Look for several stars to use WWE’s Extreme Rules event next month as an opportunity to break out and establish themselves.
The first name that springs to mind is, of course, Paige.
The 21-year-old is currently scheduled to take on Tamina Snuka at the pay-per-view. It’s her first real test since winning the Divas Championship—and expect her to pass it with flying colors.
Paige is easily one of the best female wrestlers on the roster. It helps that WWE signed her out of the British indie scene and not the modelling circuit. She’s more than capable of churning out of a good pay-per-view match on a big stage.
That she’s facing Snuka—also a respectable performer—virtually guarantees a splendid showing at the IZOD Center. Who knows? The bout may even provide Snuka’s breakout moment, too.
As for the rest of the event: Rising star Bray Wyatt will presumably enter a decent performance on May 4 and defeat John Cena in their cage match.
WWE needs to rebuild his faltering credibility following his loss to Cena at WrestleMania XXX earlier this month. Scripting the former NXT wrestler to emerge triumphant in East Rutherford, N.J. is certainly one way to do that.
Of course, it can’t just be some fluke win. Wyatt has to come out of the bout looking strong, credible and like he’s ready to main event in WWE.
But is the booking team prepared to give him that? Let’s hope so. Wyatt does not need to be added to the already depressingly long list of failed experiments—which a loss on May 4 would surely mean.
Intercontinental Champion Big E is scheduled to take on the winner of the ongoing tournament. Bad News Barrett and the recently returned Rob Van Dam will clash on next Monday’s Raw to determine the new No. 1 Contender.
Big E's current reign has been rather lacklustre—the booking has been mediocre, and the star is just not getting over as a babyface with audiences.
He’s a skilled in-ring worker and certainly has a ton of charisma, but Vince McMahon and his writers just can’t seem to capitalize on his talents. It’s a real shame, because he does have massive potential.
Ideally, at Extreme Rules he will enter a dominating and winning performance to turn around his dwindling career. It could even provide his breakthrough match as champion.
Extreme Rules probably won’t be one of the biggest WWE shows of the year—or even anything close to it.
Honestly, it may end up being little more than a glorified edition of Raw (which may be the fate of all future pay-per-views thanks to the rise of the new network).
But don’t be too surprised if the names mentioned manage to make their mark with their performances.