The 15 best pay-per-views ever

#11 Extreme Rules 2012

The name Extreme Rules elicits an unshakeable expectation of dangerous, high-risk combat, and the main event of the 2012 edition — John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar — did not fall short. The Anomaly celebrated his long-anticipated return to the ring with a savage fight that was both enthralling and grisly. Lesnar lacerated Cena in the opening minute, nearly prompting WWE officials to stop the match, but the Cenation leader persevered and ultimately toppled The Beast Incarnate.

Full match: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho | See classic Extreme Rules photos

While it was a non-title contest that headlined, both of Extreme Rules’ World Championship Matches were breathtaking. Before his hometown of Chicago — a famously vocal and discriminating fan base — WWE Champion CM Punk dispatched Chris Jericho in a physical Street Fight. Daniel Bryan, meanwhile, fell just short in a hard-nosed 2-out-of-3 Falls Match against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus. With a raucous atmosphere and in-ring action to match, Extreme Rules 2012 was exactly what the Chicago crowd thirsted for: tough, unrelenting brawls punctuated by miraculously gutsy performances.