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WWE Extreme Rules grades, recap and breakdown: 2 WWE titles change hands and Roman Reigns falters

Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens at WWE Extreme Rules 2018
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens at WWE Extreme Rules 2018 — Pic credit: WWE

WWE Extreme Rules took place on Sunday night, July 15, and there were some very shocking moments taking place on the card. This included a surprise main event and two title changes — one that no one saw coming.

Here is a look at the WWE Extreme Rules grades, results, and breakdown of the July pay-per-view event.

Kickoff Show: Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas vs. Sin Cara

On the pre-show, Andrade “Cian” Almas, the former NXT champion, wrestled fellow Latino superstar Sin Cara. After weeks of not appearing on television at all, Almas finally got a chance to wrestle on a PPV event and it wasn’t even the main card.

The match went about seven minutes and Almas picked up the win with the La Sombra.

Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas by pinfall (2 Stars)

Kickoff Show: SAnitY vs. New Day in a Tables Match

New Day is still one of the most over teams in the WWE, yet they ended up on the pre-show as well. Their opponents are newcomers SAnitY, who were dominant in NXT but have been booked unevenly since coming up. This was about the same length as the Almas match and, just like in that match, the NXT newcomers won.

Winners: SAnitY by table spot (2 Stars)

This is where the main Extreme Rules PPV show starts.

Raw Tag Team Titles: Deleter of Worlds vs. The B-Team

The Deleter of Worlds is Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. The B-Team is Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. The story is that the B-Team is trying to prove that they are serious contenders (although they are still booked as comedy wrestlers). On a side note, Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt are brothers, although the WWE does not acknowledge that.

The match lasted about eight minutes and ended in a shock. Bo Dallas pinned Matt Hardy with a whiplash neckbreaker and the B-Team won the Raw tag team titles.

Winners: The B-Team by pinfall (2 Stars)

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

Baron Corbin has started acting as the Constable of Monday Night Raw at the behest of Stephanie McMahon and is now wearing suits and even cut off his long hair. Think Corporate Kane. One of his targets is Finn Balor, who Corbin claims is too small to be successful.

The match went about eight minutes and Corbin pretty much dominated most of it, only to lose when Balor reversed the End of Days into a cradle.

Winner: Finn Balor by pinfall (2 Stars)

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Carmella vs. Asuka

The deal with this match is that James Ellsworth is suspended up in a cage to keep him from interfering. The match was terrible, with the focus on Ellsworth trying to get out of the cage.

He finally picked the lock and then got hung upside down when he tried to get out. Asuka started to kick the crap out of him until Carmella run up from behind, hit Asuka, and pinned her again.

Winner: Carmella by pinfall (1 Star)

United States Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Before the match could start, the referee turned his back and Shinsuke Nakamura kicked Jeff Hardy in the balls. The referee saw that Hardy was down, but when Jeff said he wanted to continue, Nakamura hit the Kinsasha and won in four seconds.

After the match, Randy Orton came to the ring but then turned heel and kicked Hardy in the nuts as well.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfall (1 Star)

Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens

Braun Strowman is the good guy in this feud but has been chasing Kevin Owens all over Monday Night Raw for the last month, beating him up, flipping his car over, and just brutalizing the man. This is in a steel cage so Owens can’t run anymore.

Despite that, they climbed to the top of the cage and Strowman grabbed Owens and threw him from the top through the announcer’s table.

Because escaping the cage is one way to win, that means Owens won the match but that was a Mick Foley quality fall from the top and didn’t look like a winner.

Winner: Kevin Owens by cage escape (2 Stars)

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Bludgen Brothers vs. Team Hell No

Team Hell No reunited when Kane made his WWE return to save his former partner Daniel Bryan from a beatdown from the Bludgen Brothers. Earlier in the show, the Bludgen Brothers attacked Team Hell No backstage and injured Kane’s ankle.

As a result, Bryan came out alone. After he put up a valiant effort, Kane showed up. The match was then even but it ended with Kane tried a Tombstone but his ankle gave out. The Bludgen Brothers ended up pinning Daniel Bryan for the win.

Winners: Bludgen Brothers by pinfall (3 Stars)

Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley

This was supposed to be the main event but it was pushed down the card at the last minute. With the announcement earlier tonight that Brock Lesnar has to show up and choose an opponent for SummerSlam or lose his title, the thought is that the winner of this match will get that shot.

The two wrestled for almost 15 minutes and Bobby Lashley won the match by pinfall.

Winner: Bobby Lashley (3 Stars)

Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax in an Extreme Rules Match

Alexa Bliss has Mickie James out with her. Nia Jax has Natalya out with her. Ronda Rousey is in the front row watching with a ticket.

As expected, all five women were involved in the match with James taking out Natalys and then Rousey jumping the barricade to destroy Mickie and then go after Bliss.

However, James was still alert enough to get a kendo stick and attack Rousey, giving Bliss time to DDT Nia Jax onto a steel chair for the win.

Winner: Alexa Bliss by pinfall (2 Stars)

WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs. Rusev

Believe it or not, this is the first world title opportunity for Rusev in a one-on-one match since he showed up on the main roster in the WWE. As expected, the two put on a phenomenal match with the two fighting for over 15 minutes.

The end came when Aiden English removed the top turnbuckle padding but Styles moved, Rusev hit it, and then Styles hit his Phenomenal Forearm for the win.

Winner: AJ Styles by pinfall (4 Stars)

Intercontinental Championship Iron Man Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins

Whoever gets the most pinfalls or submissions in 30 minutes wins the match. This is the main event, which is shocking, but it gives these two a chance to show they can deliver.

They do more than that and this, mixed with the WWE title match, saves the entire show, which was barely average before that.

Seth Rollins pins Ziggler twice and then calls for a disqualification when Drew McIntyre interferes for Ziggler. When McIntyre interferes again, the referee kicks him out but he hits one more kick to Rollins, which gives Ziggler his first pin.

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Ziggler hit a superkick immediately and gets a second pin and then immediately hits the Zig Zag for the third pin. In a matter of a minute, Ziggler got three pins to tie it up.

Ziggler quickly got a fourth pin to take the lead. The match then went on for a while until Rollins picked up the tying pinfall, making it 4-4.

The 30 minutes ends with them tied 4-4 and Kurt Angle comes out and demands sudden death overtime. Drew McIntyre shows back up and distracts Rollins, which allows Ziggler to hit one more Zig Zag for the win.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler (4 Stars)

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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