WWE Extreme Rules is a professional wrestling event produced annually by World Wrestling Entertainment, a Connecticut–based promotion, and broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV). The name of the event stems from term "Extreme Rules," which WWE uses to refer to its bouts that are contested under hardcore wrestling regulations; defunct–Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) originally used the term to describe the regulations for all of its bouts. The event name was established in 2009; however, its theme began with its predecessor, One Night Stand (est. 2005), which was promoted originally as an ECW reunion show. After two years, WWE promoted the show as one of its own regular PPV events and 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 event. In 2010 the event was rescheduled to April, moving from June and replacing Backlash in its slot.

Since its origin under the One Night Stand name, the event has been held only in indoor arenas in the United States. Each event features distinct matches that carry some variation of hardcore rules. Championship bouts are scheduled on every card, with the lower-tier titles featured on the undercard and the top-tier featured on the main card. Under the Brand Extension, WWE assigns its performers to either Raw or SmackDown.

Dates and venues

Event Date City Venue Main Event
Extreme Rules 2009 June 7, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena Edge (c) vs. Jeff Hardy in a Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship (actual main event)
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 Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship
Extreme Rules 2012 April 29, 2012 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar in a Extreme Rules match
Extreme Rules 2013 May 19, 2013 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Triple H in a Steel Cage match
Extreme Rules 2014 May 4, 2014 East Rutherford, New Jersey Izod Center Daniel Bryan vs. Kane in a Extreme Rules match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Extreme Rules 2015 April 26, 2015 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Seth Rollins 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 Roman Reigns vs. Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe in a Fatal 5-Way match to be the #1 Contender for the WWE Universal Championship
Extreme Rules 2018 July 15, 2018 PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Dolph Ziggler (c) (w/ Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins in a 30-Minute Iron Man match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Extreme Rules 2019 July 14, 2019 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) for the WWE Universal Championship



See also

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Extreme Rules
World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view events

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The Wrestling Classic (1985)This Tuesday in Texas (1991)King of the Ring (1993-2002)In Your House (1995-1999)No Way Out (1998-2012)Unforgiven (1998-2009)Over The Edge (1998-1999)Fully Loaded (1998-2000)Judgment Day (1998-2009)Armageddon (1999-2008)InVasion (2001)Vengeance (2001-2011)Cyber Sunday (2004-2008)New Year's Revolution (2005-2007)December to Dismember (2006)Breaking Point (2009)Bragging Rights (2009-2010)Fatal 4-Way (2010)Capitol Punishment (2011)Night of Champions (2008-2015)Over The Limit (2010-2012)Bad Blood (1997-2004)Roadblock (2016)Payback (2013-2017)Battleground (2013-2017)Great Balls of Fire (2017)No Mercy (1999–2008, 2016–2017)
Former International pay-per-view events
One Night Only (1997)Mayhem in Manchester (1998)Capital Carnage (1998)No Mercy (UK) (1999) • Rebellion (1999-2002)Insurrextion (2000-2003)Global Warning (2002)
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