WWE Extreme Rules is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., April 29, 2012) from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois at 8 p.m. ET, live on pay-per-view.
CagesideSeats.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, match-by-match coverage of Extreme Rules below, beginning with the first match of the evening and right on through to the main event.
Tonight's show will feature Brock Lesnar's return to the ring for his first actual match in eight years, as he headlines the card in an Extreme Rules match against John Cena. On the undercard, CM Punk defends the WWE championship against Chris Jericho in a Chicago Street Fight while Sheamus puts the world heavyweight title up for grabs against Daniel Bryan in a 2 out of 3 Falls match.
It's basically WrestleMania 28 rematch city, folks.
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Full results and match coverage after the jump.
WWE EXTREME RULES 2012 QUICK RESULTS:
John Cena def. Brock Lesnar
CM Punk def. Chris Jericho
Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan
Randy Orton def. Kane
Cody Rhodes def. The Big Show
Layla def. Nikki/Brie Bella
Santino Marella def. The Miz
Geno Sergio here because Geno hates you all. Let's get this party started.
In the YouTube pre-show, Santino retained his United States Championship when he Cobra'd and pinned The Miz. A spin on the Extreme Wheel made the Intercontinental title match between champion The Big Show and challenger Cody Rhodes a Tables match. Show chuckled and said, "Good luck putting me through a table" as if it's never been done before.
WE ARE LIVE~!
Video package for the Cena/Lesnar match.
Fall Counts Anywhere match: Kane vs. Randy Orton
Orton and The Big Red Machine kick us off!
They show the clips of each of them doing bad stuff to their daddies. Orton runs to "Cowboy" like a little boy, Kane is a baller and doesn't even care.
Kane immediately takes Orton to the corner but the fan favorite fights back. He climbs to the top and delivers some punches but a huge uppercut from Kane knocks Orton onto the floor for a pinfall attempt. Kane pulls out a lead pipe but Orton turns the tables and uses it! Oh, the irony!
They start fighting through the crowd. One of these Chicagoans might stab them, they're all hooligans, I tells ya! Crowd starts chanting "Randy" as he unloads with some punches and then a running knee against a wall. Two count.
Kane takes control and they start "walk-brawling" through the crowd some more. One lady nearly has a fit as they climb over the barrier next to her, ha. They make their way to the top of the entrance ramp, next to the Extreme Rules signage. Kane scoops Orton up but he floats over and flattens Kane with a dropkick for a two count. Orton tries to hit an RKO but is shoved off and eats a big boot. Two count.
Kane on the attack and their walk-brawling backstage. Orton getting his head slammed into various things and Kane is breathing heavily. Orton fights back and throws Kane into a room where a bunch of WWE guys are chilling out including Zack Ryder. My first thought was, "Why isn't Ryder attacking Kane?" Once Kane takes control, he does but gets goozled for his trouble. Orton hits his backbreaker but Kane regains control once again. He's taking it to Orton and chunks some kind of case or something at him for two.
They walk-brawl back to the arena where Orton gains the upper hand. He rolls Kane into the ring and lands punches in the corner. Clothesline from Orton followed by a powerslam. He goes underneath the ring and pulls out a chair. To the gut! To the back! Again! A third time! And then Orton justs goes nuts, hitting Kane over and over.
Kane rolls to the outside but gets his skull slammed onto the announcer's table. Orton begins setting it up so they can go through it. Orton spends too much time and gets goozled! Orton fights back and avoids the chokeslam and goes his draping DDT onto the floor off the table! Two count!
Orton again goes for the RKO but gets shoved off into the ring post. Back inside the ring and Kane makes it to the top rope. But Orton trips his opponent up and hits a superplex! HE'S HEARING VOICES! Kane counters! CHOKESLAM! One... two... thre--KICK OUT!
This is actually a pretty fun match.
Kane sets up the chair in the center of the ring and goes for a Tombstone but Orton wiggles out and finally lands the RKO! Boom, done.
Winner: Orton via pinfall
Backstage with John Laurinaitis and Eve. She has Teddy Long bring them champagne. I guess the "no drinking" rule only applied to in-ring talent. Triple H rings up Johnny and he excuses himself.
It's Geno's most hated wrestler Brodus Clay! Funkettes looking doper than usual tonight. Apparently, we're getting a match.
Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler
Vickie Guerreo claims Ziggler is going to extinct "The Funkasaurus." Can that be used as a verb?
So what kind of match is this? I guess Dancing Half Man-Half Dinosaur Alien vs Human is pretty damn extreme. Swagger distracts Clay and Ziggler uses it to drop kick Clay over the top rope. Outside, Swagger hits a big shoulder block but Clay makes it back in before the count out.
Clay tries to nail his opponent with a knee lift but Ziggler dodges it and takes out Clay's knee. Fame-Asser for one count. Ziggler keeps up the attack and locks in a sleeper hold but Clay is "Funking Up." He gets back to his feet and tosses Ziggler off.
BREAKING NEWS: Just got a text from WWE saying Beth Phoenix is not medically cleared to compete. A mystery opponent will be selected Kharma?
Clay ends up winning the match with a giant headbutt.
Winner: Clay via pinfall
Clip of the wheel spin from the YouTube pre-show.
Tables match for the Intercontinental title: The Big Show (c) vs. Cody Rhodes
Show takes it to Rhodes early. Huge chops from the champ and an even bigger back body drop. Rhodes rolls to the outside and takes another chop. Show sets up a table between the ring and announce table. He picks the challenger up but Rhodes slips out and takes out Show's knee. He tries to land a boot but Show catches his foot and regains control. He attacks Rhodes along the railing before they get back inside the ring.
Show stands the table up in the corner and tries to toss Rhodes into it but the challenger bounces off of it and hits a Beautiful Disaster kick! Awesome! He tries to set Show up to go through but the champion counters with a shoulder block. Back to the outside and Show is outright brutalizing his smaller opponent.
He rolls Rhodes back in and as Show looked to step over the top rope, Rhodes dropkicked him causing him to lose his footing and step through a table set up at ringside. Technically, that's going through the table and we have a winner!
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Cody Rhodes via Show going through a table
After the match, Big Show nails Rhodes with a spear and gets booed! Love Chicago. He sets up a table and chokeslams the new champ through it while the crowd boos the hell out of him. It's like WrestleMania 13 all over again. Holy crap, Show lifts Rhodes up over his head and tosses him through the table on the outside. Yikes.
Video for new Edge DVD set.
Matt Striker backstage with Daniel Bryan. "The American Dragon" is killing it on the mic. He makes fun of Striker for being an awful teacher, says he gets more chicks than Sheamus, has a manlier beard and doesn't have five pounds of corn beef in his stomach. Then he talks trash on the Chicago audience. Well done.
Video package for the World Heavyweight title match.
Two out of three falls World Heavyweight Championship match: Sheamus (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Crowd firmly behind Bryan. Sheamus comes to the ring wearing a shirt that says "18 seconds." Nice.
They lock up and Sheamus gets an early shoulder tackle in. They lock up again and Sheamus nearly lands a Brogue Kick but Bryan dodges it and gets to the ropes. Wrist lock from Bryan and Sheamus is forced to work his way out of it and finally reverses into a near fall.
Waist lock from Bryan which Sheamus counters. It looks like they're trying to show the champ can hang with a technician like Bryan. Bryan comes off the ropes and is caught mid-air and dropped down hard. Sheamus busts out a Cloverleaf! NICE! Bryan makes it to the ropes and regains control. He gets Sheamus onto the apon and dropkicks him onto the floor.
He again dives at Sheamus and again is caught. THROWN into the guard rail is Bryan, wow. Back inside the ring and the challenger has managed to recover and retain control the bout. "Daniel Bryan" chant from the Chicago crowd as Bryan works Sheamus over with a submission.
Sheamus elbows his way out of the sub attempt and bounces off the ropes but eats a knee to the gut. A dropkick connects to the champion. Sheamus tries to fight back but eats a couple of nice European uppercuts. Bryan ducks under a clothesline and nearly gets a three count on a roll up. Bryan continues working over Sheamus' arm. He's putting on a clinic!
The big Irish lug starts to get some momentum and has Bryan reeling! The challenger makes his way to the apron and get CLUBBERED~! Fallaway slam from Sheamus gets a two count. Bryan in the corner and Sheamus charges in. Bryan sidesteps him and Sheamus gets nailed on the ringpost. Bryan takes over! He ends up taking the champion to the top rope and goes for a hurricanrana but Sheamus holds onto the top rope and counters. A top rope shoulder block from the champ nearly gets three.
Bryan against the ropes, Sheamus bounces off the opposite end with a full head of steam. Bryan pulls the bottom rope down and the champ spills to the outside. Bryan goes for a suicide dive but Sheamus counters with a elbow! He goes for the Celtic Cross but Bryan floats over and rolls him up for two. He goes for the YES Lock twice but each time Sheamus fights him off. Bryan again in the corner and again sidesteps a charging Sheamus. The champ hits the post hard and falls to the outside. Bryan brutalizing the shoulder now.
Kicks to the shoulder, screaming "YES!" with each connection. The referee tries to pull Bryan off as Sheamus is on the ropes and he ends up disqualifying the challenger!
WINNER OF FIRST FALL: Sheamus via DQ
The match restarts and Bryan immediately nails a huge dropkick to the shoulder and sinks in the YES Lock. Sheamus tries to reach for the ropes but he looks to be out. He's out! The referee calls for the bell!
WINNER OF SECOND FALL: Bryan via technical submission (get it right, Lilian)
The doctor comes in to check on Sheamus while Bryan leads the crowd in some YES chants. Sheamus is away and nursing his arm. Sheamus says he wants to continue.
Dammit, if he hits a Brogue Kick...
Bryan kicks out at two! YES~! YES~! YES~!
Both men are on the mat. Bryan to his feet first. He's nailing Sheamus with kicks and lands one straight to the skull and gets a two count for it. Bryan makes his way to the top but the champ attacks with some punches and forearms. He climbs up and sets Bryan up for a superplex. Bryan stops it and connects with headbutts. Sheamus spills to the mat but Bryan misses the top rope splash!
Bryan misses a huge dropkick in the corner and Sheamus goes to work with double axe handles. Irish Curse backbreaker from the champ. Brogue Kick and it's over.
Pretty good match but anti-climatic finish.
Winner and STILL champion: Sheamus via pinfall
Um, seriously? Ooooookay...
Skip Sheffield Ryback, whatever vs. a couple of dudes
Crowd chanting Goldberg. Nice.
Hell of a lariat, though.
Winner: Ryback via pinfall
Striker backstage with Punk. Seriously, what the hell is a difference between a regular Street Fight and a Chicago Street Fight? Do they eat deep dish pizza and support awful baseball teams? Yuk yuk yuk!
Oh wow, is this match next? The Divas Championship gets co-main event status? Weeyud.
Video package of Punk/Jericho feud.
Chicago Street Fight for WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Looks like Punk is wearing some jeans. At least he's not in basketball shorts.
If Michael Cole read CSS, he'd know that title ISN'T over 50 years old.
Punk stomping away on Jericho to start and sends him to the outside. Punk throws a couple of chairs inside the ring before rolling Jericho back in. Punk pulls out a kendo stick from underneath the ring and whacks the challenger across the back.
"ECW" chant. I'm glad fans enjoy Punk's run as champion on SyFy's ECW show as much as I did.
Jericho literally runs away from Punk and tries to shift the momentum but the champ outsmarts him and takes Jericho down. Jericho hides behind the referee and then thumbs Punk in the eye. A dropkick sends Punk to the apron and he gets nailed in the gut with the kendo stick. Springboard dropkick dumps Punk to the floor.
Jericho firmly in control as he whips Punk up and over the railing to the timekeeper's area. Back inside the ring and Jericho had taken the padding off one of the top turnbuckles. He hits Punk with it but then gets irish whipped into the corner. Punk charges in but Jericho dodges and the champ falls hard to the outside. Jericho follows him out and removed the padding from the top of the railing and drops Punk across it, right in front of Punk's sister.
Punk's sister calls him Punk? Weird. Jericho starts jawing with Punk's sister and she slaps him. Jericho goes after her but Punk attacks and seems a little peeved. He removes the top panel from the announcer's table and then slams Jericho through it! Ouch! Punk goes for a piledriver but Jericho counters and dumps Punk onto his back. He hits Punk with the broken piece of table and then heads back inside the ring.
Punk counters a submission and slams Jericho onto the mat. He makes his way to the apron, drops Jericho along the top rope and goes on the attack. He tries to springboard off the top rope but he slips and is nailed with the kendo stick. Jericho jaws at Punk some more and nearly gets pinned by the champ. Jericho kicks out and gets a near fall of his own.
Jericho goes underneath the ring and pulls out a can of beer. He pours it on Punk but the champ regains control and goes to work with the kendo stick. Punk hits the knee in the corner/bulldog combination and then lowblows Jericho with the stick! The champ calls for the GTS but Jericho floats over and nearly locks in the Walls of Jericho. Powerslam from Punk gets a two count.
The champ makes his way to the top rope but Jericho straddles him along the top. Jericho tries to take control but Punk fights back and knocks Jericho onto his back. Elbow drop! TWO COUNT!
GTS attempt is countered with elbows from Jericho who follows it up with a bulldog. Jericho goes for a Lionsault but Punk catches him and goes for another GTS which Jericho hops out of. He whips Punk to the corner and the champ smacks into a chair for a two count. Both men on the mat. Punk gets to his feet and eats a Codebreaker! Devilish smile on Jericho's face now and he locks in a deeeeeeep Walls of Jericho.
Punk crawling towards the ropes but this match is no DQ! Punk crawls towards the corner and pulls out a fire extinguisher. Jericho turns his head to see what's going on and gets sprayed in the face! Extinguisher to the gut! They head outside the ring and Jericho gets nailed again! A boot to the skull puts Jericho out on top of the Spanish announce table.
ELBOW DROP THROUGH THE TABLE~!~!~!~!~!~!
Punk rolls Jericho back into the ring. He covers him, TWO COUNT! Punk locks in the Anaconda Vice! Jericho is hurting! He grabs the kendo stick! No, he drops it! He's about to tap! No, he grabs the stick again! Jericho cracks Punk across the skull three times and breaks the hold!
Punk hits Jericho in the gut with a chair. He goes for it again but Jericho counters into a Codebreaker with the chair! YUS~! Pin... KICK OUT! Jericho whacks Punk with the kendo stick and starts talking trash. Jericho sets Punk up for a GTS but Punk counters and catches Jericho's leg. Slingshot into the exposed turnbuckle... GTS... PINFALL!
Winner and STILL champion: CM Punk via pinfall
Quick page about Santino's win. Backstage with Phoenix and the Bella twins. Eve rolls up and tells Phoenix she isn't medically cleared. Eve tells Nikki her opponent will be a surprise but it won't be Kharma.
Divas Championship match: Nikki Bella (c) vs ... Layla
Layla's back. She's foxy as all hell but gimme some damn Kharma, geez.
The returning Diva takes control early but some help from Brie puts Nikki in control. The champ starts working over Layla's knee since, you know, it's been a year since that injury. This match isn't actually all that bad. If all the Divas would stop screaming every single time they do something, it'd be more enjoyable.
Some Twin Magic shenanigans backfire on the Bellas and Layla nails a sick neckbreaker to win the title from Brie.
Winner and NEW champion: Layla via pinfall
Striker asking Laurinaitis what he and Triple H talked about. Johnny tells him to piss off and says he's talk about it tomorrow on Raw.
Main event time.
Extreme rules match (whatever that means): Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Lesnar takes Cena down immediately and lands some vicious elbows. Those looked rough. Cena eats a big clothesline is busted wide open. They're brawling some more and the referee puts on some gloves because apparently Cena is Bob Orton now.
They stop the match so they can take a look at the cut but it's restarted with more of the same. Lesnar gets another takedown and lands more ground and pound. Lesnar lands a knee to the ribs and then boots Cena to the outside. They towel the blood off Cena again and he takes Lesnar by surprise and nearly gets him in position for an F5.
Lesnar hits a couple of German suplexes but Cena fights back and shoulder blocks Lesnar, knocking the referee out in the process. Cena tries another but Lesnar gives one of his own. Lesnar continues to brutalize Cena, trying to wipe blood on his chest and doing his best B.J. Penn impersonation.
The former UFC champion locks in a kimura and then slams Cena into the corner. On the outside, Lesnar does it again against the railing. Back inside and Lesnar grabs Cena's chain he wore to the ring. He drops it and opts to attack with his knees. Huge knee to the ribs and Lesnar grabs the chain again, wrapping Cena's ankles in it. Cena can barely stand and gets clotheslines.
Lesnar hangs Cena nearly upside in the corner and opens up with punches. Pretty cool visual with Cena upside down as blood drips off his head. Lesnar unhooks Cena and checks on the referee. Cena is recovered and tries to turn the tide but Lesnar whips his opponent into the ring steps. Lesnar goes over and literally picks up Lil' Naitch by the pants and rolls him inside the ring.
Cena goes for an Attitude Adjustment but Lesnar floats over and hits an F5. ANOTHER ref bump? Oh, come on. Lesnar goes for the pin and a ref makes his way out but Cena kicks out. Lesnar attacks the ref and then a couple more show up. Lesnar brings the steps into the ring and Cena does his "you can't see me" gang sign. Lesnar locks in a kimura on the steps. Cena fights through it and holy hell, CENA PICKS UP LESNAR AND DROPS HIM ON THE STEPS.
That was pretty dope.
Cena on the top rope but Lesnar rolls out of the way! Leg drop misses and Cena rolls to the outside.
DUDE, WTF?!?!? Lesnar springboards off the steps and goes a diving forearm to Cena on the apron and they both spill to the outside! Lesnar sells a knee injury but then laughs it off. Lesnar goes for the same move but Cena has a hold of his chain and he cracks Lesnar across the head! Lesnar is bloody!
Cena's arm seems fine now, by the way.
Attitude Adjustment on the steps! Three count! Wow.
Winner: John Cena via pinfall
Cena with the mic. He says his boss is going to be mad but he doesn't care. He knows Chicago is CM Punk's town but it's first and foremost a wrestling town. Oh, okay, it's just a cheap pop hometown promo.
Nevermind, nothing to see here.
Well, Cena says he might be going away for a while? John Cena in The Marine 3? Probably.