With WrestleMania season out of the way, Extreme Rules 2013 will give fans an idea of how the summer may unfold.
Extreme Rules 2012, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena, was one of the best pay-per-views of last year. While this year's edition doesn't have the same kind of momentum coming in, it should be a strong show from start to finish.
You've got a nice combination of match styles. Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston and Chris Jericho vs. Fandango should be solid displays of actual wrestling if given enough time. Then Ryback vs. John Cena, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar and Mark Henry vs. Sheamus might not be good technical matches, but they're going to be very physical and provide plenty of entertainment.
Here's all the information you need for Extreme Rules 2013, along with three of the most compelling storylines to watch on Sunday.
When: Sunday, May 19, at 8 p.m.
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Watch: PPV through your cable provider
Live Stream: WWE.com
Will The Shield win any gold?
All three members of The Shield are involved in title matches. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are battling Team Hell No for the Tag Team Championship, while Dean Ambrose has a match against Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship.
The Shield has been rampaging through WWE ever since powerbombing Ryback through the announcers' table at Survivor Series. The group has taken out main eventers like The Rock, John Cena, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Ryback and The Undertaker.
This is the first time, though, that the group has been split up on a PPV.
Although winning a title is always nice, it could be argued that it's almost a step down from what The Shield has been doing. Winning either or both of its matches would mean The Shield would be involved with wrestlers that are far down the pecking order in the company.
On the other hand, it's good to see a group begin to get a monopoly on the titles in a company. It could give The Shield something to do until one of the members is considered to be a threat for one of the two major titles.
Can John Cena overcome his Achilles injury and defeat Ryback?
Slowly, but surely, Ryback has become one of the best things to watch each week on Raw. He's added some more dimensions to his character and actually given proper reasons and motivations for his feud with John Cena.
He tried being Cena's friend and a good guy, but that only got him screwed over by The Shield and Brad Maddox in WWE Title matches. While mic work isn't one of Ryback's better qualities, he's grown by leaps and bounds from where he was months ago.
Even with an injury, it's hard to see Cena losing this match. Ryback has improved, but he's not yet the kind of guy who can carry a flagship title.
Don't expect a mat classic with this one; however, it should be pretty entertaining. A Last Man Standing match compliments the physical style of both wrestlers.
Will Brock Lesnar win the rubber match in his rivalry with Triple H?
This feud has been brutal to watch. On one side, you've got Brock Lesnar, whose appearances on television have been limited because of his contract. On the other, you've got Triple H, who must always be the toughest and coolest guy in the ring and never look weak.
Seeing Lesnar tear apart Triple H's office was great, until the Cerebral Assassin came out and was completely unaffected. Then in the Raw before Extreme Rules, Triple H goads Lesnar into the ring by questioning his manhood and gets the upper hand again.
At the very least, you should be able to count on a solid match. Plus, the steel cage aspect of the match is different from the previous meetings between the wrestlers, which essentially had the same stipulation (No DQ and No Holds Barred).
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