To end Extreme Rules, Brock Lesnar cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and won the Universal Title for the third time.
Paul Heyman appeared on stage earlier in the evening to provide a "spoiler alert". He said Lesnar would appear later to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and walk out of Extreme Rules as either the Universal Champion or the WWE Champion. He did say he could be lying but it turned out he wasn’t.
After a hard-fought, Extreme Rules main event between Becky Lynch who teamed with her boyfriend Seth Rollins versus Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans, Rollins was incensed after an End of Days was delivered to Lynch by Corbin. Rollins ended up securing the win for his team but lost his cool and was emotionally susceptible to a challenge from Lesnar. Too concerned with Lynch’s well being, Lesnar capitalized on the distracted champion and delivered an F5 for the win.
Lesnar became Universal Champion for the third time.
What This Means
Paul Heyman will now take over Monday Night Raw as the Executive Director with his client once again the champion of the red brand. Where he takes the new title holder should be interesting to watch.
Meanwhile, there was a lot of talk throughout the main event that Rollins was not the same person and tunnel-visioned champion thanks to his preoccupation with his girlfriend. It only took a few weeks for that relationship to play a factor in his losing the title. Will he accept defeat willingly? Or, might he hold his relationship with Lynch responsible for his unexpected loss? Expect there to be a tease of some friction between the lovebirds.
Extreme Rules was a night full of title changes as AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and The New Day all became new titleholders as well. A good show from top to bottom, there weren't rumors of Lesnar's appearance so the title change was quite the surprise for fans.