5 possible stipulations for Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor at WWE Extreme Rules
WWE has announced that Finn Balor will challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Extreme Rules later this month.
A few weeks ago, with the help of cousins Jimmy and Jey Uso, Reigns defeated Balor to retain the Universal Title on SmackDown. Last week, WWE raised the stakes for the Universal title match during Super SmackDown.
Towards the end, Finn Balor emerged as “The Demon King” for the first time in over two and a half years, revealing that his supernatural alter-ego will be the one to challenge The Tribal Chief at Extreme Rules.
The upcoming pay-per-view is often billed as “the night that WWE goes extreme,” with most matches incorporating some “extreme” stipulation. WWE is yet to announce a stipulation for Reigns and Balor’s Universal Championship match, but there will likely be one.
Let’s take a closer look at five possible stipulations for Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor at WWE Extreme Rules.
#5 WWE extreme rules match
The Extreme Rules match is the namesake of the event. There have been five main events with the ‘extreme rules’ stipulation since the event debuted in 2009.
An extreme rules match means that there will be no count-outs or disqualifications. However, to win the match, one must pin or submit your opponent inside the ring.
Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship defense against Finn Balor will likely be the pay-per-view’s main event. WWE might follow history and make the match an extreme rules match.
#4 Last man standing match to defend the WWE Universal Championship
WWE’s last man standing match is one of the most physical and violent matches ever presented.
In this match, there are no pinfalls, no submission, no disqualification, and no count-outs. The only way to win the match is to immobilize the opponent so that they can not answer the count of ten and get to their feet.
Earlier this year, Roman Reigns successfully defeated Kevin Owens to retain his Universal Title in a last-man standing match at Royal Rumble.
Perhaps Reigns will defend his prestigious belt once again in a similar match, this time against The Demon King at Extreme Rules.
#3 Falls count anywhere match
Throughout WWE history, ‘falls count anywhere’ matches have resulted in pure chaos. Evident from the name, pinfalls can occur anywhere inside or outside the arena during the match.
In theory, this stipulation wouldn’t favor Finn Balor as it could facilitate further interference from ‘The Bloodline.’ However, The Demon King might turn the tables in his favor.
Utilizing his ‘supernatural abilities,’ Balor can take The Tribal Chief to a different environment where The Usos or Paul Heyman can no longer assist.
With pinfalls being allowed anywhere, Balor could defeat Roman Reigns and win the Universal Championship for the second time in his career.
#2 WWE Ladder match
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Finn Balor both have a history of major championship matches involving ladders. The Demon King once successfully defended the NXT Title against Kevin Owens in a fantastic ladder match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015.
Meanwhile, Roman Reigns successfully defended his Universal Title against Kevin Owens in a ‘tables, ladders and chairs match’ at TLC 2020.
Perhaps the Tribal Chief will look forward to the WWE Universe’s acknowledgment as he climbs a 15-foot high ladder and unhooks the WWE Universal Championship.
#1 A steel cage match
Roman Reigns has held the WWE Universal Championship for over one year. His reign featured successful title defenses against the likes of Kevin Owens, Edge, Cesaro and John Cena. However, many of those title defenses have been controversial, as Jey and Jimmy Uso’s interference often assisted Reigns in claiming victory.
This was evident when the duo attacked Finn Balor ahead of his match against Reign on SmackDown. This attack helped Reigns defeat the former NXT Champion to retain his Universal Title.
Finn Balor could prevent The Bloodline’s interference by facing Roman Reigns inside a steel cage at Extreme Rules. In theory, this should stop Jimmy and Jey once again, costing Finn Balor the Universal Championship.