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WWE decided to replace Lashley vs. Reigns as the Extreme Rules main event

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Heading into the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on Sunday night, a massive deal was being made about which match was going to main event the show.

It's become a hot topic of conversation now, especially since Brock Lesnar's absence results in non-title matches usually going on last, which fans don't think should be the case.

EXTREME RULES MAIN EVENT

While it's happened for a while, it was the Backlash event which really reignited the entire debate.

The fact that Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe went on last ahead of the WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura didn't sit well with many fans.

We saw fan backlash both online and in the arena with the adverse reactions, while it was also claimed fans started to pour out of the arena because of that decision.

Evidently, when The Beast defends the Universal Championship - all eyes are on him, and he's almost always in the main event.

At Extreme Rules, the WWE Championship was on the line between The Phenomenal One and Rusev, but reports emerged last week stating that there was almost no support from officials to have the contest go on last.

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Now, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has revealed that the bout between The Big Dog and Lashley was initially pencilled in as the main event.

In a post on the Wrestling Observer Forum, Meltzer noted that Lashley vs. Reigns was scheduled to close out the show, and that was still the plan on the day of the event.

FAN REACTION

However, the plans changed just a few hours before Extreme Rules went on air because of WWE's internal fears on how the crowd would react to it.

According to WrestlingNews.co, he posted: "I was told midweek it was the main event and then told it was changed the day of the show for reasons having to do with fear of the crowd c***ping on it.”

WWE's fears are completely understandable.

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The Pittsburgh crowd is notorious for stealing the limelight, primarily for the wrong reasons and could be considered in the same bracket as the lively Chicago crowd.

It can be argued that the WWE's plan backfired anyway.

A lot is still being made of the Pittsburgh crowd and their role in the match that did end up going on last.

Their Royal Rumble-style countdown chants angered the majority of fans on social media, while videos emerged of both Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins not sounding too happy about what was going on.

Still, the reaction could have been far worse had Reigns and Lashley featured last, so maybe WWE got off lightly in the end.

What do you make of the reason why WWE scrapped Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley as the Extreme Rules main event? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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