Date: 4th May, 2014
Venue: IZOD Center
City: East Rutherford, NJ
Commentators: Michael Cole,
Jerry “The King” Lawler, & John “Bradshaw” Layfield
Theme Song: “Come With Me Now” by Kongos
On the April 14th edition of Raw, a tournament was designed to determine who would face Big E for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at the event.
Fresh off his win at WrestleMania, John Cena continued to feud with Bray Wyatt of The Wyatt Family. Cena called Wyatt out for his inability to physically defend himself and his cryptic messages without Luke Harper and Erick Rowan by his side. To make Wyatt prove himself, Cena challenged him to a steel cage match, which Wyatt accepted. On the April 28, 2014 episode of Raw, Cena entered the steel cage to address Wyatt’s evil message, only to be greeted by Wyatt and a children’s choir singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”. As the children surrounded the ring, the lights went out before coming back on, with the children now wearing sheep masks as Wyatt laughed maniacally with a child on his lap.
On the April 7th edition of Raw, AJ Lee was bragging about having defended her title against 13 other divas at WrestleMania XXX when NXT Women’s ChampionPaige came out to congratulate AJ on her title defense. AJ then slapped Paige and challenged her to a match for AJ’s Diva’s Championship. The match itself was dominated by AJ until Paige escaped AJ’s submission move, the Black Widow, and hit her own finishing move, the Paige Turner, to win her first WWE Divas Championship, allowing AJ to take a hiatus from WWE. On the April 15 episode of WWE Main Event, AJ’s bodyguard, Tamina Snuka, won a battle royal to become number one contender to Paige’s title, allowing her to wrestle Paige for the championship at Extreme Rules.
On Raw the day after WrestleMania XXX, Triple H forced Daniel Bryan to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against him after Bryan had won the title at WrestleMania the night before. However, Triple H’s former bodyguards, The Shield, turned on him and attacked him, resulting in a no contest. As a result, Triple H reformed Evolution with Batista and Randy Orton and attacked The Shield the following week on Raw. On the April 18 edition of SmackDown, Triple H announced that Evolution would take on The Shield in a six man tag team match at Extreme Rules.
On the April 21st episode of Raw, Bryan and Brie Bella were getting ready to celebrate their marriage when Stephanie McMahon came out and announced that Bryan would defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Kane at Extreme Rules. Kane then came out from the audience (wearing his mask) and attacked Bryan, giving him three Tombstone Piledrivers- the first on the floor, the second on the steel steps, and the third on the announce table, resulting in Bryan being stretchered out of the arena. One week later, during Bella’s match with Paige, Kane came up through a hole from underneath the ring and attempted to pull Bella down with him before she got away.
On the Raw after WrestleMania XXX, Cesaro announced that he would no longer be managed by Zeb Colter and was instead a ‘Paul Heyman guy’, bringing to an end the team of The Real Americans. This started a rivalry between Heyman and Colter, and by extension between Cesaro and Jack Swagger as both men were entered into the Intercontinental Championship tournament. Prior to Cesaro’s semi-final match against Rob Van Dam, Van Dam badmouthed Heyman and advised Cesaro to stay away from him. Van Dam would go on to beat Cesaro via count-out after interference from Swagger and Colter. The following week on the April 28th episode of Raw, Colter approached Van Dam and suggested that he and Swagger team up to take on a common enemy in Heyman, but Van Dam declined. Van Dam later lost the tournament final to Bad News Barrett after interference from Cesaro; Swagger then appeared, attacked Cesaro and attempted to attack Van Dam before being fought off. This set up a triple-threat match between Cesaro, Swagger and Van Dam at Extreme Rules.
Alexander Rusev made his main roster debut on April 7 and scored victories over various superstars, including R-Truth and Xavier Woods. He also attacked both competitors after their respective matches. This set up a 2-on-1 Handicap match with Rusev against R-Truth and Woods at the PPV.
Set for the pre-show is El Torito squaring off against Hornswoggle in the first ever WeeLC match which is a mini TLC match involving mini chairs, tables and ladders. On the May 2 edition of Smackdown, Hornswoggle and El Torito would sign the contract for their match.
Extreme Rules 2014 Kick-off
El Torito defeated Hornswoggle (10:54)
Triple Threat Elimination Match
Cesaro defeated Jack Swagger & Rob Van Dam (12:33)
Alexander Rusev defeated Xavier Woods & R-Truth (02:52)
Bad News Barrett defeated Big E (c) (08:13)
Six Man Tag Team Match
The Shield defeated Evolution (21:20)
Steel Cage Match
Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena (21:00)
Paige (c) defeated Tamina Snuka (06:39)
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Extreme Rules Match
Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Kane (22:25)
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match