WWE Extreme Rules: Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, July 19, 2020
WWE are continuing the trend of experimentation on Sunday night, when they host Extreme Rules live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, but this will not be the typical event fans are accustomed to viewing. Instead, this year’s event is being promoted with the tagline “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules”, which could be a sign of what fans can expect.
Here are some matches to keep an eye on as they could have some implications as to what the match card looks like at SummerSlam:
Eye for an Eye Match: Seth Rollins vs Rey Mysterio
For weeks, the Monday Night Messiah has been involved in a rivalry with Rey Mysterio and his son, Dominick. The rivalry all started on the Raw following Money in the Bank, when Rollins had been visibly shaken up after being defeated by Drew McIntyre the previous night. Rollins brutally attacked Mysterio and injured his eye, which kept him out of action and having to sport an eye patch.
Mysterio’s son, Dominick, took matters into his own hands and vowed to get revenge and he did just that; he attacked Rollins from behind on Raw and leaving the WWE Peformance Center before he could be outnumbered and attacked by Murphy and Rollins.
After winning a tag team match, Mysterio announced that the stipulation for their match at Extreme Rules would be an Eye for an Eye match, with the only way to win is by removing the opponent’s eye --- perhaps one of the reasons for the tagline “The Horror Show” --- and made his intentions known that he was going to make Rollins pay for what he did to him.
This match has the potential to be a great and highly entertaining affair, but I believe this will lead to a no-contest, with Rollins about to win the match, but before he could essentially end Mysterio’s career, Dominick makes the save and attacks The Monday Night Messiah. Having Dominick come out to aid his father could culminate with him making his WWE in-ring debut against Rollins at SummerSlam.
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs Dolph Ziggler in a match TBD
The WWE Championship match between two former allies has yet to have a stipulation added however, it may likely be an Extreme Rules match because Universal Champion Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt will be competing in a cinematic type matchup: Wyatt Swamp Fight.
This matchup between McIntyre and Zigger came as a surprise after Ziggler interrupted McIntyre’s promo to announce that he, along with Robert Roode, had been traded to Raw in exchange for AJ Styles. Ziggler mentioned that McIntyre owed him a championship match because he felt it was because of him that McIntyre was able to get another opportunity on the main roster and flourish as a main event star. McIntyre disagreed by accepted the challenge anyways.
Based on the way Raw has been booked in the past month, it could be a forgone conclusion that fans see McIntyre defend his title against Randy Orton at SummerSlam.
With that said, the company could throw a curve ball and change plans completely by having Money in the Bank winner, Otis, come out towards the end of the match to cash-in his briefcase, officially turning the match into a triple threat, and pinning Zigger, who in the leadup to WrestleMania, made it a weekly goal to humiliate him on SmackDown. Otis’ potential reign would not have to be long, but it could be a scenario that allows WWE to take the title off McIntyre without him losing any momentum in the process. This then allows WWE to have Otis continue his feud with Ziggler and Orton taking the title off Otis, making McIntyre the man chasing the title again.
Non-title Match: Braun Strowman (c) vs Bray Wyatt in Wyatt Swamp Fight
WWE will be continuing the cinematic-style matchup once again, with Strowman taking on the former leader of the Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt at the place he was created.
Fans can expect plenty of shenanigans between these two especially considering they are competing in familiar territory as far as the history between their characters is concerned.
The match could potentially end with a cliffhanger type ending that sees The Fiend appear, signifying that both men will be competing again, but this time with the WWE Universal Championship on the line at SummerSlam, which would also mark one year since Wyatt’s transformation to The Fiend.
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