If nothing else, WWE Extreme Rules was a pay-per-view where the creative team in WWE were not afraid to crown new championship and send both Raw and SmackDown Live in different directions. Multiple titles changed hands and familiar faces became title holders again.
After a Kick-Off show that saw Shinsuke Nakamura defeat Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Title, the changes kept coming. The Revival and Bayley retained their belts but both Richochet and Daniel Bryan along with Rowan lost their status as champions. And, to cap things off, Brock Lesnar cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to take the Universal Title from Seth Rollins, becoming the three-time Universal Champion.
During a Triple Threat Tag Team bout, Heavy Machinery put on an impressive showing only to see Big E go on a Hulk Hogan-like Hulk-Up as the New Day won the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships for the sixth time. Later in the night, The Club proved to be too much for Ricochet as AJ Styles captured the United States Championship. And, when Rollins was distracted because his girlfriend Becky Lynch took an End of Day from Baron Corbin, Lesnar capitalized on a distracted Rollins to shock the live crowd and take home the red brand's belt.
The New Day were the big winners on the evening since all three competitors left with titles around their waist but Lesnar was the talk-about moment of the night.
What This Means
There were rumors WWE might finalize some storylines and set up opportunities for new ideas for Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff. New titleholders often mean new challenges and that could be where WWE takes the next few episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live respectively.
Will fans accept Lesnar as the new champion or will they hate the fact he's being given another run with the title that he rarely defends? Will Rollins have an issue with the way he lost the title, perhaps blaming Lynch for making him appear soft and distracted?