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F4W NEWSLETTER: Recapping WWE Extreme Rules

Joseph Currier recaps Extreme Rules, which saw Brock Lesnar cash in to again become Universal Champion.

Sunday's Extreme Rules pay-per-view ended with Lesnar cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Seth Rollins to win the Universal title. After Rollins & Becky Lynch defeated Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans in the main event, Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out with the briefcase. Rollins charged at Lesnar, but Lesnar gave him two German suplexes. The bell rang to start the match -- and Lesnar hit an F5 to again become Universal Champion.

Rollins will get his rematch for the Universal title at SummerSlam next month. He won a number one contender's battle royal on the post-Extreme Rules edition of Raw, defeating Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Corbin, Rey Mysterio, Sami Zayn, Big E, Bobby Lashley, and Cesaro.

Rollins' three-month reign as Universal Champion ended up being pretty lackluster. It started strong with a great defense against AJ Styles, but Rollins' matches were only as good as his opponents allowed them to be. It's difficult to succeed when the majority of your PPV title defenses are against Corbin.

WON NEWSLETTER: July 22, 2019 Observer Newsletter: SummerSlam takes shape, Fight for the Fallen review, more

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  • WWE's Smackville Network special is listed in an hour-long time slot on the WWE Network next Saturday (July 27) and will air from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. Kofi Kingston defending the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Finn Balor in a rematch from Extreme Rules, and a musical performance by Elias have been announced for the special. There will also be untelevised matches at the show.
  • A new episode of WWE Photoshoot will air on the Network after Raw on Monday. It will feature Shane McMahon looking back at moments from his career.
  • During his appearance on IGN Live at Comic-Con, R-Truth successfully defended the 24/7 title against The Hurricane and Drake Maverick.
  • Newsweek has an interview with Seth Rollins.
  • WWE posted a “Day Of” video with Samoa Joe from Extreme Rules.
  • Drew Gulak appeared on this week’s episode of the Edge & Christian podcast.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle from SummerSlam 2002.

Pro Wrestling

  • Last night’s CMLL Arena Mexico show is available to watch on YouTube. It featured Jushin Thunder Liger’s farewell to CMLL, with him facing Negro Casas, Caristico, and Ultimo Guerrero in a four-way match. Liger’s segment starts at 2:03:38. Liger will retire at the Tokyo Dome in January.
  • Impact Wrestling posted video of Rhyno’s appearance at last night’s TV tapings in Windsor. He returned to Impact while wearing a mask at Slammiversary XVII last month.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer has a story on Brian Pillman Jr. and him following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a pro wrestler.
  • NowThis has a video on Mercedes Martinez and how she’s fought to make wrestling safer and more inclusive.
  • Kia Stevens spoke to the Asbury Park Press about balancing her time between acting in GLOW and wrestling as Awesome Kong in AEW: “I think it's possible, I think it's very possible. We're certainly going to try. AEW is very flexible, and they want to give the wrestling community what they want.”
  • Joey Ryan was the guest on Friday’s episode of Talk is Jericho.


  • Rafael dos Anjos spoke about Leon Edwards ahead of their fight tonight: “He’s tough, dangerous, young, but I’ve entered the Octagon against the toughest guys on the planet. He’s not something I haven’t seen before. It will be no surprise. I’m confident. It was a short, dynamic camp. I’m in great shape and it will certainly be another step towards my dreams.”
  • Juan Adams said he wants to expose Greg Hardy tonight like Mike Jackson did to CM Punk when they fought.
  • The UFC officially announced Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje as the main event of their Fight Night show in Vancouver on September 14.

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