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WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Complete Preview and Predictions for Compelling PPV

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Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 4, 2014

Extreme Rules may be set for a letdown with it being forced to follow WrestleMania's unforgettable act. But there is still plenty on the card to pique interest. 

John Cena and Bray Wyatt's ongoing psychological battle...inside a steel cage. The return of "the Devil's favorite demon" Kane to the pay-per-view main event against the most over Superstar in the business, freshly crowned Daniel Bryan. The battle between two of the most dominant stables we've seen in quite some time, with Ric Flair's affection on the line. The continued push of burgeoning stars like Wade Barrett, Cesaro and Alexander Rusev.

And of course, who can forget arguably the most anticipated match in the history of this sport, Hornswoggle vs. El Torito in the pre-show? 

The complete card isn't going to be universally acclaimed, and the stipulations are slightly lacking, but there is plenty of potential for a memorable Sunday night. Let's take a closer look at the event. 

 

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Start Time: Pre-show starts at 7:30 p.m. ET; main card starts at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Watch: PPV. Check WWE.com for how to order.

Live Stream: WWE Network

 

Full Card and Predictions

Extreme Rules 2014
MatchTitle on LineStipulationPrediction
El Torito vs. HornswoggleWeeLC MatchEl Torito
Big E (c) vs. Bad News BarrettIntercontinentalBad News Barrett
Paige (c) vs. Tamina SnukaDivasPaige
R-Truth and Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev2-on-1 Handicap MatchAlexander Rusev
Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger vs. CesaroTriple Threat MatchCesaro
The Shield vs. EvolutionSix-man Tag Team MatchEvolution
John Cena vs. Bray WyattSteel Cage MatchBray Wyatt
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. KaneWWE World HeavyweightExtreme Rules MatchDaniel Bryan

 

Match of the Night Prediction: Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

There are plenty of other contenders. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane and The Shield vs. Evolution are both very appealing for obvious reasons, and RVD vs. Swagger vs. Cesaro should feature plenty of impressive spots.

But this Wyatt-Cena feud has been at another level, and that is going to continue on Sunday night.

Much like The Joker urging Batman to tap into his dark side, Wyatt has waged psychological warfare on the company's most marketable face and hero. From Cena nearly cracking at WrestleMania to creepy, unforgettable moments like this one on Raw, the results of this feud have been absolutely fantastic: 

Legend Mick Foley gave his intriguing interpretation of that moment: 

Wyatt is pure gold on the mic, and as his gimmick continues to get better and better, he only further establishes himself as one of the best characters in the business. That much is clear, but he is also becoming more comfortable inside the ring, has a unique skill set that perfectly matches his character and has now put together several enthralling PPV matches over the last couple of months. 

The 26-year-old is a burgeoning star, and every segment or match he's involved in becomes instantly captivating. 

On the other side, Cena is often criticized for his lack of technical ability inside the ropes (or steel), but he certainly has the ability to rise to the occasion during the biggest moments. Plus, he has been playing his part as the "hero" to perfection, making a potential heel turn even better:

From the buildup to the storyline to the potential for an absolutely scintillating brawl inside the steel cage, this match has a little bit of everything. 

Say what you want about this pay-per-view, but this particular battle is not going to disappoint. 

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