The 10 MOST Extreme WWE Matches of ALL Time
John Cena and Bray Wyatt will face off in a WrestleMania 30 rematch, this time in the confines of a steel cage. The enigmatic leader of the Wyatt Family has been converting followers away from the Cenation and over to his side, as arenas full of people have been singing "He's got the whole world in his hands" along with Bray. Earlier this week on Monday Night Raw, Cena addressed the fans from inside a cage, but Bray brought out a choir full of children (a huge portion of Cena's fan base) to torment him some more.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will defend the title against Kane, his former tag team partner, in an Extreme Rules match. The two will be able to use whatever weapons and objects they want in this contest, which has become extremely personal after Kane demolished Byran with three Tombstone Piledrivers a few weeks ago and then attacked Bryan's new wife, Brie Bella, on Raw this week.
The third match pits The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) against the newly-reformed Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista). The Shield had served as Triple H's henchmen for months, but they rebelled recently and turned on their boss. They attacked Randy Orton and Batista for good measure, which led to Evolution's reformation. There are no titles on the line in this one. Only pride is at stake.
The WWE Network will air a marathon of past Extreme Rules pay-per-views this weekend to get fans hyped for the new installment on Sunday night, but there are plenty of extreme matches and moments to see on the Network at one's leisure. Sunday's pay-per-view will not be the bloody spectacle of 10 or 15 years ago, as WWE has transitioned to a PG product and toned down the blood and other aspects of the programming.
But the WWE Network allows fans to relive the Attitude Era and the more wild times, so we've compiled a list of 10 of the most extreme matches you can watch right now on the streaming service. These are in no particular order, but each brings something different to the table.
Triple H vs. Cactus Jack, Royal Rumble 2000
Triple H was the WWE Champion for much of early 2000, and he was set to defend the title at the Royal Rumble in Madison Square Garden against Mick Foley, aka Mankind, who grew up just outside New York City on the shores of Long Island. But Mankind admitted he was not ready for the fight, so he brought in a replacement: his alter (and in some ways, more violent) ego, Cactus Jack.
The two would engage in a brutal and bloody Street Fight that the ring could not hope to contain. This was Cactus' playground, but Triple H proved that he could more than hold his own against the hardcore legend. Cactus pulled out a two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire to use in the fight, and the two men would each get in some shots with the weapon.
Triple H handcuffed Cactus' hands behind his back and beat on him until The Rock interfered and freed the challenger. Cactus came back with a piledriver onto the announce table and emptied a bag of thumbtacks into the ring. Triple H would use this to his advantage and delivered a back body drop to his opponent on the tacks. He followed this up with two Pedigrees, one of which dropped Cactus right onto the tacks, to retain his title.
This was a brutal and bloody contest that led to a rematch one month later in a Hell in a Cell match that was just as violent as this rumble at the Garden.