While titles can certainly add to matches and make them feel more important, they aren't necessary in order for a match to be great. Several championships will be on the line at Extreme Rules; however, the non-title matches could ultimately steal the show.
Many of the matches on the Extreme Rules card are interesting as they involve stipulations that fans don't get to see too often. All signs point to this being a fantastic pay-per-view, and the non-title matches will likely have a lot to do with that.
Here are three particular non-title matches that are guaranteed to impress viewers at Extreme Rules on Sunday night.
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
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
Brock Lesnar and Triple H have been engaged in one of the WWE's bitterest rivalries for more than a year, and it appears it will reach its conclusion at Extreme Rules. Lesnar beat Triple H at SummerSlam, but The Game prevailed at WrestleMania XXIX, so this one is for all the marbles. To make things even more exciting, Lesnar and Triple H will do battle inside a steel cage, so there is a lot to like about this contest.
Even if there isn't much on the line, Lesnar and Triple H have made it seem like they really hate each other, so both of them are going to go all out in order to entertain the fans. Their first two matches were fantastic brawls and there is no reason to think that their Extreme Rules match will be any different. In fact, it could very well be better as the cage will allow them to do some different things in comparison to their previous encounters.
Which non-title match are you most excited about?
Extreme Rules is all about taking things to the next level and that is precisely what Lesnar and Triple H will do. Although this is nothing more than speculation, it wouldn't be a surprise if there was a little blood involved. That is so infrequent in the WWE these days due to how dangerous it can potentially be, but Lesnar and Triple H are two veterans who will likely be trusted to do it the right way.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
While few wrestling fans consider Sheamus or Mark Henry to be in-ring technicians, both men know how to brawl and that is exactly what they'll be asked to do at Extreme Rules. Sheamus and Henry have engaged in an "anything you can do, I can do better" feud of sorts since WrestleMania as they continue to attack each other and compete in events such as tug of war and arm wrestling. They will finally prove who is the better man on Sunday night.
Even a normal match between these two combatants would be interesting, but the fact that they'll be duking it out in a strap match is even better. Strap matches used to be fairly common in the 1980s, but you simply don't see that stipulation used much anymore. There may not be any two superstars more perfect for it than The Celtic Warrior and The World's Strongest Man, though. It's tough to say who is going to come out on top, but Sheamus has talked plenty of trash on Twitter.
The feud has already been extremely physical as Henry even used a belt to leave welts on Sheamus' back a couple weeks ago. Both men feel as though they have a lot to prove, and they will do so at Extreme Rules. It probably makes more sense to give Henry the win since he is coming off a WrestleMania victory over Ryback, but the result is anyone's guess.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger were initially set to face World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat Ladder match for his title at Extreme Rules, but an errant kick from Swagger on SmackDown caused Ziggler to go down with a concussion. Since he hasn't been medically cleared to compete, Del Rio and Swagger will instead go one-on-one in an "I Quit" match to determine the No. 1 contender for Ziggler's world title.
Although the fans already saw Del Rio and Swagger face each other at WrestleMania and have seen them wrestle a few times since then as well, there is still plenty of reason to be optimistic about this match. Both Del Rio and Swagger are underrated from an in-ring perspective and they seem to have pretty good chemistry. Also, the fact that they each have devastating submission finishers means that an "I Quit" match will add a different dimension to their rivalry. Swagger's manager Zeb Colter doesn't believe his protege will have any trouble coming out on top, though.
At #extremerules, Swagger is going to make Del Rio say I quit, in 2 languages, English and Spanish.— Zeb Colter (@WWEZeb) May 16, 2013
Del Rio is likely to win since the WWE probably won't go through with a heel vs. heel feud between Swagger and Ziggler, but the match promises to be solid nonetheless. It seems like there aren't many fans talking about this contest or expecting much out of it, but Del Rio and Swagger have worked well together in recent months and will continue to do so at Extreme Rules.
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