The WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view has just wrapped up.
This is the annual WWE event which started in 2009 and which typically features matches with hardcore stipulations. Tonight’s event included a fatal five-way, a kendo stick on a pole match, a steel cage match, a submission match, and a mixed tag team match. There was also a match in which the championship would be dropped even if the champion was disqualified.
The main event of Extreme Rules was a match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, Bray Wyatt, and Samoa Joe. The winner was Samoa Joe, who will go on to face Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire next month.
Here’s a summary of what went down at Extreme Rules tonight.
Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto
Highlights: Apollo Crews enters for the match accompanied by Titus O’Neil. Kalisto comes out swinging against Apollo Crews with an arm drag takedown, but Crews comes back moments later with a takedown of his own. Crews gets in a drop kick into a cover, but Kalisto kicks out at two. Kalisto soon retakes control and executes a flip off of the bottom rope onto Apollo Crews, who is standing outside of the ring. Kalisto immediately gets back up on the ropes and jumps back down at Apollo Crews, but Crews gets in a punch as Kalisto is landing. Back after a commercial, Crews has the upper hand, getting in a clothesline and nearly pinning Kalisto, but Kalisto kicks out at two. Kalisto begins to regain some momentum and launches off the second rope into a corkscrew, resulting in a near fall as Titus O’Neil flips out at ringside. Kalisto then executes a DDT which nearly ends the match, but Crews again kicks out. Kalisto jumps off the top ropes onto Crews, who counters into a Samoan drop. When Crews fails to take out Kalisto, Crews begins to argue with Titus O’Neil at ringside. This allows Kalisto to run in and execute a Salida del Sol, scoring the win.
Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz (with Maryse)
Winner: The Miz
Highlights: The match starts off with Dean Ambrose in control with a headlock takedown. The two struggle back and forth, with The Miz consciously trying to provoke Dean Ambrose into disqualifying himself. Ambrose soon clotheslines The Miz over the top rope, which makes Maryse very concerned. Ambrose immediately goes for a suicide dive, only to get back up and throw Miz into the barricade. Ambrose then goes for a chair, but the referee warns him off. The referee gets distracted by Maryse, and so the Miz immediately goes for the chair himself. The referee sees it, however.
The Miz gains back some momentum by executing a DDT on the apron, leading to a near fall. Miz is now in control, and moments later, he gets another near fall. Miz continues to be quite aggressive, repeatedly punching Ambrose and grabbing his hair, which results in a warning from the referee. Miz jumps off the top rope, only for Ambrose to counter. While Miz is on the top rope, Ambrose kicks him off. Ambrose then executes an elbow drop off the turnbuckle, landing on Miz, who was recovering at ringside. Ambrose soon gets in a fisherman suplex, leading to a near fall. The Miz counters a bulldog, but Ambrose executes a swinging neckbreaker, which Miz again kicks out of.
The Miz soon gets in a figure four, and Ambrose looks almost ready to tap out, but he’s able to grab the rope. Afterwards, Ambrose’s leg is injured, and Miz targets it. Ambrose is about to use the top turnbuckle, but he realizes at the last moment that this would disqualify him and result in the belt being dropped. A running drop kick from The Miz leads to another near fall. Miz goes for the “Yes!” kicks, but Ambrose catches one and locks in a figure four of his own; Miz seems like he might tap out, but he grabs the rope. Ambrose counters a skull crushing finale and leads into a clothesline.
Miz soon gets an idea: he begs Maryse to slap him while the referee isn’t looking. She does, and Miz tries to convince the referee this was Ambrose so Ambrose will be disqualified. That doesn’t work, but then The Miz throws Dean Ambrose into the referee. Ambrose struggles to defend himself and tries to get the referee not to disqualify him, and while he’s distracted by that, Miz executes the skull crushing finale and wins.
Rich Swann and Sasha Banks vs. Noam Dar and Alicia Fox
Winners: Sasha Banks and Rich Swann
Highlight: The match starts off with Rich Swann and Noam Dar brawling back and forth, only to tag in Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox. Sasha Banks goes for a Banks statement right away; Naom Dar pulls Alicia Fox’s foot to the rope while the referee isn’t looking, though. Alicia Fox gains the upper hand, and Swann and Dar are soon tagged back in, with Swann nearly pinning Noam Dar. Swann then gets in a kick to the face to Dar, and while this is occurring, Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox begin to brawl even though they’re not tagged in. Sasha Banks jumps from the top rope; she meant to get Alicia Fox, but Noam Dar pushes Fox out of the way, and so Banks lands on him. Back in the ring, Rich Swann dives off the top rope onto Noam Dar, and he gets the pin.
Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Highlights: At the start of the match, Alexa Bliss immediately goes for the kendo stick, but Bayley grabs her and throws her into the turnbuckle. Alexa Bliss counters and goes for the stick again, but Bayley climbs up the rope too, and they start trading punches. Bayley then grabs the kendo stick, and it falls into the ring. Bayley gets the kendo stick, and she runs after Alexa Bliss with it, with Alexa running around the ring trying to get away from her. However, Alexa Bliss is soon able to counter, getting the kendo stick herself, hitting Bayley with it multiple times, and eventually executing a DDT and getting the win. This match only lasts a few minutes.