WWE Extreme Rules 2014 will not be the final round for three of the battles it hosts.
John Cena still has change to experience in his war with Bray Wyatt, Big E's latest challenger is too hot to just fade from contention after the event, and two Superstars from the Evolution vs. The Shield matchup will square off beyond May to benefit an emerging star.
Analyzing the story arc of the feuds at Extreme Rules reveals which ones will continue. Some rivals have more wounds to inflict, more work to be done.
Once Daniel Bryan gets his revenge on Kane, expect him to move onto another foe. This appears to be the climax in their tale. That isn't true for the unfinished rivalries.
When Payback comes around, the following feuds will still be in motion.
Triple H vs. Roman Reigns
The feud between Evolution and The Shield will continue past Extreme Rules, but in a new form. Expect the story to focus in on Reigns and Triple H in order to push the powerhouse up the WWE ladder.
According to PWInsider, via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc, "The main goal of WWE doing a feud between The Shield and Evolution is to push Roman Reigns as a top player and to get him into a singles match against Triple H.
Another report shares similar information. F4WOnline, via Josh Isenberg of Wrestle Zone, reports, "Triple H vs. Roman Reigns has been penciled in for this year's WWE SummerSlam."
Triple H has often faced WWE's rising stars as a benchmark, from Sheamus in 2010 to Daniel Bryan this year. His star power allows these men to have career-boosting matches. Reigns could be next in line.
He has already teased one-on-one tension with the COO via Twitter.
There's no guarantee that Evolution sticks together for long. Randy Orton and Batista will eventually get hungry for the world title again. There is a safe bet that Triple H continues his war with Reigns, though.
Big E vs. Bad News Barrett
Don't expect some epic saga of a rivalry, but WWE put too much work in building Barrett up to have him go away after just one shot at Big E.
Barrett's career went from stagnant to sprinting in the last few weeks. After an extended period of not entering the ring and staying behind his podium instead, Barrett has been unbeatable.
He knocked off Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam on his way to winning the tournament to decide the No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship. Throw in recent wins over Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston as well.
This stretch has rebuilt Barrett's image.
It makes him a viable challenger for Big E and a Superstar armed with momentum. Having these two foes battle more than once allows WWE to showcase both the recharged Barrett and the champ.
A series of intense bouts with the English brawler is a smart way for Big E to look tough, resilient and everything you want from a champion.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
WWE has devoted too much airtime to end this rivalry after just the second pay-per-view bout. Count on the conclusion of this story occurring after their encounter in the cage.
Wyatt vs. Cena isn't just an ordinary match. The company has billed this as a fight for Cena's legacy, his hold on the fans' attention and whether or not he can hold down the monster that Wyatt claims resides inside him.
On Monday's Raw, Cena showed signs of undergoing a shift in his character. Standing inside a steel cage, he was angrier and more resentful of his critics than we've ever seen him.
It's unclear exactly where this is headed, but Cena appears to be in the midst of a metamorphosis. This is the kind of character shift that stretches on for months.
That means for Wyatt in Cena's life, at least until Payback.
There's also the matter of evening the score. Although victories matter less to Wyatt than most folks, WWE can't make him into a bigger star without getting at least one victory in this feud.
Should Wyatt win at Extreme Rules, a rubber match will be required. It will just feel too unfinished to end things at 1-1. Either Wyatt manages to change Cena somehow or this rivalry shoots Wyatt into WWE's top tier.
Both scenarios would be best played out over a longer period of time and likely in three major matches.
Count on Wyatt getting a win inside the steel cage at Extreme Rules, but for that victory to have some sort of asterisk. That will be the impetus behind a third and final showdown at Payback.
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