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2019 WWE Extreme Rules results, recap, grades: Brock Lesnar cashes in, four title changes – CBS Sports

July 14th, 2019

WWE more than held its own in a week filled with professional wrestling, putting on the best special-event card of any promotion on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Extreme Rules showcased top-tier action along with plenty of the company’s typical sports entertainment elements, delivering four title changes and a cash in attempt by Money in the Bank holder Brock Lesnar.

With two additional matches added hours before the show and the surprise Lesnar cash in, there were 13 formal bouts held during the event — as many as a typical SummerSlam card rather than a B-level pay-per-view like Extreme Rules. Considering that SummerSlam — WWE’s second-biggest PPV of the year — is just four weeks away and new executive directors are taking over the company’s television programs this week, we are very much left up in the air as to what is planned going forward.

As far as what happened Sunday night, CBS Sports was with you the entire way updating this story with results, grades and highlights. Be sure to subscribe to the State of Combat with Brian Campbell podcast for a full breakdown of Extreme Rules and a look at WWE’s weekly TV product on Wednesday’s show.

2019 WWE Extreme Rules results, grades

Intercontinental Championship — Shinsuke Nakamura def. Finn Balor (c) via pinfall to win the title (Kickoff Show): Much like Nakamura did in his win over Balor, the champion utilized the ringside barriers to rough up the challenger. The bout started slow but picked up late once Nakamura hit Balor — seated on the second rope — with a sliding powerbomb. Balor bounced back with a double stomp and dropkicked Nakamura into the corner. However, when Balor went for the Coup de Grace, Nakamura dodged out of the way and drilled Balor with a Kinshasa to the back of the head and then another to the front of his face.

This marks consecutive losses for Balor to Nakamura and what feels like a rushed title change considering this match was not even booked until a couple hours before Extreme Rules and suddenly wound up on the kickoff show. (It could’ve been on the main SummerSlam card!) Perhaps we will get a rematch if WWE decides to go the way of the Balor-Lashley feud by taking the title off the popular Balor only for him to win it back at one of the company’s biggest shows of the year (as the Demon even). This was not as special as it could have been due to booking and card placement. Nakamura is the third man to hold the WWE and NJPW intercontinental titles (MVP, Chris Jericho). Grade: C+

Cruiserweight Championship — Drew Gulak (c) def. Tony Nese via pinfall to retain the title (Kickoff Show): Nese did not execute it well, but he did hit an interesting moonsault onto Gulak, who was hanging between the middle ropes on the ring apron. The challenger followed with an extremely impressive 450 — driving his knees into Gulak’s chest for a two count. Once he recovered, Gulak hit Nese with a powerbomb and a Cyclone Crash for the 1-2-3. It would not have been fair to expect much out of Gulak after his war with Matt Riddle on Saturday night, but this did not live up to the quality of prior cruiserweight showcase matches. Grade: C

Roman Reigns & The Undertaker def. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre via pinfall (No Holds Barred): The crowd erupted for Taker every time they had a chance, particularly when he hit Old School early. A staredown with McIntyre moments later provided a potential SummerSlam preview. Taker later got his move set in against McMahon and prepared to powerbomb him into an announce table … until Elias appeared out of nowhere and drilled Taker in the back with his guitar. McIntyre hit Reigns with a Claymore outside the ring and followed with another to The Undertaker, who was distracted as he choked Elias. Taker was then placed onto the table and driven through it by McMahon, who hit his patented elbow drop from the top turnbuckle. McIntyre and Elias dragged Taker back into the ring, propping him up in the far corner with a trash can in front of his so McMahon could hit Coast-to-Coast. Reigns woke up and hit Elias with a Superman punch only to be taken out by McIntyre. Taker was dragged into the middle of the ring but immediately sat up and hit chokeslams on McMahon and Elias. With Taker’s back turned, McIntyre prepared for a Claymore, but Reigns intercepted him with a spear. Reigns then threw a wounded McMahon into Taker for a Tombstone Piledriver and the victory.

Taker stared Reigns down after the match, the two nodded at each other, and Taker slapped him on the chest as a sign of respect and approval. Taker held his head high and was given a featured spot in the center of the ring to receive adulation ffrom the fans. “We don’t know how many more times we are going to be able to enjoy what we witnessed tonight,” Michael Cole said. Predicable booking can be good booking, and Reigns saving the day was certainly predictable (as was the table spot with Taker considering the noticeable additional padding). Still, the crowd was hot for the entire match, the action was constant and Taker looked the best he has in years. Great start to the main show. Grade: B

Raw Tag Team Championship — The Revival (c) def. The Usos via pinfall to retain the titles: These teams got going at a breakneck pace, but the match slowed down considerably with The Revival on offense looking to wear down Jey Uso. A hot tag to Jimmy Usos livened the pace up again, but Dash Wilder countered his flurry with a sit-down powerbomb for a 2.5 count. A corkscrew off the top rope and assisted Samoan drop got a similar count for the Usos, but a brainbuster from Scott Dawson followed by a superplex splash combination from the Revival would have resulted in the fall if Jey had not broken it up with a splash of his own. Dawson grabbed Jey’s leg as the Usos attempted a double dive outside the ring, distracting Jimmy and giving Revival an opportunity to hit him with Shatter Machine for the win. Classic, quality tag team wrestling that suffered from a crowd reaction standpoint due to it following the Undertaker. Grade: B

Aleister Black vs. Cesaro: Attempting Black Mass at the opening bell, Black instead was dealt a blow by Cesaro, who mocked his competitor’s sit-down pose. That angered Black, who immediately tossed Cesaro outside the ring, hit him with a moonsault and sat down himself. Black drilled Cesaro with a meteora early, but when attempting it a second time latter, Cesaro caught him and hit him with an elevated European uppercut for a near-three count that was only avoided because Black grabbed the bottom rope. A leaping Cesaro was caught with a knee strike to the chin, giving Black an opening to concentrate on Cesaro’s injured left knee with kicks and a knee bar. The men then traded uppercuts in a tangle that Cesaro won, but after Black avoided a Gotch Neutralizer, he caught Cesaro with Black Mass for the sudden 1-2-3. Pitch-perfect PPV singles debut for Black, and Cesaro proved to be the right opponent to help him shine. Grade: B+

Backstage gift exchange: With R-Truth and Carmella searchign for Drake Maverick, Bliss was shown giving Cross one of her T-shirts as a gift. The Street Profits were shown in the background mocking being touched by the moment and then asked the ladies “where the party at?” after Bliss becomes champion. Bliss corrected them that she and Cross would be co-champions, which led to the Profits to laugh hysterically at the notion. Cross yelled at them before they hit the ring.

SmackDown Women’s Championship Bayley (c) def. Nikki Cross (via pinfall) and Alexa Bliss to retain her title (2-on-1 Handicap): Stuck between the ring apron and the ring, Bayley fought back against Cross, who dominated the start of the match. Bliss ran in with a baseball slide to drill Bayley in the back before demanding a tag from Cross. After Bliss hit Bayley with the handspring double knees, Bayley turned aggressive; she dove through the ropes to take out Cross and then snapped Bliss on the same rope. Cross tagged herself in, but Bayley locked her in Jaime Noble’s old Trailer Hitch (a “deathlock” submission) move before dodging a flying Bliss, who attempted to interfere. Bayley locked Bliss in the crossfafce simultaneously in a cool spot, but Bliss bit Bayley’s hand to escape. Bliss interfered again to break up the submission on Cross and kept jumping into the ring, giving Cross an opening to hit a tornado DDT for a 2.5 count. Bliss got tagged in, but Bayley blocked Twisted Bliss with her knees; Cross tagged in and Bayley drilled her with a knee before hitting an elbow drop for the underdog win.

This match was better than the crowd gave it credit for being, especially the ending, though Bayley does need to go back to the Bayley-to-Belly (Kairi Sane does the elbow drop so much better) and probably should have won with the double submission. That said, there was no return by Sasha Banks, nor was there a turn between Bliss and Cross … so it kind of felt flat as if fans were waiting for something to happen. Grade: C+

Braun Strowman def. Bobby Lashley by 10 count (Last Man Standing): Lashley attacked Strowman before the match began and got the first long count after the bell following a spear at ringside. The two brawled into the crowd, up the stars into the merchandise area before coming back down the stairs into the arena. Lashley picked Strowman up and drove him through the barrier into the ringside area (opposite way it normally goes). Lashley then shoved Strowman into the announcer’s table, which fell over due to his size; Strowman got back at him by catching Lashley flying over the barricade and using his momentum to throw Lashley into the international announcers area. The two eventually climbed stairs again and wound up on a seating platform. Strowman kicked open a small gate and lifted Lashley for a powerslam into darkness (a padded box placed at an entryway into the arena floor. Fans chanted “E-C-W” as Strowman punched through the box and Lashley was counted down. Great, physical match between these two with an ending that suffered some for the TV viewer because the massive padding was so visible. Definitely delivered a nice follow-up from the Raw shocker a few weeks ago, though one wonders if putting Lashley over would have been a better idea. Grade: B

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — New Day def. Daniel Bryan & Rowan (c) [via pinfall] and Heavy Machinery to win the titles: After a Caterpillar by Otis and slingshot slam by Heavy Machinery on Byan, Big E tagged himself in suffered a cross body suplex from the team. Big E recovered and speared Bryan off the ring apron to the outside, leading Otis to feign a suicide dive only to step through the ring ropes and splash the rest of the competitors below; Tucker followed with a splash. Back in the ring, Heavy Machinery hit Big E with the Compactor, but Xavier Woods broke it up at the last minute. Moments later, Bryan blind-tagged Rowan and got the jump on Big E, hitting him with a flying headbutt and then putting him in the LeBell Lock, which he only escaped by scooting far enough under the ropes. Rapid kicks to Big E’s chest only angered him as he rose and dared Bryan to slap him; Big E caught the last slap and responded with a lariat. He then caught a flying Bryan and tagged Woods with Bryan wiggling in his arms as New Day landed Midnight Hour to become six-time tag team champions. This was a tremendous match with a great finish and fantastic reception for the new champs. Grade: A-

Paul Heyman makes a declaration: As New Day celebrated in Gorilla position, Heyman grabbed a microphone and hit the stage. “I am Philadelphia. I am the entire concept of ‘extreme.’ So I will be damned — and I probably will be damned anyway — but I will be damned if I leave Philadelphia tonight on an extreme show without being part of history,” he said. Heyman then promised Brock Lesnar will cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase but said it would probably make him stupid to do so. “Am I telling you the truth … or am I Paul Heyman?!”

United States Championship — AJ Styles def. Ricochet (c) via pinfall to win the title: Before the bell rang, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attacked Ricochet as he posed in the ring. Styles pulled his fellow Club members off the champion but laughed as he was able to dominate the early portion of the match against the now-injured Ricochet. It took a while, but Ricochet eventually got some offense in by flipping off of Style’s chest and hitting a step-up enziguri. He then splashed The Club and hit Styles with a springboard moonsault followed by a Northern lights suplex into a corkscrew suplex. Ricochet avoided a Phenomenal Forearm and Styles Clash but eventually got caught by a Pele kick. Ricochet then hit the challenger with a brainbuster, but when he went for another, Styles countered with the same move for a near fall. After hanging Styles up on the top rope, Ricochet hit a shooting star press from the top rope (not the turnbuckle) and would have won had Anderson not pointed out to the ref that Styles’ foot was clearly under the bottom rope. In an attempt to knock Ricochet off the top rope, Anderson succeeded in distracting both the champion and the referee. This allowed Gallows to knock Ricochet down from the top rope. As the champion was hanging off the top turnbuckle back-first into the ring, Styles locked him in the Styles Clash and hit it backward off the ropes to take the title.

This is exactly what the Balor-Nakamura match should have been earlier in the card — taking a good television match to another level with a phenomenal (pun intended) PPV bout. This was Ricochet’s best match on the main roster to this point and one of Styles’ best since during his WWE tenure. It delivered in every conceivable way with the only demerit being WWE’s continued hot-shotting of the U.S. title. That aside, this was a tremendous match and precisely what WWE should be presenting on its PPVs. Grade: A

Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall: As soon as the bell rang, Owens and Ziggler began jawing with each other. Ziggler slapped Owens in the face, so he responded with the stunner for the 1-2-3 and a 16-second victory. Owens immediately grabbed the microphone and said he would not be silenced. He called McMahon out for his loss to Taker, saying now that McMahon has taken the Tombstone Piledriver, he can “kiss my ass and go straight to hell.” Clearly this is setting up a match at SummerSlam between the two. Ziggler is a bit too high of a level of a performer to go down that easily, but the crowd popped for it. Grade: C

WWE Championship — Kofi Kingston (c) def. Samoa Joe via pinfall to retain the title: Playing off Kingston giving him the bird on SmackDown, Joe worked on the champion’s middle finger early in the match and even placed it between the steel steps before jumping on them. Joe taunted an injured Kingston, who gave him another finger in response and evened out the momentum with a cross body. Kingston escaped a crossface from Joe and hit the challenger with an S.O.S. for a 2.5 count. Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch, but as Kingston attempted to break it, Joe slammed him backwards to the canvas with a uranage and hit a senton for his own 2.5 count. As fans dueled “we want Lesnar” and “no we don’t,” Kingston caught Joe with Trouble in Paradise. Though the match was entertaining with Joe again looking like a legit main event title challenger, it is another instance of him losing a world title match (1-5 with the lone victory a disqualification). The finish also came a bit out of nowhere and felt somewhat lackluster. That’s a shame because a title change was likely the way to go here — or at least a finish that would have given Joe a reason to demand a rematch at SummerSlam. Grade: B-

Universal & Raw Women’s Championships — Seth Rollins (c) & Becky Lynch (c) def. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans via pinfall to retain the titles (Winners Take All — Extreme Rules): Evans felt up Rollins’ chest early in the match, which led an infuriated Lynch to drill her with a kendo stick a dozen times; Rollins grabbed one and did the same to Corbin. Chairs were introduced next with Lynch hitting Evans with a Beck-sploder suplex onto two and a leg drop onto another. Lynch then hit a Van Daminator dropkick into Corbin after he caught a chair tossed by Rollins. Evans responded with a nice moonsault onto Lynch, though the champion dodged the Woman’s Right. The champions setup some tables but did not use them immediately as Corbin grabbed new kendo sticks; he and Evans teed off on Rollins’ back and then hit the champions with stereo chokeslams for two counts. After a double suplex outside the ring, the champs laid the challengers on the tables; Lynch landed a leg drop on Evans from the second rope, while Rollins splashed Corbin from the top rope.

Corbin caught Rollins’ ensuing Stomp attempt and powerbombed him, following with Deep Six for a near fall until Lynch broke it up. Lynch tossed Evans out of the ring, so Corbin shockingly picked up Lynch and hit her with End of Days, enraging Rollins, who grabbed a kendo stick and unloaded on Corbin. Rollins did the same with a chair, fell back into the corner and hit the Stomp but did not go for the fafll. With tension building, he hit it twice more for the 1-2-3 to send the crowd home happy … or so we thought … Grade: B

Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar def. Seth Rollins (c) via pinfall to win the title: Just as Rollins’ theme began playing, Lesnar’s music rang through the Wells Fargo Center speakers. Lesnar hit Rollins with a pair of German suplexes, and Heyman formally cashed in the contract with the referee. As the bell rang, Lesnar hit Rollins with an F5 to take the title with little fuss. The Philadelphia crowd cheered the surprise but booed the title change. After holding the title for 659 days since April 2017, Lesnar is once again champion following a 99-day run by Rollins. It seemed unnecessary for WWE to pull the card at the end of a four-hour PPV that had already delivered exceedingly well. Now we are back at square one with Rollins and Lesnar likely squaring off again at SummerSlam. Grade: C

2019 WWE Extreme Rules highlights


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July 14th, 2019

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WWE Extreme Rules 2019: Results, recap, match ratings and a big surprise – CNET

July 14th, 2019

Before the fall. 


Extreme Rules 2019 was a surprisingly good show. Following high-profile events on Saturday from both AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling (wrestling fans: sign up to New Japan World for the G1. Trust me), WWE capped the weekend off with Extreme Rules, a Philadelphia-based pay-per-view that aired on the WWE Network. WWE is currently in the throes of bad ratings and a couple of back-to-back poor shows, but this one was somewhere in between good and great.

There were disappointments. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston and AJ Styles vs. Ricochet should have both been better matches, particularly the latter. But these flaws were evened out elsewhere. The main event mixed-tag match was far better than previous matches from Baron Corbin and Seth Rollins. And we got a Brock Lesnar cash in, which is either great or terrible depending on your feelings on The Beast. (I am very much pro-Beast, for the record.) 

Maybe most importantly, there really was nothing bad on the show. 

Perhaps the best match of the night was on the undercard: Aleister Black vs. Cesaro. If you’re a WWE Network subscriber and don’t have the time to watch the whole show, that one is worth going out of your way for. As noted, the main event was also a pleasant surprise. 

Below are the full results, recaps and match ratings for the night, from end to beginning. 

Brock Lesnar cashes in


After the main event, Brock Lesnar’s music hits. He German Suplexes Rollins twice, and then officially cashes in. One F5 and Brock wins the Universal Championship for the third time.

Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans

Lacey Evans had the name “Seth” embroidered on the top of her tights, which resulted in a few discomfortingly gratuitous butt shots. The pay off was this match starting with Becky Lynch literally kicking Evans’ ass. 

Corbin and Rollins wrestle, and eventually Evans comes in with a Kendo Stick. Rollins catches the stick, and Evans pulls him in all seductive like. But then Becky cuts that off by hitting Lacey in the back with a Kendo Stick. The two then do tandem offense, pummeling their respective opponents with Kendo Sticks, and a sliding dropkick-suicide dive combo. Corbin and Rollins end up in the ring. Rollins goes for a dive, but Corbin counters with a chair shot. 

The crowd comes in with a loud dueling chant — except it’s not for the wrestlers. One side is chanting “we want Lesnar” (to cash in his Money in the Bank contract), and the other side chants “no we don’t!”

Corbin and Rollins work around two chairs setup in the middle of the ring, while Becky takes a chair to Evans on the outside. Now the legal women, Lynch hits an exploder suplex onto two chairs. She sets up a chair atop Evans and does a top-rope leg drop. Corbin comes to protect Evans, but Rollins passes him a chair and Lynch kicks it into his face. The distraction allows Evans to take control. She hits a beautiful springboard moonsault for a 2-count. 

Evans goes for a Women’s Right knockout punch, but Becky counters into a Disarmer attempt. Evans counters for a roll up, and Lynch tags in Rollins. Lynch and Rollins set up two tables next to each other outside the ring. It takes them a while, though, so Evans and Corbin are able to take back control. Corbin and Evans hit Rollins with a barrage of Kendo Stick strikes. Lynch comes in, and she and Rollins are hit with stereo chokeslams. 

The two continue to double team Rollins, sending him outside the ring. They try to double suplex him through a table, but Lynch interrupts and reverses the suplex. Becky and Rollins then set Evans and Corbin up on the two tables, and both hit top-rope splashes to crash through both tables. Cool spot. 

Rollins goes for the Curbstomp, but Corbin counters with a Deep Six. He pins Seth, but Lynch breaks up the count. Lynch sends Evans out of the ring, and Corbin hits her with an End of Days. WWE doesn’t ever really do man-on-woman violence, so this got the crowd. It also go Seth Rollins, who, visibly incensed, demolished Corbin with a Kendo Stick, a chair and then three Curbstomps. Great finish. 

Rating: 4 stars. I thought this match would be lacklustre, given Seth and Baron’s previous bouts, but it was actually filled with creative spots and great action. The finish was also terrific, and made Seth look invincible. Funny how that worked out, though…

Kofi Kingston retains the WWE Championship

Butter your pancakes, its WWE Championship time. 

The two exchange strikes, with Joe performing a sweet leg sweep. He slaps Kofi on the back, and Kofi returns with a chest slap. Looks like these two are going to work snug. A shoulder ram from Joe proves this. 


Kofi v. Joe


The story from SmackDown a few weeks ago was Kofi wouldn’t shake Joe’s hand. That plays into this match, as Joe bends Kofi’s fingers and then puts his hand in between the ring stairs and steps on them. Back in the ring, Joe slaps Kofi and Kofi gives him the finger. He fights back, hitting a cross body from the top rope. Joe regains control with a wicked powerslam.

Kofi gets an SOS DDT and then goes for the Trouble in Paradise Kick, but Joe counters into a Coquina Clutch attempt. He slams Kofi and then does a back senton. Kofi kicks Joe in the face, Joe hits the ropes and Kofi gets a Trouble in Paradise. 

Rating: 3 stars. Just as this match was getting good, it’s over. Good, but another disappointment. 

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens

Ziggler slaps Owens. Ziggler eats a stunner. 1-2-3.

Owens grabs the mic and cuts an explosive promo on Shane McMahon. He puts over The Undertaker tombstoning McMahon, and says Shane can kiss his ass and go straight to hell. We feel you, Kev. 

AJ Styles vs. Ricochet

Paul Heyman comes out and says Brock Lesnar is here and will cash in on either the WWE or Universal Champion. But, he asked, is he telling the truth, or is he being Paul Heyman? Deep thoughts from Paul E. Dangerously here. Up next is the United States Championship match, which could/should be the best of the night.


The ______ Club. 


Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, who entered with AJ Styles, attack Ricochet before the match starts. The bell rings, and Cole reminds us that this is a match contested under normal rules. Nothing extreme here, fans.

Styles advantage is immediately neutralized, as Ricochet gets the advantage early on. Rolling flip into dropkick, shooting star flip from the apron to the outside. No fists, just flips. A distraction from Gallows allows AJ to get back on top. After some heat, Ricochet takes control with a backflip-enziguri combo. He gets a big knee to AJ’s face and then takes out Gallows and Anderson with a springboard moonsault. 

Style goes for a reverse DDT, but Ricochet counters into a Northern Lights Suplex, powerslam combo. Styles counters a springboard move into an Ushigoroshi. Styles spikes Ricochet with a beautiful body slam-reverse DDT transition. Other than one brief dueling chant, the crowd has been quiet for this one. 

Styles goes for a Phenomenal Forearm but Ricochet dodges, but Styles manages to faceplant Ricochet. He goes for a Styles Clash, but Ricochet counters into a Hurricanrana pin attempt for a 2-count. The two exchange strikes and the crowd wakes up with a big dueling chant.

The two counter with the same moves: Ricochet hits a Pele Kick, Styles hits a Pele kick. Richochet hits a brainbuster, Styles hits a brainbuster. After some back and forth, Ricochet manages a shooting star press. He gets a two count after AJ sticks his foot under the rope. Anderson tried to interfere but Ricochet catches him with a kick, but Gallows strips him off the top rope and AJ hits an avalanche Styles Clash to win the US title.

Rating: 3.5 stars. So many incredible sequences, and everything was smooth and snug. But much of it was hurt by the crowd who, outside of two dueling chants, was flat. Hard to see this one as anything other than a disappointment. 

The New Day wins the SmackDown Tag Team Championships

Daniel Bryan and Rowan take on Big E and Xavier Woods and Heavy Machinery. Lotta men in this here match. Two wrestlers in at a time, meaning the third team needs a wrestler from another team to tag them into the match. OK.

The match starts with Bryan and Woods going back and forth, ending with Woods getting a solid forearm strike in. Tucker, from Heavy Machinery, manages to tag himself in, sending Bryan out. Tucker and Woods go back and forth before Rowan tags himself in, sending Tucker out. 

Rowan tags in Bryan, who puts Woods in a submission. The ref tells him to break the hold, but Bryan yells that it’s no DQ. Daniel Bryan is one of us. But he tags Rowan back in. Woods gets in some offense and tags in Otis while Rowan tags in Bryan. Otis runs wild on Bryan. Oh yeah! He then does the worm, as in the breakdancing move, into an elbow drop. Fantastic. 

Tucker tags in, while Big E tags Bryan. Big E, who by the way has the best Twitter game of anyone in WWE, hits a belly-to-belly suplex on Tucker, but Otis tags himself in. They hit a suplex/cross body tandem move. Rowan comes in, slams Tucker and hits a roundhouse kick on Otis. Rowan and Bryan tag team Woods on the outside. Rowan gets back in the ring, but is sent out by Big E. Big E then spears Bryan through the ropes. 

Then, with four men on the outside, Otis goes for a suicide dive — but stops at the last minute, steps through the ropes and cross bodies onto the tag teams. Tucker then does the same, but from the top rope. 

They send Big E in and hit their Compactor tandem move, but Woods breaks up the pinfall attempt. He’s promptly dispatched by Heavy Machinery, and Rowan comes in to take on Otis and Tucker but is hit with a tag team barrage. It ends with Big E double powerbombing Otis and Tucker from the top rope, and then a superplex on Rowan.  Bryan, however, got a sneaky tag and locks the LaBelle Lock on Big E. Big E goes to grab the rope, but Bryan takes that arm and puts him in an armlock. Big E goes to put his foot on the rope, but Bryan grabs it for a leg hold. Awesome spot, but Big E makes the ropes.

Bryan hits Yes Kicks on Big E, but Big E hulks up and returns with a clothesline. He and Woods hit the Midnight Hour on Bryan for the three count. Bryan has lost two titles this year to The New Day.

Rating: 3.5 stars. Great action, Heavy Machinery shined and… Daniel Bryan, a huge star who has been confusingly booked as an everyday midcarder, got pinned. Can’t have it all. 


Six time champs!


Braun Strowman beats Bobby Lashley

These two big fellows start brawling immediately, before the bell can even ring. Strowman beats down Lashley, who retreats to the outside of the ring. Strowman follows him, though, for his patented running shoulder ram. Strowman runs around the ring to build momentum for another shoulder ram, but Lashley counters with a big spear.

Between this and Lashley’s suicide spear to Finn Balor at WrestleMania, we need to start an official Lashley vs. Reigns spear competition. 

Lashley gets the “steel” steps and rams them into Strowman. Lashley hits him with the steps again, and Strowman tumbles into the crowd. Lashley follows him, and bashes him in the back with a chair. The two stumble into the merchandise stands of the arena. They brawl, and Strowman eventually suplexes Lashley into a merch stand. The announcers play up Strowman’s condition, after he suffered an apocryphal spleen injury on Raw a few weeks ago.

These chaps make their way back to the crowd. Strowman employs ye’ ol’ shoulder ram, but moments later Lashley drives Strowman through the barricade. Lashley is a freak. 

Lashley does a Strowman-esque shoulder ram to Strowman through the German announce table, and then dunks the table over Strowman for a 9-count. Strowman stumbles into the crowd, and Lashley follows him by leaping right over the barricade. Strowman catches him and chucks him into the international announcer area. Bad time for non-English announce teams right now. They brawl some more and get a light “this is awesome” chant.

They ascend the stairs, and Lashley actually throws a “fan” into Strowman (definitely a plant). Strowman bats him away and hits Lashley with a chair. Strowman hits a Powerslam off a ledge through…a strange… box… thing? Braun Strowman is the last man standing.

Rating: 3 stars. Some cool spots, but a lot of average brawling and an underwhelming finish. Crowd liked it, though. 


Your winner. 


Bayley beats both Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross  

If Cross and Bliss win, they become co-SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The story here is that Bliss is just using Cross, but Cross, I guess a loveable idiot, is the only one who doesn’t realize? 

Cross begins with Bayley, but Bliss is quickly tagged in. Bliss then tags in Cross, who has a few exchanges with Bayley. The two wrestle outside the ring, but as Bayley stands on the apron to re-enter she’s shoved by Bliss and hits her head on the ring stairs. Bliss and Cross work over Bayley. 

Cross traps Bayley in the ring apron, and Bliss hits her with a sliding drop kick. Bayley, still stuck, gets a hard slap from Bliss. Another hard slap from Bliss in the corner. Bliss traps Bayley in a tree of woe and hits her with forearms. Back in the middle of the ring, she does some flippy knee drops on Bayley. They exchange strikes and Bliss hits Bayley with a kick. Lots of leg slaps here. Bayley hits a clothesline on Bliss and a suicide dive on Cross to start a comeback.

Cross tags herself in, but Bayley gets the advantage and body slams Cross onto Bliss. Bayley gets a leglock on Cross and a crossface on Bliss at the same time for a creative spot. Cross eventually regains the advantage after distraction from Bliss, and hits a Tornado DDT. Bliss gets tagged in and goes for a Twisted Bliss but Bayley gets her knees up. Cross tags in and also jumps from the top rope but gets a knee to the chin from Bayley. Bayley gets a top-rope elbow to beat both Cross and Bliss clean. 

Rating: 3.25 stars. Everyone worked hard here and there were no botched spots or boring stretches. Bayley beating both Cross and Bliss clean is a huge headscratcher, though, as it kills both Cross’ presumed eventual babyface turn.

Aleister Black defeats Cesaro

It’s the Striking Man from Amsterdam against the Swiss Superman. This could be a great match. 

Black goes for his Black Mass roundhouse kick straight away, but Cesaro ducks. Black hits him with a leg kick in the corner, and Cesaro counters with a snug European Uppercut. (In Europe, do they just call that an Uppercut?”) Cesaro taunts Black with Black’s own sit-down taunt, but Black makes him pay with a flurry of strikes and a springboard moonsault. Aleister Black is super good. 


The Striking Man from Amsterdam.


Black dominates Cesaro, and hits a head kick that, once again, went off like a gun shot. These guys love a good leg slap and I’m all for it. Cesaro fights back and does a spectacular springboard European Uppercut. Cesaro, too, is super good. 

The two go back and forth, and Cesaro puts Black in a hold. Black fights out and hits another springboard moonsault. Black goes for a double-knee slam, but Cesaro catches him, throws him up and hits an uppercut. Amazing spot. 

Black hits a series of kicks on Cesaro, and Cesaro goes for another springboard uppercut but Black counters with a mid-air knee strike. Cesaro starts selling his left leg, after Black has kicked it throughout the match. Black does a leglock takedown, but Cesaro counters it into a sharpshooter and transitions into a crossface. Black counters into a pinfall attempt for a 2-count and then hits a knee to Cesaro’s face. Crowd chants that this is awesome. Sure is, Philly. 

Black hits a few uppercuts on Cesaro, but Cesaro counters with a flurry of uppercuts of his own. Great intensity. Cesaro goes for a Neutralizer, but Black counters and hits a Black Mass for the win.

Rating: 4 stars. These two beat the crap out of each other. The crowd was into it because the action was outstanding, but the match was hurt by the crowd not really being invested in either character. Still, absolutely fantastic wrestling. 


Black. Mass.


The Revival retains WWE Raw Tag Team Titles

After a bad comedy promo with Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins, The Revival are out to defend their Raw Tag Team Championships. The Usos cut a dual promo in their entrance welcoming us to the Uso Penitentiary. The Usos are great.

After back and forth action, with tags in and out for both teams, The Usos end up doing an over-the-top-rope dive on The Revival. The Revival double team Jey Uso on the outside, and The Revival tag in and out to work him over. No flips from them so far. Just fists. (And slams.) 

Dash Wilder tags in Dawson, who cuts Jey off from Jimmy Uso. Jey eventually makes the tag, but The Revival distract the ref, who missed the tag and doesn’t let Jimmy in. The Revival hit a backbreaker-elbow drop combo on Jey. 

After countering a superplex, Jey tags in Jimmy for the hot tag. Dual Samoan Drops on Wilder and Dawson. Wilder cuts him off, though, and hits a sit-down Powerbomb. Wilder tags in Dawson, and the two try to double team Jimmy, but Jimmy hits a corkscrew moonsault on both. The Usos hit a tandem Samoan Drop on Dawson for a 2-count. 

After some action, Dawson hits a superplex on Jey Uso and Dash follows with a top-rope splash, but Jimmy breaks up the pinfall with a top-rope crash of his own. Awesome spot. Jey Uso hits a superkick on Dawson that sounded like a gunshot, and follows with one on Dash. Jey hits the ropes for a plancha but gets leg dragged by Dawson, and The Revival hits a Shatter Machine for the 3 count.

Rating: 3.5 stars. Terrific wrestling, but held back by a crowd that was only semi into it. 




The Undertaker and Roman Reigns defeat Drey McIntyre and Shane McMahon

The main show is kicking off with one of the card’s biggest matches, featuring a rare appearance by The Undertaker. 

Shane is out first, and makes the announcer introduce him as “the best in the world”. Did you know Chris Jericho invented that? McIntyre, who looks like he’s made of solid stone, follows. Reigns gets a decent reaction, followed by a huge pop for The Undertaker. 


Undertaker gets a big reaction from the crowd. 


Reigns and McIntyre start. Michael Cole explains this is a no-holds-barred match, meaning no disqualifications, but the wrestlers still need to tag each other in and out. OK. McIntyre tags in Shane, the crowd boos. Reigns, after a few exchanges, tags in Undertaker. The crowd cheers. After some punches in the corner, Undertaker goes for Old School and crowd chants that he’s still got it. We will see, Philadelphia, we will see.

After some action, Reigns finds himself in the ring being pummeled by Shane, and the McIntyre tags in and puts Reigns in an armhold. Reigns comes back with a Samoan Drop, and Undertaker gets the hot tag. He hits Snake Eyes and a big boot on Shane and clears the ring of both Shane and McIntyre. 

Undertaker takes apart the announcer’s table and sets up Shane for a Last Ride. Elias comes out of nowhere and breaks his guitar over Undertaker’s back. Reigns fights him off, but eats a Claymore Kick from McIntyre. McIntyre then hits another Claymore on Undertaker. McIntyre looking like a killer. 

Elias and McIntyre put Undertaker on the announcer’s table, and Shane hits the flying elbow from the top rope through the table. Elias and McIntyre bring Undertaker into the ring, and position him in the corner. Shane hits a Coast to Coast dropkick. Greatest hits of Shane, here.

Reigns hits Elias with a Superman Punch, but McIntyre takes him out with a Russian Leg Sweep. In the ring, Undertaker sits up to a petrified Shane and hits a Chokeslam on him. McIntyre pops up behind Undertaker, but Reigns hits a spear on McIntyre. Undertaker Tombstones Shane and gets the 1-2-3. 

Reigns gives the ring to Undertaker, and Cole tells us to breathe him in because we don’t know how many more times we’ll get to experience The Undertaker. 

Rating: 3.5 stars. Undertaker clearly wanted to prove, after the disastrous Saudi Arabia match with Goldberg, that he’s still got something. He did well here, didn’t botch anything and never looked noticeably slow. The match was also helped by a hot crowd. 

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Preshow results

Extreme Rules’s hour-long preshow had two matches, one of which crowned a new champion. Here are the quick results.

Shinsuke Nakamura wins the Intercontinental Championship from Finn Balor: Nakamura pinned Balor after a Kinshasa knee. 

Drew Gulak retains the Cruiswerweight Championship: Gulak pinned Tony Nese with a Cyclone Clash.


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July 14th, 2019

Tornado touches down outside Crossfield, tears apart holiday trailer – Calgary Herald

July 14th, 2019

A funnel cloud near Crossfield on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

A tornado sighting north of Calgary prompted an emergency alert and a flurry of social media postings from storm watchers on Sunday.

According to the province, a funnel cloud was spotted near Crossfield, some 50 kilometres north of Calgary, about 2:15 p.m., moving slowly eastward towards the rural village. At one point, emergency alerts were also issued for the towns of Beiseker and Acme, as well as three rural counties — Rocky View, Mountain View and Knee Hill.

Russ Cann, who lives in Crossfield, was about to chase a storm in Cochrane because it looked more promising than the storm where he was. As he was backing out of his driveway, he saw small funnel clouds north of Crossfield and decided to drive closer.

When he was close enough to stop and begin filming the storm, it became a tornado. As the tornado dissipated, he conducted a situational awareness check and determined it was safe enough to continue following the storm about 2 kilometres northeast of Crossfield. As he drove, he came upon a full-sized holiday trailer torn to pieces in a ditch.

“I jumped out and hollered to make sure there was nobody in the wreckage. I established as best I could that nobody was in the trailer and went back to the nearest farm,” said Cann.

He knocked on the farmhouse door and when no one answered, went around the back to find the family fixing broken fences and herding horses.

“The tornado went right through the middle of the horses, the whole horse area. It broke down all the fences, ripped the topper off a pickup truck, flipped a huge shed upside down, and the farmer told me he watched it suck the water right out of the trough,” said Cann.

The family was shaken up but told Cann they were safe and all the horses were accounted for.

Environment Canada said it was tracking a severe thunderstorm in the region that was producing a tornado, with the possibility of damaging winds, large hail and intense rainfall, advising those in the area to take cover in a basement or reinforced structure, get low and stay away from windows. The estimated wind speed, according to Environment Canada, was 90 to 130 kilometres/hour.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately,” said an advisory from Environment Canada.

About an hour after the first alert, the tornado warning was lifted, though severe thunderstorm warnings remained in place for parts of central Alberta.

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Beyoncé Told Meghan Markle That Her Son Archie Is “So Beautiful” at the Lion King Premiere –

July 14th, 2019

At the Lion King premiere in London today, British royalty met the American kind. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was spotted chatting with none other than Queen Bey on the orange carpet, and fortunately for fans, their interaction was caught on camera.

According the Daily Mail‘s royal correspondent Rebecca English, the two women and their husbands spoke briefly about their children.

“The baby, so beautiful,” Beyoncé said, about Harry and Meghan’s newborn Archie. “We love you guys.”

Harry also asked about the Carters’ twins, Rumi and Sir, who are two-years-old.

“They are not here. They don’t come on every trip. We left them at home. They would loved to have been here,” Beyoncé replied.

Jay Z then reportedly offered the Sussexes a parenting recommendation. “The best advice I can give you, always find time for yourself,” he said.

It’s unclear if the Duchess and Beyoncé had met before this weekend, but they greeted each other like old friends. According to Twitter user @Khaleesi_Hodan, the Lemonade singer even called Meghan “my princess” as they embraced.

English also reports that Beyoncé said Meghan and Harry are “sooo sweet” when asked about their conversation.

Earlier this year, the Carters paid tribute to Meghan on Instagram when they remotely accepted the award for Best International Group at the BRIT Awards. In the Instagram photo, the couple referenced their “Apeshit” music video, but replaced the Mona Lisa with a stylized portrait of Meghan.

“In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas,” reads the caption. “Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”

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R Kelly Arrested Again – ZimEye – Zimbabwe News

July 14th, 2019

R Kelly was arrested on child pornography and federal sex trafficking charges after former enablers and ex-employees allegedly turned on him.

The singer was arrested by New York police detectives from the department of Homeland Security last Thursday after it is thought some 20 videos of Kelly having sex with under-age girls were handed to law enforcement.

Gerald Griggs, who represents Joycelyn Savage’s family among others, alleged the tapes “were exactly what the feds needed to secure indictments for sex crimes, including child pornography”.

Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, confirmed Kelly had been arrested on a 13-count indictment: “The indictment includes charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice.”

Joceyln Savage is one of many women associated with R Kelly and his sexual abuse allegations; the 23-year-old currently lives with the singer and her parents claim she has been ‘brainwashed’.

Kelly previously appeared in court in Chicago in June, where he pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault which were brought against him on May 30 following documentary “Surviving R Kelly”. The documentary series featured various women who accused Kelly of abuse, with these charges stemming from claims by Jerhonda Pace.

The singer was charged with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of criminal sexual assault. Kelly was previously charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February, where the singer pleaded not guilty and was released on bail after paying the US$1 million bail.

He has adamantly denied all the allegations. In an interview on CBS he said he was “very tired of all the lies”. — Metro.

R Kelly
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Prime Day Deals 2019: 4K TVs, Blu-rays, DVD Box Sets, and More! –

July 14th, 2019

Prime Day Deals 2019: 4K TVs, Blu-ray, DVD Box Sets, and More!

Prime Day Deals 2019: 4K TVs, Blu-rays, DVD Box Sets, and More!

Amazon’s highly anticipated annual shopping event, Prime Day will start on July 15 at 12 AM PT/3 AM ET and will run through July 16. Bigger than ever, Prime Day will run for two days, with more than one million deals exclusively for Prime members around the world!

New this year, Prime Day will offer more than one million deals globally, including new featured Lightning Deals. These deals will include jaw-dropping prices on top-tier brands. Due to the nature of these deals, many will have limited quantities and could sell out fast, so Prime members should come back frequently to view new deals launching throughout the 48-hour event. Stay tuned, the featured Lightning Deals will include some of the most exciting products of the year. Prime members will find the biggest Prime Day deals ever on Alexa-enabled devices. Not a member yet? Anyone can join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at

to participate in Prime Day.

At we’ll be cataloging the best deals for movie and television blu-rays, DVDs, 4K, and box sets as they go live across the service so be sure to check back here as we’ll frequently be updating the list! Before the real fun even gets started though there are plenty of Pre-Prime Day Deals for 4K and digital releases which we’ve collected below!

Prime Day Tech Deals

Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR – Fire TV Edition – $304.99 (Save 20%)

TCL 43″ 4K Roku TV – $249.99 (50% off)

Video Projector, Crenova Mini Home Movie Projector with 200” Display – $89.99 – 30% extra savings coupon applied at checkout.

ViewSonic X10-4K True 4K UHD Short Throw LED Portable Smart Home Theater Projector – $1,499.99 (28% off)

Fire TV Recast, over-the-air DVR, 500 GB, 75 hours – $129.99 (43% off)

Echo Dot for $22 (56% off)

Fire TV Stick (1080p) for $14.99 ($25 off)

Fire TV Stick 4K for $24.99 (50% off)

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote plus 2 months of HBO – $39.99

Kygo Life A9/600 | Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones – $229

Fire 7 Tablet (7″ display, 16 GB) – $29.99 (40% off)

Prime Day Launch Deals

Alita: Battle Angel Limited Edition Collector’s Set – $199.99

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever! – $68.99 (23% off)

Inglourious Basterds 10th Anniversary Gift Set – $19.98

LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander – $199.99

Prime Day Blu-ray Deals Spotlight

Alita: Battle Angel – $19.96
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Cowboy Bebop Complete Series Digital – $4.99

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Venom – $7.99
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $7.99
Equalizer 2 – $7.99
Robin Hood – $5.99
Bumblebee – $7.99
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (With Bonus Content) – $7.99
Creed II – $7.99
The Wolf Of Wall Street – $7.99
Interstellar – $7.99
Dragged Across Concrete – $3.99
World War Z – $3.99
Tropic Thunder – $3.99
Baby Driver – $6.99
The Witch – $5.99
Green Book – $3.99 TO RENT

Game of Thrones – Season 1 – $9.99

Killing Eve – Season 1 – $9.99
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Yellowstone – Season 1 – $8.99

Doctor Who – Season 11 – $7.99

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LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander – $199.99

Funko Pop! Deluxe: Star Wars – Millennium Falcon with Han Solo – $64.99

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July 14th, 2019

OPP search for two teenage girls last seen at Algonquin Park – The Globe and Mail

July 14th, 2019

Police say a search is under way for two teenage girls who were last seen on a camping trip in Algonquin Provincial Park on Thursday.

Ontario Provincial Police say officers and volunteers are searching the western area of the provincial park for the two 16-year-old girls.

Police say the two campers were reported missing around 10 p.m. on Friday, but they were last seen on Thursday on the Western Uplands Trail between Rainbow Lake and Susan Lake.

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They say the girls, who are both from Kitchener, Ont., were part of a camping group, and the pair had a tent but limited camping supplies.

Police say the air and ground search began on Saturday.

One of the girls is described as five-feet tall with a thin build and long auburn hair.

The other girl is described as six-feet tall with an average build, shoulder-length dirty blonde hair and glasses.

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