Most Intriguing Storylines to Track on Road to WWE Extreme Rules 2018 | Bleacher Report

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    How will WWE capitalize on Ronda Rousey's surge of momentum from Raw?

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    After an underwhelming spring season, WWE seems to be on the appropriate trajectory following an thrilling Cash within the Financial institution pay-per-view final week. Excessive Guidelines 2018 is not for an additional month, however coming off the most recent editions of Uncooked and SmackDown Dwell, the stage is already being set for what must be an exhilarating occasion.

    Prior to now, Excessive Guidelines has been recognized to characteristic the fruits of a number of storylines which were brewing for months. The hardcore nature of the present ensures all kinds of stipulations, and generally the best stipulations could make for probably the most must-see matchups.

    Kurt Angle introduced on the June 18 Uncooked that the Excessive Guidelines fundamental occasion will see a number of Superstars from Uncooked duke it out for a chance to vie for Brock Lesnar’s Common Championship. Solely Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley had been confirmed for the competition, with extra names to be revealed within the weeks to return.

    Additionally at Excessive Guidelines, AJ Kinds is slated to defend his WWE Championship in opposition to Rusev following the Bulgarian Brute’s enormous victory in Tuesday’s Gauntlet match. Whether or not he can rapidly ascend to fundamental occasion standing and be seen as an equal to Kinds within the weeks forward stays to be seen.

    Let’s take a look at all of the intriguing angles price keeping track of as Excessive Guidelines rapidly approaches.

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    Daniel Bryan has made a handful oddball enemies since returning to the ring at WrestleMania 34. First, he needed to take care of Large Cass, and as soon as he beat him on back-to-back pay-per-views, he was then focused by The Bludgeon Brothers.

    It must be famous that Bryan has historical past with Harper and Rowan courting again to their time in The Wyatt Household in early 2014. At that time, Bryan had spent months feuding with the faction earlier than lastly becoming a member of them, solely to activate them shortly thereafter.

    Bryan hadn’t crossed paths with the harmful duo since then, so maybe coming face-to-face with them on Tuesday’s SmackDown Dwell introduced again unhealthy recollections for The Bludgeon Brothers, inflicting them to price the previous WWE World Heavyweight champion the Gauntlet match fundamental occasion.

    That would appear to counsel that Bryan and The Bludgeon Brothers are on a collision course towards Excessive Guidelines. Bryan might not be too fascinated about taking the tag crew titles from them, but when the chance introduced itself on the occasion, then so be it.

    In that case, WWE’s resident “Sure!” man would wish a companion, somebody he may belief to have his again. Granted, they not too long ago blended it up on SmackDown, however Samoa Joe would take advantage of sense given the respect they’ve had for one another through the years.

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    Roman Reigns seemed to be the one to dethrone Brock Lesnar as Common champion again at WrestleMania 34. When he was unsuccessful in his efforts to take the title, nonetheless, it gave hope to different members of the Uncooked roster that they might presumably get their probability to beat the Beast Incarnate ultimately.

    After all, Reigns is the almost certainly candidate to face Lesnar for the belt at SummerSlam, however there are a slew of Superstars who additionally deserve a shot on the strap. Bobby Lashley involves thoughts, and after the roll he is been on these days, he may make an fascinating opponent for Lesnar.

    These are the one two to to date cement their spot within the Excessive Guidelines fundamental occasion. Angle promised to disclose extra opponents within the weeks forward, however as of now, we are able to merely speculate who else will probably be added.

    Though he has been concerned within the Intercontinental Championship image for a lot of months, Seth Rollins may very nicely have the Common Championship in his sights. If he falls in need of recapturing the gold from Dolph Ziggler on subsequent Monday’s Uncooked, do not be stunned to see him throw his title into the hat for the multi-man match at Excessive Guidelines.

    Lest we overlook, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, Baron Corbin and Kevin Owens are all ready within the wings as nicely. Whoever builds probably the most momentum earlier than Excessive Guidelines must be primed to contend for the championship at SummerSlam.

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    For sure, Asuka hasn’t been the identical since her surprising loss to Charlotte Aptitude on the grand stage of WrestleMania 34. It was obvious that the defeat took a toll on her confidence, and as of now, she has but to regain that aggressive streak she had previous to the Present of Reveals.

    When it was introduced final month that Asuka could be difficult for the SmackDown Girls’s Championship at Excessive Guidelines, it seemed appreciated Carmella’s days as champion had been numbered. Little did Asuka know, Carmella had an ace up her sleeve: the returning James Ellsworth.

    Sure, the lackey Carmella kicked to the curb not more than seven months in the past resurfaced at Cash within the Financial institution and helped her retain her title. After failing to elucidate their reunion on the following SmackDown Dwell, they did not permit Asuka to offer Carmella her comeuppance and as a substitute left her laying.

    It is pretty seemingly Asuka will obtain one other shot on the strap at Excessive Guidelines, however hopefully the stipulation of the match is in her favor. One thing corresponding to a metal cage could be excellent in making certain Ellsworth would not become involved once more and damage Asuka’s possibilities of changing into champion.

    The previous undefeated Empress of Tomorrow may have her work reduce out for her heading into Excessive Guidelines, but when she will be able to handle to thwart the interference of Ellsworth, she may have gold round her waist earlier than lengthy.

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    Ronda Rousey rocked Uncooked to its very core at first of final week’s present. In a match of rage, she annihilated Alexa Bliss and did not hesitate to put out common supervisor Kurt Angle as nicely.

    Because of this, Rousey was suspended (in storyline) for 30 days, placing her out of motion till after subsequent month’s Excessive Guidelines pay-per-view. Within the meantime, the newly-crowned Uncooked Girls’s champion may have her fingers full with Nia Jax on the occasion.

    Then once more, coming off an angle as scorching as what we noticed on Monday evening, there may be subsequent to no probability that the suspension sticks. WWE has to capitalize on all the excitement she has in the intervening time by that includes her on this system in some kind or vogue.

    If Rousey is as rebellious as she claims to be, an invasion of Uncooked would not be out of the query for Uncooked. At this level, she has nothing to lose and it would not harm for her to make an additional influence whereas she’s at it.

    Both means, The Rowdy One is just too necessary to Uncooked proper now to easily be left off the present for the subsequent a number of weeks. Maintain a watch out for Rousey within the buildup to Excessive Guidelines, as a result of she’s certain to resurface sooner quite than later.

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    Rusev was primed to have a breakout 2018 contemplating the wave of momentum he was using coming into the brand new 12 months along with his Rusev Day shtick being as over with the viewers as it’s. Sadly, he has discovered little success to date this 12 months, failing to seize the USA Championship at WrestleMania 34 and the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase final Sunday.

    Ever the resilient competitor, Rusev bounced again in a significant means on SmackDown Dwell when he reigned supreme in a star-studded Gauntlet match. Within the course of, he earned himself an probability to contend for the WWE Championship in opposition to AJ Kinds at Excessive Guidelines.

    There will be little question that Rusev is deserving of the upcoming alternative on the title, however he’ll want a couple of win to show himself as a fundamental occasion stage Celebrity within the eyes of followers. He hadn’t achieved a lot of notice earlier than not too long ago, and thus these subsequent few weeks will probably be essential in cementing him because the top-tier star he was destined to be.

    Fortunately, his opponent at Excessive Guidelines will probably be AJ Kinds, who is legendary for making anybody he steps within the ring with look good. Rusev must be no exception, particularly since they’d an entertaining one-on-one encounter again in March, so it has been established that they work nicely collectively.

    At the moment, the idea among the many lots is that Rusev is merely a “filler” feud for Kinds previous to SummerSlam, however a collection of sturdy showings within the coming weeks may see him shock on this planet at Excessive Guidelines and stroll away with the distinguished prize.

       

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