The road to Extreme Rules starts now.
WrestleMania 29 still might be on the minds of many, but the results from wrestling's legendary night revealed plenty about what to expect for next month's pay-per-view.
While Monday Night RAW is sure to help clear the picture even more, let's take an early look at what Extreme Rules could potentially have in store for St. Louis next month.
What Will The Rock's Role Be?
By now, it's no secret that The Brahma Bull has been rumored to make it four PPVs in a row at Extreme Rules (courtesy of Wrestling Inc, via Wrestling Observer Newsletter):
WWE is booking both The Rock and Brock Lesnar for the Extreme Rules pay-per-view because CM Punk will likely be missing the event. There are incorrect reports going around that Rock vs. Brock is scheduled to main event Extreme Rules. Both will be there but there's no word yet on who they will be wrestling.
Throw in his rematch clause, and it makes enough sense.
What will The Rock's role be at Extreme Rules?
Still, though, Rocky's loss to John Cena—complete with handshake, hug, salute and alone time in the ring in front of 80,000 people—felt like a passing of the torch/send-off to me.
Even if it wasn't, and if Rock will indeed appear at Extreme Rules, it's hard to imagine him continuing to feud with fellow face and new cohort Cena.
Moreover, as the report hints, an immediate feud with Lesnar also feels remote.
Despite the rumors, I wouldn't be surprised if The People's Champ isn't a part of May's PPV. Then again, maybe that's just me not wanting to see Rock-Cena III after Sunday's Finisher Fest.
CM Punk Looking Less and Less Likely
From the same source above:
There continues to be suspicion within WWE on CM Punk's status. Some believe he's hurt worse than anyone is letting on because everyone asked is denying any injury. There are reports of this having to do with creative frustration or burnout and more nagging minor injuries than a major injury.
We all knew Punk was losing to Undertaker on Sunday.
The way I saw it, however, was this: If Punk got destroyed by Taker, it was less likely that he would miss Extreme Rules. The WWE doesn't want one of its biggest stars taking a leave of absence on such a sour note.
But Punk didn't get destroyed. He helped put together one of the most memorable WrestleMania matches of all time, and even though he lost, the former champ came away looking impressive.
As such, he should be safe to take time off and return immediately to the top.
Ryback/Mark Henry Rematch
The finish to Ryback and Mark Henry—Henry falling on Ryback—was a little clunky, but I think overall, the match between the two behemoths was much better than most anticipated.
Plus, it was clear that WWE was trying to give both wrestlers a push. Henry got the win, but Ryback proved his strength by lifting him twice and then nailing the shell-shocked post-match.
It isn't a feud that has a ton of legs, but Sunday's compelling battle will fuel it to at least one more PPV.