Tonight is the night! WWE will present Extreme Rules to a rowdy Chicago crowd and many more live on pay-per-view. Being the first event after WrestleMania, WWE needs to deliver a great show.
While I have the utmost confidence in the roster, a few performers are under more pressure than others. Some of the WWE talent will come through. Others absolutely must have a big night.
This is Sheamus' first world title defense. He will be squaring off with Daniel Bryan. The match is a two out of three falls match, so the two should have plenty to work with.
While the wild card may be AJ, I don't think so. The real intrigue is how the Chicago crowd reacts to this match. They will surely cheer Bryan and boo Sheamus, but will that matter to the new champion?
Sheamus is in the middle of the biggest chance of his career. He has to come through in a big, big way and not the let the live audience get to him.
He will be facing off against Santino Marella on the pre-show. The United States Championship will be on the line, but there will be much more worth watching.
Last year, Miz was in the main event of Extreme Rules. This year he is not even on the main show and was not even featured once during a long, dragged out three-hour Raw.
Now is the time for Miz to step up. He did so a few years ago and made a huge impact. Win or lose, the man needs to makes waves again on the Red Brand.
Honestly, I believe CM Punk will do just fine in his hometown. Chris Jericho is a veteran. He will not let anything mess with his mind. Their Chicago street fight will be great.
John Cena has had excellent match after excellent match. He is of no concern tonight. The man has proved the doubters wrong too many times to count.
All eyes will be on Brock Lesnar tonight.
Nobody can deny that. He is being brought in to boost the buy rate and make WWE "legitimate" again. Lesnar is the man with all the weight on his shoulders tonight.
Now, it is time for him to prove himself. He has not had a WWE match in over eight years and while he had some matches elsewhere, WWE is still king of this industry.
His first match back is important enough. Being back in the main event of a huge event in Chicago must be filled with pressure. Put up or shut up time!