This weekend marks the 9th annual Extreme Rules PPV and this article aims to give a “Tale of the Tape” on some of the past events. In a hope to see if we have an indication of what we can expect at this show.
This is the second Extreme Rules to be taking place in Baltimore, Maryland but the first under the sole RAW banner.
You’d think with it being the first under the RAW banner, after the lacklustre Payback PPV, that something innovative or groundbreaking would headline the show. Well, that much is correct but not quite how you expect. This is the first Extreme Rules with no heavyweight title being defended. Furthermore, it’s in under 5% of all WWE PPV in that fact.
Of the 5 competitors only 3 have wrestled at Extreme Rules before. All three of those competitors have a perfect record and two of those have actually won or defended the heavyweight title before. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt. With four wins out of four performances, history would suggest Baltimore will become the yard of the big dog this time round.
The IC Title is one that has been contested 5 times at Extreme Rules. Fortune has not favoured the champion. With only 1 successful defence of the title by none other than The Miz himself. Conversely, Dean Ambrose has a 100% win ratio at Extreme Rules. Winning all 4 of his previous matches so if anyone is going to overcome the odds you’d have a wise bet on the ‘Lunatic Fringe’.
Women have competed for various championships on 5 occasions in the past at this event but this is the debut for the RAW women’s title. Which is only fitting for the debuting contestants Alexa Bliss and Bayley. The only solace of confidence that Bliss may need, other than her own lofty ego, is that the female championship has been successfully defended 60% of the time.
The tag title has been contested 4 times previously at this event. Nevertheless, every competitor bar Sheamus has more losses to their name at than wins. In fact Matt Hardy has never won here. You may remember Jeff successfully defended the heavyweight title in 2009… But then lost it the same night against a cashing-in CM Punk. With the tag titles being successfully defended 50% of the time. Moreover, no team having the historic edge, this is one that could go down to the wire!
Finally that brings us to the Cruiserweight title. It’s a debut for that title along with the debut of the challenger Austin Aries at this event. Neville did win on his only other match at this event. In fact, the last time a submission match took place here, a title was defended successfully. Austin Aries has quite a castle to climb if he wants to dethrone the king.