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5 greatest matches in Extreme Rules history

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Modified 15 Jul 2020
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#2 The Shield vs. Evolution (Extreme Rules 2014)

A match that launched three main eventers
A match that launched three main eventers

The Shield vs. Evolution at Extreme Rules 2014, in a lot of ways, was a 'passing of the torch' moment. Evolution was the last dominant heel faction in the WWE. Through the stable's run, it established Triple H as an all-time great heel, reignited Ric Flair and jumpstarted the careers of both Randy Orton and Batista. The latter part very much is seen in their opponents at Extreme Rules that year.

The Shield had run roughshod over the WWE for almost two years at this point. They were so dominant as heels that the fans naturally started to cheer the rebellious new stars. After turning their backs on the Authority and embracing the cheers of the WWE Universe, Triple H wanted to destroy what he created at Extreme Rules by bringing back a past creation in Evolution.

This match started in the third gear and never let up. It was non-stop action with brawling all over the arena. There were too many memorable sequences and spots to go over here, but there was definitely one that stood out the most.

Seth Rollins proved himself to be the daredevil of the Shield trio by jumping off a balcony at the Izod Center in East Rutherford down onto HHH, Randy Orton, and Dean Ambrose below. This incapacitated Orton and The Game long enough for Roman Reigns to hit a huge Spear on Batista back in the ring to get the victory.

This win solidified Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins as future top stars in the company and more than showed what they were all capable of.

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Published 15 Jul 2020
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