During the kick-off show, The Dudley Boyz come out to the ring and grab mics. D-Von says what would an Extreme Rules PPV be without the Dudley Boyz. Bubba says that they have been in more Extreme Rules matches than the entire WWE locker room combined. You remember a company called ECW? “ECW” chants by the crowd. Bubba leads them in louder “ECW” chants. D-Von says you can watch ECW on the WWE Network. Crowd boos. Bubba tells the crowd to stop acting like a bunch of sheep, because in reality, the Dudley Boyz were responsible for killing off ECW when we left because it went straight into the toilet, where most of these “New Era” stars is going. D-Von says the reason we’re not on the PPV because we’re above extreme. Bubba says to D-Von from the bottom of his heart, can we please get out of stinking New Jersey?
The music of Enzo & Cass hits as Big Cass makes his way out onto the rampway. Cass says he knows why Bubba won’t ask D-Von to get the table, because Bubba ate the table and everything on it. Cookies, how you doin’? Steak, chicken, sausage, pizza, donuts, fish, how you doin’? You two are extremely wrong about the athletes of the New Era, cuz’ we will prove that we do exactly what you used to do in the bingo halls and ballrooms, but better than you in front of millions of people. They think you’re crap, they know I’m Big Cass, I’m 7 feet tall and you can’t teach that!
Cass goes after the Dudley Boyz, but the Dudleys begin beating him down in the ring. Cass avoids Bubba, who goes into D-Von. Big boot to Bubba, East River Crossing to D-Von. Cass goes outside and says there is only one word to describe the Dudleys and I’m gonna spell it out for ya, S-A-W-F-T……SAWFT!!!
Kickoff Show, No Disqualification Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
Ziggler comes out wearing new pink and white tights and ring jacket. Corbin piefaces Ziggler early, but Ziggler sends him into the ringpost shoulder-first. Dropkick by Ziggler gets a 1 count. Right hands by Ziggler in the corner, but Corbin sends Ziggler over the ropes and to the outside.
Ziggler fights back, but Corbin with a knee to the ribs. Corbin uses Ziggler’s arm to send Ziggler face-first off the ringpost. Back in, Corbin rains down 12-6 elbows to Ziggler in the corner, then sends him hard into the turnbuckles, sternum-first. Corbin traps Ziggler’s arms in the ropes and lays the badmouth on him before unloading with more right hands. Corbin taunts the crowd, then locks Ziggler in a Cobra Clutch variation. Ziggler counters out with a jawbreaker, then sends Corbin outside.
Corbin quickly gets back in, but Ziggler with two clotheslines, a corner avalanche and a swinging neckbreaker. Corbin avoids an elbow drop, but Ziggler eventually hits one for 2. Ziggler gets out of a powerbomb by Corbin, but Corbin catches him with Deep Six for a close 2. Corbin goes for another powerbomb, but Ziggler lands on the ropes. Ziggler leaps off and Corbin catches him, but Ziggler counters it with a tilt-a-whirl DDT. Fameasser by Ziggler for a close 2. Ziggler unloads with elbows and headbutts, but Corbin avoids the superkick and hits a low blow.
Corbin hits End of Days for the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin by pinfall (End of Days)
Opening video package highlights the big matches on tonight’s show. Commentary welcomes us to the show and we go to the opening match.
Texas Tornado Match: The Usos vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
The two teams brawl in the rampway as the bell sounds. Double elbows by the Usos to Anderson for 2. Usos with stereo corner forearms to Gallows, then double clothesline him outside as the crowd boos them. Anderson backdrops Jey Uso into the crowd, then nails Jimmy from behind. Gallows and Anderson send Jimmy into the barricade, then into the apron. Jey then dives over the ropes, wiping out Gallows and Anderson outside. Back in, Jey with a top rope crossbody to Anderson for 2. Gallows sends Jimmy off the ringpost, then catches Jey off a tope suicida and lifts him up. Anderson leaps off the apron and Gallows and Anderson hit him with the Boot of Doom. Back in, Anderson gets 2 on Jey. Gallows with gut-shots and uppercuts to Jey in the corner. Anderson with a step-up kick in the corner, followed by an avalanche by Gallows to 2. Jimmy knocked off the apron, then Gallows lifts Jey onto his shoulders Jimmy stops Anderson off the top, then dropkicks Gallows into a pin attempt by Jey for 2. Anderson pulls Jimmy outside and nails him with a clothesline. Gallows grabs Jey’s legs to stop a dive and Anderson with a running knee strike for 2. Anderson taunts Jey and sends him into a big boot by Gallows for 2. Gallows lifts up Jey for another Boot of Doom, but Jimmy pulls Anderson outside. Double superkick by the Usos to Gallows, then they head up top. Anderson sends Jey outside and Gallows avoids Jimmy going for a Corkscrew Moonsault. Gallows hits Jimmy with the Gallows Pole. Jey takes out Gallows, but then Anderson with a spinebuster to Jey for 2. Anderson knocks Jey outside, then puts on the badmouth. Anderson charges in, but Jey drills him with a superkick. Jey leads a “Uso” chant, then hits Anderson with the Bulldozing Butt Splash against the barricade. Gallows heads outside and wipes out Jey with a clothesline, then sends him into the crowd. Gallows yells at Anderson to get up, then grabs the ring bell. Gallows goes to hit Jimmy with the ring bell, but Jimmy nails him with a superkick. Jimmy heads up top, but Gallows avoids Air Uso and Jimmy crashes onto the ring bell.
Gallows and Anderson hit Jimmy with the Magic Killer for the win.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson by pinfall (The Magic Killer)
Really fun, frenetic Texas Tornado Match to open the main PPV. By far, the best match these two teams have had with each other and to me, the most comfortable Gallows and Anderson have been in their own skin since coming into WWE. Good way to start the PPV off.