The 2013 edition of the WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view is just a few hours away, and the excitement around the card highlighted by three marquee title matches has the fans ready for Sunday’s action.
Not only is the WWE Championship on the line—a main-event bout between John Cena and Ryback—the tag team straps and the United States title are also going to be contested Sunday night.
All of the following title matches are scheduled for Extreme Rules and will help make this one of the best cards of the year. Wrestling fans will enjoy this show.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Ryback
Stipulation: Last Man Standing Match
In the most anticipated match of the night, defending champion John Cena will put his belt on the line against Ryback in a last man standing match.
While Cena is legendary for his resilience in these kinds of matches—just ask the dozens of superstars that have fallen victim to his unwillingness to stay down—the Achilles injury that the WWE has been playing up has created legitimate doubt.
If the company was trying to add intrigue with the injury, it worked.
Ryback has been doing much better in the ring and on the mic, and while beating Cena clean would redeem all of his previous PPV losses, that is something the WWE has proven it won’t do very often.
Whether it’s The Shield or someone else, this match will end with both men unable to make the 10-count and the match will end in a draw.
Neither Cena nor Ryback will take the loss, and the feud can continue.
Predicted Winner: John Cena and Ryback Draw
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
Stipulation: Tag Team Tornado Match
Team Hell No is one of the most successful tag teams of the last decade, but their reign over the division is likely about to end as they take on The Shield’s Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in a tornado tag team match for the straps.
Daniel Bryan and Kane have been better than advertised over the last several months, but the opportunity to put over two of the brightest young stars in the company is something the WWE can’t pass on.
It’s the right time for Team Hell No to drop the titles.
Along with Dean Ambrose winning the U.S. title against Kingston, Sunday’s PPV will mark the beginning of The Shield’s hunt for the championship gold in the WWE.
While Team Hell No will be one of the first victims, they won’t be the last.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
While Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose for the United States Championship is not a dream match on paper, the immense skill of each man in the ring will result in one of the best technical showcases of the night.
Ambrose has years of experience on the indy scene as one of the best workers in the business, and with Kingston’s high-flying style, this is a perfect matchup of contrasting styles that will work perfectly together.
Too bad for Kingston that Ambrose is going to steal the victory and the title.
There is little doubt that the WWE will do everything in its power to make the face look strong in this match, but with much bigger plans for The Shield going forward, there is little doubt that Ambrose walks out of Extreme Rules the new U.S champ.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
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