WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Ranking Every Card in PPV's History
The first pay-per-view that now traditionally follows on from WrestleMania is Extreme Rules—and the 2014 edition promises to be a fascinating affair.
The fallout from WrestleMania XXX will continue right into the show—and probably beyond. That means we will arguably see some rematches from WrestleMania at the event.
It is a show that traditionally offers plenty following on from WrestleMania season. There have been five previous editions of the show, beginning back in 2009.
We have seen title changes, drama—and generally a more extreme show than we would at any other point in the year.
So, let's look at all five Extreme Rules cards, from worst right through to the best.
There can be little doubt where to begin. Whilst the Extreme Rules pay-per-view has generally been decent across the board, 2011 was the worst showing we have seen.
That is perhaps best indicated by the match which saw Michael Cole and Jack Swagger face Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler in a country whipping match. That's right—that match did happen on pay-per-view.
Elsewhere, The Corre was wrestling for the tag team championships against Big Show and Kane—thankfully, it lost.
And the main event saw John Cena win a Triple Threat match, as he saw off The Miz and John Morrison.
Christian won the World Heavyweight Championship in a rare bright spot—but that was about as good as it got in 2011.
In all fairness, all five editions of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view have been incredibly solid. However, whilst they have all been decent, some have been outstanding.
2010 was certainly not one of those occasions.
There were bright points—Sheamus' street fight against Triple H was good in parts and was an excellent continuation of their rivalry following WrestleMania.
However, there were a distinct lack of matches with any level of extremity attached to them. The main event was John Cena vs. Batista in a Last Man Standing match—and that really failed to captivate the imagination of some.
Add to that a card which had matches such as JTG vs. Shad Gaspard, and you know you are not going to be in the mix for the top spot on this list.
Again, another good show with plenty of positives—so let's start with those.
Dean Ambrose wrestled the United States Championship away from Kofi Kingston to continue The Shield's strong start to life on the WWE roster. And a great night all-round for the trio was completed later, when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns won the WWE Tag Team Championships.
However, John Cena and Ryback continued their poor rivalry at the 2013 Extreme Rules show, fighting to a no contest in a match with a bizarre ending. Sadly, that is the closest Ryback has—and probably will—ever come to winning a major belt with the company.
The strap match between Sheamus and Mark Henry was pretty predictable—and you almost knew it was going to be the Irishman who prevailed against his opponent.
Better than 2010 but not by much.
A good show for the most part in 2012, with the main event a pretty decent spectacle.
It saw Brock Lesnar and John Cena push each other to the limit—a pay-per-view with the name Extreme Rules was always going to suit Brock perfectly, after all. And to be fair, Cena was on pretty good form, too.
Following on from the 18-second disaster at WrestleMania 28, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus had a pretty good two out of three falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship—in which Sheamus retained the belt.
An obligatory Ryback squash was a trendy thing at the time, and we saw him polish off two local wrestlers in a matter of minutes.
The highlight though? CM Punk and Chris Jericho's unbelievable Chicago street fight for the WWE Championship. It was an incredible affair and fully deserving of a pay-per-view slot.
The very first edition of Extreme Rules will take some beating—the 2009 show was a brilliant pay-per-view.
Almost from the beginning, we knew it was going to be special. Chris Jericho defeated Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship—his ninth reign as champion of that division, a stunning effort.
We even had a match for ECW Championship, and Tommy Dreamer won it, beating Christian and Jack Swagger in a hardcore match.
Batista and Randy Orton were enjoying an exciting feud back then, a far cry from what is currently happening in 2014. Their steel cage match was outstanding.
And Jeff Hardy beat Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship—before CM Punk emerged to cash in his Money in the Bank.
All in all, 2009's edition of Extreme Rules was by far the best. 2014 has a big task on its hands to beat it.