There were some mixed expectations for the 2013 edition of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, but after an amazing show, the WWE Universe is expecting a great follow-up episode of Raw this Monday from Kansas City.
With major fallout from the results of Sunday night’s PPV—John Cena and Ryback are dealing with injuries, Brock Lesnar stole a win from Triple H and The Shield are solid gold—casual and hardcore wrestling fans alike are ecstatic for what will happen on Raw.
There was a major layoff between WrestleMania and Extreme Rules, but with Payback already less than a month away, the aftermath of Sunday’s show will lead right into the build for June’s PPV.
Expect Monday’s episode of Raw to be action packed.
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Monday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
2013 Extreme Rules Results
WWE Champion John Cena and Ryback wrestled to a No Contest in a Last Man Standing Match.
Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger ('I Quit' Match).
Dean Ambrose defeated U.S. Champion Kofi Kingston.
The Shield defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Tornado Tag Team Match).
Sheamus defeated Mark Henry (Strap Match).
Randy Orton defeated Big Show (Extreme Rules Match).
Chris Jericho defeated Fandango.
The Miz defeated Cody Rhodes (Pre-Show).
After one of the wilder WWE PPVs the fans will see all year, the WWE Universe could be getting another treat on Monday’s Raw, as F4WOnline (via Wrestling Inc.) is reporting former World champion Christian will be returning soon:
The latest word on Christian is that he will be returning to action soon after WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view. We noted last week that WWE creative was still working on plans for his return.
The WWE’s midcard has been a joke over the last three months, but now that WrestleMania and Extreme Rules are out of the way, the hope is that the company will shift some of the focus to building secondary storylines.
Instead of allowing talented stars like Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro to wallow away in obscurity, the addition of the face Christian as the foe to either man would bring instant relevance to the feud.
Give the WWE Universe Christian vs. Cesaro any day.
John Cena’s Injury Status
The expectations for the WWE Championship match between defending champ John Cena and Ryback were low coming into Extreme Rules, but after one of the coolest spots in a long time—both men went through the light wall on the stage—this is the bout the WWE Universe is talking about Monday morning.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: How Bad Are These Men Injured?
While there is little doubt that the injuries to both men are likely a work, the intrigue over how severe the WWE says the damage is and what role they will play in the outcome of next month’s Payback PPV has fans excited for Raw. With Ryback and Cena likely getting a rematch, the injuries from Extreme Rules could be used as the basis for the storyline starting at Monday's show.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Memorable PPV Moments
As much as fans want to complain about Ryback, his Last Man Standing match against Cena was great throughout and it was capped off with an amazing ending. Ryback may not be the best on the mic, but the monster heel will come out on Raw and speak truths about how he really is the most serious threat to Cena’s title reign.
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The Age of The Shield Has Begun
Believe in The Shield.
Before Sunday’s PPV, that was just a mantra that the young trio of fresh faces breaking into the WWE, but now that Dean Ambrose has the United States Championship and the duo of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have the WWE Tag Team Championships, the age of The Shield is upon the WWE Universe.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Do YOU Believe in The Shield?
The focus has shifted from the trio’s success at Extreme Rules to what the heel stable will do next. When the trio comes to the ring with their titles Monday night, it will be abundantly clear that the WWE is firmly behind The Shield. With Raw offering the company a chance to clear the slate and start new feuds, don’t be surprised if The Shield look to send a message to the rest of the locker room Monday.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Coming Out Parties
When these three men debuted in the WWE at Survivor Series 2012, there was a legitimate concern that the company would drop the ball and misuse the talented trio. After almost six months of utterly dominating the biggest stars on the roster, it’s clear that all three members of The Shield have a very bright future.
Expect even more of these three young stars starting on this Monday’s Raw.
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