WWE’s 2013 Extreme Rules pay-per-view is just a few hours away, and the excitement surrounding the show and its action-packed card has wrestling fans ready for Sunday night’s event.
While much of the focus has been on huge names like John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Triple H, there are several great undercard matches that aren’t getting the mainstream hype they deserve.
All of the following bouts haven't received the attention that the main events have, but each has the chance and ability to be memorable enough to steal the show.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry (Strap Match)
While on paper a match between Sheamus and Mark Henry isn’t what most WWE fans want to see, the addition of the strap stipulation and the brutality that brings to this bout will make it easily the most violent of the night.
As the WWE Universe saw when Henry smashed Sheamus with the belt during Raw, the pale Irishman shows the marks of those battles clearly. After Extreme Rules, Sheamus and Henry will be covered in welts, bruises and abrasions.
In today’s modern PG-Era, the fans aren’t treated to a match featuring this much brutality often. With two of the more violent workers in Sheamus and Henry involved, there will be no faking how much damage the strap causes.
The raw nature of this match makes it an underrated choice to steal the show.
Predicted Winner: Mark Henry
United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
There is no questioning that Kofi Kingston must continue to work on his promos, but the United States champion’s in-ring skills are some of the best in the entire company. When he squares off with the Shield’s Dean Ambrose, the match has the potential to be the best of the night.
Ambrose is a gifted worker that has been involved in some amazing matches since his arrival in the WWE.
While most of his other matches were as a member of a three-man tag team, this will be Ambrose’s chance to show why so many fans loved him as a singles star before he ever debuted.
Kingston and Ambrose will go all-in with each other to steal the show, and the WWE Universe will be treated to the best technical match of the night. With reversals and in-ring savvy galore, this will be Ambrose’ coming out party as a singles competitor.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
While there is no doubt that Chris Jericho is one of the most gifted wrestlers in the business, the lack of hype around his rematch against Fandango has resulted in very low expectations for this bout.
With Summer Rae turning heel officially and joining Fandango on the dark side—along with the brutal attack on Y2J during this week’s Raw—this match at Extreme Rules has become incredibly personal.
As the WWE Universe experienced with Jericho and CM Punk’s feud last year and the violent battles it produced, Y2J knows how to get Extreme.
Jericho will get the upper hand throughout his match with Fandango, but with the WWE going all-in on the dancing phenom, Y2J should do the job once again. As it is every time the former undisputed champion enters the ring, though, he has the chance to steal the show.
The WWE can book a rematch on Raw and give Jericho the win there.
Predicted Winner: Fandango
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