WWE Extreme Rules

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WWE Extreme Rules
2020 WWE Extreme Rules logo
WWE Extreme Rules logo as of 2020
Other name(s)The Horror Show at Extreme Rules (2020)
(2009–2011, 2017–present)
(2009–2011, 2018–present)
205 Live
First event2009
Event gimmickHardcore wrestling
Signature match typesExtreme Rules match

WWE Extreme Rules is a professional wrestling event produced annually by WWE, a Connecticut-based promotion, and broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network. The name of the event stems from most matches being contested under hardcore wrestling regulations with generally one match being contested as an Extreme Rules match (introduced at the 2010 event);[1] the defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) promotion, which WWE acquired in 2003, originally used the term to describe the regulations for all of its matches. The event name was established in 2009; however, its theme began with its predecessor, One Night Stand, which was promoted in 2005 and 2006 as an ECW reunion show. In 2007, WWE promoted the show as one of its own regular pay-per-view events but kept the ECW concept of Extreme Rules matches. In 2009, WWE renamed the One Night Stand event to Extreme Rules. The 2009 Extreme Rules event was noted by WWE to be a direct continuation of the One Night Stand chronology. However, the 2010 event was later promoted as only the second event under a new chronology, one that is no longer a direct continuation of the One Night Stand events.[2]

Starting in 2010, Extreme Rules was moved from June to late April/early May to replace Backlash as the post-WrestleMania pay-per-view event.[3] For 2013, the event was scheduled to take place in mid-May and replace Over the Limit.[4][5] After the newly-reinstated WWE brand extension took effect in 2016, the event returned to the June slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar in 2017 as a Raw-exclusive pay-per-view event. Following WrestleMania 34 in 2018, all WWE pay-per-views ceased being brand exclusive, and Extreme Rules moved to the July slot.[6] For the 2020 edition, the event was titled The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.


The concept of the pay-per-view is that, much like its predecessor One Night Stand, various matches are contested under hardcore rules (from 2009 to 2011, all promoted matches on the card were contested under a hardcore stipulation). The eponymous Extreme Rules match, introduced at the 2010 event, has been featured at least once at nearly every event; the only events to not feature the namesake match were the inaugural event in 2009, the 2011 event, and the 2015 event. Matches featuring other hardcore stipulations (such as Last Man Standing matches, Steel Cage matches, and Street Fights) have also been promoted.

Dates and venues

Raw-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Extreme Rules (2009) June 7, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena Edge (c) vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship; then Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship in Punk's Money in the Bank cash-in match
2 Extreme Rules (2010) April 25, 2010 Baltimore, Maryland 1st Mariner Arena John Cena (c) vs. Batista in a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship
3 Extreme Rules (2011) May 1, 2011 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum The Miz (c) vs. John Cena vs. John Morrison in a Triple Threat Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship
4 Extreme Rules (2012) April 29, 2012 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena in an Extreme Rules match
5 Extreme Rules (2013) May 19, 2013 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in a Steel Cage match
6 Extreme Rules (2014) May 4, 2014 East Rutherford, New Jersey Izod Center Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kane in an Extreme Rules match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
7 Extreme Rules (2015) April 26, 2015 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Seth Rollins (c) vs. Randy Orton in a Steel Cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
8 Extreme Rules (2016) May 22, 2016 Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles in an Extreme Rules match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
9 Extreme Rules (2017) June 4, 2017 Baltimore, Maryland Royal Farms Arena Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Bálor vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins in a Fatal Five-way Extreme Rules match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Universal Championship at Great Balls of Fire
9 Extreme Rules (2018) July 15, 2018 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins in a 30-minute Iron Man match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
10 Extreme Rules (2019) July 14, 2019 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a Last Chance Winners Take All Extreme Rules mixed tag team match for both the WWE Universal Championship and WWE Raw Women's Championship; then Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship in Lesnar's Money in the Bank cash-in match
11 The Horror Show at Extreme Rules July 19, 2020 Orlando, Florida WWE Performance Center1 Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt in a Wyatt Swamp Fight
12 Extreme Rules (2021) July 18, 2021 Tampa, Florida WWE ThunderDome at Yuengling Center TBD [7]

1The main event match, which was the Wyatt Swamp Fight, was pre-recorded at an undisclosed location about two hours outside of Orlando on July 16–17.


  1. ^ "SPECIALTY MATCHES". WWE.com. March 12, 2010. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "Extreme Rules official website". WWE.com. March 25, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (March 30, 2010). "WWE News: Raw notes - no guest host yet for next week, matches teased for Extreme Rules". PWTorch.com. TDH Communications Inc. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "WWE Home Entertainment 2013 DVD/Blu-ray release schedule". WWE.com. September 10, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  5. ^ Johnson, Mike (September 10, 2012). "WWE PPV SCHEDULE CHANGING". PWInsider.com. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Powell, Jason (February 17, 2018). "Major WWE pay-per-view shakeup, all co-branded events, two events dropped". ProWrestling.net. Last Row Media LLC. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (May 4, 2021). "Report: WWE Extreme Rules Scheduled For July". Fightful. Retrieved May 6, 2021.

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