Extreme Rules matches, the very match that the event itself is named after, has been contested at four of the last five installments. It allows the competitors to use every weapon at their disposal in order to put their opponent away for the three-count.
At the inaugural event in 2009, it was only fitting that the ECW Championship be contested in an Extreme Rules match. It featured the likes of Christian, Tommy Dreamer and Jack Swagger, with the stipulation being that if Dreamer couldn't capture the title, he'd leave the WWE.
Sure enough, Dreamer pulled out the victory by nailing Swagger with his signature DDT. It was an emotional win for the ECW veteran that was met with a very nice pop from the live New Orleans crowd.
In 2010, Jack Swagger once again competed in an Extreme Rules match, this time defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton. To the surprise of many, Swagger scored the clean win over The Viper, one of his few successful title defenses as champion.
Two years later, Brock Lesnar wrestled his first WWE match in nearly eight years against John Cena. With no disqualifications and no count-outs, Cena and Lesnar took each other to their respective limits with Lesnar bloodying Cena within minutes of the bell being rung.
This bout was seen as one of the best of 2012 due to the sheer physicality. After enduring an incredible amount of punishment, Cena somehow managed to emerge victorious after hitting Lesnar with an Attitude Adjustment on the steel steps.
At 2013's installment, Orton battled Big Show in an Extreme Rules match in his hometown of St. Louis. The two had a rather entertaining matchup that concluded with Orton bringing his punt kick out of retirement to secure the victory.
Kane and Daniel Bryan will have a tough task ahead of them tonight, but knowing the great chemistry those two have together in the ring, I'm confident they can continue the strong streak of awesome Extreme Rules matches.