WWE Extreme Rules was a card with a dozen matches. Two of those contests were actually announced on the day of the show. This was after reports had been put out there that WWE wasn’t adding any more matches to the card.
Dave Meltzer explained WWE adding two more matches during Wrestling Observer Radio. For those who didn’t see any new matches coming, it turns out that those two matches weren’t new for WWE because they already had them planned out.
“You know the story of those matches? Because remember when I said during the week that no new matches would be added? So what happened was — now I know what to ask — I asked ‘are there any new matches that are going to be added for Sunday?’ The answer was ‘we’re gonna make the decision on Wednesday night.'”
“So Thursday I asked if there are any new matches to be added and they said: ‘No.’ So what happened was these two matches, they had a twelve match lineup already and hadn’t announced them. So these two matches were already on the books, I just didn’t know them. So it wasn’t like they were added on Wednesday. Nothing was added on Wednesday. Dolph Ziggler and Owens and Nakamura vs Balor were programmed for the show for weeks they just never got around to announcing them so that’s the story on the whole thing.”
He said that it’s not like WWE added two matches because for them they always had twelve matches planned. It was simply a “miscommunication” as he put it.
Either way, Extreme Rules has come and gone and neither match that was announced in the last minute really did much damage when it comes to the overall pay-per-view. Because the IC Title match took place during the kickoff show and Kevin Owens’ match was all of twelve seconds.
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