Extreme Rules (2013)
|Extreme Rules (2013)|
Promotional poster featuring Sheamus
|Tagline(s)||WWE Goes Extreme|
|"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, down from last year's event of 263,000.
The professional wrestling matches at Extreme Rules featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, WWE. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 6 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 22 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 6 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 and Miz 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 partner Summer Rae feigned an injury, which distracted Jericho and led to Fandango attacking him.
The first match was between Chris Jericho and Fandango. During the match, Fandango managed to make the ropes while Jericho had the Walls of Jericho locked in. Jericho eventually picked up the win using the Codebreaker in mid-air on Fandango.
The second match was a United States Championship match between 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. In the end, Kingston attempted Truble in Paradise but Ambrose avoided the move. Ambrose executed dirty deeds on Kingston for the win.
The third match was a strap match between Mark Henry and Sheamus. The match went back and forth with both competitors touching three turnbuckles in succession but failing to reach the fourth. The end came when Sheamus performed a Brogue Kick on Henry after reversing a World's Strongest Slam attempt. He then proceeded to touch his final turnbuckle for the win.
The fourth match was an "I Quit" match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger to determine the #1 contender to the 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 applying the Cross Armbreaker, which forced Swagger to quit.
The fifth match was a Tornado tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship between Team Hell No and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield. The Shield picked up the victory by executing an Argentine backbreaker rack and diving leg drop combination on Daniel Bryan.
Main event matches
The first match of the three main event matches was an Extreme Rules match between Big Show and Randy Orton. During the match, Big Show delivered a Chokeslam, but Orton kicked out. Orton performed an RKO, but Show kicked out. He then performed an RKO onto a steel chair and delivered a Punt Kick for the victory.
The seventh match was a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship between John Cena and Ryback. At the end of the match, Ryback tackled Cena through the electronic 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 last match of the night was a Steel Cage match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H. Early, Lesnar hurt his leg as he slammed himself inadvertently on the steel cage, and Triple H, seizing the opportunity, attacked Lesnar's leg for the majority of the match. Near the end, Triple H revealed a sledgehammer that he had hidden on top of the cage, but Lesnar countered quickly by making Triple H slip from the turnbuckle. Lesnar grabbed the sledgehammer but Triple H ducked and applied the Sharpshooter on Lesnar. As Paul Heyman ran in the cage to save Lesnar, Triple H broke the hold to perform a Pedigree on Heyman. Triple H executed a Pedigree on Lesnar for a near-fall. Triple H grabbed the sledgehammer and was ready to hit Lesnar until Heyman delivered a low blow from behind. Lesnar finished the match by hitting Triple H with the sledgehammer, executing an F5 on Triple H and pinning Triple H to win the match.
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 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, but three days later on "Raw", Del Rio defeated Langston. 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 would defend the title against Del Rio at Payback.
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