Wednesday, March 29, 2023

WWE Extreme Rules 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Extreme Rules 2019, out of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about Extreme Rules by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Finn Bálor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Intercontinental Championship Match

Shinsuke Nakamura came into this match extremely confident, given his unimpeded defeat of Finn Bálor last week on SmackDown Live. Because of this confidence, he chose mind games over hard-hitting offense and paid for it, as Finn Bálor came back with an intensity he clearly did not expect.

Bálor quickly got Nakamura out of the ring, dove onto him, then rag-dolled him around ringside before throwing him back between the ropes. Nakamura regained his footing, and no longer underestimated his opponent, leading to a much evener back-and-forth competition.

Shinsuke Nakamura wound up for the Kinshasa, which Finn Bálor countered with a double stomp, but Shinsuke dodged the Coup de Grâce, kneeing Bálor in the head, which lined the champ up perfectly for a Kinshasa, making Shinsuke Nakamura the new Intercontinental Champion.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Drew Gulak (c) vs. Tony Nese

Cruiserweight Championship Match

Tony Nese and Drew Gulak instantly made the Cruiserweight Championship feel like the most precious prize in the world, as Gulak ran at him at full speed the second the bell rang, Nese responding with a takedown.

Nese and Gulak essentially hit each other as hard as they could for 7 and a half minutes, Tony desperate to reclaim the title he won a short three months ago and Drew proving again and again that he was willing to do anything to prevent it.

Tony Nese hit a brutal suplex into the turnbuckles, forearming Gulak in the face when he returned to his feet, then moonsaulting onto him as he hung in the ropes. But Gulak was relentless, powering out of everything in Tony Nese’s move set, even kicking out of a pin after being hit by a 450 splash.

Gulak thought he had victory in his grasp when he hit Tony with a powerbomb, but Tony kicked out of the pin. The champ was quick to launch another attack, however, this time with a Cyclone Crash and it was this persistance that secured him the victory.

Winner: Drew Gulak

Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns and The Undertaker

No Holds Barred Match

Roman Reigns kicked off the match against Drew McIntyre, and though he came into the action full steam, McIntyre was able to get him to the opposing corner, where he and Shane double teamed The Big Dog.

Reigns came back rather quickly, however, and was busy pummeling Shane McMahon in the corner when Undertaker gave him the nod to tag him in. Undertaker unleashed on Shane O’Mac, preventing any response he could muster with sheer power.

When Shane had enough, he tagged in his reluctant partner, Drew McIntyre, who had slightly better luck against The Deadman, but Taker easily overwhelmed him as well, then gave the ring back to Reigns.

As expected, Shane interfered when Drew and Roman were going one-on-one, but this time around, Undertaker was there to chase him off – with a steel chair in hand.

With Undertaker distracted, McIntyre went to work on Roman Reigns, Shane chipping in once he felt safe with Taker back on the apron. A battered and bruised Roman struggled to regain control and eventually decided to tag Taker back in.

Taker brutalized Shane McMahon, setting him up for a Last Ride on the announce table, but was hit in the back with a guitar by Elias. Chaos ensued from here; Roman Reigns was thrown into the crowd, and Elias, Drew, and Shane ganged up on Taker.

Shane threw himself from the top rope onto an incapacitated Taker laid on an announce table and still, Roman Reigns was nowhere to be seen. Back in the ring, Elias and Drew dragged Taker across the ring, positioning him for a gnarly Coast to Coast from Shane McMahon.

Finally, Roman Reigns came back to life, taking out Elias at ringside just in time for Undertaker to reinvigorate himself as well, and he prepared to end Shane McMahon. Drew McIntyre tried to prevent the attack, but caught a spear from Roman, allowing Undertaker to Tombstone Shane, winning the match.

Winner: The Undertaker and Roman Reigns

The Revival (c) vs. The Usos

Raw Tag Team Championship Match

The animosity between these two teams was evident the moment they were in the ring and only became more glaring as the match wore on. The Usos gained the early advantage, Jimmy and Jey successfully avoiding or overcoming all of the rule-bending Dash and Dawson could come up with.

The Usos flung themselves over the top rope, falling directly on The Revival, but doing some damage to themselves in the process, as all four men hit an announce table. As Jey was the legal man, Dawson laid him out at ringside, then jumped back in the ring hoping for a victory by countout.

Jey made it back before the referee reached ten, but his luck didn’t improve once he returned to the ring. Dawson and Dash cut the ring in half, keeping Jey in their corner, and though Jimmy tried his best to help his brother, The Revival’s propensity for cheating took them far.

When Jimmy Uso finally got the hot tag, he came into the match guns blazing, taking out both Dash and Dawson, then working together with Jey to get a near fall on Dawson.

Dawson and Jey exchanged near falls until Dawson had enough, calling for Dash, who helped him with a combo on Jey, but Jimmy made the save. All four men traded strikes, Jey superkicking both members of The Revival, but they came back with a Shatter Machine, retaining their titles and winning the match.

Winner: The Revival

Aleister Black vs. Cesaro

These two wasted absolutely no time breaking out the most vicious moves in their arsenals, Aleister Black going for the Black Mass the moment the bell rang. Cesaro ducked, but couldn’t dodge the dive to the floor Aleister Black launched at him moments later.

Knowing that the Black Mass meant defeat, Cesaro did everything he could to avoid it and then some, throwing a flying uppercut and grounding Black after he attempted one for a second time.

Black followed up his beautiful moonsault with a meteora, but Cesaro, demonstrating his immense strength, caught him in midair, flung him back up, then connected with an uppercut on his way back down.

Both frustrated by their inability to score a quick victory, the two exchanged strikes, Black coming out on top with a sickening knee to Cesaro’s face.

Aleister Black had been battering Cesaro’s left knee with kicks as often as he could throughout the match and it paid off in the form of Cesaro being unable to successfully follow through with some of his moves due to his weakened leg.

Abandoning the use of his leg, Cesaro threw uppercut after uppercut, relenting only to try for the Neutralizer one more time. Sadly for Cesaro, he failed again, giving Aleister Black just enough time to catch him on the chin with a Black Mass.

Winner: Aleister Black

Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match

True to form, Nikki Cross volunteered to soften Bayley up for Alexa Bliss. After overwhelming Bayley with a quick attack, she gave the ring to Alexa, who continued the assault.

Nikki and Alexa’s quick tag strategy worked well; they were both able to stay fresh while working together to wear the champ down. Bayley’s perseverance was the only thing that kept her in the match, especially after she was shoved head first into the steel steps.

While Nikki took a breather at ringside, Alexa laid a beatdown on Bayley, but the champ began to gain momentum when she trapped both opponents in a double submission. Distracted by Alexa, Bayley caught a tornado DDT from Nikki, which Alexa followed with a Twisted Bliss when Bayley kicked out, but Bayley put her knees up.

After taking out Alexa, Bayley turned her attention toward Nikki Cross, who she hit with an elbow drop, keeping her down for good.

Winner: Bayley

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

Last Man Standing Match

Before the bell ever rang, Braun Strowman set the tone of the match, dragging Bobby Lashley out of the ring and throwing him to the floor. And things didn’t exactly look up for Bobby after the match began, Braun Strowman bulldozing him in the ring and then at ringside.

As Braun went for a second lap around the ring, Bobby Lashley smashed into him with a spear and grabbed a set of steel stairs. Bobby struck Braun with them once, but as prepared for a second attack, Braun escaped into the crowd. This gained Braun very little reprieve, however, as Bobby Lashley went after him, throwing punches every now and then as they made their way up the stairs.

The men disappeared into the arena concourse, and when the cameras finally caught up to them, Braun Strowman was lying immobile on the floor. Lashley continued to decimate the Monster Among Men until Strowman suplexed him into a merch display.

Getting revenge for Bobby’s earlier brutality, Strowman kicked Lashley all the way back down the stairs toward the ring. Bobby Lashley came back by launching Braun through the barricade, and after a few more moments of offense, buried Strowman underneath an announce table.

Strowman escaped, returning the favor by throwing Lashley into the international announcers’ stations. Braun very nearly lost after Bobby hit him in the face with a trashcan, but returned to his feet. As they made their way back up the arena steps, Bobby Lashley threw a human toward Braun, so Braun powerslammed him from a platform high in the crowd.

It appeared as though the match was going to end in a double countout, but Bruan punched his way through a wall to prove that he was still standing, winning the match.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) vs. Heavy Machinery

Triple Threat SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match

Xavier Woods started off for his team, working hard against Daniel Bryan first and then Tucker, dominating both of them. But when Rowan tagged into the match, Woods’ momentum was brought to a halt.

Rowan held absolute control until Woods connected with a few kicks, enabling him to make his escape by tagging in the only man available – Otis. Otis manhandled Bryan; laying him out before revving up for the Caterpillar. Heavy Machinery came close to becoming champions when they double teamed Bryan, but the planet’s champ escaped the pin.

Otis and Tucker tried for another double team, this time with a suplex/crossbody combo on Big E, but Rowan broke up the pin, trucking over everyone in his path when he was done.

Big E took out both Rowan and Bryan, leaving Otis the sole man in the ring, and Otis got an idea. He ran for a dive but made the wise choice to opt for a crossbody instead. Tucker, however, did complete a dive, leaving Big E vulnerable for a pin, but he was saved by Xavier Woods.

In the ring alone with Otis and Tucker, Xavier Woods caught a powerslam combo from them, which Rowan interrupted. Heavy Machinery did their best to suplex Rowan from the top rope, and when they were unable to follow through, Big E did it for them.

Bryan trapped Big E in a LeBell Lock, then jerked his arm backward when he attempted to grab the ropes. Big E broke free by getting a foot beneath the ropes, so an outraged Bryan kicked him to oblivion. This only made Big E angry, and when Bryan switched from kicks to slaps, Big E exploded with rage, working together with Xavier Woods to hit Bryan with a Midnight Hour, winning the match and the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships.

Winner: The New Day

Ricochet (c) vs. AJ Styles

United States Championship Match

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows accompanied AJ Styles down to the ring, which did not bode well for Ricochet. And this was proven when The Club ambushed Ricochet mid-entrance. The referee shooed them away, but the damage had been done.

Ricochet continued with the match, and the attack seemed to have angered him more than anything, as he moved at a blistering pace while throwing everything he had at the Phenomenal One.

But the interference from Gallows and Anderson was not yet over, as they were allowed to remain at ringside. And a distraction from Gallows gave Styles the opening he needed to grab the upper hand with a forearm to the back of Ricochet’s head.

Ricochet suffered a beating at the hands of AJ Styles once the two were back in the ring, but Ricochet caught a second wind, running up AJ Styles for an enziguri. He may have been able to take the victory right then, but dove onto Gallows and Anderson at ringside instead of finishing off the challenger.

Styles was given enough time to catch his breath slightly, firing off an Ushigoroshi on Ricochet. But no matter what Styles threw at Ricochet, the champ got back up. Ricochet and Styles fought with ferocious intensity, each growing increasingly frustrated as their opponent refused to stay down.

Ricochet landed a perfect shooting star press, which would have won him the match, had Karl Anderson not been there to draw the referee’s attention to the face that Styles’ foot was beneath the ropes.

The champ took Karl Anderson out, so Luke Gallows yanked his feet out from under him on the top rope. This opened the door for a Styles Clash from the top rope, which awarded Styles the victory.

Winner: AJ Styles

Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler

With a swift Stunner, Kevin Owens defeated Dolph Ziggler in a matter of seconds, then cut a rather violent promo directed at Shane McMahon before leaving the ring.

We love Stone Cold Kevin Owens.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe

WWE Championship Match

Just as Samoa Joe had warned before the match, he set out to brutalize Kofi Kingston the second the action began. Joe either dodged or countered everything the champ threw at him and even when Kofi got a glimmer of offense, Samoa Joe was back on top in no time.

With a powerslam to Kofi Kingston, Samoa Joe nearly took the victory, and when that didn’t work, he transitioned into the STF, but Kofi was able to get a foot on the ropes.

Kofi came back with an SOS, but Joe powered out. And when Kofi wound up for the Trouble in Paradise, Samoa Joe caught him in a Coquina Clutch. Kofi escaped, and when he tried for a second Trouble in Paradise, it connected, keeping the Somoan Destroyer down for a count of three.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans

Last Chance Winners Take All Mixed Tag Match

Lacey Evans took a much more casual approach to the match than Becky Lynch, which proved the wrong decision, as she was promptly kicked to the floor by The Man.

Discouraged, Lacey tagged in Baron Corbin, who also suffered an attack at the hands of his opponent. He rolled out of the ring to get a kendo stick, but it didn’t get him very far, because it fell out of his hands when Rollins resumed the beatdown.

Rollins and Lynch beat their respective competitors down with kendo sticks to grind them down even more, then connected with twin suicide dives to the outside. Seth Rollins went for a second dive but caught a steel chair to the head in midair. Corbin continued using the chair as a weapon while Becky Lynch’s rage grew on the apron.

When the ladies were back in the ring, Becky Lynch also used the chairs to her advantage, gaining a near fall when she leg dropped onto a steel chair laid on top of Lacey. Baron Corbin prevented Becky’s attempt to finish off his partner, but Seth and Becky worked together to take him down.

After an excellent moonsault, Lacey geared up for the woman’s right, but Becky prevented the attack. Baron and Lacey were both laid out at ringside, and Rollins or Lynch probably could have taken the victory, but they went a different route. Instead, they set up a few tables, preparing to put Baron and Lacey through them.

The champs had given their contenders far too much time to gather themselves, however, and Baron and Lacey quickly gained control, beating down Seth Rollins with kendo sticks before double chokeslamming Rollins and Lynch together.

Baron and Lacey tried to put Rollins through a table, but Becky stopped them, helping Rollins to suplex both Baron and Lacey onto the steel ramp. Rollins and Lynch then laid their opponents on individual tables and lept from the ring, sending them both through the tables to the floor.

Back in the ring, Rollins went for a Curb Stomp, which Corbin transitioned into a Deep Six, but Becky broke up the pin. At the end of his rope, Corbin hit Becky Lynch with an End of Days, which absolutely incensed Seth Rollins.

Rollins clobbered Baron Corbin before hitting him with three Curb Stomps, winning the match for his team. But before he could even begin to celebrate, Brock Lesnar and his Money in the Bank briefcase made their way down to the ring.

Lesnar cashed in the briefcase, and with a suplex and an F5, became the new Universal Champion.

Winner: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch

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