Extreme Rules (2011)

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Extreme Rules (2011)
Promotional poster featuring John Cena
Tagline(s) WWE goes extreme
Theme
song
(s)
"Justice" by Rev Theory
Information
Promotion WWE
Brand (s) Raw
SmackDown
Sponsor Paper Jamz
Date May 1, 2011
Attendance 10,000[1]
Venue St. Pete Times Forum
City Tampa, Florida
Pay-per-view chronology
WrestleMania XXVII Extreme Rules (2011) Over the Limit (2011)
WWE Extreme Rules chronology
Extreme Rules (2010) Extreme Rules (2011) Extreme Rules (2012)

Extreme Rules was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE[2] and presented by WowWee's Paper Jamz, which took place on May 1, 2011 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. It was the third Extreme Rules event.[3][4]

The event received 209,000 pay-per-view buys, up from last year's event of 182,000.[5]

Background[edit]

Extreme Rules featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines which were played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[6]

Edge was originally scheduled to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match. However, Edge announced that he is forced to retire on the April 11th episode of Raw due to being diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis stemming from his neck injury. Edge vacated the World Heavyweight Championship on the April 15th episode of Smackdown and the match was scrapped. It was later announced the winner of a 20-man battle royal would face Alberto in the ladder match; Edge's best friend in both the storyline and real life, Christian, won the right to face Del Rio for the title. In the interim, Del Rio was drafted to Raw in the 2011 WWE Draft.

On the April 11 episode of Raw there was a battle royal including John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk and John Morrison, which Cena won by last eliminating Randy Orton. Later that night, WWE Champion The Miz came down in the ring and John Morrison hit The Miz with a moonsault. At the WWE Draft John Cena got drafted to Smackdown, however, later that night, he got traded back to Raw and attacked The Miz. On Raw before Extreme Rules, Mr.Mcmahon announced that The Miz will defend his WWE Championship against Cena and John Morrison in a Steel Cage match.

An ongoing feud involves Raw commentators Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. At WrestleMania XXVII, Lawler made Cole submit to the ankle lock, but the anonymous Raw General Manager reversed special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin's decision, thus making Cole the winner via disqualification. On the April 11 episode of Raw, Lawler defeated Cole's trainer, Jack Swagger, allowing him to announce that he would team up with his former broadcast partner, Jim Ross, to face Cole and Swagger at Extreme Rules. Two weeks later, the Raw General Manager declared that the teams would face each other in a Country Whipping match.

Another feud from the SmackDown brand is between Layla and Michelle McCool, formerly known together as LayCool. Dissension between the two divas started on the April 8 edition of SmackDown when McCool refused to tag Layla in a tag team match against Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly. Also, tension grew since they failed to get back the WWE Divas Championship several times and lost a six person tag-team match in WrestleMania XXVII against Trish Stratus, John Morrison, and Snooki from Jersey Shore. The following two weeks, the two attended couple's therapy sessions, but the latter session ended with McCool attacking Layla, solidifying their break up. During the 2011 WWE Draft, after Layla lost her match against Eve, she attacked McCool for distracting her. On the April 29 edition of SmackDown, after fighting to a double count-out in their match, Layla and McCool agreed to have a No Count-out, No Disqualification match at Extreme Rules with the loser leaving WWE.

Another feud between Raw and SmackDown is Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes. At WrestleMania XXVII, Cody Rhodes defeated Rey Mysterio by using his protective face mask, followed by Cross Rhodes. On the April 22 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Rhodes and Mysterio would have a rematch; however, Mysterio defeated Rhodes. After the match, Rhodes attacked Mysterio from behind, performed a Cross Rhodes on a concrete floor, and put a paper bag on Mysterio. It was announced that Mysterio would face Rhodes in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Extreme Rules. At the 2011 WWE Draft, Mysterio would be drafted from SmackDown to Raw.

Two matches were added to the card during the event. SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long added a bonus match between Sheamus and Kofi Kingston for the WWE United States Championship. Also a Lumberjack match featuring the WWE Tag Team Champions, Big Show and Kane against The Corre (Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson) was added.

Event[edit]

Pre-show[edit]

Before the event aired, a dark match took place. In this non-televised match, Sin Cara defeated Tyson Kidd after a moonsault side slam.[7]

Aftermath[edit]

Following the conclusion of Extreme Rules, news was breaking worldwide that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. troops. WWE Champion John Cena addressed the live audience at the event with a speech about American pride, and the internal public address system of the St. Pete Times Forum then proceeded to play "Stars and Stripes Forever."[8] Cena's announcement was replayed the next evening on WWE Raw in Miami, where Lilian Garcia performed the national anthem in the beginning of the show. The Rock also addressed the issue prior to his birthday celebration and led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[9]
1 Sin Cara defeated Tyson Kidd[10] Singles match Unknown
2 Randy Orton defeated CM Punk[11] Last Man Standing match, with The New Nexus banned from ringside 20:06
3 Kofi Kingston defeated Sheamus (c)[12] Tables match for the WWE United States Championship 09:09
4 Michael Cole and Jack Swagger defeated Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler[13] Tag team Country Whipping match 07:04
5 Rey Mysterio defeated Cody Rhodes [14] Falls Count Anywhere match 11:43
6 Layla defeated Michelle McCool No Countout, No Disqualification Loser Leaves WWE match 05:24
7 Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay)[15] Ladder match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship 21:05
8 Big Show and Kane (c) defeated The Corre (Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson)[Note 1][16] Lumberjack match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 04:15
9 John Cena defeated The Miz (c) and John Morrison[17] Triple Threat Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship 19:50
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
† – indicates the the match was a dark match
  1. ^ Lumberjacks included Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Evan Bourne, Johnny Curtis, Trent Barreta, Tyler Reks, Santino Marella, Primo, Yoshi Tatsu, Vladimir Kozlov, David Hart Smith, Byron Saxton, Conor O'Brian, Darren Young, Jacob Novak, Lucky Cannon, and Titus O'Neil.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gerweck, Steve (May 4, 2011). "Attendance for 5/1 WWE Extreme Rules PPV". WrestleView. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The New WWE". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Extreme Rules". WWE. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "WWE Extreme Rules". St. Pete Times Forum. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  5. ^ "WWE Reports 2011 Second Quarter Results" (Press release). WWE. 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  6. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment". WWE. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  7. ^ "WWE Extreme Rules dark match result featuring Sin Cara". Pro Wrestling.net. 
  8. ^ http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/wwe/John_Cena_Addresses_Osama_Bin_Laden_s_Death_Following_Extreme_Rules_PPV.html[unreliable source]
  9. ^ Caldwell, James (May 11, 2011). "Caldwell's WWE Extreme Rules PPV Results 5/1: Complete "virtual time" coverage of live PPV - three title changes and a host of gimmick matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Parry, Josh (May 11, 2011). "WWE News: Extreme Rules dark match result - Sin Cara warms up the crowd prior to live PPV from Tampa". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Randy Orton def. CM Punk (Last Man Standing Match)". WWE. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  12. ^ "Kofi Kingston def. Sheamus (Tables Match; New United States Champion)". WWE. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  13. ^ "Michael Cole & Jack Swagger def. Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler (Country Whipping Match)". WWE. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  14. ^ "Rey Mysterio def. Cody Rhodes (Falls Count Anywhere match)". WWE. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Christian def. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match)". WWE. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  16. ^ "Big Show & Kane def. Wade Barrett & Ezekiel Jackson (WWE Tag Team Championship Lumberjack match)". WWE. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  17. ^ "John Cena won a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match (New WWE Champion)". WWE. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 

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