WWE Extreme Rules: 7 New Rivalries We Could See Going Forward
Coming out of WWE Extreme Rules 2012, there are many questions as to what the future holds for many of the top talents in WWE. Some feuds have come to an end and some will continue on into the future. For the most part, WWE uses the post-WrestleMania PPV to wrap up existing feuds and storylines. This year seems to be no different.
The main rivalries on WWE TV seem to have come to their conclusion at Extreme Rules. Randy Orton, CM Punk, John Cena and Sheamus seem to have come out on the winning side of their respective programs. Meanwhile, Kane, Chris Jericho, Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan need to regroup and see what their future holds.
Here are seven new rivalries we could see going forward.
Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho
The last time Chris Jericho left WWE, his last moment in a WWE ring was a vicious punt to the head by Randy Orton. Since Jericho has returned, his path has not crossed with The Viper's quite yet. In my opinion, Jericho is coming off of an extremely hot feud with CM Punk and Orton is coming off a rather stale feud with Kane.
What better way to get Randy Orton back on track than to have him battle the top heel in the industry, Chris Jericho.
Both men will bring out the best in one another and there is a ready-made storyline available.
Cody Rhodes vs. Brodus Clay
For the better part of the year, Brodus Clay has been on a destructive path on both RAW and Smackdown. He has been dominating the WWE roster like not many have done in the past. I realize Brodus Clay is a novelty act that with a gimmick that will never allow him to be World Heavyweight Champion.
However, Brodus has defeated two former World Champions (Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger) repeatedly over the past month.
Shouldn't Brodus be in line for a title shot of some sort after the kind of run he has been on?
Cody has been embroiled in a feud with The Big Show for a few solid months. Big Show lost the Intercontinental Championship back to Cody at Extreme Rules, but he absolutely dominated Cody after the match had ended by putting him through two tables. Cody won the battle...Big Show won the war.
Assuming that this feud is now over, what better way to add some legitimacy to Brodus Clay and continue to get Cody Rhodes over than to put them in a feud and eventual match for the Intercontinental Championship?
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
The RAW following WrestleMania featured an in-ring segment between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio. Sheamus was in a great mood after his record-setting title victory over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, and Alberto Del Rio was officially staking claim to next in line for a World Heavyweight Championship match.
Since Daniel Bryan deserved an immediate rematch after a fluke win by Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio had to wait in the wings for his opportunity.
His time has finally arrived.
At Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan carried Sheamus to an incredible match in a losing effort. With Bryan out of the picture, Alberto Del Rio can get to business and start his anticipated feud with Sheamus.
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger
Let's face it, the Tag Team Championship scene has been in the dumps for years in WWE. I have found that it is easier to sit back and watch it happen than to actually think that WWE will take it seriously.
However, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth have just captured the WWE Tag Team Championships. The only way to get the division back on track is to have them feud with a couple of legitimate contenders.
Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger have been a formidable duo for the last few months on WWE television. With Vickie Guerrero at their side, they generate an unrelenting amount of heat each time they step onto the stage.
A great feud that could get this division back on track would be Kofi and R-Truth against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. If WWE wanted to take this seriously, they could have a variety of matches over the next few months.
All four men can work and all four men can put on exciting matches. This is an opportunity for WWE to add some flare to the tag team scene.
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Recently, I wrote about how I felt that there was no way Sheamus should defeat Daniel Bryan in a 2 out of 3 Falls match at Extreme Rules for the World Heavyweight Championship. I gave reason after reason to back up my opinion, all of which were valid.
I received an unbelievable amount of flack over my prediction for the match. I will admit, right here, that I was wrong. Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan and retained his World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules.
However, I didn't realize who the real winner of this match actually was.
While Sheamus was carried to the best match of his career thus far by Daniel Bryan, WWE was calculating their plan to put their top two workers together in the main event for Over The Limit.
CM Punk will defend his WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan. These two have a storied history dating all the way back to the early years of Ring of Honor in 2004. Earlier this year, Punk and Bryan wrestled a few times on RAW and Smackdown, respectively. They entertained the crowd and added fuel to the fire of the Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis feud.
Now they get to practice their art on a big stage. The first pay-per-view battle between the two will be over the most precious prize in all of professional wrestling.
While Sheamus goes on to defend the "B" title against whomever WWE decides to feed to him, Daniel Bryan will be moving up in the world and challenging for the WWE Championship.
Who really won at Extreme Rules?
John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis
John Cena barely survived a brutal and bloody brawl with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules. They put on a destructive display of pure attitude in a memorable fight.
This was another match that I was completely wrong on. Over the years, John Cena has showed the audience an unrivaled will to survive. I truly thought that Brock Lesnar would break his will and force Cena into submission.
We have found out that the reason for Brock attempting to end the career of John Cena was because one man is looking to end his run: John Laurinaitis.
Johnny is just another figurehead that is trying to conquer the defiant top star of the company. We've seen it over and over again. This time, however, we have the added element of a severely injured John Cena and the undefeated henchman of Laurinaitis, Lord Tensai.
We are already booked to see Johnny Ace make another in-ring return against John Cena at Over The Limit, but what can we really expect? Johnny hasn't been an active in-ring competitor in years and Cena has a severely injured arm.
What we should expect is a feud that will keep John Cena busy for a few months leading into some kind of high-profile match at SummerSlam.
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
The future of Brock Lesnar inside a WWE ring is in question after what transpired on RAW.
Brock Lesnar took out the COO of WWE, Triple H, with a devastating submission hold called the Kimura. Brock locked the submission in and broke Triple H's elbow.
There is no question that Brock has been WWE's hottest superstar over the last month. The hype going into Extreme Rules was mainly based around Brock's long-awaited return to a WWE ring. When a wrestler is extremely hot, there is only one man who wants to come in and steal their thunder: Triple H.
He's done it before and now he has done it again. When CM Punk was on fire last summer, Triple H immediately inserted himself into a feud with Punk. The last two years, Triple H has made himself the opponent of The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Now that Brock has set the WWE on fire, Triple H needs to get a little piece of the action.
In 2002 and 2003, this was one match that WWE fans really wanted to see that never happened. Although I would prefer a classy build towards a CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar WWE Championship Match at SummerSlam, it looks like we are full speed ahead with Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar.
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