Just four weeks after WrestleMania 30, another WWE pay-per-view is on the schedule. Extreme Rules 2014 will take place on Sunday Night at the Izod Center in New Jersey.
The PPV will feature Daniel Bryan’s first title defense, since his more than seven-month journey towards securing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. His first match as champion will come against Kane, who held the tag team titles with Bryan less than a year ago.
Bryan’s match, however, might not end the show. The match between The Shield and Evolution is likely to be the main event. The two factions closed out the most recent edition of “Monday Night Raw,” as Ric Flair made his return to WWE TV.
Two titles will not be defended at the PPV. The Usos retained the tag team titles on Monday against Rybaxel, and Dean Ambrose rarely defends the United States Championship.
The Extreme Rules card features seven matches, as well as one on the pre-show.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Kane (Extreme Rules Match)
After finally securing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30, Bryan’s title reign won’t be coming to an end just yet. The WWE has done their best to make Kane appear to be a legitimate threat to Bryan, as he’s gotten the better of the champ on the last two episodes of “Raw.” Still, there’s little to no chance that Bryan will lose the belt on Sunday.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
The Shield vs. Evolution (Six-Man Warefare)
Considering that this feud will likely continue over the next few months, the heels have the best chance to stand tall, when the match is finished. Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista all lost at WrestleMania, and they should redeem themselves with a win over The Shield. However, this should just be the start of the Shield-Evolution rivalry, which could conclude at SummerSlam with a match between Roman Reigns and Triple H
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (Steel Cage Match)
As WWE continues to tease a John Cena heel turn that won’t likely happen, Wyatt continues to do the best work on the mic, each week. Even though the match will be fought in a steal cage, this might not be the last of the Cena-Wyatt feud. Following Cena’s victory at WrestleMania, Wyatt can steal a win, with the help of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Intercontinental Champion Big E vs. Bad News Barrett
Big E’s title run has been underwhelming, since he took the belt from Curtis Axel in November. Barrett should get the title, as part of his latest push.
Prediction: Bad News Barrett
Divas Champion Paige vs. Tamina Snuka
In her first title defense since being called up from NXT, Paige should leave the Izod Center with the belt. She might hold onto it until AJ Lee returns and gets her rematch.
Jack Swagger vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro
Swagger and RVD aren’t much of a threat to the newest “Paul Heyman Guy.” WWE is looking to make Cesaro a top star, and he won’t lose in a match with two midcard wrestlers.
R-Truth & Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev (2-on-1 Handicap Match)
Since being called up to the main roster, all Rusev has done is squash his opponents. This will be another chance for WWE to show how dominant the Bulgarian Brute is in the ring.
Prediction: Alexander Rusev
El Torito vs. Hornswoggle (Pre-Show “WeeLC” Match)
The babyface usually comes out on top in the pre-show match. El Torito should get the victory.
Prediction: El Torito