Since 2009, the WWE has put on the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, but the 2014 edition of the show will mark the first time in history that the live stream for the event will be available on the WWE Network.
With a stacked match card that includes Daniel Bryan’s first defense of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Kane and the six-man battle between The Shield vs. Evolution, Extreme Rules has the potential to be one of the best shows this year.
Here is all the vital viewing information for WWE’s Extreme Rules event.
Where: IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: Sunday, May 4 at 8 p.m. ET (pre-show at 7:30 p.m. ET)
Watch: WWE Network or pay-per-view (local service provider)
Live Stream: WWE Network
|Full 2014 Extreme Rules Card|
|Daniel Bryan vs. Kane||Extreme Rules||WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Daniel Bryan|
|The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista)||Six-Man Tag Team Match||N/A||Evolution|
|Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena||Steel Cage Match||N/A||Bray Wyatt|
|Big E (c) vs. Bad News Barrett||N/A||Intercontinental Championship||Bad News Barrett|
|Jack Swagger vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro||Triple Threat Elimination Match||N/A||Cesaro|
|Paige (c) vs. Tamina Snuka||N/A||Divas Championship||Paige|
|Alexander Rusev (with Lana) vs. Xavier Woods and R-Truth||2-on-1 Handicap Match||N/A||Alexander Rusev|
|El Torito vs. Hornswoggle||WeeLC Pre Show Match||N/A||El Torito|
Breaking Down Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
The most important match of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between defending champion Daniel Bryan and Kane.
Kane and Bryan have a long history together. The duo worked together as part of the Team Hell No tag team, and they were involved in some of the funniest and most entertaining angles in a long time.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated documented the importance of this match:
The two men went their separate ways but never had the proper blow-off to their friendship. After Kane brutally attacked Bryan on the April 21st episode of Raw, it was clear that the former partners would have the chance to settle their differences at Extreme Rules.
Kane had been working as a corporate stooge for Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and The Authority, and his mission is to take the title away from Bryan. With the champion suffering a storyline spinal injury during the attack, according to WWE.com, there is no doubt that the underdog is less than 100 percent.
David Herro of Pro Wrestling Report talked about Bryan's underdog character:
Bryan originally won the title with an injury as well, and he took time after walking out of WrestleMania 30 to talk with Craig Tello of WWE.com about how it felt holding such a prestigious honor:
Feels good. I'm actually very tired right now. 'Yes!'-ing with those titles is a lot harder than people would imagine. I just want to thank everyone for their support. I wouldn't be here without them. We had 75,000 people in there. They were amazing. They made this moment happen and they made this moment special. And for that, I can never thank them enough.
Bryan has won despite being the underdog throughout his career, and there’s nothing that will stand in his way Sunday in the main event either. The WWE has added an Extreme Rules stipulation to the match, but even those odds aren’t enough to stop Bryan right now.
While Kane may not be the ideal first title defense for Bryan due to the fact that he has been an afterthought for months, the reversion back to wearing a mask and his ominous presence make him a viable challenger anytime he hits the ring.
After beating Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista in the same night to capture the world title, there is no doubt that Bryan will be victorious over Kane this Sunday, but don’t let the predictability of this bout fool you.
Bryan and Kane have the chemistry and in-ring talent to steal the show with the best match of the night. Add in the battle between Evolution and The Shield, and these two co-main events will make this an unforgettable PPV.
Predicted Winner: Daniel Bryan
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