Out of all of the matches so far announced, this is the one that does not need a stipulation. If it gets one, I expect it to be a triple-threat submission match or some sort of submission stipulation-based match as all three men have holds that they actively feature during their matches. Originally, it was rumored that the World Heavyweight Championship match at Extreme Rules was going to be Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio in a rematch of their lackluster WrestleMania clash, but I am glad that it is not.
The Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger started off as the most interesting feud WWE was offering, but it turned stale and repetitive after the first four weeks. The lack of new content that Jack Swagger and his “founding father” and associate Zeb Colter certainly played a part in that, but as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the standards for Swagger might have been too high upon his return. With Swagger’s Patriot Lock being the main reason that “The Showoff” was able to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, this feud has given Swagger and Colter something new and interesting to talk about.
Like Swagger, Alberto Del Rio’s latest feud also hurt WWE’s newest Mexican hero. After a good feud with Big Show and some great matches with the Giant, the former World Heavyweight Champion’s rivalry with “The Real American” did not aid in establishing Del Rio as a babyface, but might even have hindered the progress. Del Rio isn’t bad in the ring; on the contrary, he’s one of the top five in-ring workers in WWE right now, but his mic skills and lack of natural charisma are what keep him from reaching that next level.
Ever since cashing in his World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase on the Raw after WrestleMania, Dolph Ziggler has been white hot. The reception to that moment was organic and was one of the best moments in WWE’s past five years that I can recall. I will admit that Ziggler’s skills inside the squared circle are exceptional, but his speaking leaves much to be desired at times with him mainly cutting “generic heel promo No. 1″ over the past few years. The champ’s alliance with NXT powerhouse Big E Langston and AJ Lee has been booming since he captured the coveted Big Gold Belt, but how long can that continue? It has been too many times where we have seen a heel that has barely been able to get his title reign started only to drop it back to the face champion. An example of this? Edge. Hopefully Ziggler will not be given the Edge treatment at Extreme Rules and hold on to the World Heavyweight Championship at least until SummerSlam.
My prediction for this match is that Dolph Ziggler, with help from his heavy Big E and girlfriend AJ, will retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Expect this match to be the match of the night since all three men involved are among the best wrestlers in the world right now.