That time of year has arrived once again. The one night where the remnants of an underground wrestling organization known as Extreme Championship Wrestling are placed on Pay-Per-View for a WWE audience to witness with great worry in their hearts.
Extreme Rules adds stipulations to its match card as WWE Superstars perform in what are considered to be unconventional wrestling matches. The spike in violence and potential harm has always added to the excitement of the event.
Why is that exactly? The answer is simple: people enjoy seeing other people in pain and at Extreme Rules, pain is less of a possibility and more of a certainty. And this Sunday, the event is sure to include a number of vicious spots and hardcore moments.
While the thought of crushed bone is worrisome to the casual fan, it is intoxicating to the wrestling fanatic. And with this year's event set to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, one can expect a blood-thirsty crowd.
The crazed wrestling fans of the Northeast will assemble upon The Garden State to catch a glimpse of something that has been lost from their lives: the Extreme. While the PG Era will not allow for the event to take things too far, the nostalgia remains.
Long gone are the days of ECW and the Frantic Freak Show that was once on full display in a dark corner of Pennsylvania; where a little hardcore family would gash and gnaw at each other's flesh in the City of Brotherly Love, all for the sake of entertainment.
Now, let's review the Extreme Rules card and present our predictions for the upcoming event:
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler (No Disqualification Match)
Dolph Ziggler is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Remember? Yeah, it has been one hell of a long, hard fall from glory for Ziggler who is not quite a permanent Jobber but pretty damn close.
Baron Corbin is one of the new Superstars on the scene and WWE are looking to develop Corbin into something big; their favourite word as it pertains to building new talent. Sure, Corbin is better than Braun Strowman, but can "The Lone Wolf" really draw the crowd?
It seems highly unlikely that Baron Corbin will lose to Dolph Ziggler as "The Show Off" has been strategically placed in a position to serve as Corbin's first stepping-stone. Ziggler will bump and bruise all night for Corbin and is a strong choice for a stone.