What a difference a year makes. In July 2020, Extreme Rules was labeled a “Horror Show,” largely took place in the WWE Performance Center with no fans and featured both an “eye for an eye” match in which an opponent was meant to pluck their opponent’s eye out and a cinematic match in a swamp.
Fourteen months later, Extreme Rules is set to take place in front of a capacity crowd at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Outside of an Extreme Rules match for the Universal championship between Roman Reigns and Finn Balor, there aren’t any stipulations to speak of. Becky Lynch is set to (probably) have her first televised match that goes beyond 26 seconds since returning, as she defends her SmackDown women’s championship against former champ Bianca Belair.
Two of the most prolific Raw women’s champions in that title’s history square off as well, as Charlotte Flair looks to fend off Alexa Bliss. The United States championship and SmackDown tag team titles will also be on the line Sunday night.
Follow along throughout the night as we break down the action, match by match.
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Liv Morgan def. Carmella
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Liv Morgan debuted on SmackDown in November 2017, alongside Riott Squad compatriots Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan. The group carried momentum and considerable fan support, both initially and when Riott and Morgan rejoined forces a few years later, but they were never able to break through. As a singles performer, Morgan has languished without much in the way of opportunity, but the longtime fan favorite might finally be getting her chance to shine.
In just her second career 1-on-1 match on a pay-per-view event, Morgan started the action at Extreme Rules with a victory over Carmella. Throughout the match, Morgan showcased an increasingly deep reservoir of moves to pull from, including a step-up Enzuigiri, a corner double foot stomp and creative variations of facebreakers and backbreakers. In the closing moments, Morgan grabbed both of Carmella’s arms from behind her, fell to the ground with her boot in Carmella’s back and drove that foot forward, sending Carmella face-first into the commentary table.
They rolled back into the ring, and with her middle rope suspended Flatliner, Morgan picked up the victory.
What’s next: Even with the draft coming up next week, Morgan’s finally starting to get her feet underneath her on SmackDown. There’s likely to be some lingering tension with Carmella and Zelina Vega to be cleaned up, or she could face a fresh face currently on the Raw roster.
Still to come:
WWE Universal championship match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Finn Balor
Raw women’s championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Smackdown women’s championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair
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