The next pay-per-view (PPV) -- err, "special event" -- on the WWE schedule is the Extreme Rules show set to take place on Sun., May 4, 2014, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the company's annual post WrestleMania hardcore showcase.
We're just two weeks out from showtime and there are now multiple matches official for the card with a strong rumor accompanying them.
- Evolution vs. The Shield
Word on the street is this is the main event of the show, which would make sense considering who's involved, but will undoubtedly ruffle the feathers of Daniel Bryan fans everywhere. The reality is this is the big money match-up on the card and with the WWE Network carrying the show the traditional main event doesn't carry the same weight it used to.
- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
The return match from WrestleMania, this one in a steel cage. I'm not sure what the point of it is considering Cena already won in the first contest and then turned Wyatt into a huge joke on Raw last week. The explanation for the steel cage is also silly -- so Erick Rowan and Luke Harper can't get in; this despite their having broken into the far more complex Elimination Chamber structure -- but whatever.
- Paige vs. Tamina
Because AJ Lee is on hiatus, Paige is left defending the Divas championship she won from her against her bodyguard, Tamina, who won a 10-woman battle royal to become number one contender. About as good a first challenge as Paige could have been looking at.
- Big E vs. Intercontinental title tournament winner
By all appearances, it seems Cesaro is headed for this spot and possibly an Intercontinental title run now that he's paired up with Paul Heyman. That didn't work out so well for Curtis Axel, but Cesaro is no Curtis Axel. How far has Big E fallen, by the way?
- Daniel Bryan vs. Kane*
This is just a rumor right now but it certainly seems to be the direction they're moving toward. The match doesn't make a lot of sense other than giving the two something to do while Evolution and The Shield throw down, but Bryan should at least make it a good match and there's almost no danger of his losing the WWE world heavyweight championship.
That's the card, Cagesiders. You buying?