WWE Extreme Rules 2012 is less than two weeks away and the top of the card has finally come together. The two WWE world championship matches are locked in but it is the main-event that has people talking about Extreme Rules for the first time in years.
Brock Lesnar will take on John Cena in the main-event in an Extreme Rules Match. What exactly is an Extreme Rules Match? Well that depends on which Extreme Rules Match you are watching. Most of them tend to feature gimmicks and objects while some can be straight matches without a disqualification. What kind of match we see this year is anyone’s guess.
[adinserter block=”2″]The way that this match is being pushed on television it almost seems to me that you will see less gimmicks used and more of the idea of the guys pushing the limits without a disqualification. The match is being pushed as more of an MMA or “real” fight as opposed to any kind of wrestling match. Quite frankly it seems to me that this match should have gotten a Last Man Standing gimmick as opposed to Extreme Rules.
It doesn’t matter at this point. The angles and promos building to this match have been the best in years. Brock Lesnar’s promo this past Monday was about as money as you can get and Cena has done a tremendous job in his own right of getting the story over. The angles the previous two weeks have also been top notch and I can safely say that after three weeks I can’t remember being more pumped to watch a WWE match in a long time.
I won’t get into the particulars of the match or make a prediction just yet. I’ll save that for a future blog. I do think that this is arguably the strongest main-event the WWE has put on a “B” show in years. I’d expect a lot of buzz going into the show and real strong interest at show time.
Chris Jericho will challenge CM Punk in a Chicago Street Fight for the WWE championship. The match was announced this past Monday night. The atmosphere should be electric for the match as the show is in Chicago. I can’t imagine it even coming close to the dynamic Punk vs. Cena had at Money in the Bank match. Yet I do think that the match will be red hot in Punk’s hometown.
I have never been a big fan of taking two solid workers and giving them a street fight or gimmick match. In this case though, the stipulation makes perfect sense. The match comes at a great time in the storyline and gives the WWE a reason to make a rematch. This match has had a lot of time on television in regards to getting the angle over so I’d expect a lot of interest in this one once the bell rings.
Finally, Sheamus will defend his newly won WWE world heavyweight championship against Daniel Bryan in a Best of 3 Falls Match. The old school fan in me always loves a good two out of three falls match. I really like the idea of giving these guys extra time after their 18 second match at WrestleMania 28. Bryan is on fire right now and should be over (like Rover as my old color commentating partner Steve Corino would say) in Chicago.
[adinserter block=”1″]Right now everything else is up in the air, although I’d imagine that we will get some more matches at the SmackDown taping tonight. My hunch is that you will see Randy Orton vs. Kane, likely in Orton’s annual Last Man Standing Match. I would be surprised if Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show for the WWE Intercontinental title didn’t take place with some kind of stipulation. I’d also look for Brodus Clay and Santino vs. Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler or two singles matches as well from the RAW brand.
Confirmed WWE Extreme Rules 2012 matches & card…
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar in an Extreme Rules Match
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho in a Chicago Street Fight for the WWE championship
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the WWE world heavyweight championship