WrestleMania 29 took place six weeks ago, but the first WWE Pay-Per-View is finally set to get underway, since the big event. On Sunday night, Extreme Rules will mark the fourth WWE PPV of 2013.
The event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET in St. Louis. Viewers who don’t purchase the PPV on TV can watch a live stream online at wwe.com for $44.99. The pre-show will begin at 7:30 and can be seen for free with the WWE app, YouTube or wwe.com. A post-show will also follow the PPV.
John Cena will defend the WWE title for the first time in almost two years. He will take on Ryback, who has been on the losing end of six straight PPV matches. Most recently, he lost to Mark Henry at WrestleMania. On Sunday, he will try to win his first ever belt in the WWE as he faces Cena in a Last Man Standing match.
The World Heavyweight title won’t be defended at Extreme Rules. Dolph Ziggler suffered a concussion on a recent episode of “SmackDown” and hasn’t been medically cleared to step in the ring. Instead, Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger will have an ‘I Quit’ match for a shot at being the No.1 contender. Del Rio lost the championship on the “Monday Night Raw” after WrestelMania 29, when Ziggler chased in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
The No.1 contender match is one of three rematches from Wrestlemania. Triple H and Brock Lesnar will compete in a steel cage match. Lensar beat Triple H at SummerSlam, while the COO won their matchup at the last PPV.
Chris Jericho and Fandango will meet again after facing off at WrestleMania. At MetLife Stadium, Fandango wrestled for the first time in the WWE. In the following weeks, he’s become one of the more popular superstars on the roster.
The Rock, Undertaker and CM Punk will all miss the PPV. Undertaker and Punk are expected to return sometime in the coming months. It’s unknown if The Rock will ever wrestle again.
Below is the entire match card for 2013 Extreme Rules. Of the nine matches that are scheduled for Sunday, six have some sort of stipulation and three will have a title on the line.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Ryback (Last Man Standing Match)
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (Steel Cage Match)
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger (‘I Quit’ Match)
United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. The Shield (Tag Team Tornado Match)
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry (Strap Match)
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules Match)
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes (Pre-Show)