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Top 15 Exciting Matches in 'WWE Extreme Rules' History

It has now been six years since the WWE launched their version of ‘Extreme’ with their annual PPV known as “Extreme Rules.” The event started in June of 2009 in New Orleans with a main event that featured Edge as World Heavyweight Champion taking on Jeff Hardy in a ‘Ladder Match’ for Edge’s championship.

Starting in 2010, the event became the first big PPV card after WrestleMania, meaning that it wouldn’t be uncommon to see matches that were WrestleMania rematches.

John Cena has been in the main event of ‘Extreme Rules’ in three of the six years since it’s been on the WWE calendar of PPVs, with his match against Brock Lesnar in 2012 in Rosemont, IL still being talked about as one of the craziest matches the company has seen in recent memory.

The event this year will return back to Rosemont, with newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins putting his belt on the line for the first time against the man who he lost to at WrestleMania, Randy Orton.

The match will be held in a steel cage and should give an early indication of how the title reign for Rollins should go, as many think there’s not much of a chance the company will move the belt off him this early in his title run and give it to Orton.

With six events of ‘Extreme Rules’ under the WWE’s belt, today we take a look at some of the best of the 54 matches that have been at the event, as we present the “Top 15 All-Time WWE Extreme Rules Matches.”

15 Christian vs Tommy Dreamer vs Jack Swagger – Triple Threat Hardcore Match for ECW Championship (2009)

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14 CM Punk vs Rey Mysterio – Hair Match (2010)

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13 The Shield vs Team Hell No – Tornado Tag Team Match (2013)

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12 Bray Wyatt vs John Cena – Steel Cage Match (2014)

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11 Jack Swagger vs Randy Orton – Extreme Rules Match for World Heavyweight Championship (2010)

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10 John Cena vs Batista – Last Man Standing Match for WWE Championship (2010)

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9 CM Punk vs Chris Jericho – Chicago Street Fight for WWE Championship (2012)

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8 Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan – 2 of 3 Falls Match for World Heavyweight Championship (2012)

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7 Brock Lesnar vs Triple H – Steel Cage Match (2013)

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6 Christian vs Alberto Del Rio – Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship (2011)

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5 Daniel Bryan vs Kane – Extreme Rules for WWE Heavyweight Championship (2014)

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4 Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio – No Holds Barred Match for WWE Intercontinental Championship (2009)

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3 Randy Orton vs CM Punk – Last Man Standing Match (2011)

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2 Jeff Hardy vs Edge – Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship (2009)

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1 John Cena vs Brock Lesnar – Extreme Rules Match (2012)

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Brock Lesnar’s return to the WWE in 2012 was highlighted by a great and memorable first match back with the WWE’s top guy, John Cena. The two waged a great back and forth war outside of Chicago that saw Cena get cut big time just a minute into the match by a Lesnar elbow. The visual was great for the bout and showed just how much these two were willing to give to pull off a great encounter. From chains to stairs, these two went at it 100 percent for 17:43, with Cena trying to avoid the arm bar and Lesnar trying to stay out of the ‘Attitude Adjustment.’ In the end, Cena got his finisher on Lesnar on the metal stairs, earning a hard fought win in what was the best match in WWE Extreme Rules history.

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