Extreme Rules takes place on July 14th which is merely three weeks away and even though there was a triple threat match already advertised for the show, which saw Kofi Kingston defend his WWE Championship against both Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens, this may no longer be the case.
Last night on Monday Night Raw, Kofi Kingston took advantage of the Wild Card Rule to be part of the flagship show once again, but while Kingston was able to retain his title in a steel cage at Stomping Grounds, Samoa Joe lost his United States Championship to Ricochet and someone needed to pay for it.
Joe attacked Kofi Kingston following his match with Sami Zayn to send a message to the WWE Champion and now it appears that he will be feuding with Kofi and challenge for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules despite being part of the Raw roster.
Bryan Alvarez of The Wrestling Observer recently noted that Ziggler could still be put into the mix on SmackDown Live either tonight or in the future, but it’s likely that Joe could be getting his hands on Kingston one-on-one.
“Owens is out of the picture, he was supposed to be in it and Ziggler — we saw no sign of Dolph Ziggler at all,” he said via Ringsidenews.
It’s interesting that WWE has decided to push Joe into the WWE Championship picture just days after AEW’s Chris Jericho publicly commented on the fact that The Samoan Submission Machine should be in the main event picture rather than Baron Corbin. Jericho noted that Joe had already proved himself at TNA when he main evented the highest rated pay-per-view of all time and should be allowed to do the same in WWE.
Many of the WWE Universe agreed with his comments and now Joe has seemingly been given the push that he has deserved for the past year.