May 19, 2013
Countdown to WWE Extreme Rules
Extreme Rules is up tonight, and with it comes a series of matches that have had a good long build to them. This has meant some intrigue, save for in our big title matches.
In the case of the World Heavyweight Championship, there is no fault to be attributed - this is a matter of circumstance, i.e. Dolph Ziggler's concussion throwing a monkey wrench into the plans of the triple threat ladder match. The result is now Jack Swagger squaring off with Alberto Del Rio in an I Quit match. While the match should still be good, it's a huge letdown from what was before an interesting battle between three former Money in the Bank winners. Figure for a Del Rio win here, just for kicks.
In the case of the WWE Championship however, there is just cause for the lack of excitement. The confusing turn of Ryback, where he still had encounters with The Shield, didn't do anything to curry favour, and John Cena's return to part-time humour / part-time intensity hurt the feud. While this is their first encounter, it feels like the last with the stipulation of the Last Man Standing. I feel a new sort of match coming on next month to officially kill the feud off, but for now let's just say that Cena wins.
Next are the two Shield matches - the US Championship between Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston, then the World Tag Team Championships between Reigns and Rollins and Team Hell No. In both cases, these should be wins all around for the boys in black. I like that Ambrose is getting the chance to be a singles star while keeping the group together. Methinks one of them will also pick up IC gold and, heck, why not the World title too, so each have a belt whilst Freebirding the tags.
Finally, for the big attention bouts, is Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H. I'm expecting a Brock win here, namely so Hunter goes back off TV with just cause. Then again, I could be very wrong and the two could tangle once again at Summerslam. I expect the heat to be red hot for this one and potentially the match of the night.
Elsewhere, look for The Miz to pin Cody Rhodes on the pre-show, Mark Henry to defeat Sheamus, Big Show to topple Randy Orton and Fandango to beat Chris Jericho.
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