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The History of Extreme Rules

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The History of Extreme Rules

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© 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The original Extreme Championship Wrestling went out of business in 2001 and was purchased in bankruptcy court by Vince McMahon. Even though the company was out of business, fans still chanted "ECW" when a spectacular move happened during a match. Due to this fan sentiment, a DVD entitled The Rise & Fall of ECW was released in 2004. The DVD was so popular that the WWE decided to hold a one night reunion of the brand in 2005. The event was so successful that the WWE decided to bring the brand back in 2006 and the 2006 edition of the show was the rebirth of the company.

By the time the 2007 edition of the show happened, the brand split on PPV had ended. Starting with the 2007 edition of the show, it included all three WWE brands (RAW, SmackDown, and ECW). Thus, the name ECW has been dropped from the beginning of the title of the event. To keep the tradition of ECW alive, the show now consists of only matches held under different types of "Extreme" rules. In 2008, the show given the sub-heading Extreme Rules. In 2009, that subheading became the new name of the event. The following year, the show was moved in the WWE calendar and it is now the first PPV event following WrestleMania.

Please note that until 2010, the WWE recognized the history of this event as dating back to 2005. Sometime after the 2010 event, the company determined that the first event in the history of this show began in 2009.

Title Changes
2006 - WWE Championship: Rob Van Dam beat John Cena
2007 - ECW Championship: Lashley beat Vince McMahon in a Street Fight
2008 - World Heavyweight Championship: Edge beat The Undertaker in a TLC Match
2009 - Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho beat Rey Mysterio in an No Holds Barred Match
2009 - ECW Championship: Tommy Dreamer beat Champion Christian and Jack Swagger in a Hardcore Match
2009 - WWE Championship: Batista beat Randy Orton in a Steel Cage Match
2009 - World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy beat Edge in a Ladder Match
2009 - World Heavyweight Championship: CM Punk beat Jeff Hardy
2010 - Women's Championship: Beth Phoenix beat Melina in an Extreme Makeover Match
2011 - US Championship: Kofi Kingston beat Sheamus in a Tables Match
2011 - World Heavyweight Championship: Christian beat Alberto Del Rio to win the vacant title in a Ladder Match
2011 - WWE Championship: John Cena beat Champion The Miz and John Morrison in a Steel Cage Match
2012 - Intercontinental Championshio: Cody Rhodes beat Big Show in a Tables Match
2012 - Divas Championship: Layla beat Nikki Bella
2014 - Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett beat Big E


ECW One Night Stand 2005 - Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, NY 6/12/05
- Lance Storm beat Chris Jericho
- Elimination Match: Super Crazy beat Little Guido and Tajiri
- Rey Mysterio beat Psychosis
- Sabu beat Rhyno
- Chris Benoit beat Eddie Guerrero
- Mike Awesome beat Masato Tanaka
- The Dudley Boyz beat Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman

ECW One Night Stand 2006 - Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, NY 6/11/06
- Tazz beat Jerry Lawler
- Kurt Angle beat Randy Orton
- The FBI beat Tajiri and Super Crazy
- World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Rey Mysterio and Sabu fought to a no-contest
- Lita, Edge, & Mick Foley beat Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer, & Beulah
- Balls Mahoney beat Masato Tanaka
- WWE Title: Rob Van Dam beat John Cena to become the ECW/WWE World Champion

One Night Stand 2007 - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena; Jacksonville, FL 6/3/07
- Stretcher Match: Rob Van Dam beat Randy Orton
- Tables Match: CM Punk, Sandman, & Tommy Dreamer beat Marcus Cor Von, Elijah Burke, & Matt Striker
- Ladder Match for the World Tag Team Championship: Champions The Hardys beat Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin
- Lumberjack Match: Mark Henry beat Kane
- Street Fight for the ECW Title: Lashley beat Vince McMahon to win the title
- Non-title Pudding Match: Candice Michelle beat Women’s Champion Melina
- Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Edge beat Batista
- Fall Count Anywhere for the WWE Championship: Champion John Cena beat the Great Khali

One Night Stand: Extreme Rules 2008 - San Diego Sports Arena; San Diego, CA 6/1/08
- Falls Count Anywhere: Jeff Hardy beat Umaga
- Singapore Cane Match: The Big Show beat CM Punk, Tommy Dreamer, John Morrison, and Chavo Guerrero
- First Blood Match: John Cena beat JBL
- I Quit Match: Beth Phoenix beat Melina
- Stretcher Match: Batista beat Shawn Michaels
- Last Man Standing for the WWE Championship: Champion Triple H beat Randy Orton
- TLC Match for the Vacant World Heavyweight Championship: Edge beat The Undertaker

Extreme Rules 2009 - New Orleans Arena; New Orleans, LA 6/7/09
- US Championship: Champion Kofi Kingston beat MVP, Matt Hardy, and William Regal
- No Holds Barred for the Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho beat Rey Mysterio to win the title
- Samoan Strap Match: CM Punk beat Umaga
- Hardcore Match for the ECW Title: Tommy Dreamer beat Champion Christian and Jack Swagger to win the title
- Hog Pen Handicap Match: Santina Marella beat Vickie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero to regain the title of Miss WrestleMania
- Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship: Batista beat Randy Orton to win the title
- Submission Match: John Cena beat Big Show
- Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy beat Edge to win the title
- World Heavyweight Championship: CM Punk beat Jeff Hardy to win the title

Extreme Rules 2010 - 1st Mariner Arena; Baltimore, MD 4/25/10
- Gauntlet Match: Show-Miz beat John Morrison & R-Truth by DQ; Show-Miz beat MVP & Mark Henry; The Hart Dynasty beat Show-Miz
- CM Punk's Hair on the Line: CM Punk beat Rey Mysterio
- Strap Match: JTG beat Shad Gaspard
- Extreme Rules Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Jack Swagger beat Randy Orton
- Street Fight: Sheamus beat Triple H
- Extreme Makeover Match for the Women's Championship: Beth Phoenix beat Michelle McCool to win the title
- Steel Cage Match: Edge beat Chris Jericho
- Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship: Champion John Cena beat Batista

Extreme Rules 2011 - St. Pete Times Forum; Tampa, FL 5/1/11
- Last Man Standing Match: Randy Orton beat CM Punk
- Tables Match for the US Championship: Kofi Kingston beat Sheamus to win the title
- Country Whipping Match: Michael Cole & Jack Swagger beat Jerry Lawler & Jim Ross
- Falls Count Anywhere: Rey Mysterio beat Cody Rhodes
- No Count-out, No Disqualification, Loser Leaves WWE Match: Layla beat Michelle McCool
- Ladder Match for the Vacant World Heavyweight Championship: Christian beat Alberto Del Rio to win the title
- Lumberjack Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: Big Show & Kane beat The Corre (Wade Barrett & Ezekiel Jackson)
- Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship: John Cena beat WWE Champion The Miz and John Morrison to win the title

Extreme Rules 2012 - Allstate Arena; Chicago, IL 4/29/12
- Falls Count Anywhere: Randy Orton beat Kane
- Brodus Clay beat Dolph Ziggler
- Tables Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes beat Big Show to win the title
- 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Sheamus beat Daniel Bryan 2-1
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Ryback beat Aaron Rellic & Jay Hatton
- Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship: Champion CM Punk beat Chris Jericho
- WWE Divas Championship: Layla beat Nikki Bella to win the title
- Extreme Rules Match: John Cena beat Brock Lesnar

Extreme Rules 2013 - Scottrade Center; St. Louis, MO 5/19/13
- Chris Jericho beat Fandango
- US Championship: Dean Ambrose won the title from Kofi Kingston
- Strap Match: Sheamus beat Mark Henry
- I Quit Match: Alberto Del Rio beat Jack Swagger
- Tornado Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: The Shield won the titles from Team Hell No
- Extreme Rules Match: Randy Orton beat Big Show
- Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship: Champion John Cena & Ryback fought to a no contest
- Cage Match: Brock Lesnar beat Triple H

Extreme Rules 2014 - Izod Center; East Rutherford, NJ 5/4/14
- Chris Jericho beat Fandang - Elimination Match: Cesaro beat Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Alexander Rusev beat R-Truth and Xavier Woods
- Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett won the title from Big E
- The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) beat Evolution (Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton)
- Steel Cage Match: Bray Wyatt beat John Cena
- Divas Championship: Champion Paige beat Tamina Snuka
- Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Daniel Bryan beat Kane

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