All 8 WWE Extreme Rules PPVs, Ranked

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7. Extreme Rules 2013

What hurts the 2013 Extreme Rules show is that there really wasn’t a truly great match.  Sure, John Cena got the most he could out of Ryback in a Last Man Standing Match that turned out to be just decent and the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar cage Match was also a solid bout.  But outside of those two, the card was bit dull.  Between the horrendous Sheamus vs. Mark Henry Strap Match, the boring Randy Orton vs. Big Show Extreme Rules Match, and the burial of Fandango, an argument can be made that this card should be at No. 8.

But with all that aside, this night became about one thing: The Shield.  Having debuted on the main roster just six months earlier and after running roughshod through the WWE roster, the heel trio all walked out of St. Louis that night with title belts.  Dean Ambrose dethroned Kofi Kingston for the United States title and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns captured the World Tag Team titles from Team Hell No.  Sure, the group had already made their mark on the WWE with their brute force, but this was the night they proved they were three of the best young talents in the company.

These days all three members of The Shield are major players in the main event scene and all three have been world champions.  So when going back and critiquing this card, maybe the matches weren’t up to snuff but it’s future implications are immeasurable.