|Date||July 14, 2019|
|Venue||Wells Fargo Center|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|Extreme Rules chronology|
The 2019 Extreme Rules was the 11th annual Extreme Rules professional wrestling event produced by WWE. It was held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brand divisions. The event aired on pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network and took place on July 14, 2019, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The card comprised thirteen matches, including two on the Kickoff pre-show. In an impromptu main event, Brock Lesnar cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Seth Rollins to win the Universal Championship for a record third time, right after Rollins and Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch had retained their respective titles against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a Last Chance Winners Take All Extreme Rules mixed tag team match. In other prominent matches, Kofi Kingston retained the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe, AJ Styles defeated Ricochet to win his third United States Championship, The New Day's Big E and Xavier Woods defeated Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker) and defending champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship for a record-tying fourth-time, and in the opening bout, The Undertaker and Roman Reigns defeated Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred tag team match, which proved to be The Undertaker's final match in front of a live audience in the United States before his retirement in 2020.
Extreme Rules is an annual gimmick pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network event produced by WWE since 2009. The concept of the show is that the event features various matches that are contested under hardcore rules and generally features one Extreme Rules match. The defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion, which WWE acquired in 2003, originally used the "extreme rules" term to describe the regulations for all of its matches; WWE adopted the term and has since used it in place of "hardcore match" or "hardcore rules". The 2019 Extreme Rules event was the 11th event under the Extreme Rules chronology and featured wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands—the only to feature 205 Live. It took place on July 14, 2019, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The show comprised thirteen matches, including two on the Kickoff pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands, while storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.
At Stomping Grounds, Becky Lynch retained the Raw Women's Championship against Lacey Evans, and later that night, Seth Rollins defended the Universal Championship against Baron Corbin with a special guest referee of Corbin's choice. Corbin chose Evans, who changed the ongoing match to a no countout, no disqualification match and Evans eventually attacked Rollins, prompting Lynch to come to his aid. Rollins subsequently retained his title. The following night on Raw, Corbin and Evans brawled with Rollins and Lynch and challenged them to a mixed tag team match. Rollins and Lynch agreed as long as it would mean the end of their respective feuds, while Corbin and Evans insisted that their opponents put their respective titles on the line. As a result, a last chance winners take all mixed tag team match for both the Universal and Raw Women's championships was scheduled for Extreme Rules, with an extreme rules stipulation added the following week.
At Super ShowDown, Shane McMahon defeated Roman Reigns thanks to interference from Drew McIntyre. This led to a match between Reigns and McIntyre at Stomping Grounds that Reigns won, despite Shane's multiple attempts to distract Reigns. On the following Raw, Shane and McIntyre dominated wild card guest Reigns in a handicap match until The Undertaker appeared and attacked both Shane and McIntyre. A tag team match featuring Reigns and Undertaker against Shane and McIntyre was then scheduled for Extreme Rules, which was made a No Holds Barred match the following week.
On the June 24 episode of Raw, after WWE Champion Kofi Kingston defeated both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in consecutive singles matches (both Kingston and Owens appearing via the wild card rule), Kingston was randomly attacked by Samoa Joe, who performed an uranage on Kingston. As referees tended to Kingston, Joe returned and applied the Coquina Clutch on him. Kingston was subsequently scheduled to defend the WWE Championship against Joe at Extreme Rules. On the following SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler, whom Kingston defeated to retain the title at Stomping Grounds, faced Kingston in a two out of three falls match in which if Ziggler won, he would have been added to the championship match, however, he was unsuccessful.
At Stomping Grounds, Bayley retained the SmackDown Women's Championship against Raw's Alexa Bliss. Nikki Cross, who was in Bliss' corner, felt it was her fault that Bliss lost as she tried attacking Bayley during the match. On the following SmackDown, wild card guest Cross defeated Bayley, thus earning Bliss a rematch for the title at Extreme Rules. On the July 8 episode of Raw, Cross and wild card guest Bayley both competed in a Beat the Clock challenge with the winner deciding the stipulation of Bayley and Bliss' championship match. Cross won and decided that the championship match would be a handicap match with Cross teaming with Bliss against Bayley.
On the Stomping Grounds Kickoff pre-show, Drew Gulak defeated former champion Tony Nese and Akira Tozawa in a triple threat match by pinning Tozawa to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. On the following episode of 205 Live, Nese defeated Tozawa to earn a rematch against Gulak on the Extreme Rules Kickoff pre-show.
At Stomping Grounds, Daniel Bryan and Rowan retained the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker). On the following SmackDown, The New Day's Big E and Xavier Woods defeated Bryan and Rowan in a non-title match, thus earning a title match at Extreme Rules. The following week, Heavy Machinery were added to the title match after defeating the team of Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler, thus changing the title match into a triple threat tag team match.
Since being drafted to SmackDown during the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up in April, Aleister Black began appearing in ominous backstage promos in a dark room, awaiting a challenger. On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, there was a knock on Black's door, indicating that someone had accepted his challenge. The following week, however, Black stated that no one was at his door when he answered and said he would be waiting for them at Extreme Rules. On the July 9 episode, Raw's Cesaro was revealed as the mystery challenger.
After Ricochet won the United States Championship at Stomping Grounds, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and AJ Styles interrupted a photoshoot, congratulating the new champion. The following night on Raw, Styles defeated Ricochet in a non-title match, and following the match, Styles and Ricochet showed mutual respect to each other. In a title match the following week, Ricochet retained against Styles. After the match, Gallows and Anderson attempted to enter the ring and taunted Styles, who held them off, only to attack Ricochet himself, turning heel. Gallows and Anderson also joined in on the attack, reuniting The Club, and another title match between Ricochet and Styles was scheduled for Extreme Rules.
At Super ShowDown, Braun Strowman defeated Bobby Lashley. On the June 17 episode of Raw, Strowman eliminated Lashley from a fatal five-way elimination match for an opportunity at the United States Championship; Lashley in turn helped in Strowman's elimination. The following week, Lashley attacked Strowman after losing a tug of war match. A falls count anywhere match on the July 1 episode ended in a no contest after Strowman tackled Lashley through the LED video wall of the entrance and both were taken to a local medical facility. A Last Man Standing match between the two was then scheduled for Extreme Rules.
On the Super ShowDown Kickoff pre-show, The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) defeated The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder). On the following episode of Raw, The Revival defeated former champions Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder and The Usos to win the Raw Tag Team Championship. After more feuding on subsequent episodes, The Revival were scheduled to defend the title against The Usos at Extreme Rules.
|English commentators||Michael Cole (Raw)|
|Corey Graves (Raw/SmackDown)|
|Renee Young (Raw)|
|Tom Phillips (SmackDown)|
|Byron Saxton (SmackDown)|
|Vic Joseph (205 Live)|
|Nigel McGuinness (205 Live)|
|Aiden English (205 Live)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|German commentators||Carsten Schaefer|
|Ring announcers||Greg Hamilton (SmackDown/205 Live)|
|Mike Rome (Raw)|
|Pre-show panel||Jonathan Coachman|
Two matches were contested on the Extreme Rules Kickoff pre-show. In the first match, Finn Bálor defended the Intercontinental Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. In the end, Bálor missed a Coup de Grace, which allowed Nakamura to performed a Kinshasa on Bálor to win the title.
In the second and final pre-show match, Drew Gulak defended the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Tony Nese. Gulak performed an Argentine Neckbraker on Nese to retain the title.
The actual pay-per-view opened with The Undertaker and Roman Reigns facing Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred tag team match. Midway through the match, as Undertaker attempted a Last Ride on Shane, Elias intervened and attacked Undertaker. Reigns attempted to fend off Elias, only for McIntyre to perform Claymore Kicks on both Reigns and Undertaker. Shane then went to the top rope and performed a Diving Elbow Drop on Undertaker through the English announce table. Back in the ring, with a trashcan positioned on Undertaker, Shane performed a Coast-to-Coast, however, before Shane could pin Undertaker, the latter performed his signature sit-up. Undertaker then performed Chokeslams on Shane and Elias. As McIntyre attempted to perform another Claymore on Undertaker, Reigns intercepted him with a Spear. In the end, Reigns threw Shane into Undertaker, who performed a "Tombstone Piledriver" on Shane to win the match. Afterwards, Undertaker gave a nod of approval to Reigns, and told him "it's your yard."
Next, The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) defended the Raw Tag Team Championship against The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso). In the end, The Revival performed the Shatter Machine on Jimmy to retain the title.
After that, SmackDown's Aleister Black faced Raw's Cesaro. In the end, as Cesaro went for a Neutralizer, Black countered and performed the Black Mass to win the match.
In the fourth match, Bayley defended the SmackDown Women's Championship in a handicap match against Raw's Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. In the end, Bayley countered Bliss' Twisted Bliss by raising her knees and performed a Diving Elbow Drop on Cross to retain the title.
In the following match, Bobby Lashley faced Braun Strowman in a Last Man Standing match. In the end, Strowman performed a powerslam on Lashley from an elevated platform. Strowman got to his feet, but Lashley was unable to make the ten count, thus Strowman won the match.
After that, Daniel Bryan and Rowan defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The New Day's Big E and Xavier Woods, and Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker) in a triple threat tag team match. The end came when Bryan attempted a backflip to avoid a charging Big E in the corner, who caught Bryan and tagged Woods to perform a Midnight Hour to win the title for a record-tying fourth time.
Next, Ricochet defended the United States Championship against The Club's AJ Styles (accompanied by fellow Club members Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson). Before the match began, Ricochet was attacked by The Club. During the match, Ricochet performed a Lionsault on Styles for a nearfall. Styles performed a brainbuster on Ricochet for a nearfall. Ricochet performed a Shooting Star Press on Styles and as Ricochet attempted a pin on Styles, Gallows notified the referee that Styles’ leg was underneath the rope, thus voiding the pin. In the end, Anderson attempted to distract Ricochet, who fended him off. With the referee distracted by Anderson, Gallows attacked Ricochet and Styles performed the Styles Clash on Ricochet from the middle rope to win the title for a third time.
Kevin Owens then faced Dolph Ziggler in an unadvertised match. As soon as the match started, Owens performed a Stunner on Ziggler to win the match in about seventeen seconds.
In the penultimate match, Kofi Kingston defended the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe. During the match, Joe crushed Kingston's hand between the steel steps. Joe performed a snap Powerslam for a nearfall. Kingston performed the S.O.S. for a nearfall. In the end, Kingston performed the "Trouble in Paradise" to retain the title.
The main event was the Last Chance Winners Take All Extreme Rules mixed tag team match in which Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch defended the Universal Championship and Raw Women's Championship against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. Corbin performed a DDT on Rollins onto a steel chair for a nearfall. Evans performed a Moonsault on Lynch for a nearfall. As Rollins and Lynch were setting up tables outside the ring, Corbin and Evans attacked them with kendo sticks and performed simultaneous chokeslams for a nearfall. Outside the ring, Lynch and Rollins positioned Corbin and Evans onto the previously set up tables. Lynch performed a Leg Drop on Evans while Rollins performed a Frog Splash on Corbin. Back in the ring, Corbin delivered an End of Days to Lynch. An irate Rollins then furiously attacked Corbin with a kendo stick and a steel chair, followed by three Stomps to retain both his and Lynch's respective titles.
After the match, an impromptu main event took place as Brock Lesnar (accompanied by Paul Heyman) appeared and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract in what would become the first successful attempt for the Universal Championship. Lesnar performed two German suplexes and the "F-5" on Rollins to win the title for a record third time.
The following night on Raw, a 10-man Cross Brand battle royal was contested to determine the number one contender for the Universal Championship. Seth Rollins won the match by last eliminating Randy Orton to face Brock Lesnar in a rematch for the title at SummerSlam.
Following Extreme Rules, The Club (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson) were renamed to "The O.C." (Original Club), and Ricochet won a gauntlet match on the July 29 episode of Raw to earn a rematch against Styles for the United States Championship at SummerSlam.
The Usos had another opportunity at the Raw Tag Team Championship against The Revival on the July 29 episode of Raw, but in a triple threat match that also involved Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, who won to become the new champions.
|1P||Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Finn Bálor (c) by pinfall||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||7:40|
|2P||Drew Gulak (c) defeated Tony Nese by pinfall||Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship||7:25|
|3||The Undertaker and Roman Reigns defeated Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre by pinfall||No Holds Barred Tag team match||17:00|
|4||The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) defeated The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) by pinfall||Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship||12:35|
|5||Aleister Black defeated Cesaro by pinfall||Singles match||9:45|
|6||Bayley (c) defeated Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss by pinfall||Handicap match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship||10:30|
|7||Braun Strowman defeated Bobby Lashley||Last Man Standing match||17:30|
|8||The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) defeated Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) and Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker) by pinfall||Triple threat match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship||14:00|
|9||AJ Styles (with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) defeated Ricochet (c) by pinfall||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship||16:30|
|10||Kevin Owens defeated Dolph Ziggler by pinfall||Singles match||0:17|
|11||Kofi Kingston (c) defeated Samoa Joe by pinfall||Singles match for the WWE Championship||9:45|
|12||Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) defeated Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans by pinfall||Last Chance Winners Take All Extreme Rules mixed tag team match for the WWE Universal Championship and WWE Raw Women's Championship||19:55|
|13||Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated Seth Rollins (c) by pinfall||Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship
This was Lesnar's Money in the Bank cash-in match