WWE Extreme Rules 2017: Who Needs Main Event Win the Most?

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Who needs the win in the main event of Extreme Rules the most?

In case you hadn’t heard, the potential main event of Extreme Rules will feature Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Finn Bálor, and Samoa Joe in a Fatal 5-Way match to determine the No. 1 contender spot for the Universal Championship. Whether it’s due to poor booking or a guy just not needing this match to be at the forefront of the RAW brand, it’s simple: The WWE can bail themselves out by having someone win who has fizzled out due to their decisions.

From a viewer’s standpoint, it’s hard to get excited about this match. Week after week, RAW has continued this shtick of mixing and matching these five guys in different matches whether it be random tag-teams or triple threats or on the fly.

Remember weeks ago when Wyatt attacked Bálor in the Intercontinental No. 1 contender match?

Newsflash: That would have been an interesting angle to push leading up to this match. Not “let’s have a promo in which all five guys come out, come out, and then after the commercial break we’ll have a tag-team.”

While this match will lead to one of these five lucky contestants facing a ghost champion that never appears on the show, WWE has opportunities for this match to lead to other interesting angles and compelling television.

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Starting at five, we’ll rank these guys in descending order in terms of who the WWE needs to book for who needs this win the most.


5. Roman Reigns

Look, man, Roman Reigns doesn’t need this win. Like at all.

One way or another, Reigns will meet Brock Lesnar and/or Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship.

What Reigns needs right now, is a rivalry to hold him over until Strowman returns.

The other four guys and Reigns all have the potential be interesting feuds, but (assuming he doesn’t win), another rivalry with Rollins would make some sense, or if Samoa Joe doesn’t win, Joe would also make sense considering he’s done virtually nothing since tearing Rollins’ knee up and that would help give him some prestige.

Again, each of these other four men could create angles to intrigue the masses, but it’s something I constantly preach: It needs to be booked correctly—something the WWE hasn’t done in, well, I don’t even know how long.

Another thing Reigns could do in this match is help put the winner over without making himself look weak. If this match tells a story that shows that the winner had to at some point get through Reigns to capture a victory, it could be incorporated into the booking to help sell a match with Lesnar whenever that were to happen.

If for any reason Reigns ranks higher on your personal list for who needs this win the most, it’s almost 100 percent likely you’re simply a Reigns hater or have an extremely strong affinity for Finn Bálor.

Plain and simple.