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WWE’s premier international rivalry will be taken to the extreme when John Cena defends his United States Championship against Rusev at Extreme Rules in a Russian Chain Match.

The WWE Universe found out about the lethal stipulation on the April 13 Raw, when Rusev — with a steel chain wrapped around his fist — blindsided the Cenation leader in a vicious attack. Adding insult to injury, Lana then revealed that she had successfully negotiated the new terms of the previously announced match, which will see Rusev and Cena tethered at the wrist by a length of heavy-duty chain.

Living up to Extreme Rules’ reputation, both Superstars will be allowed to use the chain at their discretion, whether using it as a whip or to add weight to a punch, as Rusev demonstrated on Raw.

Though Lana’s added stipulation may be a game-changer for Rusev, the WWE Universe is left to wonder if the issues between The Super Athlete and The Ravishing Russian are fully resolved. For the past several weeks, it seemed the powerful couple had experienced serious miscommunications. First, Lana accepted the match with Cena at WrestleMania on Rusev’s behalf without the former champion’s consent; then, Rusev knocked into Lana at The Show of Shows, allowing Cena to capitalize and win the bout.

By turning Extreme Rules’ U.S. Title Match into a Russian Chain Match, has Lana prevented dissension from creeping further into her relationship with The Hero of the Russian Federation?

Cena, however, is no stranger to chains, either. As the onetime leader of the Chain Gang, the U.S. Champion often leveraged a steel chain as a weapon in his salad days. Will the WWE Universe see Cena again embrace his darker side in his quest to retain the stars-and-stripes title? Or can Rusev, with the added benefit of the Russian Chain Match stipulation, regain the title? And just what type of bruising action is in store for both Superstars?

Find out which Superstar will reign supreme when Extreme Rules takes place live on WWE Network Sunday, April 26!

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