Views From The Turnbuckle: Extreme Rules Preview
Although the match is technically for the world title, Kane has about as good of a chance of becoming the WWE WHC on Sunday as I do. Bryan is going to walk out of the Izod Center as champion, one way or another. Hopefully, Bryan will defeat Kane cleanly in the ring, and that will be that. There is always the option that Bryan wins but Kane kicks the crap out of him after the match, painfully prolonging the feud into another match, which would be a disaster.
After John Cena did everything but get a tombstone carved for the Wyatt family at Wrestlemania, Cena will once again wrestle Wyatt, this time inside a steel cage. Cena already defeated Wyatt with both Rowan and Harper interfering in the match at Wrestlemania, so logically, beating Bray inside a cage where there is likely going to be little interference, should be a walk in the park.
My biggest qualm with this feud is that Cena has really no-selled Wyatt's character. The key for the feud was going to be Wyatt's ability to get into Cena's head. On Monday Cena came out and started to sound genuinely hurt by the fans and by Wyatt, and Wyatt even hammered the point home by leading a children's choir in song (kids, you know, Cena's main fanbase). How did Cena respond to all of this? He went on camera with Renee Young and said simply that fans have the right to love him or hate him, and that is their right and he loves them for that. So basically, all of Wyatt's mind games prompted Cena to say the exact same thing he has always said, which means the effects of Wyatt's character were zilch.
Wyatt pretty much has to win this match, although I said the same thing at Wrestlemania and look how that turned out. I hate to repeat myself, but realistically, Cena gains nothing from a victory, while Wyatt would become all sorts of legitimate in the eyes of everybody. There is the always prevalent "Cena wins because he is John f'n Cena" logic behind the match, so you can never , ever, rule Cena out of winning a wrestling match, no matter the situation.
The Intercontinental title is on the line as Big E will take on the surging Bad News Barrett, in a match that really spells trouble for Big E. For starters, Barrett has improbably built a ton of momentum over the last few weeks, becoming one of the most engaging acts within WWE. Big E on the other hand, has been pretty absent from WWE TV, as we mainly see him standing in front of television monitor over the last few weeks. A disaster may take place for Big E, as Barrett the heel, may end up being cheered louder by the crowd than the face Big E, which is the worst thing for a face that is trying to build momentum.
Big E has been an interesting case for WWE. Management clearly figure him into their long term plans, and he has had the IC title longer than anybody has held it in the last three years. However, he really doesn't get a lot of mic time or wrestling time, and always seems to be in a match on PPV with someone random that was thrown together at the last minute. Even though the IC title was on big-time display the last few weeks, with Barrett winning the tournament, the fact of the matter is, Big E was barely a part of any of that. While all the contenders worked in the ring, Big E was standing around watching television. WWE has really dropped the ball with Big E, and despite his lengthy reign as champion, he hasn't built any real momentum.
In other championship news, Paige will defend her Diva's Championship against noted AJ Lee lackey Tamina Snuka. This match is simply a placeholder for Paige to retain the title while AJ Lee takes time off for whatever sabbatical she is on. The good news is that Tamina has a relatively unique style and Paige has proven herself to be a good worker, so this might be one of the better women's matches of the year.
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