After one of the wildest nights in wrestling history, the WWE Universe is still trying to deal with the shock and excitement that came with WrestleMania 30 before it can move on to Extreme Rules.
The most stunning moment of WrestleMania was The Undertaker’s vaunted streak being broken by Brock Lesnar, but the show also managed to capture one of the biggest celebrations, as Daniel Bryan captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Here are the predicted stipulations for the marquee matches heading into Extreme Rules.
Bring Back the War Games Match
One of the greatest stipulations of all time was the War Games match in WCW. As hard as it is to imagine the WWE using a concept developed and perfected by another company, now is the time to bring the classic bout back.
The match would consist of The Authority (Triple H, Kane, Randy Orton and Batista) taking on the face team of new WWE champion Daniel Bryan and The Shield (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins).
While War Games typically consisted of five members on each team, the WWE could alter the formatting and the rules to better suit the times. That could also be a way the company justifies using an idea from a former rival.
According to Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline, there has been speculation that the company is building toward a multi-man main event, but he has been told that a War Games match is not likely:
For those wondering about War Games possibilities, and we talked about it last night on the show, even though HHH used the word "WAR" to describe what was coming, and even though it's a four-on-four battle, we are told not to hold your breath, largely because there are no arena set-ups between now and SummerSlam that can accommodate two rings.
Doesn't mean they can't do a one-ring War Games like Lockdown, or just a big cage match of some sort, but a two-ring War Games is very unlikely.
Add in the banter about war between Triple H and Roman Reigns, and the seeds have been sewn:
Many fans would complain that the world title would not be defended on the show, but the magnitude of a reformation of Evolution and the alliance between Bryan and The Shield would make for one of the most unique and memorable moments.
With Extreme Rules being the pay-per-view that features stipulations galore, what better place to bring back a War Games-style bout? This would have 5-star match written all over it.
The Real Americans Say, "I Quit"
One of the most intriguing battles coming out of WrestleMania is the breakup of the Real Americans. With Cesaro boasting Paul Heyman as his new manager and Jack Swagger still with Zeb Colter, this will be a great battle in the ring and on the mic.
There are plenty of stipulations that could be applied to this bout, but the best would be an "I Quit" match. Since Cesaro lacks a submission finisher, and Swagger has the ankle lock, this would be the perfect time to cement Cesaro's signature move as a legitimate submission.
After being dubbed the "King of Swing" by Heyman, Cesaro should force Swagger to verbally submit via the giant swing.
While many fans are ecstatic about the combination of Cesaro and Heyman, Colter believes that this is not a marriage built to last:
Regardless of what the future holds, Cesaro has a serious amount of momentum after winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The combination of Cesaro—who was seemingly in the midst of a face turn—and a full-blown heel manager like Heyman is unique and could be the key to turning him into a main event talent.
WWE can’t squander the hype surrounding Cesaro right now, and ensuring the giant swing can be used as a submission move would be another step toward the top of the card.
John Cena and Bray Wyatt Go No-DQ
Bray Wyatt should’ve won the match at WrestleMania 30.
Since John Cena was set on doing his best Hulk Hogan impression, the success of Wyatt’s character will be determined by how the rest of this storyline is built. In the duo’s match at Extreme Rules, the stipulation should be a simple no-disqualification bout.
With Cena now legally allowed to use weapons, the in-ring psychology would be different, and it would force both men and the creative team to craft an interesting storyline. There is no question that Bray must walk away victorious to salvage credibility, and a no-DQ match would ensure Luke Harper and Erick Rowan play a role in the outcome.
Instead of Cena embracing the hate, he would just be following the rules of the match. When he takes the loss and realizes that following the rules wasn’t good enough, the third and final match of the program would be Cena’s chance to redeem himself in the eyes of the fans by putting Wyatt over clean.
As a longtime wrestling fan, though, that’s harder to imagine than the streak being broken.
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