The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose (c) for the International Championship (If Dean gets disqualified he loses the championship)
This match started a little sloppy. Sometimes I feel like Ambrose matches are half assed and the beginning of this match was no exception. In addition, I found this stipulation to be weird because it seemed like there had to be a DQ finish, but the way in which it was booked was rather clever. Miz threw Ambrose into the referee and the ref went through the ropes. In the ref’s eyes it seemed like Ambrose intentionally hit him. Ambrose begs the ref not to DQ him meanwhile Miz is scheming in the background. Miz hits Ambrose with a Skull Crushing Finale for the 1,2,3. The Miz is your new Intercontinental Champion.
Sasha Banks & Rich Swann vs. Alicia Fox & Noam Dar (Mixed Tag Team Match)
This match was much shorter than expected. I guess for a match booked around whose weave is rattier among the women, I’m not sure what I expected. Good match though between the four and Swann picked up the pinfall for his team after hitting Noam Dar with a Phoenix Splash.
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss (c) for the Raw Women’s Championship (Kendo Stick on a Pole Match)
The best way to follow up a horrendous “This is Your Life” segment is with a Kendo Stick on a Pole Match of course. I know there are some people who liked how this match was booked, but I personally felt that this match was stale. In the defense of Bayley and Alexa Bliss they and a junky stipulation to work with. Anyway, the match went like this: Kendo stick falls off the pole, Alexa whacks Bayley, Bayley whacks Alexa, Alexa whacks Bayley again, DDT to Bayley, Alexa retains. Nothing else to see here.
Cesaro & Sheamus vs. The Hardy Boyz (c) for the Raw Tag Team Championships (Steel Cage Match)
This match was a lot of fun. It was the first tag team steel cage match for the Tag Team Championships in 15 years according to Michael Cole. I didn’t fact check that so I will take his word for it. Throughout the match Cole will not let us forget that BOTH partners have to escape the cage and that there are no pinfalls or submissions. That’s fine by me because I can’t stand that pinfalls are ever allowed inside a cage. However, that damn door is still an option. Jeff Hardy climbs out first, but comes back in the hard way by doing a Whisper In The Wind off the top of the steel cage. The announcers say that Jeff is back in the match now which is confusing. We get the photo finish spot as Cesaro & Sheamus climb out while Matt Hardy tries dragging his banged up brother out the door. Cesaro & Sheamus win the race and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
Austin Aeries vs. Neville (c) for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (Submission Match)
If you read my column last week I mentioned that I was excited for this match because the build behind The Rings of Saturn vs. The Last Chancery was strong. This match was really really good and the storytelling was on point. At one point in the match Aries had Neville in the Last Chancery and Neville tapped out, but they were outside the ring so the submission didn’t count. The announcers explained that this was the second time that Aries has made Neville tap out (the other being on Raw last week), but neither time has won him the championship. Eventually Neville hits the Red Arrow to the back of Aries and makes him submit in the Rings of Saturn to retain his championship.
Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the #1 Contendership for the Universal Championship (Extreme Rules Fatal 5 Way)
This match was a great main event for this show. Not to mention, the whole show was paced very well and the main event started around 10pm. There were a lot of fun spots in this match and I will try my best to summarize it all. Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe teamed up for the middle part of the match and destroyed everyone. However, if you know anything about wrestling, they of course turned on each other. Roman speared both Finn Balor and Samoa Joe through the barricade by the timekeeper’s table and Seth Rollins did a from splash through the announcers table to Bray Wyatt. Rollins did a similar spot to Lesnar a few years ago at the Royal Rumble. This left Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in the ring and these two went at it, following a similar pace as their match from last Monday. During this sequence the others started coming in from the outside and getting their spots in. The finish saw Balor hit the Coup De Grace and then get scooped up by Joe into the Coquina Clutch. Balor went unconscious and the referee called for the submission victory. This means we will see Samoa Joe battle Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at Great Balls of Fire. If you told me that 5 years ago I wouldn’t even know if that sentence was English or not.
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