Just like Renee Young said, this is a new era in WWE no matter how you cut it. Things got a extreme in New Jersey on Sunday night with WWE Extreme Rules. With lots of talk about Money in the Bank, the current pay-per-view didn’t fail to deliver. If this is what helps define the new era of this company, then the booking is something we all can agree was better than expected. And oh yeah, SETH FREAKING ROLLINS IS BACK.
No matter what side of the fence you sit, Reigns and Styles gave us an insane match. If you ever doubted the mean streak of Styles, you can put that to rest. This was aces all around, even with the interference by The Club and the Usos. Bottom line, Reigns is still the champion, but Rollins wants his title back. How WWE books the road to SummerSlam is dependent on Rollins reclaiming what he never lost.
What was thought of as a “B” pay-per-view became a solid “A” with the ending to the best match of the night?
Extreme Rules match for the WWE World Title – Roman Reigns def. AJ Styles
Roman Reigns retained the WWE world title in another fantastic main-event. Whether you like Roman or not, the “You can’t wrestle” chants are baseless at this point coming off of two straight solid main-events. After a lot of back and forth Anderson and Gallows came in and hit the Boot of Doom. The Usos ran in to even up the sides. At one point Styles hit a Styles Clash on a chair and one of the Usos ran in to pull Styles off of Reigns. The finish came when Styles went to hit the Flying Forearm and was speared mid-air leading to a three-count.
The big news however came after the match when Seth Rollins appeared out of nowhere and ran in to attack Reigns. Rollins left Reigns laying after a beat down, making himself the most popular guy in the WWE Universe at the moment. The two are likely to headline the upcoming Money in the Bank event in June.
Here’s a look at the rest of the card.
Submission Match for the WWE Women’s Title – Charlotte def. Natalya
The Figure Eight vs. The Sharpshooter. Every feud is supposed to tell a story. This one did just that. Or so we thought. Maybe the biggest disappointment of the night. With all that has been done to promote the brilliance of the women in this company, seeing Dana Brooke come out and imitate the Nature Boy only to see Charlotte win by submission was a crime.
Awful, Awful, Awful.
Asylum Match – Dean Ambrose def. Chris Jericho
It’s quite possible these men will never be the same again. Hell in Cell meets Monster’s Ball with assorted items a nut job would use in a street fight. This kind of match was made for both superstars, but it also took a bit away from how brilliant they are in the ring. The chemistry is there, but I would have liked to have seen a match sans the extra objects.
The match is typical of Ambrose personality, but after the Fatal 4 Way, it was hard to compete on the same level. And of course, Ambrose comes out on top. Jericho once again puts another superstar over. The only issue is Ambrose will never be the WWE champion with this gimmick.
Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Intercontinental Title – The Miz def. Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens
If the future of WWE is based on this match and these four wrestlers, then it looks pretty bright. I thought this might be the match of the night, and it was solid all around. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn has such great chemistry together. So does The Miz and Cesaro. Sometimes, you just have to watch and let the story tell itself.
Cesaro has to be the strongest man in the company, period. Owens has a chance to be the biggest heel of the new era. Zayn is a crowd favorite, and The Miz has Maryse. Michael Cole was right – what an incredible match.
In the end, the Miz steals the match.
WWE Tag Team Title Match – The New Day def. The Vaudevillains
Simon Gotch and Aiden English will be tag team champions down the road, but once again, The New Day proved to be better. Honestly, this match did nothing for me. I think the upstart neophytes had a good showing, but the antics of Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods was still too much.
The New Day once again retains.
WWE United States Title Match – Rusev def. Kalisto
Another one of those “David vs. Goliath” matches. Rusev was confident in the pre-show, which we all know usually leads to the smaller wrestler pulling off the win. The United States champion was tossed around for the first five minutes of the match before the playing field leveled – for all of two minutes.
Rusev and his power dominated the diminutive champion to take the United States Title once again.
With Lana by his side, I might add.
Texas Tornado Tag Team Match – Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. The Usos
Are Gallows and Anderson the new version of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall? What a way to kick off the night. The story was told early as these two tag teams beat the hell out of each other. I love the fact JBL referenced himself and Ron Simmons when talking about these two.
Fans wavered back and forth between these two teams, with the majority of the New Jersey crowd behind the Club members.
Jimmy Uso frog splashed onto the ring bell and was pinned in the middle of the ring via the Magic Killer.
Kickoff Pre-show: No DQ Match – Baron Corbin def. Dolph Ziggler
The rubber match between these two superstars. The fact Ziggler is in the re-show tells you how far he has fallen down the WWE ladder. Ziggler still does a great job of selling for his opponent. Corbin used a low blow to Ziggler’s “plums” and got the win.
Full WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Results and Winners….
Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles in an Extreme Rules match to retain the WWE world title
Charlotte defeated Natalya to retain the Womens title in a Submission Match
Dean Ambrose defeated Chris Jericho in an Asylum Cage Match
The Miz defeated Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens to retain the I-C title
New Day defeated the Vaudvillains to retain the WWE tag team titles
Rusev defeated Kalisto to win the U.S. championship
Gallows and Anderson defeated the Usos in a Texas Tornado Match
Baron Corbin defeated Dolph Ziggler in a No DQ Match