WWE Extreme Rules: 10 Matches We Should Be Seeing (but Won't) at Extreme Rules
With the 2011 version of the WWE Draft in the rear-view mirror it’s a good time to look ahead to this Sunday’s pay-per-view, Extreme Rules…and the matches that could have been.
The WWE has been in a mad scramble since the retirement of Edge to fill main event spots and produce matches that we can all get excited about. They crammed the annual draft into a two-hour show, two months ahead of schedule.
Part of the problem lies within the fact that Extreme Rules comes only three weeks after WrestleMania 27. For the sake of this article we are going to look past the fact that the two pay-per-views are too close to each other and rather focus on a 10 match card that could have kept us entertained from beginning to end.
I am making this card as believable as possible using recent story-lines, WrestleMania rematches and chances to push some of the younger talent.
Once again these matches are NOT happening…but you already know that.
1. Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship
Ahh...What could have been.
This is the one that stings the most.
With Christian being involved so heavily in the feud between his buddy Edge and the man of destiny, Alberto Del Rio, it was only a matter of time until these three guys got in the ring together.
Assuming that we could keep the ladder match stipulation, this match had a chance to be a classic. Edge and Christian are such tough competitors you know that they’re drive to be World Champion would have superseded their friendship. The two of them propelled the ladder match to new heights and adding a talent like Del Rio to the mix would have put this match over the top.
The outcome of the match could have gone in so many directions with Del Rio finally reaching his destiny or maybe Christian has to knock his best friend off the ladder to become World Champion for the very first time.
I applaud Edge for walking away rather than risking permanent injury, but it doesn't mean it isn't a shame.
2. The Miz vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
The Miz has been the WWE Champion for five months and has little to show for it. John Cena and The Rock overshadowed his victory at WrestleMania, CM Punk was the reason he won at the Royal Rumble and now even IWC golden boy John Morrison is getting more air time than The Miz.
With Alex Riley being drafted to SmackDown in the Supplemental Draft, this could have been the opportunity to put The Miz over with a clean win over the face of the company.
Now it looks like The Miz will either win or lose at the expense of John Morrison and he will continue to be looked at as a mediocre main event talent.
3. John Morrison vs. R-Truth
While the promo wasn't ideal, R-Truth and John Morrison seemed to generate some real interest from the crowds.
R-Truth’s “Shut Up” promo last week on Raw got some real backlash from the fans and he is much more relevant after the heel turn.
Rather than have JoMo replace Truth in the steel cage match for the WWE title, this could have been a great chance to have a No. 1 contender’s match and let the winner get a shot at the title down the road.
4. Fatal 4 Way for the Intercontinental Championship
There has been plenty of tension within The Corre as of late and a break-up is inevitable.
Wade Barrett seems to be more of a WWE/World title contender and it’s a waste to book him as the Intercontinental Champion.
With Slater and Gabriel dropping the tag team titles, this would be a great way to jump-start one of their singles careers.
My pick would be Justin Gabriel. He has great athletic ability and has even shown some talent on the mic.
5. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Daniel Bryan for the United States Championship
After the debacle at WrestleMania where Daniel Bryan and Sheamus were bumped off of the main card, the WWE gave us the match the next night on Raw.
Sheamus successfully defended the title and was then attacked by Sin Cara. We all saw a glimpse of what the newcomer can do.
With all three superstars being drafted to SmackDown it would have been a great way to introduce all three to the blue brand.
6. Beth Phoenix vs. Kharma
I'm a believer that there should be a Divas match on the show.
If I could have booked the Divas Championship I would have gotten the belt off of Brie Bella with a loss to Beth Phoenix and then had Kharma come out and attack her, setting up the pay-per-view match.
Instead we will probably get the conclusion to the LayCool break-up.
The lesson as always is when you marry the right people, you get booked the way you want to. See Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Michelle McCool for examples.
7. Jerry "The King" Lawler vs. Michael Cole with Jack Swagger
Everyone and I mean EVERYONE wants this feud to end ASAP.
We were all “treated” to a match that was 10 minutes too long at WrestleMania.
Give the fans what they want.
Michael Cole inadvertently bumping into Jack Swagger and Lawler hitting the piledriver on Cole for the win. Cole can then get up, blame Swagger and then give us the much anticipated Swagger face-turn ending with Swagger throwing Cole in the ankle-lock and celebrating with The King afterwards.
Five minutes total. Thank you and please drive through.
8. Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio in a "Mask vs. Mask" Match
I understand we are getting this match in a falls-count-anywhere form.
With Cody winning at WrestleMania I think we’ll see Rey win this one, especially with him leaving for Raw and (hopefully) ending the feud.
This match could have opened the pay-per-view and given the fans something to cheer for with Mysterio ripping the mask of Cody Rhodes off and bashing him in the face with it one more time before they go their separate ways.
9. Randy Orton vs. CM Punk in a No Count-Out, No Disqualification Match
I have been a fan of this feud from the very beginning.
I thought it was one of the more genius moves, having CM Punk cost Randy Orton the WWE Championship back at the Royal Rumble because of a grudge stemming back to when Orton punted Punk at Unforgiven 2008.
These two are two of the top names in the company and when this feud ends, I want it to end with one guy pinning the other for the 1-2-3, not the referee counting to ten while the other guy just stands there and looks on.
So while I like the effort, I think the WWE missed big time with the stipulation.
10. Why Not Borrow a Premise from TNA? Yes, I Said It...TNA!
One way that TNA is able to use some of the more athletic, younger talent is with their annual Lockdown pay-per-view.
There is one match in particular that I like called the Xscape match where multiple competitors compete in an elimination match inside a steel cage until there are only two superstars remaining. At that point, to win the match you must escape the cage.
This would be a great way to get the younger talent in WWE involved and you know they would lay it all on the line.
I could see the match including Evan Bourne, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre and Zack Ryder.
Give the winner a future Intercontinental or United States championship match to make it worth a little more.
There you have it. The ideal 10 match card at Extreme Rules.
I understand that some time constraints would be an issue but honestly with a three hour window, you could figure it out.
Give only five minutes each to the Divas match and the Cole/Lawler match and that leaves plenty of time for the other eight matches.
Let the debate begin.
WWE Extreme Rules is this Sunday 5.1.11 Live on Pay-Per-View
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