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TITLE CHANGES AND MORE: COMPLETE WWE EXTREME RULES PPV COVERAGE

By Mike Johnson on 2019-07-14 20:07:00

Welcome to PWInsider.com’s live, ongoing coverage of WWE Extreme Rules 2019 from Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center!

Extreme Rules Kickoff Show

We open up with crowd shots outside the building of excited fans.

The panel is Jonathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Charlie Caruiso and Sam Roberts.  They ran down the locker room.

They aired a video feature on The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre.  The panel discussed the tag match.

Kevin Owens was interviewed backstage, previewing his match against Dolph Ziggler.

They previewed the Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley Last Man Standing match.  They showed a video package on the explosion on the stage several weeks ago on Raw.

Backstage, Baron Corbin told Lacey Evans that tonight was about vindication.  He talked about all the things he wanted to do with weapons to beat down Seth Rollins.  He wanted to smash Seth with Lacey's teapot.  She said he would not, since there's a perfectly good Singapore Cane with Becky Lynch's name on it.  She said they would take their titles and wreck their relationship tonight.

WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

They locked up and Nakamura backed Balor into the ropes.  Balor shoved him away.  Balor nailed a series of rights and Nakamura responded in kind.  Nakamura went for a sunset flip but Balor rolled through and dropkicked him.  They battled into the corner, where Balor nailed a kick that sent Nakamura to the floor.  Balor hit a big tope con hilo to the outside.  Back in the ring, Nakamura locked on an armbar but Balor made it to the ropes.  Nakamura caught him with a front facelock.  Balor nailed a Pele-like kick to Nakamura's shoulder.

Balor made a comeback but was kicked as he charged across the ring.  Nakamura worked over the champ in the corner but missed a charge and was kicked in the head.  Balor went to the top for the coup de grace but Nakamura crotched him on the top.   Nakamura slid under him, dropping Balor with a great looking back suplex in the process.  He got into the ring and set up for the Kinshasa,  but Balor caught him and and stomped him.  Balor went to the top but missed the coup de grace.  Nakamura attacked him, nailed the Kinshasa and scored the pin.

Your winner and new WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura!

Short but solid match.  A mild surprise.

They aired a video package on Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe.

The New Day spoke with the panel via split screen.  They did their usual silly, fun promo and promised Kofi would retain the title tonight.

The panel ran down the lineup for the PPV.

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese.

Pretty much a bummer to see them BACK on the Kickoff show when all involved deserved much better.

Gulak attacked Nese at the bell and began kicking and stomping the former champion.  He tried to go for a pinfall but Nese reversed and then they faced off.  They circled each other, trying to get the advantange.  Nese grabbed a reverse waistlock and took Gulak to the mat.  Gulak escaped but missed a clothesline and was nailed with a superkicke and a clothesline.  Another sent Gulak over the top to the floor.  Nese went for a pescado and landed on the apron.  He cartwheeled off but was caught with a flying lariat off the apron to the floor.  Great sequence!

They battled back and forth.  Nese nailed a hangman's splash to the outside on Gulak, who was hanging on the ropes.  He then hit a gorgeous 450 splash but Gulak kicked up at the last second.  Gulak fired back with kicks and shots to the back.  Nese fired back with chops;.  They were really bringing it to each other.  Gulak caught Nese during a leapfrog with a sunset flip takedown, which was awesome.  Gulak countered a move intoi a big powerbomb for another two count.  They continued to battle until Gulak nailed a Torture Rack bomb and scored the pin.

Your winner and still Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak!

Short but hard-hitting, entertaining match.  Good stuff from bell to bell.

They aired a video on the Mixed Tag Match, WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins & Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans in an Extreme Rules match.

WWE EXTREME RULES 2019

They showed Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre walking in the back and then went to a video feature on their bout with Undertaker and Roman Reigns.

The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre  - No Holds Barred match.

They all received big separate entrances with Undertaker getting the final one.  Big staredown for the longest time.

Drew and Roman started out with Drew quickly getting the advantage.  He and Shane kicked away at Roman in their corner.   Roman came back with a big right hand on Shane and peppered him in the corner, raining down punches.  McMahon tried to run to tag out but he was pulled to the corner, where Undertaker tagged in.  Huge pop for that.  Undertaker worked over his arm and covered Shane for a two count.  He controlled Shane, going to walk the ropes for Old School but was pulled down.  Shane drilled Taker with a series of shots in the corner but Undertaker absorbed them, tossed Shane in the corner and nailed a big clothesline.  He went to the ropes again, this time, walking the ropes for Old School and nailing it.

Shane was able to tag out and Drew went nose to nose with Undertaker, drilling him with a series of rights.  Undertaker fired back with strikes of his own and they had a believable, physical exchange.  Drew clotheslined Undertaker over the top to the floor but Undertaker landed on his feet.  He pulled Drew out and nailed him with a legdrop on the apron.  He brought Drew into the ring and covered him for a near fall.  Roman tagged in and nailed a series of clotheslines in the corner.  

Roman controlled Drew.  He nailed Shane of the apron.  Drew gained control and worked over Roman, scoring several two counts.  McIntyre worked over Roman’s arm, controlling him on the mat, trying to force a submission.

Roman finally stunned Drew with a big backdrop.  McIntyre missed a charge in the corner and hit the ringpost with his shoulder.  Undertaker made the hot tag and began nailing big boots on Shane and Drew.  He kicked Shane out of the ring to the floor and brought him over to the announcing table.  

Everyone brawled on the floor.  Drew prevented Undertaker from putting Shane through the table.  Roman joined the fray.  Elias hit ringside and they worked over Taker and Roman.  Undertaker was placed on a table.  Shane hit  the flying elbow putting him through the table.

They worked over Undertaker who made a comeback and started chokeslamming everyone in sight.  Drew set up for a Claymore kick but Roman speared him.  Roman tossed Shane into Taker, who went for a tombstone and nailed it.

Your winners, The Undertaker and Roman Reigns!

A fun brawl that was exactly what you'd expect going in.  Shane McMahon being pinned clean was a nice surprise, given how hard he's forcefed to the audience lately.

Backstage, Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch and WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins were interviewed.  They are responsible for each other's titles tonight.  Rollins said they know what's at stake.  They are in Philadelphia.  Lynch said Philly likes it when things get extreme.  Rollins said they went walking around Philly to get ideas.  They want to put a crack in Baron Corbin's head like the Liberty Bell.  It's an Extreme Rules match.  They have motivation and options.  The only option they don't have is losing. 

They announced the 7/22 episode of Raw will be dubbed Raw reunion and be the biggest reunion in Raw history, showing Steve Austin, Eric Bischoff, Sgt. Slaughter, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and others listed.

Coverage continues on Page 2!

 


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