If it feels like WWE just had a pay-per-view event, that would be because they just did. They kicked off the month of May with their Payback show. Now just three weeks later, the company has set the stage for their next big event with WWE Extreme Rules 2016 that will take place on Sunday, May 22 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Quite frankly, though, the transition from Payback to Extreme Rules 2016 hasn’t been a drastic one by any measure. Many of the same superstars are still feuding with one another and a lot of the matches on Sunday’s card are actually rematches from Payback. What’s interesting, though, is that it doesn’t feel quite as repetitive as it could or maybe even should.
At the top of the card, WWE has done a great job of keeping the feud for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Roman Reigns and AJ Styles fresh. It’s been a battle for supremacy and control between not only the two competitors, but their friends/factions in The Usos and The Club, respectively. It’s worked wonders in how they’ve booked this.
Moreover, the company has also done a great job with making Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose feel like the stakes are high, making fans choose sides between New Day and The Vaudevillains, making the four men in the Intercontinental title match look viable, and so on. All in all, it’s been a balanced, fair, and enjoyable build-up to WWE Extreme Rules 2016.
The question, though, is what the company is going to do now that they’re at this point. Are they going to keep things trending in a positive direction or revert to their old ways and not keep things fresh anymore? There’s no way to know for sure at this point, but we can make an attempt to figure it out.
However, which brawls of history past have stood out and paved the way for the upcoming pay per view?
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