WrestleMania is over, and WWE is going into cruise control, right? Not so fast.
Some big surprises are in store for what is shaping up to be a pretty exciting Extreme Rules PPV. The early summer events in WWE usually wind up being boring space-fillers until Money in the Bank or SummerSlam roll around.
In the past month, though, we have seen Brock Lesnar, The Rock and even Edge show up on Raw in order to keep the momentum going after the biggest event in company history.
Fans now get to be treated to a CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho Street Fight, Brock Lesnar's first match in a WWE ring in over eight years and a two-out-of-three falls match between Sheamus and the most over guy in the company, Daniel Bryan.
It will be interesting to see if the creative team can keep the ball rolling after what has been an wildly successful Mania season.
Common sense says that taking the title of Sheamus right now would be a bad idea.
What defies all logic is the WWE universe's newfound love affair with Daniel Bryan. Bryan is a tremendous worker, but after his 18-second squash at WrestleMania, his popularity is on a another planet.
Sheamus won the title less than a month ago and taking the belt off him now seems ridiculous, but striking while the iron is hot with Bryan might not be a bad idea.
This feud still has some good steam heading into Extreme Rules, and one way to keep the program going would be to have Chris Jericho prevail in their Chicago Street Fight on Sunday.
CM Punk has had a lengthy title run and is now cemented as a top star. Losing the title until SummerSlam won't change that.
The Miz is in a huge funk right now. Last year he headlined WrestleMania; now he is fighting on YouTube against Santino Marella and hasn't been seen on Raw for weeks.
It seems like WWE brass has lost faith in the former MTV star, and the future looks rather bleak for the Miz.
This should be the final match in the feud, and after the Big Show comes out on top, Cody Rhodes should be catapulted to the heavyweight title scene.
Rhodes is a star in the making, and his work during the program with the Big Show has been top-notch. All of this points to a main event run for the former Intercontinental Champion.
We keep on hearing about how the WWE is going to revitalize the tag-team scene, but it all seems like empty words when you see the champs receiving the standard "jobber entrance" on a weekly basis.
Epico and Primo didn't even have a match at WrestleMania.
Maybe The Usos get a shot? Darren Young and Titus O'Neil? With the way the WWE has booked the tag division recently, anything can happen.
WWE has found a way to keep this feud progressing quite nicely and manged to keep it interesting as well.
However, a falls count anywhere match on Sunday is probably the logical ending point for this program.
Kane has managed the upper hand lately, and all signs point to Orton getting the last word in, but Kane is a respected member of the locker room, and a loss for Orton would be nothing to be ashamed of.
It is no secret that Daniel Bryan is one of the premier workers in WWE right now. He also has been the most over guy in the company lately to boot.
The 18-second match at WrestleMania was truly a disgrace to Bryan and Sheamus, and this two-out-of-three falls match is a way to make it up to both competitors, as well as the fans.
Bryan is a top-notch wrestler, and Sheamus can hold his own, so look for both of these men to try to steal the show this weekend.
Though probably incidental, the Brock Lesnar right hook that bloodied John Cena's mouth could have foreshadowed the events to come during their Extreme Rules match.
With a rusty Lesnar making his return, it would not be surprising to see both men wearing a crimson mask at Extreme Rules, which would add some much needed realism to the match.
The best way for keep this huge rivalry going is to have John Cena come out victorious.
If Brock Lesnar wins, what would be the point of having another match at a later PPV?
Cena coming out on top opens up the possibility of a huge match at a marquee event like SummerSlam, which has to have WWE drooling.
The events that follow WrestleMania usually fail to meet expectations.
Brock Lesnar has been brought in to provide some much needed hype to the post-Mania lull that occurs this time of year.
The Street Fight between Chris Jericho and CM Punk will most certainly be great. The World Title match has a chance to be a real show-stealer, and there is the Brock factor too.
While some of the matches are WresleMania do-overs, the card has real potential with quality matches throughout the lineup.