WWE Extreme Rules 2013: Most Intriguing Storylines to Watch for in St. Louis

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 15, 2013

Feb 25, 2012; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Wrestler and actor John Cena prior to the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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After a thrilling night of action at WrestleMania 29, WWE looks set to be back in a big way on Sunday when WWE Extreme Rules takes place in St. Louis.

There's a full card of action and plenty of intrigue to be found regarding every bout from the Last Man Standing Championship match between John Cena and Ryback all the way through to the singles and tag-team matches.

So what are the most intriguing storylines heading into Extreme Rules this year? How will they unfold on the night and fit in the grand plans of the company?

Read on and find out.


What's Next in Triple H and Brock Lesnar Rivalry?

Having already played out a number of thrilling matches this year, just where the Triple H and Brock Lesnar rivalry will go in Extreme Rules remains to be seen.

Both have been unpredictable at times this year and, inside the steel cage, should showcase one of the more dangerous and exciting bouts of the night.

Triple H got the edge on Lesnar with his victory at WrestleMania, but it's hard to see that happening again in this one—particularly if this is more of a straight-up brawl in the center of the ring rather than either wrestler scaling the cage and such. 

Lesnar should win and exact his revenge on Triple H and will likely gain some time off after that—keeping this rivalry and future storylines as strong as ever.


What Will the Company Do with The Shield?

The company have worked very hard to get The Shield to where they are now, and it would seem simply ridiculous if they were to lose their Tag Team Championship match against Team Hell No as a result. The bigger question is about where they'll go from here, assuming they win this match.

If The Shield can win here, they would be the new Tag Team champions and could encourage the WWE to add some more star-studded teams into the mix.

The division isn't all that strong right now and could use some revamping—which The Shield would definitely offer. And as Bleacher Report's David Levin highlights, it could also give the opportunity for a "possible disbandment of Kane and Daniel Bryan so Bryan can chase Dolph Ziggler."


Can Alberto Del Rio Win Back his World Heavyweight Title?

Alberto Del Rio scored a huge win over The Big Show to clinch the World Heavyweight title and then successfully defended it at WrestleMania against Jack Swagger. However, that all quickly changed on Raw when Dolph Ziggler cashed in and beat Del Rio, who was injured from WrestleMania.

Now, Del Rio will be looking to launch another challenge for his World Heavyweight title, and that will start with taking down Swagger again at Extreme Rules.

Both Del Rio and Swagger will be looking to steal the show here in order to build their personal reputation, but it also stands as a defining moment in the long-term plans of Del Rio, who was rapidly becoming one of the company's favorite guys.

Win here and Del Rio would take the No. 1 contendership to fight Ziggler for the title in the near future. Lose, however, and his future in the company's plans are very much up in the air. A loss for Swagger would likely see him bow out of the World Heavyweight Championship scene.


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