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.