Extreme Rules is shaping up to be another outstanding show for WWE. The awesome card is getting better with each passing Raw and SmackDown.
Historically, WWE‘s Extreme Rules premium live event has been a bit of a dead spot on the calendar. Falling during the company’s slow season, audiences typically feel like it’s a glorified episode of Raw or SmackDown while featuring some gimmick matches that aren’t fully committed to. There are usually one or two standout performances, but generally, this isn’t a show most fans circle on the calendar. The 2022 edition of Extreme Rules might change that.
Last year’s show featured a marquee main event with Roman Reigns taking on Finn Balor. Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair also extended their rivalry on the show, but that seven-match card feels a bit lackluster compared to what WWE has pieced together this year. Sometimes these gimmick premium live events can feel stale, but Triple H’s focus on character development and storylines makes all of these matches sensible. Just announcing a violent stipulation for a battle between two people who don’t seem to dislike each other in story sometimes sucked the air out of Extreme Rules. Not so for this one.
All the matches announced for the premium live event have the potential to be memorable bangers. Karrion Kross and Drew McIntyre will participate in a strap match, and those two powerhouses should be able to make the most out of that gimmick. The internet has been buzzing with excitement since WWE announced that Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle would be going to war in a fight pit, while a ladder match between Bayley and Belair works but still leaves that feud room to grow. And after the September 23 episode of SmackDown, Liv Morgan appears ready for Ronda Rousey in an extreme rules match. Add Edge and Finn Balor in an “I Quit” match, and Extreme Rules is shaping up to be can’t-miss TV for WWE fans.
These feuds have been stewing for months, and fans could be treated to a few final chapters on October 8. This aspect of this card that makes it stand out is that all matches make sense in terms of long-term storytelling. Whereas sometimes Extreme Rules or Hell In A Cell matches can feel rushed or thrown together, that isn’t the case with this card.
Ronda Rousey and Liv Morgan have been going at it since Money In The Bank, when the latter cashed in her briefcase to become SmackDown Women’s Champion. Morgan defended the title controversially at SummerSlam, and the writing seems to be on the wall that her time as champion is over. A lengthy feud with the baddest woman on the planet has made Morgan feel like a huge deal, though, and standing tough in defeat at Extreme Rules would only add to that. Meanwhile, Rollins and Riddle had their SummerSlam fight pushed to this card by Triple H, perhaps indicating that the two will finally blow their feud off in the fight pit. The rest of the card feels like it’s set up to add more fuel to ongoing feuds as WWE buckles up for a busy fall.