WWE Extreme Rules 2013: 5 Huge Surprises We Could See at the Upcoming PPV
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There's still a month to go until Extreme Rules, but it looks like the tradition of the WWE's first post-WrestleMania pay-per-view being a huge show will continue.
Although not a whole lot of note happened at WrestleMania eight days ago, the following night's episode of Raw has set the stage for a potentially epic PPV next month.
Fresh off of Dolph Ziggler's huge World Heavyweight Championship win and what could be the makings of a Ryback heel turn, the WWE has suddenly built up a lot of momentum.
Of course, it's now up to the company and, more specifically, its creative team to keep things going in the right direction.
Extreme Rules gives the WWE a big opportunity to do just that. With a lot of buzz surrounding the company right now, things could get even better if we're treated to some big surprises at the next PPV.
But will we?
Here are 5 huge surprises we could see at the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV.
5. Randy Orton Finally Turns Heel
For a while, the popular thing to do before each pay-per-view was predict that Dolph Ziggler would finally cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase at that show.
Now that Ziggler's finally done it, though, the not-so-new popular thing to do will be continuing to predict when Randy Orton will turn heel.
Although there have been plenty of subtle teases of a potential Orton heel turn lately, I've all but given up on trying to predict if and when it will take place. Quite simply, it's just become something that is almost impossible to predict.
That being said, we all know that some of Orton's recent actions, mainly his recent beef with Sheamus, certainly seem to be planting the seeds for a major heel turn.
After months upon months of anticipation, will it finally happen at Extreme Rules next month?
When it comes to the WWE, we can't be sure about anything involving the creative team, especially when it comes to a poorly-booked character like "The Viper."
But if Orton's ever going to get out of this rut he's been in, a heel turn will be what accomplishes that. It's far from a guarantee, but at Extreme Rules, Orton just might get his wish and go bad again.
4. Fandango Turns Babyface
Fandango has only been around for a couple of months now, so a face turn is completely out of the question for some fans.
But when you look at all of the recent hoopla surrounding the WWE's resident ballroom dancer, you have to wonder if a babyface turn is, in fact, very possible.
The post-WrestleMania buzz surrounding Fandango's entrance song has reminded many of the same buzz that Daniel Bryan's "Yes" chants received after WrestleMania 28 last year.
And what happened to Bryan soon after his "Yes" chants began taking over? He turned babyface.
Although Bryan continued to act like a heel for months, the "Yes" chants quickly got so popular that he was essentially forced to transition into a role as a babyface. Essentially, he was a heel in terms of the way he tried to make the chants stop, but in terms of reaction, he basically became a babyface right away.
Might something similar happen with Fandango?
Although he's firmly entrenched as a heel right now, the possibility remains that all of the buzz and hype surrounding him right now will result in the WWE deciding to capitalize on that as much as possible by turning him babyface.
The WWE is all about money, and if Fandango can make the company more money as a good guy, then he just might turn. And that turn may be completed by or at Extreme Rules.
3. Ryback Wins the WWE Championship
Want proof that wins and losses don't matter all that much in pro wrestling? Look no further than Ryback.
Here's a guy who has lost literally every major match he's had so far in his career, and yet based on what happened at the conclusion of last week's Raw, it looks like he's headed for a WWE Championship feud with John Cena.
It's crazy to think that Ryback could go from consistently losing to potentially being the WWE Champion, but after what transpired last week, it suddenly seems like a very real possibility.
While it remains to be seen whether Ryback has actually turned heel or has simply set his sights on Cena and the WWE Championship, he's now gained a lot of momentum after months of being poorly booked.
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like Ryback wouldn't be a legitimate World title contender for quite some time. Now, it doesn't seem like that at all.
Though many are expecting Cena to have a lengthy WWE Championship reign after not holding it for well over a year, you never really know what could happen. Ryback might, in fact, end Cena's title reign long before anyone expects it to be ended.
Admittedly, it would be a major surprise to see Ryback suddenly topple the face of the WWE to win its most prestigious title, but stranger things have happened.
Ryback may not have been booked very well since last October, but that could be forgotten about if he dethrones the new WWE Champion at Extreme Rules.
2. The Undertaker Wrestles at Non-WrestleMania PPV
The Undertaker hasn't wrestled at a non-WrestleMania pay-per-view since 2010, but the events involving "The Deadman" on last week's Raw have many thinking that that could change soon.
As we all remember, The Undertaker came out to the ring to deliver a promo before being interrupted by The Shield. A beatdown for "The Phenom" seemed inevitable until Kane and Daniel Bryan made the save to fend off the vulturous trio.
That segment, of course, now has so many fans wondering if that means we could see The Undertaker step in the ring again to take on The Shield down the road.
According to PWInsider.com (via WrestlingInc.com), Undertaker "isn't expected to wrestle anytime soon," which would imply that we likely won't see him team up with Team Hell No to take on The Shield at Extreme Rules.
Then again, we can't completely write it off as a possibility.
Although Undertaker is viewed as a one-match-per-year guy these days, all indications are that his body held up pretty well at WrestleMania this year, despite a long and grueling match with Punk.
Might that make him want to come back for one more match this year?
Of course, it would be a major shock to see The Undertaker compete at a non-WrestleMania event three years after he last did so.
But is it impossible? No, it isn't.
1. The Return of Batista
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Shortly after WrestleMania last year, we witnessed the surprising WWE return of Brock Lesnar.
Shortly after WrestleMania 29 this year, we just may witness the shocking return of "The Animal," Batista.
According to the Wrestling Observer (via WrestleZone.com), Batista "has been working to get back into wrestling shape" and is weighing about as much as he did during his WWE days. This comes not long after he said he "definitely" plans on returning to the WWE at some point.
What's this mean? That Batista might very well be back in the WWE soon.
We all know that the WWE has no problem with bringing back part-timers these days, and Batista is one of the biggest names who's not currently signed to any of the big national wrestling companies.
There is perhaps only a handful of guys that would be worth bringing in to the WWE on a part-time basis, and Batista is one of them. Even though he's up there in age now, he's got enough star power to make it worth giving him one last run in the company.
After all, I don't think anyone expected Batista's departure from the WWE in 2010 to be the last we saw of him in a WWE ring. Many fans, myself included, have long expected him to have a "retirement tour" of sorts to cap off his Hall of Fame-caliber career.
With all this recent chatter that he's working out for a return to the ring, that retirement tour might kick off very soon, too.
Like at Extreme Rules, perhaps?
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!