One of the most exciting wrestling shows of the year is set for Sunday as Extreme Rules takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. While Extreme Rules isn't hyped as much as WrestleMania or SummerSlam, it is consistently entertaining and provides fans with great matches.
While pay-per-view through your cable or dish provider is one way to watch Extreme Rules, it can now be viewed easily online and on a multitude of different mobile devices, so you don't have to miss it no matter where you are. Also, you can catch the pre-show featuring The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Here is everything you need to know about how to catch the Extreme Rules pay-per-view and pre-show online Sunday night.
Where: Scottrade Center in St. Louis
When (Pre-Show): Sunday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET
When (PPV): Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream (Pre-Show): WWE.com and Yahoo.com
Live Stream (PPV): WWE.com
Full Extreme Rules Card
|The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes||Pre-Show||N/A|
|John Cena vs. Ryback||Last Man Standing||WWE Championship|
|Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H||Steel Cage||N/A|
|Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger||I Quit||WHC No. 1 Contender|
|Sheamus vs. Mark Henry||Strap||N/A|
|Team Hell No vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns||Tornado Tag||Tag Team Championships|
|Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose||N/A||United States Championship|
|Randy Orton vs. Big Show||Extreme Rules||N/A|
|Chris Jericho vs. Fandango||N/A||N/A|
*Card courtesy of WWE.com
Top Matches to Watch
John Cena vs. Ryback
It may not be the best technical match on the card, but Cena vs. Ryback could very well be the most important once. Cena will put his WWE Championship on the line against Ryback in a Last Man Standing match and there are certainly a lot of possibilities. Not only could we see either a Cena win or a Ryback win, but a draw is a very strong option as well.
If Cena wins, it will allow him to keep the title, but it will also further damage Ryback's credibility. If Ryback wins, he will suddenly seem legitimate, but he doesn't seem to be ready to carry the title. Perhaps the best move at this point is an attack from The Shield that results in both Cena and Ryback staying down for the 10 count. That would keep the belt on Cena, while also protecting Ryback.
In addition to that, it would be huge for The Shield to stand tall at the end of the pay-per-view. Since all three Shield members are likely to leave Extreme Rules with championship gold in tow, Extreme Rules could be their official coming-out party. Even if Cena vs. Ryback isn't memorable for its in-ring work, it could produce one of the most memorable moments of the year.
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
After splitting two previous matches at SummerSlam and WrestleMania XXIX, Lesnar and Triple H will look to settle the score once and for all at Extreme Rules. This bout could be especially brutal as it will take place within the confines of a steel cage. Although some fans may not be particularly excited since we have already seen them wrestle twice in less than a year, this match could very well steal the show.
Lesnar and Triple H are among the greatest brawlers of all time, so they certainly know how to make the most of a cage match. It seems somewhat obvious that Lesnar is going to win since he figures to be more of a factor moving forward than The Game, but it is far from a guarantee. Neither man necessarily needs a win as they are both entrenched among the all-time greats, so it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
As long as fans just forget about the fact that these guys have faced each other and focus on enjoying the match, there is no reason why this can't be the best bout on the entire card. The WWE needed some star power with CM Punk, The Rock and The Undertaker out of the picture, and both Lesnar and Triple H will provide that.
Team Hell No vs. The Shield
Team Hell No and The Shield have been at odds for quite some time and have faced each other on several occasions. All of their matches have been fantastic thus far and things should be no different at Extreme Rules. The duo of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will challenge Kane and Daniel Bryan for the titles they won way back at Night of Champions. If things go as expected, Rollins and Reigns will end Team Hell No's impressive run.
The Shield has managed to get the better of Team Hell No many times and there is nothing to suggest that things will change on Sunday. It is time to let The Shield shine as champions and the creative team surely realizes that. As always, The Shield is confident in its ability to thrive as evidenced by a recent tweet.
The Shield @TheShieldWWE
You will #BelieveInTheShield this Sunday! #ExtremeRules2013-5-18 00:21:22
Also, Dean Ambrose will face Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship, which means that The Shield should leave Extreme Rules with three titles. Anyone who has been watching WWE since Survivor Series can see that The Shield has been the most dominant force in the company over the past several months. That will become even clearer on Sunday night.
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