The Extreme Rules card is chock full of interesting matchups, and many of them could go either way. In some cases, though, there are superstars who need to win much more than others. That doesn't necessarily mean that they will be booked to win, but it likely increases the chances of that happening.
Ryback may need a win more than anyone in the WWE right now, but since he probably isn't ready to hold the WWE Championship, his match with John Cena could very well end as a draw. While Ryback may not get the win he so desperately needs, a few others are bound to.
Here are the superstars who will be propelled to big things moving forward after winning their matches at Extreme Rules.
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
No entity in wrestling has been more dominant over the past several months than The Shield. Since interfering in the Triple Threat match between CM Punk, Ryback and Cena at Survivor Series, The Shield has run roughshod over the company and destroyed everyone in its path.
The Shield has a chance to reach the next level at Extreme Rules, however, as Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will face Team Hell No for the Tag Team Championship, while Dean Ambrose will challenge Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship.
Unless the creative team makes a massive blunder, all three Shield members will be in possession of a title by the time Extreme Rules comes to an end. It is no secret that the Tag Team Championship and United States Championship aren't as prestigious as they once were, but The Shield can change that. Wrestling fans are fixated on The Shield right now, and if they see The Shield with titles, then they will automatically feel like they matter.
Who will benefit most from winning at Extreme Rules?
It's tough to say that The Shield members are in need of wins since they have won almost every match they have competed in since joining the WWE, but it would really hurt their momentum if they were to lose at Extreme Rules. The writers have to realize how popular and intriguing this group is, though, and it figures to result in all three members winning at Extreme Rules.
After beating Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship on the WrestleMania XXIX pre-show, The Miz lost the belt back to Barrett the next night on Raw. After that, he wasn't seen for several weeks. Miz was busted filming a movie, but he returned on Raw and has been on a nice hot streak. That hot streak will be tested at Extreme Rules, though, as he will take on Cody Rhodes on the pre-show.
It's somewhat disappointing that The Miz is once again relegated to the pre-show, but it's nice to see him back in action. Things haven't gone as well as expected since The Miz turned face, and while some of that is on The Miz for not transitioning smoothly into his new role, a lot of it has to do with poor booking.
The Miz simply hasn't been put in a position to succeed. A match against Rhodes on the pre-show won't do much to help him initially, but it could springboard him to bigger things moving forward.
The WWE hasn't done much with Rhodes, so it is pretty much a guarantee that Miz is going to beat him. After that, it is anyone's guess where The Miz will go. Reprising his feud with Barrett is possible, but Miz is above the IC title at this point.
The ideal feud would probably be a rivalry with World heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler when he gets healthy. The Miz needs to be built up a bit more before that can happen, and a win over Rhodes would be a great start.
Mark Henry is one of the longest-tenured superstars in the WWE, but he has managed to do his best work over the past couple years.
Since turning heel, Henry has been fantastic on the mic. He may not be the best in-ring worker, but he makes do with what he has and is good enough as a character to get by. He and Sheamus will engage in a knock-down-drag-out brawl at Extreme Rules, as their bout will be a strap match, meaning that they will be tethered together throughout.
Sheamus doesn't lose often, but this is a match that he doesn't necessarily need to win. It's unlikely that he will be back in the World Heavyweight Championship picture any time soon because he has faced Ziggler so many times already.
With that said, Henry appears to be an ideal candidate to feud with Cena over the WWE Championship once his feud with Ryback comes to an end, so he could really use another win.
Henry has been nearly unstoppable since returning from injury as he beat Ryback at WrestleMania XXIX in fairly convincing fashion. If he follows that up with a win over Sheamus, it will be tough to deny him a title shot in the near future. There are so few legitimate monster heels in wrestling today, but Henry fits the bill. Hopefully, he is rewarded for his great work as of late with a win on Sunday.
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