The seventh annual WWE Extreme Rules came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. On the one night of the year where the WWE goes “extreme”, increased measure would have to be taken in a very personal feud between two of the WWE’s most ring-savvy warriors as thirteen-time World Champion and WWE COO “The Game” Triple H would collide with the ruthless, remorseless beast known as Brock Lesnar in the most old school problem-solver in the WWE, the Steel Cage Match, where the only way to win is via pinfall or submission or by escaping the cage, either through the door or over the top of the cage with both feet touching the floor!
Since the night after WrestleMania, Ryback has taken on a new outlook on his career and the career of others as “The Sin City Cyborg” has transformed from a silent beast to a man who blames all of his problems on one man, WWE Champion John Cena. For weeks, Ryback has claimed that Cena has refused to help him in his wars against The Shield and that it is Cena’s fault that he is not the WWE Champion, but at Extreme Rules, Ryback would get his chance to be the champion as Ryback collides with John Cena with the WWE Title on the line in a Last Man Standing Match, where the only way to win is to render your opponent unable to stand on his own two feet before the referee finishes his ten-count and, with John Cena’s Achilles injury no doubt aggravated following a vicious attack with a steel chair by Ryback on RAW, Ryback will certainly have the advantage in the showdown.
With World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler unable to defend his title in a Triple Threat Ladder Match due to a concussion suffered thanks to Jack Swagger, SmackDown Senior Advisor Theodore Long made the call to replace the match with an “I Quit” Match between Jack Swagger & Alberto Del Rio where the only way to win is to force your opponent to say the words, “I Quit”, with the man emerging victorious being named the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title.
In what started with unexplained attacks on Sheamus by Mark Henry, Sheamus’ subsequent embarrassment of “The World’s Strongest Man” has resulted in the two heavy hitters being tied together at the wrist in the rarely-seen Strap Match, where the only road to victory is by dragging your opponent around the ring and touching all four turnbuckles in succession.
Randy Orton has made a reputation for himself throughout his career of not “playing well with others”, but in a moment of desperation, “The Viper” briefly trusted Big Show to be his and Sheamus’ teammate when they combatted The Shield at WrestleMania, but “The World’s Largest Athlete” ended up costing his own team the match and knocking out Orton after the match. Now, at Extreme Rules, Randy Orton and Big Show will collide in the pay-per-view’s namesake, an Extreme Rules Match, where weapons are encouraged and anything goes!
Since their arrival in the WWE in November, The Shield has been nothing short of unstoppable, defeating and destroying the like Kane, Daniel Bryan, The Rock, John Cena, Big Show, Ryback, Randy Orton, and even the legendary Undertaker, but, at Extreme Rules, The Shield will get their first shot at gold as Dean Ambrose challenges Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship, while Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns challenge Kane & Daniel Bryan for the WWE Tag Team Titles in a Tornado Tag Match!
After weeks of sneak attacks, Chris Jericho is fed up with Fandango and, at Extreme Rules, “Y2J” would go one-on-one with “The Dancing Enigma” in a rematch from their bout at WrestleMania.
- Chris Jericho def. Fandango by pin following the Codebreaker.
- United States Championship: Dean Ambrose def. Kofi Kingston (c) by pin following the Headlock Driver to win the United States Title.
- Strap Match: Sheamus def. Mark Henry
- #1 Contender’s “I Quit” Match: Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) def. Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) to become the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: Tornado Tag Match: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns def. Team Hell No (c) by Roman Reigns pinning Daniel Bryan (c) following a double team knee to the throat to win the WWE Tag Team Titles.
- Extreme Rules Match: Randy Orton def. Big Show by pin following the Punt.
- WWE Championship: Last Man Standing Match: John Cena (c) & Ryback fight to a No Contest after Ryback drives John Cena (c) through the stage lighting. As a result, John Cena (c) retains.
- Steel Cage Match: Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) def. Triple H by pin following the F-5.
Extreme Rules kicks off with a rematch from WrestleMania as, after weeks of sneak attacks by Fandango, Chris Jericho would be looking for revenge as he goes one-on-one with the man who defeated him at WrestleMania, Fandango. Throughout the match, Fandango would endure the best of Chris Jericho, surviving the Lionsault and narrowly getting to the ropes to break up the Walls of Jericho, but when Fandango goes for his signature leg drop off of the top rope, Y2J catches Fandango in mid-air with the Codebreaker, pinning Fandango to pick up the win!
Then it was time for the first of two title matches involving The Shield as The Shield’s Dean Ambrose would get his first shot at a championship as, with Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns seemingly in his corner, Dean Ambrose would challenge Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship. However, before the match, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns walk back through the crowd, willingly allowing Ambrose to combat Kofi one-on-one with the title on the line! During the match, Kofi Kingston hits Dean Ambrose with Trouble in Paradise, but Ambrose falls out of the ring and, in what could be argued as a mistake, Kofi refuses to take a count-out victory, bringing Ambrose back into the ring. Kofi then goes for the pin on Ambrose, but Ambrose gets his hand on the bottom rope, breaking up the pin. Shortly after this, Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise again, but Ambrose dodges the move and Kofi gets hung up in the ropes. Ambrose then takes advantage, hitting the Headlock Driver on Kofi, pinning Kingston to pick up the win and become the brand new United States Champion! After the match, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns rush to the ring as The Shield celebrates their first taste of championship gold!
Then it was time for the first ‘extreme’ match of the night as “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would collide with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry in a Strap Match, where both men will be tied to each other with a leather strap attached to both of their wrists and the only way to win is by dragging your opponent around the ring and touching all four top turnbuckles in succession. Both men would do their best to power their opponent around the ring to all four turnbuckles, but after Sheamus gets three corners, Mark Henry tries to stop Sheamus’ momentum with the World’s Strongest Slam, but Sheamus fights out, hitting Mark Henry with the Brogue Kick before touching the final turnbuckle, securing the win for “The Celtic Warrior”!
Backstage, Divas Champion Kaitlyn confronts #1 Contender AJ Lee, saying that AJ Lee is using Dolph Ziggler’s concussion as an excuse to not face Kaitlyn for the Divas Title. Kaitlyn then calls AJ “Looney Tunes” before AJ refers to Kaitlyn as a “pig”, sparking a brawl between champion and challenger on the concrete, which referees are finally able to break up.
A new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship would be determined at Extreme Rules as “The Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, would square off with “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner, in the brutal “I Quit” Match where the only way to win is by forcing your opponent to say the words, “I Quit”. During the match, both men would take turns punishing their opponent with multiple kendo stick shots and, after enduring an onslaught by Del Rio, Swagger would twice drop Del Rio with the gutwrench powerbomb, but “The Mexican Aristocrat” still refused to give it up. Swagger would then lock in the Patriot Lock in on Del Rio, contorting the ankle of Del Rio. Concerned for his friend, Ricardo Rodriguez would repeatedly ask Del Rio if he wants him to throw in the towel on his behalf, but Del Rio refused. However, Zeb Colter would take the towel from Rodriguez, tossing it into the ring, making the referee think that Rodriguez quit on Del Rio’s behalf as the referee calls for the bell, giving the win to Jack Swagger! After the controversial finish, Ricardo Rodriguez pleads his case to the referee, but the tide then changes when a second referee rushes out to the ring as the licensed official informs referee Mike Chioda of what took place. The veteran referee then asks to see a replay of what happened just prior to the end of the match and the replay clearly shows Zeb Colter throwing in the towel, not Rodriguez. The referee then makes the ruling that, if Del Rio is able to continue, then the match will continue! Del Rio assures the referee that he can still compete, so the match begins again. Del Rio then locks in the cross armbreaker in on Swagger, but after Swagger refuses to quit, “The Mexican Aristocrat” modifies his signature submission hold, trapping Swagger’s arm and leg in the submission hold, forcing Swagger to finally say “I Quit”, winning the match for Del Rio, who is now the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship!
After Dean Ambrose dethroned Kofi Kingston to become the new United States Champion, Ambrose’s Shield teammates Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns would be looking to win gold of their own as Rollins & Reigns challenges Team Hell No, Kane & Daniel Bryan, for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tornado Tag Match, where all four participants will be legal in the ring at the same time. During the match, Daniel Bryan would lock in the No Lock on Roman Reigns, but Seth Rollins would break up the submission move. Kane would then deliver a chokeslam to Seth Rollins before Reigns hits the Spear on Kane! Shortly after this, Roman Reigns would find himself having to combat both members of Team Hell No. However, Rollins would come off the top rope with a knee to the head of Kane, followed by Reigns hitting another Spear on Kane, but Daniel Bryan breaks up the pin! Reigns then fights out of the No Lock, sending Bryan into the waiting boot of Rollins. Reigns then holds Daniel Bryan on his shoulders as Rollins comes off of the top rope with a knee to the throat of Daniel Bryan. Reigns then pins Daniel Bryan as brand new WWE Tag Team Champions are crowned as Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns become the new tag team champions! After the match, new United States Champion Dean Ambrose celebrates with his comrades as The Shield stands together, stronger than ever as champions!
In his hometown of St. Louis, “The Viper” Randy Orton would square off against “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show in an Extreme Rules Match, where there will be no disqualifications and no count-outs. During the match, Big Show would prop up a ladder on two steel chairs in the corner, placing Randy Orton on the ladder, but when “The World’s Largest Athlete” goes for a big splash, Orton moves and Big Show crashes down onto the ladder! Orton then hits the suspended DDT on Big Show, followed up by the RKO on Big Show, but Big Show kicks out of the ensuing pin! Orton then grabs a steel chair, slamming it into the mid-section of Big Show, but the giant is still able to hit the Spear on Orton, leaving both men down. Orton & Big Show then slowly get back to their feet and, when Big Show goes to pick up the chair, Orton kicks Big Show in the chest before planting Big Show with the RKO on top of the steel chair! Instead of going for the pin, “The Viper” takes extreme measures, using an old standby, the Punt, driving his boot into the skull of Big Show, finally pinning Big Show to pick up the intense and hard-fought victory!
Then it was time for the WWE Championship to be decided as the eleven-time and reigning WWE Champion, John Cena, bad ankle and all, would defend the prestigious title against “The Sin City Cyborg” Ryback in a Last Man Standing Match, where the only way to win is to render your opponent unable to get to his feet before the referee reaches his ten-count. After being dominated by Ryback early on in the match, John Cena manages to pull down the top rope on a charging Ryback, sending Ryback to the outside and buying Cena some time. Cena would then head to the outside of the ring, grabbing a table from under the ring and sliding it into the ring, but Ryback would hit a modified jawbreaker on Cena. Cena would manage to get a few shots in on Ryback, but the healthier Ryback hoists Cena up, literally hurling the champion through the table with a fallaway slam! Cena would manage to get to his feet before the ten-count and, after a brief flurry of offense, Ryback again takes control with a shoulder tackle, taking Cena down again. Ryback would then go for a powerbomb, but Cena would fight out of it, dropping Ryback with a powerbomb of his own! Cena then locks in a unique submission hold on Ryback, trying to render Ryback unconscious, but Ryback powers out of the submission before leveling Cena with the Meat Hook Clothesline. Cena again manages to get back to his feet, dodging Ryback and locking Ryback in the STF, making Ryback pass out from the move.
While the referee administers his count, Cena heads to the outside, bringing another table into the ring, setting it up. However, Ryback beats the count and tries to put Cena through the table, but Cena counters, driving the challenger through the table with the Attitude Adjustment! Ryback still manages to get to his feet before the ten-count and Ryback would pick Cena up off of the top rope, driving the champion down with Shell Shocked. Despite the punishment, Cena makes it to his feet again and a frustrated Ryback drags Cena to the corner of the ring before grabbing a steel chair, intent on doing more damage to the ankle of John Cena, but Cena kicks Ryback away and Cena quickly rolls to the outside, charging Ryback and driving Ryback through the ringside barricade with a Spear! Cena and Ryback both beat the ten-count and the fight then continues through the crowd and into the technical area where Ryback rips a piece of wall off of its foundation, driving the heavy implement into the skull of Cena, but Cena again beats the count! Cena then hops on the back of “The Sin City Cyborg”, locking in the sleeper hold on Ryback as Ryback tries his best to stay on his feet, but ultimately fails as Cena takes Ryback down to the floor before releasing the sleeper. Ryback makes it to his feet and Cena immediately brings the fight to Ryback, placing Ryback on a table before climbing into the stands and leaping off with an elbow drop that drives the challenger through the table and to the concrete underneath! Unbelievably, Ryback gets to his feet again and Cena grabs a fire extinguisher, spraying it into the face of Ryback, temporarily blinding Ryback. Cena then size Ryback up, having to twice drive the extinguisher into the skull of Ryback to take the #1 Contender off of his feet. Ryback again gets up and Cena tries to deliver the Attitude Adjustment to Ryback, but Ryback fights out, hoisting Cena up in the air and charging forward, sending both men crashing in a shower of sparks through the lighting grid that makes up the Extreme Rules stage! Referees and EMT’s then rush to the ugly scene behind the stage where Cena is laid out on a steel lighting rig while Ryback is down on the concrete floor. While EMT’s and referees work to load Cena onto a stretcher, Ryback manages to get to his feet with the help of referees. Meanwhile, the referees and EMT’s get a backboard for Cena, rolling the WWE Champion onto the backboard and fastening the motionless champion onto the implement. With a concerned Theodore Long trying to rush the EMT’s, they finally load Cena onto a stretcher, strapping Cena in and rolling Cena away, presumably to an awaiting ambulance.
Then it was time for a classic, albeit brutal, match as thirteen-time World Champion “The Game” Triple H would go to war with the unforgiving beast known as Brock Lesnar, with Paul Heyman in his corner, in a Steel Cage Match, where the only ways to win are via pinfall, submission, or by escaping the cage, either through the door or over the top of the cage with both feet touching the floor. Brock Lesnar would make his entrance first, but before “The Beast” can even step into the ring, Triple H rushes out, catching Lesnar from behind and tossing Lesnar into the cage! “The Game” then hurls Lesnar into the ringside barricade before dropping Paul Heyman with a right hand! Triple H then rolls Brock into the ring, following Lesnar in as the match officially gets underway. Triple H would take it to Brock early on, but Lesnar would fight back, repeatedly slamming Triple H into the walls of the cage before hurling “The Game” through the air and into the opposite cage wall as the cage nearly breaks under the impact of the throws. Triple H then manages a counter on Brock, driving Lesnar face-first into the cage wall and dropping Lesnar with his signature high knee. Brock would soon regain control, however, as “The Beast” catches Triple H and slams him down with a belly-to-back suplex. Lesnar then returns to his game plan, slamming Triple H’s head into the cage wall, but when Brock tries to hit his own high knee on “The Game”, Triple H moves out of the way and the bare knee of Lesnar collides with the steel, immediately hobbling Lesnar as Brock repeatedly yells “my knee” to his representative, Paul Heyman. Triple H immediately begins working on the injury, targeting the knee of Lesnar, but when Triple H goes for the Pedigree on “The Beast”, Lesnar grabs the arm of Triple H, trying his best to lock in the Kimura Lock, but Triple H fights out of the arm-breaking maneuver. Brock manages to take Triple H down and Paul Heyman calls for the cage door to be opened as “The Beast” does his best to hobble to the exit, but Triple H dives at Lesnar, taking him out at the knee. When Triple H tries to climb out of the door, however, Paul Heyman grabs a hold of the cage door, slinging the referee to the side before slamming it into the skull of Triple H! Brock then manages to hit the F-5 on “The Game”, but Triple H is able to kick out, leading Lesnar to call for Heyman to grab a steel chair.
Heyman grabs a chair, shoving the referee out of the way and sliding the chair in to his client. Heyman then closes the cage door and Brock gets a few chair shots in on Triple H, but when Lesnar goes for a second F-5, the injured knee gives out on Brock. This allows Triple H to take advantage as Triple H grabs the steel chair, using it to further injure the knee of Brock. As Heyman begs for mercy from Triple H, “The Game” does not let up, but when Triple H sets Lesnar up in the corner, looking to do more damage to the knee, Lesnar somehow catches Triple H in the Kimura Lock again, but “The Game” quickly slams Brock into the turnbuckle, breaking it up. Triple H then goes right back to Brock’s injured knee, locking in the legendary and time-tested Figure-Four Leg Lock. Brock manages to pull himself towards the ropes, using the ropes to reverse the pressure of the Figure-Four, forcing Triple H to release the hold. Lesnar then tries to climb up and over the top of the cage, but Triple H quickly grabs the steel chair, slamming it into the knee of Lesnar! Triple H then climbs up with Lesnar, bouncing Lesnar’s skull off of the cage as Brock falls to the mat below. Instead of escaping the cage, Triple H produces a sledgehammer that “The Game” had cleverly hidden at the top of the cage, but Brock drops Triple H from his perch. Lesnar then tries to use the sledgehammer, but Triple H grabs the legs of Brock, locking in the Sharpshooter on Lesnar! Seeing his monster in peril, Heyman quickly gets into the cage, but is met by Triple H, who plants the manager with the Pedigree, followed up with a Pedigree to Lesnar as well! Somehow, Brock is still able to kick out of the pin attempt, but Triple H then gets his sledgehammer back. Before “The Game” can use the weapon, a desperate Heyman catches Triple H with a low blow before collapsing back to the mat. With the aid of the ropes and the sledgehammer, Brock gets back to his feet, viciously driving the sledgehammer into the jaw of Triple H, knocking “The Game” out in the center of the ring! After taking time to gloat, Brock hobbles over to Triple H’s prone body, slowly pulling “The Game” up, putting him on his shoulders, and driving Triple H down with the F-5, pinning “The Game” to finally and mercifully pick up the win over Triple H. After the match, Brock Lesnar places the sledgehammer on the chest of Triple H, putting Triple H’s hands over the implement before Lesnar slowly hobbles out of the cage. As Brock exits with a smile on his face, EMT’s tend to Triple H in the ring as “The Game” slowly begins to regain consciousness, ultimately walking from the ring with the help of EMT’s.
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