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Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley stole the show on a night filled with strong performances. Credit: WWE.com WWE Extreme Rules delivered the twists and turns of a quality pay-per-view as WWE’s recent pay-per-view hot streak extends to three. With several title changes, culminating in Brock Lesnar’s third Universal Championship victory, last month’s winners have become this month’s losers as the pendulum continues to shift in WWE. Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura For months, Shinsuke Nakamura was nowhere to be found on WWE programming. After competing for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34, his subsequent downfall by WrestleMania 35 was among the biggest year-to-year declines in history. But as partner Rusev (who reportedly asked for time off) appears to be one of many disgruntled Superstars under contract, Nakamura has become a beneficiary of a sudden push. WWE is rewarding those who choose to stick with the company, both financially and (mostly) from a booking standpoint, possibly as a way to send a message to the more disgruntled stars. Lucky for Nakamura, who stands to be one of many Superstars eligible to sign a bloated extension, the former Royal Rumble winner has received a new lease on life at the perfect time. Loser: Drew McIntyre Drew McIntyre’s pay-per-view win streak continued at WWE Extreme Rules. Credit: WWE.com Drew McIntyre seems to have hit a wall despite being paired with Shane McMahon. After suffering high-profile losses to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania and Stomping Grounds, Drew McIntyre lost yet another pay-per-view match against Reigns and The Undertaker. It’s getting tougher to imagine McIntyre will receive an elusive match against The Undertaker at SummerSlam, and if he continues his losing ways on pay-per-view, he will be difficult to take seriously as a world championship material. Winner: The Undertaker The Undertaker’s return was not without a hiccup or two, but he looked just fine in the ring and was given a hero’s welcome to kick off Extreme Rules. The Undertaker’s final match should come sooner rather than later, but he did a good job of atoning for his messy match against Bill Goldberg and appears to have at least something in the tank, which is much more than he seemed to have in the tank during Super ShowDown last month. Winner: Bayley Bayley successfully fended off Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a clean win despite a two-on-one disadvantage. WWE’s concerted efforts to reinvent Bayley as a more serious and less naive performer continues, and while this match may have been overshadowed by Sasha Banks return rumors, Bayley proved she doesn’t need a friend to be successful. Winners: Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman What a match. Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley had an unapologetic monster truck rally as they stormed their way through the Wells Fargo Center much to the delight of the Philadelphia crowd. In stars like Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman, WWE has the superheavyweight dragons that AEW simply doesn’t. As the next iteration of pro wrestlings nationally televised wars commences, WWE can establish itself as the more viable option, not by out-dorking AEW with EVOLVE and by continuing to exclusively push undersized former indie wrestler, but with entertaining trainwreck feuds like Lashley-Strowman. Loser: Ricochet Extreme Rules felt like it could have been Ricochet’s coming out party, win or lose. But not only did the upstart former United States champion face an uphill battle due to a tired crowd at that point in the show, but his unceremonious loss also halted his previously surging momentum. In a feud where Ricochet continues to trade wins and losses with AJ Styles, he doomed to become just another 50/50 guy. Loser: Samoa Joe Samoa Joe once again lost a world title match in clean fashion as his window as a perennial main eventer has all but slammed shut if it didn’t already. Samoa Joe will always be among the most talented and complete performers in the entire roster, but too many “close but no cigar” moments have sapped his once-immense potential. Winner: Brock Lesnar Brock Lesnar successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase Sunday night at Extreme Rules. Credit: WWE.com Brock Lesnar once again rose to the top of the food chain as WWE mercifully ended a Seth Rollins’ Universal Championship run that never quite got off the ground. WWE will likely return to is comfort zone with Lesnar as a part-time Universal champion, but it’s not like viewership or any key business indicators had surged under any full-time champion. A looming SummerSlam program between Lesnar and Rollins seems like it has already worn out its welcome, but hopefully, WWE has some entertaining ideas for Lesnar with Paul Heyman at the helm as Executive Director.