Extreme Rules 2012's trifecta of instant classics made it arguably the best show of the year.
Following WrestleMania is a tough task, but WWE gave fans a captivating pay-per-view event powered by two championship matches and the return of a major star.
CM Punk defended his WWE title in a personal and intense match with Chris Jericho. Punk and Jericho continued their rivalry and followed up their excellent WrestleMania match with one that was just as entertaining.
"Yes!" chants echoed as Sheamus and Daniel Bryan battled in a two out of three falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Their styles merged perfectly as the powerhouse clashed with the technician, as toughness took on craftiness.
Brock Lesnar made his WWE return in a match that melded MMA and pro wrestling. Lesnar busted John Cena open with pounding elbows and the two delivered the kind of violence and intensity fans expect from Extreme Rules.
The undercard featured a Ryback squash match, Cody Rhodes winning back the Intercontinental title when The Big Show stepped on a table, Brodus Clay beating Dolph Ziggler and a decent Falls Count Anywhere match between Randy Orton and Kane.
There wasn't a terrible match among that group, but no show-stealers either.
If one were to average all of the matches from Extreme Rules 2011, that show would edge this one. 2011 had a longer list of good matches, but 2012 is so top heavy with classics that it earns the top spot.