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.