WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Matches That Deserve Encore at Payback

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

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WWE's penchant for rematches is well known. A storytelling entertainment company, they will program the same two (or more) Superstars together as long as it takes to tell their stories and come to a satisfactory conclusion.

And who can blame them, especially if their audience is willing to continue watching and paying to see those matches?

Coming out of an eventful Extreme Rules broadcast Sunday night, there are several storylines that are hot and likely to continue for weeks and months to come. But which of the matches resulting from those storylines deserve an encore presentation based on the quality of what unfolded at the most recent live special?


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The Shield vs. Evolution

A Match of the Year contender, The Shield and Evolution waged war in a spectacular six-man tag team match that saw the Hounds of Justice score the biggest win of their careers.

The ring work was exemplary, the story unfolded perfectly and the wild and chaotic finish was everything it needed to be to justify the weeks and build. Reigns pinning Batista was quite poetic given that it was The Animal who eliminated the young breakout star to win the Royal Rumble back in January.

Triple H and Randy Orton, two performers sticking around for the long term, were not involved in the finish, thus keeping them hot should Batista decide not to stick around as long as expected.

The buzz surrounding the match and its quality, as well as the booking that comes from it, will be strong enough to necessitate a rematch at the June 1 Payback event in suburban Chicago.


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Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

The Extreme Rules match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday night threw absolutely everything at the viewer. There was basic, hard-core wrestling that today's fans have been exposed to on countless occasions, vehicle commandeering like that seen during the days of Steve Austin and the Attitude Era, and a breathtaking flaming tables spot that old school ECW fans would be proud of.

How they would improve on such a match is a mystery, but given the fact that the story does not appear anywhere near finished means that an encore at Payback is absolutely necessary.

Based on the conclusion of the match, an Inferno match would make sense. Whether that is the direction the company takes the feud is up to them.

Still, expect to see Stephanie McMahon get further involved in the feud, and do not be surprised if Brie Bella becomes the centerpiece of the angle, rather than the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.


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John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

The steel cage match between John Cena and Bray Wyatt was a major misfire in what has been a truly spectacular story to this point. For whatever reason, their chemistry was off, and the match suffered significantly because of it.

The inconclusive nature of the match, as well as a desire to see the feud continue if only for more inspired Wyatt promos, leads one to hope for one final match that will finally provide the in-ring work to support the presentation around it.