WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Results: 10 Fun Facts from the Annual Event
Last Sunday, WWE presented its fifth annual Extreme Rules pay-per-view event live from St. Louis.
Needless to say, the night's awe-inspiring action and pleasant surprises continued the event's strong streak of enjoyable shows since the pay-per-view's inception in 2009.
From The Shield capturing gold to Brock Lesnar's valiant victory over Triple H, the show provided a number of monumental moments that set the tone for the remainder of the year.
With this being the first event following 'Mania, it succeeded in outlasting this year's show of shows as well as raising the bar for future WWE pay-per-views.
While watching the show, I noticed a handful of highlights that could be seen as interesting or intriguing to any ordinary WWE viewer. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you'd know I have an obsessive knack for fun facts regarding past WWE events.
I'll attempt to entertain and enlighten you with knowledge as I present my observed monumental, record-breaking, history-making moments from this year's Extreme Rules event.
The Miz Featured on Pre-Show for 2nd Consecutive Year
Starting with WrestleMania 28, WWE began airing free pre-shows on their website, YouTube channel and other platforms. The pre-shows usually consist of a match or two in addition to a number of backstage interviews preparing viewers for the actual event.
Since its inception in April 2012, The Miz has been featured on the pre-show a total of five times. He made his pre-show debut at last year's Extreme Rules event, losing to then-United States Champion Santino Marella.
A year later, Miz once again found himself on the pre-show at Extreme Rules, defeating Cody Rhodes within mere minutes. It's sad to see The Awesome One relegated to the pre-show for two consecutive years after headlining the event as WWE Champion in 2011.
Kofi Kingston Suffers His First Loss at the Event
John Cena isn't the only one who is undefeated at Extreme Rules, as Kofi Kingston had a winning streak of his own at the event before it came to an end last Sunday.
At the inaugural event in 2009, Kingston was successful in defeating MVP, William Regal and Matt Hardy in a Fatal 4-Way to retain his United States Championship. Although he wasn't featured on the main card at Extreme Rules 2010, he still managed to defeat Dolph Ziggler in the dark match prior to the event.
The following year, the Ghanian grappler was placed in an impromptu Tables match with Sheamus, whom he defeated to win his second United States Championship. However, Kingston's string of luck at the event came to an end at this year's installment, where he dropped his U.S. to Dean Ambrose.
It's also interesting to note that all of Kingston's appearances at Extreme Rules (aside from the dark match at 2010's event) have been in matches contested for the star-spangled prize.
First Time WWE Tag Team Championships Change Hands at Event
Since the inception of WWE Extreme Rules in 2009, only two WWE Tag Team Championship matches have occurred at the event. The first saw Kane and Big Show defeat Corre members Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson in a Lumberjack match to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships at 2011's installment.
Up to that point, the tag titles were the only active WWE Championship to have not changed hands at Extreme Rules. That is, however, until last Sunday came around.
At this year's event, The Shield representatives Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated Team Hell No to capture their first WWE Tag Team Championships. Will they be the ones to finally restore lost prestige to the bronze belts?
First Installment Without a Divas Match
The Divas have been overlooked for years now, but it wasn't until Eve's departure this past January that the division took a major hit. Kaitlyn has done little to nothing as Divas Champion up to this point, which is a shame because there are a handful of talented women ready for her to work with.
For the first time in many years, WrestleMania 29 did not feature a Divas match of any kind after the mixed eight-person tag team match was pulled from the card. Although AJ Lee is the current contender for the Divas title, she strangely did not receive her shot at the gold at Extreme Rules last Sunday.
This would mark the first Extreme Rules event to not feature a Divas match since the pay-per-view's early beginnings in 2009.
First Pay-Per-View Victories for Orton, Sheamus and Jericho Since Late 2012
Being the top two stars of SmackDown, you would think that Randy Orton and Sheamus would be scoring victories on pay-per-view more often than not. However, prior to last Sunday, neither former World Champion had won a singles match via pinfall on pay-per-view since last fall.
The same can be said for Chris Jericho, who departed the company shortly after defeating Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam in 2012. He was unsuccessful at Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania 29 before finally defeating Fandango in the opening match at Extreme Rules.
Orton and Sheamus were also victorious at Extreme Rules, defeating Big Show and Mark Henry, respectively. Interestingly enough, the last pinfall victory either man scored on pay-per-view prior to Extreme Rules was over Alberto Del Rio in the final few months of 2012.
John Cena Remains Undefeated at Extreme Rules
While Undertaker has his storied streak on the grandest stage of them all, John Cena has an impressive winning record of his own at Extreme Rules. He has competed at every Extreme Rules event since its initial installment in 2009 and has yet to lose a match at the pay-per-view.
In 2009, Cena managed to force Big Show to tap out in a grueling Submission match. The following year, Cena successfully defended his WWE Championship against Batista in a Last Man Standing match.
In 2011, The Champ was involved in yet another WWE title match, as he defeated both The Miz and John Morrison in a Steel Cage match to capture the prestigious prize. He kept his undefeated streak intact last year as well by scoring a valiant victory over Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred match.
Although his Last Man Standing match with Ryback at this year's event ended in a draw, he didn't technically lose. Therefore, Cena is still without a blemish on his record at Extreme Rules.
First Draw in a Last Man Standing Match Since June 2009
The Last Man Standing match is known as one of the most feared and intimidating match stipulations in all of WWE. In a Last Man Standing match, you must incapacitate your opponent for a count of 10 in order to win the bout.
However, in the rare case that neither man answers the 10 count, the match is deemed a draw. There have been only a few Last Man Standing matches over the years that have ended in draws, with the latest bout between John Cena and Ryback being one of them.
Prior to Extreme Rules, the most recent Last Man Standing match to end a draw was a bout contested between Triple H and Randy Orton for the WWE Championship on the June 22 edition of Raw in 2009. No one ever wants to see a contest conclude with a tie, but it was necessary in this case to further the feud between Ryback and Cena.
First Event to Not Feature John Cena in the Main Event Since 2009
John Cena has headlined three of the past six pay-per-views, with Extreme Rules not being one of them. Although his WWE title defense against Ryback in a Last Man Standing match was being billed as a blockbuster, it didn't take precedence over the Steel Cage match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H.
That being said, this would mark the first Extreme Rules event since the inaugural installment to not feature in the main event. It would also be the first time the WWE Championship match didn't close a pay-per-view since December's WWE TLC event.
Brock Lesnar Headlines Event for 2nd Consecutive Year
Upon his shocking return to WWE the night after WrestleMania 28, Brock Lesnar immediately set his sights on a distraught John Cena. After weeks of animosity between the two, they were set to collide in a No Holds Barred match in the main event of Extreme Rules.
Despite decimating Cena for a majority of the bout, Lesnar still fell victim to Super Cena's antics following an Attitude Adjustment on the steel steps. That loss did significant damage to Lesnar's momentum from that point forward, as did his loss to Triple H at WrestleMania 29.
His rematch with Triple H at this year's Extreme Rules pay-per-view was crucial given the fact that another loss would have permanently killed his credibility. Thankfully, Lesnar avenged his embarrassing defeat from last year and scored the three count on The Game in the closing minutes of this year's event.
Triple H Loses at Extreme Rules Once Again
Of the five Extreme Rules events that have occurred over the past four years, Triple H has competed at only two of them. His first match at the event took place at 2010's installment, where he battled Sheamus in a brutal Street Fight.
After delivering multiple Brogue kicks to the head of HHH, Sheamus scored the victory and ensured The Game would never compete again. Triple H was rendered inactive from that point forward before returning to the ring nearly 10 months later.
This year was a similar story, as HHH fought Brock Lesnar inside a Steel Cage at Extreme Rules despite beating the former UFC Champion at WrestleMania 29. Although HHH gave it his best effort, he failed to defeat Lesnar and solidify himself as the better man.
Unlike 2010, however, HHH's injury angle didn't occur at the event, but rather the next night on Raw during a match with Curtis Axel.
Whether these facts were truly "fun" or not is for you to decide, but I still hope you enjoyed reading my latest piece, nonetheless. If you feel any corrections need to be made, feel free to drop a comment below with the accurate information.
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