On its surface, the great sport of pro wrestling is a violent contest of physical dominance and athletic prowess, but many fans appreciate the sport as a metaphor for life itself, a pure expression of the human condition not too far removed from the Greek theater of the ancient world. But sometimes, it's just about ripping out your opponent's eyeball to exact some much-needed revenge. Enter: WWE Extreme Rules.
On last night's episode of Monday Night Raw, Rey Mysterio and Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy in a tag team match, earning Mysterio the right to choose the stipulation for Rollins and Mysterio's upcoming bout at the Extreme Rules PPV later this month. Mysterio chose to invent a brand new kind of match for the event: an "eye for an eye" match. Mysterio made the proclamation while still sporting an eye patch from the attack by Rollins and his disciples weeks ago that injured his own eyeball. During the tag match, Rollins even tried to inflict the same punishment on Mysterio's son, Dominic.
But what is an eye for an eye match? Well, it's exactly as it sounds. To win, you must pluck out your opponent's eyeball. If you don't believe us, just read WWE's own press release about the match:
The Horror Show at Extreme Rules added a new level of terror as Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins will meet in an Eye for an Eye Match. Mysterio teamed with Kevin Owens to defeat Rollins & Murphy for the right to choose the gory stipulation where a winner can only determined by extracting the opponent's eye.
The Monday Night Messiah has tormented the legendary luchador for months and nearly ended Mysterio's career with a gruesome attack on his eye. With his career in jeopardy, the iconic Superstar watched as his son Dominik got involved to defend his father's honor, but Dominik found himself in Rollins' sights as well. With Rollins attempting to replicate the same brutal ocular assault on Dominik, Mysterio promised to get "an eye for an eye" from the devious Superstar.
Can Mysterio achieve the ruthless justice he craves, or will Rollins finish the barbaric attack that set this match in motion?
Don't miss The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, streaming on the award-winning WWE Network, Sunday, July 19, at 7 ET/4 PT!
Of course, pulling out an opponent's eyeball on live PPV isn't quite the same thing as stomping your foot on the ground while you fake-punch them. How will WWE pull this off? Personally, we're hoping they go all in and have Mysterio gruesomely pull a blood-covered prop eyeball from Rollins's head, and then force Rollins to wrestle with an eyepatch for the rest of his career. Only by truly embracing the ridiculous concept of this match as 100% serious can it be a success. When you advertise that someone's eyeball will be ripped out of their head, you have to deliver. That's one of the cardinal rules of pro wrestling.