Monday, May 23, 2016
WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Results
Roman Reigns (c) def. AJ Styles (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules Match)
Despite the anything goes nature of the bout, Styles tried to employ traditional grappling methods to take control shortly after the opening bell. However, Reigns was in no mood for catch-as-catch-can exchange, instead opting to pummel Styles with hard clotheslines and a jumping knee to the face. The clobbering forced The Phenomenal One to change his game plan on the fly, introducing a steel chair into the bout before the action spilled out into the WWE Universe.
The championship struggle made its way to the set of the Extreme Rules Kickoff, where Reigns threw Styles onto the panel’s desk in hopes of taking a breather. However, the champion’s brief respite also gave the challenger time to recover and connect with a Phenomenal Forearm that brought the sold-out crowd to its feet.
When the battle returned to ringside, Styles realized how ruthless he needed to be to walk out of New Jersey with WWE’s biggest prize. The Phenomenal One ripped protective padding off of the ringside barricade and exposed the unforgiving concrete floor of the Prudential Center. Reigns recovered before Styles could drive him into the cement and brought the bout on top of the German announcers’ table, eventually hurling Styles through the air, sending the challenger crashing tailbone first through the English announcers’ table.
Reigns saw the writing on the wall after taking Styles from the debris back into the squared circle, but Styles managed to avoid the Superman Punch. The Phenomenal One could not avoid Reigns’ wrath, as The Big Dog grabbed his challenger and whipped him into the LED board on the ring apron and the barricade before viciously powerbombing Styles through the Spanish commentary table.
Despite all this, Styles got back to his feet and tried to springboard back into the ring, only to dive right into a Superman Punch. The Champion pressed on his prey, Spearing Styles into the arena floor. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion looked to have the bout won, but Gallows & Anderson prevented him from retaining, connecting with the Boot of Doom on Reigns. The Usos rushed to ringside and evened the odds, taking out The Club and crushing Styles with a flurry of superkicks and a top-rope splash.
Styles emerged from the fray and countered another Spear, driving Reigns into the canvas with a Styles Clash. A second Clash onto a steel chair should have had the championship won for Styles, but Jimmy Uso pulled the challenger out of the ring to break up the pinfall. A furious Styles unleashed his rage on all three members of The Bloodline, demolishing them with a chair. The challenger then springboarded into the air, aiming to connect with the Phenomenal Forearm, but flew straight into a Spear, which allowed Reigns to pin Styles and retain the title.
A battle-worn Reigns was able to clutch his title, but only for a moment, until The Architect made his return. After planting Reigns into the mat, Seth Rollins took the title he never lost and held it high, letting the world know that he’s back, and nothing will stop him from getting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship back.
Charlotte (c) def. Natalya (WWE Women's Championship Submission Match)
The highly personal showdown proved explosive from the beginning. Though Charlotte and Natalya made early attempts to force each other to submit, The Queen of Harts clearly knocked the titleholder off her game. Things would intensify outside the ring; after the champion delivered a series of vicious chops, Natalya hurled her adversary into the unforgiving steel ring post. The move caused damage to Charlotte’s shoulder – an injury the No. 1 contender would continue to exploit throughout the match – but the champion fired back inside the ring with an earth-shattering powerbomb, one that allowed her to go to work on Natalya’s leg and bring herself that much closer to victory.
Back and forth the advantage swung until, in the final moments, Natalya was able to turn the tide and lock in the Sharpshooter. As the titleholder struggled to stay in the match, Ric Flair’s music suddenly blared through the Prudential Center. It was not The Nature Boy, though, but Dana Brooke who emerged, dressed like the two-time WWE Hall of Famer. When Natalya Superstar turned her attention to the intruder, Charlotte seized the opportunity and locked in the Figure-Eight to make the third-generation Superstar tap out.
As the smoke cleared, the real Ric Flair emerged and celebrated with his victorious daughter and Brooke – making it clear that they had been working together.
Though her victory was controversial, Charlotte walked out of WWE Extreme Rules with the WWE Women’s Championship. But, what exactly is Dana Brooke’s relationship with the Flairs? Find out tomorrow at 8/7 C on Raw.
Dean Ambrose def. Chris Jericho (Asylum Match)
Jericho accepted Ambrose’s challenge to face him in the Asylum Match, vowing he was WWE’s true lunatic, but the veteran attempted to escape as soon as the bell rang. Unfortunately for Jericho, there was no exiting the Asylum. The only way he was getting out was by going through Ambrose.
Of course, the nine-time Intercontinental Champion may be conniving, but that doesn’t mean he’s not tough. Jericho took some of Ambrose’s best shots early in the bout, and answered with more than a few of his own. And when he finally snatched the two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire from above the Asylum, it seemed like he could back up his big talk.
Ambrose, however, grabbed a pair of nunchucks and began to wield them like Bruce Lee in “Game of Death.” Desperate to escape The Lunatic Fringe’s fury, Jericho again tried to leave the Asylum, which worked in his favor. Although Ambrose caught him at the top, Jericho managed to grab a Kendo stick and batter his opponent. Next, he obtained a leather strap and used that to leave long, red welts across Dean’s flesh.
Jericho came seriously close to victory when he nearly wrapped Ambrose up in a straitjacket, but The Lunatic Fringe fought his way out and clicked into second gear. The madman began to brutalize Jericho, even blasting him with an insane elbow from the top of the cage. Then Ambrose grabbed an innocuous plastic bucket from above the ring.
It was the least dangerous looking of the bout’s assorted implements of destruction, but there was something hiding inside — a small, black bag filled with thumbtacks. Ambrose proceeded to pour hundreds of the sharp tacks all across the canvas and then set about trying to slam Jericho on top of them. The crafty master wormed out of Ambrose’s hands every time The Lunatic Fringe grabbed him, but he couldn’t run forever.
After blinding Ambrose with a fire extinguisher, Jericho went for a Codebreaker, only to be caught in midair by his opponent. Jericho was then slammed back first into the pile of razor sharp steel tacks. Jericho’s screams of pains echoed through the Prudential Center as rivers of red poured down his exposed flesh. His nightmare wasn’t over yet, though. Ambrose grabbed Jericho and sent him into the thumbtacks again, this time with Dirty Deeds.
A merciful three-count followed as paramedics rushed to Jericho’s aid. As for Ambrose? He walked away battered, but with a smile on his face. The question of who WWE’s true lunatic was had been answered.
The Miz (c) def. Cesaro, Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens (Intercontinental Championship Fatal 4-Way Match)
The New Day (c) def. The Vaudevillains (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
Rusev def. Kalisto (c) (United States Championship Match)
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. The Usos (Tag Team Tornado Match)
Baron Corbin def. Dolph Ziggler
Big Cass confronts The Dudley Boyz
Credit: Bobby Melok, Michael Burdick & Ryan Murphy @ http://www.wwe.com/shows/extremerules/2016/article/extreme-rules-2016-results