7. Jeff Hardy vs. Edge – Extreme Rules 2009
Similar to the last entry, Edge and Jeff Hardy had a fantastic Ladder Match at Extreme Rules 2009. Hardy had been on a mission to capture the World Heavyweight Championship through the Spring and this was the perfect match for him to win it.
Edge and Hardy were well-versed in this stipulation and it should be no surprise that they pulled off a great Ladder Match. They had a call back to WrestleMania X-Seven when Edge speared Hardy from the cables but this time Hardy turned it into a Twist of Fate. The finish saw Hardy pull Edge’s body through one of the rungs of the ladder, allowing Hardy to climb and capture the title.
6. Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan – Extreme Rules 2012
The world was deprived of seeing Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVIII when Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick and won in 18 seconds. In the long run, it was the best thing to happen to Daniel Bryan as fans rallied behind him. However, their match at Extreme Rules showed just what we missed out on at WrestleMania.
Bryan wanted his rematch to be a Two Out of Three Falls Match so he could beat Sheamus twice in one night. He may not have been successful in that endeavor but they pulled off one of the best technical wrestling matches in WWE for 2012. Bryan utilized his strategy of sacrificing the first fall to deal damage to Sheamus’ arm, then immediately secured the second fall with the Yes Lock. The third fall is where the match really heated up with Bryan finally succumbing to a Brogue Kick. Excellence.
5. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor – Extreme Rules 2017
Brock Lesnar needed a challenger for his WWE Universal Championship in 2017, and a Fatal Five-Way was booked for Extreme Rules. Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Bray Wyatt all battled for a shot at the title. Most WWE multi-man matches have been great in recent years and this was no exception.
There was a lot of history involved in this match as almost every combination of wrestlers had some sort of prior rivalry. This meant there was plenty of drama in this match. Surprisingly, Samoa Joe came out the victor, leading to a title match with Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire (remember that pay per view).
4. The Miz vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens – Extreme Rules 2016
This match is a perfect example of highlighting the positives and hiding the negatives. In terms of in-ring technicians, one of the men in this match does not fit in. That man would be The Miz. However, he did very little in this match while Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn pulled off an incredible four-way match. That still begs the questions of why he was in the match and why he won but oh well.
That match itself was fantastic with the recurring theme of Owens and Zayn’s hatred for one another getting in the way of them winning the match. The parade of finishers and nearfalls at the end of the match was a sight to behold and if Intercontinental Championship matches were always this good maybe the title would actually be as prestigious as WWE claims it to be.