The return of Bray Wyatt raises the card

Bray Wyatt’s epic return to WWE raised an Extreme Rules show that didn’t seem as solid as the company’s previous outings under Triple H.

Wyatt paid for WWE’s ‘White Rabbit’ teases and the thoughts on what was to come certainly sent hope back to fans at the Well Fargo Center on Saturday, but that didn’t mean some decisions had to be questioned at the show. an overall solid evening. Matt Riddle defeated Seth Rollins in the main event of Fit Pit, leaving you wondering what’s next for the Original Bro, who has already lost a match to Roman Reigns. Judgment Day started off with next-level heat, but WWE took the long road to get there and the arrival of Karrion Kross and Drew McIntyre’s strap match made me think Vince McMahon was back.

On the bright side, both women’s matches really delivered, Bianca Belair continues to be heavily watched, and Imperium and the Brawling Brutes barrage stole the show well. Here are five takeaways from Extreme Rules.

Matt Riddle celebrates his victory over Seth Rollins with referee Daniel Cormier.

What’s next for Riddle?

Matt Riddle walked away with a hand raised by special guest referee Daniel Cormier after hitting Seth Rollins with a triangle lock which his opponent couldn’t break despite his slam against the Fit Pit. It gave babyface the win in a feud that got very personal but didn’t leave me needing to see another Fit Pit match.

The match itself was nothing special apart from the last maybe third. After what looked like MMA with early pit strikes and submissions, things picked up speed when Rollins and Riddle went to the top platform. Rollins hit a loop bomb in the corner, then a stomp. Riddle delivered an RKO, then once Rollins fell back into the ring, the Original Bro hit a Floating Bro for the moment of the fight before getting the win.

But where is WWE headed with Riddle after what should be a star win? He won’t get Reigns. Maybe it’s Wyatt’s first feud or maybe after a draft he dethrones Gunther as Intercontinental Champion. There doesn’t seem to be a clear next step. Rollins, who paid tribute to Rob Van Dam with his outfit, can easily rebound by beating Bobby Lashley for the United States title on Monday

Bray it yourself

The one thing certain about Bray Wyatt’s return was that WWE delivered what was expected after weeks of “White Rabbit” teasing and righted the wrong of his exit with the show’s closing segment. Other than the mask, a similar sentiment to what we saw from MJF at All Out, it was well done and got a huge pop from the crowd in Philadelphia.

It made you watch Raw and SmackDown to see exactly what we’re getting from Wyatt. Is The Fiend character finished (Man, I hope so)? At least it looks like he’s going back to a version of his Wyatt Family/Eater of Worlds persona. Will the people dressed as “Firefly Funhouse” characters in the crowd turn out to be real wrestlers in a new faction? Riddle or Rollins would make great first feuds. Riddle has ties to Wyatt’s nemesis Randy Orton, and Rollins and Wyatt have unfinished business after the Saudi Arabia debacle.

High score

Bianca Belair and Bayley made the past with pride in the first-ever women’s ladder match on the main roster. The finish itself was quite innovative as Belair lifted Bayley onto his shoulders for a K.0.D. as the challenger grabbed a ladder. She ended up delivering the move to Bayley on the ladder as she turned around. It gave her the opening she needed to climb the ladder and hold on. It was one of many cool spots in one of the best games of the night.

Bayley gave Belair a driving elbow from the apron, who was laid on a ladder wedged between the barricade and the ring steps. It seemed to hurt both equally and both tried unsuccessfully to move up the ranks. Belair reached the top at one point, but Damage CTRL hit the ring and knocked her down. Belair neutralized them with a ridiculous double KOD from Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai off the top rope Bayley and Belair’s singles program may end here, but Damage CTL against Belair, Alexa Bliss, Asuka and Candice LeRae head to WarGames at Survivor Series.


Judgment Day seems to have grown from this match and has some nuclear heat to it, but WWE could have cut a lot of the shenanigans in Edge and Finn Balor’s match and got the same result. All it took was the finish, Edge finally said “I quit” after Rhea Ripley threatened to deliver a conchairto to his wife Beth Phoenix after he adorned her with brass knuckles. Ripley delivered it anyway and the Philadelphia crowd rained down boos.

After many “I Quit” back and forths that even spilled deep into the stands, Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest finally intervened in the match and Edge kicked Balor outside into his The Judgment Day buddies. That didn’t stop Ripley from coming to ringside and handcuffing Edge to the ropes, but he refused to stop as Balor unloaded kendo stick blows into his back. Ray Mysterio came out, but Dominik introduced his father. This sent Michael Cole into a funny tirade about the kid.

Rhea Ripley prepares to hit Beth Phoenix with a chair as the rest of The Judgment Day hold Edge.

Phoenix came to the ring from the crowd to finally go with Ripley. She picked up the key and freed Edge, who retaliated with a kick to Dominik’s lower region. Edge then delivered three straight spears to Balor and then ripped off a piece of chair but was never able to use it as Ripley brought the match to a close.

It took a long time to get there, but it added a new level of villainy to The Judgment Day and Balor. His music had an ominous remix and the prince wore a black mask filled with spikes in the ring. There were reports that Balor might get a big boost and this was the first sign of it. This feud seems destined for some sort of mixed match, perhaps like a traditional Survivor Series match that allows WWE a touch of cross-gender wrestling.

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The closest Morgan to retaining her SmackDown Women’s Championship was a senton on Rousey through a table. Morgan struggled to lift Rousey on one arm. The first time, she threw her against a broken table and Rousey raised her arm after her shoulders slumped. It took a little while to get to the finish, but Rousey was able to contort her body to put a bicep grinder on Morgan. As she pushed her towards Morgan’s head, the champ didn’t pat but instead passed out with a smile on her face. It was a fun way to protect Morgan’s resilience while handing the belt to Rousey in a well-organized match.

Ronda Rousey knocks out Liv Morgan during their match at Extreme Rules.

Other matches

Karrion Kross on Drew McIntyre (strap match)

Karrion Kross’ victory over Drew McIntyre ended with Scarlett ahead of McIntyre to thwart a Claymore attempt. She then proceeded to pepper spray him in the face allowing Kross to hit his finisher for the win. First, Kross needing as much help as he got from Scarlett in this match was too much for his character. And if she has the pepper spray, why not use it sooner and be done with it?

It started out weird with Kross refusing to put his end of the strap on at the start of the match potion. Scarlett opened the door for Kross to get an early advantage and work McIntyre’s left shoulder, whipping him with the strap. If this feud continues, will you kick Scarlett out of the ring or put McIntyre and Kross in a cage? It doesn’t look like it’s over by far now.

Scarlett pepper sprays Drew McIntyre.

The Brawling Brutes over Imperium (Good old fashion Donnybrook Match)

While I’d rather keep a sense of invincibility around the imperium, getting the babyface Brutes to win in a fun opener made a lot of sense to draw in the crowd. This one started off slow, then the big spots followed as each team traded false finishes. Imperium looked to have won the match after much mayhem after Gunther hit Sheamus in the head with a sheleighleigh, but the Celtic Warrior was sent off.

Sheamus finally put Gunther through the announce table with a Celtic cross, freeing him, Butch and Ridge Holland to pass Ludwig Kaiser, then holding Giovani Vince to take a Brogue Kick for the 1-2-3. Expect more encounters from these three, especially with the controversial end to Sheamus and Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship game on Friday.


The Miz getting harassed by Grtitty for wearing his shirt all night and eventually beating him up to get choked out by Dexter Lumis was a fun thing and a good way to promote Raw.

Biggest winner: Matt Riddle

The Biggest Loser: Drew McIntyre

Game of the evening: Bianca Belair vs. Bayley

Predictions: 4-2

To note: B+

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