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Extreme Rules
WWE Extreme Rules Logo
The Extreme Rules logo used since 2014, with the WWE "scratch" logo being replaced by WWE's current logo in 2014.
(2009–2011, 2017–present)
(2009–2011, 2018–present)
205 Live
First eventExtreme Rules (2009)
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;[1] the defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) promotion 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 WWE 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. In 2018, it was announced that Extreme Rules would be a dual brand event, and moved to the July slot.[6]


The concept of this 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 stipulation). The eponymous Extreme Rules match has been featured at least once in nearly every event, although matches featuring other extreme stipulations (such as Last Man Standing matches, Steel cage matches, and Street Fights) have also been promoted.

Dates and venues[edit]

Raw-branded event
Event Date City Venue Main Event
Extreme Rules (2009) June 7, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship (Punk's Money in the Bank cash-in match)
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
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
Extreme Rules (2012) April 29, 2012 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena in an Extreme Rules match
Extreme Rules (2013) May 19, 2013 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in a Steel Cage match
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
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
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
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 an Extreme Rules match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Universal Championship
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
Extreme Rules (2019)[7] July 14, 2019 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship (Lesnar's Money in the Bank cash-in match)
Extreme Rules (2020)[8] July 19, 2020 San Jose, California SAP Center TBA


  1. ^ "Specialty WWE matches: Hardcore match". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  2. ^ "Extreme Rules official website". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-04-25. Check out all the action from the first-ever Extreme Rules pay-per-view held in 2009.
  3. ^ "WWE News: Raw notes – no guest host yet for next week, matches teased for Extreme this event will start at 6:30 Rules". Distinct Television Brands.
  4. ^ "WWE Home Entertainment 2013 DVD/Blu-ray release schedule". WWE.com. WWE, Inc. September 10, 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. ^ Johnson, Mike (September 10, 2012). "WWE PPV SCHEDULE CHANGING". PWInsider.com. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  6. ^ Powell, Jason. "Major WWE pay-per-view shakeup, all co-branded events, two events dropped". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.pwinsider.com/article/124626/wwe-extreme-rules-presale-code.html?p=1
  8. ^ https://pwinsider.com/article/133677/wwe-extreme-rules-2020-will-be.html?p=1

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