1. No Title Changes Expected at Extreme Rules
Tomorrow night as part of The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, there are a number of Championships on the line. Asuka defends the Raw Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks, Nikki Cross Challenges Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship while Apollo Crews returns to take on MVP for the United States Championship.
The SmackDown Tag Team Championship will be defended in a Tables match while the Universal Championship is being contested in a Swamp Match and the stipulation for the WWE Championship match is still yet to be confirmed. That being said, there is reportedly an expectation that there will be no title changes at Extreme Rules.
2. Randy Orton Set to Headline SummerSlam Against Drew McIntyre
Randy Orton won’t be part of The Horror Show at Extreme Rules this weekend but according to The Wrestling Observer, The Legend Killer is set to headline this year’s SummerSlam instead when he challenges Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship.
The original plan was for Brock Lesnar to face McIntyre at SummerSlam and Orton to take on Edge, but Lesnar won’t be returning at the Biggest Party of the Summer and Edge is out with an injury which means that WWE has had to re-write much of the show in recent weeks.
3. Possible Reason Why Randy Orton vs Big Show isn’t Happening at Extreme Rules
The last few episodes of Monday Night Raw have been hit by record-low ratings and given the fact that WWE isn’t able to air Extreme Rules in front of a live audience this weekend, the company has made some surprising decisions.
Randy Orton’s unsanctioned match against The Big Show on Monday Night was originally set to take place at Extreme Rules, but The Wrestling Observer recently revealed that the plan was changed in a hope that this would help improve the company’s recent run of low ratings on Raw.
4. Update on Kairi Sane’s WWE Future
Kairi Sane’s contract with WWE has reportedly now expired and while there are many rumors regarding the former Women’s Tag Team Champion’s future, at present, the only update is that there will be an announcement at SummerSlam. WrestleTalk recently translated the news from a Japanese website that claimed that there would be an update on Sane’s future next month.
There were also rumors that the teased match between Asuka and Kairi Sane could take place in the coming weeks since Sane’s career with WWE is set to come to a close soon.
5. Reason Why Extreme Rules Has Just Seven Matches
Extreme Rules takes place tomorrow night and the company isn’t expected to add any more matches to the card. The show will only consist of seven matches because according to a report by Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue, the company now wants to focus on longer matches. Colohue went on to reveal that this was because WWE was working with a much smaller roster at present.
“There has been a mandate from the WWE management recently to have longer matches. A large part of this is down to the fact that they don’t have as many people as they normally would, so they have to stretch things out a little bit. It worked out, I think about a week and a half ago on SmackDown, where they just hit all the different divisions, one match for each one and it really helped keep things hyped up, but obviously, they have lost a few more people since then. RAW this week was very much built around that as well. So for Extreme Rules, the same rule applies.”
6. Matt Riddle’s Next Feud?
Last night on SmackDown, Matt Riddle came up short in his quest to become Intercontinental Champion when he was defeated by AJ Styles. Reports suggest that this was just a transitional feud for the former UFC star and according to Fightful, he is now expected to step into a feud with King Corbin on SmackDown.
Corbin attacked Riddle following his loss last night on SmackDown and this could now lead to a lengthy storyline between the two men.
Riddle has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, but it appears that WWE has stood by the former NXT star and he could be the star pushed into the main spotlight on SmackDown in the coming months.
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.