The WWE’s 2013 Extreme Rules pay-per-view is approaching fast (Sunday, May 19), and the excitement surrounding the action-packed match card has the fans trying to find spoilers and predict the outcomes of each and every bout.
That’s the fun part of wrestling.
The build to Extreme Rules hasn’t been the best in company history, but for a PPV that is normally just a secondary show to get this much attention is a sign of just how well the WWE has done building to the event.
With plenty of chances for swerves, returns and general madness, this year’s Extreme Rules show is shaping up to be a very exciting PPV.
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
When: Sunday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-Per-View and YouTube (pre-show)
Live Stream: WWE.com for $44.99
Full Extreme Rules Card
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Ryback (Last Man Standing Match)
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. The Shield's Reigns & Rollins (Tag Team Tornado Match)
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger ('I Quit' Match)
United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes (Pre-Show)
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (Steel Cage Match)
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry (Strap Match)
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules Match)
The World Heavyweight Championship Scene
The subtraction of Dolph Ziggler and the World Heavyweight Championship from the Extreme Rules card is a huge blow for wrestling fans, but it was replaced with an ‘I Quit’ match between Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio for the No. 1 contendership.
According to F4WOnline (via Wrestling Inc.), Sunday’s No. 1 contender’s match is a formality and the WWE will be getting the storylines back on track ASAP:
The idea with the Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio contenders match at Extreme Rules is that the winner will get their World Heavyweight Title shot on RAW as soon as Dolph Ziggler is able to compete. That way, everything will be back on track for the next pay-per-view.
Not only does this prove that Del Rio is going to win against Swagger—heel vs. heel hardly ever works—this shows that the WWE is fully behind Ziggler and wants to continue building him as a viable champion moving forward.
It’s about time!
Main Event Previews and Predictions
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Ryback
The WWE did a great job building intrigue around this championship match between incumbent title holder John Cena and Ryback. While many members of the WWE Universe weren’t excited initially, the injury to Cena’s Achilles has lent credence to the notion that Ryback could win.
Instead of just allowing Cena to win clean and bury Ryback worse than his previous PPV losses have or allowing Ryback to win clean over the biggest star in the company, the WWE will use the Last Man Standing stipulation to end this match in a draw.
Whether it’s The Shield interfering to knock both Ryback and Cena out for the 10-count or another convoluted ending, there is little doubt that ending this match in a draw would allow the WWE to continue this feud through the next big PPV in June.
Predicted Winner: John Cena and Ryback fight to a draw.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
There is a question about which match will main event Extreme Rules, but it should be clear that the third chapter of the Triple H and Brock Lesnar feud will close the show after the duo ended Raw on Monday night.
As far as the match itself, the WWE Universe should expect two men trying to look strong in the rubber match. With both stars no-selling moves and trying to gain the upper hand, this should be an unpredictable match built around the memorable ending.
Neither man will want to take a clean loss in this bout, and as Wrestling Observer is reporting (via Wrestling Inc.), the reason the cage match stipulation was added was to ensure no one had to take a pin or be submitted.
Instead of just allowing Lesnar to climb out of the cage, the WWE must create one of the most memorable spots in wrestling history when the duo goes through the side of the cage, allowing Lesnar to hit the ground first and win the match.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar wins after going through the cage wall.
Predicting the Rest of Extreme Rules
The Shield's Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will win the WWE Tag Team Championships from Team Hell No via clean pin on Daniel Bryan in an amazing tornado tag team match.
Alberto Del Rio will beat Jack Swagger in an ‘I Quit’ match and become No. 1 contender.
Dean Ambrose will pin Kofi Kingston clean to win the United States Championship in a great in-ring match, and each member of The Shield will have a title moving forward.
Mark Henry will beat Sheamus in a strap match after one of the most brutal bouts the PG-Era will ever witness. Expect this to be the most violent match of the night.
Fandango will sneak out a roll-up win on Chris Jericho after Y2J dominates throughout the match. Jericho will fight Fandango on Raw Monday night and get his revenge.
Randy Orton will defeat Big Show in a match that few care about, including the two participants.
The Miz will force Cody Rhodes to submit on the YouTube Pre-Show with the worst figure-four leg lock since the last time he did one because The Miz was just in a movie and the WWE loves movie stars.
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