WWE Extreme Rules 2021 Results, Summary, Ratings: Bizarre Finish Mars Exceptional Universal Title Main Event

Sunday night’s WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view provided plenty of solid action in the ring, but the end of the universal championship main event will be the lasting memory of the event. Despite an energetic effort from “The Demon” Finn Balor, a higher power appeared to intervene to allow Roman Reigns to successfully retain his championship.

Balor overcame interference from The Usos to launch into a spectacular late comeback against the champion. Just when it looked like Balor might have won the match, and the title, the top rope snapped in a strange trick that allowed Reigns to hit a spear to retain the title. The finale absorbed the momentum of an otherwise compelling pay-per-view and featured plenty of good championship games from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

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Results, ratings of WWE Extreme Rules 2021

Carmella vs. Liv Morgan: Carmella got off to a good start, assaulting Morgan around the ring. Morgan continued to try to defend herself, but Carmella continued to maintain control until the match exited the ring and managed to get Carmella to the announce table. After bringing the match back to the ring, Morgan hit the oblivion slingshot to score the pinfall and score a huge victory that should put her in line to be a future title challenger on SmackDown. This was the standard 10 minute kickoff match to get things going and it went pretty well. Liv Morgan def. Carmella via pinfall. Grade B-

The New Day vs. Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles and Omos: Styles nearly locked up a calf smasher on Xavier Woods seconds into the match, but was unable to finish. A bit of trash talk from Styles brought Big E into the ring to take advantage of briefly before Lashley began to dominate the match. Kingston was slashed at the corner of the heel, trying, and failing, to make his way through the powerful duo of Lashley and Omos. Kingston was very offended as Lashley made sure he couldn’t tag Big E, taking out the men in the apron before catching Kingston in the corner once more before hot tagging Xavier Woods, with Woods in brief. career. before a powerslam from Lashley allowed him to take control once more. Woods was finally able to make the hot tag to Big E, with the WWE Champion taking out Omos and Lashley on the apron of the ring before focusing his attack on Styles. A fight broke out outside the ring before Lashley attempted a blind tag to enter the match only for Big E to send a Lashley spear to AJ Styles before hitting Lashley with a grand finale to score victory in a very fun six-game match. mens. The new day def. Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles and Omos via pinfall. Grade B

SmackDown Couples Championship – The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits: Montez Ford had his ribs bandaged after facing Roman Reigns on SmackDown and after his attack. Ford showed some fire by bringing the fight to the Usos early before a blind tag allowed the Usos to gain an early lead. Ford was finally able to hot tag Angelo Dawkins, with Dawkins in a hot run before tagging Ford again to hit a blockbuster for a near knockdown. The tags continued until Ford returned to the ring with a big frog splash only for Jimmy Uso to get on his knees to fight back from a close knockdown. Ford still managed to hit his huge frog at Jey Uso for a close drop before Jimmy snapped the pin. Dawkins made a save from a double superkick only for Ford to eat the kicks anyway before The Usos hit a double splash to score the pin and retain the titles. Solid tag fight all over the place before a nice clean finish. The Uses (c) def. The Street Profits to retain the titles. Grade B

Raw Women’s Championship – Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Alexa Bliss: Bliss got off to a good start, taking Flair out of the ring with a dive, only for Flair to return with an assault that included repeatedly banging Bliss’s head against the mat. Bliss tried to return fire, but Flair dropped her onto the ring-side padding after pushing the challenger to the ring-side barricade. Bliss and Flair traded knockdown attempts after a Flair moonsault. Bliss responded with several close drops, even after a big DDT in which Flair put his foot on the bottom rope. Flair grabbed Lilly and threw her wrist to Bliss to allow her to hit a big boot and then to Natural Selection to score the pinfall and retain the championship. After the match, Flair smashed Lilly into several pieces before Bliss attacked and punched the champion only for Flair to throw her across the ring. There was not much in this match, although there was nothing particularly offensive about it. Charlotte Flair (c) def. Alexa Bliss via pinfall to retain title. Grade: C +

United States Championship – Damian Priest (c) vs. Sheamus vs. Jeff Hardy – Sheamus eliminated Hardy the moment the match started quickly by splitting the match one-on-one with the champion. Hardy quickly found his way back to the match when chaos erupted in the ring with all three men having moments to get each other out. The action continued to spin wildly in standard WWE triple threat forms with the men paired two at a time and each gaining a bit of momentum for a close knockdown or two before Hardy hit a Whisper in the Wind on both of them. men for a close drop. Sheamus. Hardy eventually went to the top rope in an attempt to hit Priest with a swanton, but Sheamus pushed him off before hitting his own jumping knee for a count of two. Hardy eventually hit a Swanton, using the move to break a Priest pin on Sheamus. After a series of big moves by the three men, Priest pounded Sheamus with a schoolboy pin to score the victory and maintain his championship. This was sloppy at first before settling into a much better pace for a fairly hot finish. Without the first problems, it would have been a much stronger game overall. Damian Priest (c) def. Sheamus and Jeff Hardy via pinfall to retain the qualification. Grade B

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair: Lynch reached out for a handshake as he has done for weeks before attempting to sneak into a Manhandle Slam only to almost eat a Kiss of Death from Belair. Belair put Lynch on the defensive with a big hit and splash for a near knockdown early on. Lynch used Belair’s hair to take control of the match, tossing it back over the top rope to score a close drop. Both women came and went with close falls before heading out of the ring, where Lynch was able to counter a punch from Belair to knock the challenger against the ring steps. Lynch tried several times to block Belair’s arm, but Belair fought back and hit a large spinebuster for the count of two to nearly win the title. Belair continued to fight until he put Lynch up for the Kiss of Death when Sasha Banks ran to push for disqualification. Lynch nodded to Banks, but Banks attacked, leaving the two women and posing over the title. This is the rare good disqualification ending given that Belair shouldn’t suffer another loss and Lynch can’t lose in his first title defense either. It is cheap, but a sensible way to handle things. Lynch doesn’t have her completely ringed legs under her, but the combination was fine considering. Becky Lynch (c) retained her title against Bianca Belair after interference from Sasha Banks. Grade B

Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. “The Demon” Finn Balor (Extreme Rules Match): Balor came out fast and raked Reigns’ eyes and face at first, taking advantage of the lack of rules. Reigns was quick to slide out of the ring and grab a kendo stick, but Balor slipped out of the ring and grabbed a pack of various sticks, which he used to wear down Reigns with multiple shots to the midsection. A chair was introduced into the match, and Balor managed to step on it in Reigns’ midsection before taking the champion into the ring and leading him onto the steel steps. The fight spread through the crowd, with Reigns, a real-life cancer survivor, donning a mask as he continued to attack Balor in the crowd.

Balor was able to regain momentum when the match returned to the ring, setting up a table in the ring. However, it was Balor who smashed across the table with a big bang for the count of two. The two men traded punches before Reigns hit a Superman punch to score a close knockdown. Reigns went for a spear only to be countered by a kick and a sling. Balor attempted to line up a dropkick but was met with a spear for a close fall, and Balor broke the pin with a low blow, just as Reigns had done in their SmackDown match. Balor managed to hit the Coup de Grace, but The Usos ran to break the pin, knocking Balor out of the ring and hitting a double superkick. Balor fought back, driving Jey Uso across the announce table with a power bomb before the kingdoms slammed a spear through the ring barricade. The lights went out and the sound of a heartbeat and Balor’s music rang out as he stood up and led Reigns across a table with a dropkick, throwing the champion back into the ring and preparing to hit the Coup de Grace alone. for the top rope to break, sending Balor crashing into the canvas before a spear from Reigns to score the victory. The match was outstanding until the ridiculous finale, going from cheesy with the heartbeat and music to completely ridiculous with the broken top rope. It’s a shame because the rest of the game was very good. Roman Reigns (c) def. Finn Balor to retain the title. Grade B-

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