It’s time for the next step. We are over a week removed from Summerslam and that means it is time for WWE to start moving on. The company has done just that with a fresh episode of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. With less than a month to go before Extreme Rules, it is time to get ready for the next pay per view, and it seems that we have a title match set. It turns out that isn’t all though.

Two upcoming title matches have been confirmed, with one taking place on free television and another on pay per view. First up, Finn Balor ended this week’s edition of SmackDown by challenging Universal Champion Roman Reigns to a title shot on the September 3 episode. While Reigns did not agree to the match during the show, WWE officially confirmed the match after the show went off the air.

Second, the official YouTube page of the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio has announced that SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch will defend her title against Bianca Belair at Extreme Rules on September 26. Lynch returned at Summerslam and won the title from Belair in an impromptu match. Belair earned a title shot by winning a fatal four way match on this week’s SmackDown.

Both of these should be good. Check out the announcement plus how we got to both matches:

WWE Extreme Rules 8/26 at Nationwide Arena!

Finn Bálor invades The Bloodline's Family Celebration: SmackDown, Aug. 27, 2021

Belair wins the right to face Lynch in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match: SmackDown, Aug. 27, 2021

Opinion: This certainly makes things feel more important and I can go for that every time. What matters is the fact that WWE is moving forward, even if one of the matches is a rematch from Summerslam. Both matches should be fun and WWE has set them up in a hurry. Just having part of the card for Extreme Rules helps, but the bigger question is where else do they go with both shows.

What do you think of the matches? Who leaves with the titles? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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