Extreme Rules is the last important stop for WWE before its annual August presentation, SummerSlam. The program emanates from Philadelphia, the birthplace of ECW, and Extreme Rules channels at least some of that energy with a variety of pairing types that will bring weapons into the equation.
Although Raw and SmackDown have been somewhat inconsistent in recent months, recent pay-per-view performances offer the hope of increasing the energy and excitement towards SummerSlam. Undertaker will open the pay-per-view in a tag team match, while the Raw and Universal championships will be in play in a mixed-label team game of extreme rules that will almost certainly close the program.
Then there is the persistent presence of the Money in the Bank winner, Brock Lesnar, and a potential cash-in, and a Kickoff Show that may well offer two of the best matches of the night with the Intercontinental championship and the cruiserweight title. defended one hour before the PPV begins.
Matt Wilansky and Sean Coyle will cover the action live throughout the night, with continuous results, reactions and ratings of the matches.
Handicap match for the SmackDown women's championship: Bayley (c) def. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Bayley hit Nikki Cross with the flying elbow of the top rope to retain the women's SmackDown championship. Complete recap to come.
Back on television for the first time since mid-April, Aleister Black has been rechristened as a bit more sadistic, perhaps a little more psychotic, than during his time as a team with Ricochet. Maybe the wait was worth it, since Black has not really had the opportunity to shine as a singles competitor since he was called to the main list.
Unfortunately, his opponent on Sunday night, Cesaro, although he is a complete talent, is not exactly the level of power of the stars to raise Black to the next level, but the pairing created a solid chemistry and an exciting dynamic in his internal work. and psychology.
The black struck Cesaro early with a couple of devastating moves, first a lunar attack, then a double demolition. But Cesaro is a veteran, a capable one, who countered Black's offense with a perverted diving uppercut and then tossed Black like a baseball before hitting him with an uppercut twice.
While Cesaro took advantage of his fists, Black used his lethal kicks, including a motor home at the head of the Swiss Cyborg that would leave him alone.
It is not surprising that Black moved away from this fight with a victory, one that indicates not only his return, but the addition of a great player who should compete for titles in both brands and be one of the main names in the business for the future foreseeable.
WWE fans have long considered Usos and Revival to be the two best tag teams in the company, and for good reason. The Uses are an offensive team as dynamic as the one that exists and the Revival effectively uses the mentality of the old school bead tag team. While the construction of this game has been a bit lacking, the potential of the match within the ropes can not be denied.
After an impressive fight fight of Jey Uso and Scott Dawson to start the game, both teams exchanged advantages through effective double team attacks, highlighted by a double Usos plates on the top rope between members of the Revival.
The Renaissance regained and slowed the pace, executing a pristine heel job, including a place we no longer see too often when the referee was called out to witness a label completed by the Uses.
The label was finally made and the pace accelerated, but it was not enough for Usos. In the closing sequence, Dash Wilder took out Jey Use of the ring, connected with a blind tag to Dawson and hit Jimmy Uso with a fragmentation machine for victory.
The fight was a shining example of how good these two teams are when they have enough time to tell a story in the ring. This is what the team struggle is about.
In a sense, the first game of Extreme Rules felt a little like a game of stars. Two icons of all time in Roman Reigns and The Undertaker, who apparently joined together for what they are, not for what they have done together, to face two of today's best heels.
But in another sense, there's a lot of recent history here, and for Reigns in particular, no competitor has been more a thorn in his side than Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. Outside of the undeniable power of the stars and the generation of rumors, how could a label match this story in a meaningful way other than provoking an already noisy crowd at the Wells Fargo Center?
The Undertaker, who was starting a match for the third time in 171 pay-per-views, received a deafening outburst when he walked into the ring and an even bigger one once he finally set foot in the ring. He lost little time, unloading McMahon, who looked helpless in the ring, just like McIntyre.
Finally, while Taker chased McMahon down the hall with a steel chair, McIntyre prevailed on Reigns in a slow and methodical manner.
With his eyes on an uncluttered billboard, Undertaker would try to take advantage of the No Holds Barred stipulation, but when he went to put McMahon through this, Elias came into the ring and hit Undertaker with a guitar. McIntyre then kicked Claymore into Reigns and Undertaker.
McMahon took advantage of the change of momentum, jumped off the top rope and dropped an elbow on Undertaker who was lying on the announcer's table. McMahon, McIntyre and Elias continued their attack, using no disqualification to their advantage. They dragged Undertaker back into the ring, placed a garbage can in the Deadman and McMahon hit him from coast to coast.
But somehow, Undertaker was not depressed. In its iconic nature, Undertaker appeared again, cleaned the house and, with the help of Reigns, finished with McMahon with a tombstone for victory. It was his 98th victory in the pay-per-view race, the greatest of all time. Together, they exulted in their victory, while the crowd applauded the result. They stood face to face for a moment, but Reigns finally gave up the ring and let Taker celebrate just once more.
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak (c) def. Tony Nese
In the Stoping Grounds event last month, Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa possibly stole the show with their departure game of the cruiserweight championship. It was a tough act for Nese and Gulak to play tonight, but they offered a solid game that made Gulak retain the championship he won at Stomping Grounds. The Gulak era continues.
Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Finn balor (c)
In the opening match of the night, Shinsuke Nakamura recovered right where he left him on SmackDown Live last week with his second consecutive dominant win over Finn Balor. This time, however, the Intercontinental Championship was at stake.
The reign of Balor's title, which began at WrestleMania 35, ends at 98 days, while Nakamura's first reign with the title is just beginning. The resurgence of Nakamura has officially begun.
Still to come:
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) against Samoa Joe
The winners take away all the "Extreme Rules" tag matches for the WWE Universal Championship and the Raw Women's Championship: Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans
United States Championship: Ricochet (c) vs. AJ Styles
Last Man Standing: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
Triple threat tag team match for the WWE SmackDown tag team championships: Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. Heavy Machinery