WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff Results
Sunday, April 26, 2015
From the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois
Report by Brooks Oglesby of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Welcome to the 2015 WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff! Fans file into the Allstate Arena as Renee Young welcomes us. A steel cage is shown hanging above the ring.
On the panel with Renee are Byron Saxton, Corey Graves & Booker T. Corey says to use #ExtremeRules to discuss the show on social media. Booker says it's all business tonight and the fireworks are about to go off tonight. He congratulates Corey on his new show on WWE Network. Renee runs down the card for tonight. The crowd is chanting "New...Day sucks!" as The New Day's match graphic shows up.
Renee then confirms that Daniel Bryan will not be able to compete tonight, so there will be no Intercontinental Championship match tonight. Instead, Bad News Barrett will face off with Neville. Byron notes that Neville has already gone toe-to-toe with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion tonight. Booker sends his well-wishes to Daniel Bryan and he knows that Bryan wishes he could be here tonight. Renee then sends it to Tom Phillips in the Social Media Lounge.
Tom tells us to use #ExtremeRules to talk about the show. He then announces that Kane will be joining him later on the Kickoff. Fans can send in questions using #AskKane on Twitter.
Back at the panel, Renee notes that Kane will be serving as the gatekeeper during the main event tonight: Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In addition, Orton's RKO will be banned. A recap of the closing moments of WrestleMania 31 is shown, in which Seth Rollins successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Renee asks the panel what the RKO being banned means for the match tonight. Corey says it may be Orton's best weapon, but he's been in this business for years. He might have to change his gameplan, but he's not completely handicapped by the stipulation. Renee then mentioned Kane's strained relationship with Rollins. Booker says that Kane will be the x-factor tonight. Fans are already starting loud chants in the background. Byron says the seed for this feud was planted a year ago, and Orton is going to capitalize tonight. Booker says it's Seth Rollins' most important match as champion so far. Booker picks Randy to win. Corey picks Seth. Byron agrees with Booker.
Up next for discussion is the Divas Championship match between Nikki Bella and Naomi. This match was originally Nikki vs. Paige, Renee notes, but Naomi removed Paige from the match and inserted herself. Eden is backstage with Naomi. Naomi asks if she could consider staying the nice girl and staying where she is or be who she is. break the mold, and take what she's earned. Naomi says she doesn't like this holier-than-thou attitude Eden is giving her. Can Eden say she's never stepped on anyone's toes to get ahead in this industry? Naomi says she's tired of being judged, and she will not regret what she does to Nikki tonight.
Back at the panel, Corey says Naomi is the most athletically gifted Diva, but she's been missing something, and it looks like she finally found it in this new attitude. Booker says this industry is not about friendships, it's about being the champion. Byron notes that Nikki Bella is the top Diva in the company, and she's going to protect her brand.
Dean Ambrose walks in front of the camera and grabs a mic. The crowd gets excited and starts cheering for Ambrose. He says he's not in Chicago to eat deep dish pizza. He's here for a Chicago Street Fight. He's here for revenge. He remembers WrestleMania. A recap of Luke Harper's powerbomb at WrestleMania is shown. Dean says he got 12 staples in his head, and he'll deliver 100 punches for every one of them. He's going to whoop Luke Harper's ass all over this arena. He then calls Byron over, as Ambrose has been standing in his spot during his promo. Ambrose wanders off and the panel gets back on topic.
Renee changes the subject to the Kiss Me Arse Match between Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler. A recap of Sheamus' return last month is shown. Byron says that Sheamus got injured, took a look in the mirror, and realized that he could return WWE to the "land of the big men." Corey asks how much this has to do with jealousy. The fans never connected to Sheamus the way they connected to Dolph Ziggler. Booker says Daniel Bryan's victory at WrestleMania 30 must have burned Sheamus up.
Renee plugs the return of WWE Tough Enough. Triple H's announcement is recapped, and a selection of audition tapes are shown. Byron notes that he tried out for Tough Enough in the past. Renee says that over 4000 videos have been submitted at this time.
Up next for discussion is the Last Man Standing match between Roman Reigns and Big Show. Corey says Big Show will get up when he wants to get up. He doesn't see how Roman can keep him down for a count of ten. Byron says he'll need a mack truck and super glue to keep Big Show down. Big CM Punk chants. A Bray Wyatt graphic interrupts the panel.
Bray is talking to "you." He says you have a drive to become larger than life itself, but just like the mighty who came before you, you're a fool, and he can see through your charade. Through him, you will understand that a man cannot become a god, but a god can walk amongst men. You will behold the new face of fear.
Back at the panel, Renee asks who these messages are addressed to. Booker says that the hypocrisy of Bray Wyatt knows no bounds. Corey says that we'll find out who he's talking about when he's ready for us to know. Byron says we'll know when he deems it appropriate.
Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL welcome us to ringside as Bad News Barrett's music hits. Barrett comes out with a mic and says he knows that everyone was excited to see him Bullhammer Daniel Bryan and win back his championship. But Daniel Bryan is not medically cleared to compete, and it's all thanks to him. Daniel Bryan isn't man enough to face Barrett, and he's scared to lose his title. He says that he's known as the UK's version of Michael Jordan, minus the horrific gambling addiction, so he's giving Chicago a show anyways. He calls out Neville, who comes out to a big pop. Big NXT chants as Neville gets into the ring.
Bad News Barrett vs. Neville
They lock up and Barrett takes him down with a shoulder block. Back on their feet, Neville attempts a hip toss but Barrett stops him. Neville takes Barrett down with a quick pin attempt, and Barrett kicks out. Barrett throws Neville into the corner and stomps. Neville is whipped into the opposite corner, but Neville jumps over a charging Barrett. Neville springboards across the ring and hits a springboard cross-body for a two-count. A hurricanrana sends Barrett out of the ring. Neville goes for a springboard moonsault to the outside, but Barrett sweeps his feet off the apron and sends Neville into the barricade.
Barrett has a grounded chinlock applied in the middle of the ring. Neville fights to his feet and Barrett sends him to the corner. Neville tries to hop over Barrett but Barrett steps out of the way and kicks him in the sternum on the way down for a two-count. Barrett hangs Neville up on the top rope and hits him repeatedly in the back before posturing for the crowd. He lands a big knee to the stomach, sending Neville to the canvas for a two-count. Barrett goes back to the grounded chinlock. Nevilles gets to his feet and Barrett whips him into the ropes. Neville hits a kick to the face and hits the ropes but Barrett drops Neville with a big boot for a two-count. Barrett chokes Neville on the second rope until the referee breaks it up. Barrett suplexes Neville onto the top rope, then onto his knee for another two-count. Back to the grounded chinlock. The crowd wills Neville to his feet. Neville punches his way out of the chinlock. Neville slides under Barrett's legs and lands a number of kicks to Barrett's legs. He kicks the leg out from under Barrett and dropkicks his head. Barrett rolls out of the ring and Barrett launches over the top rope for an aerial plancha. Back in the ring, Neville lands a deadlift German suplex for a two-count. Neville goes to the top rope, but Barrett stops him. Neville flips over Barrett and runs the ropes, but Barrett stops him with the Winds of Change for a two-count. Barrett gets Neville up and goes for Wasteland, but Neville fights out. Neville whips Barrett into the corner but Barrett counters, setting Neville up for Wasteland. Barrett connects for a close two-count. Barrett gets to his feet as the crowd chants in support of Neville. Barrett sets up for the Bullhammer as Neville gets to his feet. Neville ducks and lands an enzuigiri. Neville pulls Barrett to the corner and climbs to the top rope. Barrett gets to his feet and pushes Neville from the top rope. Barrett attempts a Bullhammer but Neville dodges. Neville knocks Barrett to the ground with a kick to the head, then hits the Red Arrow for the win.
The announcers put over Neville as he celebrates in the ring.
Back at the Social Media Lounge, Tom welcomes Kane. Tom asks when the mask is coming back. Kane says that that is not his focus this evening. The next question asks if Kane is still relevant. Kane asks, "What kind of question is that?" Kane doesn't care about these tweets. He won't be disrespected by him or by the WWE Universe. He takes off his mic and walks off. Tom apologizes and thanks fans for sending in tweets.
Back at the panel, Renee previews the Russian Chain Match between John Cena and Rusev for the United States Championship. Byron says Rusev has the advantage tonight, as he picked the stipulation. Rusev is desperate to re-assert his dominance. Corey notes, however, that Cena has momentum as United States Champion, so he thinks Cena retains tonight. Booker says he's ready to get extreme tonight. Renee thanks us for watching as the Kickoff goes off the air.