The Extreme Rules pay-per-view is being held by WWE this weekend – the 13th time a PPV has been held under that banner.
There’s six matches confirmed so far, with the highlight of those surely to be Roman Reigns’s defence of his WWE Universal Championship against Finn Balor.
Let’s take a look at five reasons why Extreme Rules could be a great event:
Simply put – it’s Extreme Rules night.
The stipulation normally features heavily during this specific PPV – although it will be only be used for Reigns v Balor.
There is, however, a Triple Threat Tables Elimination match for the United States Championship, which will certainly be worth a watch.
Can Reigns retain again?
Roman Reigns has now held the Universal title for 390 days since winning it at Payback in August 2020.
It is the second-longest reign in the title’s history, behind Brock Lesnar’s 504-day reign.
With Reigns v Lesnar confirmed for Crown Jewel next month, will the ‘Tribal Chief’ enter the bout with the title, or will ‘The Demon’ Finn Balor take it from him on Sunday?
Triple Threat Tables match
Damian Priest’s first PPV defence of his United States Championship will be contested in an interesting stipulation.
Priest, Jeff Hardy and Sheamus will take part in a Triple Threat Tables Elimination match for the title.
There’s plenty of interest in this one for WWE fans. Priest is an up and coming WWE Superstar who has quickly risen through the ranks, just as quickly as he has gained popularity.
Hardy, meanwhile, is a long-time fan favourite, and is seeking a 23rd title within the company. It will certainly be one to watch.
Raw Women’s Championship change?
Charlotte Flair secured the Raw Women’s Championship for the sixth time in her career at SummerSlam, emerging victorious in a Triple Threat match.
She’s since been involved in a storyline with Alexa Bliss, with the pair set to face off at Extreme Rules.
It will be interesting to see where WWE takes this long-term, with Bliss and her doll companion seemingly gaining momentum as the weeks go on.
Becky Lynch’s first televised fight since championship win
Becky Lynch received the ovation of the night (alongside Brock Lesnar) when she returned at SummerSlam after 15 months away.
The decision to have her defeat long-standing SmackDown Women’s champion Bianca Belair in 26 seconds was less popular, but fans have been eagerly anticipating her second televised bout since her return.
She has fought several house shows against Belair in the UK this month, with Extreme Rules the first time they will face off on TV since SummerSlam.
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