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By Mike Johnson on 2013-05-19 22:50:00
Welcome to PWInsider's ongoing coverage of the 2013 WWE Extreme Rules PPV.

Pre-Game Show

They had a panel discussing the PPV featuring Renee Young, Mick Foley, Titus O'Neil and Wade Barrett.  Foley said it's one of his favorite nights of the year.  Barrett pushed the Orton vs. Show match.  O'Neill said he was looking forward to the Sheamus-Henry Strap match.   Foley said he was looking forward to the Last Man Standing match, saying it doesn't get more simple and primitive than that.

They aired a promotional video on Ryback vs. John Cena.

The panel discussed the WWE title match.  Barrett predicted that Cena's injury would mean the end of his WWE title run.

The WWE feed seemed to crash as they were promoting a Facebook poll.

The pre-show never returned, at least for me.  I checked, the WWE  App and Youtube.

The PPV started with a great video piece.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

Fandango was with Summer Rae.  Jericho sat in the corner unimpressed as Fandango and Raw danced in front of the Fandango outline pyro.  Big Y2J chant at the bell.

They locked up and Jericho backed Fandango into the corner.  Fandango came back and shoulderblocked Jericho down.  Jericho responded with a dropkick as he rebounded off the ropes.  Jericho went after him but Fandango pulled himself out of the ring to slow down the momentum.  Jericho chased him back into the ring and drilled him with an elbow.  Jericho then nailed him with sliding dropkick to the outside.

Jericho worked over Fandango on the floor and tossed him back into the ring.  Fandango stomped the hell out of Jericho as he returned to the ring.  Jericho reversed a whip into the corner but was kicked down as he was charged.  Fandango kicked Jericho as he was hung up in the ropes.   Fandango locked in a chinlock but Jericho fought his way out.  Jericho tried to roll up Fandango but was drilled.  Fandango nailed a slingshot legdrop into the ring for a two count.

Jericho came back with a forearm off the top and a running bulldog.  Fandango came back with a series of punches and went to the top.  Jericho nailed him as he came down and chopped him hard in the corner.  Jericho whipped him into the corner and followed him but Fandango went up and over for a sunset flip attempt.  Jericho turned that into The Walls of Jericho but Fandango made it to the ropes.

Fandango kicked Jericho as he charged him.  Fandango went to the top and leapt off but Jericho caught him with the Codebreaker in mid-air and scored the pin.

Your winner, Chris Jericho!

Much better than their Wrestlemania bout.  Solid back and forth encounter.

Sheamus was interviewed backstage.  He said that Mark Henry was real impressive dragging trucks but they don't hit back.  Sheamus does.  He promised that he was going to show Henry how extreme Sheamus can be.

They aired clips building Ryback vs. Cena for later.

WWE United States champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose

Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns came out with Ambrose in the crowd but left and returned to the back.  Ambrose took down Kingston with a takedown early.  There was a noticeable "Let's go Ambrose" chant.   Kingston went for Trouble in Paradise early but Ambrose grabbed the ropes to avoid it.

Kingston worked him over with some hot offense and drilled him with punches in the corner.  Ambrose cut him off with a stiff clothesline.  Ambrose worked him over with strikes and dropkicked Kingston as he was against the ropes. 

The announcers noted on commentary that Harley Race was in attendance.

Kingston leapt at Ambrose but was locked in a choke and scissored him.   Kingston pulled himself out and ran into the corner to break it.  Kingston nailed several dropkicks and a leaping clothesline before scoring with the Boom Drop.  Kingston set up for Trouble in Paradise but Ambrose avoided it.  They had a moment where Kingston and Ambrose connected by accident but saved it with an SOS.  Ambrose kicked up at the last second.

Kingston and Ambrose battled on the top.  Ambrose went for a superplex but was knocked off.  He returned and worked over Kingston, finally nailing it and scoring a two count.  Kingston came back with a slingshot into a cross body for a two count.  Kingston caught him with Trouble in Paradise, knocking him off the apron to the floor.  Kingston rolled him back into the ring for the pin but Ambrose grabbed the ropes.  JBL buried Kingston for not just taking a countout win.

Ambrose tried to roll up Kingston who kicked out.  Kingston went for Trouble in Paradise but Ambrose ducked and Kingston wiped himself out in the ropes.  Ambrose spiked him with a DDT and scored the pin.

Your winner and new WWE United States champion, Dean Ambrose!

The Shield hit the ring to celebrate.

Solid match.  Nothing that was going to be remembered as a classic but they worked a good pace and style and historically, a big moment for Ambrose and The Shield.

They pushed that on the App, you can change the face of WWE via voting.

They aired some clips building to the Strap Match.

Mark Henry vs. Sheamus: Strap Match

They had green and red lights set up on each ringpost so fans could easily follow along with whether the wrestlers had reached all the corners needed to win the Strap Match.

They were attached at the wrist by the strap.

They began brawling back and forth.   Sheamus nailed a clothesline and drilled Henry in the back of the leg to bring him down.  He touched a turnbuckle but was pulled into a clothesline.  Henry tied to hog-tie Sheamus so he could drag him around and hit two buckles before Sheamus broke free.  He pulled himself out of the ring and nailed Henry.  He returned to the rin but was clotheslined over the top to the floor.  Henry pulled him back into the ring.    Sheamus nailed him and on the outside, ran across the apron and touched three corners but was sent off the apron to the floor by Henry.

Henry pulled him back onto the apron and pulled the strap around Sheamus before yanking him back in over the top.    Henry lashed him across the back several times.  Henry placed him on his shoulders and began nailing the buckles but Sheamus hit them as well.  Henry realized Sheamus' lights were on as well, so he slammed Sheamus down.  Sheamus grabbed the strap and pulled it into a lowblow on Henry.  He drilled Henry with a series of kneedrops.  Sheamus lashed Henry over and over, then began touching the corners but was cut off before he could touch the final one.

They went to the outside with Sheamus nailing Henry several times.  He used the strap to wrap up Henry and trap him to a ringpost so he can nail him.  Sheamus released him, then pulled the strap so Henry hit the ringpost.  Henry rolled into the ring and Sheamus nailed three corners.  Henry stood in his way to stop him.  Sheamus tried to dive past him but was caught.  Henry went for the World's Strongest Slam but Sheamus slipped out, nailed the Brogue Kick and touched the final corner for the win.

Your winner, Sheamus!

OK match.  They played well to the gimmick but the finish seemed really hokey since Henry had obviously broken Sheamus' momentum.  Nowhere near the hard hitting war you would expect after the lashing angle.

AJ was talking sweet to Dolph Ziggler on the phone.  Kaitlyn showed up and said that Vickie Guerrero told her AJ was too distraught over Dolph to challenge her for the title.  They exchanged some really bad insults, one of which seemed to be designed to get fans to chant "Looney Toon" at AJ.  AJ called Kaitlyn a pig and she was attacked.  They had a decent catfight before referees pulled them apart.  The verbiage was cringe-worthy, almost like a bad indy segment.  So bad I can't believe it mad it to WWE TV.

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