Extreme Rules 2020 Stream

Extreme Rules 2020 Stream: Alexander is far too talented to simply be tossed aside, and with MVP facing Crews for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules, that presents WWE with the perfect opportunity for Alexander to officially turn heel, side with MVP and reinvigorate his career in the process.

Otherwise, most details about the show remain shrouded in mystery, which permits the rumor mill to spin and create seemingly endless buzz.

Extreme Rules always sits as a hotbed for rumors thanks to its status as a staging ground for SummerSlam, the second-biggest event of the year. But 2020’s edition is particularly interesting with only several matches announced and the directions for names like Brock Lesnar a question mark.

Here’s a look at some of the latest buzz, including potential spoilers.Plans seemingly remain subject to change right up until wrestlers shove aside the curtain and hit the ring in WWE these days.

But one rumor remains a safe bet given circumstances and the positioning of Sunday’s event. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), there won’t be any title changes at Extreme Rules.

And it’s not too hard to believe.

Extreme Rules usually boasts some fun gimmick matches but otherwise serves as a final setup for the bigger event in August. This year, it’s especially the case as WWE staggers a bit without some top stars like Roman Reigns on hand.

Much of WWE’s programming has been in a holding pattern, and the company is clearly itching for the return of live audiences. Just glancing at the card, it seems pretty clear Drew McIntyre won’t be dropping his title to Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman’s title isn’t even on the line and both women’s titles have little wiggle room for changing hands because their storylines figure to main-event SummerSlam.

A lack of title changes doesn’t mean the pay-per-view event won’t be fun. Title matches involving Sasha Banks and Bayley boast a ton of intrigue simply because of how the tag team champs figure to help and/or hurt each other’s chances. Ziggler’s always a believable upset winner. Strowman’s off in a taped Wyatt Swamp Fight wherein fans will probably see The Fiend pop up.

Done well, the storyline developments could make fans forget no gold changes hands.

The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules 2020 isn’t the strongest PPV card, but we mustn’t forget that it’s the card with low expectations that tend to deliver in a big way. Given the odd name of the PPV, we expect Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman’s “Swamp Match” to headline the show.

Even though it’s a non-title match, if done right (like the Boneyard match), it is the perfect main event on the card. We were a bit surprised as to how WWE left out a multitude of top stars and legends from the PPV, such as Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show.

Perhaps we’re in the era of shorter PPVs until the crowds return. Either way, the cards that look like they have less effort put in can also be filled with all sorts of twists and surprises.

In this edition, we’ll be focusing on the possible heels and face turns that could happen at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules 2020.MVP has been trying to recruit a few names now to join Bobby Lashley and himself. He tried at first with Apollo Crews but failed to do so. Thanks to a victory over Crews in a non-title match, he set up a United States Championship match against him at Extreme Rules and the winner will take home the new design of the Championship.

Another name he’s been trying to recruit, more so than Ricochet, is Cedric Alexander. We felt that Cedric Alexander was in need of a character change for a while. If Apollo Crews could rebuild himself after five years of being underutilized, Cedric Alexander can certainly do the same with a heel turn. He could have a role to play in MVP’s match with Apollo Crews.

Although we don’t think it’s the right time for Crews to lose the United States title, it could happen at Extreme Rules.WWE Extreme Rules 2020 marks the final stop on the road to SummerSlam, and at least on paper, the event is shaping up to be the most unique Performance Center-based show of the year.

The pay-per-view is highlighted by a potential Match of the Year candidate in Asuka vs. Sasha Banks as well as a pair of unique cinematic-style gimmick matches: Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio in an “Eye for an Eye” match and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a “Wyatt Swamp Fight.” WWE has made a clear effort to think outside-the-box with its match concepts for the newly named “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules,” and the show will rely heavily on the cinematic match concept as well as stars who don’t necessarily need to be spotlighted this late in their careers.

With Raw and SmackDown both back under the control of WWE’s new creative head Bruce Prichard, there has been an obvious focus on the stars of yesteryear, a move that has gotten plenty of criticism from WWE’s fan base. Especially as TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has descended to historic lows, there isn’t a whole lot of optimism surrounding WWE’s current TV product, and so, the pressure is on WWE at Extreme Rules to turn things around and lay the groundwork for a quality SummerSlam show.

Here are five smart booking decisions WWE must make at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.Despite Bobby Lashley reportedly once being considered to take the WWE title from Drew McIntyre as part of a lengthy rivalry between the two gargantuan superstars, McIntyre has already moved on to a rather underwhelming rivalry with Dolph Ziggler.

For whatever reason (but likely because he’s such a good in-ring performer), Ziggler has become WWE’s go-to guy for filler world title feuds, as exemplified by his random WWE Championship rivalries with stars like Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston in recent years. Although Ziggler is a future Hall of Famer, he’s not at the stage of his career where he should be winning world titles. Rather, he should be in this match at Extreme Rules for one reason and one reason only: To make McIntyre look good.

Though there have been rumblings that McIntyre could be de-pushed following Paul Heyman’s dismissal because he was considered a Heyman “project,” it’s believed that McIntyre’s push won’t come to an end, especially given that he’s long had two huge supporters in Vince McMahon and Triple H. That’s undoubtedly the right call because McIntyre has performed incredibly well as champion, and whenever he does lose the WWE title, it should be to either a rising star who can benefit greatly from it or an established one who can bring back viewers as Raw’s audience continues to dissipate. It was reported last month that MVP would be leading a heel stable on Raw, and that faction has started to come together with Bobby Lashley already all in and MVP recruiting names like Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander to join the party.

Just a couple of weeks ago on Raw, WWE strongly teased during a backstage segment that Alexander could be turning heel to join up with MVP, and that, of course, would be a career-saving move for the former Cruiserweight star. Remember, it was just last year that WWE made efforts to “bury” Alexander amid reports that Vince McMahon had “given up” on the star, who was a favorite of Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman.

Extreme Rules 2020 Live Free

Extreme Rules 2020 Live Free: Just a couple of weeks ago on Raw, WWE strongly teased during a backstage segment that Alexander could be turning heel to join up with MVP, and that, of course, would be a career-saving move for the former Cruiserweight star. Remember, it was just last year that WWE made efforts to “bury” Alexander amid reports that Vince McMahon had “given up” on the star, who was a favorite of Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman.

Otherwise, most details about the show remain shrouded in mystery, which permits the rumor mill to spin and create seemingly endless buzz.

Extreme Rules always sits as a hotbed for rumors thanks to its status as a staging ground for SummerSlam, the second-biggest event of the year. But 2020’s edition is particularly interesting with only several matches announced and the directions for names like Brock Lesnar a question mark.

Here’s a look at some of the latest buzz, including potential spoilers.Plans seemingly remain subject to change right up until wrestlers shove aside the curtain and hit the ring in WWE these days.

But one rumor remains a safe bet given circumstances and the positioning of Sunday’s event. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), there won’t be any title changes at Extreme Rules.

And it’s not too hard to believe.

Extreme Rules usually boasts some fun gimmick matches but otherwise serves as a final setup for the bigger event in August. This year, it’s especially the case as WWE staggers a bit without some top stars like Roman Reigns on hand.

Much of WWE’s programming has been in a holding pattern, and the company is clearly itching for the return of live audiences. Just glancing at the card, it seems pretty clear Drew McIntyre won’t be dropping his title to Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman’s title isn’t even on the line and both women’s titles have little wiggle room for changing hands because their storylines figure to main-event SummerSlam.

A lack of title changes doesn’t mean the pay-per-view event won’t be fun. Title matches involving Sasha Banks and Bayley boast a ton of intrigue simply because of how the tag team champs figure to help and/or hurt each other’s chances. Ziggler’s always a believable upset winner. Strowman’s off in a taped Wyatt Swamp Fight wherein fans will probably see The Fiend pop up.

Done well, the storyline developments could make fans forget no gold changes hands.

The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules 2020 isn’t the strongest PPV card, but we mustn’t forget that it’s the card with low expectations that tend to deliver in a big way. Given the odd name of the PPV, we expect Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman’s “Swamp Match” to headline the show.

Even though it’s a non-title match, if done right (like the Boneyard match), it is the perfect main event on the card. We were a bit surprised as to how WWE left out a multitude of top stars and legends from the PPV, such as Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show.

Perhaps we’re in the era of shorter PPVs until the crowds return. Either way, the cards that look like they have less effort put in can also be filled with all sorts of twists and surprises.

In this edition, we’ll be focusing on the possible heels and face turns that could happen at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules 2020.MVP has been trying to recruit a few names now to join Bobby Lashley and himself. He tried at first with Apollo Crews but failed to do so. Thanks to a victory over Crews in a non-title match, he set up a United States Championship match against him at Extreme Rules and the winner will take home the new design of the Championship.

Another name he’s been trying to recruit, more so than Ricochet, is Cedric Alexander. We felt that Cedric Alexander was in need of a character change for a while. If Apollo Crews could rebuild himself after five years of being underutilized, Cedric Alexander can certainly do the same with a heel turn. He could have a role to play in MVP’s match with Apollo Crews.

Although we don’t think it’s the right time for Crews to lose the United States title, it could happen at Extreme Rules.WWE Extreme Rules 2020 marks the final stop on the road to SummerSlam, and at least on paper, the event is shaping up to be the most unique Performance Center-based show of the year.

The pay-per-view is highlighted by a potential Match of the Year candidate in Asuka vs. Sasha Banks as well as a pair of unique cinematic-style gimmick matches: Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio in an “Eye for an Eye” match and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a “Wyatt Swamp Fight.” WWE has made a clear effort to think outside-the-box with its match concepts for the newly named “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules,” and the show will rely heavily on the cinematic match concept as well as stars who don’t necessarily need to be spotlighted this late in their careers.

With Raw and SmackDown both back under the control of WWE’s new creative head Bruce Prichard, there has been an obvious focus on the stars of yesteryear, a move that has gotten plenty of criticism from WWE’s fan base. Especially as TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has descended to historic lows, there isn’t a whole lot of optimism surrounding WWE’s current TV product, and so, the pressure is on WWE at Extreme Rules to turn things around and lay the groundwork for a quality SummerSlam show.

Here are five smart booking decisions WWE must make at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.Despite Bobby Lashley reportedly once being considered to take the WWE title from Drew McIntyre as part of a lengthy rivalry between the two gargantuan superstars, McIntyre has already moved on to a rather underwhelming rivalry with Dolph Ziggler.

For whatever reason (but likely because he’s such a good in-ring performer), Ziggler has become WWE’s go-to guy for filler world title feuds, as exemplified by his random WWE Championship rivalries with stars like Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston in recent years. Although Ziggler is a future Hall of Famer, he’s not at the stage of his career where he should be winning world titles. Rather, he should be in this match at Extreme Rules for one reason and one reason only: To make McIntyre look good.

Though there have been rumblings that McIntyre could be de-pushed following Paul Heyman’s dismissal because he was considered a Heyman “project,” it’s believed that McIntyre’s push won’t come to an end, especially given that he’s long had two huge supporters in Vince McMahon and Triple H. That’s undoubtedly the right call because McIntyre has performed incredibly well as champion, and whenever he does lose the WWE title, it should be to either a rising star who can benefit greatly from it or an established one who can bring back viewers as Raw’s audience continues to dissipate. It was reported last month that MVP would be leading a heel stable on Raw, and that faction has started to come together with Bobby Lashley already all in and MVP recruiting names like Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander to join the party.

Alexander is far too talented to simply be tossed aside, and with MVP facing Crews for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules, that presents WWE with the perfect opportunity for Alexander to officially turn heel, side with MVP and reinvigorate his career in the process.

Extreme Rules 2020 Free Live

Extreme Rules 2020 Free Live: WWE’s The Horror Show at Extreme Rules goes down on Sunday, July 19, with the main card streaming live on the WWE Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The Otherwise, most details about the show remain shrouded in mystery, which permits the rumor mill to spin and create seemingly endless buzz.

Extreme Rules always sits as a hotbed for rumors thanks to its status as a staging ground for SummerSlam, the second-biggest event of the year. But 2020’s edition is particularly interesting with only several matches announced and the directions for names like Brock Lesnar a question mark.

Here’s a look at some of the latest buzz, including potential spoilers.Plans seemingly remain subject to change right up until wrestlers shove aside the curtain and hit the ring in WWE these days.

But one rumor remains a safe bet given circumstances and the positioning of Sunday’s event. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), there won’t be any title changes at Extreme Rules.

And it’s not too hard to believe.

Extreme Rules usually boasts some fun gimmick matches but otherwise serves as a final setup for the bigger event in August. This year, it’s especially the case as WWE staggers a bit without some top stars like Roman Reigns on hand.

Much of WWE’s programming has been in a holding pattern, and the company is clearly itching for the return of live audiences. Just glancing at the card, it seems pretty clear Drew McIntyre won’t be dropping his title to Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman’s title isn’t even on the line and both women’s titles have little wiggle room for changing hands because their storylines figure to main-event SummerSlam.

A lack of title changes doesn’t mean the pay-per-view event won’t be fun. Title matches involving Sasha Banks and Bayley boast a ton of intrigue simply because of how the tag team champs figure to help and/or hurt each other’s chances. Ziggler’s always a believable upset winner. Strowman’s off in a taped Wyatt Swamp Fight wherein fans will probably see The Fiend pop up.

Done well, the storyline developments could make fans forget no gold changes hands.

The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules 2020 isn’t the strongest PPV card, but we mustn’t forget that it’s the card with low expectations that tend to deliver in a big way. Given the odd name of the PPV, we expect Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman’s “Swamp Match” to headline the show.

Even though it’s a non-title match, if done right (like the Boneyard match), it is the perfect main event on the card. We were a bit surprised as to how WWE left out a multitude of top stars and legends from the PPV, such as Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show.

Perhaps we’re in the era of shorter PPVs until the crowds return. Either way, the cards that look like they have less effort put in can also be filled with all sorts of twists and surprises.

In this edition, we’ll be focusing on the possible heels and face turns that could happen at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules 2020.MVP has been trying to recruit a few names now to join Bobby Lashley and himself. He tried at first with Apollo Crews but failed to do so. Thanks to a victory over Crews in a non-title match, he set up a United States Championship match against him at Extreme Rules and the winner will take home the new design of the Championship.

Another name he’s been trying to recruit, more so than Ricochet, is Cedric Alexander. We felt that Cedric Alexander was in need of a character change for a while. If Apollo Crews could rebuild himself after five years of being underutilized, Cedric Alexander can certainly do the same with a heel turn. He could have a role to play in MVP’s match with Apollo Crews.

Although we don’t think it’s the right time for Crews to lose the United States title, it could happen at Extreme Rules.WWE Extreme Rules 2020 marks the final stop on the road to SummerSlam, and at least on paper, the event is shaping up to be the most unique Performance Center-based show of the year.

The pay-per-view is highlighted by a potential Match of the Year candidate in Asuka vs. Sasha Banks as well as a pair of unique cinematic-style gimmick matches: Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio in an “Eye for an Eye” match and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a “Wyatt Swamp Fight.” WWE has made a clear effort to think outside-the-box with its match concepts for the newly named “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules,” and the show will rely heavily on the cinematic match concept as well as stars who don’t necessarily need to be spotlighted this late in their careers.

With Raw and SmackDown both back under the control of WWE’s new creative head Bruce Prichard, there has been an obvious focus on the stars of yesteryear, a move that has gotten plenty of criticism from WWE’s fan base. Especially as TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has descended to historic lows, there isn’t a whole lot of optimism surrounding WWE’s current TV product, and so, the pressure is on WWE at Extreme Rules to turn things around and lay the groundwork for a quality SummerSlam show.

Here are five smart booking decisions WWE must make at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.Despite Bobby Lashley reportedly once being considered to take the WWE title from Drew McIntyre as part of a lengthy rivalry between the two gargantuan superstars, McIntyre has already moved on to a rather underwhelming rivalry with Dolph Ziggler.

For whatever reason (but likely because he’s such a good in-ring performer), Ziggler has become WWE’s go-to guy for filler world title feuds, as exemplified by his random WWE Championship rivalries with stars like Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston in recent years. Although Ziggler is a future Hall of Famer, he’s not at the stage of his career where he should be winning world titles. Rather, he should be in this match at Extreme Rules for one reason and one reason only: To make McIntyre look good.

Though there have been rumblings that McIntyre could be de-pushed following Paul Heyman’s dismissal because he was considered a Heyman “project,” it’s believed that McIntyre’s push won’t come to an end, especially given that he’s long had two huge supporters in Vince McMahon and Triple H. That’s undoubtedly the right call because McIntyre has performed incredibly well as champion, and whenever he does lose the WWE title, it should be to either a rising star who can benefit greatly from it or an established one who can bring back viewers as Raw’s audience continues to dissipate. It was reported last month that MVP would be leading a heel stable on Raw, and that faction has started to come together with Bobby Lashley already all in and MVP recruiting names like Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander to join the party.

Just a couple of weeks ago on Raw, WWE strongly teased during a backstage segment that Alexander could be turning heel to join up with MVP, and that, of course, would be a career-saving move for the former Cruiserweight star. Remember, it was just last year that WWE made efforts to “bury” Alexander amid reports that Vince McMahon had “given up” on the star, who was a favorite of Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman.

Alexander is far too talented to simply be tossed aside, and with MVP facing Crews for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules, that presents WWE with the perfect opportunity for Alexander to officially turn heel, side with MVP and reinvigorate his career in the process.

Extreme Rules 2020 Live

Extreme Rules 2020 Live: Extreme Rules usually boasts some fun gimmick matches but otherwise serves as a final setup for the bigger event in August. This year, it’s especially the case as WWE staggers a bit without some top stars like Roman Reigns on hand.

Much of WWE’s programming has been in a holding pattern, and the company is clearly itching for the return of live audiences.

Otherwise, most details about the show remain shrouded in mystery, which permits the rumor mill to spin and create seemingly endless buzz.

Extreme Rules always sits as a hotbed for rumors thanks to its status as a staging ground for SummerSlam, the second-biggest event of the year. But 2020’s edition is particularly interesting with only several matches announced and the directions for names like Brock Lesnar a question mark.

Here’s a look at some of the latest buzz, including potential spoilers.Plans seemingly remain subject to change right up until wrestlers shove aside the curtain and hit the ring in WWE these days.

But one rumor remains a safe bet given circumstances and the positioning of Sunday’s event. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), there won’t be any title changes at Extreme Rules.

And it’s not too hard to believe.

Just glancing at the card, it seems pretty clear Drew McIntyre won’t be dropping his title to Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman’s title isn’t even on the line and both women’s titles have little wiggle room for changing hands because their storylines figure to main-event SummerSlam.

A lack of title changes doesn’t mean the pay-per-view event won’t be fun. Title matches involving Sasha Banks and Bayley boast a ton of intrigue simply because of how the tag team champs figure to help and/or hurt each other’s chances. Ziggler’s always a believable upset winner. Strowman’s off in a taped Wyatt Swamp Fight wherein fans will probably see The Fiend pop up.

Done well, the storyline developments could make fans forget no gold changes hands.

The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules 2020 isn’t the strongest PPV card, but we mustn’t forget that it’s the card with low expectations that tend to deliver in a big way. Given the odd name of the PPV, we expect Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman’s “Swamp Match” to headline the show.

Even though it’s a non-title match, if done right (like the Boneyard match), it is the perfect main event on the card. We were a bit surprised as to how WWE left out a multitude of top stars and legends from the PPV, such as Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show.

Perhaps we’re in the era of shorter PPVs until the crowds return. Either way, the cards that look like they have less effort put in can also be filled with all sorts of twists and surprises.

In this edition, we’ll be focusing on the possible heels and face turns that could happen at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules 2020.MVP has been trying to recruit a few names now to join Bobby Lashley and himself. He tried at first with Apollo Crews but failed to do so. Thanks to a victory over Crews in a non-title match, he set up a United States Championship match against him at Extreme Rules and the winner will take home the new design of the Championship.

Another name he’s been trying to recruit, more so than Ricochet, is Cedric Alexander. We felt that Cedric Alexander was in need of a character change for a while. If Apollo Crews could rebuild himself after five years of being underutilized, Cedric Alexander can certainly do the same with a heel turn. He could have a role to play in MVP’s match with Apollo Crews.

Although we don’t think it’s the right time for Crews to lose the United States title, it could happen at Extreme Rules.WWE Extreme Rules 2020 marks the final stop on the road to SummerSlam, and at least on paper, the event is shaping up to be the most unique Performance Center-based show of the year.

The pay-per-view is highlighted by a potential Match of the Year candidate in Asuka vs. Sasha Banks as well as a pair of unique cinematic-style gimmick matches: Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio in an “Eye for an Eye” match and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a “Wyatt Swamp Fight.” WWE has made a clear effort to think outside-the-box with its match concepts for the newly named “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules,” and the show will rely heavily on the cinematic match concept as well as stars who don’t necessarily need to be spotlighted this late in their careers.

With Raw and SmackDown both back under the control of WWE’s new creative head Bruce Prichard, there has been an obvious focus on the stars of yesteryear, a move that has gotten plenty of criticism from WWE’s fan base. Especially as TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has descended to historic lows, there isn’t a whole lot of optimism surrounding WWE’s current TV product, and so, the pressure is on WWE at Extreme Rules to turn things around and lay the groundwork for a quality SummerSlam show.

Here are five smart booking decisions WWE must make at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.Despite Bobby Lashley reportedly once being considered to take the WWE title from Drew McIntyre as part of a lengthy rivalry between the two gargantuan superstars, McIntyre has already moved on to a rather underwhelming rivalry with Dolph Ziggler.

For whatever reason (but likely because he’s such a good in-ring performer), Ziggler has become WWE’s go-to guy for filler world title feuds, as exemplified by his random WWE Championship rivalries with stars like Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston in recent years. Although Ziggler is a future Hall of Famer, he’s not at the stage of his career where he should be winning world titles. Rather, he should be in this match at Extreme Rules for one reason and one reason only: To make McIntyre look good.

Though there have been rumblings that McIntyre could be de-pushed following Paul Heyman’s dismissal because he was considered a Heyman “project,” it’s believed that McIntyre’s push won’t come to an end, especially given that he’s long had two huge supporters in Vince McMahon and Triple H. That’s undoubtedly the right call because McIntyre has performed incredibly well as champion, and whenever he does lose the WWE title, it should be to either a rising star who can benefit greatly from it or an established one who can bring back viewers as Raw’s audience continues to dissipate. It was reported last month that MVP would be leading a heel stable on Raw, and that faction has started to come together with Bobby Lashley already all in and MVP recruiting names like Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander to join the party.

Just a couple of weeks ago on Raw, WWE strongly teased during a backstage segment that Alexander could be turning heel to join up with MVP, and that, of course, would be a career-saving move for the former Cruiserweight star. Remember, it was just last year that WWE made efforts to “bury” Alexander amid reports that Vince McMahon had “given up” on the star, who was a favorite of Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman.

Alexander is far too talented to simply be tossed aside, and with MVP facing Crews for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules, that presents WWE with the perfect opportunity for Alexander to officially turn heel, side with MVP and reinvigorate his career in the process.

Extreme Rules 2020

Extreme Rules 2020:Extreme Rules always sits as a hotbed for rumors thanks to its status as a staging ground for SummerSlam, the second-biggest event of the year. But 2020’s edition is particularly interesting with only several matches announced and the directions for names like Brock Lesnar a question mark.

Otherwise, most details about the show remain shrouded in mystery, which permits the rumor mill to spin and create seemingly endless buzz.

Here’s a look at some of the latest buzz, including potential spoilers.Plans seemingly remain subject to change right up until wrestlers shove aside the curtain and hit the ring in WWE these days.

But one rumor remains a safe bet given circumstances and the positioning of Sunday’s event. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), there won’t be any title changes at Extreme Rules.

And it’s not too hard to believe.

Extreme Rules usually boasts some fun gimmick matches but otherwise serves as a final setup for the bigger event in August. This year, it’s especially the case as WWE staggers a bit without some top stars like Roman Reigns on hand.

Much of WWE’s programming has been in a holding pattern, and the company is clearly itching for the return of live audiences. Just glancing at the card, it seems pretty clear Drew McIntyre won’t be dropping his title to Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman’s title isn’t even on the line and both women’s titles have little wiggle room for changing hands because their storylines figure to main-event SummerSlam.

A lack of title changes doesn’t mean the pay-per-view event won’t be fun. Title matches involving Sasha Banks and Bayley boast a ton of intrigue simply because of how the tag team champs figure to help and/or hurt each other’s chances. Ziggler’s always a believable upset winner. Strowman’s off in a taped Wyatt Swamp Fight wherein fans will probably see The Fiend pop up.

Done well, the storyline developments could make fans forget no gold changes hands.

The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules 2020 isn’t the strongest PPV card, but we mustn’t forget that it’s the card with low expectations that tend to deliver in a big way. Given the odd name of the PPV, we expect Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman’s “Swamp Match” to headline the show.

Even though it’s a non-title match, if done right (like the Boneyard match), it is the perfect main event on the card. We were a bit surprised as to how WWE left out a multitude of top stars and legends from the PPV, such as Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show.

Perhaps we’re in the era of shorter PPVs until the crowds return. Either way, the cards that look like they have less effort put in can also be filled with all sorts of twists and surprises.

In this edition, we’ll be focusing on the possible heels and face turns that could happen at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules 2020.MVP has been trying to recruit a few names now to join Bobby Lashley and himself. He tried at first with Apollo Crews but failed to do so. Thanks to a victory over Crews in a non-title match, he set up a United States Championship match against him at Extreme Rules and the winner will take home the new design of the Championship.

Another name he’s been trying to recruit, more so than Ricochet, is Cedric Alexander. We felt that Cedric Alexander was in need of a character change for a while. If Apollo Crews could rebuild himself after five years of being underutilized, Cedric Alexander can certainly do the same with a heel turn. He could have a role to play in MVP’s match with Apollo Crews.

Although we don’t think it’s the right time for Crews to lose the United States title, it could happen at Extreme Rules.WWE Extreme Rules 2020 marks the final stop on the road to SummerSlam, and at least on paper, the event is shaping up to be the most unique Performance Center-based show of the year.

The pay-per-view is highlighted by a potential Match of the Year candidate in Asuka vs. Sasha Banks as well as a pair of unique cinematic-style gimmick matches: Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio in an “Eye for an Eye” match and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a “Wyatt Swamp Fight.” WWE has made a clear effort to think outside-the-box with its match concepts for the newly named “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules,” and the show will rely heavily on the cinematic match concept as well as stars who don’t necessarily need to be spotlighted this late in their careers.

With Raw and SmackDown both back under the control of WWE’s new creative head Bruce Prichard, there has been an obvious focus on the stars of yesteryear, a move that has gotten plenty of criticism from WWE’s fan base. Especially as TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has descended to historic lows, there isn’t a whole lot of optimism surrounding WWE’s current TV product, and so, the pressure is on WWE at Extreme Rules to turn things around and lay the groundwork for a quality SummerSlam show.

Here are five smart booking decisions WWE must make at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.Despite Bobby Lashley reportedly once being considered to take the WWE title from Drew McIntyre as part of a lengthy rivalry between the two gargantuan superstars, McIntyre has already moved on to a rather underwhelming rivalry with Dolph Ziggler.

For whatever reason (but likely because he’s such a good in-ring performer), Ziggler has become WWE’s go-to guy for filler world title feuds, as exemplified by his random WWE Championship rivalries with stars like Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston in recent years. Although Ziggler is a future Hall of Famer, he’s not at the stage of his career where he should be winning world titles. Rather, he should be in this match at Extreme Rules for one reason and one reason only: To make McIntyre look good.

Though there have been rumblings that McIntyre could be de-pushed following Paul Heyman’s dismissal because he was considered a Heyman “project,” it’s believed that McIntyre’s push won’t come to an end, especially given that he’s long had two huge supporters in Vince McMahon and Triple H. That’s undoubtedly the right call because McIntyre has performed incredibly well as champion, and whenever he does lose the WWE title, it should be to either a rising star who can benefit greatly from it or an established one who can bring back viewers as Raw’s audience continues to dissipate. It was reported last month that MVP would be leading a heel stable on Raw, and that faction has started to come together with Bobby Lashley already all in and MVP recruiting names like Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander to join the party.

Just a couple of weeks ago on Raw, WWE strongly teased during a backstage segment that Alexander could be turning heel to join up with MVP, and that, of course, would be a career-saving move for the former Cruiserweight star. Remember, it was just last year that WWE made efforts to “bury” Alexander amid reports that Vince McMahon had “given up” on the star, who was a favorite of Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman.

Alexander is far too talented to simply be tossed aside, and with MVP facing Crews for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules, that presents WWE with the perfect opportunity for Alexander to officially turn heel, side with MVP and reinvigorate his career in the process.

Extreme Rules 2020 PPV

Extreme Rules 2020 PPV: WWE made a late addition to Sunday’s Extreme Rules card in the form of a SmackDown tag title matchup between The New Day and Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Otherwise, most details about the show remain shrouded in mystery, which permits the rumor mill to spin and create seemingly endless buzz.

Extreme Rules always sits as a hotbed for rumors thanks to its status as a staging ground for SummerSlam, the second-biggest event of the year. But 2020’s edition is particularly interesting with only several matches announced and the directions for names like Brock Lesnar a question mark.

Here’s a look at some of the latest buzz, including potential spoilers.Plans seemingly remain subject to change right up until wrestlers shove aside the curtain and hit the ring in WWE these days.

But one rumor remains a safe bet given circumstances and the positioning of Sunday’s event. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), there won’t be any title changes at Extreme Rules.

And it’s not too hard to believe.

Extreme Rules usually boasts some fun gimmick matches but otherwise serves as a final setup for the bigger event in August. This year, it’s especially the case as WWE staggers a bit without some top stars like Roman Reigns on hand.

Much of WWE’s programming has been in a holding pattern, and the company is clearly itching for the return of live audiences. Just glancing at the card, it seems pretty clear Drew McIntyre won’t be dropping his title to Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman’s title isn’t even on the line and both women’s titles have little wiggle room for changing hands because their storylines figure to main-event SummerSlam.

A lack of title changes doesn’t mean the pay-per-view event won’t be fun. Title matches involving Sasha Banks and Bayley boast a ton of intrigue simply because of how the tag team champs figure to help and/or hurt each other’s chances. Ziggler’s always a believable upset winner. Strowman’s off in a taped Wyatt Swamp Fight wherein fans will probably see The Fiend pop up.

Done well, the storyline developments could make fans forget no gold changes hands.

The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules 2020 isn’t the strongest PPV card, but we mustn’t forget that it’s the card with low expectations that tend to deliver in a big way. Given the odd name of the PPV, we expect Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman’s “Swamp Match” to headline the show.

Even though it’s a non-title match, if done right (like the Boneyard match), it is the perfect main event on the card. We were a bit surprised as to how WWE left out a multitude of top stars and legends from the PPV, such as Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show.

Perhaps we’re in the era of shorter PPVs until the crowds return. Either way, the cards that look like they have less effort put in can also be filled with all sorts of twists and surprises.

In this edition, we’ll be focusing on the possible heels and face turns that could happen at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules 2020.MVP has been trying to recruit a few names now to join Bobby Lashley and himself. He tried at first with Apollo Crews but failed to do so. Thanks to a victory over Crews in a non-title match, he set up a United States Championship match against him at Extreme Rules and the winner will take home the new design of the Championship.

Another name he’s been trying to recruit, more so than Ricochet, is Cedric Alexander. We felt that Cedric Alexander was in need of a character change for a while. If Apollo Crews could rebuild himself after five years of being underutilized, Cedric Alexander can certainly do the same with a heel turn. He could have a role to play in MVP’s match with Apollo Crews.

Although we don’t think it’s the right time for Crews to lose the United States title, it could happen at Extreme Rules.WWE Extreme Rules 2020 marks the final stop on the road to SummerSlam, and at least on paper, the event is shaping up to be the most unique Performance Center-based show of the year.

The pay-per-view is highlighted by a potential Match of the Year candidate in Asuka vs. Sasha Banks as well as a pair of unique cinematic-style gimmick matches: Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio in an “Eye for an Eye” match and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a “Wyatt Swamp Fight.” WWE has made a clear effort to think outside-the-box with its match concepts for the newly named “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules,” and the show will rely heavily on the cinematic match concept as well as stars who don’t necessarily need to be spotlighted this late in their careers.

With Raw and SmackDown both back under the control of WWE’s new creative head Bruce Prichard, there has been an obvious focus on the stars of yesteryear, a move that has gotten plenty of criticism from WWE’s fan base. Especially as TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has descended to historic lows, there isn’t a whole lot of optimism surrounding WWE’s current TV product, and so, the pressure is on WWE at Extreme Rules to turn things around and lay the groundwork for a quality SummerSlam show.

Here are five smart booking decisions WWE must make at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.Despite Bobby Lashley reportedly once being considered to take the WWE title from Drew McIntyre as part of a lengthy rivalry between the two gargantuan superstars, McIntyre has already moved on to a rather underwhelming rivalry with Dolph Ziggler.

For whatever reason (but likely because he’s such a good in-ring performer), Ziggler has become WWE’s go-to guy for filler world title feuds, as exemplified by his random WWE Championship rivalries with stars like Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston in recent years. Although Ziggler is a future Hall of Famer, he’s not at the stage of his career where he should be winning world titles. Rather, he should be in this match at Extreme Rules for one reason and one reason only: To make McIntyre look good.

Though there have been rumblings that McIntyre could be de-pushed following Paul Heyman’s dismissal because he was considered a Heyman “project,” it’s believed that McIntyre’s push won’t come to an end, especially given that he’s long had two huge supporters in Vince McMahon and Triple H. That’s undoubtedly the right call because McIntyre has performed incredibly well as champion, and whenever he does lose the WWE title, it should be to either a rising star who can benefit greatly from it or an established one who can bring back viewers as Raw’s audience continues to dissipate. It was reported last month that MVP would be leading a heel stable on Raw, and that faction has started to come together with Bobby Lashley already all in and MVP recruiting names like Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander to join the party.

Just a couple of weeks ago on Raw, WWE strongly teased during a backstage segment that Alexander could be turning heel to join up with MVP, and that, of course, would be a career-saving move for the former Cruiserweight star. Remember, it was just last year that WWE made efforts to “bury” Alexander amid reports that Vince McMahon had “given up” on the star, who was a favorite of Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman.

Alexander is far too talented to simply be tossed aside, and with MVP facing Crews for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules, that presents WWE with the perfect opportunity for Alexander to officially turn heel, side with MVP and reinvigorate his career in the process.

Extreme Rules

Extreme Rules: Jeff hardy will now officially face Sheamus at the WWE Extreme Rules Horror Show.The two will face off at the PPV in a unique stipulation.It is safe to say that the Sheamus and Hardy rivalry has become deeply personal.The Celtic warrior made some controversial comments about Hardy’s addiction issues.

While the lineup touts the likes of Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre, it is as notable for those who are not a part of the broadcast despite considerable television time devoted to them since the Backlash extravaganza in June.

The questionable decision to exclude certain stars only adds to a noticeable lack of excitement and anticipation for the event.Randy Orton has spent 2020 enjoying a career renaissance. From an unforgettable heel turn that ignited an intensely personal feud with Edge to weekly excellence on Raw as the master of the little things that make characters that much more compelling, he has earned consideration for Wrestler of the Year in WWE.

Despite a fairly high-profile feud with fellow future Hall of Famer The Big Show, Orton has been left off the Extreme Rules card. The blow-off to the program with the giant will instead take place on a throwaway episode of Raw that will likely struggle to find an audience in the same way every broadcast this summer has.

Why waste a marquee match that could have bolstered the event and gave fans familiar with those two a reason to invest in it beyond the hope of popping a one-time TV number?

AJ Styles is another star, one that has been at or near the top of the card since signing with WWE in 2016, whose value is being wasted in the hopes of generating a television audience.

The Phenomenal One defended his Intercontinental Championship against Matt Riddle on SmackDown on Friday in a match that, like Big Show vs. Orton, would have been better served on a pay-per-view card.

Considering how valuable both are to their shows as lead heels, it is almost unfathomable that they would be tossed aside in favor of title matches we have already seen play out on free television or CGI-heavy gimmick bouts that are likely to be cringeworthy for all the wrong reasons.

Then there is former universal champion Kevin Owens, who returned to action in recent weeks and even rekindled his rivalry with Seth Rollins. Yet with a little more than 24 hours until WWE presents its unironic Horror Show, he is not anywhere to be found on the card.The talent level in WWE at this point is as high-quality as it has ever been, so it is never a surprise when the in-ring content of any company-produced show exceeds expectations.

But the ring work of any show is only part of the equation.

The other? The emotion the audience gets watching the show, and that is where Extreme Rules is almost certain to disappoint.

Other than Wyatt vs. Strowman and maybe Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio, both cinematic matches with ample time for the company to edit them into whatever finished product it desires, it is hard to imagine any other match on the card generating the type of sentiment that elevates the show beyond any other B- or C-level PPV the company has produced this year.Seven matches have been announced for The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules, including Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Championship) and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman (Wyatt Swamp Fight).

Both Women’s Championships will also be defended, with Sasha Banks challenging Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship and Nikki Cross challenging Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Elsewhere on the card, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura will take on SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) in a tables match, while Apollo Crews is set to put his United States Championship on the line against MVP.

Finally, in one of the most bizarre stipulations in WWE history, Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio will meet in an Eye for an Eye match. WWE has confirmed that a Superstar must extract an eye from their opponent in order to win the unique encounter.

Now, with the match card announced, let’s take a look at five things that must occur at the event.It is worth noting that the Universal Championship is not on the line at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules.

Braun Strowman already retained his title against the “Firefly Fun House” version of Bray Wyatt’s character at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in May, and now he is going head-to-head with his former mentor in WWE’s latest cinematic PPV match.

Extreme Rules Live

Extreme Rules Live: At WWE Extreme Rules 2020 on July 19, Sasha Banks and Asuka will go toe-to-toe in a rivalry match for the Raw Women’s Championship, while Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt will have a Wyatt Swamp Fight. Those are the two biggest matches, in order, on the card, and it’s not a surprise to see that these four wrestlers are on the Pay Per View poster.

The questionable decision to exclude certain stars only adds to a noticeable lack of excitement and anticipation for the event.Randy Orton has spent 2020 enjoying a career renaissance. From an unforgettable heel turn that ignited an intensely personal feud with Edge to weekly excellence on Raw as the master of the little things that make characters that much more compelling, he has earned consideration for Wrestler of the Year in WWE.

Despite a fairly high-profile feud with fellow future Hall of Famer The Big Show, Orton has been left off the Extreme Rules card. The blow-off to the program with the giant will instead take place on a throwaway episode of Raw that will likely struggle to find an audience in the same way every broadcast this summer has.

Why waste a marquee match that could have bolstered the event and gave fans familiar with those two a reason to invest in it beyond the hope of popping a one-time TV number?

AJ Styles is another star, one that has been at or near the top of the card since signing with WWE in 2016, whose value is being wasted in the hopes of generating a television audience.

The Phenomenal One defended his Intercontinental Championship against Matt Riddle on SmackDown on Friday in a match that, like Big Show vs. Orton, would have been better served on a pay-per-view card.

Considering how valuable both are to their shows as lead heels, it is almost unfathomable that they would be tossed aside in favor of title matches we have already seen play out on free television or CGI-heavy gimmick bouts that are likely to be cringeworthy for all the wrong reasons.

Then there is former universal champion Kevin Owens, who returned to action in recent weeks and even rekindled his rivalry with Seth Rollins. Yet with a little more than 24 hours until WWE presents its unironic Horror Show, he is not anywhere to be found on the card.The talent level in WWE at this point is as high-quality as it has ever been, so it is never a surprise when the in-ring content of any company-produced show exceeds expectations.

But the ring work of any show is only part of the equation.

The other? The emotion the audience gets watching the show, and that is where Extreme Rules is almost certain to disappoint.

Other than Wyatt vs. Strowman and maybe Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio, both cinematic matches with ample time for the company to edit them into whatever finished product it desires, it is hard to imagine any other match on the card generating the type of sentiment that elevates the show beyond any other B- or C-level PPV the company has produced this year.Seven matches have been announced for The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules, including Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Championship) and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman (Wyatt Swamp Fight).

Both Women’s Championships will also be defended, with Sasha Banks challenging Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship and Nikki Cross challenging Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Elsewhere on the card, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura will take on SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) in a tables match, while Apollo Crews is set to put his United States Championship on the line against MVP.

Finally, in one of the most bizarre stipulations in WWE history, Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio will meet in an Eye for an Eye match. WWE has confirmed that a Superstar must extract an eye from their opponent in order to win the unique encounter.

Now, with the match card announced, let’s take a look at five things that must occur at the event.It is worth noting that the Universal Championship is not on the line at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules.

Braun Strowman already retained his title against the “Firefly Fun House” version of Bray Wyatt’s character at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in May, and now he is going head-to-head with his former mentor in WWE’s latest cinematic PPV match.

WWE Extreme Rules 2020 Reddit

WWE Extreme Rules 2020 Reddit: The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules will stream on Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Wyatt Swamp Fight between Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt, a WWE Championship clash between Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship Matches, a gruesome Eye for an Eye Match and much more highlight the pay-per-view event.

The questionable decision to exclude certain stars only adds to a noticeable lack of excitement and anticipation for the event.Randy Orton has spent 2020 enjoying a career renaissance. From an unforgettable heel turn that ignited an intensely personal feud with Edge to weekly excellence on Raw as the master of the little things that make characters that much more compelling, he has earned consideration for Wrestler of the Year in WWE.

Despite a fairly high-profile feud with fellow future Hall of Famer The Big Show, Orton has been left off the Extreme Rules card. The blow-off to the program with the giant will instead take place on a throwaway episode of Raw that will likely struggle to find an audience in the same way every broadcast this summer has.

Why waste a marquee match that could have bolstered the event and gave fans familiar with those two a reason to invest in it beyond the hope of popping a one-time TV number?

AJ Styles is another star, one that has been at or near the top of the card since signing with WWE in 2016, whose value is being wasted in the hopes of generating a television audience.

The Phenomenal One defended his Intercontinental Championship against Matt Riddle on SmackDown on Friday in a match that, like Big Show vs. Orton, would have been better served on a pay-per-view card.

Considering how valuable both are to their shows as lead heels, it is almost unfathomable that they would be tossed aside in favor of title matches we have already seen play out on free television or CGI-heavy gimmick bouts that are likely to be cringeworthy for all the wrong reasons.

Then there is former universal champion Kevin Owens, who returned to action in recent weeks and even rekindled his rivalry with Seth Rollins. Yet with a little more than 24 hours until WWE presents its unironic Horror Show, he is not anywhere to be found on the card.The talent level in WWE at this point is as high-quality as it has ever been, so it is never a surprise when the in-ring content of any company-produced show exceeds expectations.

But the ring work of any show is only part of the equation.

The other? The emotion the audience gets watching the show, and that is where Extreme Rules is almost certain to disappoint.

Other than Wyatt vs. Strowman and maybe Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio, both cinematic matches with ample time for the company to edit them into whatever finished product it desires, it is hard to imagine any other match on the card generating the type of sentiment that elevates the show beyond any other B- or C-level PPV the company has produced this year.Seven matches have been announced for The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules, including Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Championship) and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman (Wyatt Swamp Fight).

Both Women’s Championships will also be defended, with Sasha Banks challenging Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship and Nikki Cross challenging Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Elsewhere on the card, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura will take on SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) in a tables match, while Apollo Crews is set to put his United States Championship on the line against MVP.

Finally, in one of the most bizarre stipulations in WWE history, Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio will meet in an Eye for an Eye match. WWE has confirmed that a Superstar must extract an eye from their opponent in order to win the unique encounter.

Now, with the match card announced, let’s take a look at five things that must occur at the event.It is worth noting that the Universal Championship is not on the line at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules.

Braun Strowman already retained his title against the “Firefly Fun House” version of Bray Wyatt’s character at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in May, and now he is going head-to-head with his former mentor in WWE’s latest cinematic PPV match.

WWE Extreme Rules 2020 Stream

WWE Extreme Rules 2020 Stream: Drew McIntyre is set to defend his WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules pay-per-view July 19.The King of Claymore Country has been on a tear this year, starting with his impressive Royal Rumble victory in January, leading up to dethroning Brock Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania and beating all the challengers who have stood up to him since.

The questionable decision to exclude certain stars only adds to a noticeable lack of excitement and anticipation for the event.Randy Orton has spent 2020 enjoying a career renaissance. From an unforgettable heel turn that ignited an intensely personal feud with Edge to weekly excellence on Raw as the master of the little things that make characters that much more compelling, he has earned consideration for Wrestler of the Year in WWE.

Despite a fairly high-profile feud with fellow future Hall of Famer The Big Show, Orton has been left off the Extreme Rules card. The blow-off to the program with the giant will instead take place on a throwaway episode of Raw that will likely struggle to find an audience in the same way every broadcast this summer has.

Why waste a marquee match that could have bolstered the event and gave fans familiar with those two a reason to invest in it beyond the hope of popping a one-time TV number?

AJ Styles is another star, one that has been at or near the top of the card since signing with WWE in 2016, whose value is being wasted in the hopes of generating a television audience.

The Phenomenal One defended his Intercontinental Championship against Matt Riddle on SmackDown on Friday in a match that, like Big Show vs. Orton, would have been better served on a pay-per-view card.

Considering how valuable both are to their shows as lead heels, it is almost unfathomable that they would be tossed aside in favor of title matches we have already seen play out on free television or CGI-heavy gimmick bouts that are likely to be cringeworthy for all the wrong reasons.

Then there is former universal champion Kevin Owens, who returned to action in recent weeks and even rekindled his rivalry with Seth Rollins. Yet with a little more than 24 hours until WWE presents its unironic Horror Show, he is not anywhere to be found on the card.The talent level in WWE at this point is as high-quality as it has ever been, so it is never a surprise when the in-ring content of any company-produced show exceeds expectations.

But the ring work of any show is only part of the equation.

The other? The emotion the audience gets watching the show, and that is where Extreme Rules is almost certain to disappoint.

Other than Wyatt vs. Strowman and maybe Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio, both cinematic matches with ample time for the company to edit them into whatever finished product it desires, it is hard to imagine any other match on the card generating the type of sentiment that elevates the show beyond any other B- or C-level PPV the company has produced this year.Seven matches have been announced for The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules, including Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Championship) and Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman (Wyatt Swamp Fight).

Both Women’s Championships will also be defended, with Sasha Banks challenging Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship and Nikki Cross challenging Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Elsewhere on the card, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura will take on SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) in a tables match, while Apollo Crews is set to put his United States Championship on the line against MVP.

Finally, in one of the most bizarre stipulations in WWE history, Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio will meet in an Eye for an Eye match. WWE has confirmed that a Superstar must extract an eye from their opponent in order to win the unique encounter.

Now, with the match card announced, let’s take a look at five things that must occur at the event.It is worth noting that the Universal Championship is not on the line at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules.

Braun Strowman already retained his title against the “Firefly Fun House” version of Bray Wyatt’s character at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in May, and now he is going head-to-head with his former mentor in WWE’s latest cinematic PPV match.