WWE has not dragged their feet in the wake of their annual Super Bowl-level show, Wrestlemania 28 by bringing former WWE and UFC Champion Brock Lesnar back to the fold to challenge John Cena. The main event match will go down right here in Chicago under shadows of 747 airliners at the Allstate Arena at Sunday, April 29th at Extreme Rules. There are several other big matches announced for the show including hometown hero CM Punk in action. Here is a preview of the announced matches for the show. If your going to the show, tweet me your thoughts about the show @kevkellam
Extreme Rules Match: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Lesnar shocked the WWE Universe and sent rumbles through UFC fandom, with his epic return to WWE on the night after Wrestlemania. With no words and a Miami crowd jumping out of their seats, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion passed off on shaking hands with John Cena and slammed him with an F5. Lesnar’s reported deal with WWE currently has him working a limited amount of dates over the next year with a hefty price tag of around $5 million dollars attached to his work. Unlike dragging the eventual fight between Lesnar and Cena out like WWE did with the Rock and Cena, they are burning up a feud between the two mega-stars as quickly as possible. For the most part, Lesnar has bested Cena in each of their confrontations including bloodying the 10 time WWE Champion which is rare in today’s WWE. Lesnar has the advantage, and Cena needs to win this anything-goes match especially after his huge lost to the Rock at Wrestlemania 28. This match is also intriguing as it’s Lesnar’s first WWE match in 8 years.
WWE Championship Chicago Street Fight: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Though the Extreme Rules Pay Per View is being sold with Lesnar vs. Cena, this match built around the manipulative Jericho attacking WWE Champion CM Punk’s straight-edge lifestyle and his family’s past issues with substance abuse. Punk has been humiliated by Jericho who poured whiskey on a vulnerable Punk, and smashed the bottle on his head. Punk wants revenge on the sacred stage of his hometown Chicago and his family int he front row. Jericho is playing up the controversial issue of Punk possibly breaking his no alcohol on this week’s past RAW in London. On RAW this coming Monday, we should get more rage from Punk and mind games from Jericho. With the Street Fight rules look for the match at Extreme Rules to be a wild outside-the-ring brawl with Punk’s family playing a role.
World Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls Match: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan may have been squashed at Wrestlemania in 18 seconds with his diehard internet following turning on WWE, and turning his catchphrase ‘YES!’ into a new fun chant. The Celtic Warrior Sheamus may be the new World Heavyweight Champion but a majority fans are not buying the big Irishman even with him pitted against the hated General Manager John Laurinitis on Smackdown in the past few weeks. Bryan has vowed to not have another “fluke” in Chicago at Extreme Rules, and promises to make Sheamus tap out to his neck-cranking ‘Yes Lock’. If the two other main events are underwhelming, this will be the match that fans walking out of the show will be talking about.