WWE Extreme Rules 2017

A look back at WWE Extreme Rules live from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Dean Ambrose vs The Miz

Ambrose and Miz go back and forth early on as Miz tries to force Dean into a disqualification. Ambrose gains control as he takes the fight to the outside and flies out after his opponent. Miz takes control with a cheap shot after the ref stops Ambrose using the chair. Miz continually uses the distractions from the ref to take control and even gets a near fall this time. Ambrose tries to fight back but Miz remains in control. Miz continues to beat down the Champion. Ambrose manages to fight back but the Dirty Deeds is countered but in turn, he counters the Skull Crushing Finale. Ambrose flies to the outside before rolling challenger back into the ring to gain a near fall. Miz fights back and manages to lock Ambrose in the Figure-4 submission. Ambrose forces a rope break but Miz attempts the move again only to be rolled up for a near fall. Ambrose almost takes Miz into the exposed turnbuckle but stops at the last second to prevent the disqualification. He turns back around into a running dropkick by The Miz. Miz tries the Yes Kicks, Ambrose counters and locks in the Figure-4. Miz forces a rope break. Ambrose rolls Miz up for another near fall. After both men almost collide with Maryse, Miz calls for his wife to slap him. The theory was get Ambrose DQ’d and win the title but the referee sends Maryse to the back. With Maryse distracting the ref, Miz throws Ambrose into the ref and he threatens to disqualify Ambrose. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale and ref rushes in to make the count. The Miz wins via Pinfall and is now the new Intercontinental Champion.

Bayley says she’s inspired by Wonder Woman and she’ll do whatever it takes to regain her Women’s Championship.

Noam Dar/Alicia Fox vs Rich Swann/Sasha Banks 

Swann takes the fight to Noam Dar and begins to wear down his opponent. The women tag in and they battle back and forth. Foxy takes control after a distraction by Dar. Banks fights back and manages to drop Alicia before tagging in Swann. He takes the fight to Dar and gets a near fall. A brawl ensues sending the women to the outside leaving the two men legal. Swann and Dar also brawl on the outside. Sasha nails Dar with a huge double knees from the top rope. Swann hits the Phoenix Splash back in the ring on Noam Dar. Sasha Banks & Rich Swann win via Pinfall.

Raw Women’s Championship Kendo Stick On A Pole Match: Alexa Bliss vs Bayley

Bliss mocks Bayley telling get to climb and get the kendo stick. As Bayley makes her way up, she gets attacked from behind. Alexa climbs up herself but Bayley pulls her down and begins to take control. Bliss drops Bayley to the outside with a huge right hand and makes her way up to retrieve the kendo stick. Both women fight on the top rope to gain possession of the weapon. Bayley gets hold of it, but both women fall to the outside with the kendo stick free in the ring. Bayley runs interference and takes her opponent out before eventually gaining possession of the kendo stick. Bliss is in retreat mode as Bayley chases her around the ring and ringside area. Bayley hesitates and the Champion takes advantage as she gets the kendo stick and beats down her challenger. Bayley counters with the Bayley To Belly but can’t capitalise. Alexa throws Bayley into kendo stick before hitting a vicious DDT. Alexa Bliss wins via Pinfall.

Raw Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match: The Hardy Boyz vs Sheamus & Cesaro

The teams split into pairs and brawl, Matt with Cesaro and Jeff with Sheamus. The Hardys look to be in control but with Matt and Sheamus laid out, Jeff and Cesaro fight. Sheamus recovers to help his partner double team the Champions. The Hardys come back as they foil the challengers attempts to escape the cage. Poetry in Motion to both challengers pins both men between the cage and the ring. The escape of The Hardys is prevented. Cesaro stops Matt’s attempt to escape and the challengers double team him. The challengers regain control. Jeff Hardy is catapulted into the cage and he tries for a quick escape but he’s stopped by Cesaro. Again, The Hardys escape is prevented by the challengers, however Jeff falls to floor leaving his brother in a handicap situation. Matt drops both men with the Side Effect. Matt tries for a quick escape but the challengers pull him back in. Sheamus tries to escape, but Matt drags him back in. Matt prevents Cesaro’s escape. However as he tries for his own escape the challengers bring him back with the White Noise from the top rope. Jeff climbs back up the cage and nails both challengers with the Whisper in the Wind. Sheamus & Cesaro climb the cage as The Hardys try to leave through the door, Sheamus & Cesaro drop first. Sheamus & Cesaro win by escape. Sheamus & Cesaro are now the new Raw Tag Team Champions.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Submission Match: Neville vs Austin Aries

Both men go back and forth exchanging leg kicks and technical manoeuvres. Aries locks in an early submission, but Neville quickly gets the rope break. The two men go back and forth again but Aries quickly takes control and begins to dominate. Neville quickly escapes the Last Chancery but pays for it as Aries throws him around ringside. Aries flies to the outside on to Neville but lands badly. The Champion senses this and goes right to work on the injury. With Neville in control, Aries mounts a come back as he goes to work on Neville’s shin. Neville goes back to work as he drop kicks the injured knee looking for a way back in this match. Neville chases after his challenger on the outside and goes to work attacking his arm. Aries catches Neville in mid air and grounds him so he can lock in the Figure-4. Neville fights out, and manages to dodge Aries and lock in the Rings of Saturn. Aries forces the rope break but Neville makes the most of the referee’s count. Neville drags his opponent to the centre and attempts the submission again, but Aries counters and locks in his own Rings of Saturn. With Aries distracted, Neville nails him with a super kick and tries a top rope suplex but it’s blocked. A sunset flip powerbomb is beautifully transitioned into the Last Chancery. Neville rolls out but Aries locks it in on the floor. Neville tries to fight back but he gets dropped by the Discus 5-Arm. Aries looks for the Suicide Dive but the Champion dodges the move and sends Aries face first to the floor. Neville rolls his challenger back in and hits the Red Arrow. He follows up with Rings of Saturn. Neville wins via Submission.

WWE Universal Championship #1 Conteder’s Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules Match: Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe vs Bray Wyatt

The match begins, Seth charges after Joe and Balor faces off with Wyatt as Roman stands tall in the ring. Reigns and Wyatt go one on one inside the ring. A back and forth exchange leads to Reigns dropping both Wyatt and Joe with a pair of Samoan Drops. Finn Balor tries his luck against The Big Dog before he gets sent to the outside. Rollins runs in but Joe and Wyatt jump Roman. Seth pulls Joe back as they split off into groups. Wyatt takes Roman out the match and Balor joins the battle against Wyatt, meanwhile Rollins flies to the outside taking out Joe. Balor takes out all 3 men as he dives over the top rope but he’s then dropped by Reigns. Roman begins to beat down Balor but as he turns his attentions to Bray Wyatt, he’s cut off by Samoa Joe. Wyatt and Joe form an alliance as they begin to wear down Reigns. The two men then turn their attention to Rollins and Finn as they take both out with the steel steps before returning to take out Roman. They systematically pick apart each of their opponents. Back in the ring and they continue to maul Finn Balor. Balor attempts a comeback but to no avail as the numbers take over. Rollins comes back and fights off both Bray and Joe. Wyatt regains control of Rollins as he DDTs him onto the steps. Inside the ring, Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch but Balor fights out. Wyatt is back in the ring wielding a steel chair as he and Joe decimate Balor. Finn fights back as he sends Joe into the steel chair and sends Wyatt into a Drive-By by Roman Reigns. Reigns takes out everyone until he’s dragged to the outside by Joe. The Wyatt-Joe alliance comes through again as they take out The Big Dog. Rollins comes back into the match as he pins Bray inside the ring but only gets series of near falls. Rollins continues his fight back as he flies to the outside only for Wyatt to throw Joe directly into him. Wyatt and Rollins go back and forth inside the ring but Seth only gets a near fall after the Falcon Arrow. Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail on Seth but Joe breaks up the pin and the alliance comes to an end. The two men brawl as Joe picks up a near fall. Joe attempts the Coquina Clutch, but Finn breaks it up with a wicked steel chair shot. He takes out everyone. Balor pounds Wyatt’s head repeatedly into the announce table. Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch on Finn. Reigns Spears both men straight through the barricade and then Rollins flies onto Bray with a huge Frog Splash sending him through the table. Reigns and Rollins wounded, get back to their feet and climb into the ring, where the two men square off. Some heavy shots get thrown in a massive exchange that culminates with a near fall following a huge Superman Punch. Reigns sets up for the Spear but he gets countered as Seth picks up a near fall. The Architect heads to the top rope and hits the Frog Splash only for another near fall. Rollins attempts the Phoenix Splash but misses, Wyatt runs in and attempts the Sister Abigail on Seth before Roman gets involved. He counters Bray and hits another Spear. Seth hits Roman with a massive Buckle Bomb, but just like on RAW he’s met with a Superman Punch. Balor also receives a Superman Punch, as he runs in for his patented corner dropkick. Roman charges in for the Spear but he gets caught by the Swingblade and as usual this is followed up by the this time successful corner dropkick. He finishes this amazing sequence with the Coupe De Gras. As he goes for the cover, Joe runs in and locks him in the Coquina Clutch. Samoa Joe wins via Submission.

Wow! RAW really pulled one out here, the IC Title match was brilliant. After that, the mixed tag was irrelevant and pointless in my view. Next up, we had the Women’s Title match and to be honest this one did Bayley no favours, it was effectively a squash. It certainly didn’t help that probably for the first time ever she got booed. After that we had the Steel Cage Match and to be fair I wasn’t that impressed with it. However, I must say it’s not a Steel Cage Match until Jeff Hardy flies off the top. Next up, a thoroughly brilliant co-main event. The Submission match was truly amazing and it showed that there’s a lot more to the Cruiserweight division that just high risk diving. It was a very good technical wrestling match. And finally, the main event. What can I say? It was an epic Fatal 5-Way all 5 men gave their all and sold everything really well. All of this excitement was topped off with the surprising victory for Samoa Joe. Nonetheless, Joe is the #1 Contender and we have a real dream match upcoming at the newly created Great Balls Of Fire pay-per view.

 

 

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