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Two new matches added to WWE Extreme Rules 2014

The pre-show and a triple threat spinning out of the Intercontinental contender tournament.

While it's arguable if last night's Raw did a great job of selling the upcoming "special event" Extreme Rules, it certainly filled out the card.  In addition to the finals of the tournament to determine the #1 contender to Big E's Intercontinental championship, three other matches were made official for the Sunday, May 4th show in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

First up, the pre-show match is set...and it may be the biggest indicator yet that the pay-per-view (PPV) era is over.  Rather than broadcasting a title match or a showdown of great workers before the main show starts in an attempt to drive buys, Extreme Rules will kick-off at 7:30PM Eastern exclusive to WWE Network - where if you're watching the pre-show, you've already signed up for the special event.

The focus is on providing a fun match that warms up the crowd at home as much as the people who will physically be in attendance at The IZOD Center.  Your mileage may vary on the amount of fun to be had with continuing the El Toritio vs. Hornswoggle feud in what WWE is calling a "WeeLC" match, but that's what you're going to get.  The recently turned 3MB member will take his issues with the bull mascot of Los Matadores into a hardcore match.  Expect hilarity with step ladders to ensue as the two little people break the one-to-one tie that resulted from their first two singles matches ended.

A triple threat between the current Paul Heyman guy, an original Paul Heyman guy and the current Paul Heyman guy's former tag partner was booked following the run-in happy finish to the IC tournament finals, won by Bad News Barrett over Rob Van Dam.  Cesaro's second attempt at interference lead to the Brit's victory, and since RVD had turned down Zeb Colter's offer of allegiance earlier in the night, Jack Swagger took out both men after the bell.

Kind of fuzzy on what the stakes are here - The King of Swing has beaten Swagger multiple times over the past few weeks, and Van Dam isn't impressing the way he did during his last limited run in WWE.  It's actually the kind of match that would have gone on the pre-show back when the kickoff match was aired free to entice last-minute purchases.  Now, it will pad out the card, and give an opportunity for Cesaro's advocate to remind us what his client, Brock Lesnar, did at WrestleMania.

Excited for these last minute additions to the show?  Are they driving anyone to subscribe to WWE Network, or harass your satellite or cable provider?

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