WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Worst Event Cards in PPV's History
The wild and chaotic nature of Extreme Rules has made for one of the more entertaining and anticipated events of the year. In recent years, it has proceeded WrestleMania and featured some outstanding rematches of the show's top bouts.
While the show is almost always one of the more enjoyable on the event calendar, there have been a few editions of Extreme Rules that failed to live up to their expectations. That is not to say they were bad. There have been some outstanding matches in the event's history that will appear on this list.
Unfortunately, these shows as a whole failed to make an impression, and as a result, they significantly pale in comparison to past and future events.
In hopes that the May 4 Extreme Rules show headlined by The Shield vs. Evolution does not wind up on a revised version of this list in the future, here is a look back at the worst cards in the relatively short history of the fan-favorite event.
4. Extreme Rules 2013
- Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
- United States Championship Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
- Strap match: Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
- "I Quit" match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
- Tornado Tag match for the Tag Team Championship: Team Hell No vs. The Shield
- Tables match: Randy Orton vs. The Big Show
- Last Match Standing for the WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Ryback
- Steel Cage match: Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
There was nothing inherently wrong with the 2013 Extreme Rules pay-per-view. In fact, it was a fairly enjoyable event that saw the rise of The Shield and a much better match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar than the one at WrestleMania weeks earlier.
What makes it one of the worst cards in the event's history is that there was plenty of good on the show but nothing that really stood out as being great or incredibly memorable. It was an average event on the heels of an average WrestleMania.
Del Rio and Swagger had a very solid wrestling match that established the former as the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship and saw Swagger enjoy his last bit of main event exposure before falling back into the midcard.
A good show, but not a great one like it predecessor in 2012.
3. Extreme Rules 2010
- Gauntlet Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: The Hart Dynasty vs. Big Show and Miz vs. John Morrison and R-Truth vs. MVP and Mark Henry
- Hair match: Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
- Leather Strap match: JTG vs. Shad Gaspard
- Extreme Rules match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger
- Street Fight: Triple H vs. Sheamus
- Extreme Makeover match for the Women's Championship: Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool
- Steel Cage match: Edge vs. Chris Jericho
- Last Man Standing match: John Cena vs. Batista
John Cena and Batista had an outstanding main event that was marred by a disappointing finish that went against everything that Last Man Standing matches are meant to be.
Edge and Chris Jericho had a very good Steel Cage match that brought their feud to an end but did so under rather uneventful terms. Considering the fact that Jericho took great pride in criticizing the Rated R Superstar for getting injured a year earlier and ruining what should have been a great title reign, it probably should have wrapped up in a grander and more violent fashion than it did.
The Gauntlet match for the Tag titles was mediocre from an in-ring standpoint, but The Hart Dynasty's win was a nice way to put the team over...until they split months later. JTG and Shad Gaspard wrestled a very uninspired Strap match that ended up killing any chance either had of a push.
Rey Mysterio and CM Punk were engaged in the most heated rivalry at the time and had, arguably, the best match of the night.
Still, the event failed to really leave a lasting impact and instead was little more than a suitable followup to WrestleMania 26.
2. One Night Stand: Extreme Rules 2007
- Stretcher match: Rob Van Dam vs. Randy Orton
- Six-Man Tag Team Tables match: CM Punk, Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman vs. Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von and Matt Striker
- Ladder match for the World Tag Team Championship: The Hardy Boyz vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team
- Lumberjack match: Kane vs. Mark Henry
- Street Fight for the ECW Championship: Bobby Lashley vs. Vince McMahon
- Pudding match: Candice Michelle vs. Melina
- Steel Cage match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Batista vs. Edge
- Falls Count Anywhere match for the WWE Championship: John Cena vs. The Great Khali
One Night Stand 2007 may not have shared the Extreme Rules name that the others on this list do, but it was, for all intents and purposes, the same show. It was a night in which stipulations ran wild and WWE took things to the extreme.
The night's main event featured John Cena taking on The Great Khali in the massive Superstar's greatest match. Rob Van Dam and Randy Orton got the night off to a great start with a solid Stretcher match in what was Van Dam's final appearance for the company for nearly two years.
The Hardy Boyz and The World's Greatest Tag Team stole the show in a Ladder match for the World Tag Team Championship, and Batista and Edge wrestled a solid, if unspectacular match.
Unfortunately, the heavily hyped match between Bobby Lashley and Vince McMahon continued an unspectacular rivalry between the two and, as appealing as Candice Michelle and Melina wrestling in a pool of chocolate pudding may be, it was out of place on a show with so many wrestlers sacrificing their bodies in hardcore matches.
With no one truly great match that stands out among the others, the show was simply an entertaining way to pass three hours.
1. Extreme Rules 2009
- Fatal 4-Way match for the United States Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. William Regal vs. Matt Hardy
- No Holds Barred match for the Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho
- Samoan Strap match: CM Punk vs. Umaga
- Triple Threat Hardcore match for the ECW Championship: Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian vs. Jack Swagger
- Handicap Hog Pen match: Santina Marella vs. Chavo and Vickie Guerrero
- Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship: Batista vs. Randy Orton
- Submission match: John Cena vs. Big Show
- Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. Edge
The first official Extreme Rules event took place in 2009 and featured Jeff Hardy facing Edge in a Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. Two of the greatest Ladder match competitors in wrestling history, they delivered an exceptional match that capped off the show in grand fashion.
Unfortunately, it was the high point of a show that was very hit or miss throughout.
Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho had a good match for the Intercontinental Championship that would be topped a month later at The Bash. The United States Championship match between Kofi Kingston, MVP, William Regal and Matt Hardy was a fun and energetic way to kick off the show but nothing more.
The Hog Pen Match between Santina, Vickie and Chavo Guerrero was such a blemish on the night's festivities that, despite the fact that it lasted less than three minutes, it pulled the quality of the event down significantly.
The questionable booking decision to have Batista go over Randy Orton in the WWE title match, ending the reign that the creative team worked so hard to establish for Orton, only spotlighted what was a very mediocre and lackluster pay-per-view.