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At Extreme Rules, Samoa Joe outlasted Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to become the No. 1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal title.

Joe will now face Lesnar at the next Raw-exclusive PPV — Great Balls of Fire — in the main event of that PPV this summer.

The match starts with chaos, but Reigns is clearing house, taking out Wyatt, Joe and now Balor. Wyatt and Joe are now effectively taking out Reigns, Balor and Rollins with the ring stairs, literally circling the ring and knocking each guy down.

Rollins breaks up the alliance, knocking Wyatt to the outside and Joe down on the inside. Rollins tries to attack the Eater of Worlds on the outside, but is stopped. Wyatt hits a DDT to Rollins onto the ring steps. Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch inside the ring on Balor, but he reverses and double stomps Joe. Wyatt attacks him with a chair, then lays out Reigns with the chair. Wyatt sets the chair in the corner and sets Balor up in front of it. Joe tries to tackle Balor, but the former champ reverses and sends him into the chair in the corner.

Reigns powers up with a drive-by on Joe, powerbombs Balor and hits a big boot on Joe before nailing a stiff clothesline on Wyatt. Reigns loads up for the Superman punch before Joe pulls him out of the ring. Wyatt meets them on the outside and slams Reigns on top of the announcer’s table. Rollins tries to dive on the outside onto Wyatt, but he sends Joe into the diving attack.

Balor gets back in the ring, and he’s on fire with a chair, taking the action to Wyatt and Joe. Balor sets Wyatt up on the announcer’s table, Joe grabs him from behind to lock in the Coquina Clutch, but Reigns spears them both through the barricade.

Rollins gets to the top rope and hits an insane frog splash on Wyatt through the announcer’s table. He’s immediately clutching his surgically repaired knee.
Rollins and Reigns circling each other in the ring. Reigns reverses Rollins, hitting the Superman Punch. He only gets a two count before setting up in the corner for the spear. Rollins reverses into a rollup. Only gets the two-count, so he hits a frog splash for the same result. Rollins goes to hit a phoenix splash, but misses. Wyatt enters the ring and is speared by Reigns. Rollins hits a buckle bomb to Reigns, who responds with a Superman punch to Rollins. He then hits Balor with a Superman punch. Balor reverses the spear into the slingblade. Balor hits the double foot stomp and Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch to choke out Balor. Joe is the No. 1 contender after Balor passes out!
Prior to this match, the betting odds fluctuated heavily, but Joe always made the most sense to come away as the victor. It doesn’t seem likely that Lesnar drops the Universal title anytime soon, so having him face Joe in a one-off match this summer makes a lot of sense.

Joe is a two-time WWE NXT champion.

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