The ninth Extreme Rules event would kick off in wild fashion as the opening match of the night would see “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose face Luke Harper in a Chicago Street Fight, where everything is legal and the match can only end by pinfall or submission in the ring. Before the match even officially gets underway, Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper would brawl with each other in the entranceway before entering the ring, allowing the match to begin. It would not take long for Dean Ambrose to get comfortable in the extreme setting as “The Lunatic Fringe” would wear Luke Harper out with several kendo stick shots before setting up a steel chair in the middle of the ring. However, Harper would battle back, delivering a suplex to Ambrose on the open steel chair! Now in control of the match, Luke Harper would take Dean Ambrose to task with the kendo stick. Harper then props a steel chair up in the corner, sending Ambrose head-first into the wedged steel. Later on in the match, Dean Ambrose would dive onto Luke Harper on the outside before grabbing a kendo stick from under the ring and following Harper all the way to the backstage area! With employees scattering to avoid the brawl, Ambrose and Harper would battle right through the interview area with Ambrose hurling some sort of large PVC pipe at Harper’s head! Harper then climbs into an SUV to try and escape “The Lunatic Fringe”, but Ambrose dives onto the open passenger’s window before Harper drives off with Ambrose in the vehicle, leaving the arena and driving into the Chicago streets with the match still underway!
Backstage, WWE COO Triple H would tell Kane to find out where Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper are at before WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins enters, getting in Kane’s face. Triple H tells the two men to stop acting like children, but it doesn’t take long for Rollins and Kane to start bickering with Kane calling Rollins an “ungrateful little punk”. The COO calls order to things before telling Kane that Kane has tried to prove that he is the man that he “used to be”, saying that he does not want to “regret” making Kane the “Gatekeeper” for the Steel Cage Match. Kane then assures both Triple H and Seth Rollins that he will do what is “best for business”.
In one of the most unique matches in Extreme Rules history with one of the most embarrassing stipulations, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would go one-on-one with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus in a Kiss Me Arse Match, where the loser will be forced to kiss the ‘arse’ of the winner! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Dolph Ziggler surprising Sheamus with a roll-up, scoring the three-count to pick up the win. Clearly in disbelief, Sheamus would argue with the referee and the timekeeper before trying to leave through the crowd. However, the referee would make Sheamus come back into the ring and with the crowd chanting “pucker up”, Dolph Ziggler would hike up his tights, but Sheamus would continue to refuse and just when it looked like Sheamus was going to kiss Dolph’s ‘arse’, Sheamus would deliver a low blow to Ziggler, following it up with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus then hikes up his tights, making the barely conscious Dolph Ziggler kiss his ‘arse’ before leaving the ring, effectively humiliating Dolph Ziggler, as well as going back on a match stipulation that he wanted in the first place.
The WWE Tag Team Titles would be on the line at Extreme Rules as Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, with Natalya in their corner, would defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The New Day’s Big E & Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods in their corner. At the end of a stellar tag team contest, it looked like Cesaro & Tyson Kidd were poised to retain, but Xavier Woods would get on the ring apron and, while Tyson Kidd would ultimately take Xavier out, Big E would take Tyson Kidd out. Kofi Kingston would then surprise Cesaro with a roll-up, illegally hooking the tight to score the three count as Big E & Kofi Kingston are crowned the new WWE Tag Team Champions!
Backstage, an interview with new WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day is interrupted by an SUV speeding into the arena and none other than Luke Harper tumbles out of the backseat, looking worse for wear. The New Day would come over to taunt Harper about getting beat up, but the new WWE Tag Team Champions would get a little too close to the action as Dean Ambrose would dive off of the top of the SUV and, while Luke Harper would move out of the way, The New Day would not as “The Lunatic Fringe” takes out The New Day!
Picking up where they left off earlier in the night, Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper would continue their Chicago Street Fight with Luke Harper desperate to escape “The Lunatic Fringe”. Harper would make his way back out to the stage before Ambrose dives onto Harper and both men make their way to the ringside area. Both men would then hurl countless steel chairs into the ring before Ambrose and Harper come back into the ring and the brawl resumes. Harper then hooks Ambrose, delivering a big powerbomb to Ambrose on one of the many steel chairs, but Ambrose would kick out of the pin that followed. Harper then buries Ambrose beneath a pile of steel chairs before climbing to the top rope, but “The Lunatic Fringe” comes out from under the steel, pulling Harper off of the top rope onto the pile of chairs! Ambrose then follows this up with Dirty Deeds on the steel, pinning Luke Harper to pick up the win in one of the most unique Street Fights of all time.
Then it was time for the first ever televised Russian Chain Match in WWE history as John Cena would defend the United States Championship against the man he defeated at WrestleMania, “The Super Athlete” Rusev, with Lana in his corner, in a match where both John Cena and Rusev will be tied to each other at the wrist with a steel chain and the only way to win is by dragging your opponent around the ring, touching all four corners of the ring in succession with lights posted at each corner that light up with each successful turnbuckle touch. Early on in the match, Rusev would throw John Cena over the top to the outside before rolling under the bottom rope to the outside. Rusev then uses the chain as a pulley to hold Cena up for some open shots from Rusev. Rusev then brings Cena back into the ring, using the chain to maintain the advantage. With Cena rolling out on one side of the ring, Rusev would roll out to the other, but Rusev’s plan would backfire as Cena would use the chain to pull Rusev head-first into the steel ring post! Cena would then enter the ring, touching two corners in succession, but Rusev would latch onto the bottom rope, keeping the champion from touching any more corners and the referee waves off the two green lights representing Cena’s two turnbuckle touches.
Shortly after this, Rusev would get three corners lit up but Cena would use the chain to keep Rusev just out of reach of the fourth corner. Cena then pulls Rusev in and delivers a kick to the challenger as the referee waves off Rusev’s three red lights. After pulling Rusev off of the top rope, Cena would struggle to get to his feet, settling for crawling to the first two corners. Both men would then back to their feet, but Rusev would hit a Fallaway Slam on Cena and the challenger would again regain the advantage. With the match still underway, Lana would respond to the chants of the fans, getting on the ring apron and waving to the fans. However, this would anger Rusev and Rusev would order Lana to go to the back and a saddened Lana would comply, leaving the ringside area. Rusev’s argument with Lana would allow John Cena to take advantage, but when Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, Rusev grabs the top rope, fighting out before hitting the Alabama Slam on the champion. Rusev would then go for the Accolade, but Cena would counter, using the chain to lock in a modified version of his STF.
After wearing Rusev out with the STF, Cena would touch three of the four corners, but Rusev would roll out of the ring to keep Cena away from the fourth corner. Rusev then comes back into the ring, blasting Cena with a superkick before locking in the Accolade. However, Cena would stand up with the Accolade still locked on and would ram Rusev back-first into two different ring corners and, unbeknownst to John Cena, that would count as Rusev touching the corners! Rusev would then realize that Cena just inadvertently helped him get two corners, managing to get a third light before the champion pulls Rusev back in, delivering the Attitude Adjustment to Rusev. Both men then crawl around the ring with both men managing to touch three corners as both lights go on in three of the four corners. With one light left for both champion and challenger, Rusev would come within inches of touching the fourth corner, but Cena would pull Rusev in again, delivering another Attitude Adjustment to Rusev, touching the fourth and final corner to win the Russian Chain Match and successfully retain the United States Championship. After the match, John Cena holds the United States Title belt high as the American flag is flown proudly above the ring.
The Divas Championship was also on the line at Extreme Rules as Nikki Bella, with Brie Bella in her corner, would defend the Divas Title against Naomi, who assaulted #1 Contender Paige and took her out of action to get the title shot. During the match, Naomi would knock Nikki Bella to the outside and Brie Bella would go over and check on her sister, but Naomi would exit the ring to shove Brie Bella down before bringing Nikki Bella back into the ring as the match continues. Later on in the match, Naomi would find herself perched on the middle rope and, with the referee’s back turned, Brie Bella would get a measure of revenge with a big kick to the head of Naomi. This would allow Nikki Bella to take advantage, hitting the Rack Attack and pinning Naomi for the win to successfully retain the Divas Title.
Backstage, Rusev is shouting at Lana in Russian, apparently furious over the crowd cheering for Lana, but after the verbal berating is done and Rusev storms off, Lana walks into The Authority’s office!
After vowing to keep knocking Roman Reigns down every chance he gets, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show would face Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules where the only way to win is by incapacitating your opponent to the point that they cannot get to their feet by the referee’s ten-count. Early on in the match, the battle would head to the outside and Roman Reigns would pull a table out from under the ring, but Big Show would take Reigns down before putting the table back under the ring, proclaiming “no table”. Roman then battles back before setting up the table at ringside, but Big Show would again take Roman down before “The World’s Largest Athlete” smashes the table with his bare hands, again screaming “no table”! Reigns then uses a kendo stick on Big Show, but the angry giant sends Roman into the ring post. Big Show then rolls Reigns back into the ring, breaking the kendo stick in half over his massive knee. Roman Reigns would then try to take Big Show down, but when Roman comes off of the second rope, he is caught in mid-air with a thunderous chop by Big Show. Roman then heads to the outside, bringing a steel chair into the ring and wearing the giant down with several steel chair shots before spiking Big Show with a DDT on the steel. The referee would make it to a seven-count before Big Show gets back to his feet as Roman heads to the outside, sliding two tables into the ring, but when Reigns re-enters the ring, he is blasted with the Knockout Punch by Big Show! Using the ropes to get to his feet at a nine-count, Roman would barely stay in the match. Big Show then sets up one of the tables in the ring with the intent of chokeslamming Reigns through the table, but Roman would counter with a Samoan Drop through the table! Roman would manage to get to his feet before the ten-count as Big Show slides out of the ring, landing on his feet to break up the count.
Back in the ring, Roman would prop a table up in the corner, but Big Show would blast Reigns with a massive Spear! Reigns would get to his feet at a count of eight and Big Show would put all of his weight into a big splash from the second rope, but Roman would still get to his feet before the count of ten. “The World’s Largest Athlete” would then make the questionable decision to climb to the top rope, but Reigns would make sure Big Show had a tender landing on the top rope. Roman then sets up two tables side-by-side on the outside of the ring before Roman climbs up to the top rope with the intent of suplexing Big Show through the two tables on the outside, but Reigns would shove Roman back into the ring and Reigns would pull the giant off of the top rope. Big Show would make it to his feet just in time for a pair of Superman Punches from Roman Reigns. Roman then goes for a third Superman Punch, but Big Show grabs Reigns by the throat, delivering a huge chokeslam over the top rope to the outside through both tables at ringside! Miraculously, this does not end the match as Roman Reigns somehow pulls himself to his feet before the ten-count!
Big Show then retrieves both halves of the steel steps, re-assembling the steps next to the announce table before exposing the announce table. Big Show then heads back into the ring, mocking Roman Reigns before charging at Roman, but Reigns would move out of the way and the giant would send himself through a table. Both men then get to their feet before Roman blasts Big Show with the Spear, taking both men down. Big Show then rolls out of the ring, followed shortly by Roman Reigns who gets a running start before driving Big Show through the ringside barricade with a huge Spear! Somehow, Big Show is able to get back to his feet just as quickly as Roman Reigns and Big Show brings Roman on top of the announce table with a chokeslam in mind. However, Roman Reigns would avoid the move, jumping off of the table, backing up, and running up the steel steps, hitting Big Show with a giant Spear that sends both men through the Spanish announce table! Visibly dazed, Big Show would manage to get to his feet before the ten-count, immediately collapsing on the floor before Roman Reigns flips the entire announce table over on top of Big Show, standing on top of the upside down announce table as the referee counts to ten as Roman Reigns wins the Last Man Standing Match! After the match, several crew members would arrive at the sight of the destruction, working together to get the announce table off of Big Show as Roman Reigns is in the ring, celebrating his well-deserved victory.
Backstage, Kane is confronted by Randy Orton, who tells Kane that, when The Authority is finished using Kane, they are just going to toss him aside. Orton then says that he knows who Kane is, even if Kane has “forgotten”.
Bo Dallas would make an appearance at Extreme Rules, berating the Chicago crowd and telling them to better themselves by shutting their mouths and listening to what he has to say. Before he can tell the fans to “bo-lieve”, Bo Dallas is interrupted by Ryback, but “The Big Guy” is ambushed by Bo Dallas as soon as he enters the ring. However, Ryback would prove that Bo Dallas is not on his level, hitting the Meat Hook Clothesline on Bo Dallas, following it up with Shell Shocked, shutting Bo Dallas up for the time being.
Backstage, Rusev is being interviewed about his loss to John Cena earlier in the night. However, “The Super Athlete” claims that he has never lost to John Cena, calling Cena a “liar”. A dejected Lana then confronts Rusev, telling Rusev “it is done”, revealing that the “final chapter” in the rivalry between Rusev and John Cena will be at next month’s Payback pay-per-view where John Cena will defend the United States Championship against Rusev in an “I Quit” Match! Rusev comments that the “I Quit” Match is the perfect match for America because the country is “full of quitters”.
Then it was time for the main event as Seth Rollins would defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against “The Viper” Randy Orton in a Steel Cage Match where Randy Orton’s RKO will be banned and Kane will serve as the “Gatekeeper”, putting Kane in charge of who enters and who exits the cage with the match only ending by pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage, either through the door or over the top with both feet touching the floor. Early on in the match, Seth Rollins would take every opportunity to try and quickly climb out of the cage, but Randy Orton would keep the champion in the cage. After scoring with his signature turnbuckle powerbomb, Seth Rollins would order Kane to open the cage door and Kane would comply, opening the door, but Randy Orton would keep Rollins from escaping. Later on in the match, Seth Rollins would go for a springboard on Randy Orton, but Orton would catch Rollins with a big powerslam. Before Orton could take advantage with his signature DDT, Rollins would fight back, delivering a kick to the face of “The Viper”. The champion would then climb over the top of the cage, but Orton would climb up just in time to grab Rollins by his hair. This would bring out J&J Security, who would try their best to help Seth Rollins down to the floor, but Orton would drag Rollins back inside the cage, delivering a superplex to Rollins in the ring. With both men down, J&J Security would confront Kane at ringside, telling Kane to open the cage door and let them in, but Kane would not let J&J Security interfere, intimidating the security team.
Implementing their ‘plan B’, J&J Security would try to climb the sides of the cage, but Orton had other plans as “The Viper” sends Rollins into the steel walls, knocking both Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury off of the cage to the floor. Orton would then turn his attention back to the champion, looking for the suspended DDT, but Rollins would counter, sending Orton into the cage wall. Rollins would then try to climb over the top, but Orton would knock Rollins down again. After thinking about asking Kane to open the door, Orton would reconsider and would put Rollins a level higher on the top rope, planting Rollins with a second suspended DDT. With his RKO banned, Randy Orton would send a direct message to The Authority by implementing Triple H’s signature maneuver, the Pedigree! However, Rollins would kick out and this would lead to Orton trying to deliver a punt to the skull of the champion, but Rollins would narrowly dodge the punt and would deliver a kick to the head of the challenger. Rollins then calls for the door to be opened and Kane obliges, but Orton is again able to bring the champion back into the middle of the ring, hitting a backbreaker on Rollins. Orton would then try to walk out of the cage, but just as Orton stepped through the ropes, Kane would shut the door!
With Randy Orton’s attention on Kane, Seth Rollins would look to take advantage, but when the champion goes for a dropkick, Randy Orton moves out of the way and Rollins inadvertently dropkicks the cage door, knocking Kane to the floor! After a brief moment of shock at what he just did, Rollins would frantically try to climb out of the cage through the open doorway, but Orton would grab Rollins, struggling to bring Rollins back into the ring. As both Rollins and Orton struggle to get what they want, Kane was back on his feet as the Gatekeeper would slam the door shut, hitting both Orton and Rollins in the head with the cage door! With J&J Security shouting at Kane, Kane would take off his jacket and enter the cage, followed by J&J Security. The security team would get in Kane’s face, keeping Kane away from the champion, but Kane would grab J&J Security by the throat, delivering a double chokeslam to both men! With both Orton and Rollins laid out in front of him, Kane had his pick of delivering a chokeslam to either man, but with the world expecting Kane to plant Seth Rollins, Kane would instead pick Randy Orton up and drive the challenger down with a chokeslam. Rollins would then crawl towards the open door, but Kane would grab the champion and drag him back into the middle of the ring where Kane plants Rollins with a chokeslam as well! With the power in his hands, Kane would drape the arm of Seth Rollins over Randy Orton, but “The Viper” manages to kick out! A frustrated Kane then sets Randy Orton up for the Tombstone Piledriver, but “The Viper” counters, hitting Kane with the RKO! Seth Rollins would then use an RKO of his own, taking Orton out with Orton’s own finisher! Rollins then frantically scrambles out of the cage, collapsing on the floor as Seth Rollins narrowly manages to escape as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, leaving controversy abound over the usage of the banned RKO.
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