New details on Extreme Rules

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New details on Extreme Rules

Although WWE has presented a pay-per-view called Extreme Rules every year since 2009, in recent years the Stamford company has moved away from actually proposing every dispute with an extreme clause during the event. A habit that over the years has also given rise to various ironies on social media and beyond, with the peak of 2021 when only the main event reflected the theme of the show.

Well, thanks to Drew McIntyre's announcement in this Friday night's SmackDown episode, this trend definitely seems to belong to the past. The clear impression is in fact that in the new WWE led by Triple H they are reversing the situation with this year's show, that is Extreme Rules 2022 scheduled for Saturday 8 October 2022, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The latest example? The return to the event of a Strap Match. In fact, Drew McIntyre appeared in this week's Friday Night SmackDown episode to complain that Karrion Kross has been attacking him from behind and by surprise for weeks and weeks now.

Therefore, Extreme Rules wants the guarantee of facing him on an equal footing and without any tricks or tricks from his rival. He did it by presenting himself in the ring with a strap, then used by the two to conclude the segment.

In short, the prospect of meeting in a Strap Match seemed like the perfect challenge.

Latest news on Extreme Rules

As mentioned, a year ago out of seven matches only one of those played at Extreme Rules actually had an "extreme" stipulation (Roman Reigns vs Finn Bàlor for the WWE Universal Championship).

In 2020, in the event renamed "The Horror Show at Extreme Rules" there were instead four, which included a "simple" Tables Match, the forgettable Eye for an eye Match between Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio and a cinematic match, the Swamp Fight between Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman (considered by many to be the worst of those proposed by the WWE during the year).

Richer (13 matches) was Extreme Rules 2019, but offered only a deeply useless No holds barred tag team match between couples Roman Reigns & Undertaker and Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon, a Last Man Standing between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley and chaotic Winners takes all extreme rules mixed tag team match starring (confirmed) champions Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch against the little fearsome challengers Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans.

The percentages remain disappointing even pushing the clock back further: 3 out of 12 in 2018, 3 out of 7 in 2017 (including a chilling Kendo stick-on-a-pole match). Only in 2015 and 2016 can we find editions of Extreme Rules that are really "extreme" at least in terms of stipulations.

And it now seems clear that, among the various innovations imposed by Triple H on WWE in his new management, there is also the relaunch of a show that has been extremely subdued for many years. In fact, this is the current card, from which it is possible to understand how extreme Extreme Rules promises to be in its edition of 2022: SmackDown Women's Championship Extreme Rules Match: Liv Morgan (c) vs Ronda Rousey
FIGHT PIT: Riddle vs Seth Rollins
Strap Match: Drew McIntyre vs Karrion Kross