Earlier reports there might be some alterations to Extreme Rules seem to be coming to fruition as last-minute matches get added to the card.
We reported earlier in the week that WWE was considering changes to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view to clear up storylines and ideas so that new Executive Directors, Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman could start Monday's Raw and Tuesday's SmackDown Live with a clean slate. Some of the storylines weren't going to get a chance to finish themselves off because the participants weren't on the card, but things have changed as of early Sunday.
On Saturday night, Kevin Owens took to Twitter and revealed that Shane McMahon had banned him from Extreme Rules. He was not on the card and the expectation was he'd show up and wreak havoc. As of Sunday, that plan has changed and Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler was officially added.
So too, a program between Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor that began on last Tuesday's SmackDown now has an official match on the Extreme Rules Kickoff pre-show and the Intercontinental Championship will be on the line.
Some may argue that this match being on the pre-show is a shame. Others may say it now makes the pre-show a must-watch.
What This Means
Whether these storylines all end on Sunday night or not remains to be seen but WWE is certainly opening the door up to that possibility. If the idea is to let Bischoff and Heyman start fresh from a point that works for what they want to do creatively, WWE had to get these matches on the card.
So too, Extreme Rules is turning out to be one of the strongest undercards for WWE in a long time. With some amazingly high-quality matches now set to take place, the wrestling action may be fast and furious and wrestling fans may see some of the best in-ring action they've seen in a long time.