WWE brings us their first pay per view offering after Wrestlemania tonight in the Extreme Rules pay per view. (Almost) every match on tonight’s card from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL has a stipulation or some sort of gimmick about it. Randy Orton will contest for the WWE Championship inside a steel cage against Seth Rollins. John Cena will defend his United States Championship against Rusev in a chain match. And yes, we’ve even got a “Kiss Me Arse” match on the card. The whole show shapes up as follows:
- Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c, w/Natalya) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods); WWE Tag Team Championship
- Bad News Barrett vs. Neville
- Nikki Bella (c, w/Brie Bella) vs. Naomi; WWE Divas Championship
- Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper; Chicago Street Fight
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus; “Kiss Me Arse” match, where the loser will kiss the winner’s ass.
- Roman Reigns vs. Big Show; Last Man Standing Match
- John Cena (c) vs. Rusev (w/Lana); WWE United States Championship under Russian Chain Match rules (to win, winner must drag opponent around the ring and touch all four corner turnbuckles)
- Seth Rollins (c, w/J&J Security) vs. Randy Orton; WWE World Heavyweight Championship fought under cage match rules, with the RKO banned from use. Kane will serve as the gate keeper of the cage.
Renee Young checks in with her cohorts, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves and Booker T. They briefly run down the card for tonight, highlighting John Cena vs. Rusev, Nikki Bella vs. Naomi, and Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus. She points out that New Day will take on Kidd and Cesaro for the tag titles on the pre-show. Renee notes that Daniel Bryan is not medically cleared, so there will not be an Intercontinental Championship match tonight. Booker sends good wishes to Bryan and says he would really want to be there.
In the Social Media Lounge, Tom Philips talks about Byron Saxton being out past his curfew already. He hypes using the #ExtremeRules hashtag throughout the show. He will have Kane in the lounge later, and you can ask him questions with the #AskKane hashtag.
Back with the panel, Renee says that Kane has a lot of pressure on him as the gate keeper in the World Heavyweight Championship match. She feeds it into a video package to hype up Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton, going back to when Rollins cashed in at Wrestlemania.
Back live, the panel discusses the match and the ramifications of the RKO being banned. There are dueling Cena chants going already. Corey says that Orton is not completely handicapped by the RKO being banned and he may have to pull something else out of his arsenal. Booker says that Kane will be an X-factor tonight but this is about Rollins as the future of WWE against Orton as a veteran who also was influenced by Triple H. Saxton talks about how Orton watched his title slip away at Wrestlemania 30 and he has waited a year to get a shot.
Chicago is already chanting “New Day sucks.” Booker picks Orton to win the title, Graves picks Rollins, and Saxton picks Orton as well. Renee talks about other things coming up on the Kickoff show as the camera focuses on the cage. A commercial hypes the pay per view, focusing on Cena vs. Rusev.
Back live, the panel moves into discussion of the Divas Championship match. Renee Young feeds it into a video package highlighting Naomi beating down Paige after Paige won the battle royale in London a couple weeks ago. Eden is with Naomi backstage and asks if it’s because she dropped the nice girl persona. Naomi asks if she should be a nice girl and stay where she was or drop that persona and become champion and take what she wants.
Naomi criticizes Eden’s attitude and asks if she has ever stepped on toes to get to where she is in the industry. She says she won’t regret what she does to Nikki Bella tonight. With the panel, Corey puts Naomi over for being athletically gifted, but this attitude is what she’s missing. Booker references Medusa, Lita, and Melina and says that everyone hated Melina. He echoes Corey’s comments about attitude.
Saxton talks about the match, but Dean Ambrose sticks his face in front of the camera. He excuses Saxton and takes a mic. Ambrose says he didn’t come here to eat deep dish pizza, but for revenge on Luke Harper. He says he’s here for a street fight. He says he remembers what Luke Harper did to him at Wrestlemania then on Smackdown. He says he will give Harper punches for every staple he had to have in his head. “Luke Harper gets the beating of his life, right here in Chicago!”
Saxton is welcomed back to the panel as Renee says this is what this night is about. She transitions to talking about the Kiss Me Arse match between Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler. She feeds it into a video package. Corey says that Sheamus has a new look and a new game plan. They show Sheamus’ promo from Smackdown after he came back.
Renee briefly mentions the Last Man Standing match between Big Show and Roman Reigns. They air an ad for Live with Chris Jericho and his interview with Stephanie McMahon this Thursday. Back live, Renee hypes the announcement of Tough Enough returning, and Triple H’s video promo regarding the program. They show various video clips submitted to this point. Renee gives pointers on taking the video then my network feed goes wonky because of local hardware issues.
Once that’s resolved, they come back live featuring the video package that set up Big Show vs. Roman Reigns in the Last Man Standing match. Back with the panel, Renee says this will get ugly tonight. Corey says he isn’t sure how Reigns will take Show down for a ten count and says it’s a lifetime. Saxton says Reigns will need a Mack truck and super glue. Booker says that for Show is about making Hunter and Stephanie happy, and he’s a part of something now that he enjoys.
Wyatt cut in. He says it’s about the little things in life – the simple, the mundane. “But not you.” He says that his target wants to be larger than life, but like the mighty before him he’s a fool. “Everyone else on this rotten world will understand that man cannot become of God, but a God can walk among men.” He closes by saying that “you will behold the new face of fear.”
Booker says it’s about the reckoning and “this guy is scary.” Graves says if we’ve learned anything, we will find out who he is talking about on Wyatt’s terms. It’s up to him when we find out. Renee sends it to the announcers at ringside – Cole, Lawler, and JBL, for the first match. Cole hypes that we’re sold out as Bad News Barrett gets his entrance.
Match #1 – Bad News Barrett vs. Neville:
Barrett has a mic and greets Chicago to rousing cheers. He says he knows everyone in attendance was excited to see him “bull hammer Daniel Bryan into oblivion” and take back the Intercontinental Championship. He says Bryan was not medically cleared and he isn’t there, and it’s because of Barrett. Barrett says Bryan is terrified to lose the title back to Barrett and might have half a brain inside his head after all.
He says that he is the UK’s version of Michael Jordan, “minus the gambling addictions.” He says to send out Neville so he can take the Bull Hammer destined for Bryan. Neville gets his intro, and a rousing ovation from Chicago.
Neville tries a hip toss early that Barrett blocks. Neville tosses him over anyhow and turns it into a pin attempt. Barrett throws some clubbing shots, but Neville comes back with a flying cross body press then a huracanrana that sends Barrett to the apron. Neville kicks Barrett and sets up a dive, but Barrett counters. Barrett roughs Neville up on the floor.
After an ad for Network content, Barrett is controlling Neville on the mat with a headlock. Back to their feet, Neville springs up in the corner and locks on a head scissor, but Barrett kicks him to break it. He beats Neville as he’s draped across the buckle to get a two count. He grounds Neville again with a headlock.
Off the ropes, Neville kicks Barrett in the chest but eats a big boot for two. Barrett chokes Neville on the ropes, then hits a slingshot backbreaker for two. Barrett locks on another headlock and Neville starts to fight back with shots. Neville bounces off the ropes and lands some kicks, then hits a dive onto Barrett out on the floor.
Back in the ring, Neville hits a German suplex with a bridge for two. Barrett’s in position, so Neville teases going for the Red Arrow. After an exchange at the ropes, Neville flips in and runs the ropes into Winds of Change for two. He teases Wasteland but Neville elbows out. Another exchange at the apron, and Neville springs over the ropes. He springs right into Wasteland though for a near fall.
Barrett calls for the Bull Hammer but Neville ducks and hits an enzugiri. Neville goes top rope and sets the Red Arrow up, but Barrett crotches him. Barrett tries for the Bull Hammer on the top rope but Neville ducks. Another enzugiri stuns Barrett again and Neville hits the Red Arrow. Cole puts it over as a huge win for Neville as they go to a recap of the closing sequence.
That was a lot of fun. A quality kickoff show match from both men. They set up some believable near falls and seem to work really well together. I think they could set up a good program and I’d love to see them work together more.
An ad hypes up the World Heavyweight Championship match for the pay per view. In the Social Media Lounge, Tom Phillips interviews Kane. He’s asked when the mask comes back and Kane says that isn’t his focus. Someone else asks if he’s relevant and Kane says he doesn’t have time to be disrespected by the fans or his tweets. Phillips apologizes and thanks fans for their tweets.
Today is Kane’s birthday. Perhaps he didn’t get what he wanted? A bit testy…
They move on to talk about John Cena vs. Rusev in a Russian chain match. They recap the story from Wrestlemania, where Cena won the title from the Russian then the rematch got set up. They feature the open challenge as well. Back live, Corey says that he feels Cena will retain. Booker asks if the fans are ready to get extreme and gets “Booker T” chants. He rips off his mic and plays to the fans. It’s time for the pay per view proper, and it’s Harper vs. Ambrose to get it started.
WWE “Extreme Rules” Pay Per View, Live from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL:
A computerized lady says that if we follow the rules all will be okay. The male voiceover says it’s time to get extreme tonight, and they roll an intro video focusing on various feuds for tonight’s show.
Pyro fires off inside the arena as we’re set to start. Cole welcomes us in, saying it’s the one night a year WWE goes extreme.
Match #1 – Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper; Chicago Street Fight:
Eden lays down the rules for us, saying that there are no disqualifications or count outs, and you can only win by pinfall or submission. Ambrose gets a rousing ovation as he comes to the ring. Cole introduces JBL and Jerry Lawler then sets up video highlights of Luke Harper powerbombing Ambrose at Wrestlemania and at Smackdown.
Ambrose doesn’t wait and attacks Harper out on the ramp. They get in the ring and Ambrose hits an early cross body as the bell rings. Ambrose hits a dive outside the ring, then throws Harper into the stairs. Ambrose drags out “toys” in the form of chairs and kendo sticks. Back in the ring, Harper grabs a chair but Ambrose steps on it then wears Harper out with a kendo stick.
Ambrose sits on a chair then kicks Harper and sets a suplex up. Harper counters and puts Ambrose through the chair with a suplex of his own for two. Harper takes his turn with the kendo stick. Ambrose sets up a tornado DDT but Harper tosses him aside. Harper then runs Ambrose face first into a chair propped up in the corner.
More kendo stick action from Harper as the fans chant for Ambrose. Harper gets the chair that was propped in the corner and sets up a slam but Ambrose counters and hits a slam of his own. After a sequence by the ropes, Ambrose follows with a tornado DDT and both men sell. The men exchange strikes, and Ambrose hits a drop kick on Harper against the ropes. Ambrose follows with his elbow drop on a standing Harper for two.
Harper comes back with a big knee after countering both Dirty Deeds and the rope clothesline. Ambrose counters a powerbomb and sends Harper to ringside. Ambrose follows with a dive that Harper seems to fend off, but Ambrose comes back with a clothesline in a unique spot.
The fight spills up the ramp and to the backstage area, with Ambrose wearing Harper out with a kendo stick. It spills through the backstage production area and into an SUV. Harper hijacks the SUV and Ambrose dives through the window. The SUV takes off, and the announcers debate what’s going to happen next. They say the match has to end in the ring, but there are no count outs or disqualifications. JBL says this might be like Curtis Axel and they’ll be fighting for months.
What will happen here? Are we done, or is this going on?
Backstage, Triple H is texting. Kane walks in and he tells Kane to go find Harper and Ambrose. Rollins walks in and Triple H tells them to get on the same page. He says that this is Rollins’ first title defense on pay per view and they need to stop being childish. Rollins agrees, but asks why Kane threw him into the path of a Roman Reigns spear on Smackdown. Kane says that he was protecting him. They bicker some more until Triple H breaks them up.
Triple H says that Rollins has a point. He says he wants to make sure that Kane is who he says he is, and he doesn’t want to regret making Kane the gatekeeper. Chicago chants “boring” at this. Kane says he will do what is best for business. Triple H nods and pats Rollins on the back.
Match #2 – Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler; Kiss Me Arse Match (Loser kisses winner’s ass)
JoJo looks a bit awkward with this announcement. After introductions, Sheamus and Ziggler jaw at each other. Sheamus pie-faces him, and Ziggler starts firing away on Sheamus early on. Sheamus hits a headbutt and Ziggler comes back with a drop kick. On a charge, Ziggler and Sheamus spill to the floor. Sheamus throws Ziggler into the steps, then tries it again but Ziggler leaps up and hits a DDT on the floor. Both men sell.
Ziggler feeds in Sheamus, and takes a kick as he gets in. Sheamus hits what looks like a Brogue Kick with his knee, then wears Ziggler out at the apron with clubbing blows. Sheamus taunts Ziggler and lands a shot then controls Dolph in the ring with a headlock.
Ziggler comes back looking for a Fameasser, but Sheamus counters with a sit-out powerbomb for two. JBL asks what it will feel like when Ziggler has to kiss Sheamus’ arse on the Network. Chicago gets behind Ziggler with chants but Sheamus continues the methodical offense. He taunts Ziggler, yelling that little guys don’t belong in his ring. Sheamus locks on headlock to wear Ziggler out.
Ziggler fights to his feet and starts landing shots. Off the ropes, Ziggler lands some rights and a big corner splash. Ziggler sets up a neckbreaker, but Sheamus shoves him off and hits a double sledge. The announcers sell how Ziggler threw a lot of offense at him but couldn’t take Sheamus down.
Ziggler tries a superkick but gets caught. Sheamus locks on the Cloverleaf. Ziggler sells and struggles to the ropes but ends up rolling up Sheamus for two. Ziggler hits a superkick for two. Both men sell, then Ziggler tries for the Fameasser. Sheamus drapes Ziggler over the ropes then hits the Irish Curse for two.
Sheamus hits a suplex variation then plays to the crowd. He calls for the Brogue Kick as JBL says Dolph could get a Revlon endorsement. Ziggler ducks the Brogue and rolls Sheamus up for two, then Sheamus hits a slam for two. In the end, Ziggler counters a suplex and rolls Sheamus up in a small package to get the win. Sheamus is shocked that he lost and shakes his head no. He argues with the referee about the count.
Sheamus gets out of the ring and yells at the timekeeper that it was two. Sheamus tries to exit through the crowd but the official stops him and sends him back to the ring. Sheamus continues to be shocked and refuse to live up to the stip as Chicago chants “Pucker up.” They tease the kiss a few times, with Sheamus refusing. He tries to plead with Ziggler but gets told “this was your pick.”
“I don’t want this, you wanted this.” Ziggler tells Sheamus that it was on him. Sheamus hits a nut shot and the Brogue Kick to mild heat with a shit eating grin on his face. “Are you not entertained!” he yells as King says that Sheamus weaseled out of his stipulation. Sheamus gets a mic and says that he wouldn’t kiss Ziggler’s ass “especially in this stinking town.”
Sheamus says that he said Ziggler would kiss his ass and he never disappoints. He yanks his tights up and mashes Ziggler’s face against him, then leaves the ring. He poses and yells “Kiss me arse” before leaving. They recount the closing sequence of the match.
Winner – Dolph Ziggler
The match was fine. I had a feeling that somehow they’d not make Sheamus kiss Ziggler’s ass and they got there. I think if you’re going to build Sheamus as a monster heel, you can’t have him do the ass kissing. Sadly, it came at the expense of Ziggler, who could be more than he is by not putting him in these predicaments.
Match #3 – Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c, w/Natalya) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods)
“Aww, Windy City, we’re about to get gritty!” New Day makes their way to the ring clearly as the heels as the fans chant “New Day Sucks.” Kidd and Cesaro get a nice reaction from the smart Chicago fans. JoJo handles the in-ring introductions.
It’s Kofi and Big E representing the New Day, and Kofi ties up with Kidd to start. Some chain work early, with Kofi hitting a splash off an arm drag. Off a backslide, Kidd gets a two. Kofi slides back to the corner and tags out to Big E. Kidd poses and tags to Cesaro for a nice reaction.
Cole puts it over as a battle of power as Big E knocks Cesaro down. Cesaro catches Big E in mid air in an impressive spot and slams him, then stomps him down in the corner. Kidd tags back in, and Kofi gets the tag for New Day. Kofi throws Kidd to ringside and sets up a double team move with Big E, but Kidd rushes in and splashes Kofi against the ropes.
Kidd sets up a somersault dive through the ropes to the floor. Big E crashes Kidd from the side. Xavier yells that they’re winning. New Day isolates Kidd in their corner, and Kofi hits a drop kick in the corner. Kidd creates some separation but takes a drop kick from Kingston for two. New Day continues to work quick tags. Big E tries his running splash, but Kidd moves.
Big E charges Kidd at the ropes, but Kidd pulls the ropes down. Big E crashes to ringside. Kidd gets the hot tag, as does Kingston. Cesaro snake eyes Kofi then hits running upper cuts and a short arm clothesline for two. Cesaro sets up the swing, but Kofi counters the slingshot by going top rope. Cesaro catches Kofi on the cross body and hits a backbreaker.
Cesaro hits a deadlift suplex from the apron and Kidd hits a springboard elbow for a good near fall. Kidd looks for the Sharpshooter but Kofi counters out. Kidd hits an enzugiri from the apron but Big E spears Kidd through the ropes to the floor in a big spot. Cesaro takes a big back body drop outside. Big E and Kofi set up their finish but Cesaro breaks the count up.
Big E and Cesaro spill to the floor. Kofi sets up Trouble in Paradise, but Kidd counters it into the Sharpshooter. Big E charges the ring and breaks up the Sharpshooter by hitting a belly to belly suplex. A bit later, Kidd and Cesaro set up their double team spin-drop kick combo. Cesaro covers, but Xavier gets on the apron and distracts the official. Cesaro goes over to him.
Woods drops down, and Natalya walks over to slap him. Kidd clotheslines out Big E, but Kofi rolls Cesaro up for the win with a handful of tights. The announcers recap the finish for us.
Winner – New Day to win the WWE Tag Team Championship
This was a good tag match. New Day being properly cast as heels is working for me a bit. I am interested to see how it goes forward for Kidd and Cesaro. Chicago loved them, they have fun offense, and the title change makes total sense if you’re going to put Kidd and Cesaro as babyfaces in chase mode.
Cole feeds it to the panel, who is without Renee Young now. Booker is happy the New Day won, and Corey Graves says there are two lunatics roaming Chicago and Wrigleyville might get flattened. Saxton says that Daniel Bryan is not able to compete, but Bad News Barrett got a match against Neville. They run highlights.
Renee is backstage to interview New Day. She asks if it’s their positivity that has gotten them to this point. Xavier says it’s a new dawn. Kofi asks for a chant “New Day – New Champs!” and they get “sucks” instead. In screeches an SUV, and it’s Harper and Ambrose returning to continue their match, apparently. Ambrose dives off of the SUV onto New Day, and the fight continues on. Harper staggers out to the stage, and Ambrose attacks him from the side of the stage.
They fight to the ring, where a bunch of chairs get dragged out from under the ring. Harper hits a powerbomb onto the chairs for a near fall. Harper can’t believe it. Harper piles up chairs on Ambrose as the fans chant for tables. Harper goes top rope. Ambrose crawls out and throws Harper onto the chairs. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds and grabs the victory. JBL says we shouldn’t ask what happened while they were gone.
Winner (of Match #1) – Dean Ambrose
The restart felt like it wasn’t really needed. The live crowd was into them when they opened the show, and they should have stayed with it as it cooled when they came back. I would liked to have seen them incorporate footage from out about town too.
An ad runs for Payback, which is next month’s pay per view. Back with the announcers, they hype the Russian Chain match between Cena and Rusev, which is next. They run a video package to hype the match.
Match #4 – John Cena (c) vs. Rusev (w/Lana); WWE United States Championship under Russian Chain Match Rules
Rusev comes out with the chain wrapped around him. Chicago chants “USA” as he paces the ring, but boo when Cena is introduced. Cena charges the ring and Chicago sings along to “John Cena Sucks” in time with his entrance music. Eden gives us the introductions.
The atmosphere is pretty strong as they chain up. Cena’s wrist wrap has the American flag, and Rusev’s the Russian. Red and green lights in the corner for the signals when each man touches.
Rusev throws Cena out early, then follows him while the chain is draped over the ropes. Rusev pulls on the chain to pull on Cena’s arm. He kicks Cena, then makes a play for the buckles. Cena stops him, but the live crowd is not buying in to this as a finish.
The fans start dying down. Cena makes a play for the corners again, but Rusev comes back with a fallaway slam and a kick to the head. The fans wake up when Lana gets on the apron and she responds to the cheers with a wave. Rusev gets upset and sends her backstage. Glory hound.
Cena hits the Five Knuckle and goes for the AA, but Rusev counters and hits an Alabama Slam. Cena locks on the STF. Rusev comes back and tries for the Accolade, but Cena drives up and pushes Rusev into two corners. Rusev touches a third, then Cena slips out of the ring and pulls on the chain to keep him from touching the fourth. Cena gets back in the ring and pulls on the chain, pulling Rusev over into an AA.
A bit later, the two men each touch three corners. They meet mid ring. Rusev makes a play for the fourth corner, but Cena pulls on the chain to drag Rusev in and hit the AA. Cena reaaches over and hits the fourth corner to get the win. Cena gets unchained, then poses with the belt as a US flag drops.
Winner – John Cena to retain the United States Championship
You’re not going to see the old school chain match in this era of wrestling. I expected more drama and I figured the match would go longer, but they made use of the stipulation. These two have had better matches – this was not special or memorable but it was “just okay.”
Apologies for the shorter coverage, I had local issues streaming the Network with my hardware.
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Roman Reigns. She asks his strategy facing Big Show. Reigns says that he can get knocked down, but he can’t be kept down. He talks about how Show has thrown him into the taxi and taken the WMD Punch several times but he got back up. He says he will get back up no matter what happens tonight. Believe that.
Match #5 – Nikki Bella (c, w/Brie Bella) vs. Naomi; WWE Divas Championship
Naomi has new music and new gear. She wears shades and shoes that change colors. Early on, Naomi hits this spot where she bulldogs Nikki into the corner after putting her own legs through the ropes. She continues to dominate the offense as the fight spills to ringside.
Naomi kicks Brie, then throws Nikki back in. Nikki comes back with a flurry of offense then plays to the fans. She hits an Alabama Slam for two. Naomi comes back with a series of moves and gets her own two count, then expresses frustration. She tries for a split leg moonsault, but Nikki rolls out of the way. Nikki is frustrated.
Nikki loads the Rack Attack. Naomi counters out and hits a Bully Bomb and rolls Nikki over with a leg scissor pin for two. Nikki comes back with a kick to the face for a near fall. Naomi gets in the ropes and Nikki tries to drag her away but can’t. Brie walks over and lands a kick to Naomi’s face. Naomi staggers into the Rack Attack, and Nikki picks up the victory. The Bellas celebrate and Naomi shows frustration over losing.
Winner – Nikki Bella to retain the Divas Championship
The Bellas were supposed to be babyface here, but Nikki won because of Brie kicking Naomi (the heel) in the face. Ugh. Anyhow, the finish gives an out to go back to a rematch for Naomi who can claim Brie cost her the match. The match was good, and Naomi looked impressive.
Backstage, Rusev is ranting at Lana in Russian. He points at her to go somewhere, and she ends up going to the Authority’s office. The announcers debate what that is all about, the move into selling the Last Man Standing match between Big Show and Roman Reigns, next. They roll a video package.
Match #6 – Roman Reigns vs. Big Show; Last Man Standing Rules
Show and Reigns get their entrances. There’s a sign in the crowd that says “Last Man Awake”…lol. Reigns poses for the fans to a decent reaction. Show controls the early offense using his size, but Reigns holds his own.
Reigns goes out looking for a table. Big Show boots him to the head and puts the table back. Reigns counters a whip, sending Big Show to the ring post. He follows it up with his running apron drop kick that sends Show to the floor. The referee counts as Reigns sets up the table he got out earlier. Show grabs Reigns and throws him into the barrier, then breaks the table in half. “NO TABLES!” he yells.
Reigns wears Show out momentarily with a kendo stick, then gets thrown into the post. He gets up at a count of five, then Show throws him in the ring, kendo stick in hand. Show breaks it and yells “I’m a giant!” Show throws Reigns to the corner but takes a big boot. Reigns attacks, repeatedly splashing Show in the corner. He goes to the ropes, and Show swats him out of the air and the count starts again.
Reigns rolls out but on his feet. Show palms Reigns to the apron, but Reigns drapes him over the ropes. Reigns grabs a chair and starts wearing Show out with it. Reigns DDT’s Show onto the chair and the count starts again. Reigns goes out and looks for tables, and puts them in the ring. Show lands the WMD Punch, and the count starts. Reigns staggers to his feet on seven.
Reigns falls back down so the count re-starts. Show sets the table up and cues a chokeslam, but Reigns counters and hits a Samoan drop through the table. Reigns gets to his feet, and Show rolls out and gets to his feet on the floor. Show tries to spear Reigns through a table in the corner but Reigns moves. Show spears him anyhow and yells “booyah!” Reigns gets up at eight.
Show sets up a Vader Bomb and hits it. The count starts again and Reigns gets up at 8. Show goes top rope but Reigns crotches him. Reigns laughs as Show screams. Reigns drags out another pair of tables. Reigns sets something up but Show shoves Reigns into the ring. Reigns comes back with a big slam off the top rope. Both men are down, but Reigns answers the count first.
Reigns lands a couple Superman punches. He tries for the third but Show goozles him and chokeslams him through the two tables out on the floor. Show counts along with the official. Reigns just makes the count at 9. He staggers to the ringside barrier and sits down again. The count restarts. Big Show goes looking for something to use on Reigns and tears apart the opposite side ringside steps. He stacks them up next to the announce position.
Show rips the announce position apart. Reigns crawls into the ring from the opposite side. Chicago starts chanting for JBL. Reigns pulls himself up against the table in the corner as Show mocks Reigns. Show tries a spear but Reigns moves out of the way. Show takes the table. Both men sell.
Reigns gets up and hits a spear of his own. At eight, both men are up, with each rolling to opposite sides of the ring. Reigns hits a big spear through the barricade on Show, where he gets buried under it. The count starts with both men down again. Show gets up at 9.
Reigns gets up on the announce table but gets goozled. Reigns fights his way out, then hits a big spear onto the Spanish announce table in an impressive spot. Reigns rips the steps away from the position Show set them up in before, then tips the announce position over on Show. He gets up on the table and counts along with the official, and he scores the ten count victory. Reigns celebrates as the announcers put over the effort of Reigns to win the match. Staff helps get the table off of Reigns as they run highlights of the late sequence of the match.
Winner – Roman Reigns
It’s popular to boo Reigns, and he has his shortcomings on the mic. It’s also seemingly fun now to chant “please retire” at Big Show. But this was a hard fought match and Reigns has put in three solid pay per view matches back to back. Show worked hard tonight and while this program should be over and hasn’t been all that great, Show has worked to put Reigns over. This finish wasn’t decisive though, so expect another match.
Backstage, Randy Orton crosses paths with Kane. He talks about how they have fought together and against each other. He says that Kane has traded his mask away for a suit. Orton tells him that The Authority is about protecting Seth Rollins, who Kane helped win the title. He says that the Authority will throw Kane away like garbage when they are finished. “I know who you are, Kane, even if you’ve forgotten.”
The announcers talk about the carnage at ringside, then move on to sell the Tough Enough video submissions. They show several of them then talk about the process of submitting a video.
Bo Dallas’ music hits and he comes out. He talks about seeing a sign that said “Welcome to Chicago, the second city.” He says Chicago and the people are number one at collectively deciding to not take a shower before coming to the arena. They’re number one at disrespecting an inspirational leader who is trying to make their lives better. He tells them they need to be more concerned with following the rules, with treating each other better.
He tells them none of this can happen unless they kindly shut their mouths and listen to him. He asks them to repeat after him – “All you have to do is Bo Lieve…”
Ryback’s music hits, and here comes the Big Guy. It’s feeding time. Dallas smiles as Ryback comes to the ring. Dallas attacks him and asks for the mic back but doesn’t get it. He does get a spinebuster though. Ryback hits the Meathook and calls for the time to finish it. Shellshocked hits and Ryback chants “feed me more” with Chicago. Cole calls that inspirational as Ryback plays to the fans.
The announcers hype the week’s content on WWE Network.
Backstage, Byron Saxton interviews Rusev. Rusev insists he has never been beaten by John Cena, who is a liar and a coward. Lana walks in and says that it is done, and the final chapter of Rusev and Cena will take place at Payback, and it will be an I Quit match. Rusev says it’s fitting for America, as it’s a nation of quitters. Rusev will go on as America’s champion and Cena will quit.
The cage begins to drop, as it’s time for the WWE Championship match. Cole feeds it to a video package for a final sell of the match.
Match #7 – Seth Rollins (c, w/J&J Security) vs. Randy Orton; WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Steel Cage Match rules with the RKO banned and Kane as the Gate Keeper
Kane gets the first introduction, then Randy Orton. The announcers talk about how it’s naieve to think that Orton doesn’t have any other tools to win matches. Rollins comes out alone, rather than with the security stooges. Rollins holds the belt up at the stage then makes his way down to the ring. Kane eyes Rollins up from ringside, then locks the door. Old-school introductions for both men once the cage is shut.
Pinfall, submission, or escape the cage wins this. Rollins goes for a fast escape early, but Orton catches him. The two start exchanging blows, with Rollins getting the better of it. Orton explodes out of the corner into a clothesline. Rollins goes for an escape but Orton catches him then yanks Rollins’ foot off the ropes and Rollins face-plants. The announcers talk about how Orton turned that into an RKO last Monday.
Orton whips Rollins to the corner then hits an uppercut. Dueling chants for the two men in the match. Orton stomps away on Rollins mid ring then slingshots him to the corner. Rollins grabs on to the cage and tries for an escape but Orton catches him. He gets up on the ropes and hits some corner punches but Rollins turns it into a buckle bomb for two.
Rollins calls for the door, so Kane has to open it. Rollins starts for the escape but Orton catches him. Rollins drives Orton into the cage for a two count, then Rollins stomps away on Orton. They talk about Rollins having leg cramp issues and say he’s not moving as quick as normal. Rollins drives Orton into the cage and says “this is what you wanted.” He keeps up the assault.
Rollins goes for an escape, and Orton goes up with him. They fight back down to the mat, and Rollins hits a neckbreaker off of running the ropes for two. The crowd has settled in to watch. Rollins charges and splashes Orton in the corner. Rollins jaws at Orton, then turns to Kane and tells him he will do it all on his own.
Orton sidesteps a Rollins charge and throws him face first to the cage. A strike exchange ensues, with headbutts, kicks and strikes. Rollins tries to throw Orton to the cage, but Orton counters and Rollins goes face first. Orton hits clotheslines and sets for the powerslam but Rollins escapes the move and tries for an escape of the cage. Orton stops him and they battle on the ropes.
Rollins dives off the ropes and hits a flying knee for two. Rollins sets up another escape as Orton sells. They trade punches on the top of the cage. Rollins dives off, but Orton turns it to a powerslam for two. Orton sets up the hanging DDT, but Rollins rolls Orton up for two then hits a kneeling superkick for two.
Rollins gets up top and tries to escape the cage. Orton catches him and drags him back in. Noble and Mercury make an appearance and try to help Rollins by climbing the cage. Orton gets Rollins back in and hits a superplex for two. Noble and Mercury tell Kane “it’s time, let’s do it.” Kane chases them away from the door.
Noble and Mercury climb opposite sides of the cage. Orton runs Rollins into the sides of the cage, and knocks both of them off the cage. Orton sets up the hanging DDT, but Rollins drops Orton over between the ropes and the cage. Orton mounts a comeback again and gets Rollins in the ropes. He looks at Kane and heads to the door, then goes back to Rollins and hits the elevated DDT.
Orton plays to the crowd and gets some reaction. Orton hits the Pedigree on Rollins to get a really good near fall. Rollins kicked out at the last possible moment. Orton thought he won and the fans chanted “yes.” Orton sets up the punt, but Rollins dodges it and hits a kick of his own. He demands Kane open the door and Kane does. Rollins crawls to the door, but Orton catches him and hits the sidewinder backbreaker.
Orton goes for an exit but Kane shuts the door. Orton asks what he’s doing, and Kane yells “no, get back, get back.” Kane gets knocked down when Rollins tries a drop kick on Orton. Rollins and Orton fight near the door, then Kane recovers and slams the door on both men. The announcers debate who Kane was going after.
Kane gets in the ring with J&J Security in tow. He confronts Rollins, then turns around and hits J&J with a double choke slam when they start giving orders. Kane goes off, hitting Orton with a chokeslam. Rollins laughs and rushes to the door, but Kane catches Rollins and puts him down with a chokeslam too. He puts Rollins over Orton, and Orton kicks out in two. Kane sets up the Tombstone on Orton, but Orton counters out and hits Kane with the RKO.
Rollins hits Orton with the RKO! Cole asks what that was, as does Lawler. JBL tries to justify it somehow. In the meantime, Rollins crawls to the door and exits the cage. Rollins retains the title. J&J slowly crawl to the cage door as Orton sells the move and eyes Rollins up.
Cole and Lawler continue to point out that the move itself was banned from use. JBL tries to say that it was banned for Orton to use, and that Orton used it on Kane first. Rollins laughs, gets to his feet, then poses with the title at the ramp as the show comes to a close.
This was slow in the early going, and got better as it wore on. You just knew that somehow, Kane was going to get involved and nothing about the match would matter until he did. I thought they did an alright job with Kane of telling the “anguish” story with Kane hitting moves on both men rather than just Orton (to help Rollins). Still a bit too overbooked for my personal liking as this worked its way out though. Also, there’s some convoluted storytelling with Rollins using the RKO, which was banned, to win the match. I guess that’s a way to set up a rematch though, and we’ll see where it goes on Raw tomorrow night.
Overall, this show ended up coming off better than the hype for it, and everyone worked hard. The crowd was into the action throughout the evening, which really helped, and all of the matches came off pretty good. Drew and I previewed this card and thought it could be a good show despite the build, and it was. No “match of the year” contenders, but a solid show.
Drew and I will break this show, and Raw, down this week on Ring Rap Audio, so be looking for that on Tuesday evening. I’ll be by tomorrow evening with Raw coverage at 8PM EST right here on Ring-Rap.com. Thanks for following along tonight.