Date and location

Monday, May 16 | 8/7 PMC

Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC

Get Tickets

Where to watch

WWE Women's Champion Charlotte vs. Natalya (Submission Match; Ric Flair banned from ringside)

WWE Women's Champion Charlotte vs. Natalya (Submission Match; Ric Flair banned from ringside)

WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte has twice needed help to make it past Natalya: once from Ric Flair on Raw, and once from Flair’s referee doppelganger Charles Robinson at WWE Payback, who called for the bell before Charlotte could tap and initiated the “Chicago Screwjob” of 2016.

At Extreme Rules, the champion have either of those luxuries, and to beat Natalya, she’ll have to flat-out tap her out, because the rule for their rubber match is a straight-up, no-frills Submission Match, with Flair barred from involvement. The first Superstar to make the other cry uncle will be crowned the winner.

Adding even more intrigue is the new stipulation added by Shane McMahon on the final Raw before Extreme Rules: If Flair disregards the ban and ends up at ringside Sunday, Charlotte will automatically lose the WWE Women’s Championship!

As challenges come, that’s a seemingly insurmountable one for Charlotte. Not because she can’t win the match fair and square — she pinned Natalya outright in their first confrontation over the NXT Women’s Championship in 2014 — but because since coming into her own as a champion, the young prodigy has leaned increasingly on her father’s “coaching” (i.e., interference) to retain her title.

Charlotte clears the air about Charles Robinson: Raw, May 2, 2016

As WWE Women's Champion Charlotte and her father, Ric Flair, address the controversy at WWE Payback, Natalya gives a response of her own.

All of this is a welcome development for Natalya, but lost in the narrative of Charlotte’s support system (or lack thereof) is the question of whether The Queen of Harts can get it done. For all her claims that she can beat any woman in the world in a straight-up contest, Natalya has yet to manage it against Charlotte when the chips are down. Her and uncle Bret Hart pretzeling the Flairs into twin Sharpshooters at WWE Payback was fun, but it didn’t fill up her trophy case, and it’s not hard to imagine Natalya being shuffled to the back of the line should she fall short on May 22.

WWE Network: Natalya vs. Charlotte - WWE Women's Title Match: WWE Payback 2016

With WWE Hall of Famers Bret "The Hitman" Hart and Ric Flair at ringside, Natalya and Charlotte battle for the WWE Women's Championship: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Luckily, it’s doubtful she’d have it any other way. As the daughter of WWE royalty, Natalya is always up for a fight. Give her a ring to compete in and an opponent to tap out and she’s got a shot. As for Charlotte? Well, she is the daughter of WWE royalty, too, but she’s been content to play daddy’s little girl over the last few months as she hides behind her father’s interference. At Extreme Rules, she’ll have to put up — and grow up — or give up.

See the battle of the Figure-Eight Leglock vs. the Sharpshooter at WWE Extreme Rules, airing this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.

WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte has twice needed help to make it past Natalya: once from Ric Flair on Raw, and once from Flair’s referee doppelganger Charles Robinson at WWE Payback, who called for the bell before Charlotte could tap and initiated the “Chicago Screwjob” of 2016.

At Extreme Rules, the champion have either of those luxuries, and to beat Natalya, she’ll have to flat-out tap her out, because the rule for their rubber match is a straight-up, no-frills Submission Match, with Flair barred from involvement. The first Superstar to make the other cry uncle will be crowned the winner.

Adding even more intrigue is the new stipulation added by Shane McMahon on the final Raw before Extreme Rules: If Flair disregards the ban and ends up at ringside Sunday, Charlotte will automatically lose the WWE Women’s Championship!

As challenges come, that’s a seemingly insurmountable one for Charlotte. Not because she can’t win the match fair and square — she pinned Natalya outright in their first confrontation over the NXT Women’s Championship in 2014 — but because since coming into her own as a champion, the young prodigy has leaned increasingly on her father’s “coaching” (i.e., interference) to retain her title.

Charlotte clears the air about Charles Robinson: Raw, May 2, 2016

As WWE Women's Champion Charlotte and her father, Ric Flair, address the controversy at WWE Payback, Natalya gives a response of her own.

All of this is a welcome development for Natalya, but lost in the narrative of Charlotte’s support system (or lack thereof) is the question of whether The Queen of Harts can get it done. For all her claims that she can beat any woman in the world in a straight-up contest, Natalya has yet to manage it against Charlotte when the chips are down. Her and uncle Bret Hart pretzeling the Flairs into twin Sharpshooters at WWE Payback was fun, but it didn’t fill up her trophy case, and it’s not hard to imagine Natalya being shuffled to the back of the line should she fall short on May 22.

WWE Network: Natalya vs. Charlotte - WWE Women's Title Match: WWE Payback 2016

With WWE Hall of Famers Bret "The Hitman" Hart and Ric Flair at ringside, Natalya and Charlotte battle for the WWE Women's Championship: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Luckily, it’s doubtful she’d have it any other way. As the daughter of WWE royalty, Natalya is always up for a fight. Give her a ring to compete in and an opponent to tap out and she’s got a shot. As for Charlotte? Well, she is the daughter of WWE royalty, too, but she’s been content to play daddy’s little girl over the last few months as she hides behind her father’s interference. At Extreme Rules, she’ll have to put up — and grow up — or give up.

See the battle of the Figure-Eight Leglock vs. the Sharpshooter at WWE Extreme Rules, airing this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.