WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Results: Full Winners and Analysis for PPV Card
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The 2013 Extreme Rules pay-per-view is one of the WWE’s most exciting events of the year, and the results of this show will have long-term implications on the entire product moving forward.
When: Sunday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Watch: PPV (order details)
Live Stream: WWE.com
While the PPV after WrestleMania used to be a secondary show that helped the WWE clear the slate for the next year of programming, Extreme Rules has taken on a life of its own and become something much more special.
With the addition of Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho and Triple H to the card this year, it’s clear the company went all-in on this show and regards Extreme Rules as one of the WWE's top events.
There is a wild night of wrestling ahead, and we'll be updating the results of every match throughout the night. Enjoy!
Brock Lesnar Defeated Triple H
Steel Cage Match
In one of the most vicious battles of the evening, Brock Lesnar and Triple H destroyed each other in their steel cage match, but it was Lesnar that proved to be the more dominant force and walked away victorious.
The weeks of talk and constant back-and-forth between these two warriors came to a head at Extreme Rules, and the result was brutal. Just like the other two matches between these two men over the last year, this was closer to a brawl in the streets than a technical wrestling match.
As much as it looked like Triple H would go over once again, the WWE booked this match the right way and gave Lesnar the win. Now that Lesnar beat Triple H twice, he looks like an absolute monster and will be able to fight anyone in the WWE and be the favorite to win.
Wrestling talk show Ring Rust Radio asked a serious question:
Whatever’s next, it’s clear Lesnar’s future in the WWE is brighter than most expected.
Overall Grade: B+
WWE Champion John Cena and Ryback Fought to a Draw
Stipulation: Last Man Standing Match
After one of the coolest spots the WWE Universe will ever be treated to, Ryback put WWE champion John Cena through the wall of the stage at Extreme Rules to end the fight in a draw with both men rules too injured to continue.
The confusion about the end of the match was shared by BSO’s Robert Littal:
They didnt announce a winner of the Ryback vs Cena match. Just carted Cena off.— Robert Littal (@BlkSportsOnline) May 20, 2013
The WWE had set the stage for a Cena’s loss by pointing out that his Achilles tendon was injured, thus giving Ryback the distinct advantage in this match. Instead of putting the fresh star over and making him into a main-event talent, the company gave itself room to continue the feud.
Not getting the win at another PPV is a serious blow to Ryback, and with his heel turn being a work in progress, there has been serious damage done to the long-term development of the muscle-bound star.
The hope now is that Ryback gets another chance at the WWE Championship.
Overall Grade: B+
Randy Orton Defeated Big Show
Stipulation: Extreme Rules Match
In a brutal extreme rules bout that was much better than expected, Randy Orton defeated Big Show using both his RKO finisher and bringing back his punt-to-the-head kick.
Orton has been stuck in neutral as a character, but the hope is the violent nature of this match leads to darker things for The Viper. While a heel turn would be best, a more sinister role as a face that dances the line of good and evil would be much more interesting than what we have now.
Ring Rust Radio host Mike Chiari shares that sentiment:
No matter where his character goes from here, the fact that Orton won this meaningless battle proves the company still has faith in the star.
The hope now is that something big is planned for The Viper and this feud is over.
Overall Grade: B+
The Shield’s Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins Defeated Team Hell No
Stipulation: Tag Team Tornado Match
In one of the best moments of the night, The Shield showed why the WWE Universe loves the trio so much when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns won the WWE Tag Team Championships from Team Hell No in a tag team tornado match.
Along with Ambrose’s United States Championship victory, The Shield is solid gold.
It’s still amazing to think of these former indy darlings as WWE champions, and even former announcer Jim Ross has a hard time believing his eyes:
The addition of mass chaos—like that of a tornado tag team match—always plays a role in The Shield’s success, and Sunday at Extreme Rules was no different. Team Hell No were just the latest victims.
Now that The Shield has captured so many titles, it’s imperative that the trio’s plans for dominating the WWE are made clear. As great as the heel stable has been, they need a direction and a distinct storyline to ensure their long-term success.
Overall Grade: B
Alberto Del Rio Defeated Jack Swagger
Stipulation: No. 1 Contender’s Match
Alberto Del Rio made Jack Swagger say ‘I Quit’ using his cross armbreaker Sunday at Extreme Rules after the referee went to the replay to ensure he got the call correct. The need for replay came after Swagger’s manager Zeb Colter made it look like Ricardo Rodriguez had tossed in the towel for Del Rio.
As ESPN's Robert Flores said on Twitter, the replay system in the WWE is still better than the MLB's:
After it was announced that Dolph Ziggler would not be participating in at the Extreme Rules PPV while he recovers from a concussion (h/t WWE.com), the WWE scheduled a No. 1 contender’s match between Del Rio and Swagger.
This brutal match featured plenty of dangerous spots, and with both men trying to prove their worth to WWE management in the face of adversity.
Del Rio’s win likely indicates that WWE wanted to capitalize on the success the Mexican star had during his run as a face champion. With Ziggler holding the title (heel), allowing Swagger to win wouldn’t have made much long-term sense.
Overall Grade: C
Sheamus Defeated Mark Henry
Stipulation: Strap Match
In one of the more disappointing bouts of the night, Sheamus defeated Mark Henry in a four-corner strap match that should have been so much better than it actually turned out.
Bleacher Report’s Brian Mazique expresses the feelings most of the WWE Universe shares:
Sheamus wins one of the slowest-paced matches in history. Brogue kick leads to win in Strap Match. Not impressed #ExtremeRules— Brian Mazique (@BrianMazique) May 20, 2013
As much as Henry likely should have won this match because of the momentum his character has right now, the WWE continues to push Sheamus as one of the company’s top faces.
The hope now is that this feud is over and both of these men can move on to something else.
As much as ending this storyline would be the best booking of this duo, there is a feeling that this will not be the last time we see these two men battle it out.
Overall Grade: C-
New United States Champion Dean Ambrose Defeated Kofi Kingston
In a match that showed exactly why The Shield’s Dean Ambrose was one of the best young stars in the WWE, the young star stole the show by beating Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship.
The rise to the top for the trio of fresh faces has officially begun.
Even Raw's GM Vickie Guerrero chimed in on Ambrose’s success:
I love a guy dressed in black especially when he wins the US title....impressive match@TheDeanAmbrose— Vickie Guerrero (@ExcuseMeWWE) May 20, 2013
Ambrose is the most talented member of the trio on the mic and in the ring, and with this victory making it clear that he is the member that will be going after singles titles in the future, he will effectively take the role as the main character in The Shield.
This could lead to even bigger things for the heel stable, or the focus on Ambrose could cause the dissention that eventually breaks the group up.
Either way, Ambrose is your new U.S. champ. Unreal.
Overall Grade: A-
Chris Jericho Defeated Fandango
After ending their match on a botch at WrestleMania, Chris Jericho and Fandango had a much better bout at Extreme Rules, ending in a pinfall off a codebreaker for a huge Y2J win.
While Fandango got the big win at ‘Mania, it was Y2J that stole the show Sunday with a huge victory. Jericho has been losing to every superstar on the roster, and it was about time the former champion found redemption in the form of a much-deserved PPV win.
WrestleZone broke down what they thought of the PPV’s opening bout:
Jericho hits a sick codebreaker with Fandango coming off the top rope. Solid, if unspectacular PPV bout. Can't really go wrong w/Jericho.— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) May 20, 2013
Now that each of these stars has won a match in this program, there will inevitably be a third and final installment. The WWE’s June PPV is Payback this year, and Fandango getting the final win of this series as his own redemption is a smart way to book this show.
Overall Grade: B+
The Miz Defeated Cody Rhodes
The Miz made his triumphant return to the WWE Monday on Raw, and continued his success by beating Cody Rhodes on the Extreme Rules YouTube Pre-Show using his figure-four leg lock.
Wrestling show Podswoggle talked about what it was like for Rhodes to face The Miz:
With the WWE’s love of movie stars (using that word very loosely for The Miz), it was clear that Rhodes never had a shot. It’s amazing to see how The Miz went from main-eventing WrestleMania with John Cena to opening Extreme Rules as the featured match against Rhodes on the YouTube Pre-Show.
The victory will start another ascent for the midcard star, but unless the WWE can develop an intriguing storyline, he will be marred in more meaningless feuds that don’t further build his face character.
Overall Grade: D+
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