WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Biggest Breakout Performances in PPV History
Extreme Rules is often a show where anything can happen. With the novelty of some uncommon stipulations, you are often guaranteed drama and excitement.
And amid all the chaos of the matches, there are often performances that can capture the attention of wrestling fans across the world.
We can see new, exciting guys who confirm that they're going to be sticking around for a long time. or guys who have slipped down the card but emerge to rightfully claim what is theirs once again.
Whatever the circumstances behind them, Extreme Rules has had plenty of breakout performances in the five times it has been staged. Here are the five biggest.
5. Tyson Kidd (2010)
The Hart Dynasty were always a tag team that made you wonder what could have been.
When they burst onto the scene, they were always exciting and interesting—but it just never really happened for them over a lengthy period of time.
Tyson Kidd was arguably the most exciting component of that team—which is perhaps best reflected by the fact he is still retained by the WWE in 2014.
And Kidd's breakout performance came at Extreme Rules 2010. The Hart Dynasty won a Gauntlet match to earn a shot at the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships, and knocking off Big Show and The Miz was a big part of their success.
It's a shame the team never really had a lengthy run, in all honesty. However, there is still hope for Kidd in the future: He is a great performer and should be worth at least one more shot at some point in the future.
4. Cody Rhodes (2012)
Back in 2012, Cody Rhodes was in a pretty interesting place.
His career had started brightly enough—as part of The Legacy, he was a key component of a fresh, innovative stable. However, since then there have been disastrous spells under the "Dashing" Cody Rhodes guise, among other timid storylines.
Fast forward to WrestleMania 28, and he was entrenched in an interesting feud with Big Show over the Intercontinental Championship.
He lost the belt at the event, ending a 236-day reign as champion. A losing streak followed, and Rhodes wasn't really in a good place.
Therefore, his victory over Big Show at Extreme Rules 2012 has to be classed as a breakout one. It helped to give his career a hugely significant boost and put him over pretty well with the crowd.
3. CM Punk (2009)
CM Punk had already been World Heavyweight Champion once prior to this breakout performance in 2009. However, it never really felt like he was fully appreciated by those behind the scenes during his title run.
To win his second belt, he had to win the Money in the Bank briefcase. He cashed it in at Extreme Rules 2009, turning the tables on Jeff Hardy to pin him after he had just beaten Edge for the belt.
Earlier in the night, Punk was feuding with Umaga—which perhaps give you an idea as to where he was with the company at that precise moment.
The victory over Jeff Hardy was a huge one in the context of his career—it enabled him to open plenty of new doors and gain plenty of respect from those in WWE circles.
He fought the likes of Edge and The Undertaker during his run as champion, which really helped to elevate him to new heights. Extreme Rules 2009 really was a pivotal evening in the career of CM Punk.
2. Daniel Bryan (2012)
The squirmy kid from NXT had slowly been gathering some momentum since his debut with the company, and Extreme Rules 2010 felt like the night Daniel Bryan arrived as a star.
He had just come off the back of a humiliating 18-second loss to Sheamus at WrestleMania 28 and was booked to fight the Irishman again at Extreme Rules.
Although a win wasn't pivotal, a better standard of match really was. The two men were in desperate need of something fresh and exciting to give them a fresh boost—especially considering they were both relatively new starters with the WWE.
Thankfully, the match was a huge success. Although Sheamus scored the defining pin to beat him, Bryan scored a huge amount of heat and adulation that night. The "yes" and "no" chants that went back and forth really indicated that Bryan was clearly going to stick around at the top end of the WWE.
WrestleMania 30 was the culmination of the journey, but Extreme Rules 2012 could well have been the start.
1. The Shield (2013)
Since their debut back at Survivor Series 2012, The Shield were slowly gathering momentum in their quest to take the WWE by storm.
And after months of trying, Extreme Rules 2013 was the night when The Shield finally arrived as a huge force.
It began early on in the card, when the eccentric Dean Ambrose pinned Kofi Kingston to become the United States Champion for the very first time.
Later on, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins beat Team Hell No to pick up the tag titles—belts they would hold for a lengthy period of time.
Since then, it has all been positive for the three youngsters who crave justice. A face turn in early 2014 has proven to be a success and continued the strong momentum of The Shield.
Whatever they go on to achieve in their career, it can all be traced back to Extreme Rules 2013.