Two titles changed hands and Universal Champion Brock Lesnar discovered who his next opponent will be at WWE Extreme Rules Sunday night in Baltimore.
Check out our match-by-match recap below:
Kalisto defeated Apollo Crews
Crews and Kalisto put on the perfect type of kickoff match to jump start Extreme Rules, which both showed off Crews’ explosive strength and Kalisto’s agility. Ultimately, Titus O’Neil cost his man a victory.
After exhausting his arsenal on Kalisto, who refused to kick out, Crews was distracted by O’Neil, who had jumped up on the apron to give Crews instructions. Kalisto recovered, then hurried over and hit a surprise Salida Del Sol on Crews for the win.
The Miz defeated Dean Ambrose to become the new Intercontinental Champion
The Miz held an advantage over Ambrose in their Intercontinental title match, as if Dean Ambrose was disqualified, he would hand over his title to The Miz.
Knowing the stipulation, The Miz tried to bait Ambrose into using a weapon and disqualifying himself.
Late in the match, Ambrose appeared to injure his left knee after taking an awkward landing from the top rope, and The Miz tried to force a tap by locking in the Figure Four. Ambrose was able to force a rope break, but could barely walk.
The Miz battered Ambrose with Daniel Bryan’s Yes kicks, but Ambrose was able to counter and lock The Miz into a Figure Four.
Maryse climbed up on the apron and was nearly run into by both Ambrose and The Miz, and The Miz tried to force the referee to disqualify Ambrose by asking his wife to slap him. Maryse complied, but the referee instead tossed Maryse from ringside.
The Miz’s backup plan was brilliant, though. Maryse came back up on the apron to protest the referee’s decision, and while the referee was distracted, The Miz whipped Ambrose into him. The ref then deliberated over disqualifying Ambrose - thinking that he’d been attacked deliberately - and while Ambrose was frantically protesting, The Miz came from behind to hit a Skull-Crushing Finale and score the pinfall to win back the Intercontinental Championship.
Rich Swann and Sasha Banks defeated Noam Dar and Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox held her own against Sasha Banks, but after Rich Swann entered the match for the final time, his energy was too much for Dar to handle.
Action spilled outside the ring, where Banks hit her double knees from the top turnbuckle onto Dar outside the ring, after he tried to save Fox from taking the move. Swann then capitalized by tossing Dar into the ring and hitting his Phoenix Splash to score the win.
Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
Bayley was the first woman to grab the kendo stick after it had been removed from the pole high above a turnbuckle - but before she could use it, Bliss tackled her and gained control.
Bliss repeatedly bludgeoned Bayley with the kendo stick, and though Bayley momentarily recovered and hit a Bayley-to-Belly suplex, Bliss turned the tables with the kendo stick before Bayley could use it and finished the match with a DDT.
Sheamus and Cesaro defeated The Hardy Boyz in a steel cage tag match to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions
In a steel cage tag match, both members of a team need to escape the cage in order to win the match. Jeff Hardy was the first entrant to make it out of the cage - but it actually put his brother Matt at a disadvantage. With Jeff out of the cage, Sheamus and Cesaro were able to gang up on Matt inside the ring. They stunned Hardy with a double Razor’s edge, and later hit a dual White Noise from the top turnbuckle.
Jeff Hardy then decided to re-enter the cage, and hit a Whisper in the Wind from the top of the structure. The move did more damage to Hardy, however, and left him as a heap in the center of the ring. It was then a race between the two teams to escape. Matt Hardy opened the cage door and tried to drag a lifeless Jeff out of the ring, while Sheamus and Cesaro scaled the cage and touched the ground just before both Hardys hit the floor.
Neville defeated Austin Aries in a submission match to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
Aries locked in a slightly modified version of Neville’s Rings of Saturn submission and was close to forcing the champ to tap, but Neville wisely grabbed on to the referee. To make sure the ref didn’t end the match by disqualification, Aries broke his hold and pleaded with the official to let the match continue.
A few moments later, Aries hit a massive sunset flip powerbomb and transitioned into the Last Chancery, but Neville was able to escape under the bottom rope and outside the ring. Aries quickly recovered and forced Neville to tap with the Last Chancery on the floor outside, but it didn’t count as a victory because it occurred outside the ring.
Aries wouldn’t get another chance. Neville turned the tide by ducking under a suicide dive by Aries outside the ring, then hit the Red Arrow and immediately applied the Rings of Saturn. Aries, completely spent, tapped without resisting.
Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor via submission to become the new No. 1 contender for the Universal Championship
In a long, evenly fought match in which every one of the five participants had control at one point, we saw Roman Reigns spear two men through the timekeeper’s barricade and Seth Rollins deliver a frog splash to Bray Wyatt through an announce table.
Finn Balor thought he had one the match, hitting his Coup de Grace on Roman Reigns to set up a pin, but Samoa Joe swooped in and applied to Coquina Clutch to Balor, knocking him out to become Brock Lesnar’s next opponent.