While only a few matches have been officially announced for Extreme Rules, there are many more to follow. Most of those matches are predictable in terms of who will take part in them. When it comes to which stipulations will be attached to those bouts, it is anyone's guess.
All four matches on the card thus far will be contested under special rules. There is no reason to think that further contests will be any different in that regard. The WWE has a chance to make every bout unique and exciting. The creative team should go all out.
Here are three likely matches that figure to be added to the pay-per-view in the near future along with the stipulations that should accompany them.
|John Cena vs. Ryback||Last Man Standing||WWE Championship|
|Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar||Steel Cage||N/A|
|Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger||Ladder||World Heavyweight Championship|
|Sheamus vs. Mark Henry||Strap||N/A|
*Courtesy of WWE.com
Team Hell No vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (Tables Match)
Team Hell No and The Shield have been engaged in an ongoing feud since a few weeks after The Shield's debut at Survivor Series. The Shield got the better of Team Hell No as they beat them and Ryback at TLC. There have been plenty of encounters between the two sides since then and The Shield somehow come out on top every time.
Extreme Rules should be no different as all signs point to Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns facing Kane and Daniel Bryan for the tag team championships. Team Hell No has had an impressive reign with the straps as the pairing has held them since Night of Champions.
With that said, it's time for a change. The Shield need something to add even more legitimacy to the group. Winning the tag titles would definitely help.
The Shield has thrived in a hardcore setting so a tables match would be a great stipulation. The Shield has made a living out of triple powerbombing superstars through the announce table. That could lead to a victory at Extreme Rules.
Even if Dean Ambrose isn't involved in the match, he can help his compatriots since there are no disqualifications. Powerbombing Kane or Bryan through a table would be an emphatic start to The Shield's title reign.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose (Extreme Rules Match)
If Rollins and Reigns are going to challenge for the tag team championships, then Ambrose will need something to do as well. The Shield defeated the team of Kofi Kingston and The Usos on Raw. The announcers seemed to make a big deal out of Ambrose pinning United States champion Kofi Kingston.
With that in mind, a match between Ambrose and Kofi seems like a definite possibility with Ambrose walking away as the new United States champion.
This promises to be a great encounter regardless of what stipulation is added. A good, old-fashioned Extreme Rules match would add to the proceedings. Despite the fact that the pay-per-view is called Extreme Rules, there isn't actually a normal Extreme Rules match on the card yet.
This one would fit the bill. Ambrose is as extreme as they come and he would pull out all the stops to upend Kingston.
Although Kofi isn't generally known as a guy who thrives in hardcore matches, he is an innovative performer who should be able to do some cool things with weapons.
Also, adding the Extreme Rules stipulation will allow Rollins and Reigns to get involved without any repercussions. The Shield has done everything as a group thus far and Ambrose winning a singles title will be a team effort.
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
Randy Orton and Big Show forged an unlikely alliance heading into WrestleMania in an effort to take out The Shield. Following the match, Big Show attacked Orton due to frustration from not getting tagged in.
The two veterans have feuded ever since. Orton and Big Show continue to attack each other following their matches and there is little doubt at this point that they will go head to head in a bout of some kind at Extreme Rules.
Orton vs. Big Show doesn't seem too exciting on the surface but making it a Falls Count Anywhere match should spice things up. Since the feud between Orton and Big Show has been made to seem personal, it makes sense to settle it in one of the most brutal matches possible.
Both Orton and Big Show have plenty of experience in these types of matches. Orton defeated Kane in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Extreme Rules last year. Perhaps lightning will strike twice for The Viper.
The true question is when or if Orton will turn heel. Many expected it to happen at WrestleMania. That never happened, so that anticipation is still present. It seems unlikely that he'll turn heel against another hated heel in the form of Big Show.
Perhaps he could snap over the course of this match and set the stage for a turn moving forward. Although this wouldn't be much more than a filler match, Orton and Big Show should be given every opportunity to thrive at Extreme Rules.
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