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.
Joe is a two-time WWE NXT champion.