United States Champion John Cena def. Rusev (Russian Chain Match)
CHICAGO – Four weeks after toppling then-unbeaten Rusev at WrestleMania 31 to become United States Champion, John Cena held his star-spangled prize high above his head at Extreme Rules, where The Champ valiantly defeated The Super Athlete in WWE’s first televised Russian Chain Match.
View Russian Chain Match photos | Full Extreme Rules 2015 coverageThe rules of this unique contest were straightforward, but that simplicity made this barbaric confrontation no less grueling for either Superstar. The rivals were tethered to one another by unbreakable Siberian steel, and the first warrior to incapacitate his opponent long enough to touch all four corners of the ring would be the victor. In the end, it was Cena who was up to that seemingly insurmountable task, but it was far from easy. Even though The Windy City is often viewed as enemy territory for the Cenation leader, The Champ was met with “USA!” chants as he battled the Russian aggressor. The Super Athlete nevertheless took control early in the match, keeping the Cenation leader on the defensive with skull-rattling kicks and liberal use of the titular chain. After countering one of Cena’s signature shoulder tackles with a well-timed fall-away slam, Rusev incapacitated The Champ with a massive kick that seemed to seal Cena’s fate. However, when the WWE Universe in Chicago chanted for Lana, prompting some surprising acknowledgement from The Ravishing Russian on the apron, an enraged Rusev ordered her to the back. Had Lana remained at ringside, she might have devised a way to prevent what would transpire just moments later.