The searing heat of rivalries will burn at WWE Extreme Rules 2014.
On May 4, WWE heads to the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for an event that features a Steel Cage match, an Extreme Rules match and a number of championship bouts. The event begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Daniel Bryan faces a merciless challenger who long ago abandoned what he learned in Dr. Shelby's anger management classes. The Shield and Evolution meet in a six-man battle, and John Cena takes on the ever-disturbing Bray Wyatt.
Step into a preview that provides info on the pre-show, how to watch and what matches to expect.
Before the night's showdowns begin, a panel of Superstars, both past and present, will break down the matches on the card beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
Expect videos recapping all the major storylines, interviews with Superstars and a battle sure to be filled with jokes about being short.
El Torito and Hornswoggle have traded victories in recent weeks. Their rubber match will be the first-ever WeeLC bout in WWE history.
The modified version of a TLC match will likely feature mini ladders and mini chairs. It will be a fun contest, although it's a strange fit for an event that prides itself on being extreme.
The WeeLC match, the hype and Extreme Rules panel can all be seen exclusively on the WWE Network.
Live Stream and PPV Info
A mostly smooth WrestleMania 30 stream calmed concerns about the service being able to hold up when barraged with a flood of traffic. After passing that test, the WWE Network now broadcasts Extreme Rules for the first time.
It is the most cost-effective way to watch the event.
A $9.99 subscription fee covers Extreme Rules, weekly episodes of Main Event and NXT, original programming and a robust archive of past WWE events. The WWE Network can be seen on Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation Network or WWE.com.
Unsure of how to connect to the WWE Network? Kofi Kingston is happy to help.
Extreme Rules will also be available the old-fashioned way—your local cable company. Time Warner Cable, Xfinity and several others companies will offer the event. DirecTV and Dish Network, however, will not.
The WWE Network isn't available for viewers outside of the United States just yet, unfortunately.
Fans from the United Kingdom willing to stay up to catch the action can turn to Sky Box Office, ordering by phone or online. Ten Sports will show Extreme Rules live in India. WWE.com lists fans' viewing options for other countries.
- Jack Swagger vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro
- Big E vs. Bad News Barrett (Intercontinental Championship)
- Paige vs. Tamina Snuka (Divas Championship)
- Alexander Rusev vs. Xavier Woods and R-Truth
- Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena - Steel Cage match
- Daniel Bryan vs. Kane - Extreme Rules match (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
- The Shield vs. Evolution
Van Dam finds himself in the middle of a feud between former partners.
Cesaro left Swagger and manager Zeb Colter to nestle under Paul Heyman's wing. That split has led to a number of recent battles between the former Real Americans. That feud spilled into the tournament to determine the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship.
It was there that Cesaro and Swagger's bad blood spilled over onto Van Dam when Swagger cost Cesaro a chance to beat Van Dam, and The King of Swing later ruined Van Dam's pursuit of gold.
Barrett was the beneficiary of that chaos.
He now seeks his fourth reign as IC champ. In his way stands Big E, a powerhouse who has held onto that title longer than anyone since Cody Rhodes back in 2011-2012.
Tamina earned her title shot by way of winning a Battle Royal on Main Event. Her opponent has been champion since her first day on the main roster.
Their clash will be powered by toughness, aggression and stinging strikes.
Extreme Rules will be Rusev's first pay-per-view match other than his appearance in the Royal Rumble. He has been so dominant that he enters a two-on-one matchup as the favorite.
Will he continue to mirror Ryback's early run by felling two foes at once, or will R-Truth and Woods avenge their recent defeats against The Bulgarian Brute?
One of the most intriguing bouts of the night will pit Wyatt against Cena, monster against hero. Cena managed to fend off The Eater of Worlds at WrestleMania, but Wyatt has since wormed his way further into the former champ's mind.
With a steel cage as their battlefield, these two enemies go at it once more, fans wondering if a darker version of Cena will emerge.
Bryan defied seemingly impossible odds to become world champ at WrestleMania. He now has to survive an Extreme Rules match with a masked sadist to keep the title.
Kane sent Bryan to the emergency room when he brutally attacked him on April 21. The Devil's Favorite Demon later tried to pull Bryan's wife, Brie Bella, into a hole in the ring.
Revenge is now on the champion's mind with destruction on the challenger's.
Two dominant trios will meet in the other marquee bout. Evolution reformed after 10 years apart, brought together by a common hatred of The Shield.
The team that dominated WWE from 2003 to 2005 now faces the company's newest unstoppable group. The members of The Shield will attempt to tear down their accomplished enemies and end Triple H's tyranny as COO.
As intense as that collision promises to be, WWE has not yet made it an Extreme Rules match of any kind. The event as a whole is lacking the edgy gimmick matches that it is famous for, making for a toned-down night with more bad blood than extremeness.