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Monday, June 5, 2017

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 results recap grades Samoa Joe new No. 1 contender

WWE universal champion Brock Lesnar will have a surprise contender waiting for him at Great Ball of Fire in five weeks with all the expectations for physical fireworks.
Samoa Joe pulled the upset in a fantastic Fatal-5 Way main event at Extreme Rules on Sunday from Baltimore, securing for himself a title shot -- his first since joining WWE's main roster -- at the next Raw-exclusive pay-per-view. The star-studded finale featured no shortage of memorable spots and capped off what proved to be a strong six-match main card.
There were a pair of title changes as well, with the intercontinental championship and tag team championship both going to heels in a couple thrilling matches, one of which was contended in a steel cage.

The card was more exciting than it made sense at times -- at least in terms of stipulations -- but that did little to rob from the high energy and quick pace. The Royal Farms Arena crowd played a big part in that, providing a hectic soundtrack throughout the PPV. And most importantly, the fans went home happy on a high note. Overall grade: B+
CBS Sports was with you the entire way updating this story with results. Check out the recap below along with highlights and grades for each match.

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 results
Kalisto def. Apollo Crews via pinfall: In a fun showcase of athleticism from both wrestlers, Kalisto took advantage of some disharmony between Crews and his mentor, Titus O'Neil, to steal a victory. The match featured plenty of big spots and near-falls, with O'Neil becoming more animated each time. Late in the match, a Standing Shooting Star from Crews could only get two. O'Neil jumped up on the apron to aggressively counsel Crews, who could only respond with, "I did the flip. What else do you want me to do, man?!" Kalisto used the distraction to hit his finishing move, the Salida del Sol, with an assist from the ring ropes to simultaneously kick off O'Neil and set up the pin. Grade: C+

Dean Ambrose (c) via pinfall to win the title: Excellent storytelling in this one as the IC title returned to prominence thanks to placement as a 20-minute spotlight match to open the card. After multiple teases surrounding the match's stipulation,the Miz relied on his heel ways to begin his seventh reign as IC champion. Ambrose avoided a disqualification loss on multiple occasions with referee John Cone giving plenty of warnings throughout this well-booked match.
In the end, it was Maryse who played the biggest role. She came up empty in her fist attempt to produce a DQ when she jumped onto the ring apron to purposely slap Miz; instead of helping her husband, she was ejected to the locker room. While on her way up the ramp, Maryse argued with Cone long enough to create a distraction, allowing Miz to push Ambrose into Cone, knocking the referee out of the ring. As Cone walked over to the timekeeper and appeared ready to disqualify Ambrose, who was distracted from the match while arguing with the referee, Miz delivered a Skull Crushing Finale to Ambrose to get the pin. Grade: B+

Backstage -- Bayley: Tonight's challenger explained that she watched kendo stick matches involving Sabu, Sandman, Tommy Dreamer and even Steve Blackman to prepare for her bout with Alexa Bliss. She also said she was inspired by "Wonder Woman."
Sasha Banks & Rich Swann def. Alicia Fox & Noam Dar via pinfall: In a brief match to keep the chains moving after the red-hot opener, the team of Banks and Swann were the last ones standing, reprising their victory dance from Raw the previous week. The match ended with a memorable spot as Banks landed her flying knees from the top rope onto Dar, who had moved Fox out of the way on the floor. Swann immediately threw Dar into the ring and landed a Phoenix Splash for the 1-2-3. Grade: C

In the ring -- Elias Sampson: The Drifter continued to draw heat for his guitar gimmick as he played a song to a chorus of boos, singing lyrics about his displeasure with Baltimore's blight.
Women's Championship (Kendo Stick on a Pole) -- Alexa Bliss (c) def. Bayley via pinfall to retain the title: Bliss had been saying for weeks that Bayley isn't "extreme" enough to win a match like this, which requires one to viciously utilize a weapon. Turns out she was correct. In a one-sided drubbing, Bliss took advantage of Bayley's initial hesitation to use the kendo stick by hitting her with a spear and followed up with a sustained, deliberate beatdown. Bayley's late attempt to reverse her fortunes via a Bailey-to-Belly suplex proved short lived as Bliss rallied by pushing Bayley into the kendo stick, which leaned up against the ropes. One more kendo shot to the back and a DDT produced an abrupt finish as Bliss looked strong in defending her title. While this incredibly brief match wasn't great from a traditional sense, especially considering the time spent in the buildup, the story it intended to tell was communicated loud and clear. Grade: C+

Tag Team Championship (Steel Cage) -- Sheamu & Cesaro def. The Hardy Boyz (c) by escaping the cage to win the titles: The heel duo of Cesaro and Sheamus regained their titles in match that began as a bit of a cluster but heated up in all the right ways until the finish. The big spots one would expect from The Hardyz were there with Jeff Hardy's Whisper in the Wind from the top of the cage drawing well-deserved "this is awesome" chants. Sheamus added his own big spot with a White Noise on Matt Hardy from the top rope with Cesaro joining him in driving home the impact.
With the stipulation being that both team members must escape the cage in order to win, Jeff deleted his early exit by rejoining the match late. As Cesaro and Sheamus furiously climbed over the cage wall, Matt was forced to drag his lifeless brother (injured from jumping off the cage) to the door in order to beat them out. In a dramatic race, the heels hit the floor first to allow the titles to change hands. The high-energy pace of the match late made up for some early sins. Grade: B

Cruiserweight Championship (Submission) -- Neville (c) def. Austin Aries via pinfall to retain the title: The King of the Cruiserweights continues his reigns. In an exciting (and likely final) chapter of a rivalry that dates back to March, Neville barely hung on to his title while putting over Aries strong in the process. There was plenty of good storytelling in this one as Aries hung onto his Last Chancery submission attempt even as the two wrestlers rolled outside the ring. Neville to tapped out on the arena floor, but of course the finished needed to take place inside the ring.
From there, Aries badly missed a suicide dive and hit hard against the barrier wall. Neville took advantage, landing a stiff Red Arrow onto the back of Aries inside the ring before applying his Rings of Saturn submission to force the tap. The heartbreaking finish for Aries caps a feud in which he twice lost matches due to cheating from the heel champion. If this is the end, the two cruiserweights just capped the best program the new division has produced to this point. Grade: B+

No. 1 Contendership Fatal 5-Way (Extreme Rules) -- Samoa Joe def. Finn Balor (via submission), Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt: Talk about a surprise. The most unlikely of the five superstars booked for a shot at Lesnar's universal championship will get his opportunity at Great Balls of Fire in July as Joe capped a thrilling main event with an upset victory. In a match that perfectly showcased all five elite superstars on Raw with one physical spot after another down the stretch, Joe snuck in from behind to ruin what appeared to be booked as a setup for Balor to go over.
After Balor packaged a Slingblade, missile dropkick and Coup de Grace finisher to set up a pin on Reigns, Joe jumped in the ring and applied a Coquina Clutch from behind to put Balor to sleep. The finish capped 30 minutes of exciting action that featured Balor's running kick to the face on the ring apron against Reigns and Rollins landing a frog splash from the top rope through the announce table onto Wyatt. Joe formed an uneasy alliance with Wyatt for most of the match as the two heels used both a chair and the ring steps to wear down the babyfaces. Eventually, the two turned on each other. In the end, all five contributed to what should be a match of the year contender when 2017 comes to a close. Grade: A-

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