Extreme Rules is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It will take place on May 22, 2016, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. It will be the eighth event under the Extreme Rules chronology.
Nine matches have been announced for the event. The main event will be a No Holds Barred match between Roman Reigns and AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The event was originally known as “No Mercy” in 1999 and 2000, before changing to its current name in 2001.
In 2002, WWE replaced No Mercy with Vengeance. The 2005 event was known as Taboo Tuesday and all the matches took place at The Sound of Drums after being drafted to SmackDown! instead of Raw. In 2009, the show’s name changed to Extreme Rules when ECW became a separate brand.
This is the successor to No Mercy and Vengeance events which were discontinued after those respective years. The term “Extreme” is often used by WWE during its product to describe a stipulation or gimmick match that takes place at this event such as Ladder or Steel Cage match, etc.
When is the WWE extreme rules 2016?
The event will take place on Sunday, May 22 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The main card includes matches such as Brock Lesnar vs Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship. The card will consist of eight matches.
It’s going to be a blast!
WWE Extreme Rules will be the eighth event under the Extreme Rules chronology. It was created to replace WWE Elimination Chamber which had become an annual PPV event from 2009 until 2015 when it became a Live Event only.
It has been traditionally held on the Sunday night before the Fourth of July holiday each year since 2006. The 2016 event will be held on May 22 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
Seven matches were contested at the event.
The main event was originally scheduled to be Roman Reigns defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles; however, on April 21, Reigns was suspended for violating WWE’s Wellness Program and his championship match with Styles was canceled. On that day, Brock Lesnar became the new #1 contender by defeating Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 32. Later that night, it was announced that Dean Ambrose would face Chris Jericho in a Street Fight, with Raw General Manager Mick Foley serving as the special guest referee.
The Kickoff show will begin at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast live on WWE Network, WWE.com, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube, along with WWE’s official wrestling app. It will be hosted by Charly Caruso and “Today Show”‘s Josh Elliott.
Also advertised was a six-man tag team match featuring The Usos & Roman Reigns vs. The Dudley Boyz & Braun Strowman, but the match did not take place on the Kickoff Show.
Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, Shane McMahon faced Kevin Owens in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Owens pinned Shane after a powerbomb through an announce table. After the match ended, Stephanie McMahon returned to the ring and celebrated with Owens.
WWE Extreme Rules is back and ready to provide the most extreme experience this summer. With a new main event, seven matches total, and some of the best wrestlers in the world battling for championship gold, you won’t want to miss it! You can purchase your tickets now or wait until May 22nd when they go on sale locally at Royal Farms Arena Box Office. Don’t delay – get your ticket today!