WWE Extreme Rules 2019 Recap
A.K.A. The One Where Brock Took His Belt Back
- Shinsuke Nakamura def. Finn Balor to win the Intercontinental Championship
- Drew Gulak def. Tony Nese to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
- Undertaker & Roman Reigns def. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred Match
- The Revival def. The Usos to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships
- Aleister Black def. Cesaro
- Bayley def. Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss to retain the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship
- Braun Strowman def. Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing Match
- New Day def. Bryan & Rowan and Heavy Machinery to win the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships
- A.J. Styles def. Ricochet to win the United States Championship
- Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler
- Kofi Kingston def. Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship
- Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch def. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans to retain the Universal & Raw Women’s Championships
- Brock Lesnar def. Seth Rollins to win the Universal Championship
Match of the Night: Aleister Black def. Cesaro by pinfall after a Black Mass Kick
Absence absolutely makes the heart grow fonder. Not seeing Black do his thing in a wrestling ring for so long made his return that much better. To the surprise of nobody, his match with Cesaro was top-notch. Both men hit hard strikes, but the Black Mass kick finally did Cesaro in. This was a hard call for match of the night. The triple threat tag team match, and the Ricochet-Styles match were both close behind.
When Undertaker & Reigns were announced to be the opening match, some people were confused. Some even believed it would be the main event of the evening. Instead, it was an electric opener. Undertaker looked refreshed and better than he has in a few years. He and Reigns took the fight to Shane, Drew, and Elias, and ended up getting the win. While Undertaker’s best years are still behind him, it was great to see him turn back the clock for this tag team performance. Now please, WWE, let this man rest.
Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley seemed to actually want to murder each other in their Last Man Standing match. It was absolute carnage, which is exactly what it should have been. The finish saw Strowman powerslam Lashley through some stage/scaffolding, and then punch his way out of the back of it. It was booking that made both men look insanely strong, and WWE can now move both of their big hosses into other feuds. Here’s hoping they think of more big things for Strowman to destroy.
— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019
New Directions, Old Hands
Extreme Rules featured four title changes, and they all went to well established acts. New Day, A.J. Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Brock Lesnar all won championships tonight. Styles defeating Ricochet may not be seen as a surprise, but still leaves the newer Ricochet as the babyface chasing. Nakamura winning was definitely a shock, but he has title pedigree and was once a challenger for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. The New Day are always a safe choice to make the tag titles interesting. And of course, Lesnar became Universal Champion by cashing in on Seth Rollins.
— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019
It was definitely interesting booking so close to Summerslam. Normally, the big climaxes to stories tend to come in August, not July. Where WWE chooses to go with these four titles for the next month will be interesting to watch. All I know is Brock Lesnar is back on top, and we will continue to be hopeful that he will show up to television every week.
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What a wonderful weekend for wrestling. Between two G1 shows, AEW Fight for the Fallen, the Evolve 10th Anniversary, and Extreme Rules, there was wrestling for everyone this weekend. Extreme Rules was buoyed by some very strong matchups. The Last Man Standing match was fun, the opening tag was hot. Black-Cesaro, Styles-Ricochet, and the triple threat tag all brought the technical prowess. We even saw Kevin Owens stunner Dolph Ziggler. It was another great night of wrestling.
Do I wish that Lesnar hadn’t cashed in? Absolutely. Let’s give WWE the benefit of the doubt here and see what the long term plan is for this run of Lesnar dominance.
One More Thing:
This is one of the best photos I’ve seen in wrestling.
— Cageside Seats (@cagesideseats) July 15, 2019