WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Results: Biggest Surprises from PPV's Booking
Like every pay-per-view in the WWE, Extreme Rules provided plenty of surprises for those watching—although admittedly, the shock factor was down slightly from WrestleMania XXX.
After what happened with The Undertaker's streak during the latter event, that is obviously no great surprise. However, the booking of the show did throw up a few surprises and twists that some may not have expected.
Whether it was a match that dragged on longer than it should or just a lack of drama, there were still surprises at Extreme Rules.
Let's take a look at the biggest shocks from the booking of Extreme Rules 2014.
El Torito vs. Hornswoggle Lasted over 10 Minutes
We start with the pre-show—and that bizarre match between El Torito and Hornswoggle. Quite how the contest came about is anyone's guess, but at least it was consigned to the pre-show.
Although the match was no doubt going to have to run for a while—after all, the pre-show needed to be filled up—the length of time the match dragged on was ridiculous.
At 10:53, it was longer than both Alexander Rusev's victory and Bad News Barrett's success combined. That's a very long period of time for a match between two men who have no real place in the WWE.
Hopefully we won't get a repeat of this madness at Payback. Surely the WWE could find two guys in the middle of the card who are more suited to a role at the pay-per-view than El Torito and Hornswoggle.
Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro Did Not Happen
For weeks, it looked like Cesaro and Jack Swagger were on a collision course to find out who was the better man in their tag team, The Real Americans.
It was all set to be a great match, with the physical approach of both men making it a potentially good showing. However, a week before Extreme Rules, the WWE threw a real spanner in the works.
Thanks to their mishandling of Cesaro's split from Zeb Colter and Swagger, they were forced to throw a babyface into the mix: Rob Van Dam.
Their Triple Threat match was decent enough, but it was just a shame we never got to see Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro in a singles contest.
They were a good tag team, and it would have been a good way to bury their rivalry once and for all. As with most things with Cesaro these days, it all played out a bit wrong.
The Shield Won Clean
For months and months, the call has been for The Shield to inevitably split at a pay-per-view in the near future.
And for all those months, the split has never happened. It was threatened on a few occasions, but their face turn has given them a new lease on life.
Despite that, there was still an expectancy that something dramatic would happen at Extreme Rules regarding the trio.
It simply didn't happen. Evolution were beaten at the pay-per-view—and they were beaten clean. Roman Reigns finished off the contest by nailing Batista with a huge spear—after the other four men in the match were cleaned out at ringside.
It only further cemented The Shield's growing reputation—which is getting bigger and brighter by the day.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane Had No Outside Interference
The main event came from nowhere in the weeks leading towards Extreme Rules—in reality, Daniel Bryan's first real defense of his WWE World Heavyweight Championship was never going to be against Kane.
However, thanks to Evolution coming together once again, the number of serious challengers for Bryan became incredibly thin—leaving Kane to step forward.
The result was inevitable, as Bryan's victory was surely never in doubt. However, the way the match played out did come as a little bit of a surprise.
With Stephanie McMahon playing a heavy role in Bryan's activities over the last few weeks, it was a big shock she never got seriously involved in the match.
Thankfully, the WWE let Bryan and Kane do their thing without any third-party involvement.