WWE Extreme Rules is one of the premium events in WWE. Extreme Rules is famous for extreme rules matches as the name represents. It has taken place every year for the past numerous years. It had featured unique stipulation matches in the past. Some of the most memorable matches have made their place in the main events of the Extreme Rules premium live event in history. Therefore, we look at the WWE Extreme Rules main events of the past 10 years.
- 1 Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (Extreme Rules, 2012)
- 2 Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (Extreme Rules 2013)
- 3 Bryan vs. Kane (Extreme Rules, 2014)
- 4 Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins (Extreme Rules, 2015)
- 5 Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (Extreme Rules 2016)
- 6 Fatal 5-way match (Extreme Rules 2017)
- 7 Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler (Extreme Rules, 2018)
- 8 Mixed Match for two Championships (Extreme Rules, 2019)
- 9 Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman (Extreme Rules, 2020)
- 10 Roman Reigns vs. The Demon Balor (Extreme Rules, 2021)
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (Extreme Rules, 2012)
Brock Lesnar returned to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2012 after an illustrious career in the UFC. The return even became bigger as The Beast came face to face with the face of WWE, John Cena. They battled each other in the main event of WWE Extreme Rules. It was a pure example of what can happen if a Professional Wrestler and a Mixed Martial Artist collide in a ring.
Cena’s face was covered in blood a few minutes after the match began. Lesnar thrashed Cena in the match. However, the winner came out to be John Cena. Lesnar lost the match, but he clearly made an impact with his dominant attitude.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (Extreme Rules 2013)
Brock Lesnar entered into a long feud with HHH in 2013. This involved a series of matches. After two clashes at WrestleMania XXIX and SummerSlam, the two finally collided in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules. The match happened in the main event and was brutal, featuring some extreme moments. At the finish of the match, HHH brought his trademark weapon, i.e., The Sledgehammer. As The Game was about to hit Lesnar with the hammer, Paul Heyman interrupted and hit Triple H with a low blow. In this way, Brock secured the victory with an F-5. Hence this 3-match series ended with Lesnar winning by 2-1 and getting the last laugh.
Bryan vs. Kane (Extreme Rules, 2014)
The main event of Extreme Rules 2014 featured an exciting match as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan defended his title against The Big Red Machine Kane. The match was action-packed. It featured the use of steel chairs, kendo sticks, and steel steps.
There was backstage action also. Bryan hit Kane with a tire iron. Then he used a forklift and drove Kane back to the ring. Kane used the chokeslam and set the table on fire. It did not go well with him as Bryan sent him through the table that was on fire. Daniel performed the running knee and got the win.
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins (Extreme Rules, 2015)
Seth Rollins won his first ever WWE World Heavyweight Championship after a successful cash-in at WrestleMania, a moment known as The Heist of the Century. His first-ever title defense came at Extreme Rules 2015 against The Viper Randy Orton. Seth was with the Authority at that time. So, in the match build, we saw Seth trying everything in his power to restrict Orton from winning the title. Randy was banned from using his signature move, RKO. The match was a steel cage match. It was a good match, and we saw Randy using pedigree multiple times in the match. In the end, The Architect Seth Rollins retained his Championship.
Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (Extreme Rules 2016)
The main event of Extreme Rules 2016 featured The Big Dog Roman Reigns defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against The Phenomenal One AJ Styles. It was an excellent match. It was unofficially The Bloodline vs. The Club match as Jimmy and Jey The Usos and Gallows and Anderson also interfered in the match. The match ended with a fantastic mid-air spear by Reigns. He retained the Championship, but there was a surprise on hold. The Architect Seth Rollins returned and hit Roman Reigns with a Pedigree to close the show, pretty much to the fans’ delight.
Fatal 5-way match (Extreme Rules 2017)
Extreme Rules 2017 was headlined by a fatal 5-way match to determine the No.1 contender for the Universal Title. The winner would be facing The Beast Brock Lesnar. It was Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt. It was a great match, and everyone got the opportunity to land their best shots. They gave their all, and the match proved it. The match was booked well, and every competitor had time to show his skills and shine as a superstar. Samoa Joe eventually won the match when he passed Balor out with a relentless Coquina Clutch. It was one of the best WWE Extreme Rules Main Events of the past Ten Years.
Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler (Extreme Rules, 2018)
After 1992, The first time the Intercontinental Championship was defended in a singles match in the main event of a premium live event was at Extreme Rules 2018. The Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler defended his title against Seth Rollins in a 30-minute iron-man match. The match was fine, but the crowd turned on the match. They mocked the countdown clock and ignored most of the things happening inside the squared circle. The match featured quick pinfalls. With an assist from Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler retained his Championship with a score of 5-4.
Mixed Match for two Championships (Extreme Rules, 2019)
The main event of Extreme Rules 2019 featured Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch defending both their Championships, The Universal Championship, and The Raw Women’s Championship against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. It was an extreme rules match. We saw a lot of action and the use of many weapons. We once saw Corbin delivering End of Days on Becky Lynch in the match. The match was good and the champions retained.
The action was not over yet. The Beast Brock Lesnar walked down to the ring with his advocate Paul Heyman, cashed in his Money in the bank contract, and walked out as the new WWE Universal Champion.
Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman (Extreme Rules, 2020)
Bray Wyatt’s creative mind led to a Swamp Fight in the main event of Extreme Rules 2020. This was a weird stipulation, yet an amazing match. The storytelling was top-notch. It took place at a haunted place. There were snakes, boats, and other stuff we had never seen in a WWE match. Alexa Bliss also appeared as Sister Abigail and distracted Strowman. In the end, The Fiend caught Braun Strowman in the Mandible Claw, and the shoe closed. It was an excellent cinematic match and showed what Bray Wyatt could bring to the table if given creative freedom.
Roman Reigns vs. The Demon Balor (Extreme Rules, 2021)
The Tribal Chief Roman Reigns defended his Universal Championship against The Demon Finn Balor in extreme rules match in the main event of WWE Extreme Rules 2021. The match was outstanding and fully action-packed. The Usos interfered in the match as well. The Demon was on a winning streak on the main roster. WWE did not want to portray him as a weak character. So they went for a controversial ending. Lights went red in the end, and Balor was on fire. His theme music was playing in the background. When he was about to hit his signature move, Coup De Grace, the top rope broke out of nowhere. Finn fell to the mat. Reigns hit him with a spear to retain his Universal Championship. This was last year’s main event to mention in our WWE Extreme Rules Main Events of the past Ten Years article.
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