For years, WWE's late April/May PPV event has featured all of the fallout and "Backlash", as it was named from 1999-2009, from WrestleMania. Last year, WWE decided to move one of their other events forward on the calendar to replace Backlash: Extreme Rules.
It was a move that made perfect sense. If the feuds from WrestleMania are continuing and have a need to escalate, what better way to do it than by having all of those feuds continue, or finish, in a specialty match? Whether it's a Steel Cage, Ladder, Tables, Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing match, the extreme stipulations are a good way to solve a dispute once and for all...and get some PPV buys.
Given the success of WrestleMania XXVII financially, Extreme Rules should fare pretty well this year, even though last year's event ended up receiving less buys than the 2009 Backlash event.
What's interesting about the event this year is the transitions and changes we're seeing during its build-up, which we will see when the event airs. Edge's sudden retirement threw WWE into a bit of a tough position and some of the roster moves that weren't set to happen until June had to happen in late April.
However, while some may think that those moves drastically changed some of the results, I think that WWE is still in a very good position and can continue with the plans they had before Edge's retirement.
Here's a rundown and prediction of all of the matches on the card.