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Extreme Rules 2018 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE which took place on July 15, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This was the tenth event under the Extreme Rules chronology.

Background

Extreme Rules featured professional wrestling matches that involved wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

At Money in the Bank, Alexa Bliss won the women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Later in the night, she interrupted the Raw Women's Championship match between Ronda Rousey and champion Nia Jax, cashed in her Money in the Bank contract and defeated Jax for the championship. The following night on Raw, Jax invoked her championship rematch clause for Extreme Rules. Rousey was also suspended for 30 days as she attacked Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, who was trying to break up the fight between Rousey and Bliss. On the July 2 episode of Raw, Jax informed Bliss that their match at Extreme Rules would be an Extreme Rules match.

At Money in the Bank, AJ Styles retained the WWE Championship by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match. On the following episode of SmackDown, Rusev won a gauntlet match involving The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, and Big E to earn a title opportunity at Extreme Rules.

On the June 4 episode of Raw, The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) won a tag team battle royal to earn the right to face Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt for the Raw Tag Team Championship by last eliminating Heath Slater and Rhyno. On the June 25 episode of Raw, Axel defeated Hardy and the tag team title match was scheduled for Extreme Rules.

At Money in the Bank, Carmella retained the SmackDown Women's Championship by defeating Asuka with the help of the returning James Ellsworth. On the following episode of SmackDown, Carmella attacked Asuka after a distraction by Ellsworth. On the June 26 episode of SmackDown, SmackDown General Manager Paige scheduled a rematch between Asuka and Carmella for the title at Extreme Rules.

Prior to the gauntlet match to determine AJ Styles' opponent for Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan had a stare down with SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan). After Bryan eliminated Big E and Samoa Joe from the gauntlet match, The Bludgeon Brothers attacked Bryan, which allowed Miz to eliminate Bryan. On the June 26 episode of SmackDown, Kane returned and saved Bryan from a post-match assault from The Bludgeon Brothers, officially reuniting Team Hell No. SmackDown General Manager Paige then scheduled Team Hell No to face The Bludgeon Brothers for the tag titles at Extreme Rules.

On the June 18 episode of Raw, Dolph Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins to win his sixth Intercontinental Championship after Drew McIntyre distracted Rollins. A rematch for the title was scheduled for the following week, with Rollins winning by disqualification after McIntyre interfered on Ziggler's behalf. On July 2, a 30-minute Iron Man match between the two was scheduled for Extreme Rules.

On the June 18 edition of Raw, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle scheduled a multi-man match for Extreme Rules, with the winner facing Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Roman Reigns, claiming to be the "uncrowned champion" due to the controversial finish of his championship match at Greatest Royal Rumble, and Bobby Lashley, claiming to be the only person who could legitimately match Lesnar, were the first two participants confirmed for the match. The following week, however, Angle announced that the match had been canceled over contract disputes with Lesnar. Reigns and Lashley wanted to face each other, but Angle instead had them team up to face The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) in a losing effort. The two teams had a rematch the following week, where Reigns refused to tag in Lashley. After a disqualification win, Lashley abandoned Reigns in a post-match beat down by The Revival. A match between Lashley and Reigns was scheduled for Extreme Rules.

Match Preview

Alexa Bliss vs. Nia JaxPreview
AJ Styles vs. RusevPreview
Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. The B-TeamPreview
Carmella vs. AsukaPreview
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Hell NoPreview
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth RollinsPreview
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby LashleyPreview
Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke NakamuraPreview
Finn Bálor vs. Baron CorbinPreview

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show Panel
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

  • Vison [ Extreme Rules 2018 on DVD]

External links

  • Wwe2014 Extreme Rules 2017 Official Website
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 Kickoff Show on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (ES) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (HI) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (JA) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (ZH) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (PT) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (RU) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (FR) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 (DE) on WWE Network]
  • Cm logo [ Extreme Rules 2018 Pre Show at CAGEMATCH.net]
  • Cm logo Extreme Rules 2018 at CAGEMATCH.net
Extreme Rules 2018 previews

Alexa Bliss v Nia JaxAJ Styles v RusevMatt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. The B-TeamCarmella v AsukaThe Bludgeon Brothers v Team Hell NoDolph Ziggler v Seth RollinsRoman Reigns v Bobby LashleyJeff Hardy v Shinsuke NakamuraFinn Bálor v Baron Corbin

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