Extreme Rules (2013)
|Extreme Rules (2013)|
Promotional poster featuring Sheamus
|"Live it Up" by Airbourne|
|Date||May 19, 2013|
|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Extreme Rules chronology|
Extreme Rules (2013) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on May 19, 2013 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the fifth event under the Extreme Rules chronology, with the event having originated in 2009. Eight matches took place on the event's card and one pre-show match was streamed on YouTube. The theme of the event was that most matches are contested under hardcore wrestling regulations. The event received 231,000 buys, significantly down from last year's event of 263,000.
Extreme Rules featured professional wrestling matches that involve wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that play out on WWE television. 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.
On the episode of Raw following WrestleMania 29, Alberto Del Rio lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Dolph Ziggler after Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to take advantage of Del Rio being injured by Jack Swagger to become the new champion. Del Rio tried to invoke his rematch clause the following week, but was again impeded by Swagger. Senior Advisor Theodore Long then set up a match between Ziggler and Swagger, and Swagger won. SmackDown General Manager Booker T, irate at Long for going above him, rearranged the match into a triple threat match for the championship between Ziggler, Del Rio, and Swagger. On the April 29 edition of Raw, Del Rio's personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez won a triple-threat match over Swagger's mentor Zeb Colter and Ziggler's bodyguard Big E Langston to pick the stipulation for the match, which would be a Ladder match selected by Del Rio. On the May 6 edition of Raw, Del Rio defeated Ziggler via disqualification when Swagger attacked both men with a ladder, resulting in Ziggler suffering a legitimate concussion. Ziggler was removed from the PPV as a result of his injury, and the next week on Raw, Long announced that Del Rio and Swagger would instead wrestle in an "I Quit" match, for the #1 contendership to the World Heavyweight Championship.
At WrestleMania 29, Triple H defeated Brock Lesnar in their rematch. Lesnar's manager, Paul Heyman, then issued one final match to settle things between Triple H and Lesnar: a steel cage match at Extreme Rules. On the April 22 episode of Raw in London, England, Triple H accepted the match by assaulting Heyman with a Pedigree. Two weeks later on Raw, Lesnar would respond by coming to WWE headquarters and trashing Triple H's office and attacking nearby employees. The week after on Raw, Triple H would come face to face with Lesnar, goading him in coming into the steel cage. Triple H would gain the upper hand and throw Lesnar into Heyman, resulting in both men retreating up to the ramp.
A day after Wrestlemania 29 on Raw, John Cena, who defeated The Rock for the WWE Championship, would issue a challenge to anybody to face him for the title after news broke out that Rock would undergo surgery. Mark Henry would come forward and face him in a match for a shot at the title later in the night, but he would lose via count-out. Henry would assault Cena afterward until Ryback seemingly came to save Cena, but Ryback would attack Cena and hold the title up high. A week later, Ryback explained that he was living in Cena's shadow and Cena never helped him against The Shield. Ryback would watch The Shield attack Cena from the ramp. Prior to the April 22 edition of Raw, it was announced that Cena would defend the WWE Championship against Ryback. Later that night, Ryback would confront Mick Foley about his decision to attack Cena. Cena would come and save Foley, but The Shield would come out to attack the two men. Cena retreated up to the ramp to see Ryback get assaulted by The Shield, but he would assault all three members with a chair, forcing The Shield to retreat, and gave Ryback an Attitude Adjustment. On the May 6 edition of Raw, Ryback would make the title match a Last Man Standing Match. Later that night, both John Cena and Ryback would drive away The Shield only for Ryback to attack Cena with a chair in retaliation. A week after on Raw, Ryback would attack Cena and his injured Achilles tendon with a chair following Cena being attacked by The Shield after a six-man elimination match that ended in a disqualification win for Cena.
Mark Henry would attack Sheamus backstage twice on the April 12 edition of SmackDown and on the April 15 of Raw. Sheamus would then attack Henry backstage as a result before going on to embarrass Henry in a tug of war on the April 29 edition of Raw and an arm wrestling contest on the May 3 edition of SmackDown. A few days later on Raw, both men agreed to a match on the pay-per-view. After Sheamus defeated Wade Barrett in a singles match, Henry would immediately attack Sheamus with a belt, ultimately making their match a strap match. A week later on Raw, Sheamus would attack Henry with two leather straps.
After Big Show speared all three members of The Shield at WrestleMania 29, Randy Orton tagged himself and that gave The Shield the victory. Afterwards, Big Show knocked out both Orton and Sheamus. Both Orton and Sheamus would get their revenge on Show by defeating him twice in handicap matches on the April 12 edition of SmackDown and the April 15 edition of Raw, but Show would team up with Mark Henry to defeat Sheamus and Orton on the April 19 edition of SmackDown. On the May 3 edition of Smackdown, he defeated Damien Sandow in a singles match only afterwards for Big Show to interfere and Sandow attacked Orton post-match. After defeating Sandow in a second straight singles match three days later on Raw, Show knocked out Orton as Orton was about to head to the locker room. Prior to the May 10 edition of SmackDown, it was announced that Orton and Show would fight in an Extreme Rules match on the pay-per-view.
The Shield continued their reign of attacks on various superstars, particularly Team Hell No and United States Champion Kofi Kingston, who got pinned by Ambrose on the May 6th 2013 edition of Raw. As a result, Dean Ambrose was to receive a title match against Kingston for the United States Championship, while Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were to face Team Hell No for the Tag Team Championship.
A minor rivalry continued between Chris Jericho and Fandango when Jericho made fun of Fandango's name backstage on the March 22nd, 2013 edition of Raw. Fandango would begin to interfere in Jericho's matches afterwards, setting a match (Fandango's debut match) between the two at WrestleMania 29, in which Fandango won. On the May 6th, 2013 edition of Raw, Fandango would suffer his first loss via count-out to R-Truth when the judges (Jericho and Tons of Funk) gave Truth a much better rating as a dancer. A week later on Raw, Jericho and Fandango would face off in a dance off, but Fandango's dance parter Summer Rae feigned an injury, which distracted Jericho and led to Fandango attacking him.
|Commentators||John "Bradshaw" Layfield|
|Tony Dawson (Extreme Rules Pre-show)|
|Josh Mathews (Extreme Rules Pre-show)|
|Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)|
|Marcelo Rodriguez (Spanish)|
|Matt Striker (Extreme Rules Pre-show)|
|Ring announcers||Justin Roberts|
|Pre Show Panel||Renee Young|
The first match on the card, broadcast for free as part of the pre-show, was between Cody Rhodes and The Miz. Miz defeated Cody using the Figure-Four Leg Lock after reversing two of Rhodes' attempts at Cross Rhodes.
The first match of the pay-per-view and second of the night was between Chris Jericho and Fandango. During the match, Fandango managed to make the ropes while Jericho had the Walls of Jericho locked in, but Jericho eventually picked up the win using the Codebreaker in mid-air to counter a leaping Fandango, avenging his WrestleMania loss.
The third match of the night was a United States Championship match between reigning champion Kofi Kingston and Dean Ambrose of The Shield. Ambrose made his entrance with the other Shield members, but they left before the match started, leaving Ambrose alone with Kingston. Kofi attempted Trouble in Paradise early in the bout but Ambrose managed to avoid it only for Kofi to come back with a monkey flip. Ambrose struck back with a stiff clothesline and then hit a neckbreaker before connecting with a running front dropkick on Kofi while he was leaned against the ropes. Kingston battled back with multiple kicks and a leaping clothesline but Ambrose caught him and locked him in a crossface chickenwing with body scissors. Kofi fought out and connected with the Boom Drop and an SOS before Ambrose hit a double underhook suplex from the top rope. Kingston came back yet again, this time with a springboard crossbody, and then he landed the Trouble in Paradise on Ambrose whilst he was on the apron which knocked him out of the ring. Instead of letting him get counted out, Kofi brought Ambrose back into the ring and tried to get the pin but failed when Ambrose kicked out at two. Kingston then tried for the Trouble in Paradise kick again but Ambrose ducked it sending Kingston's leg hurling into the ropes and allowing him to connect with the headlock driver for the win.
The fourth match of the night was a strap match between Mark Henry and Sheamus. The match went back and fourth with both competitors touching three turnbuckles in succession but failing to reach the fourth. The end came when Sheamus struck Henry with a Brogue Kick after reversing a World's Strongest Slam attempt. He then proceeded to touch his final turnbuckle as he had already touched three before Henry attempted his finisher.
The fifth match of the night was an "I Quit" match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger to determine the #1 contender to the injured Dolph Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship. Swagger appeared to have won when Zeb Colter threw in Ricardo Rodriguez's towel for Del Rio and referee Mike Chioda mistook it as Rodriguez throwing it, but later reversed the decision upon viewing a video replay, allowing the match to continue. Del Rio would go on to win after locking in the Cross Armbreaker which forced Swagger to quit.
The sixth match of the night was a Tornado tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship between reigning champions Team Hell No and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of The Shield. The Shield picked up the victory using an Argentine backbreaker rack and diving leg drop combination on Daniel Bryan, ending Hell No's title reign that had been going on since Night of Champions the past year.
The seventh match of the night was an Extreme Rules match between Big Show and Randy Orton. During the match, Big Show landed a Chokeslam, but Orton kicked out. Orton later landed an RKO, but Show kicked out. He then landed an RKO onto a steel chair, but opted to go for the punt kick instead of pinning him. He successfully landed the punt and pinned Show for the victory.
The eighth match of the night was a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship between reigning champion John Cena and Ryback. Both men stood up after huge moves, but the match came to an end when Ryback slammed Cena through the electronically lit wall on the stage, severely injuring him and leaving both down for the 10-count, making the match a no-contest. Despite this, Cena remained the WWE Champion, as championships do not change hands by a no-contest.
The ninth match and main event of the pay-per-view was a Steel Cage match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H. Triple H worked Lesnar's leg for the majority of the match and brought in a sledgehammer that he had hidden on top of the cage, Lesnar nails Triple H and brings him back to the mat. Lesnar grabs the sledgehammer but Triple H ducks. Triple H goes for the Sharpshooter and locks it in. Paul Heyman runs in the cage and Triple H breaks the hold. Triple H nails Heyman with a Pedigree. Triple H decks Lesnar with the sledgehammer and hits a Pedigree on him. Triple H covers for a close 2 count. Triple H grabs the sledgehammer but Heyman hits a low blow from behind and Triple H goes down. Lesnar grabs the sledgehammer and nails Triple H in the jaw with it. Lesnar nails a F5 and covers Triple H for the win.
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The next night on Raw, Ryback drove into the arena on an ambulance and challenged John Cena for the WWE Championship at Payback in an Ambulance match. On the May 27 episode of Raw, John Cena challenged Ryback to a 3 Stages of Hell match (with the Ambulance match being the third stage), and Ryback accepted.
Paul Heyman revealed his newest client, Curtis Axel. Triple H challenged Axel to a match, in which he was not medically cleared to compete. He wrestled the match but suffered a concussion, leading to Curtis Axel picking up the victory via KO.
On the May 24, 2013 episode of SmackDown, Kingston would invoke his rematch clause for the U.S. Championship against Ambrose, but he won via disqualification with Rollins and Reigns interfering. Sheamus and Randy Orton would save Kingston, setting a six man tag team match between The Shield and Orton, Sheamus, and Kingston, but The Shield would emerge victorious. Three days later on Raw, Kingston would receive another rematch for the title, but Ambrose would defeat Kingston to retain the title.
On the May 27, 2013 episode of Raw, Team Hell No invoked their rematch clause for the Tag Team Championships, but Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins would defeat them to retain the titles.
Although Dolph Ziggler was absent due to recovering from his concussion suffered from Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio would be defeated by Ziggler's bodyguard Big E Langston in a singles match on the next night on Raw, but Del Rio would defeat him twice two days later on Main Event and five days later on Raw. Four days later on SmackDown, Langston would defeat Del Rio in a fourth straight singles match, but three days later, Del Rio defeated Langston in their fifth straight singles match. On the June 7 episode of SmackDown, Ziggler appeared via satellite announcing he would make his return on the June 10 episode of Raw and announced that he will defend the title against Del Rio at Payback.
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