9. Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler – Extreme Rules 2015
Whenever the topic of WWE not honoring stipulations comes up, I point to this match.
At Extreme Rules 2015, Dolph Ziggler took on Sheamus in a “Kiss Me Arse” match. Not only is the Kiss My Ass match a dumb stipulation by today’s standards, but slapping a mock Irish accent on the name made it that much more trivial.
The match itself was fine enough as both men are capable workers but then it came time for the kissing.
Ziggler won and hiked up his tights only for Sheamus to give him a low blow and rub his face on Sheamus’ asscheek. If you paid money to see this match, you did not get what you paid for in the slightest.
8. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper – Extreme Rules 2015
If you just saw “Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper in a Chicago Street Fight” on paper, it would seem out of place. Those two are good wrestlers and that stipulation doesn’t seem too odd.
Well this is a case where the content of the match itself is what makes it so bizarre. Shortly into their match, Harper and Ambrose jumped into a car and sped off into the Chicago streets.
The show hit pause for a moment, the commentators puzzled, and then continued on with the next match.
About an hour later, the two pulled back up to the building and finished their match. We were led to believe that they had been brawling around Chicago off-screen the entire time which, is indeed bizarre.
7. Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler – Extreme Rules 2018
Everything about this match was a trainwreck. The Intercontinental Championship being defended in the main event of a pay-per-view in an Iron Man match with two good workers sounds great. But alas, it was not.
The fans only seemed interested in counting down with the clock each minute when it hit zero. WWE fans are just a different breed sometimes.
WWE then took the clock off the screen because fans should be watching the match, not a sodding clock. Fans did not like this, booing and chanting to bring back the clock, which WWE eventually did, only for the fans to once again neglect the work in the ring.
As for the work itself, there were eight decisions in a half-hour match. EIGHT. Lunacy.