The 2013 edition of WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view was one of the most exciting in the event’s history, and the results point to a huge push for some of the company’s top stars heading toward June’s Payback.
All of the following WWE Superstars should expect a monstrous push over the next month.
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 (Steel Cage Match)
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).
Not only did The Shield’s Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns win the WWE Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules, Dean Ambrose was able to capture the United States Championship, proving once and for all that it’s time to believe in The Shield.
This trio of young superstars has already been riding a huge push, but now that they all have gold, the domination from the heel stable will go unparalleled.
This truly is one of the most dominant groups the WWE has ever seen already.
The Shield obviously has the support of the top officials in the company, and with their stellar performance every time they hit the ring, the trio of former NXT stars has transformed themselves into a dominant force at the highest level.
Believe in The Shield.
The match at Extreme Rules between Randy Orton and the Big Show was better than most fans expected, but it wasn’t until the end when Orton used his punt kick for the first time in years that the WWE Universe was given a glimpse of a possible evil edge to his character.
Orton got the win in his hometown—something that doesn’t happen very often—and not only did he use the RKO to decimate Big Show, the fact that he used a move that had been put on the shelf for so long like the punt made this match feel special.
Now the WWE must carry that momentum over the next month into Payback.
The stage has been set for a big Orton push already with the superstar being featured in the PPV promos for the June event, and a huge win coupled with an edgier character that will do anything to win is what the WWE Universe has wanted all along.
While Dolph Ziggler was forced to miss the Extreme Rules show while he recovers from a concussion, the match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger was so mediocre that it became perfectly clear that The Showoff is really the only saving grace of this whole angle.
Both Swagger and Del Rio fail to get any kind of reaction while their mouthpieces prove to be more over with the crowd than their respective wrestlers.
That’s not a good sign for either star.
Say what you want about Ziggler’s style in and out of the ring, but he is the only interesting aspect of the World Heavyweight Championship scene right now and deserves the huge push coming his way.
Sunday’s No. 1 contender's match at Extreme Rules and the replay shenanigans that clouded the ending of it only highlighted the fact that Ziggler is the brightest star of the three.
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