With only three weeks separating Payback from Extreme Rules, WWE has been forced to speed up the booking process for the May 22 pay-per-view. While they were able to turn the page and hit the reset button (for the most part) following WrestleMania, Payback was merely a set-up for Extreme Rules despite the intrigue surrounding the main event and the McMahon family decision. So after Sunday night’s pay-per-view and Monday’s episode of RAW, Extreme Rules will end up closely resembling Payback with a few stipulations added in to mix things up.
The following matches for Extreme Rules are official after wwe.com recaps of Payback and Monday Night RAW:
Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Roman Reigns (c) vs AJ Styles
This re-match was announced immediately following the Payback main event by Vince, Shane, and Stephanie. The first bout between Reigns and Styles had to be re-started on two separate occasions, enforcing no count-out and no disqualification stipulations. This time around, those stips will already be in place from the jump via the Extreme Rules gimmick match. Chairs already entered the equation following Monday’s six-man tag main event between Styles, Anderson, and Gallows vs. Reigns and The Usos. And the champion threw Styles through a table for good measure as they hype up the extreme angle for Extreme Rules.
Submission Match for the WWE Women’s Championship
Charlotte (c) vs Natalya
After the Chicago Screwjob that saw referee Charles Robinson aid Charlotte in retaining the title at Payback, two changes have been made for the women’s rematch at Extreme Rules. We’ve seen many sharpshooters and figure eights over the last 48 hours, so the championship will be defended in a Submission match in Newark. Not only that but Stephanie McMahon decided to ban Ric Flair from ringside because he’s become a “distraction.” No word on whether Robinson will officiate the proceedings at Extreme Rules.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) vs The Vaudevillains
The WWE Tag Team Tournament came to an abrupt ending at Payback when Enzo Amore suffered a concussion in the tournament finals against The Vaudevillains. The referee stopped the match, and it was ruled a no-contest. WWE has still decided to move forward with The Vaudevillains getting the title opportunity at Extreme Rules as Aiden English and Simon Gotch teamed with The Dudley Boyz on RAW in an eight-man tag team match against The New Day and Big Cass.
United States Championship Match
Kalisto (c) vs Rusev (w/Lana)
Rusev won a number one contender’s Battle Royal on RAW on Monday to earn the right to face the champion at Extreme Rules. This will likely sever any remaining ties the Bulgarian Brute has with his former League of Nations brethren as he looks to reclaim a championship he once held at the beginning of his WWE career. Kalisto will have to overcome another significant size disadvantage at Extreme Rules after defeating Ryback on back-to-back pre-shows at WrestleMania and Payback.
Four of the company’s five championships are officially on the line at Extreme Rules. It appears The Miz will defend the Intercontinental Title in a fatal four-way against Cesaro, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn. Miz retained his title against Cesaro Sunday while Owens defeated Zayn. The two feuds have intertwined with the next natural progression being a match between all four at the next pay-per-view.
Dolph Ziggler pinned Baron Corbin on the Payback Kickoff Show, but their feud continued the following night during the Battle Royal. The Show-Off eliminated The Lone Wolf, but Corbin attacked Ziggler, which allowed Rusev to toss him out. It appears Corbin isn’t finished with Ziggler, and the two could square off at Extreme Rules again. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have targeted The Usos since their arrivals in WWE, so the only question remains whether they’ll face each other at the pay-per-view or be in the corners of Styles and Reigns during the main event.
On Monday, the Inquisitr reported that WWE decided to scrap plans for a Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio match at Payback so that could be slid till Extreme Rules also. Two of the former members of League of Nations continued their bickering during the Battle Royal with Sheamus actually eliminating Del Rio. Emma and Becky Lynch finally got their singles match on RAW, but that program may continue as well.
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