Opinion: The biggest winners and losers of Extreme Rules 2019
Winner: Aleister Black
This was exactly the re-introduction that Aleister Black needed. "Wild card" though it may technically be, Cesaro was a good choice of opponent. This turned into a slugfest as both men traded hard strikes with one another. It looked incredibly stiff.
Striking is what Aleister Black does best though and he hit the Black Mass from nowhere to score the victory, as expected.
The follow-up remains the most crucial thing, but for now, Aleister Black has vaulted himself into a much better position on SmackDown.
Loser: Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross took the pinfall in this match. Even though Alexa Bliss was battling an illness, we again expected that. Unfortunately, there was no follow up to her taking the loss. This could have been an opportune time to break up her alliance with Bliss after the loss, particularly when she appeared delighted to be wearing an Alexa Bliss shirt.
None of it happened though, and with Bliss out of the title picture for a while, the opportunity might not come again.
As it stands, Nikki Cross is just the latest in a long line of women acting as heavies for Alexa Bliss for no reason.