WWE Extreme Rules 2014: 7 Most Memorable Moments in Event's History
Extreme Rules, the pay-per-view following WrestleMania, always has lots of intrigue attached to it.
With that intrigue comes the possibility for some special moments to occur, moments that will stand the test of time and be forever remembered.
Thankfully, the show has delivered on plenty of occasions and has given us some truly magical moments.
Whether featuring dramatic title victories or simply epic matches, Extreme Rules has more often than not delivered.
Let's take a look at some of the most memorable moments in the history of this event.
7. Tommy Dreamer Wins the ECW Championship (2009)
We start with the first-ever edition of the show and a fitting moment given the name "Extreme Rules."
The ECW Championship was on the line back at Extreme Rules 2009, and the most iconic man to appear on that brand captured the gold in some style.
Tommy Dreamer was taking on Christian and Jack Swagger for the belt, with Christian the defending champion.
It was a good, old-fashioned hardcore match. Seeing Dreamer emerge with the belt was a fitting way to kick off the Extreme Rules brand and helped secure Dreamer's legacy as an ECW great.
In all honesty, it's just a shame the brand isn't around anymore.
6. The Shield Clean House (2013)
Back at Survivor Series 2012, a group of three young rogues emerged from the NXT brand, naming themselves The Shield.
They quickly grabbed the attention of millions of wrestling fans, and Extreme Rules 2013 was arguably the night they really arrived on the WWE scene.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns picked up the tag titles in a great win, beating Team Hell No.
Dean Ambrose became the United States champion, a title he will surely hold heading into the 2014 edition of Extreme Rules.
That night felt like a defining moment in the fledgling careers of Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins. Having them all pick up gold on the same night was a huge indication that they were going places.
5. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus (2012)
When Daniel Bryan and Sheamus stepped into the ring at WrestleMania 28, nobody expected what would happen.
The 18-second squash Bryan was made to take was incredibly hard to swallow, but it really did help increase his popularity and give a real sense of injustice towards Bryan.
Fast forward to Extreme Rules 2012, and the two men were in action again. However, this would be no 18-second match.
The two men put on an outstanding show in a Two-out-of-Three Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Although Bryan ultimately lost, it was a huge night in his career. In fact, it was one of the first nights you could really feel his popularity begin to surge.
4. John Cena vs. Batista (2010)
John Cena matches are often maligned as poor, but he is capable of delivering on occasions.
Extreme Rules 2010 was a fine example of that. Cena and Batista closed the show in some style.
It was a Last Man Standing match, and both Cena and Batista really raised their game for the clash, going at it in an epic contest.
After nearly 25 minutes, Cena finally prevailed as the man who overcame the odds—as he often does, in all fairness.
However, it was the match of the evening without a doubt and confirmed to all his doubters that John Cena is capable of putting on a show.
3. CM Punk Cashes in Money in the Bank (2009)
It's a great moment when a Superstar finally cashes in a Money in the Bank briefcase. We've had some brilliant examples—perhaps with Edge as the pioneer of the concept—but CM Punk provided a great moment back in 2009.
Earlier in the night, Punk had inflicted defeat upon Umaga in a Samoan Strap match. In the main event, Jeff Hardy and Edge had an absolutely brilliant ladder match, which Hardy won.
However, seconds after the bell rang to end that match, Punk's music hit.
It took two executions of the Go To Sleep, but Punk finally was able to score the winning pin on Hardy after just over a minute.
2. Chris Jericho Breaks a Record (2009)
There can be little doubt that Chris Jericho is one of the finest wrestlers to ever step in a WWE ring.
His record speaks for itself, and a huge part of that record is his vast amount of Intercontinental Championship reigns.
At Extreme Rules 2009, Jericho won the belt for a record ninth time, beating Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match.
With six title reigns apiece, only Jeff Jarrett and Rob Van Dam come anywhere close to Jericho.
It is a record that will surely never be beaten in the modern era. And on that night at Extreme Rules, Chris Jericho created a little bit more history for the WWE fans to salivate over.
1. John Cena Addresses the World (2011)
This was one of the rare moments where professional wrestling meets real life.
At Extreme Rules 2011, John Cena beat The Miz and John Morrison in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship.
Just as that match finished, news was breaking about the death of Osama bin Laden. Cena, fresh off his victory, took to the mic and addressed the crowd.
His speech was quite passionate and particularly endearing. As everyone began to realize what was going on, the arena was sent into raptures.
It was one of those special moments where real life and wrestling mix. And John Cena did it in some style that evening.
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