We have our WWE Championship match set for Extreme Rules.
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Three nights ago, AJ Styles was the Last Man Standing as he defeated Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship. So the question asked was, “Who’s next to face the “Phenomenal One” for the prestigious WWE Championship?“
With a few weeks away, SmackDown Live provided the groundwork for what’s ahead for the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV and possibly beyond. The show began with SmackDown Live General Manager, Paige revealing that tonight’s main event will showcase the show’s first-ever 5-Man Gauntlet Match to determine the new #1 Contender for the WWE Champion at Extreme Rules. The participants announced were Big E, Samoa Joe, Rusev, The Miz, and Daniel Bryan.
The match was a great main event as we saw the work rate shine from both Daniel Bryan and Big E. Samoa Joe told a good story as he was eventually eliminated via count out. The match took a turn when The Bludgeon Brothers came out to attack Daniel Bryan before facing off against The Miz. Everso opportunistic, The Miz would capitalize on a beaten Daniel Bryan to eliminate him from the match. It finally, came down to Rusev and The Miz with a solid back and forth. Many thought The Miz would win the match, but Rusev surprised us all with Machka Kick followed up with the Accolade to have Miz tap out.
It’s official, Rusev will now challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules. Literally, this will be an interesting few weeks as this is Rusev‘s first time challenging for the WWE title.
Here’s the updated card:
Rusev vs. AJ Styles (c) – WWE Championship
Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss (c) – WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Others TBA – #1 Contender’s Universal Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy – WWE United States Championship
Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler or Elias – WWE Intercontinental Championship
Carmella vs. Asuka – WWE SD Live Women’s Championship
Daniel Bryan/???? vs. The Bludgeon Brothers – WWE SD Live Tag Team Championship
Others: Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Constable Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and more may play a part in the PPV.
Extreme Rules will take place on Sunday, July 15th, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA at the PPG Paints Arena & airing on the WWE Network featuring, both RAW and SmackDown Live brands.