WWE Extreme Rules 2016 is less than a week away and one of the most anticipated matches on the card features WWE Women's Champion Charlotte defending her title in a Submission Match against Natalya. When Bret "The Hitman" Hart couldn't prevent "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair from getting involved in the last match-up, Stephanie and Shane McMahon decided that Charlotte's father would be banned from ringside atExtreme Rules.

Championship up for grabs 4 times.

The WWE Divas/Women's Championship has been up for grabs four times atExtreme Rules, and it's never involved Natalya or Charlotte before this year.

Showing respect to the evolution of the females in WWE, the Submission Match will be the first time a woman's title was up for grabs atExtreme Rules with a stipulation that was genuinely hardcore stipulation wasn't somehow a little sexist.

WWE superstar history.

What follows is the onepart ina series ofExtreme RulesRésumé articles in which we take a look at a WWE Superstar's history atER(such as CM Punk,The Shield,Triple H, John Cena, The New Dayand Randy Orton) and what their past experiences might tell us aboutWWE Extreme Rules 2016.

Extreme Rulesrecord

Only one woman has been in more than a single title match atExtreme Rules (Nikki Bella in 2012 and 2015), so this analysis looks at being thechampion rather than thechallenger.

That being the case, the Women's Champion has a record of2-2 atER. A successful defense by Charlotte would give the champion a 3-year win streak atExtreme Rules, as Paige and Nikki retained the Divas Championship in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Main event matches.

WWE hasn't quite reached a place where the WWE Women's Championship could headline a major PPV-style event.

While Becky Lynch and Bayley headlinedNXT TakeOver: Respect with a 30-minute Iron Woman Match for the NXT Championship, it will be a while before any woman's match headlines an event likeER. That doesn't mean, however, that Charlotte and Natalya can't bring down the house with the best match on the card.

Worthy competition

Not unlike Natalya, the last two challengers for the female strap atExtreme Rules were under-appreciated workers who WWE never really thought about giving the title to (Tamina Snuka and Naomi). But perhaps leaving a bigger legacy than either of those two would be the opponents from 2010 and 2012 events, Michelle McCool and Nikki Bella.

WWE's roster is packed with talented women right now. While Becky Lynch or Sasha Banks would also have made a great title match, Natalya is as worthy and deserving of a Women's Championship as any WWE Superstar in the women's locker room.

Most extreme moment(s)

Unfortunately, the women of WWE haven't been given much of an opportunity to prove just how hardcore they can get atExtreme Rules.

No stipulations have ever been added on top of their championship matches atER, with the exception of the Extreme Makeover Match in 2010, which essentially amounted to a No Disqualification Match with a table of women's beauty products set up at ringside.

Predictions forWWE Extreme Rules 2016

As much as Natalya may deserve a WWE Women's Championship title run, it just doesn't seem like that's the direction WWE is going with the gold. Not unlike CM Punk's historic reign as WWE Champion circa 2013, Charlotte has managed to find a way to keep the title longer than many people thought she would. Even with Ric Flair banned from ringside, Charlotte will likely retain her title, just like Nikki Bella and Paige before her.

However, the WWE will likely keep Natalya looking strong. It's very possible Charlotte taps out to the Sharpshooter while the referee is knocked out, before Natalya taps to the Figure Eight after the man in stripesregains consciousness.

WWE Extreme Rules 2016airs live on the WWE Network on May 22nd.

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