WWE Extreme Rules 2018 PPV Results and Thoughts
This PPV was I thought it was going to be: a so-so event with some highs and some lows. Some of the lows were really low, though. Let’s take a quick recap as to what happened on the show and I’ll give my two cents on each match!
The New Day vs. SAnitY (Tables Match) (Extreme Rules Kickoff)
I wasn’t expecting much from a match on the Kickoff show, considering they run “commercials” during them, too, so I just didn’t get invested in this match. The feud between these two teams didn’t hit a boiling point to even justify a tables match. While there were some good close-calls, the right team walked away when Kofi hit the table first with Eric Young falling on him. I don’t think we’re done with these two teams feuding yet but where do you really go after a tables match?
“Woken” Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt (Champions) vs. The B-Team –
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
This match should have had more energy behind it but I think it also came from the storytelling leading up to it. Who should people really be behind? Like I said in my prediction piece for this PPV, I find the Destroy of Worlds team to be boring when they should be amazing to watch and I find the B-Team just to be comedic fodder who shouldn’t hold the belts. Low and behold, they won. Not only that but Matt Hardy was pinned. I can’t believe how Vince and his team can take creativity like Hardy and Wyatt and waste it. People should be fired. I don’t see the B-Team holding the gold for any longer than SummerSlam. Hell, have the Authors of Pain come out tonight on Raw after the B-Team foolishly declare an open challenge. They were entertaining celebrating last night on the post-show. I’ll give them that.
Winners: The B-Team
Finn Bálor vs. “Constable” Baron Corbin
This was a throw away match that could have been on Raw. I won’t be surprised in the least if we see a rematch tonight. I guess both guys looked OK during the eight or so minutes they had. At least Balor got a victory – something I wasn’t expecting.
Winner: Finn Balor
Carmella (Champ) vs. Asuka –
Smackdown Women’s Championship
We all knew James Ellsworth was going to get involved even those he was “trapped” in a shark cage above the ring. What wasn’t expected was how much of a goofy, comedy bit this “match” became. Once again, Asuka is booked to look like an f’n idiot, taking her eyes off the prize just so she could kick Ellsworth’s ass. Carmella got a cheap win that is supposed to take the heat off Askua for losing in such a fashion but it doesn’t. It makes Asuka look like a fool and someone who can’t get the job done. There’s no excuse for Asuka not to destroy Carmella in less than a minute. Ridiculous. Expected but ridiculous.
Jeff Hardy (Champ) vs Shinsuke Nakamura –
US Championship Match
In my prediction piece I joked about Nakamura thankfully moving on from the feud with AJ Styles because if they were still feuding, this match would have a Roshambo stipulation. I guess it didn’t matter because Nakamura nailed Hardy in the nuts behind the ref’s back before the bell rung and as soon as it did, nailed him with a Kinsasha and won the title. I was actually kinda pissed because I wanted to see a match. I know Hardy is hurt, probably in the dog house for his DUI, and wanting to maybe punish him a bit, but this was awful.
My disappointment grew as soon as Randy Orton’s music hit because I was so happy he had not been on TV in a while but had returned. He proceeded to make Nakamura think he was going after them and having (most of us) believe he may challenge for the US Championship right then and there. Instead, he kicked Hardy in the junk. I don’t know what it is about WWE and testicle pain over the last few months but I guess someone (cough, Vince) thinks it’s good.
Supposedly there’s a rematch on Tuesday night on Smackdown. If Hardy actually wrestles during this bout, I would be livid if I was someone that paid for a ticket in Pittsburgh and wanted to see these two go at it.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens (Steel Cage Match)
I have no idea why, but WWE has placed Strowman in the role of a bully who is taunting and stalking another person. This “feud” didn’t need a steel cage stipulation because there’s no score to settle. The story has been Owens, a heel, running away from someone who wants to hurt him. If Owens wasn’t a heel in the eyes of millions of WWE viewers, stop and think of what you’d think about Strowman if he was doing this to, let’s say, Seth Rollins.
Owens tooks some bumps here but I was also surprised about how much offense Owens actually did get in and the selling Strowman did. Now, my main problem with the match was how idiodic Owens looked as there were many opportunities for him to get out of the cage but he belittled Strowman and took shots. Now, I can see how Owens wanted to give Strowman a taste of his own medicine, but the whole story is about Owens trying to get away. Why would he stay? It makes no sense in the whole arc of the story!
I guess we now know why this was made into a steel cage match – so Owens could take another OMG fall. Owens pulled a Foley for this new generation by falling over 15 feet from the top of the cage and onto the announcer table. Watching that in slow-motion made me cringe. Owen’s neck snapped worse than a pretzel.
Back 20 years ago or so when the spot happened at Hell in a Cell between Mankind and The Undertaker, I popped huge. I watched that match on the Three Faces of Foley VHS tape I don’t know how many times. As I’ve gotten older, I dunno…is it really worth Owen’s health to do such a thing? Will this even be remembered by the end of the year? I’m not sure. I was pretty damn crazy, I’ll give them that and I commend both men for pulling off the spot safely.
Oh yeah, Owens won because he hit the ground first. Strowman laughed it off and said, “I guess you won.” I guess winning and just being a bully figure was all that mattered to Strowman, and that’s not who his babyfaced character is supposed to be.
Winner: Kevin Owens
The Bludgeon Brothers (Champs) vs. Team Hell No –
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Earlier on in the show, there was a spot where The Bludgeon Brothers (man, I hate that name) attacked Team Hell No, leaving them injured before their match. I guess in real life, Kane actually has an issue with his foot. I guess booking changed and we got the Daniel Bryan getting an ass-whupping for most of the eight minutes this disappointment trotted on for. Just horrible stuff. I was hoping for a run-in by The Miz or him revealing he’s the one who suggested the Brothers attack both men before the show. I guess Kane will be written off TV, the Bludgeon Brothers move onto other people (unless they’re taken off TV entirely for a month again), and Daniel Bryan may enter a program finally with The Miz.
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
DAAAAAMN….the crowd was MEAN to these two. The Roman hate was in full force and even the hate couldn’t get the crowd to really “cheer” for Bobby Lashley! I’ll tell you this, this match was more entertaining than I thought it was going to be. These two actually had a good back and forth battle and if they go at it again, I’ll have even more interest.
I thought Lashley was actually broken when Reigns lifted him over the top rope and Lashley proceeded to fall hard on his side, coming down on his shoulder. I think every bone in my body would have broken if that was me and I’m more than half the weight of Lashley!
In the end, we got some good back and forth action with some close calls with the right man winning. Does this foreshadow who will be next for Brock Lesnar? I’m not entirely sure, but Bobby Lashley needed the win badly. I can’t wait for Raw tonight to see where both men go next.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Alexa Bliss (Champ) vs. Nia Jax –
Extreme Rules Match for the Raw Women’s Championship
This match wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. I thought Bliss and Jax would have torn each other apart more than they did. There were some good spots – Bliss getting crushed through the garbage can was cool, but the chair shots didn’t look like they were delivered in the match like they could have been.
The crowd wasn’t as alive, either, until Ronda Rousey got involved. Man, that woman is fast. She eventually got taken out by Mickie James giving shots with a kendo stick outside the ring, giving Bliss and James enough time to double-team Jax to score a victory.
It was interesting to see the camera keep the focus on Rousey instead of the defeated Jax as Bliss stood on the stage showing off her title. That’s a sure sign that Jax is definitely out of the picture.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Rusev – WWE Championship Match
I really liked this match. I thought it would be interesting to see different styles (excuse the pun again) in the ring and I didn’t think these two did a bad job at all. There were some spots were I actually believed they were going to have Rusev pin Styles, so I got some good marking out spots here for Styles.
The crowd really showed that some were truly behind Rusev. I think that’s a great thing and perhaps, due to Aiden English being the main cause for Rusev’s loss (removing the turnbuckle that Rusev hit), I can maybe see on Smackdown Rusev giving the boots to English and turn face and truly many would feel more comfortable chanting “Rusev Daayyy!!!”
I see Styles in a program with Samoa Joe coming down the line and heading towards SummerSlam.
Winner: AJ Styles
Dolph Ziggler (Champ) vs. Seth Rollins –
30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Before I start on the match itself, I want to say how disappointed I am with the crowd in Pittsburgh. The whole count-down things was funny maybe the first two times but to continue to do it through a match where the action was great was really, really insulting to two great performers. If you’re that bored, leave. Don’t disrespect what is happening in the ring to that degree. There should be no reason those two men got that level of disrespect. Not cool.
As for the match itself, I wasn’t a fan of the quick pins in the first 10 minutes of the match. As well, when Drew McIntyre interfered, Seth Rollins got a fall counted for him but then McIntyre continued to do so even when he got sent to the back. Instead of counting another one for Rollins, the ref allowed Ziggler to score another pin? That made no sense to me and really took me out of the match until things picked up in the last ten minutes.
I really thought the match was going to go to a draw and it did. I like how it ended with Rollins just not being able to crawl over to Ziggler’s downed body in time to get a three-count. I know many wouldn’t have liked the show to end like that, but I would have been fine with it because then they could move onto another match between the two because a score still needed to be settled.
Instead we got McIntyre interfering again as soon as the bell rang after Kurt Angle announced they were going to sudden death. The interference caused Ziggler to get one hell of a ZigZag finisher on Rollins and score the win. That ending was still good, too, but I would have just loved to have seen it end in a draw.
I still don’t think this is over and may lead to a three-way match between Rollins, Ziggler, and McIntyre at SummerSlam. Perhaps Dean Ambrose will be coming back sooner than later to help even the odds?
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Tonight on Raw, we’ll be seeing how Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman respond to Kurt Angle’s ultimatum about either showing up on Raw or making it clear when he’ll defend the title next. If he doesn’t do either, I guess he’s stripped of the title. I’m excited for tonight’s show to see how it all goes down.