WWE Extreme Rules 2019 Review
It's time to review the most extreme PPV of the year? Was it extreme to begin with? No, but this was not a bad show whatsoever! This show had some enjoyable action and a few title changes that shocked fans who've watched all over the world! With that being said, I can't wait to share the experience with you guys so let's take a look at what went down last night!
Pre-Show: Finn Balor (C) Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Intercontinental Championship)
This match was added last minute and surprised almost all fans along with it. The match itself was good as expected when it comes to these guys. Now with them being on the pre show, I didn't expected too much but I'm glad they still put on a good match. Balor tried to execute the Coupe De Grace but Nakamura moved out of the way and hits him with a knee to the back of his head. Nakamura then nails the Kinshasa and pins Balor, winning the IC Championship!! Awesome to see Nakamura as champion again but please WWE, actually do something with the man this time going forward.
Pre-Show: Drew Gulak (C) Vs. Tony Nese (Cruiserweight Championship)
This match was fine as both guys wrestled like only they can. There honestly wasn't much special moments that went down during this match but it was still a fine match. Nese almost had the match won with a nice looking 450 Splash but Gulak wasn't gonna give up that easy. After a few reversals, Gulak nails the TKO and successfully pins Nese, retaining his title!
The Undertaker & Roman Reigns Vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre
Good opening match! I'm happy to say that Undertaker looked really good in this match and he got some decent ring time as well. Both teams did their parts well and fans were behind this whole thing. At one point, Roman gets taken out so the heels gang up on Taker for a bit. Along with Elias, McIntyre sets up Taker on the announce table for Shane to do his vintage Elbow Drop. They then set up Taker in the corner for a Coast to Coast spot and he takes out the Deadman. Roman Reigns finally comes back in and takes out Elias then goes head to head with McIntyre then Shane. McIntyre then takes out Roman at ringside and as Shane was gonna pin Taker, he sits up and goes nuts on Shane! Taker hints for a Tombstone Piledriver but was unaware of McIntyre trying to take him out with the Claymore Kick, but Roman spears McIntyre to even the odds. Undertaker finally Tombstones Shane and picks up the win for his team! Afterwards, Taker shows Roman the ultimate respect by letting him know that the ring is his yard now. Good opening match and good performance from the Deadman!
The Revival (C) Vs. The Usos (RAW Tag Team Championships)
This match was fine for what it was. Good wrestling but unfortunately not much interest into it. The main downside for me was the amount of time wasted while both Scott Dawson and Jimmy Uso were laying down on the mat. Revival hits Jey Uso with the Shatter Machine and picked up the win, retaining their tag titles.
Aleister Black Vs. Cesaro
This was a good, stiff match! Started out a little slow but picked up along the way. Cesaro really brought intensity to Black and he for sure wasn't gonna give Cesaro anything short. I really enjoyed the brawling between these guys and they even had fans chanting "This is Awesome!" Aleister delivered the Black Mass for the win and hopefully he gets featured very prominently on Smackdown.
Bayley (C) Vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (Smackdown Women’s Championship)
Not a bad match, but not a good one either. I just couldn't get into this match whatever. Alexa and Nikki did their best to put Bayley down, but things didn't turn out so well with them. Bayley fought back as she took out Alexa then hits Cross with the Diving Elbow Drop for the win, retaining her title!
Braun Strowman Vs. Bobby Lashley (Last Man Standing)
Good Last Man Standing match here as it was all action once the bell rang. These guys brawled throughout the arena and honestly I enjoyed how this match was mainly out of the ring and away from the ring area. Braun was in the crowd where Lashley hopped over the barricade but Strowman caught him and threw him onto the foreign announcers. They continued to brawl through the crowd then they ended up in a certain crowd area that featured a big board on the side. Strowman kicked the rail down and picked Lashley up on his shoulders to deliver the Powerslam onto the board! Fans went nuts and the referee didn't know what to do at first. He finally starts counting and no one was seen getting up at first until Braun started kicking the board down from the side. The ref counts to 10 and Strowman was officially declared the winner! Again this was an enjoyable match and even though I predicted Lashley would win, I'm not against Strowman picking up the victory.
Daniel Bryan & Rowan (C) Vs. The New Day Vs. Heavy Machinery (Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
This match wasn't too special. Each team did fine but I couldn't get into the match. Heavy Machinery took most control in this match as they continue to show why they're becoming a team to be reckoned with. Big spot of the match was when almost every man did their big diving spots onto each other outside the ring. Daniel Bryan and Big E are the two legal men where Bryan applies the Labelle Lock onto E but as he reaches the ropes, Bryan would add more pressure by stretching him out with his other exposed arm and one of his legs, which was pretty cool. Big E starts getting fired up as Bryan would repeatedly slap him then E goes crazy with a comeback. Bryan then tries to do his vintage backflip off the top rope but Big E catches him and tags in Woods for them to execute the UpUpDownDown for the win! New Day have won the Smackdown Tag titles and are now 6x Tag Champs!
Ricochet (C) Vs. AJ Styles (United States Championship)
Before the match, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson ambushed Ricochet in order for Styles to get the upper hand before the match began. The match itself was good as AJ tried to capitalize off the pre match ambush but Ricochet fought back overtime. Ricochet at one point executed a nice Shooting Star Press for a near fall. Gallows and Anderson would continue to get involved and Ricochet fought them off each time, but overall it would catch up to him. Ricochet and Styles were on the top rope at one point where Ricochet fought Styles off and while Styles had the referee distracted, Gallows knocks Ricochet down off the top. AJ picks him back up and nails the Avalanche Styles Clash and wins the United States Championship! AJ is now a 3x US Champion and this shocked me for damn sure because I didn't expect Ricochet to lose the belt so soon.
Kevin Owens Vs. Dolph Ziggler
Bell rings, Dolph slaps KO, KO Stunners Dolph, pins him, wins. That's all folks! Afterwards, KO once again tells Shane McMahon to kiss his ass. This was nice and all, but totally unnecessary for this show.
Kofi Kingston (C) Vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship)
This was another match I couldn't get invested in. This match totally should've had a stipulation to it because as a straight up match, it didn't deliver in my opinion. Samoa Joe had the Rear Naked Choke on Kofi for a bit til Kofi reached the ropes. Kofi makes a comeback and had the match won til Joe attempted another Rear Naked Choke. Kofi slips out of it then out of nowhere hits the Trouble in Paradise for the win, retaining his title!
Seth Rollins (C) & Becky Lynch (C) Vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans (Winner Takes All; WWE Universal & RAW Women’s Championship)
Good main event overall as both teams did their best to make this match live up to the extreme name. There was some big spots in this match too including both Becky and Seth setting up Corbin and Evans on two tables and then they both dive onto their opponents through the tables! The main spot was when Baron Corbin actually delivers the End of Days to Becky Lynch, setting Rollins off! Rollins then goes crazy on Corbin by attacking him with a chair and a kendo stick. Lacey Evans was watching all of this and instead of helping Corbin, she bails out of the match. Lacey pretty much tossed her interest of winning the RAW Women's Championship out of the window right there. Rollins then hits the Curb Stomp 3 times and pins Corbin, picking up the win for his team! Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch retained their championships after a good match to close out the PPV, but we weren't done yet. As Rollins was getting back to his feet, the music suddenly stops and there's a short pause. Next thing we knew, Brock Lesnar shows up! Paul Heyman brings the MITB briefcase with him and a referee as Brock Lesnar was legitimately cashing in his MITB contract! He tosses Rollins around with German Suplexes before the match then once the bell rang, Brock hits an F5 and wins the Universal Championship!
Now I know fans are gonna say that this show's conclusion ruined the whole event in general, but that's not the case. Besides a couple of underwhelming matches, this PPV overall was good and most matches were actually enjoyable. Now Extreme Rules is in the books and time to anticipate the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam!
Show Rating: 7.6/10
Show Rating: 7.6/10