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WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Card Takes Shape

Tuesday 23rd, April 2013 / 12:36 Written by

We are not getting closer to a full WWE Extreme Rules 2013 card but we at least have the main-events lined up. The WWE finally confirmed the WWE championship match we all expected, now making the top three matches official for the big May event.

The WWE announced that John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE championship is now official for Extreme Rules. The company made the announcement on their website. This certainly isn’t a shocker but it is a little surprising that they held off the official announcement for so long. A new article on WWE.com has all of the details.

This is Extreme Rules which means that all of the matches are expected to have some kind of gimmick match attached to it. No stipulation was announced for the match, nor did they even hint that there would be one. They are doing Tables Matches on the European tour right now so my hunch is that will be the stipulation for their match. They could always go the No Holds Barred route as well. I wouldn’t expect anything else at this point in the feud.

I love the Ryback turn but I think they shot the angle too soon here. I think this one should have simmered a little more. I always preferred the old school turns where a guy turned and wrestled a top babyface or heel in his first big match before getting to the title bout. I think they should have had Ryback wrestle someone like Kofi Kingston or even The Miz and destroy them before going immediately to Cena. The match doesn’t have the anticipation you’d expect going in like a match with this storyline should.

The other factor at play here is that nobody expects Cena to lose the WWE championship in his first match. Quite frankly I think he should. What better way to get Ryback over as a monster heel than by defeating Cena in his first crack at the title? Unfortunately I just don’t see that in the plans and I have to think that nobody else does as well. That predictability on the outcome is also hurting the hype here in my opinion.

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in an old school Steel Cage Match is also official for the big event. I wrote extensively on this match before so I won’t spend too much time on it. My gripe here is that they are coming off of a match with a retirement stipulation. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. Unless they add in something else, the match won’t top the same kind of intensity of a career at stake. Additionally while they haven’t had bad matches, I never sensed a ground swell of demand for a third match here. At the same time I don’t know what else you’d do with Brock at this point other than a third match with Hunter.

Dolph Ziggler will make his first WWE world heavyweight championship defense on pay per view at Extreme Rules. Ziggler will defend against Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio in a Triple Threat Match. This isn’t exactly the kind of match I’d use to showcase the new champion but it isn’t a terrible match either. I’d like to think that the seeds are planted for an eventual babyface turn out of Ziggler.

Compared to last year this is a much stronger lineup. Sure you had the marquee match with Brock Lesnar returning to wrestle John Cena in an Extreme Rules Match but the rest of the card was pretty shallow. The top three matches already make this a deeper card and whether you like him or not, Triple H boosts the star power here. I’d expect the majority of the card to be rounded out by the end of next week.

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