WWE Extreme Rules 2012: The Best Matches from Every Event Since 2009

Chris Humphrey@@_CBH_Correspondent IApril 29, 2012

WWE Extreme Rules 2012: The Best Matches from Every Event Since 2009

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    For the first time in more than eight years, former WWE and UFC Champion Brock Lesnar will bring the pain tonight in Chicago in an Extreme Rules match against John Cena after making his return the night after WrestleMania 28.

    Before we get to Lesnar-Cena tonight from the Windy City, there have been some great matches through the short history of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view since its debut in 2009.

    As we get ready for the fourth edition of the night when the WWE throws the rule book out the window, the following slide show will take a look at the best matches from the previous three Extreme Rules events.

2009: Jeff Hardy vs. Edge, Ladder Match for World Heavyweight Championship

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    In a ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Jeff Hardy hung up champion Edge between the rungs of the ladder to have time to bring down the title belt and win the best match of the first Extreme Rules event.

    However, the title celebration would not last very long as Money in the Bank winner CM Punk would cash in his briefcase and defeat the newly crowned Hardy after a GTS to win his second World Heavyweight Championship. 

2010: Edge vs. Chris Jericho, Steel Cage Match

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    We have another match from the Rated-R Superstar as Edge battled Chris Jericho in a steel cage match after the two superstars fought for the World Heavyweight Championship earlier in the month at WrestleMania 26.

    This match would have likely been for the World Heavyweight Championship, but Edge attacked Jericho on the Smackdown following WrestleMania, which allowed Money in the Bank winner Jack Swagger to cash in his briefcase on Y2J.

    After a huge spear on Jericho, Edge got the win along with a dose of revenge on Y2J after the World Heavyweight Championship match loss at WrestleMania.

2011: Randy Orton vs. CM Punk, Last Man Standing Match

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    Following his loss at WrestleMania 27 earlier in the month, CM Punk couldn’t find a way to defeat Randy Orton as the Viper was able to hit the Second City Saint with a top rope RKO to get the 10-count in the Last Man Standing.

    Before hitting the devastating RKO from the top rope, Orton vented his frustrations with Punk as he beat Punk with a Singapore cane while he was hung up on the top rope during the match's latter moments.

2012: What Will Be the Best Match Tonight?

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    We’re just a little under 12 hours away from the event in Chicago, so what will be the best match of the evening?

    Even though most will be looking at the showdown between Lesnar and Cena, the Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship between Chris Jericho and champion CM Punk will be the best match of the fourth edition of Extreme Rules.

    After going through some of the classic matches from Extreme Rules along with my pick for the best match tonight, in your opinion, which match will stand out among those listed on the card tonight in Chicago?

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