One of the biggest pay-per-view events of the year is finally here as fans prepare for WWE Extreme Rules.
The great thing about this PPV is not only the matchups, but also the stipulations. Virtually every battle on the card has a twist or two to make each match exciting. It also keeps fans on their toes as far as knowing the sport's full encyclopedia of types of bouts.
This year's event has the interesting matches like usual, plus a long list of exciting individual battles that will allow Extreme Rules to rank among the best main events of the year.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming PPV.
When: Sunday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Watch: PPV (order details)
Live Stream: WWE.com
Full Extreme Rules Card
|The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes||Pre-Show||N/A|
|John Cena vs. Ryback||Last Man Standing||WWE Championship|
|Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H||Steel Cage||N/A|
|Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger||I Quit||WHC No. 1 Contender|
|Sheamus vs. Mark Henry||Strap||N/A|
|Team Hell No vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns||Tornado Tag||Tag Team Championships|
|Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose||N/A||United States Championship|
|Randy Orton vs. Big Show||Extreme Rules||N/A|
|Chris Jericho vs. Fandango||N/A||N/A|
*Card courtesy of WWE.com
Best Matches to Watch
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H (Steel Cage)
Anyone who has been a fan of wrestling for more than a few years has to be excited for this match. The two stars are legends in the sport and are looking to finally settle a beef that has now spanned into a third bout.
These two competitors have split the first two meetings, with Triple H more recently getting the edge at WrestleMania. However, this rubber match will be for all of the marbles and bragging rights forever.
To make things more interesting, the fight will take place in a Steel Cage. As good as Brock Lesnar is in every type of arena, Triple H has the experience in these more hardcore types of battles and that should help him do well this time around.
While there is nothing on the line except pride, both challengers have a lot of that and neither wants to lose this battle.
John Cena vs. Ryback (Last Man Standing)
With the WWE Championship on the line, this is certainly one of the matches you cannot afford to miss. In a normal bout, you would expect John Cena to have the obvious edge as the 11-time champion against a man still looking to make a name in the sport.
However, in a Last Man Standing match, the only way to win is by knockout. The biggest question in this bout is whether Cena is tough enough to handle this high-stakes showdown.
Meanwhile, Ryback has proven this level of toughness plenty of times in the past and he is already a strong technical fighter.
He has taken his lumps on the way to the top and he now deserves this opportunity to win a title. It is tough to imagine a better chance for the fighter.
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules)
Two of the biggest fighters in the sport will compete in a match titled after the event itself. Randy Orton and the Big Show have no real rules, and things can get ugly in and out of the ring.
Orton has made a bit of a personal rivalry with the World's Largest Athlete, and this is usually not a smart idea. However, the hardcore nature of the match might end up working in his favor.
As big as his opponent is, there are plenty of weapons that can bring the man down with a big hit or two. On the other hand, the Big Show is likely to get a chokeslam on the challenger, and who knows what Orton will land on.
This match will not only be about technical prowess, but also creativity. The fighter who can best utilize the opportunity presented by the match's stipulation will come out on top.