By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Extreme Rules
Aired October 8, 2022 live on Peacock and pay-per-view
Live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Wells Fargo Center
The event opened with a Paul Heyman narrated video that featured a boy at a spelling bee. The boy was asked to spell the word extreme. When the kid asked for the word’s place of origin, Heyman said Philadelphia…
Michael Cole and Corey Graves checked in on commentary from ringside. Cole noted the new broadcast team changes that would have them calling all premium live events together. He also listed the attendance as 15,944…
Ring announcer Samatha Irvin stood in the ring for the opening match introductions. The Brawling Brutes made their entrance. They cut to the White Rabbit video that first aired on Monday’s Raw. Imperium made their entrance…
1. “Imperium” Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser, and Giovanni Vinci vs. “The Brawling Brutes” Sheamus, Butch, and Ridge Holland in a Donnybrook Match. There were whiskey barrels, a bar, and other objects set up at ringside. All six men brawled once the bell rang. Butch dropkicked Kaiser, who was held in the corner. Imperium battled back and ran Sheamus into the ring post. They cleared the Brutes from the ring and then went back to brawling. Imperium destroyed the picture of Sheamus’s grandfather that was used in the previous Donnybrook match.
Imperium dominated the next few minutes of the match and then struck their pose in the middle of the ring, which was greeted with boos from the live crowd. Imperium isolated Butch inside the ring. Sheamus stood up at ringside. Kaiser and Vinci went after Sheamus, who quickly left them lying on the floor. Gunther stood in the ring.
Sheamus entered the ring and traded blows with Gunther, who put him down with a German suplex. Sheamus got up and blasted Gunther with a clothesline and then hit another in the corner. Sheamus went for a third, but Gunther kicked. Sheamus caught Gunther charging and slammed him to the mat. Sheamus hit Ten Beats on Gunther. Holland and Butch hopped onto the apron and joined in on the beatdown.
Sheamus blasted Gunther with a Brogue Kick and had him pinned, but Vinci did a springboard dive onto him to break up the pin. The sidekicks ended up in the ring briefly, but it quickly went back to the two leaders. Sheamus put Gunther in a cloverleaf. Kaiser returned to the ring and broke a shillelagh over the back of Sheamus. A “this is awesome” chant broke out. All six men ended up in the ring and were face down.
Gunther and Sheamus rose to their feet at the same time and then threw chops at one another. Both men ended up down against the ropes next to their partners, who helped them to their feet. Sheamus hit an Irish Cruse backbreaker on Gunther and had him pinned, but Vinci pulled Sheamus out of the ring to break up the pin. Kaiser and Vinci cleared off the broadcast table for a move on Sheamus, but he was saved by Holland. Butch performed a moonsault from the top of one of the whiskey barrels onto Kaiser, Vinci, and Holland.
In the ring, Gunther hit Sheamus with a shillelagh and covered him for a near fall. Cole noted that Gunther used the same weapon to beat Sheamus in their Intercontinental Title match the night before on Smackdown. Holland and Butch returned and held Gunther in place. Sheamus hit Gunther over the head with a shillelagh. Gunther rolled to the floor.
While the others brawled inside the ring, Sheamus performed a Celtic Cross that put Gunther through the broadcast table. Sheamus returned to the ring where Holland and Butch held Vinci. Sheamus played to the crowd and then hit Vinci with a Brogue Kick and pinned him…
“The Brawling Brutes” Sheamus, Butch, and Ridge Holland defeated “Imperium” Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser, and Giovanni Vinci in 17:50.
Powell’s POV: A hell of a brawl. The live crowd ate it up and it was a blast to watch on television. I like that Sheamus pinned Vinci rather than Gunther. It will mean a lot more if they save Sheamus’s first win over Gunther for a key moment rather than having it happen during a six-man tag match. By the way, there were no matches on the Kickoff Show.
The Miz was interviewed backstage. He spoke about his birthday celebration on Raw and said he wanted to talk to Triple H about it. Miz was distracted by something off camera. It was the Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, who tried to give him a Gritty Extreme Rules t-shirt. Miz laughed at the mascot for thinking he would put it on over his suit. Miz dropped the t-shirt and then stepped on it and said that’s what he thinks of the shirt, Gritty, and his city. Gritty picked up the shirt and threw it toward Miz, who had walked off camera…
A video package set up the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Ronda Rousey made her entrance wearing a pink gi, which Cole said was in honor of Gene LeBell. Liv Morgan made her entrance…
2. Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey in an Extreme Rules match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Irvin delivered in-ring introductions. Rousey received more boos than cheers. Morgan received a favorable reaction. Morgan tried to use a bat as a weapon, but Rousey took her down and the bat went flying. Rousey picked up the bat, then dumped it to ringside. Rousey put Morgan in an ankle lock, which Morgan escaped.
The action spilled over to ringside. Morgan sprayed Rousey with a fire extinguisher. Rousey performed a Piper’s Pit. Morgan took a rough landing, but she got up again. Rousey ended up working over Morgan with light baseball bat shots. Back inside the ring, Morgan hit Rousey with a step-up enzuigiri. A “we want tables” chant broke out. Morgan picked up the bat and hit Rousey with it. Rousey rolled to the floor and threw the gi at Morgan, then took the black belt and whipped Morgan with it.
Rousey used the blackbelt to tie Morgan to the ring post. Rousey grabbed the bat and beat Morgan with it. Morgan ended up free and was able to drive Rousey into the ring apron. Morgan pulled a table out from underneath the ring and then slid it inside the ring where it was leaned in one corner of the ring. Rousey recovered and blasted Morgan with a knee to the head. Rousey put Morgan in a submission hold in the ropes. Both women ended up tumbling to the floor.
Morgan battled back and performed a Codebreaker on Rousey, who had a chair in front of her face. Morgan covered Rousey for a near fall. Morgan set up the table in the middle of the ring and placed Rousey on top of it. Morgan went up top and performed a senton that put Rousey through the table. Morgan covered Rousey for a near fall and then applied a submission hold. Morgan powered up Rousey and slammed her onto the broken table, which led to another two count. Rousey countered into a different submission hold. Cole called it a biceps crusher. Morgan smiled while passing out and then the referee called for the bell.
Ronda Rousey defeated Liv Morgan in 12:05 in an Extreme Rules match to win the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
After the match, Rousey held up the title belt and looked to the crowd. When they booed, she mocked them by pretending to wipe tears from her eyes. After Rousey left the ring, Morgan smiled and laughed while she was lying on the mat…
Powell’s POV: The match was clunky with a mix of light weapons shots early along with some grittiness. The Morgan title change just wasn’t clicking. Of course, neither is Rousey as a babyface, so one can only hope that the way she taunted the crowd means she’s going to be a heel.
A video package set up the strap match… Entrances for the match took place. Drew McIntyre brought his silly sword to the ring, and Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their black and white entrance and then the color returned once Kross was inside the ring…
3. Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross in a strap match. Referee Jessika Carr tried put the strap on Kross’s wrist, but he threw it down. Scarlett grabbed the other end and tugged, which distracted McIntyre long enough for Kross to attack him. They ended up at ringside. Kross dumped McIntyre over the ringside barricade and followed him. McIntyre and Kross fought in the crowd with only McIntyre’s wrist strapped.
Both men returned to ringside. Kross wanted to suplex McIntyre onto the ring steps, but McIntyre reversed it. McIntyre slammed Kross’s head onto the broadcast table and then onto the ring steps. McIntyre picked up Kross while standing on the ring steps and then slammed him onto the ring apron. Both men entered the ring. McIntyre put the strap on Kross’s wrist and then the referee called for the bell to officially start the match.
The action spilled over to ringside. Scarlett got in McIntyre’s face. Kross used the distraction to pull the strap, which pulled McIntyre into the ring post. The referee checked on McIntyre and then Kross pulled him into the post two more times. Cole played up the damage that Kross was doing to the shoulder of McIntyre. Back inside the ring, Kross targeted the injured shoulder.
Kross took McIntyre back to ringside and performed a move that drove McIntyre’s face onto the broadcast table. Cole compared the move to McIntyre’s Future Shock DDT. Kross whipped McIntyre repeatedly with the strap while Scarlett yelled for more and then applauded Kross. Cole once again used the words “calculated lunatic” and then said he wasn’t sure if he was talking about Kross and Scarlett.
Kross brought McIntyre back inside the ring and performed a Doomsday Saito suplex that led to a near fall. Kross whipped McIntyre with the strap several times. McIntyre stood up and glared at a suddenly concerned Kross and then put him down with a couple of clotheslines. McIntyre performed a belly to belly suplex and then used the strap while performing a neckbreaker. McIntyre kipped up and set up for a DDT, but Kross shoved him into the corner. McIntyre came right back with a belly to belly suplex and got a two count.
McIntyre and Kross stood in the middle of the ring and traded blows, which got a rise out of the crowd. They took turns whipping each other with the strap. McIntyre got the better of it, as Kross fell to his knees. McIntyre whipped him several additional times and then performed a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre kipped up again and did the countdown for his Claymore Kick. Scarlett entered the ring and stood in front of McIntyre. He tried to walk around her, but she stopped him and sprayed a substance in his eyes. Kross hit the Kross Hammer shot to the back of McIntyre’s head and then pinned him.
Karrion Kross defeated Drew McIntyre in 10:20 in a strap match.
After the match, McIntyre sold the effects of the spray. Graves said he ended up with the the spray and stated that it was pepper spray. Kross also acted like he had some of it in his eyes for a moment, then rolled to ringside and celebrated his win with Scarlett…
Powell’s POV: The crowd was very quiet when Kross was on the offensive. The effort was there and both guys are going to be feeling that one for a few days. The finish with Scarlett using the spray gave Kross a win while also protecting McIntyre.
The Miz was shown talking on the phone with Maryse and assured her that nothing would go wrong during his birthday celebration. Gritty showed up again. Miz barked that he was on the phone and then stormed away…
A video package set up the Raw Women’s Championship match… Bayley made her entrance. NXT wrestler Nikkita Lyons was shown in the crowd. Bianca Belair made her entrance…
4. Bianca Belair vs. Bayley in a ladder match for the Raw Women’s Championship. Justin Roberts delivered in-ring introductions for the title match. Ladders were set up around the ringside area. Bayley had Belair down in the corner early on. There were dueling chants. Belair avoided Bayley trying to hit her with the ladder. Bayley came right back with a sunset bomb that drove Belair into the ladder that was leaning in a corner of the ring.
A short time later, Bayley placed Belair on a ladder that was leaning on the ring steps and the ringside barricade. Bayley dropped an elbow from the apron onto Belair, who held her left arm at her side. Belair hit Bayley with a piece of a ladder that was broken in half. Belair set up a ladder inside the ring and made a play for the belt, but Bayley stopped her. Belair put Bayley down with a spinebuster. Belair climbed the ladder, but Bayley kicked it, causing Belair to tumble out of the ring.
Bayley pulled out a weapon, but Belair cut her off from using it. Belair set up a ladder, climbed it, and got her hand on the hanging belt. Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai ran out and tipped over the ladder. Sky went up top, but Belair cut her off. Belair avoided a running kick from Kai. Belair hoisted both women on her shoulders and performed a double KOD. “Did we just see that?” Cole asked. Bayley took advantage of the distraction and went on the offensive.
Bayley placed a ladder in the corner over the middle rope and then put Belair down with her Rose Plant finisher. Bayley struggled with the standing ladder, but then pulled it over Belair, who was down on her back in the middle of the ring. Bayley climbed the ladder, but Belair pushed it up bench press style, causing Bayley to fall and crash into the ropes.
Both wrestlers climbed up opposite sides of the ladder in the middle of the ring. They fought near the top of the ladder. Bayley slammed Belair’s head on a run of the ladder. Bayley went for the belt, but Belair recovered and used her braid to whip Bayley. Belair hoisted up Bayley for a KOD while Bayley held onto a small ladder. Belair performed the KOD and Bayley landed on the ladder. Belair climbed the main ladder and pulled down the belt to win the match…
Bianca Belair defeated Bayley in 16:40 in a ladder match to retain the Raw Women’s Championship.
Powell’s POV: An entertaining ladder match with great effort from both wrestlers. I thought we might see Bayley go over so that all Damage CTRL members had title belts, but I’m happy they didn’t have Bayley win due to the three-on-one portion of the match. Belair went over pretty decisively, so it will be interesting to see what’s next for her if they don’t find a way back to a rematch.
A Roman Reigns video package aired and then Cole hyped that his next title defense would be against Logan Paul at the WWE Crown Jewel event. The broadcast team hyped the previously advertised segments for Monday’s Raw season premiere… A video package set up the I Quit match…
Entrances for the match took place with Edge coming out first. A spiked Gimp mask wearing Finn Balor followed and did not have any members of Judgment Day with him…
5. Edge vs. Finn Balor in an I Quit match. Edge shoved Balor into the corner and worked him over with various strikes. Cole and Graves spoke about how humiliating it is for a WWE wrestler to say the words I Quit. Edge shoved Balor into face first into a corner of the ring. Referee Chad Patton held the mic out and Balor said no. Cole said holding the mic would essentially be Patton’s only job in this type of match.
Balor battled back and caught Edge in a leg lock, but Edge declined to submit. Edge punches his way out of the hold and sold knee pain when he stood up. Balor ended up at ringside. Edge tried to follow, but Balor tripped him up and pulled him behind the ring skirting and then stomped him. Edge declined to give up. Balor threw more kicks at him and then pulled him out and slammed his head on the broadcast table. Edge declined to quit. Balor slammed Edge’s head repeatedly out of frustration.
Edge regrouped and dove Balor through the timekeepers barricade. Balor declined to quit. Edge followed Balor into the crowd and past two rows of chairs that were apparently being saved for something. Edge worked over Balor with punches near the Kickoff Show set that was on the main floor. Edge suplexed Balor on the floor. “”Never,” Balor said when the referee put the mic by his mouth.
Edge pulled out a hockey stick and hit Balor with it. Balor tried to escape and climbed onto the Kickoff Show set’s desk. Edge joined him and used the stick while applying a crossface. Balor escaped and tried to get away. Edge followed Balor up the steps. Balor attacked Edge near the entranceway into the concourse area. Balor charged Edge, who hoisted up Balor and shoved him headfirst into the concrete overhang.
Edge turned and looked to the crowd, then went for a spear that Balor sidestepped. Edge sold it as if he crashed balls first onto the handrail. Edge walked gingerly down the steps. Balor caught up to him and kicked him, then choked him over the handrail. Both men eventually ended up back at ringside where Balor jabbed a chair into Edge’s gut. Edge rolled back inside the ring and Balor followed.
Balor slammed a chair over Edge’s back and then jabbed him in the gut with it several times after he rolled over. “Screw you, Finn,” Edge said when Patton put the mic up to his face. Balor hit him with the chair a few more times. “I…I…don’t quit,” Edge said. Balor showed frustration. Balor applied a crossface, but Edge declined to quit. Balor threw knees to Edge’s back and told the referee to ask him again. Edge said no.
Edge finally bounced back and worked over Balor’s left knee with a chair. Edge applied a submission hold. Damian Priest ran out and went after Edge, who cleared him from the ring. Dominik Mysterio ran out. Edge dumped Balor on the apron, then ran the ropes and speared him and both men fell onto Priest and Dom.
Edge threw Balor back inside the ring and set up to for a spear. Rhea Ripley popped up on the apron and handcuffed Edge to the top rope. Ripley smiled while showing that she had the key. Balor, Priest, and Dom entered the ring and stood behind Edge, who turned around and threw punches at them, but they quickly outnumbered him and beat him down.
Balor went to ringside and brought back a pair of kendo sticks. Balor beat Edge with a kendo stick while Cole pleaded on commentary for Edge to quit while saying no one would think any less of him or his Hall of Fame career. Balor beat Edge with the kendo stick. The referee put the mic in front of Edge’s face again.
Rey Mysterio’s entrance music played. Rey ran out and got the better of Balor and Priest, but Dominik took out his own father. Dom ran Rey into the barricade and then the ring post. Dom held his father’s arms while delivering boots to his head. “What is wrong with you?” Cole asked on commentary. “He’s your father for God’s sake.” In the ring, Balor worked over Edge with more kendo stick shots.
Beth Phoenix entered the ring and took the kendo stick from Balor and then worked over him and Priest with it. Dom climbed onto the apron and then dropped off when Phoenix swung the broken kendo stick at him. Rhea Ripley entered the ring and ended up going face to face with Phoenix while the crowd erupted in a “Yes” chant.
Phoenix and Ripley threw punches at one another. Phoenix ran the ropes and speared Ripley. Phoenix got the handcuff key and released Edge, who got right up and speared Priest. Edge caught Dom in the ring. Dom begged off and offered a handshake. Edge shook Dom’s hand and then kicked him in the balls. Balor returned and put Edge down with a sling blade clothesline. Balor went to the corner for a move, but Edge speared him.
Edge got up and speared Balor two more times while Phoenix cheered him on from ringside. Edge had Phoenix bring him a chair. Edge broke the bottom bar of the chair off and then used it while putt Balor in a crossface. Ripley entered the ring and hit Phoenix with a pair of brass knuckles. Priest took out Edge. Priest and Dom held Edge in place while Balor hit him with a Coup De Grace. Balor went up top and performed his finisher two more times. Cole said Edge must have broken ribs.
Balor took the mic from the referee and told Edge that it was his last time to say it. “Go to hell,” Edge said. The crowd cheered. Cole said he couldn’t believe Edge’s courage. Graves said there was a fine line between courage and insanity. The male Judgment Day members held Edge while Ripley brought a chair inside the ring and placed it under Phoenix’s head. Balor gave Edge one more chance. Ripley grabbed a second chair and wound up for a Conchairto. Edge quit.
Finn Balor defeated Edge in 29:55 in an I Quit match.
After the match, Ripley performed the Conchairto on Phoenix anyway. Judgment Day left the ring. Edge covered his wife and showed great concern. Rey and several referees and producers entered the ring.
Powell’s POV: The first half of the match worried me, as it was the usual awkwardness with the referees asking the wrestlers if they quit even though no one actually thought they reached a point in the match where that would happen. The second half of the match was fantastic. Edge totally had the crowd behind him, particularly when he finally got his hands on Dom Mysterio. I assumed that the finish would involve something happening to Phoenix or even her daughters being threatened by Judgment Day, but the way they did it with Ripley was terrific. I love that Ripley got Edge to quit and still performed the Conchairto on Phoenix afterward. There should be a lot of interest in Edge and Phoenix teaming up to face a member of Judgment Day and Ripley at some point.
A Charlotte Flair video package aired (perhaps while Peacock’s ad-based users were watching an ad)…
Miz was about to knock on Triple H’s locker room door when Gritty showed up with the t-shirt. Miz attacked the mascot and left him lying. However, when he turned around, Dexter Lumis was behind him. Miz tried to run, but Lumis put him in his finishing hold and choked him out. Lumis helped up Gritty, who kicked Miz before walking away with Lumis…
A video package set up the main event… The Fight Pit structure was shown hanging above the ring. Special referee Daniel Cormier made his entrance. Cole said there may not be a bigger WWE fan than Cormier. Riddle made his entrance without the scooter. Cole pointed out that Cormier never beat Jon Jones, whereas Riddle beat him in high school (thank you, Jimmy Smith). Seth Rollins made his entrance and then music played while the Fight Pit structure was lowered around the ring…
6. Matt Riddle vs. Seth Rollins in a Fight Pit match with Daniel Cormier as special referee. Cole pointed out that the ring had no ropes and there were no doors on the Fight Pit structure. A “We Want Wyatt” chant broke out briefly. Riddle leapt in the air and pushed off the cage with his foot and then dropped Rollins with a kick. Riddle threw punches at Rollins and accidentally hit the referee. Cormier stepped in and ended up tossing Riddle to the mat. Cormier asserted his authority and Riddle was receptive, but Rollins took advantage of the distraction by hitting Riddle.
Rollins tried to butter up Cormier, who blew him off. Riddle went for a submission hold, but Rollins put Riddle’s thumb in his eye to avoid it. Rollins ran Riddle into the cage. Cormier checked on Riddle. Rollins moved Cormier aside to get to Riddle. Cormier pulled Rollins off of Riddle and backed him against the cage. Cormier told Rollins that he was there to fight Riddle and told Rollins not to touch him again.
A short time later, Rollins put Riddle down and then climbed up the side of the cage, turned, and frog splashed Riddle. Cormier counted and Riddle started getting up at his eight count, so Rollins stepped in and attacked Riddle. Rollins told Riddle that he’s a loser. Rollins said Riddle knows it, the people know it, and Riddle’s own family knows it. Rollins went for a Peruvian Necktie, but Riddle avoided it. Riddle backdropped Rollins, who landed on his feet. Riddle dropped Rollins with an RKO. Both men stayed down and then got up to beat Cormier’s count.
Rollins ended up climbing to the top level of the structure. He walked around the catwalk and played to the crowd as they chanted his entrance theme. Riddle climbed the cage. Rollins was waiting for him and threw punches at him while Riddle held onto one of the chains that was used to lower the structure. Riddle put Rollins in a rear naked choke momentarily. Rollins grabbed the arms of Riddle and pulled him into the chain a few times, then slammed his head into the cage wall repeatedly.
Rollins picked up Riddle and gave him a Buckle Bomb style powerbomb into the upper cage wall. It wasn’t very impressive and Graves even said that he expected it to be much worse. Rollins tried to toss Riddle back into the ring, but Riddle swung around on the chain to stay on the upper platform. Rollins put Riddle down with a Pedigree. Rollins barked at Cormier, who was still on the lower level. Cole explained that the match could only end inside the ring, not on the upper platform.
Riddle avoided a Stomp and then dropped Rollins with an RKO on the platform. Rollins rolled off the platform and back into the ring. Riddle leapt from the upper platform and hit a Broton splash on the way down. Riddle yelled out in pain while Cormier checked on him and then Rollins. Graves wondered if Riddle could recover from the move he performed. Riddle and Rollins both used the cage to pull themselves to their feet. Riddle went for a triangle, but Rollins hoisted him up and ran him into the cage wall twice before slamming him to the mat twice. Riddle maintained the hold and barked at Rollins to tap. Rollins tapped to give Riddle the win…
Matt Riddle defeated Seth Rollins in 16:35 in a Fight Pit match.
Powell’s POV: The Broton spot was wild and I like the way that Riddle held onto the triangle despite Rollins attempting to break it. Unfortunately, the crowd didn’t think this was going to be the finish and Rollins tapping out came off a little flat. Still, I enjoyed the match and I’m happy they didn’t do anything silly to ruin the Fight Pit gimmick during its first main roster appearance.
After the match, Cormier raised Riddle’s hand. Riddle and Cormier headed to the stage area and then the lights went out and the fans used their phone lights while cheering loudly. Cole asked Graves if they were still on the air. A slow version of “He’s got the whole world in his hands” played. Lights went on in a couple different parts of the arena and showed life size versions (with real people in costumes) of the Firefly Funhouse puppets while the song continued to play.
The cameras cut to the broadcast table where a severed Fiend head was on the table. Cole scurried away. A man wearing a Fiend mask was shown. They cut to a shot of a doorway on the stage, and the dilapidated Firefly Funhouse was shown with cobwebs and the various puppets lying motionless. A warped version of the Firefly Funhouse theme played. A television turned on and a shot of a demonic face was shown, and a warped version of Bray Wyatt could be heard speaking.
They cut back to the doorway on the stage, which had light behind it. The door opened and the light shined through and then turned off. The screen was black and then Bray Wyatt walked through the doorway with a lantern in his hand. Wyatt wore the demonic mask that appeared on the television. A “holy shit” chant broke out. Wyatt removed the mask and revealed his face, which led to more cheers. Wyatt looked into the camera and said, “I’m here” and then blew out the lantern. A insect symbol appeared on the screen and then the show concluded…
Powell’s POV: And there it is. They gave viewers a taste of Wyatt at the end of the show and wisely saved the rest for television. I’m happy to see Wyatt rather than The Fiend. The visuals were really cool and it should be a lot of fun to see what comes next. Overall, this was a top notch show. Fortunately they had the big Wyatt reveal at the end, because the main event finish would have ended the show on a bit of a flat note. I will have more to say when I team up with Jake Barnett for our same night audio review of WWE Extreme Rules for Dot Net Members (including our Patreon patrons).