WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Results
Thursday, 18 August 2016
WWE ExtremeRules 2016 Results
WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Results
Roman Reigns survived a Styles Clash on a steel chair to defeat AJ Styles at Extreme Rules but his celebrations were cut short by the returning Seth Rollins.
Roman retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in another main event with Styles that was the equal of their impressive effort at Payback.
He had his cousins The Usos to thank for not being pinned followed the second of two Style Clashes and downed AJ with a stunning mid-air spear as the challenger went for a Phenomenal Forearm.
Post-match the former champion Seth Rollins - who was never defeated and has been injured since November - appeared to a hero's welcome and nailed Reigns with a Pedigree.
The prospect of Reigns, Styles and Rollins being involved in a three-way fight for the world title is truly mouthwatering, regardless of the audience's boos that still haunt Roman.
If there were any doubts that AJ would make it in WWE they have surely been dispelled by now, following another top notch effort from The Phenomenal One.
The pair had brawled through the crowd in heated exchanges before Roman tossed him over his shoulder with a back bodydrop through the main announce table.
Roman Reigns hits a sit-out powerbomb on AJ Styles
Reigns utilised a cool Razor's Edge sit-out powerbomb for a two count but Styles targeted his knee, delaying his attacks until the champion powerbombed him through the Spanish announce table.
Styles dodged a spear, yet after being caught with a Superman punch, took the move as Reigns dived over steel steps in a great spot.
The challenger's pals Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows ran out and attacked Reigns and hit him with the Boot of Doom, but when they placed Styles on top of Reigns, he kicked out at two.
The Usos superkicked them to oblivion and gave Styles one for good measure, landing a frog splash and rolling Reigns on top of him, but it was then Styles' turn to kick out.
After Reigns dispatched Anderson and Gallows he fell to a Styles Clash for a very good near fall, which had the crowd on the edge of their seats.
When one of The Usos cost him the title following another Styles Clash this time on a steel chair, AJ went mad, pulverising everyone in sight with the chair.
Yet it was a final attempt at a Phenomenal Forearm that saw him leap across the ring and eat a huge spear from the resilient champion.
AJ Styles sets Roman Reigns up for a Styles Clash
The show kicked off with a wild brawl between The Usos and Gallows and Anderson, which saw the former NJPW stars triumph.
They performed a cool Boot of Doom on Jimmy Uso off apron, then Anderson punted Jey Uso so hard in the face he appeared to hurt his own foot.
The pair went for another Boot of Doom, this time on Jey, but Jimmy rescued his brother and they hit a double superkick on Gallows.
The big man connectd with a Gallows Pole on Jey, before Jimmy nailed a Samoan Drop, and Anderson in turn hit him with a spinebuster.
Gallows tried to use the ring bell to end the match, only to be superkicked by Jimmy in the middle of the ring, setting up a frog splash.
However, he rolled out of the way and when Jimmy landed on the ring bell, it set him up for Anderson and Gallows' Magic Killer and a painful defeat.
Rusev regains the WWE United States Championship
Rusev deservedly recaptured the championship he previously held for nearly a year by almost snapping Kalisto in half with his Accolade submission.
He grounded the high flyer early on with an axe handle to the side of his head when the masked Mexican attempted a corkscrew attack.
'Let's go Rusev' and 'Kalisto' duelling chants from the crowd suggested the United States Champion was not yet ready to be identified as the new Rey Mysterio.
The Bulgarian Brute squeezed the life out of Kalisto with a bear hug and a torture rack before combating a sleeper by falling backwards and squashing him.
The underdog fought back with a tornado DDT, corkscrew and hurricanrana and sent Rusev flying head first into steel steps with a headscissors takedown.
But after a breathtaking moonsault to the outside, Rusev responded by tossing him off the top turnbuckle spine first onto the ring apron.
As the referee tried to seek medical assistance, the vicious Eastern European kept kicking Kalisto in the back, and then wrenched him apart in the Accolade.
The New Day defeated The Vaudevillains to retain their Tag Team Championships in a good match, which did the reputation of the NXT graduates no harm at all.
The bout was notable for Xavier Woods competing instead of Kofi Kingston - something of a rarity at pay-per-view - alongside Big E.
Woods was central to the early action, as he was picked apart by Aiden English and Simon Gotch, only for Big E to enter the fray and clear the ring with belly to belly suplexes.
English countered a spear on the apron with a big boot and smashed the big man into the steel steps, allowing he and Gotch to try and isolate Woods again.
Woods kicked out of their Whirling Dervish tag team finisher, which was something of a surprise when WWE is presumably still trying to get that move and the throwback duo over.
Big E then speared English off the apron and when Kingston ambushed Gotch with Trouble in Paradise while the referee was not looking, Woods hit a running knee for the win.
Kevins Owens nails The Miz with a unique frog splash
The other top match of the night was a great Fatal 4-Way match for the Intercontinental Championship between The Miz, Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Sami Zayn.
Sami hit an instant Helluva Kick on Owens and Cesaro dispatched the champion The Miz with a running uppercut to initially make it a one-on-one battle.
Zayn skilfully evaded Cesaro's attacks before launching a somersault plancha on him and Miz, only for KO to return and clear the ring, shouting "it's my title!"
A Tower of Doom spot saw the Swiss Superman powerbomb all three opponents, but he could not get a pin.
He then demonstrated his immense strength again by hitting a belly to back suplex on Miz while the champion hit Zayn with an exploder suplex.
Cesaro invited the trio on his uppercut express, only for Owens to retaliate by cannonballing everyone in sight.
Zayn then suplexed Owens out of his boots, Cesaro hit a huge uppercut on Zayn, and Miz landed the Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro.
He kicked out and took Miz on a 20-rotation big swing with ridiculous lift before locking in the Sharpshooter.
The champion tapped out but the referee was busy dealing with The Miz's interfering wife Maryse and missed the submission.
Moments later Owens hit a crazy frog splash on The Miz, while Cesaro was trying to drag him off the ropes and holding him aloft.
A Neutraliser from Cesaro on Owens was broken up by Zayn, and he executed a beautiful flipping pin on Cesaro for a two count.
Owens got back in the ring and hit a Pop-Up Powerbomb on Cesaro, but this time Miz broke it up and hit Skull Crushing Finale on KO by the barricade.
Zayn looked to have picked up the victory when he blasted Cesaro with a Helluva Kick, but Owens dragged him out and the incensed Sami brawled with his bitter enemy.
That allowed Miz to capitalise and despite poor camera work (which meant we didn't quite see what transpired) the champion crawled over to pin Cesaro.
Chris Jericho in agony during the Asylum match
Dean Ambrose bested Chris Jericho for the second time in a row at pay-per-view in a hard fought Asylum match that felt a little flat but picked up in a bloody finale.
Whether it was tough following the exemplary IC match or just the fact these two haven't quite gelled in the ring, the bout lagged at times and felt overly long.
Ambrose used the first weapon by poking Jericho in the eye with a mop, which brought a reference on commentary to Y2J's old buddy Perry Saturn and Moppy.
Jericho sought out a barbwire two by four, yet fell victim to a hard backdrop off the second rope. He then retrieved the wooden plank while Ambrose brought down some numchucks.
It was amusing to see Y2J boast about possessing the more dangerous weapon, before Dean displayed some unexpected skills and whipped him with the martial arts staple.
Jericho took control back on top of the cage wall with a kendo stick, which he brought crashing down on Ambrose's back.
He then whipped him with a leather strap, only for the Lunatic Fringe to seize control of the belt and use it against him instead.
The competitors introduced a fire extinguisher to proceedings, and Jericho tried to tie his opponent up in a straight jacket.
The spot of the match saw Ambrose leap off the top of the cage to nail Jericho with a flying elbow, yet bafflingly Y2J kicked out.
The crowd perked up when they repeatedly teased Ambrose dropping Jericho's bare back onto thumb tacks, only for the veteran to escape and blast Dean with the fire extinguisher.
A win seemed inevitable when he connected with a Codebreaker, but Dean kicked out and then countered a second one into an emphatic powerbomb on the drawing pins.
Blood oozed from Jericho's back and arms and after a loud pop, the audience gasped as he screamed in pain and fell to Dirty Deeds.
A grinning Ambrose strode out as Y2J winced in pain. You can't fault their effort and they will both surely be hurting today.
Charlotte tries to make Natalya submit
The solid encounter between the Women's Champion Charlotte and Natalya at Payback was frustrating due to an awful Montreal Screwjob style ending.
Rather than focusing on the two female contenders, the match focused too heavily on Nattie's uncle Bret Hart and Charlotte's dad Ric Flair.
A submission match with Flair barred from ringside seemed like the perfect solution and this was building into an intriguing contest in the opening stages.
Natalya pulled out a nice surfboard stretch, before Charlotte worked over her knee, hit an impressive moonsault, and looked for a half Boston crab.
The challenger would not quit and broke free before connecting with a release German suplex and applying the Sharpshooter.
But then we were treated to another lame conclusion as Dana Brooke dressed as the Nature Boy emerged while his music played.
Natalya briefly celebrated an apparent win, but Dana provided enough distraction for Charlotte to then prosper with the Figure Eight.
Hopefully at Money In The Bank next month we will get to see the pair show what they can do AND end a match with a clean finish.
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