8 Years Of Extreme Rules And There’s Been Many Memorable Matches
With the latest installment of WWE Extreme Rules just around the corner, it’s time to look back at the show’s history. Starting in 2009, this event brings out hardcore & violent side of the WWE superstars. Ever since then, WWE turned a secondary PPV to something people can look forward to. Extreme Rules is even known for producing some stunning matches.
El Torito vs Hornswoggle (Extreme Rules 2014)
Chris Jericho vs CM Punk (Extreme Rules 2012)
Edge vs Jeff Hardy (Extreme Rules 2009)
– The first Extreme Rules PPV isn’t hailed as one of the better editions but it’s known for one of the best Ladder matches in company history. Edge and Jeff Hardy ushered in the modern Ladder match during The Attitude Era. About a decade later, they showed the WWE Universe that they were still Ladder match kings.
The Miz vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Cesaro (Extreme Rules 2016)
– Last year’s event featured a shocking Seth Rollins return but that moment is forever eclipsed by how amazing this match is. These four men took a mid-card match and stole the show. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have amazing chemistry, Cesaro is one of WWE’s best workers, and no one plays the villain quite like The Miz.
Brock Lesnar vs John Cena (Extreme Rules 2012)
– Magic happened this night. Extreme Rules 2012 is known as the best in the event’s history and this glorious main event is one of the reasons why. The return match of Brock Lesnar would’ve had hype but taking on John Cena gave it that “big fight feel”. The pairing captured lightening in a bottle with a mix of brutality and storytelling.
Evolution vs The Shield (Extreme Rules 2014)
– For many, this is their top choice. It just misses the top spot for me. Something about how chaotic the match gets takes away from it. Things get a bit lackluster towards the middle of the 6-man tag match but that’s the only complaint. What these men did was show that tag wrestling is an art form that is vastly underappreciated in wrestling.
Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan (Extreme Rules 2012)
– This match takes the top spot for so many reasons. First, it did the impossible task of following the horrid 18-second match from Wrestlemania 28. Second, Daniel Bryan displayed why he is a master of this craft; he even brought Sheamus up to his level. And finally, this match is just a perfectly booked match. Professional wrestling at its purist.
Let me know if you agree with my list in the comments below. Don’t forget to leave your choices on the best matches in Extreme Rules history!