WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Worst Matches in History of PPV
Extreme Rules is usually a pay-per-view that provides us with plenty of excitement, drama and enjoyment.
Traditionally the first show to be held after WrestleMania, storylines from the previous event are often dragged out into the next one.
That creates excellent matches for the most part—and plenty of intrigue.
However, for all the good we've seen at Extreme Rules, there are sometimes bad matches that slip through the net and sneak onto the pay-per-view.
That could be a bad match with a horrific stipulation attached or simply a match between people who have no right to be mixing it up on such a high-profile show.
Let's take a look at the worst matches in the short history of Extreme Rules.
Santina vs. Vickie Guerrero (2009)
We start at the first edition of Extreme Rules, way back in 2009.
Watching Santino Marella compete is bad enough, but when a creative twist sees him compete in a women's match dressed in drag, you instantly know you are "bad match" territory.
This particular example saw his "twin sister" Santina face Vickie Guerrero in a Hog Pen match. Even the stipulation beggars belief, to be honest.
Inevitably, the match was appalling. That is quite harsh on Guerrero, who was thrust into a situation with which she was hardly familiar at the time.
However, the two of them have to take the blame. This was without doubt one of the worst matches ever seen at this pay-per-view.
Ryback vs. Aaron Relic and Jay Hatton (2012)
Back in 2012, the man formerly known as Skip Sheffield was on a rampage under his new character guise: Ryback.
The first few months of his WWE career were designed to build him up into a supreme monster and have him perform herculean feats on his opponents.
One such match happened at Extreme Rules 2012—but there was just no need for it to be on the card.
Of course, the WWE wanted to expose him to as many people as possible by having him win these squash matches. But couldn't it have been sufficient for him to do it on Raw and SmackDown?
The decision was even more baffling when you consider that there was a match for the United States Championship on the pre-show.
All in all, poor booking from the WWE leads to this match making the list.
Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler (2012)
About the time Ryback was destroying opponents for fun, Brodus Clay was just starting to move on to fighting opponents with some decent pedigrees.
Clay had been in a similar scenario to Ryback in his infancy with the WWE, and by the time Extreme Rules 2012 came about, he was fighting Dolph Ziggler.
The fact that there were two stars in each man's corner instantly took the edge off the men who were actually competing in the match.
And things inside the ring didn't exactly live up to expectation, either. Brodus knocked Dolph off in just over four minutes. It really did flatter to deceive.
JTG vs. Shad Gaspard (2010)
Remember Cryme Time? The hustling, bustling pair that took no prisoners and no mercy when it came to their opponents? No?
Well, back in 2010, Shad Gaspard turned on JTG, leading to the unfortunate demise of the tag team. To settle their differences, they had a battle at Extreme Rules that year—in a strap match.
It was a dour, dismal affair that just looked like it had been thrown together at the last minute by WWE Creative.
Having JTG win felt like the right decision at the time, but it really didn't matter who won. We were all losers when it came to that match.
There is a similar scenario unfolding for the 2014 edition of Extreme Rules, as former tag buddies Cesaro and Jack Swagger look set to do battle. You get the feeling that match won't be anywhere near as bad as this one.
Michael Cole and Jack Swagger vs. Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross (2011)
Speaking of Jack Swagger: He was involved in what could easily be described as the worst match ever to grace an Extreme Rules stage.
Back at the 2010 edition, Swagger remained at the head of the company by beating Randy Orton in a thoroughly entertaining match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
A year later, he was wrestling alongside Michael Cole. Even worse, they were facing Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross.
And even worse than that, it was a Country Whipping tag match.
It was just appalling. There was no chemistry in the ring—as you would expect. You can imagine the kind of thoughts that were swirling around Swagger's head in the weeks prior to this match. How had he ended up in this scenario?
Thankfully, the match was over quick enough for most of us to try and forget it ever existed. However, thanks to this list it has been brought back into everyone's memory as the worst Extreme Rules match ever.