This year, Extreme Rules had a six week build-up after WrestleMania XXIX to create a heavily anticipated pay-per-view. Although there were some wrenches thrown in, Extreme Rules still should be in line to exhibit a solid show.
With the card now locked and ready to go, let's discuss the match (or matches) that we are looking forward to the most.
Although the cage match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar, as well as the match between John Cena and Ryback (to see if Ryback loses yet another PPV) are worthy to look forward to, there are two matches that peak of my personal interest.
Since last year's Survivor Series, The Shield have ran roughshod over the entire WWE. Defeating eight world champions in the process, they have garnered an impressive win-loss record. Despite their DQ loss on Raw that ended their undefeated streak, causing a blemish, The Shield has the opportunity for redemption by capturing both the US title and the tag team titles.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
It was quite a surprise when Kofi Kingston defeated Antonio Cesaro to become the US champion. Especially since his career at the time was quite embarrassing, becoming the resident jobber to the stars. Although Kingston does hold the title now, it may be a short-lived.
Dean Ambrose has been an indy sensation for a number of years now. Showing characteristics of both Jake Roberts and Brian Pillman, his persona has captured the attention of the wrestling world. WWE Creative have given Ambrose an opportunity to showcase his singles wrestling abilities by competing against both The Undertaker and Kane on SmackDown.
Perhaps Extreme Rules will be the first opportunity to really get Ambrose acclimated to a singles push, while still being affiliated with Rollins and Reigns.
Team Hell No vs. The Shield (Rollins/Reigns)
The Shield could very well leave Extreme Rules with every member carrying a title around their waist over their shoulder. They apparently have Kane and Daniel Bryan's number, and it doesn't seem like the PPV match will be any different.
This would only bring more depth in The Shield if Rollins and Reigns win. They have been dominant for six months, and it is about time for some gold to be acquired.
Hopefully, Rollins and Reigns winning the tag team titles will revive the lackluster division as a whole. There are other teams that could greatly benefit from the two becoming the new tag team champions.
What match at Extreme Rules are you looking forward to the most?
Sound off with your thoughts of your most anticipated match below.
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