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Bleacher Report featured columnists Michael Cahill, Brandon Galvin, Mike Chiari and Donald Wood give the lowdown on all things going on in the wrestling world. Indy wrestling star Sami Callihan also joined the show to offer his inside perspective on the business.
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Extreme Rules Preview
The Extreme Rules pay-per-view is set for Sunday and the card appears to be quite strong. John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship and Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H figure to headline the event. In addition to those matches, though, there are several intriguing bouts featuring some exciting stipulations. On paper, Extreme Rules has all the makings of one of 2013's best wrestling shows.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who Will Reign Supreme at Extreme Rules?
For the most part, the Extreme Rules card is fairly predictable. Lesnar will likely defeat Triple H in a steel cage match since The Game went over at WrestleMania, Alberto Del Rio is a heavy favorite to defeat Jack Swagger in a No. 1 contender "I Quit" match, Dean Ambrose should have little issue taking the United States Championship from Kofi Kingston and the duo of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will almost certainly beat Team Hell No for the Tag Team Championships.
At the same time, there are a few matches that could go either way as well. Mark Henry is in the driver's seat when it comes to his strap match against Sheamus, but it is far from a guarantee. Randy Orton has a slight upper hand in his Extreme Rules match against Big Show. Conventional wisdom suggests Fandango should beat Chris Jericho, but Y2J could prevail.
The big question mark relates to the WWE Championship match between Cena and Ryback, though.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
The WWE is in a pretty tough situation when it comes to Cena and Ryback. While having Ryback at yet another pay-per-view would further damage his credibility as a main event player, he doesn't seem ready to carry the richest prize in wrestling.
One way to fix that would be to end the match in a draw.
It wouldn't be the most satisfying result, but the RRR panel was pretty much in agreement that it would be the best course of action. The Shield could interfere and knock both men out for the count of 10 seeing as how it is a Last Man Standing match.
This would protect Ryback, keep the title on Cena and prolong the feud until Payback, at the very least. The WWE likely has something else in mind for Cena and Ryback at SummerSlam, so it would be a good idea to extend their rivalry for at least another month or two. While a draw would simply kick the issue further down the road, it is the best way to handle things for now.
Rumor Mill: Swagger vs. Del Rio Winner to Get Title Shot on Raw (via WrestlingInc.com)
RRR Interview with Sami Callihan
If you're a fan of the independent wrestling scene, then it's a near certainty that you have seen Sami Callihan compete. He is an indy fixture and has competed for companies such as Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Syndicate, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Dragon Gate USA, among others. He has already accomplished a ton at the age of 25 and there is still plenty to come for the eccentric star who graced Ring Rust Radio with his presence this week.
Question on Everybody's Mind: When Is Callihan Going to WWE?
Callihan has managed to make a name for himself thanks to his hybrid wrestling ability that mixes brawling and technical skill as well as his well-developed character. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that Callihan is on the WWE's radar.
According to WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Callihan worked a tryout match with the WWE last year, so it seems like it is only a matter of time before the biggest company in professional wrestling signs him.
In fact, reports have recently surfaced that Callihan signing with the WWE is imminent. According to WrestlingNewsSource.com, Callihan underwent medical testing for WWE last week and is on the verge of signing with the company. These reports have been circulating for quite some time and nothing has come of them yet, but it certainly seems like Callihan's days as a big fish in a small pond are nearing an end.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Much like ROH's Adam Cole, Callihan played it close to the vest when discussing his WWE future. Since the nature of his negotiations with the company is probably quite secretive, it's tough to blame him for being coy.
With that said, he was vocal about his desire to move on to bigger and better things. Callihan essentially admitted that while he loves wrestling and continues to compete based on that love, he also wants to make money. The only American companies with huge moneymaking potential right now are WWE and TNA, and it's clear that WWE is his target.
We discussed his relationship with Dean Ambrose, who he teamed with and faced quite extensively on the independent scene. Callihan said that he has been following him and is very excited about his progress. He believes that the success of guys like Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan in the WWE will bode well for him moving forward. Callihan is already so advanced as a wrestler and a character that it probably won't take long for him to reach the main roster once he is eventually signed.
Rumor Mill: Callihan Pulled from Japanese Event (via Rajah.com)
Aces and Eights Alienates D'Lo
The awful saga of Aces and Eights continued on Impact last week, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight. In fact, things have somehow managed to get progressively worse.
After losing to Kurt Angle in an "I Quit" match one week earlier, D'Lo Brown was ostracized by the group. He then accidentally cost DOC a match and was punished by Bully Ray, so D'Lo is on very shaky ground moving forward.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why Is Aces and Eights Being So Hypocritical?
Besides the fact that D'Lo has no business being part of a major storyline at the age of 42, which is 15 years past his prime, this entire situation is ridiculous. Why does Bully Ray suddenly have an issue with Aces and Eights members losing? Over the past 10 months, they have lost the vast majority of their matches and nobody has even blinked. They lost a supposedly huge match to Team TNA at Lockdown, yet Aces and Eights went along like nothing ever happened.
Once D'Lo loses, however, he is suddenly the weak link and losing can't possibly be tolerated. Why didn't DOC get disciplined? He's the one that lost to Magnus. Was it OK that Bully, Devon and Mr. Anderson lost to Sting, Angle and Abyss later in the night?
Inconsistency comes with the territory when you're talking about TNA and Aces and Eights, but this is a totally different level of stupidity.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
It remains to be seen where this D'Lo angle is heading, but it looks like he may turn face and feud with Aces and Eights.
Who on earth is interested in seeing that?
It would have been a stretch to put D'Lo in a high-profile situation back in 1998, so doing it in 2013 is almost unfathomable. D'Lo isn't going to help TNA in its quest to vanquish Aces and Eights. He proved a couple weeks ago that he can't wrestle and he is clearly out of shape, so how is his presence relevant in the least?
While pretty much all of Aces and Eights' reveals were hugely disappointing, D'Lo's took the cake. Not only was it predictable, but it had no impact whatsoever.
Perhaps this is the start of Aces and Eights weeding out the weak links, but if that is the case, then Aces and Eights will cease to exist since Bully Ray is the only one worth anything in the entire gang.
Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for Aces and Eights, but it is more likely that this is yet another convoluted angle meant to prolong the worst storyline in professional wrestling.
RRR Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Michael Cahill: 145
2. Mike Chiari: 70
3. Brandon Galvin: 10
4. Donald Wood: -30
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