WWE Extreme Rules 2014 is still a few weeks away but reports of a possible card have leaked out. I think it’s fair to say that if these reports are true, the WWE aren’t as hot on pushing Daniel Bryan as you would have thought coming out of WrestleMania 30.
[adinserter block=”1″]Dave Meltzer has the latest card in his recent edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter. Meltzer reports that Bryan is currently slotted to defend the WWE championship against Kane. The match tells me that the WWE aren’t as committed as you would expect on Bryan. Booking Kane vs. Bryan at this point seems like nothing more than a glorified television match. Meltzer does point out that the match could change although this appears to be the working plan.
Now don’t get me wrong. I think there was some big money in this match at some point. The whole idea of these two feuding after Team Hell No was intriguing. But that ship has sailed and Team Hell No is barely even mentioned on WWE TV. The obvious match to me was Randy Orton vs. Bryan since Orton never got pinned. This is just another case of the new champion booked weaker than the main-event.
The headliner according to the report should be of no surprise to anyone. Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista will revive Evolution as they take on Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins. I think it’s a great idea and a nice boost for The Shield. I just don’t know if anyone is willing to pay $59 to see it. It would appear that this is all going to lead to a Triple H vs. Reigns match at SummerSlam.
One thing is clear from these top matches and that is that the WWE does not care about buys anymore on these shows. The shows are now called “special events” with more emphasis put on getting the network to see them than buying the one-off. This was something I predicted months ago when the idea came up of pay-per-views airing on the network for free. At that point I assumed the strategy would be to use the special events to build to RAW which is where I still think we are heading.
John Cena will also rematch with Bray Wyatt in a steel cage match. This one is just bizarre. Cena cut a promo on Wyatt about a much different match than I watched at WrestleMania 30. Cena challenged Bray saying that a cage would keep his family out and he’d have to fight Cena one-on-one. The problem is that Cena already beat Wyatt at Mania, countering Wyatt’s interference. So why would Cena challenge him to a match when he just beat him? It was incredibly bizarre to say the least.
Big E. will defend the intercontinental championship against Cesaro. Meltzer is reporting that Cesaro will win the tournament for the match. That is an interesting match in that you would expect Cesaro to go over, yet in 2014 having the intercontinental title is more of a demotion. So what do you do here? Does Cesaro go over and get stuck with the I-C title or do you have him lose at a time when he is supposed to be built for the future?
[adinserter block=”2″]There are your big matches for Extreme Rules. It doesn’t look pretty on paper but you never know. This one could surprise you, especially with the right stipulations added to the matches.
Hey, at least you won’t be paying $59 to watch it.
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