Extreme Rules (2011)
|Extreme Rules (2011)|
Promotional poster featuring John Cena
|Tagline(s)||WWE goes extreme|
|"Justice" by Rev Theory|
|Date||May 1, 2011|
|Venue||St. Pete Times Forum|
|WWE Extreme Rules chronology|
Extreme Rules was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE 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.
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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.
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 11th edition of Monday Night Raw there was a battle royal including John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk and John Morrison, which John 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 the Raw before Extreme Rules, Mr.Mcmahon announced that The Miz will defend his WWE Championship against John 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.
- 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.
Announcement of Osama bin Laden's death
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Following the conclusion of Extreme Rules, news was breaking worldwide that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. troops. New WWE Champion John Cena addressed the live audience with a speech about American pride, "What a night tonight has been, Tampa, thank you so much. It's moments of excitement and electricity like this that keep us going through the good times and the bad. I'm extremely proud, after ten months, to be your WWE Champion. Don't take this the wrong way, but tonight, there's something a lot bigger happened so I'ma put this down. I walk out here every night with Hustle, Loyalty & Respect on my sleeve. That is a creed, though, I adopted from the men and women who defend the freedom of this country." John then declared "The President has just announced, that we have caught, and compromised, to a permanent end -- Osama bin Laden!" Cena's comments and the announcement drew a massive response from the audience including many USA chants. Cena would conclude, "This is something tonight, but I feel damn proud to be an American."
Cena followed up on Twitter moments after leaving the ring saying "CeNation. Proud day in the war on terror. Many brave soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in hopes of what happened tonight. I am not certain if this conflict is over. But tonight was a very very proud moment for the good guys. God bless America." The internal public address system of the St. Pete Times Forum then proceeded to play "Stars and Stripes Forever." Cena's announcement was replayed the next evening on WWE Raw in Miami, where Dwayne Johnson also addressed the issue prior to his birthday celebration and Lilian Garcia performed the national anthem in the beginning of the show. When Johnson got into the ring to address the fans, "Finally, The Rock has come...home! Now before we get started, I've got one thing to say...We got him!" referring to the death of Osama bin Laden, prompting a huge reaction from the crowd. The Rock added, "I want to say thank you to the proud men and women who continuously and fearlessly fight for our great country every day and every night! My family are proud members of the military! I am damn proud of them! I am damn proud of Seal Team Six and I am damn proud to be an American! So there is only one way we're gonna start off tonight -- only one way we're gonna start this night off! I want to lead everyone tonight! Miami, join me! America, join me!" The Rock led the crowd to recite The Pledge of Allegiance.
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