WWE Extreme Rules 2014: 5 Things That Must Happen at Event
The sixth edition of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view is just around the corner, and it is a show that promises plenty for WWE fans.
Whether it be dramatic endings, brutal matches or simply entertainment personified, it is a pay-per-view that will hopefully continue on from a strong WrestleMania XXX.
However, as with every single pay-per-view the WWE puts on, there are certain things that simply must happen to ensure the company continues to move from strength to strength.
What must happen at Extreme Rules to ensure the show is a success and that WWE keeps its momentum? Let's take a look.
Bray Wyatt Must Beat John Cena
One of the few rivalries from WrestleMania XXX that has continued into Extreme Rules is Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena.
Although Cena got the win at WrestleMania, there is still plenty of legs in the rivalry moving into Extreme Rules.
However, for it to continue beyond this show, it is absolutely imperative that Bray Wyatt wins. Two defeats to Cena would almost bury Wyatt in terms of this feud—and that is never a good thing.
The fact it is inside a steel cage means that Wyatt should be right at home, given how demonic and twisted he can be inside the ring.
For Wyatt to continue to grow in the WWE, he must beat John Cena at Extreme Rules.
Bad News Barrett Must Win the Intercontinental Championship
Bad News Barrett has been on a real roll over the last few weeks, and this run must culminate in a championship reign for the good of his career.
In all fairness, it is hard to see how he will fail in his quest to become Intercontinental champion. Big E has been a decent enough champion, but it is definitely time for a new champ to emerge from the pack.
Barrett should knock Rob Van Dam off on the Raw before Extreme Rules, meaning he will get the shot at Big E.
And if he does, he simply has to win. A loss here could knock all the momentum out of Barrett—and all the hard work that has gone into building up Bad News Barrett.
The Shield Cannot Lose Clean
The main event at Extreme Rules should be a fascinating affair as The Shield go at it against Evolution in a huge six-man tag match.
Whilst it is not imperative for The Shield to win this match, it is hugely important that they do not lose clean.
That opens the door for one member of the group to turn on the rest, and that would surely be Dean Ambrose, who is better suited to being a heel than Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are.
Interference on behalf of Evolution could lead to The Shield somehow losing out in what will be a massive match.
However, it is simply vital that The Shield do not get the momentum kicked out of them by losing clean at Extreme Rules.
Cesaro Must Move in a Clear Direction
It is difficult to gauge what kind of place Cesaro's career is in right about now. Whilst he is no doubt liked by the fans, the WWE can't seem to make up its mind whether to turn him heel or face.
At the moment he is in between the two roles. He was looking to turn babyface following his split from Jack Swagger, but the recruitment of Paul Heyman certainly seems to suggest he will be a heel.
When he competes at Extreme Rules, there has to be a clear direction regarding Cesaro's character.
By all means turn him heel, but make it happen sooner rather than later.
Cesaro is a popular guy. But if he lacks any real direction for a prolonged period, people could start to lose interest. That cannot be allowed to happen.
Daniel Bryan Must Win Cleanly
Daniel Bryan is at the top of the tree in WWE after months and months of attempts to get there.
At Extreme Rules, he will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Kane in a match that feels hastily put together.
The fact it is Kane—and the fact it is Bryan's first proper defense of the title—means he has to win the match cleanly.
The thought of him losing is simply unthinkable, and you cannot really see it happening. Bryan now needs to turn away from being the underdog and start to act as a dominant champion.
A confident victory over Kane at Extreme Rules would go some way towards starting that.