This Sunday, Lesnar will compete in his first match back from a nearly eight-year absence when he faces John Cena in an Extreme Rules match at the pay-per-view of the same name.
As of this writing, only a handful of matches have been announced for the show, leaving room for last-minute additions.
Ring Posts contributors Arda Ocal and Adam Testa weighed in with their predictions for the card thus far.
United States Championship
Santino Marella (c) vs. The Miz
Arda: The most interesting part of this match is that it will stream live on YouTube. I don't mind Santino Marella's comedy and see how it has a spot on he roster, but The Miz in a U.S. title match just further devalues the U.S. championship to me. I don't see why it even exists at this point other than having another title around. I'll say Santino wins and we continue to not care about The Miz at present time.
Prediction: Santino Marella
Adam: Apparently the new concept for a dark match is to stream it on YouTube, and honestly, I’m surprised to see The Miz even getting that much attention at Extreme Rules. He has been absent from television since WrestleMania, aside from a short promo with John Laurinaitis, and has somehow managed to fall even further from the top of the card, where he was situated last year. I’m glad Marella is getting rewarded for his work and dedication, and I’m OK with the act, but putting this on a pre-show of a pay-per-view with minimal matches announced is a bit of a poor joke.
Prediction: Santino Marella
Big Show (c) vs. Cody Rhodes
Arda: This is an unfortunate matchup to me because I don't like either guy as Intercontinental champion. The Big Show and Great Khali seem like a good tag team that should remain a team, especially after dismantling the tag champs Epico and Primo a couple weeks ago on Raw. I think Cody Rhodes has outgrown "secondary title" status and, like Dolph Ziggler, can truly begin his slow-but-steady climb to main-event status. Let's see Show retain and move on, losing the title to someone else soon after.
Prediction: Big Show
Adam: Since dropping the title in the first place, Rhodes has been made to look like a bit of a joke. I could see that as being the set-up to him regaining the title, but I don’t think he needs it. I think this is Show’s revenge at all the fun Rhodes poked at him. Hopefully this ends relatively painless for Rhodes, and he and Show both move on to new things.
Predictions: Big Show
Falls Count Anywhere
Randy Orton vs. Kane
Arda: On a PPV where matches have the same stipulations but different names (Chicago Street Fight vs. Extreme Rules match), it's nice to see one with a twist -- naturally, with a falls count anywhere stipulation, this one lends itself to going all over the arena. In fact, I wouldn't mind this one going everywhere -- through the crowd, into the merchandise areas, concession stands, the locker room, parking lot, the boiler room (a la Undertaker/Mankind at Summerslam 1996). This is the competitive advantage this match has in terms of standing out from the rest. I see Orton pinning Kane in some remote part of the arena. I'm hoping that of all the matches that are on the card, this rivalry ends at Extreme Rules.