The WWE remained more than alone in a week full of professional struggles, placing the best special event card of any promotion on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Extreme Rules showed top-level action along with a lot of typical sports entertainment elements of the company, delivering four title changes and an attempt at cash by the bank's money holder, Brock Lesnar.
With two additional matches added hours before the show and Lesnar's surprise in cash, there were 13 formal bouts during the event, as many as a typical SummerSlam card instead of a Level B pay per view like the Extreme Rules. Considering that SummerSlam, the second most important PPV of the year in the WWE, is only four weeks away and that the new CEOs are taking over the company's television programs this week, we stayed on the air as to what is planned to move forward.
As for what happened on Sunday night, CBS Sports was with you throughout the process updating this story with results, ratings and highlights. Be sure to subscribe to the State of Play podcast with Brian Campbell for a full breakdown of Extreme Rules and watch the weekly WWE television product on Wednesday's show.
2019 WWE Extreme Rules results, ratings
Intercontinental Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura def. Finn Balor (c) through pinfall to win the title (Kickoff Show): As Nakamura did in his victory over Balor, the champion used the ring's barriers to attack the opponent. The fight started slowly, but he got up late once Nakamura hit Balor, sitting on the second rope, with a sliding power pump. Balor recovered with a double stomp and dropped Nakamura in the corner. However, when Balor went for the Coup de Grace, Nakamura dodged the path and pierced Balor with a Kinshasa on the back of the head and then another on the front of the face.
This marks consecutive losses for Balor against Nakamura and what feels like an accelerated change of title considering that this match was not booked until a couple of hours before Extreme Rules and suddenly ended in the start program. (It could have been in the main SummerSlam card!) Maybe we will get a rematch if WWE decides to go the way of the Balor-Lashley dispute by removing the title to the popular Balor only to recover it in one of the most spectacular shows. great company of the year (like even the devil). This was not as special as it could be due to the reservation and placement of the card. Nakamura is the third man to hold the intercontinental titles WWE and NJPW (MVP, Chris Jericho). Grade: C +
Cruiserweight Championship – Drew Gulak (c) def. Tony Nese through pinfall to retain the title (Kickoff Show): Nese did not execute it well, but he did hit an interesting lunar jump over Gulak, who was hanging between the middle ropes in the ring apron. The challenger followed with an extremely impressive 450, who placed his knees on Gulak's chest twice. Once he recovered, Gulak hit Nese with a powerbomb and a Cyclone Crash for 1-2-3. It would not have been fair to expect much from Gulak after his war with Matt Riddle on Saturday night, but this did not live up to the quality of the previous cruiserweight exhibition matches. Grade: C
Roman Reigns & The Undertaker def. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre through pinfall (No Holds Barred): The crowd erupted for Taker every time they had a chance, particularly when he arrived early at Old School. A few moments later with McIntyre provided a potential preview of SummerSlam. Later, Taker managed to get his movement set against McMahon and prepared to throw him on a billboard … until Elias appeared out of nowhere and punched Taker in the back with his guitar. McIntyre hit Reigns with a Claymore outside the ring and followed with another to The Undertaker, who got distracted while drowning Elias. Then, they placed Taker on the table and McMahon pushed him through it. McIntyre and Elias dragged Taker into the ring, supporting him in a corner with a trash can in front of him so that McMahon could hit Costa-a-Costa. Reigns woke up and hit Elias with a hit from Superman only to be eliminated by McIntyre. Taker was dragged to the middle of the ring but immediately got up and hit chokeslams on McMahon and Elias. With Taker's back turned, McIntyre prepared for a Claymore, but Reigns intercepted him with a spear. Reigns then threw an injured McMahon to Taker for a Tombstone Piledriver and victory.
Taker stared at Reigns after the game, the two nodded, and Taker slapped him on the chest as a sign of respect and approval. Taker held his head high and received a prominent place in the center of the ring to receive the adulation of the fans. "We do not know how many more times we can enjoy what we saw tonight," said Michael Cole. A predictable reserve can be a good reserve, and Reigns save the day was certainly predictable (as was the table with Taker considering the remarkable extra padding). Even so, the crowd was hot throughout the game, the action was constant and Taker wore the best he has had in years. Great start to the main show. Grade B
Raw Tag Team Championship – The revival (c) def. The Uses through pinfall to retain titles: These teams set off at a dizzying pace, but the game slowed considerably with The Revival in attack, looking to wear out Jey Uso. A label by Jimmy Usos encouraged the rhythm again, but Dash Wilder countered his blast with a powerbomb sitting for a 2.5 account. A corkscrew from the upper rope and the assisted fall of Samoan got a similar count for the Uses, but a Scott Dawson brainbuster followed by a combination of Superplex splashes from the Revival would have resulted in the fall if Jey had not broken it with a touch of its own. Dawson grabbed Jey's leg when the Usos attempted a double dive out of the ring, distracting Jimmy and giving Revival a chance to hit him with Shatter Machine for victory. A classic and quality tag team fight that suffered a public reaction point of view because it followed the Undertaker. Grade B
Aleister Black vs Cesaro: Trying the black mass in the opening bell, in his place, Black received a blow from Cesaro, who mocked the sitting position of his competitor. That infuriated Black, who immediately threw Cesaro out of the ring, hit him with a stroke of the moon and sat down. Black punched Cesaro with an early meteor, but when he tried it a second time later, Cesaro caught him and hit him with a high European uppercut by a count of almost three that was only avoided because Black grabbed the bottom rope. A Cesaro jumping was caught with a knee blow to the chin, giving Black an opening to concentrate on Cesaro's injured left knee with kicks and a knee bar. Then the men exchanged uppercuts in a tangle that Cesaro won, but after Black avoided a Gotch Neutralizer, he caught Cesaro with Black Mass for the sudden 1-2-3. Pitch-perfect PPV debuted in singles for Black, and Cesaro proved to be the right opponent to help him shine. Grade: B +
Backstage of exchange of gifts: With R-Truth and Carmella looking for Drake Maverick, she showed Bliss giving Cross one of her t-shirts as a gift. The gains from the street were shown in the back mocking being touched for the time being and then asking the ladies "where is the party?" after Bliss becomes champion. Bliss corrected them that she and Cross would be co-champions, which led to the Benefits to laugh hysterically at the idea. Cruz yelled at them before they hit the ring.
SmackDown Women's Championship – Bayley (c) def. Nikki Cross (through pinfall) and Alexa Bliss retain their title (2-in-1 Handicap): Trapped between the apron and the ring, Bayley defended herself against Cross, who dominated the start of the game. Bliss ran with a baseball slide to punch Bayley in the back before demanding a Cross tag. After Bliss hit Bayley with double knees, Bayley became aggressive; she dived through the ropes to get Cross out and then placed Bliss on the same rope. Cross labeled herself, but Bayley locked her in Jaime Noble's old Trailer Hitch (a "death lock" presentation) before dodging a flying Bliss, which attempted to interfere. Bayley locked Bliss in the center of the city simultaneously in a cool place, but Bliss bit Bayley's hand to escape. Bliss again interfered to interrupt the submission at Cross and continued to jump into the ring, which gave Cross the opportunity to hit a tornado DDT for a 2.5 count. Bliss was trapped, but Bayley blocked Twisted Bliss with her knees; Cross scored and Bayley punched her with one knee before hitting her elbow to win.
This game was better than the crowd gave him credit for, especially by the end, although Bayley needs to go back to the Bayley-to-Belly (Kairi Sane does his elbow much better) and probably should have won with double submission. That said, there was no return from Sasha Banks, nor was there a turnaround between Bliss and Cross … so it felt like the fans were waiting for something to happen. Grade: C +
Braun Strowman def. Bobby Lashley for 10 points (Last Man Standing): Lashley attacked Strowman before the match began and got the first long count after the bell after a spear at ringside. The two fought in the crowd, the stars went up to the merchandise area before going down the stairs to the sand. Lashley picked up Strowman and led him through the barrier to the ring area (opposite to what he normally takes) Lashley then pushed Strowman into the announcer's table, which fell off due to its size; Strowman turned to him as he caught Lashley flying over the barricade and taking advantage of his impulse to launch Lashley into the area of international advertisers. The two finally climbed the stairs again and ended up on a platform to sit down. Strowman opened a small door and picked up Lashley in search of a powerslam in the dark (a padded box placed in an entrance to the floor of the arena.) The fans sang "ECW" when Strowman punched the box and Lashley counted down. physical between these two with a final that suffered a bit for the television viewer because the huge filler was very visible.It definitely provided a good follow up of Raw's surprise a few weeks ago, although one wonders if putting Lashley would be a better idea . Grade B
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – New day def. Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) [via pinfall] and Heavy machinery to earn the titles: After an Otis caterpillar and a saber strike by Heavy Machinery in Byan, Big E was tagged and suffered a crossed suplex from the team. Big E recovered and threw Bryan from the ring apron outward, prompting Otis to feign a suicide dive only to pierce the ropes of the ring and splash the rest of the competitors; Tucker followed with a splash. Back in the ring, Heavy Machinery hit Big E with the Compactor, but Xavier Woods broke it at the last minute. Moments later, Bryan placed Rowan on the blind tag, jumped on Big E, hit him with a flying headbutt and put him in the LeBell Lock, from which he only escaped by sneaking enough under the ropes. The quick kicks to Big E's chest only angered him when he got up and challenged Bryan to slap him; Big E caught the last slap and answered with a lasso. He then caught a flying Bryan and marked Woods with Bryan moving in his arms when New Day landed at Midnight Hour to become the six-time team champion. This was a great match with a great final and a fantastic reception for the new champions. Grade A-
Paul Heyman makes a statement: While New Day was held in the position of Gorilla, Heyman grabbed a microphone and went on stage. "I'm Philadelphia, I'm the complete concept of 'end.' So I'll be damned, and I'll probably be damned anyway, but I'll be if I leave Philadelphia tonight for an extreme show without being part of it. history, "he said. Heyman then promised that Brock Lesnar would change his money in the bank's briefcase, but said he would probably do it stupidly. "Am I telling you the truth … or am I Paul Heyman?"
United States Championship – AJ Styles def. Ricochet (c) through pinfall to win the title: Before the bell rang, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attacked Ricochet while posing in the ring. Styles pulled his teammates out of the Champion's Club, but he laughed when he managed to dominate the first part of the game against the now wounded Ricochet. It took a while, but Ricochet eventually took offense by pulling Style's chest and hitting an enziguri. Then he splashed The Club and hit Styles with a trampoline lunar jump followed by a Northern Lights suplex in a corkscrew suplex. Ricochet avoided a phenomenal forearm and a clash of styles, but was finally caught by a Pele kick. Ricochet then hit the challenger with a brainbuster, but when it was for another, Styles countered with the same movement for a near fall. After hanging Styles on the top rope, Ricochet hit a shooting star press from the top rope (not the tensioner) and would have won if Anderson had not signaled to the referee that Styles' foot was clearly under the bottom rope. In an attempt to knock Ricochet off the top rope, Anderson managed to distract both the champion and the referee. This allowed Gallows to knock down Ricochet from the top rope. When the champion was hanging from the top of the tensioner back in the ring, Styles locked him in the Clash of Styles and hit him back from the ropes to take the title.
This is exactly what the Balor-Nakamura match should have been earlier on the card: take a good television game to another level with a phenomenal (pun intended) PPV fight. This was Ricochet's best match on the main list up to this point and one of the best of Styles since his WWE tenure. It was delivered in all possible ways, with the only demerit being the firing title of the USA. UU Of the WWE. Apart from that, this was a great match and precisely what WWE should present in its PPV. Grade A
Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler through pinfall: As soon as the bell rang, Owens and Ziggler started bumping into each other. Ziggler slapped Owens in the face, so he responded with the stunner for 1-2-3 and a 16-second victory. Owens immediately took the microphone and said he would not be silenced. He called McMahon for his loss to Taker and said that now that McMahon has taken the Tombstone Piledriver, he can "kiss my ass and go straight to hell." Clearly, this is setting up a match in SummerSlam between the two. Ziggler is too high a performer's level to get off so easily, but the crowd caught him. Grade: C
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) def. Samoa Joe via pinfall to retain the title: Playing with Kingston giving him the bird on SmackDown, Joe worked on the champion's middle finger at the start of the game and even placed it between the steel rungs before jumping on them. Joe mocked an injured Kingston, who responded with another finger and evened the impulse with a cross. Kingston escaped from a crossed face of Joe and hit the challenger with a S.O.S. for a count of 2.5. Joe locked the Coquina Clutch, but when Kingston tried to break it, Joe hit him on the canvas with an uranage and hit a sentry for his own 2.5. While the fans were fighting "we love Lesnar" and "no, no", Kingston caught Joe with Trouble in Paradise. Although the game was entertaining, with Joe again showing off as a legitimate challenger to the title of the main event, it is another instance of him losing a world title match (1-5 with the only win a disqualification). The finish also came out a little out of nowhere and felt a little tarnished. That's a shame, because a title change was probably the way to go here, or at least an ending that would have given Joe a reason to demand a rematch at SummerSlam. Grade B
Universal and Raw Women's Championships – Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) def. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans for pinfall to retain the titles (The winners take everything – Extreme rules): Evans felt Rollins' chest early in the game, prompting an enraged Lynch to pierce her with a kendo stick a dozen times; Rollins grabbed one and did the same with Corbin. The chairs were then introduced, with Lynch hitting Evans with a suplex Beck-sploder in two and one leg falling in another. Lynch then hit a Van Daminator skate on Corbin after he caught a chair thrown by Rollins. Evans responded with a pretty lunar gesture to Lynch, although the champion dodged the woman's right. The champions installed some tables, but did not use them immediately when Corbin took new kendo sticks; he and Evans leaned on Rollins' back and then beat the champions with chokeslam stereo for two reasons. After a double suplex outside the ring, the champions placed the rivals at the tables; Lynch dropped one leg on Evans from the second rope, while Rollins splashed Corbin off the top rope.
Corbin caught Stomp's attempt on Rollins' Strap and attacked him forcefully, following him with Deep Six until Lynch broke it. Lynch pulled Evans out of the ring, so Corbin picked up Lynch and hit her with End of Days, infuriating Rollins, who grabbed a kendo stick and unloaded on Corbin. Rollins did the same with a chair, leaned on the corner and hit the Stomp, but did not go looking for him. As the tension increased, he hit him twice more for the 1-2-3 to send the crowd home happy … or so we thought … Grade B
Universal Championship – Brock lesnar def. Seth Rollins (c) through pinfall to win the title: Just as Rollins' theme began to play, Lesnar's music sounded through the speakers at the Wells Fargo Center. Lesnar hit Rollins with a couple of German suplexes, and Heyman formally took out the contract with the referee. When the bell rang, Lesnar hit Rollins with an F5 to take the title without any problem. The Philadelphia crowd cheered the surprise but booed the change of title. After holding the title for 659 days since April 2017, Lesnar is again champion after a 99-day Rollins race. It seemed unnecessary for WWE to withdraw the card at the end of a four-hour PPV that had already been delivered extremely well. Now we're back in square one with Rollins and Lesnar will probably meet again at SummerSlam. Grade: C
Highlights of the WWE Extreme Rules 2019