5 Things You Probably Don't Remember About The First WWE Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View

Was it really 11 years ago already?

In 2009, WWE introduced a number of new pay-per-view handles as a way of freshening up their calendar. Some of the names and concepts quickly died a death, including Breaking Point (submission-based matches), Bragging Rights (brand warfare back when brand warfare had long gone stale), and The Bash (Great American Bash, but less Great, and I guess still adequately American). Other names born that year that have endured to this day, including Hell in a Cell, TLC, and Extreme Rules.

On June 7 of that year, the inaugural Extreme Rules was held in New Orleans. If nothing else, the event was a little more noteworthy than other offerings from the company that year, thanks to some major World title changes, and a show-ending kinda-sorta heel turn that became a full-fledged heel turn shortly after. Also, there was a Hog Pen match - that's memorable, too.

So with 'The Horror Show' at Extreme Rules on the horizon, let's go ahead and wander back to the original event for a little retro examination, and see some of the goings-on that we've possibly long forgotten about.

5. The Event Replaced One Night Stand

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The One Night Stand name was created for ECW's 2005 reunion event, and then brought back a year later for a second go-around in the same building. After ECW faded into its WWE-sanitized form in the latter half of 2006, the name continued on for a bit as a tri-branded offering.

Something seedy sounding like "One Night Stand" fit the grimier ECW motif, but had no viability as a WWE B-show. That didn't stop WWE from using the name in 2007 and 2008, before retiring it in favour of Extreme Rules, during the general calendar overhaul of 2009.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.