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Gimmicks Galore at WWE Extreme Rules

cagematch WWE has already announced several big matches for WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Extreme Rules will feature a collection of specialty or gimmicked matches. A Ladder Match and a Steel Cage Match for the WWE titles will headlines the big event.

Ric Flair returned to WWE RAW this past Monday to confront WWE champion Randy Orton. Flair rightfully pointed out that Orton has not beaten Batista. Flair then announced that Orton would defend the WWE championship against Batista in a Steel Cage Match at WWE Extreme Rules.

The Extreme Rules pay-per-view is a takeoff on last year’s One Night Stand. Both shows morphed out of the ECW One Night Stand series. As a tribute to ECW, these shows all featured gimmick matches. These shows can be dangerous and put the wrestlers in situations more susceptible to injury. Last year Orton broke his collarbone at One Night Stand in a Last Man Standing Match.

The Cage Match is a much safer match for sure for Randy Orton. The Cage Match is actually one of the safest of all matches. The cage prevents the wrestlers from fighting on the outside. The wrestlers are stuck inside of the ring and rely on wrestling, blood, and dramatic escapes. It is in no way safe, but much safer than most matches on last year’s event.

Big Show and John Cena will be wrestling in a Submission Match at Extreme Rules. I wish I was kidding about this one. Sometimes I wonder if the writers are just trying to have some fun at everyone’s expense. Out of all the potential matches, I would say stipulation limits the guys more than anything else out there. In my opinion, a guy the size of Big Show should not be wrestling in a Submission Match.

Several other matches were announced at the WWE SmackDown tapings. Other matches include; Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE I-C title in a No Holds Barred Match, CM Punk vs. Umaga in a Samoan Strap Match, and Jeff Hardy vs. Edge for the WWE world title in a Ladder Match. All of those matches have a ton of potential to steal the show. Hardy-Edge is the most interesting in my opinion considering their history of TLC matches.

I have always been a fan of the gimmicked matches. I grew up on seeing Texas Death, Steel Cage, and Stretcher Matches often at the Spectrum. I just think it is a bit of overkill to lump all of these kinds of matches together on one show. By the end of the night all of the excitement of the early stipulation matches is wasted and forgotten. Surprisingly these shows generally don’t fare well on pay-per-view. Last year’s event generated a disappointing 0.47 buyrate on pay-per-view.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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