Extreme Rules (2011)
Extreme Rules was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event made by WWE. The event took place May 1, 2011 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. It was the third Extreme Rules event. Nine matches overall took place, with eight airing live on PPV.
|Extreme Rules (2011)|
|Tagline(s)||WWE goes Extreme|
|"Justice" by Rev Theory|
|Date||May 1, 2011|
|Venue||St. Pete Times Forum|
|WWE Extreme Rules chronology|
On the April 11th edition of Raw held a 5-man gauntlet match which would decide the number one contender to face The Miz for the WWE Championship. This match featured John Cena, Randy Orton, John Morrison, R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler. The last two men in the final round were John Cena and R-Truth. After The Miz and Alex Riley beat down both wrestlers, the match was resulted in a double disqualification, which would then lead to the anonymous Raw general manager stating that both John Cena and R-Truth would compete for the WWE Championship against The Miz in a Triple Threat match. The following week on Raw, John Morrison challenged R-Truth for Truth's spot in the match and won, but Truth turned heel and attacked Morrison after the match. Later in the night, it was revealed that the match would be contested inside a steel cage.
Also on Raw, commentators Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are also continuing their rivalry from WrestleMania XXVII. At the event, Lawler made Cole submit to the ankle lock, but the anonymous Raw General Manager reversed special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin's decision, thus making Cole the winner via disqualification. On the April 11 edition of Raw, Lawler defeated Cole's trainer, Jack Swagger, allowing him to announce that he would team up with his former broadcast partner, Jim Ross, to face Cole and Swagger at Extreme Rules. Two weeks later, the Raw General Manager declared that the teams would face each other in a Country Whipping match.
Meanwhile on "SmackDown", Edge was scheduled to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match at Extreme Rules after Del Rio won a number one contendership match against Christian on the April 8 edition of SmackDown. But less than a week later, on the April 11 edition of Raw, Edge announced he was being forced to retire due to a real injury to his neck. That Friday, on the April 15 edition of SmackDown, Del Rio demanded to be crowned champion as he was the number one contender. SmackDown general manager Teddy Long didn't see it that way and announced that the match would still happen but that it would now be for the vacant title. Del Rio would be one contender. He also announced his opponent would be the winner of a 20-man over-the-top-rope Battle Royal. Later in the final match of the evening, Edge's real best friend for the past 20 years Christian won. Following this, on the April 25 edition of Raw, Del Rio was drafted to Raw as part of the year's draft. As such if Del Rio wins, he will bring the title to Raw, making the title a "Raw only" title.
Another feud from the SmackDown brand is between Layla and Michelle McCool, formerly known together as LayCool. Disagreement between the two divas started on the April 8 edition of SmackDown when McCool refused to tag Layla in a tag team match against Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly. The following two weeks, the two attended couple's therapy sessions, but the latter session ended with McCool attacking Layla, making their break up official. During the 2011 WWE Draft, after Layla lost her match against Eve, she attacked McCool for distracting her. On the April 29 edition of SmackDown, after fighting to a double count-out in their match, Layla and McCool agreed to have a No Count-out, No Disqualification match at Extreme Rules with the loser leaving WWE.
|Dark||Sin Cara beat Tyson Kidd||Regular match||—|
|1||Randy Orton beat CM Punk||Last Man Standing match||20:15|
|2||Kofi Kingston beat Sheamus (c)||Tables match for the WWE United States Championship||9:10|
|3||Michael Cole and Jack Swagger beat Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross||Tag Team Country Whipping match||7:00|
|4||Rey Mysterio beat Cody Rhodes||Falls Count Anywhere match||11:40|
|5||Layla beat Michelle McCool||No Disqualification, No Count-out, Loser leaves WWE||5:45|
|6||Christian beat Alberto Del Rio||Ladder match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship||21:05|
|7||Kane and Big Show (c) beat Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson||Lumberjack match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||4:20|
|8||John Cena beat The Miz (c) and John Morrison||Steel Cage Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship||19:55|
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
- Jason Powell. "4/25 Powell's WWE Raw Live Coverage: 2011 WWE Draft, battle royal, final hype for the WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- "Extreme Rules". WWE. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
- "WWE Extreme Rules". St. Pete Times Forum. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
- "WWE Extreme Rules dark match result featuring Sin Cara". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
- Jason Powell. "5/1 Powell's WWE Extreme Rules PPV results and review: Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian in a ladder match for the World Hvt. Championship, The Miz vs. John Cena vs. John Morrision in a cage match for the WWE Championship". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- Jason Powell. "4/11 Powell's WWE Raw Live Coverage: Edge to deliver a shocking announcement, what's next for John Cena now that his WrestleMania 28 match with The Rock is set? The build toward the Extreme Rules pay-per-view begins". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
- Chris Shore. "4/18 Shore's WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage: Michael Cole to be knighted and Randy Orton vs. C.M. Punk in a WrestleMania 27 rematch". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
- "4/3 Powell's WrestleMania 27 results and review: The Rock hosts, The Miz vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship, Triple H attempts to break Undertaker's Streak, Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Hvt. Championship". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- Chris Shore. "4/8 Shore's WWE Smackdown Live Coverage: The first Smackdown after WrestleMania 27 is headlined by Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian to earn a World Hvt. Championship match at Extreme Rules". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
- Chris Shore. "Major WWE News: Edge forced to retire due to injury". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
- Chris Shore. "4/15 Shore's WWE Smackdown Live Coverage: Edge says his goodbye and vacates the World Heavyweight Championship, and a battle royal determines who will face Alberto Del Rio for the vacant title". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
- Richard Gray. "Complete 2011 WWE Draft Results - Every Roster Move Revealed". Wrestling News World. Archived from the original on 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- Chris Shore. "4/22 Shore's WWE Smackdown Live Coverage: Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio, Big Show and Kane vs. The Corre for the Tag Team titles, and Alberto Del Rio throws Edge a retirement party". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- Chris Shore. "4/29 Shore's WWE Smackdown Live Coverage: Go-home show for Extreme Rules, Post-draft debut of Sin Cara, Mark Henry and Randy Orton and a Tag Title match". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 2011-05-01.