2021 WWE Extreme Rules results, recap, grades: Bizarre finish mars outstanding universal title main event

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Who Won roman reigns?

Roman Reigns won one for America at WWE Clash of Champions when he dethroned Rusev for the United States Title. wwe.comRoman Reigns wins the U.S. Championship

How much is WWE Extreme Rules?

WWE returns to pay-per-view on Sunday with its annual Extreme Rules show coming live from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. The event is set to stream live on Peacock at 8 p.m. ET. New subscribers can pay $5 per month for its regular service, and $10 per month for its premium service with no ads. DraftKings NationExtreme Rules start time: When WWE PPV starts, when main event starts on Sunday

Has the demon Finn Balor lost?

On 1 April at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, Bálor retained the NXT Championship in a rematch with Joe. ... At NXT TakeOver: The End, Bálor lost to Joe in the first ever NXT steel cage match in a rematch for the NXT Championship, marking his first TakeOver loss, and subsequently his first loss under his "Demon" persona. wikipedia.orgFinn Bálor - Wikipedia

According to Page Six, Musk confirmed that he and Grimes are “semi-separated” but remain on good terms and continue to co-parent their year-old son, the distinctively named X AE A-Xii Musk.

The entrepreneur told the outlet, “We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms. “It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or travelling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”

In 2018, Pit had first come to light that Musk and Grimes were dating. They welcomed their son in May 2020. The duo was last seen together at the Met Gala earlier this month when Grimes walked the red carpet alone.

Musk also attended the event but only joined her inside.

He later threw a starry Met Gala afterparty at hot private members club Zero Bond, where he was joined by Grimes and the duo were photographed leaving New York together the following day. But last weekend, Musk attended a party thrown by Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife, Nicole Shanahan, alone.

Meanwhile, the ‘Oblivion’ artist Grimes has been busy filming her new Fox show ‘Alter Ego’, in which she appears as a judge. She recently revealed that welcoming her baby with Musk has opened her up to a whole new world of creativity.

“I think having a baby was a big kind of like rebirth for me, like artistically. Like, it just like, I don’t know,” she told a fashion magazine while getting ready for the Met Gala, as per Page Six.

Musk has previously been married to author Justine Wilson, with whom he has five sons: twins Griffin and Xavier and triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai.

He was also married twice to ‘Westworld’ actor Talulah Riley. They first wed in 2010 but divorced in 2012. They reconciled a year later, remarried in 2013 and divorced again in 2016. The billionaire also dated Amber Heard from 2017 to 2018, following her ill-fated marriage to Johnny Depp.

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WWE Extreme Rules Live Coverage: Roman Reigns Vs. “The Demon” Finn Balor

Wrestling Inc. 27 September, 2021 - 07:20am

Welcome to Wrestling Inc.’s live coverage of WWE Extreme Rules from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The main cards starts at 8 pm ET with the Kickoff beginning at 7 pm ET.

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Tonight’s PPV is available on Peacock and WWE Network (outside of the U.S.).

– Tonight’s Kickoff panel features: Kayla Braxton, JBL, Peter Rosenberg, Booker T, and Kevin Patrick. They run down the card for tonight’s PPV. Liv Morgan vs. Carmella is confirmed to be the Kickoff match.

– Video package is shown for WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair.

– Sonya Deville joins the panel. Braxton asks Deville about what her issue is with Naomi. Deville says everyone acts like she has a personal issue with her, and it’s not that, Naomi has been unprofessional with her and she’s not going to be disrespected like that. She says it doesn’t matter who they are or what brand they’re on, Deville says WWE officials won’t be disrespected. Deville is asked about Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair, and Belair losing so quickly in their first match. Deville said Becky is working and being a mom at the same time, and Belair can’t use the “I wasn’t ready” excuse. Booker agrees that wrestlers always need to be prepared. Braxton wonders if Lynch is just an elite star and Belair isn’t on her level. Booker says Lynch had months to prepare and picked her spot. JBL says Belair went for a handshake and it ended up costing her the title.

– Two weeks ago on RAW, recap of Big E cashing-in to beat Lashley for the WWE Championship. Last week, Big E cut a promo and gave thanks after winning the title. We then see Lashley getting involved in the six-man match between The New Day and The Bloodline. Bloodline won that match. Later in the night, Roman Reigns won a triple threat against Big E and Lashley.

– Backstage, Sarah Schreiber goes to talk with The New Day, but AJ Styles and Omos interrupt. The New Day head in and talk some trash to AJ, but Lashley shows up and starts a big brawl. A bunch of people get involved to help separate the two sides. We’ll see if that ends up in a six-man tag match later tonight.

– Recap of Jeff Hardy earning his spot in tonight’s WWE US Championship Match with Damian Priest and Sheamus. Panel discusses the dynamics of a triple threat match and how Priest could lose his title without even getting pinned.

– The New Day vs. AJ Styles, Omos, and Bobby Lashley has been added to the main card.

– Booker T says for Big E to be the best champion, he can’t keep helping out his friends. He needs to remain focused on his run if he wants to remain champ. JBL says he’s ditched friends for a bar tab.

– Panel talks about tonight’s WWE SmackDown Tag Title Match. Backstage, The Street Profits head into the building, both in a very serious mood. Montez Ford says he has no intention of leaving without the tag titles. He tells Dawkins if he has any other intentions to let him know, Dawkins says he’s focused and ready. He didn’t appreciate The Bloodline jumping his partner 3 on 1, and that’s not happening tonight.

– Video package shown for WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Alexa Bliss. Charlotte arrives to the building in a limo.

– Sonya Deville returns to the panel to talk Charlotte vs. Bliss. Deville says Charlotte is fed up with the games and dolls, it’s not in her realm. Deville finds Bliss very resourceful and it could be a tough match-up for the champion. Rosenberg says people shouldn’t forget about Bliss’ actual skill set and that she is a former multi-time champion.

– Pat McAfee and Michael Cole at commentary. If you’re hearing both the English and Spanish commentary at the same time, you’re not alone…

Before the match starts, Carmella gets on the mic to gloat about her looks. She says her face is her greatest asset and opens so many doors for her. She knows Liv can’t relate, but her face is what separates her from “nasty people like you.” That’s why Liv attacked her face and she should be ashamed of herself. “Listen honey, I’m hot…and you’re not.” Morgan attacks Carmella before the bell rings. She backs away and now the match is official as the two scramble a bit. Carmella with a kick, but gets thrown into the corner. Morgan with a splash and tries to send her into the corner, Carmella blocks it, but then gets dropkicked.

Carmella out to the floor, Morgan tries for a kick, nope, Carmella trips her up on the apron. Back in the ring, Carmella with a seated senton on Morgan, cover, two. She follows up with a suplex, cover, two, reverse chin lock. Carmella continues to work over Morgan. Liv showing some fight with punches, lou thesz press, running knee in the corner, big stomp to the mat, cover, two-count. Both trade roll-ups, no luck. Carmella plants Morgan to the mat, cover, two. Thrust kick to the face, cover, two. She’s freaking out and thinks it was a slow count. Crowd booing Carmella. Morgan drops Carmella with double knees to the face, cover, two.

Morgan runs into a kick, Carmella with a triangle lock in the ropes, she ducks a punch and beats up Morgan on the apron. She yanks Morgan out to the floor as the crowd chant “Let’s go Morgan!” Carmella tries for a kick, blocked, and she’s sent face-first into the announce table. Carmella tossed back in the ring, Morgan hits her finisher off the ropes, cover, and that will do it.

– Video package for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor. Backstage, Sarah talks with Paul Heyman and wonders if Reigns is now taking Balor more seriously after Friday’s SmackDown. Heyman says that was the stupidest question he’s ever been asked. Heyman then says sarcastically, they have actually overlooked the demon! He’s been champion for over a year and has just been eating burgers all weekend! More seriously, he says Reigns will be your winner and head to Crown Jewel to face Brock Lesnar as the champion! “That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler,” Heyman says as he heads out. The panel hypes tonight’s big title match as the Kickoff comes to a close.

For those on Peacock, you are probably hearing English and French commentary. Great stuff! Woods and Styles get things started. Woods sends Styles into the corner, chop, runs him into the opposite corner. Styles looks for the calf crusher right off the bat, Woods quickly gets to the ropes. Kingston then tags in as the crowd chants “Kofi!” Kingston with a flurry of kicks, missing trouble in paradise, both flip out of back body drops, Styles with a chop block to Kingston.

Styles says he’ll take all of their legs out! Big E tags in, Styles keeps running his mouth and takes a big lariat. The champ tosses Styles into his own corner and wants Lashley. The two throw shots, big with a kick, shot to the back, and runs him over with a clothesline. Lashley getting beat up by New Day, so he heads out to the floor. Kingston tries for a splash and gets caught. Woods then nails a dropkick off the apron to put Lashley down to the ground. Back in the ring, Lashley recovers and launches Kingston across the ring. He beats Kofi up in the wrong part of town, shoulder thrust in the corner.

Omos tags in and wails away on Kofi. He tries to fight back, but can’t get any momentum against the big man. Huge european uppercut sends Kofi to the mat. Delayed flapjack on Kofi, foot on his throat pin attempt, two. Styles get into the match and continues the assault on Kingston. Styles goes for an attack on New Day, but the ref was in the way. Styles barks at the referee and when he turns around Kingston puts him down. Lashley tags in, charges, low bridge by Kingston. Lashley quickly pulls Big E down, throws him into the barricade, then the stairs. Woods is also taken out. Back in the ring, Lashley plants Kofi, cover, two.

Kingston flipped out Lashley’s arms, but he’s got nobody to tag at the moment. Lashley swings away on Kingston. Woods finally gets a tag, lands multiple strikes, punches to the head in the corner, shotgun dropkick, looks for a DDT and is shoved away. Lashley chargers the corner, eats a kick to the head, swinging DDT, cover, two-count. Lashley then catches Woods, big slam, cover, two. Woods on the top rope, stopped by Lashley, Woods eats some punches, but is able to shove off Lashley. Woods with a big missile dropkick. Big E finally makes his way back up on the apron and wants a tag. Big E in, Styles in and he takes an overhead suplex, then another one. Big E swings on Omos to get him off the apron. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex, running splash, and Big E hypes up the crowd.

He looks for big ending, Styles throws a combo of strikes, pele kick, charges and gets slammed hard to the mat, cover, two. Styles put up on the top rope, the champ looks for a superplex, no, Styles slipped up and pulls Big E down. Styles ends up on the apron, Big E looks for his signature spear, leg lariat counter by Styles, cover, two, another pele kick to the champion. Kofi with the blind tag and blasts Styles in the face with a kick. Big E holds Styles up, Kofi with a double stomp off the top rope, cover, Lashley breaks it up and drags Styles to his corner.

Lashley tags in flips and drops Kofi, cover, two. Lashley out to the floor, ends up favoring his left knee (same injury from a few weeks back). Styles sent out to the floor next to him. Big E launches Kofi out on them, but Omos gets in the way and chops him down. Styles takes down Woods. Back in the ring, Lashley drops Big E. Styles tags himself in, Lashley didn’t like that. Styles with the phenomenal forearm, nope, rolls through. Lashley tags himself back in. Lashley mistakenly spears Styles as Big E moves. Big E with the big ending on Lashley for the win.

– Backstage, Becky Lynch gets ready for her match against Bianca Belair.

– Pat McAfee greeted the audience with some Spanish and then French, lol, nice jab at Peacock for the earlier audio issues.

Dawkins and Jimmy get things started as Dawkins blasts him with a shoulder tackle.Back and forth action until Jey and Ford tag in. Ford gets in some shots until Jimmy hits him with a kick from behind. Ford’s ribs are taped up after that attack by The Bloodline on Friday’s SmackDown. Ford out to the floor, Jimmy jams him into the edge of the ring, rolls him in, cover, two. Jey tags back in, double suplex on Ford.

The Usos continue to focus Ford’s banged up ribs. Off comes the tap around the ribs. Ford is so close to tagging out, but he just can’t quite get there. Ford flips out of a back suplex, Jey charges the corner, nobody home and he hits the ring post. Dawkins finally gets the tag and throws multiple clotheslines, flying elbow, flapjack, twisting splashes in the corners. He sends Jey out to the floor, Jimmy tries to head to the top rope and is met by Dawkins. Dawkins with a superplex, twisting neckbreaker, cover, two-count.

Dawkins puts Jimmy on his shoulders, Ford with a blockbuster, slow to cover, two. Dawkins gets dropped by The Usos. He crawls over to his corner, but nobody is there. Jey with a running hip attack in the corner. Ford jumps up and makes the blind tag. Ford with a boot to the face, Dawkins with a spinebuster, Ford hits a big frog splash, cover, two. Ford with more kicks, Dawkins tags back in, lifts Jey up on his shoulders. Ford slowly going to the top, Dawkins shoved into the ropes and crotches Ford. Big kick to Dawkins. Jimmy with an uso splash, pin attempt, two-count.

Usos both sent out to the floor, but they grab Dawkins and throw him into the barricade. Ford with a huge flip over the corner of the ring and takes out both guys. He throws one in the ring, frog splash, slow to cover, and it’s broken up at the last second. “This is awesome!” from the crowd. Dawkins takes a superkick and goes out to the floor. Ford with a roll-up, two, and eats a superkick to the ribs. Usos with double superkick to the head, double uso splash on Ford, cover, 1-2-3.

– Backstage, Bobby Lashley calls Big E “chicken s***” for how he cashed-in and won the title off him. Lashley dares him to fight one-on-one on tomorrow’s RAW. “I want my title back!” Lashley yells.

The two are in no hurry to engage. Crowd with a hometown “Let’s go Bliss!” chant. Charlotte says nope to that, and shoves Bliss down. She tries to taunt, but Bliss does some of her own. Bliss with a hurricanrana, dropkick, looks for a DDT and Charlotte shoves her off. Charlotte with a big boot, misses, kicked out to the floor. Bliss with a cannonball senton down on her opponent. Charlotte runs back into the ring, misses a clothesline, Bliss leaps into the ropes and watches Charlotte. She jumps, but gets caught, backbreaker, slam to the mat, and then sent face-first to the mat a couple times.

Charlotte with a couple chops, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, pin attempt, two-count. Charlotte then stretches out Bliss, yanking her arms behind her back. Bliss twists her away and hits a jawbreaker. Charlotte with a kick to the midsection, double underhook and stretches Bliss again, upside down this time. She flips up to Charlotte’s shoulder and sends her into the bottom turnbuckle.

Charlotte drops Bliss, tries to go to the top turnbuckle, Bliss trips her down, then kicks her to the floor. Bliss tries for a hurricanrana, nope, Charlotte swings her into the barricade. Back in the ring, Charlotte tries a moonsault, lands on her feet, standing moonsault catches Bliss, cover, two. Multiple pins from both wrestlers, no luck. Charlotte lift and powerbombs Bliss, cover, two. Charlotte with a moonsault, feet to the face, Bliss with code red, cover, two. Bliss frustrated she didn’t get the three.

She heads to the top rope, twisted bliss, nobody home! Charlotte looks for figure-eight, Bliss with the roll-up for two. DDT to Charlotte, cover, Charlotte gets a foot on the rope. Charlotte grabs Lilly, Bliss wants it back, Charlotte throws it to her, big boot. She throws Bliss into the ring post, natural selection on Bliss, cover, 1-2-3.

– Post-match, Charlotte grabs the doll and rips it into pieces. “Stupid doll!” She picks up a piece of the doll and holds it up with her title. Bliss jumps on Charlotte, swings and kicks away. She jumps down on Charlotte and keeps swinging away. Charlotte finally gets a hold of her and sends her over the announce table. Back at ringside, we see Bliss rise up on the table and freak out over her destroyed doll. She gets into the ring to find her doll trashed. She sits with and tries to put it together. The crowd chants “Thank You, Lilly” Bliss scream and freaks out. Looks like she’s foaming at the mouth a bit? Bliss goes to the stage and sits again, screaming out. I think she has a tablet in her mouth, but it’s not really fizzing as intended. She makes her way to the back.

– Paul Heyman talking to someone on the phone about the upcoming Draft being historic. Kayla Braxton is right nearby trying to listen in. Paul Heyman says he’ll call them back and mocks Braxton a bit. He says “Do you think it’s Brock Lesnar?” and teases it may or may not be. The Usos are celebrating and walk by. Heyman says he has to head out.

Sheamus blasts Hardy with a knee out of the ring just as the bell rings. Priest and Sheamus battle their way out to the floor as Priest swings away at his opponent. Sheamus able to battle back and put Priest down for a moment on the outside. Sheamus gets back in the ring and hits an irish curse backbreaker on Hardy. He does some taunting. He kicks Priest out to the floor again.

Sheamus with shots to Priest’s chest, Priest ends up countering and doing it back to Sheamus. He then yanks Priest over the top rope. Hardy with a second rope dropkick on Sheamus. Hardy with an inverted atomic drop, leg drop, basement dropkick, running splash but Sheamus gets the knees up, cover, two. He goes for another pin, Priest breaks that up. He goes after Hardy and eats an elbow, as does Sheamus. Hardy up top and clocks them with whisper in the wind, cover on Sheamus, two-count.

Sheamus with an alabama slam on Hardy. Sheamus loses his mask while performing the move. He then locks in the texas cloverleaf. Hardy ends up getting to the ropes and the ref says no rope break. Priest blasts Sheamus to get him away from Hardy and hits a kick to the face. Priest leaps in, caught, white noise, cover, and Hardy stops that. Hardy with a twist of fate and Sheams out to the floor. Priest with a bell ringer on Hardy. Hardy reverses, they both fall, Hardy tries for a dragon sleeper, but Priest gets out of it. Hardy then hits a rough looking twist of fate and heads to the top rope. Sheamus then shoves Hardy off and he crashes down on the ropes. Sheamus goes up top and does his best Jeff Hardy impression, knee drop, cover, two.

Sheamus with more taunting, brogue kick misses. Priest charges, eats a big kick. Sheamus flips up to the top rope, but Priest grabs him by the throat and slams him down to the mat, cover, Hardy with a swanton bomb on Priest’s back! Back and forth shots by Priest and Hardy. Hardy tries for twist of fate, no, kick to the face by Priest. Priest springboards into a big kick by Sheamus. Hardy shoves SHeamus out of the ring, cover on Priest, two! Hardy with a roll-up on Sheamus, two, brogue kick takes out Hardy. Priest with the roll-up on Sheamus, 1-2-3.

– Post-match, Hardy and Priest shake hands and do each other’s taunts. Lonely Sheamus looks lonely on the stage.

– Backstage, Big E says Lashley has lost his mind. He doesn’t hide behind anyone! He accepts Lashley’s challenge for a title match on Monday’s RAW. Michael Cole later announced it will be the opener for the show.

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WWE Extreme Rules Live Coverage: Roman Reigns Vs. “The Demon” Finn Balor

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WWE Extreme Rules 2021 results: Roman Reigns exorcises The Demon

Cageside Seats 27 September, 2021 - 07:20am

Finn Balor, who broke out his “Demon” alter ego for his Extreme Rules match against Reigns at the PPV of the same name tonight (Sun., Sept. 26, 2021) at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, never really had a chance. They tried their best to convince you he did, and the match was still damn good, but like we knew he would, Balor fell to the Universal champion.

Just one of many to meet that fate.

An unexpectedly great part of the match was the fact that the fans in attendance had been chanting “we want tables” at various points throughout the evening. The only “Extreme Rules” match on the card, however, was the main event. So Balor tried to give it to them, repeatedly attempting to bring a table out from under the ring. Reigns, playing the heel so well, kept taking it away.

Then, he gave it to them like this:

You want tables? The #HeadOfTheTable says fine.#ExtremeRules @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/waj1aH4oSH

It got pretty goofy toward the finish. After an incredible sequence saw The Usos interfere and everyone get put through tables and blown apart all around the ring, the lights went dark briefly and The Demon theme started playing. Balor, laid out, responded to the beat as though it was reviving him.

Then, he hopped up and appeared to be poised to win the match with some newfound power, all while his theme continued playing.

He went up to the top rope to deliver the Coup de Grace but then the top rope broke, he fell off, and Reigns hit the spear to score the three count.

Get complete Extreme Rules results and coverage of every match on the card right here.

2021 WWE Extreme Rules live stream, how to watch online, start time, card, matches

CBS Sports 27 September, 2021 - 07:20am

WWE Extreme Rules takes place on Sunday night from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Unlike previous editions of the event, there is only one match scheduled for the card that will be held under Extreme Rules. That one Extreme Rules match features universal champion Roman Reigns defending his title against "The Demon" Finn Balor. Balor returned to his "Demon" persona after losing a title match on SmackDown thanks to typical underhanded tactics from Reigns.

There are only six matches currently scheduled for the card, though more could be added before bell time. The biggest match on the women's side of things sees Becky Lynch defending the SmackDown women's championship against former champion Bianca Belair. Lynch made her return to action at SummerSlam, beating Belair in just 26 seconds to win the title.

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Extreme Rules 2021 recap & reactions: Reigns shows The Demon the ropes

Cageside Seats 27 September, 2021 - 12:00am

A surprise return, the end of an era, and WWE needs to fire its ring crew

Did they get their wish? You’ll have to read two things to find out: Claire’s blog and the words below.

The Demon took advantage with a low blow I’ve never seen before. In fact, it was so smart, it makes me wonder why no one ever tried it before him. Once Finn took control and the rest of the Bloodline interfered, it looked like we were going with a simple story of too many cats for one guy to fend off.

Demon or no Demon Finn isn’t built to handle the Jimmy, Jey, and Roman at one time. Especially when Roman spears him through the barricade after he just took two superkicks to the jaw.

But that’s when it all got complicated and silly.

THE DEMON HAS RISEN.#ExtremeRules @FinnBalor pic.twitter.com/CzEWHwBYVN

Look, I know protecting the Demon is a thing WWE has to do. But is this really the best way? And by that I mean, is having his music resuscitate him and letting said music play for the rest of the match. To make matters sillier, the top rope broke while Finn stood on top of it preparing to hit the Coup de Grâce. Oh, and this all happened as the fog machine went into overdrive around the ring.

Reigns speared the Demon on instinct but was in shock just like the rest of us, looking to the heavens and thanking a higher power.

This was stupidly goofy. Up until then, we had a good match going! And the ending was there with the Uso’s interfering. But, like I said, WWE likes to complicate things that don’t need complicating. As it stands, the ending is the thing, and that ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Obviously, Roman’s next challenge is Brock but I have no clue where they go with Finn after this.

Hopefully, it’s to Monday nights where he can forget this ever happened.

Bianca Belair is just as good as Becky Lynch. That’s the story we got from jump. The last time Bianca and Becky Lynch were in the ring, the EST wasn’t ready. Tonight? She was more than ready. She countered every big move Lynch threw, she overpowered her because, well, you’ve seen Bianca, and she was more focused.

When Becky wasn’t figuring out how to solve Bianca, she was yelling at Michael Cole—I fully endorse this—and demanding the crowd throw roses at her feet. Bianca came to fight and the more she fought, the more desperate the champ got. It’s almost as if she couldn’t believe the audacity of Bianca Belair to *gasp* prepare for their fight.

Becky figured out pretty quickly the Manhandle Slam was a no go because Bianca was too ready and too powerful. Instead, she did her best to slap on the Dis-Arm-Her. But, of course, Bianca found a way out multiple times. Becky, showing her stubbornness and pride, went to the well one more time.

Bianca turned Becky’s finisher against her and somehow managed to hoist the champ on her shoulders to setup the KOD. But just when you thought it was safe to pop the champagne for a new champ. the Boss came to town out of nowhere.

Sasha Banks ran to the ring and delivered an overdue ass whipping to Bianca, causing the match to end in a DQ. Once Sasha was done with Belair, she turned her attention to a confused but thankful Becky Lynch.

Sasha fronted like she was cool with Becky and didn’t want any smoke with her. Becky should know better by this point, because once she dropped her guard, Sasha put her on the mat as well.

The former Women’s champ left the ring with the champion and challenger flat on their backs, saying she’ll see them both in Baltimore this Friday.

Becky and Bianca put on the match of the night with great storytelling, great action, and a compelling finish that added another wrinkle. I pray these three women will stay on the same show post-draft.

How much does Montez Ford have in the tank? That was the main question going into the match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. There’s only but so much smoke one can receive with bad ribs.

He gave it all he could but in the end, you can’t beat the Uso’s when you’re less than one hundo. Ford’s aerials gave the match a spark, specifically when he cleared the ring post for a swan dive outside of the ring and a frog splash so high, son probably caught a nose bleed. But there were moments where the Street Profits almost had all the momentum—and the smoke—but couldn’t capitalize because, ya know, Montez could barely move or breathe.

The Uso’s didn’t want it with Angelo Dawkins, a man who was ready for the war as soon as he stepped in the building. Dawkins gave Jimmy and Jey that work all night long, so of course, the champs isolated the big man from Ford whenever they could. Once the Uso’s incapacitated Dawkins, they put the finishing touches on Ford with a kick to the ribs, a double superkick, and the Uso splash in stereo.

Charlotte Flair made it clear she wanted the old Alexa Bliss. No tricks. No dolls. No illusions, Michael. Much like fans of rappers with 20-year careers, she wanted that old thing back and complained very loudly.

And for the majority of the match, that’s exactly what she got. Alexa turned back the clock and took it to Charlotte sans trickery. WWE told a story of a woman who, when focused on winning a championship, is just as good as Charlotte. Alexa countered several of Charlotte’s big moves, informing us just how prepared she was for the challenge.

But the problem, and it was telegraphed on commentary, is that one mistake would give Charlotte the opening she needed. When Flair realized nothing she did was working, she pulled a move straight out of an ‘80s or ‘90s bad guy playbook. Only instead of holding a person or child hostage to distract the hero, she used a doll.

Charlotte told Alexa that Lilly represents her weakness and separates her from greatness. So it’s only fitting that when Alexa feared for Lilly’s “life” that she lost focus and subsequently lost the match.

Adding insult to injury, Charlotte hammered her point home during the post-match chicanery, flattening Alexa outside of the ring and ripping Lilly to shreds. Bliss, with the help of an antacid, foamed at the mouth in rage and her screams echoed throughout the arena. The crowd, showing their respect for Lilly, clapped and thanked Lilly for her contributions.

Yup, that’s a thing they did.

I liked the match, and if Lilly’s demise signals the end of this phase of Alexa’s career, then I’ll buy Charlotte a round. That ending with Lilly though just rubs me all types of wrong ways. The two women put on a very serious and physical match. For it to end because one of them threatened to destroy a doll is incongruent and weird.

Damian’s character is developing into a really clever cat who already knows the best strategy in triple threat matches is to let your opponents do most of the work for you. Priest picks his spots, takes calculated shots, but is aggressive enough to give hands to anyone who wants them.

To that point, Damian surprised Sheamus with a schoolboy rollup while the Irishman was distracted after executing a Brogue Kick on Jeff Hardy.

Damian is just smarter than Sheamus. At this point, I don’t know how many more times he needs to prove it. This felt like the end of a thing with the Draft on the horizon. If so, it was a fitting conclusion.

BUT, Sheamus did this. Even if he lost the match, this is an eternal win.

The impromptu match between the New Day x AJ Styles, Omos, & Bobby Lashley was all about one word: teamwork. The New Day have it, while the other cats can barely spell it.

Lashley isn’t a team player and he’s greedy. His ego and lust for vengeance on Big E cost his team the W. You can’t spear your teammate and expect the match to go your way. As a result, E now has two pinfall victories over the All Mighty. And both times, he looked just as dominant as Lashley and twice as focused. And it looks like they’re going to tango again on the next episode of Monday Night Raw for what looks like the last time for a while.

Good opening match that set the tone for the night. Although, sadly, no “extreme” anything. Sad.

Audio problems almost ruined a moment for Liv Morgan. The fans love her. Why shouldn't they, right? Beating up on Carmella, someone loathed as much as Liv is loved, will only increase that affection.

Michael Cole and Pat Mac sold it as the biggest W of Liv’s career, and it was. She beat up on a former Women’s champion in convincing fashion. WWE has something with Liv.

This was a solid Sunday night pay-per-view. The endings of two championship matches didn’t completely sully them, but did knock them down a few pegs. Overall, a fun night that moved stories forward, and probably ended several before the rosters reset on October 1. Still weird that only one match on Extreme Rules was, ya know, extreme-ish. But I was sports entertained for three hours and interested.

That’s my grade and I’m sticking to it. Your turn.

Extreme Rules 2021 recap & reactions: Reigns shows The Demon the ropes

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The Demon took advantage with a low blow I’ve never seen before. In fact, it was so smart, it makes me wonder why no one ever tried it before him. Once Finn took control and the rest of the Bloodline interfered, it looked like we were going with a simple story of too many cats for one guy to fend off.

Demon or no Demon Finn isn’t built to handle the Jimmy, Jey, and Roman at one time. Especially when Roman spears him through the barricade after he just took two superkicks to the jaw.

But that’s when it all got complicated and silly.

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Look, I know protecting the Demon is a thing WWE has to do. But is this really the best way? And by that I mean, is having his music resuscitate him and letting said music play for the rest of the match. To make matters sillier, the top rope broke while Finn stood on top of it preparing to hit the Coup de Grâce. Oh, and this all happened as the fog machine went into overdrive around the ring.

Reigns speared the Demon on instinct but was in shock just like the rest of us, looking to the heavens and thanking a higher power.

This was stupidly goofy. Up until then, we had a good match going! And the ending was there with the Uso’s interfering. But, like I said, WWE likes to complicate things that don’t need complicating. As it stands, the ending is the thing, and that ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Obviously, Roman’s next challenge is Brock but I have no clue where they go with Finn after this.

Hopefully, it’s to Monday nights where he can forget this ever happened.

Bianca Belair is just as good as Becky Lynch. That’s the story we got from jump. The last time Bianca and Becky Lynch were in the ring, the EST wasn’t ready. Tonight? She was more than ready. She countered every big move Lynch threw, she overpowered her because, well, you’ve seen Bianca, and she was more focused.

When Becky wasn’t figuring out how to solve Bianca, she was yelling at Michael Cole—I fully endorse this—and demanding the crowd throw roses at her feet. Bianca came to fight and the more she fought, the more desperate the champ got. It’s almost as if she couldn’t believe the audacity of Bianca Belair to *gasp* prepare for their fight.

Becky figured out pretty quickly the Manhandle Slam was a no go because Bianca was too ready and too powerful. Instead, she did her best to slap on the Dis-Arm-Her. But, of course, Bianca found a way out multiple times. Becky, showing her stubbornness and pride, went to the well one more time.

Bianca turned Becky’s finisher against her and somehow managed to hoist the champ on her shoulders to setup the KOD. But just when you thought it was safe to pop the champagne for a new champ. the Boss came to town out of nowhere.

Sasha Banks ran to the ring and delivered an overdue ass whipping to Bianca, causing the match to end in a DQ. Once Sasha was done with Belair, she turned her attention to a confused but thankful Becky Lynch.

Sasha fronted like she was cool with Becky and didn’t want any smoke with her. Becky should know better by this point, because once she dropped her guard, Sasha put her on the mat as well.

The former Women’s champ left the ring with the champion and challenger flat on their backs, saying she’ll see them both in Baltimore this Friday.

Becky and Bianca put on the match of the night with great storytelling, great action, and a compelling finish that added another wrinkle. I pray these three women will stay on the same show post-draft.

How much does Montez Ford have in the tank? That was the main question going into the match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. There’s only but so much smoke one can receive with bad ribs.

He gave it all he could but in the end, you can’t beat the Uso’s when you’re less than one hundo. Ford’s aerials gave the match a spark, specifically when he cleared the ring post for a swan dive outside of the ring and a frog splash so high, son probably caught a nose bleed. But there were moments where the Street Profits almost had all the momentum—and the smoke—but couldn’t capitalize because, ya know, Montez could barely move or breathe.

The Uso’s didn’t want it with Angelo Dawkins, a man who was ready for the war as soon as he stepped in the building. Dawkins gave Jimmy and Jey that work all night long, so of course, the champs isolated the big man from Ford whenever they could. Once the Uso’s incapacitated Dawkins, they put the finishing touches on Ford with a kick to the ribs, a double superkick, and the Uso splash in stereo.

Charlotte Flair made it clear she wanted the old Alexa Bliss. No tricks. No dolls. No illusions, Michael. Much like fans of rappers with 20-year careers, she wanted that old thing back and complained very loudly.

And for the majority of the match, that’s exactly what she got. Alexa turned back the clock and took it to Charlotte sans trickery. WWE told a story of a woman who, when focused on winning a championship, is just as good as Charlotte. Alexa countered several of Charlotte’s big moves, informing us just how prepared she was for the challenge.

But the problem, and it was telegraphed on commentary, is that one mistake would give Charlotte the opening she needed. When Flair realized nothing she did was working, she pulled a move straight out of an ‘80s or ‘90s bad guy playbook. Only instead of holding a person or child hostage to distract the hero, she used a doll.

Charlotte told Alexa that Lilly represents her weakness and separates her from greatness. So it’s only fitting that when Alexa feared for Lilly’s “life” that she lost focus and subsequently lost the match.

Adding insult to injury, Charlotte hammered her point home during the post-match chicanery, flattening Alexa outside of the ring and ripping Lilly to shreds. Bliss, with the help of an antacid, foamed at the mouth in rage and her screams echoed throughout the arena. The crowd, showing their respect for Lilly, clapped and thanked Lilly for her contributions.

Yup, that’s a thing they did.

I liked the match, and if Lilly’s demise signals the end of this phase of Alexa’s career, then I’ll buy Charlotte a round. That ending with Lilly though just rubs me all types of wrong ways. The two women put on a very serious and physical match. For it to end because one of them threatened to destroy a doll is incongruent and weird.

Damian’s character is developing into a really clever cat who already knows the best strategy in triple threat matches is to let your opponents do most of the work for you. Priest picks his spots, takes calculated shots, but is aggressive enough to give hands to anyone who wants them.

To that point, Damian surprised Sheamus with a schoolboy rollup while the Irishman was distracted after executing a Brogue Kick on Jeff Hardy.

Damian is just smarter than Sheamus. At this point, I don’t know how many more times he needs to prove it. This felt like the end of a thing with the Draft on the horizon. If so, it was a fitting conclusion.

BUT, Sheamus did this. Even if he lost the match, this is an eternal win.

The impromptu match between the New Day x AJ Styles, Omos, & Bobby Lashley was all about one word: teamwork. The New Day have it, while the other cats can barely spell it.

Lashley isn’t a team player and he’s greedy. His ego and lust for vengeance on Big E cost his team the W. You can’t spear your teammate and expect the match to go your way. As a result, E now has two pinfall victories over the All Mighty. And both times, he looked just as dominant as Lashley and twice as focused. And it looks like they’re going to tango again on the next episode of Monday Night Raw for what looks like the last time for a while.

Good opening match that set the tone for the night. Although, sadly, no “extreme” anything. Sad.

Audio problems almost ruined a moment for Liv Morgan. The fans love her. Why shouldn't they, right? Beating up on Carmella, someone loathed as much as Liv is loved, will only increase that affection.

Michael Cole and Pat Mac sold it as the biggest W of Liv’s career, and it was. She beat up on a former Women’s champion in convincing fashion. WWE has something with Liv.

This was a solid Sunday night pay-per-view. The endings of two championship matches didn’t completely sully them, but did knock them down a few pegs. Overall, a fun night that moved stories forward, and probably ended several before the rosters reset on October 1. Still weird that only one match on Extreme Rules was, ya know, extreme-ish. But I was sports entertained for three hours and interested.

That’s my grade and I’m sticking to it. Your turn.

Final betting odds for tonight’s WWE Extreme Rules

Wrestling News 26 September, 2021 - 09:55am

The final betting odds for the WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view event are in.

According to these odds, there are no titles expected to change hands on this show. Roman Reigns is a massive favorite to retain the Universal Title over Finn Balor just weeks before he meets Brock Lesnar in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel.

WWE Extreme Rules goes down tonight (Sunday, September 26, 2021) in Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena.

These odds show the favorite as either a (-) or the smallest number while the underdog has a (+) and the bigger number. Here are the betting odds, courtesy of BetOnline:

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