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Extreme Rules gets yet another rematch without extreme stipulations

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WWE’s Extreme Rules 2021 pay-per-view event is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

It was announced a short while ago that Jimmy and Jey Uso will defend the SmackDown tag team titles against the Street Profits on that night. This makes sense considering Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins were on the cusp of winning the titles last week on SmackDown before Roman Reigns interfered and caused a disqualification.

Nonetheless, there’s something very strange going on with this Extreme Rules card. Check out the updated card for yourself:

  • Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair (SmackDown women’s championship)
  • Roman Reigns (c) vs. Finn Bálor (Universal championship)
  • Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw women’s championship)
  • Damian Priest (c) vs. Sheamus (United States championship)
  • The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits (SmackDown tag team championship)

None of these matches come with a stipulation or gimmick at this point, unless you are generous enough to count the Demon form of Finn Balor as a gimmick match. That doesn’t count as a gimmick match in my book, so what I see are five championship bouts, four of which are rematches from the last month, being contested under standard singles or tag team rules.

WWE has one episode of Raw and two episodes of SmackDown left to make some sense out of why this card is called “Extreme Rules.” I guess they could always announce a bunch of gimmicks, stipulations, or a Horror Show label a couple hours before air time, but that would be pushing it.

Which of these matches, if any, do you think will become more extreme between now and Sept. 26?