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Extreme Rules (2015)
WWE ExtremeRules 2015
Tagline(s) "The One Day of the Year the WWE Goes Extreme"
Information
Promotion WWE
Date April 26, 2015
Venue Allstate Arena
City Rosemont, Illinois
Pay-per-view chronology
WrestleMania 31 Extreme Rules (2015) Payback (2015)
Extreme Rules chronology
Extreme Rules (2014) Extreme Rules (2015) Extreme Rules (2016)

Background

Extreme Rules will feature professional wrestling matches that involved wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that play out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers will portray heroes or villains as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.

At WrestleMania 31 John Cena defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Championship, marking Rusev's first loss via pinfall. On the April 2 episode of SmackDown, Rusev invoked his rematch clause to face Cena for the title at the event. On the April 13 episode of Raw, Cena defeated Bad News Barrett and retained the United States Championship, Rusev added a stipulation to the match, and he attacked Cena with a chain. Following the attack it was announced the match would be a Russian Chain Match

At WrestleMania 31, Daniel Bryan won the ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. On the March 30 episode of Raw, previous champion Bad News Barrett attacked Bryan after Bryan retained the title against Dolph Ziggler. On the April 2 episode of SmackDown, Barrett attacked Bryan during his match against Sheamus, causing Sheamus to win by countout. On the April 6 episode of Raw, Barrett invoked his rematch clause on the WWE App to face Bryan for the title at the event.

At WrestleMania 31, Randy Orton defeated Seth Rollins. Later in the event, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract during the scheduled WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between James Harrison and Roman Reigns and pinned Reigns to win the title. On the April 6 episode of Raw, Orton defeated Ryback and Reigns in a triple threat match to face Rollins for the title at the event. On April 9 episode of SmackDown Harrison announced he had invoked his rematch clause making the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match a triple threat.

On April 6 episode of Raw James Harrison announced a battle royal for the chance to face Nikki Bella for the WWE Divas Championship. On April 13 episode of Raw the day of the battle royal all the divas except Nikki Bella and her sister Brie were in the ring about to begin the battle royal when Harrison appeared stating that the final three left standing would all be involved in the match thus making the match at Extreme Rules a Fatal 4-Way, Paige won the Battle Royal and Natalya and Cameron were also in the final three.

Matches

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Neville defeated Bad News Barrett Singles match 10:36
2 Dean Ambrose defeated Luke Harper Chicago Street Fight1 56:10
3 Dolph Ziggler defeated Sheamus Extreme rules match 9:16
4 The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods) defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c) Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 9:47
5 John Cena (c) defeated Rusev (with Lana) Russian Chain match for the WWE United States Championship 13:35
6 Natalya defeated Nikki Bella (c), Paige and Cameron Fatal Four-Way for the WWE Divas Championship 9:32
7 Roman Reigns defeated Big Show Last Man Standing match 19:46
8 James Harrison defeated Bray Wyatt No holds barred match 17:39
9 Seth Rollins (c) defeated Randy Orton Steel Cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with the RKO banned and Kane as the gatekeeper 21:02
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  1. Ambrose and Harper left the arena during the match, with the next two matches starting and ending before Ambrose and Harper returned to the ring to finish their match.

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