WWE Extreme Rules 2018 Results & Ratings

July 16, 2018


- Kickoff Match: Andrade Almas defeated Sin Cara @ 7:02 via pin [**1/2]
- Kickoff Tables Match: Sanity defeated The New Day @ 7:41 via pin [***]
- Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The B Team defeated Champions Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt @ 8:05 via pin [***]
- Finn Balor defeated Constable Corbin @ 8:22 via pin [**]
- Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Champion Carmella defeated Asuka @ 5:30 via pin [*]
- WWE United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Champion Jeff Hardy @ 0:07 via pin [NR]
- Steel Cage Match: Kevin Owens defeated Braun Strowman @ 8:05 via escape [**3/4]
- Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Champions The Bludgeon Brothers defeated Team Hell No @ 8:17 via pin [**]
- Lashley defeated Roman Reigns @ 14:52 via pin [***]
- Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Champion Alexa Bliss defeated Nia Jax @ 7:20 via pin [*]
- WWE Championship Match: Champion AJ Styles defeated Rusev @ 15:30 via pin [***1/2]
- WWE Intercontinental Championship 30-Minute Iron Match: Champion Dolph Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins @ 30:17 via 5-4 in overtime [***]



Andrade Almas vs. Sin Cara.


Almas sent Sin Cara to the floor with a spinning back elbow before Sin Cara retaliated with a quebrada on a standing Almas. Sin Cara then landed the tilt-a-whirl destroyer, before avoiding Almas' double foot stomp. Sin Cara missed a head scirrors to Almas off the apron, and with Vegas distracted, Almas hit his opponent with a running dropkick and then the running knees into the corner, using a hamemrlock DDT to get the win.


Shinsuke Nakamura was interviewed backstage but wouldn't respond to the panel's questions, claiming that there was a 'bad connection'.


Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre interrupted. Ziggler cut a promo about his match against Seth Rollins that night, McIntyre defeating Rollins on Raw, and about retaining the title.


Tables Match: SAnitY vs The New Day


Big E went in for a spear quite early in the match to Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe but was stoppied. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston landed a pair of tope's with Killian Dain landing a suicide dive to both. Dain hit Woods with a Michinoku Driver on top of Big E, but was hit by Trouble In Paradise courtesy of Kingston. Wolfe squared off with Kingston on the apron, biting Kingston and leading to Young putting him through the table on the floor to win.


Ronda Rousey was shown arriving with Travis Browne.

Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Champions Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. The B Team


The audience reacted to Bray and Dallas being tagged in together, but booed when Dallas tagged out and didn't engage. Dallas and Axel got the upper hand on Hardy in their corner, eventually leading to Wyatt and Dallas tagging in. Wyatt got Dallas with a splash into the corner, hitting a ura-nage. Dallas pushed Hardy into Wyatt, sending Wyatt to the floor. Dallas got in a spinning neck breaker with Hardy draped over the top, pinning Hardy.


Renee Young interviewed Kurt Angle. Angle recently re-opened talks with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, revealing that Heyman stated Lesnar wasn't interested in returning. Angle (seemingly) laid down the law, saying that Lesner could either show up on Raw to set a time to defend his title, or he'd be stripped of it.


Finn Balor vs. Constable Corbin.


Corbin starts strong, attacking Balor early and controlling the match. The running storyline is that Corbin's size and strength will help him overwhelm Balor, which he does for a while, until Balor catches Corbin with an enzuigiri. Balor goes for a coup de grace but is stopped with a chokeslam into a backbreaker. Balor kicks out of a deep six, hitting the shotgun dropkick in the corner. His coup de grace is stopped for a second time, with Corbin going for an End of Days. Balor manages to counter with an inside cradle, pinning Corbin.


Backstage, The Bludgeon Brothers are attacking Daniel Bryan and Kane. Bryan gets run into a garage and Kane's left leg is attacked with a mallet.


Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Champion Carmella vs. Asuka


James Ellsworth is locked in a shark cage and suspended over the ring. He quickly tosses a chain to Carmella, but Asuka prevents her from using it. She applies the Asuka Lock but Carmella reaches the rope. Ellsworth opens the door and is suspended by the legs and hung upside down for whatever reason. Asuka kicks him, and the production team try to get him back in the cage, but Asuka is having none of it. She fights them off and continues attacking him with kicks. Carmella shows up from behind and rams her head first into the shark cage, pinning Asuka.


After the match, Asuka is left alone with Ellsworth and attacks him with German suplexes, kicks and the Asuka lock.


WWE United States Championship Match: Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura


Nakamura hits Hardy with his new favourite move, the low blow, before the bell even rings. Hardy instructs them to ring the bell, and Nakamura gets him with a Kinshasa immediately, getting the pin.


Randy Orton returns, staring Nakamura down and attacking Hardy. The two had been involved in a program before Orton's absence.


Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens


Strowman challenges Owens to a fight after Owens attempts to immediately escape. Strowman dominates the match until Owens catches him with a stunner. Owens tries to get out, but the Monster Amongst Men slams the door on him. Owens handcuffs Stroman to the top rope, giving him the 'suck it' sign before beginning to climb. Strowman breaks free and pursues Owens to the top, with both men standing at the top. Strowman chock-slams Owens off the top of the cage on to the announcer's desk and Owens wins the match by default. The audience love it.


Tom Phillips states that Jeff Hardy wants his rematch this Tuesday against Shinsuke Nakamura, but Paige hasn’t sanctioned it yet.


Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Champions The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Hell No


The match starts as a handicap as Bryan goes it alone following the attack on Kane. The Bludgeon Brothers quickly take control, sending him into the steps, targeting his already injured ribs. The beatdown continued until Kane's music plays and he comes out in a walking boot. Bryan tags Kane in. Luke Harper attacks his injured ankle and tags out. Bryan fires up with Yes kicks. Rowan comes in and drops Bryan with a spin kick. Rowan hoists him onto his shoulders with Harper hitting a clothesline off the turnbuckle, pinning Bryan. 


Roman Reigns is backstage and The B Team were celebrating their tag title win, telling Reigns, “if we can do it, you can do it”.


Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley

Reigns runs Lashley repeatedly into the barricade. The audience starts to chant (Rusev Day features, of course). Reigns sells his ribs while on offence before Lashley takes over the match, hitting a double axe handle from the top. Reigns lifts Lashley, dumps him over the top with a fireman's carry onto the floor. Lashley recovers, setting up in the corner, meeting with  superman punch in the center of the ring. Reigns is caught with a belly-to-belly onto the announcer's desk. Lashley climbs to the top rope again, hitting Lashley with a superman punch. Reigns sets up for a spear, but is hit by a spear from Lashley and pins Reigns clean.


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


Mickie James and Natalya were in the respective corners of Bliss and Jax. Jax catches Bliss on the floor, sending her into the chairs and garbage lids in the ring. Jax drops Bliss with a military press onto a garbage can. Jax runs into the corner, misses Bliss, and goes into a chair set up in the corner. Mickie attacks Natalya, prompting the suspended Rousey to jump out of her front row seat to toss Mickie into the barricade twice, hitting the standing kata guruma. Mickie and Bliss stop Rousey, attacking her with a kendo stick. Jax grabs Bliss for the Somoan drop, but is stopped by a chair shot from Mickie. Bliss hits a DDT onto the chair and pins Jax.


Rousey chases them off after the match.


WWE Championship Match: Champion AJ Styles vs. Rusev


Aiden English comes out to introduce Rusev. The audience are reacting well. Styles controls the start of the match, knocking Rusev off of the turnbuckle and on to the floor with a leg kick. He lights him up with a series of leg kicks (they'll matter later). Styles attempts to apply the calf crusher but Rusev blocks it by holding on to the ropes. Rusev goes for the suicide dive, but is stopped with a forearm strike from the floor. Styles misses the springboard 450, landing on his feet and going for the calf crusher. Rusev counters with the Accolade but Styles avoids it. Styles finally applies the calf crusher and Rusev fights for the bottom rope while English pushes it towards him. Styles chases English on the floor and runs into a belly-to-belly from Rusev. Rusev follows this with a Machka kick for a near fall and attempts the Accolade but his left knee his still affected from Styles' kicks from earlier. He applies it instead to the right side of Styles' body, who manages to get to the rope. English removes the top turnbuckle pad, and Rusev chases after Styles, running head first into the exposed buckle. Styles gets the sprngboard 450 for a huge near fall. He then hits English with a running dropkick through the ropes. Styles ends the match with a Phenomenal Forearm, getting the pin.


WWE Intercontinental Championship 30-Minute Iron Match: Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins


Rollins gets Ziggler with a magistral cradle before the 5-minute mark, getting the first pin. Rollins hits the stomp and goes up to 2-0 at 8-minutes. Rollins taps his foot for the superkick but Drew McIntyre attacks Rollins. This causes a disqualification and allows Rollins to go ahead to 3-0. McIntyre continues his attack on the floor, slamming Rollins' into the apron and barricade. McIntyre hits the Claymore kick before being sent to the back. Ziggler gets his first fall with 20 minutes remaining, quickly following it up with a superkick and scoring his second fall. Ziggler hits a Zig Zag and evens it to 3-3. Ziggler gets Rollins with a forearm, using the middle rope for leverage, to pin Rollins, which the Ref misses. Ziggler pulls ahead with 4-3. It seems as though the production people removed the clock form the screen which led to a "Where's the clock?" chant, but the crowd just continued to do the countdown thing anyway which was rather annoying. Ziggler’s strategy was to kill time with a long sleeper spot and then running away from Rollins. There was a GIF captured 6 of Ziggler telling Rollins, “It’s worse than when the clock was here.” The audience cheered as the clock was restored on the screen. Rollins kept going for covers, he hit a big frog splash for a two-count. He hit the superplex into a Falcon Arrow for another two-count. Rollins stopped a superkick, catapulted Ziggler into the corner and rolled him up to tie it at 4-4 with 3-minutes remaining in the match. Rollins applied the sharpshooter onto Ziggler, then transitioned to a crossface, he released to go for the stomp and Ziggler avoided it and rolled to the floor. Rollins sent him back into the ring, he took a famouser but Rollins kicked out. Ziggler set up for a superkick but instead, Rollins landed one, hit the stomp and rolled on top but was too late and it ended in a tie.


Ziggler was awarded the title and his music played but was interrupted by Kurt Angle. He called it an “incredible match” but said nothing was settled and they are going into sudden death overtime. Drew McIntyre then returned to distract Rollins which led to Ziggler hitting the Zig-Zag and pinned Rollins just mere seconds into the overtime period.


This match had a lot of problems and most of them were due to the audience. As a match, it told a strange story of the babyface going up by a huge margin and blowing the lead, but the audience took this down significantly and became a major distraction.You can argue over these shows being too long, the layout of the match or even the performers, but the fact was this match didn’t work.


End of show.


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