WWE Extreme Rules 2013: Titles Guaranteed to Change Hands at Upcoming PPV

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

WWE's Extreme Rules card is still a mystery, as the build toward May's pay-per-view has only just begun. Several potential matches can be assumed, however, and there stands to be quite a bit of turnover if those bouts ultimately come to fruition.

Extreme Rules has been branded by fans in recent years as an event that features rematches from WrestleMania and maintains the status quo. The only rematch that is likely to happen this year, though, is Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar. Everything else is fresh, and it seems as though the WWE is willing to make some post-WrestleMania changes.

Here are the three titles that are guaranteed to change hands at Extreme Rules and potentially change the course of the company moving forward.


United States Championship

When Kofi Kingston beat Antonio Cesaro on Raw to become the United States champion for the third time, fans let out a collective sigh. Kingston is essentially the WWE's go-to guy when it comes to mid-card championships. While we've already seen Kofi as a mid-card champion on numerous occasions, it seems as though the creative team actually has a plan in place this time.

Fandango is a star on the rise, and the WWE wants to do everything it can in order to sustain his success. His victory over Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXIX was a great start, but he needs to build upon that win. Since Jericho didn't attack Fandango on Raw, it seems like their feud is over. Fandango did face Kingston on the Raw following WrestleMania, so perhaps that was the beginning of a potential rivalry.

There is a reason the WWE transitioned the United States Championship from a heel to a face: so it can be transitioned back to another heel. Kofi is basically nothing more than a placeholder until the time comes for Fandango to win the strap. Since neither man has anything else on the table heading into Extreme Rules, their feud should get rolling soon and result in Fandango winning the title at the next pay-per-view.


Tag Team Championships

The Shield has accomplished a lot in its short tenure in the WWE, as it remains undefeated as a group and continues to make an example out of the biggest stars in the company. With a WrestleMania victory over Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show under its belt, it remains to be seen what The Shield will do in order to top that triumph.

Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are among the most talented superstars in the WWE, and it's time for them to wear gold around their waists. The Shield attempted to attack The Undertaker and Triple H last week, but it was foiled by Team Hell No. Kane and Daniel Bryan have been the Tag Team champions since Night of Champions, and most would probably agree that it's time for a change despite their entertaining reign.

Although The Shield is a trio, it is easily the most dominant team in professional wrestling. It remains to be seen whether the creative team will force two of the three members to compete or if it will be a handicap match of some sort, but The Shield is going to prevail regardless. Team Hell No has done a nice job with the titles, but putting them on The Shield should do a ton for the team's prestige. The tag team division would suddenly be a hot commodity again, so having The Shield win is a no-brainer. 


Divas Championship

While the WWE hasn't really placed any emphasis on it over the past several months, the Divas Championship does still exist. Since Kaitlyn defeated Eve for it, though, she hasn't really taken part in a feud and she has rarely defended it. With that said, Kaitlyn did lose to Nikki Bella on Raw after some Twin Magic, so it seems as though a feud pitting Kaitlyn against The Bella Twins is in the works.

If there is ultimately room on the Extreme Rules card, a match between Kaitlyn and one of the Bellas will probably happen, and Nikki or Brie will most likely prevail. The WWE already slighted them by leaving them off the WrestleMania card after they re-signed, so giving them the Divas Championship could be a way for the company to apologize.

Also, while it's probably a long shot, Kharma made her debut at Extreme Rules two years ago by attacking Michelle McCool. She didn't appear at last year's Extreme Rules, but her name was mentioned, as the Bellas were afraid she would be their "mystery opponent." It almost seems as though there is a running connection between Kharma and Extreme Rules, so perhaps one of the Bellas will win the Divas Championship only to be squashed by Kharma afterward as she seeks retribution for the Bellas taunting her prior to her departure.



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