After Andrade “Cien” Almas bested Sin Cara and SAnitY defeated The New Day in a Tables Match on the Extreme Rules Kickoff, the tenth annual Extreme Rules would get underway with gold on the line as Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt would defend the RAW Tag Team Titles against The B-Team. In the end, it was Matt Hardy inadvertently knocking Bray Wyatt out of the ring before Bo Dallas takes advantage with the suspended neckbreaker, pinning Matt Hardy as The B-Team pick up the biggest win of their careers to become the brand new RAW Tag Team Champions! After the match, The B-Team would take a moment out of their championship celebration to comment on their victory with Bo Dallas saying that they have proven that the “B” in “B-Team” stands for “best”.
Backstage, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle comments on the contract negotiations with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Kurt says that Brock doesn’t want to return to WWE right now and the Universal Champion is refusing to face anyone on the WWE roster at SummerSlam. Visibly frustrated over Brock Lesnar showing up at a recent UFC show, Kurt lays down a bold ultimatum for “The Beast”, saying that Brock can either show up on RAW tomorrow night or Brock will be stripped of the Universal Championship!
Extreme Rules would then see Finn Balor go one-on-one with Constable Baron Corbin. In the end, it was Finn Balor countering the End of Days into a roll-up, earning the three-count to pick up the win over Constable Baron Corbin.
Backstage, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers are in the process of beating down their scheduled opponents, Team Hell No as Harper tosses Daniel Bryan into a garage door before Rowan uses his mallet to smash the ankle of Kane in a nearby door! SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige then arrives on the scene, calling for medical assistance.
With James Ellsworth suspended above the ring in a shark cage, the SmackDown Women’s Championship would be defended at Extreme Rules as Carmella would defend the title against “The Empress of Tomorrow” Asuka. Early on in the match, James Ellsworth would drop a chain down to Carmella but Asuka would not let the champion use the weapon. Shortly after this, Carmella would use the chain to distract the referee so that Ellsworth could drop a spray bottle down to Carmella but Asuka would continue to fight off the attempts at cheating. James Ellsworth then manages to escape from the shark cage but, in the process of trying to climb down to the ring, Ellsworth’s foot would get caught, leaving Ellsworth hanging upside down! This would leave Ellsworth open to some kicks from Asuka and, when the WWE ring crew try to rescue Ellsworth and get him back in the shark cage, Asuka would toss the ring crew to the side so she could get some more of Ellsworth. This is when Carmella would take advantage, sending Asuka face-first into the shark cage, keeping Asuka down for the three-count to successfully retain the SmackDown Women’s Title! After the match, Asuka would lose it, again attacking the ring crew before taking her anger out on James Ellsworth, delivering kicks and suplexes before locking Ellsworth in the Asuka Lock, making Ellsworth tap out. Asuka then leaves the ring, disappointed and frustrated over being cheated out of the SmackDown Women’s Title.
The United States Championship would then be defended at Extreme Rules as Jeff Hardy would defend the prestigious title against Shinsuke Nakamura. However, just as the match is about to begin, Shinsuke Nakamura would get a cheap shot in by low blowing Jeff Hardy. Despite this, Jeff Hardy would insist that the title match begin and the referee rings the bell. This would prove to be a mistake by Jeff as Shinsuke Nakamura would make quick work of the champion, hitting the Kinshasa and pinning Jeff to become the new United States Champion! However, Nakamura’s celebration would be cut short by the return of “The Viper” Randy Orton, who makes his way to the ring! The new United States Champion is quick to exit the ring and get on the announce table. Orton then stares Nakamura down before “The Viper” turns around to face Jeff Hardy, taking Jeff down before stomping on Jeff’s groin! Orton then leaves the ring with a smirk on his face as Nakamura is left perplexed while Jeff Hardy is left writhing in the ring.
The Steel Cage would then be lowered as Kevin Owens would have to step inside the unforgiving steel to go one-on-one with “Mr. Monster-in-the-Bank” Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage Match, where the only way to win is by pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage, either through the door or over the top, with both feet touching the floor. During the match, after being thrown around the cage by Braun Strowman, Kevin Owens would grab a pair of handcuffs, handcuffing “Mr. Monster-in-the-Bank” to the top rope. Owens then takes the time to taunt Strowman before trying to climb out of the cage but this is when Braun would break the handcuffs, racing up the cage to meet Owens! With both men standing at the top of the cage, Strowman would hurl Kevin Owens off of the cage as Owens crashes through the announce table at ringside, winning the match as a result! Referees then rush to the aid of Kevin Owens before calling for EMT’s, who come down to ringside with a stretcher. Braun then looks at Owens and laughs before walking to the back as Owens is stretchered to the back.
After he and Kane was assaulted backstage by The Bludgeon Brothers earlier in the night, Daniel Bryan would come out to the ring without Kane as Daniel would go it alone against The Bludgeon Brothers with the SmackDown Tag Team Titles on the line. During the match, Daniel Bryan would manage to fight off both Harper & Rowan and, when Harper goes for a dive to the outside, Daniel would move out of the way as Harper inadvertently takes out Rowan. This is when Kane would come hobbling down to the ring with a protective boot before Daniel tags Kane into the match. “The Big Red Machine” would take it to The Bludgeon Brothers, dropping both champions with a chokeslam. However, Harper would target Kane’s injured ankle to avoid the Tombstone before Kane tags Daniel back into the match. Rowan then sends Daniel into Kane before tagging Harper in as The Bludgeon Brothers hit a double team flying clothesline before Harper pins Daniel to successfully retain the SmackDown Tag Team Titles for The Bludgeon Brothers.
Then it was time for a personally-charged battle between two RAW powerhouses as Roman Reigns would go one-on-one with Bobby Lashley. During the match, the fight would spill out of the ring as Bobby Lashley would deliver a belly-to-belly suplex to Roman Reigns, sending “The Big Dog” careening over the German announce table. Back in the ring, Roman would knock Lashley off of the top rope with the Superman Punch before going for the Spear but Lashley would counter with a Spear of his own, pinning Roman Reigns to pick up a big victory.
With Ronda Rousey watching closely from the front row, the RAW Women’s Championship would be on the line at Extreme Rules as Alexa Bliss, with Mickie James in her corner, would defend the RAW Women’s Title against Nia Jax, with Natalya in her corner, in an Extreme Rules Match, where there would be no disqualifications and no count-outs. Early on, Alexa Bliss would try to use a kendo stick against Nia Jax but Nia would suffer little effect from the stick before Nia tosses some chairs and metal trash cans into the ring. Nia would then methodically beat the champion down, dropping Alexa ribs-first on a metal trash can before Alexa uses a trash can lid to battle back against the challenger before Alexa sends Nia into a steel chair positioned in the corner. Mickie James then tries to get involved, getting on the ring apron with a trash can lid but Natalya pulls Mickie down to the floor. Alexa then gets involved, leading to Alexa & Mickie beating down Natalya.
This is when Ronda Rousey would jump the barricade to assist her friend, sending Mickie into the barricade before bringing Mickie into the ring. Ronda then lifts Mickie up, hitting Mickie with a modified swinging neckbreaker before sending Mickie into the German announce table on the outside. Rousey then sets her sights on Alexa Bliss with the champion nearly escaping before Ronda gets her hands on Alexa. However, Mickie uses a kendo stick to take care of Ronda before Alexa gets back into the ring. Nia catches Alexa in mid-air but, as the challenger is about to deliver a Samoan Drop, Mickie gets involved again, this time hitting Nia with a steel chair. This would give Alexa the opportunity to hit Nia with a DDT on the steel chair, pinning Nia to successfully retain the RAW Women’s Title. Alexa & Mickie then escape the ring just in time to evade the wrath of Ronda Rousey.
The top prize in WWE would then be up for grabs as AJ Styles would defend the WWE Championship against “The Lion of Bulgaria” Rusev, with Aiden English in his corner. During the match, Aiden English would help Rusev get to the bottom rope to force AJ Styles to break the Calf Crusher. Styles would chase Aiden around the ring before Rusev takes advantage, bringing AJ back into the ring. Rusev then levels the champion with the Machka Kick but AJ kicks out! Rusev then tries for the Accolade, having a great amount of difficulty due to his injured left leg. Rusev would get the submission partially locked in but AJ would make it to the bottom rope. Behind the back of the referee, Aiden English would expose the top turnbuckle but Aiden’s plan would backfire as Rusev would collide with the exposed steel! AJ then looks to capitalize with a springboard 450 but Rusev kicks out! The champion then takes out Aiden English before sizing Rusev up for the Phenomenal Forearm, putting “The Lion of Bulgaria” down, scoring the three-count to successfully retain the WWE Championship.
Then it was time for the main event as the prestigious Intercontinental Championship would be decided in a 30-Minute Iron Man Match as Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins would be looking to go the distance as Dolph Ziggler, with Drew McIntyre in his corner, would defend the Intercontinental Title against former champion Seth Rollins where the first Superstar to score the most falls by pinfall, submission, disqualification, or count-out in the 30-minute time limit would win the match and leave Extreme Rules as the Intercontinental Champion. After over five minutes of back-and-forth action, Seth Rollins would score the first fall of the match, rolling Dolph Ziggler up for the three-count to gain the early 1-0 lead in the Iron Man Match. A few minutes later, with the clock nearing 22 minutes, Seth would connect with the Curb Stomp to the champion, scoring the second fall of the match, bringing the score to 2-0.
This is when Drew McIntyre would get involved, attacking Seth Rollins, beating Seth down. This would result in Rollins getting an even further lead, scoring his third fall by disqualification. Drew McIntyre would continue to beat Seth down before the referee would eject McIntyre from ringside and Drew would leave, but not before leveling Rollins with the Claymore Kick. This would allow Dolph to crawl to the cover, scoring his first fall of the match. The champion then sizes Seth up before delivering a super kick to the challenger, pinning Rollins to score his second fall of the match, bringing the score to 2-3. With just under 18 minutes left in the match, Dolph would connect with the Zig Zag, securing the three-count to even the score at 3-3.
After countering a dive from Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler would scramble to take advantage, rolling Seth up and putting his feet on the ropes for the illegal advantage to score his fourth fall, gaining the advantage with a 4-3 lead. Over the next several minutes, Dolph Ziggler would do everything in his power to run out the clock, hoping to use the time limit to his advantage. With three and a half minutes remaining, the action would pick up with Dolph and Seth going counter-for-counter with Rollins ultimately rolling up the champion for the three-count, evening things up at 4-4 with less than three minutes remaining. As time ticks down, Seth would try to use a submission to gain the advantage but Dolph would hang on. With less than a minute remaining, Dolph would try to leave through the crowd but Seth would bring the champion back into the ring. After the Famouser failed to put Rollins away, Dolph would size Seth up for a super kick with just fifteen seconds remaining but the challenger would counter with a super kick of his own before connecting with the Curb Stomp to the champion. However, fatigue would keep Seth from making the cover in time and, just as Seth covers Dolph, the clock reaches zero as the match is ruled a draw, meaning that Dolph retains the Intercontinental Title.
As Seth Rollins is left visibly disappointed in the ring, a visibly exhausted Dolph Ziggler struggles to make it up the ramp. However, this is when RAW General Manager Kurt Angle would come out to the stage, saying that Dolph and Seth had an “incredible match” but his hometown crowd does not want to see the match end in a draw. With that, the GM orders the match to continue under sudden death rules, meaning that the next fall would decide the winner! Dolph would get back into the ring and, as soon as the bell rings to continue the match, Drew McIntyre would return to ringside, getting knocked off of the ring apron by Seth Rollins. However, this distraction would allow Dolph to capitalize with the Zig Zag to Rollins, pinning Seth for the three-count, scoring the 5-4 win in sudden death overtime to retain the Intercontinental Championship with a major assist from Drew McIntyre. Dolph & Drew then head to the back as Seth is left frustrated in the ring, coming so close to regaining the Intercontinental Championship in a grueling Iron Man Match.
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