The Horror Show at Extreme Rules
The Horror Show at Extreme Rules is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. It is scheduled to take place on July 19, 2020 at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. It will be the twelfth event under the Extreme Rules chronology, and the first to have an altered title.
The event was originally scheduled to be held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California; however, the Santa Clara County government restricted public gatherings indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, and just like the majority of WWE’s other shows since mid-March, the event was moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Extreme Rules is an annual gimmick pay-per-view produced by WWE since 2009. The concept of the show is that the event features various matches that are contested under hardcore rules and generally features one Extreme Rules match; the defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion originally used the “extreme rules” term to describe the regulations for all of its matches. WWE uses the term in place of “hardcore match” or “hardcore rules”. The 2020 event will be the twelfth event under the Extreme Rules chronology and feature wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands. The 2020 event is also the first Extreme Rules event to have an altered title; while originally just announced as Extreme Rules, the event was renamed to Extreme Rules: The Horror Show in late June, but was changed to The Horror Show at Extreme Rules early the following month.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
Since March 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE has had to present the majority of its programming from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida with no fans in attendance, though in late May, the promotion began using Performance Center trainees to serve as the live audience, which was further expanded to friends and family members of the wrestlers in mid-June. Extreme Rules was scheduled to take place on July 19 from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. However, on March 17, Santa Clara County issued an indefinite stay-at-home order, followed by the entire state of California on March 19. The SAP Center then put out an official statement in late June that they would not be hosting Extreme Rules, but a future WWE pay-per-view event would be held there in 2021. The venue also announced that there would be no refunds (unless a new date was not determined within 60 days), but tickets purchased would be honored for the following year’s event.
The show will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE’s writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines are produced on WWE’s weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
After being drafted to Raw from NXT in the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Drew McIntyre aligned himself with Dolph Ziggler. Although the team saw success in winning the Raw Tag Team Championship, they eventually broke up. Ziggler was moved to SmackDown the following year, while McIntyre remained on Raw and won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36 Part 2 in early 2020. On the June 22 episode of Raw, Mcintyre was interrupted by Ziggler, who was traded to Raw. Ziggler brought up their history together, claiming credit for McIntyre’s success, and stated that McIntyre owed him a title match. McIntyre, noting that he needed an opponent for Extreme Rules, reminded Ziggler that it was he who gave him the nickname the “Scottish Psychopath” and asked if Ziggler still wanted a title match and Ziggler confirmed. During the contract signing the following week, McIntyre told Ziggler that he could choose the stipulation for the match.
On the June 22 episode of Raw, after successfully retaining the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, co-champion Sasha Banks issued a challenge to Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship, which Asuka accepted for Extreme Rules. Though Banks is a SmackDown wrestler, she and partner Bayley can appear on any show as the Women’s Tag Team Championship is shared between Raw, SmackDown, and NXT.
On the June 19 episode of SmackDown, Nikki Cross attacked WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Bayley and Sasha Banks, leading to a match between Cross and Banks that Cross lost. The following week, Cross won a fatal four-way match to earn a SmackDown Women’s Championship match against Bayley at Extreme Rules.
At Money in the Bank, Braun Strowman retained the Universal Championship against Bray Wyatt. Wyatt returned on the June 19 episode of SmackDown in a Firefly Fun House segment that was interrupted by Strowman, who declared that Wyatt had his chance at Money in the Bank but failed. Wyatt stated their rivalry was just getting started before appearing as his old cult leader persona of The Wyatt Family. Wyatt stated that since he created Strowman, it was his job to destroy him.The following week, Strowman recounted how he initially joined Wyatt, reciting a story about their time at Wyatt’s compound in the Florida swamps. Strowman then challenged Wyatt to return to the swamp for a fight, and a non-title match between the two called the Wyatt Swamp Fight was scheduled for Extreme Rules.
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