The very first Extreme Rules PPV showcased two former WWE Superstars that despised each other and were synonymous with Ladder matches. The World Heavyweight champion at the time, Edge, put his title on the line against his longtime rival, Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules 2009.
Edge and Hardy have always had tremendous chemistry in the ring, and they proved that during this memorable match that was filled with high-risks and unbelievable stunts. Watching the video above, you can tell that both superstars put their bodies through hell and did everything they could in order to capture the World Heavyweight title.
After 20 minutes of exhilarating action, Hardy outsmarted the ultimate opportunist and managed to climb the ladder to win his very first World Heavyweight title.
Unfortunately for Hardy, he was not able to celebrate the victory thanks to CM Punk, who cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase immediately after the match was over. After hitting Hardy with two GTSs, CM Punk became the new World Heavyweight champion.
Extreme Rules 2009 will always be remembered for the entertaining main event and unpredictable cash-in from CM Punk. Because of the type of match, exciting action and unpredictability, Edge vs. Jeff Hardy remains the greatest main event in Extreme Rules history.
While John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules 2012 received a better star rating from Dave Meltzer, I feel this match was a lot more exciting and unpredictable. Also, this was the very first Extreme Rules PPV, so there were a lot of expectations. Good thing Edge and Hardy didn’t disappoint!
Wrestling Observer Match Star Rating: **** 1/4
Adrian Fylonenko's Match Star Rating: **** 3/4
What was your favorite main event match from the Extreme Rules PPVs? When all is said and done, where will John Cena vs. Ryback at Extreme Rules 2013 rank? Thank you for reading and please leave your comments below.
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