roman then tees off on Bray in the corner before Reigns dodges an oncoming Joe, who inadvertently squashes Bray in the corner. Roman then knocks Joe out of the ring before laying Bray out in the ring. “The Big Dog” then sizes Wyatt up for the Superman Punch, but Samoa Joe pulls Reigns out of the ring. Bray then grabs Reigns, slamming Roman on the German announce table on the outside! Seth Rollins then re-asserts himself in the match, bringing Bray Wyatt back into the ring, launching himself off of the top rope to take out “The Eater of Worlds”. Rollins then waits on the top rope for Samoa Joe before hitting a double blockbuster to both Wyatt and Joe. “The Kingslayer” then goes for a dive to the outside and Bray Wyatt shoves Samoa Joe into the dive, which gives Wyatt the opportunity to take control.
Back in the ring, Seth Rollins would nearly put Bray Wyatt away with the Falcon Arrow before Bray catches Rollins with Sister Abigail, but Samoa Joe breaks up the pinfall attempt. Furious over Bray sacrificing him moments earlier, the alliance between Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe would be dissolved as the two big men would do battle in the ring with Bray getting the better of Joe. Wyatt then looks for Sister Abigail, but Samoa Joe counters, locking in the Coquina Clutch before Finn Balor comes in with a steel chair, using the chair to take out both Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe, even stomping the chair into the chest of Bray. Finn then spots Roman Reigns getting to his feet and “The Demon King” decides to take Reigns out on the outside before delivering his signature dropkick to Bray Wyatt as well as Samoa Joe. Balor then sets his sights on Bray Wyatt, repeatedly bouncing Bray’s head off of the German announce table before exposing the Spanish announce table. Finn then lays Bray on the exposed table before Samoa Joe tries to lock in the Coquina Clutch on Balor and this is when Roman Reigns would spot the opportunity to take out two of his adversaries in one fell swoop as “The Big Dog” hits a massive Spear to both Samoa Joe and Finn Balor, sending both men crashing through the barricade!
With Bray Wyatt still lying prone on the Spanish announce table, Seth Rollins would climb to the top rope before delivering a frog splash to “The Eater of Worlds”, sending Bray crashing through the table! This brings it down to Seth Rollins against Roman Reigns and the familiar rivals would go counter-for-counter with Reigns getting the better of the exchange, dropping Rollins with the Superman Punch. After this fails to put Seth away, Roman would size Rollins up for the Spear but Rollins would battle back, nearly putting “The Big Dog” away with the frog splash. Rollins then misses the Phoenix Splash before Bray Wyatt takes Seth down. Bray then goes for Sister Abigail to Roman Reigns, but Reigns is able to fight out and blast “The Eater of Worlds” with the Spear.
Before Roman can capitalize, Rollins grabs Reigns, delivering the Buckle Bomb only for Reigns to rebound with the Superman Punch! Finn Balor then charges at Roman Reigns, but “The Big Dog” catches Balor with the Superman Punch. Roman then sizes “The Demon King” up for the Spear, but Balor counters with the Slingblade, following up with a dropkick into the corner and the Coupe de Grace. Balor then goes for the pin, but Samoa Joe grabs Finn Balor, locking Balor in the Coquina Clutch, rendering Finn Balor unconscious to win the Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules Match as “The Destroyer” becomes the #1 Contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship, meaning that it will be Samoa Joe going one-on-one with Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship next month at Great Balls of Fire!
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