WWE Extreme Rules 2012 Results: Live Reaction, Analysis and Review
Tonight, WWE Extreme Rules 2012 goes live in Chicago, and Bleacher Report will be covering the matches live. Join us here for the live blog for results, reaction and analysis of the pay-per-view, as well as community discussion in the comment section.
When the pay-per-view goes off the air, you can join me and David Bixenspan for the Bleacher Report WWE Postmortem Podcast where we will be discussing and reviewing tonight's event!
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena in an Extreme Rules Match:
Brock Lesnar shoots a double leg and rains vicious elbows that cut Cena open. Looks legit to me. Cena is tended to by the doc, and sure enough, there's blood. Match is put on hold and Lesnar pats his elbow and plays to the crowd.
Lesnar is demolishing Cena, I never in a million years thought they'd do a worked shoot. Lesnar just dominates Cena with some ground and pound.
Cena returns to the ring and eats two German suplexes. Cena tries to fight back and shakes Lesnar off, but Lesnar stops him in his tracks.
Lesnar is working a kimura at ringside, and uses it to throw Cena into the barricade! I have a feeling the WWE Universe has no idea what hit it.
Lesnar wraps Cena's chain around his fist, then changes his mind and drops it. Lesnar knees Cena in the ribs while he's down. Lesnar grabs the chain again and ties Cena's legs together. Lesnar taunts him to stand up, and feeds Cena a massive clothesline!
Lesnar ties Cena upside down from the turnbuckle, and works his arm, Lesnar is just having fun with this. The referee is still down from Lesnar falling into him earlier. Lesnar knees Cena in the stomach and whips him into the steel steps when Cena tries to fight back.
Lesnar avoids the Attitude Adjustment, and hits the F-5, ref is down! New ref comes in, and Cena kicks out! The big man nearly drops the steel steps on a downed ref! Goodness. He brings the steel steps into the ring, and puts Cena in a kimura on the steel steps! The announcers are actually describing what a kimura is, this is amazing.
Cena powers out of the kimura and drops Lesnar on the steps. Cena climbs the ropes, and looks for his leg drop, but Lesnar dodges. Lesnar looks around for a ref, or Cena, or something. He was looking for Cena.
Lesnar waves him on, Cena climbs onto the apron, and Lesnar hits the ropes then jumps off the steel steps, RUNNING, and elbows Cena! Lesnar has botched and falls out of the ring with Cena! He sells his knee, maybe legit, maybe not.
Lesnar tries again, but Cena floors Lesnar with a punch with his chain. Cena is in the zone!
Lesnar is bleeding as well now, Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on the steel steps, and covers Lesnar for the win!
John Cena def. Brock Lesnar via Pinfall.
What a match, that was just amazing. Lesnar is trying to recover at ringside, he's rocked. I don't know why Cena went over here, but I suspect the fallout will see Lesnar look strong, and the odds turned in his favor.
Cena begins to cut a promo, says that he's on his way home, but this is a wrestling town. Tonight, Chicago was supposed to see the extreme, he's beat up, but he's proud that Chicago was where it went down.
Cena is talking like he's getting sidelined for a while, selling the arm injury. Not sure if he'll be fired, or in recovery mode. What a great pay-per-view, if you didn't like this show, I honestly do not know what to tell you other than that you might want to find a new hobby.
Beth Phoenix is informed by Eve Torres that she's not cleared to compete tonight. The Bella Twins think they're off for the night, but Eve informs them they'll be facing a surprise opponent, and they panic. Eve says not to worry, it's not Kharma.
Nikki Bella (c) vs. Layla for the Divas Championship:
Basic Divas match, Layla overcomes twin magic and hits a neckbreaker, leading to the pin.
Layla def. Nikki Bella via Pinfall to become the Divas Champion.
Johnny Ace is interviewed, and says that he and Triple H spoke about business, and it'll be addressed tomorrow night on Raw.
CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho in a Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship:
Punk tosses a steel chair into the ring, and grabs a kendo stick, ECW chants begin, and the street fight begins.
Jericho exposes the railing in front of CM Punk's family at ringside, and slams Punk's head into while taunting the family. Punk's sister slaps Jericho silly, and Jericho goes after her, but Punk makes the save and he's enraged.
Punk throws the tops off of both the announce tables, and puts Jericho through the hood of one. Jericho avoids getting put through a table, then hits Punk with one of the announcer's television monitor. They return to the ring and this is on its way to being better than their WrestleMania bout.
Jericho breaks out a beer from under the ring (Looking at you, WWE ring set up crew.) and pours it on Punk. Here comes another. Jericho takes a drink, and Punk hits him with a kick to the gut causing him to spew the beer.
Punk is slung into a steel chair in the corner, then hit with the Codebreaker, and Jericho follows up with the Walls of Jericho. Punk crawls to the ropes, but this is a street fight, no break, and he reaches under the apron. Punk pulls out a fire extinguisher, then sprays Jericho, getting free.
Punk gets Jericho out of the ring and onto the announce table, he goes through it with an elbow drop off the top rope! The crowd loves it, Michael Cole almost lost his marbles for that one.
Upon returning to the ring, Punk gets Jericho in the Anaconda Vice, but Jericho gets him to let go by beating Punk with the kendo stick.
Punk is using the steel chair, but Jericho utilizes it for the Codebreaker, Punk kicks out! Jericho is livid.
Jericho is about to hit Punk with the GTS, but Punk counters by whipping Jericho into an exposed turnbuckle, and hits the GTS. Punk pins Jericho and the celebration begins!
CM Punk def. Chris Jericho via Pinfall to retain the WWE Championship.
What a pay-per-view this is turning out to be! Great match, didn't beat Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus, but I it was definitely above average.
Ryback vs. Two Jobbers (Aaron Relic & Jay Hatton):
Great timing for the Ryback, crowd needs to cool off, of course, they're not stopping here. They chant "Goldberg" at Ryback.
He destroys them, then pins them both at the same time. Wonderful.
Ryback def. Two Jobbers via Nuclear Fallout.
CM Punk is interviewed backstage, he says that tonight isn't just a title match, it's a street fight. He doesn't think Chris Jericho knows what he's in for. Jericho is trying to prove that Punk is something that he is not, an alcoholic, but Punk is out to prove that he's the best in the world.
Jericho is going to wake up tomorrow with a hangover, not because of booze, but because Punk put him to sleep. The Chicago crowd is going to explode for the hometown champion.
Daniel Bryan cuts an awesome promo, on why he's better than Sheamus and leaves chanting "Yes". AJ is seen backstage watching him head out for his entrance.
We get a recap of Daniel Bryan's WrestleMania loss to Sheamus before the match.
Sheamus (c) vs. Daniel Bryan in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship:
Before the first fall their match goes about as long as the average match, and it's a barn burner. The first fall finally comes when Daniel Bryan is disqualified when he's counted out kicking Sheamus' arm as he's tied up in the ropes.
Sheamus is selling a shoulder injury, and Daniel Bryan smells blood. Bryan immediately goes for the Yes Lock, and Sheamus struggles to escape then finally passes out, the second fall goes to Bryan.
The ref calls a doctor into the ring, and Daniel Bryan is yessing his way around the ring working the crowd.
Sheamus says he'll continue as he comes to, and he hits Daniel Bryan with the Brogue Kick, but Bryan kicks out. They both struggle to their feet, Bryan is up first, they trade kicks and punches. Bryan lays Sheamus out with a kick to the jaw, but the champion kicks out.
Sheamus avoids a flying headbutt from Bryan, and this match is beyond awesome. Sheamus is mounting a comeback, and finally hits the Brogue Kick to seal the deal with a pin.
Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan and retains the World Heavyweight Championship.
Big Show (c) vs. Cody Rhodes in a Tables Match for the Intercontinental Championship:
Rhodes is manhandled early on, but gets a moment to shine when Show throws him into a table in a corner, and he rebounds with a Disaster Kick.
Big Show is walking on the apron, and Rhodes kicks his leg out from under him, Big Show steps through a table! It's over!
Cody Rhodes def. Big Show to become the new Intercontinental Champion.
Big Show spears Rhodes, then puts him through a table with a choke-slam, and he's definitely mad. I didn't expect Rhodes to take the title tonight, but am happy to see him back with gold around his waist.
Big Show then slams Rhodes through another table, and heads backstage.
Backstage, Eve and John Laurinaitis toast to people power, and Laurinaitis gets a call from Triple H. Johnny Ace has to leave the room to talk. The plot thickens!
Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler:
Time for a little unadvertised fun. The crowd chants for Ziggler, but I doubt it'll help him fight off this monster.
No squash match for Brodus this time, and we've got a real match on our hands, scratch that, it only lasted a few minutes longer than usual. Brodus finishes with the body splash after knocking Jack Swagger off the apron.
Brodus Clay def. Jack Swagger via Pinfall.
Extreme Rules kicks off with a Lesnar/Cena video package, and the arena looks absolutely packed.
No time wasted, Kane comes out for his Falls Count Anywhere Match with Randy Orton.
Randy Orton vs. Kane:
These two waste no time to head out into the crowd and brawl. Fun moment where they get backstage and Zack Ryder jumps Kane while Orton is down, and Orton saves him from a choke-slam.
Afterwards, the cameraman goes flying, and we can even see his feet go up in the air. Classic.
They return to the ring and Orton is in the zone. So is the crowd! Orton grabs a steel chair and goes to work on Kane. Orton sets up the announce table, but can't put it to use, and hits the hanging DDT instead.
Randy Orton kicks out of the choke slam, and Kane looks for the Tombstone Piledriver, but is countered, Orton hits the RKO on top of the steel chair for the win.
Randy Orton def. Kane via Pinfall.
Not a bad match at all, better than their WrestleMania match if you ask me. Go figure, these two had a match in the lead up to Mania with the same stipulation, and it was good too. We're off to a good start!
The Extreme Rules pre-show featured Santino Marella successfully defending his United States Championship against The Miz, and the announcement that Cody Rhodes will challenge Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship in a Tables Match.
Then there were many, many video packages.
Now, WWE Extreme Rules 2012 goes live!
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