This Sunday night, on July 14, the WWE roster will get extreme with their annual Extreme Rules PPV. There are a lot of matches on this card, and many with great storytelling behind them, making this one of the harder PPVs to predict, but I will attempt it anyway. Let’s take a look at the card and speculate about each result. (c) indicates a current champion.
Raw Tag Team Championship: The Revival (c) vs The Usos
The Revival have had a pretty decent run with the Raw Tag Team Championships this time around. They’ve been working with Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre, gaining them some momentum lately and making them look like legitimate champions. Their rivalry with the Usos has been going on for a long time, and more often than not, they were on the wrong side of it. I think the Revival’s string of bad luck against the Usos will end this Saturday, and they will retain their titles.
The Revival retain.
Last Man Standing Match: Braun Strowman vs Bobby Lashley
Braun Strowman has not been seen since the stage incident happened. He has been out with a ruptured spleen after tackling Lashley through the LED board and off the stage. Lashley, however, recently squashed the returning Rey Mysterio. Even though Strowman seems to be injured, expect him to come back stronger than ever. With Heyman taking over for Raw, Strowman is expected to start getting a big push and go back to his monster roots. That will begin this Sunday with a big victory over Bobby Lashley.
Braun Strowman wins.
United States Championship: Ricochet (c) vs AJ Styles
Styles has had a resurgence lately with the reforming of the Club. Gallows and Anderson seem energized since joining forces with Styles, and you better believe they will be at ringside. My heart is saying to pick AJ Styles, but the way Ricochet has been picked apart by the Club for the last two weeks, my gut is saying that Ricochet will just escape with the victory then catch a beating from all three members for his trouble.
Aleister Black vs Cesaro
After weeks of Aleister begging for someone to knock on his door, Cesaro finally revealed himself as the man who knocked. Though the reveal of Cesaro was a disappointment, this will no doubt be a fantastic match. If given the proper time, these guys could put on a barn burner that could steal the show. Unfortunately for Cesaro, this is a lose-lose for him. WWE has been planning a big push for the “Dutch Destroyer” so no doubt he will be defeating Cesaro.
Aleister Black wins.
Smackdown Live Championship: The Planet’s Champions (c) vs The New Day vs Heavy Machinery
This is going to be a fun match. Heavy Machinery have been insanely entertaining over these past few weeks, and you can tell the WWE brass have high hopes for the duo. Otis is slowly but surely becoming a star, and gold is undoubtedly in his future, but not quite yet. I believe when Otis and Tucker win their first titles that WWE wants it to be a big deal, and Extreme Rules doesn’t feel big enough for that just yet. I believe Daniel Bryan and Rowan will retain their titles by pinning a member of the New Day and will lose them next month at Summerslam to Heavy Machinery.
The Planet’s Champions retain.
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak (c) vs Tony Nese
Gulak finally climbed the mountain on 205 Live and became the Cruiserweight Champion after defeating Tony Nese and Akira Tozawa at Stomping Grounds. Now Gulak has to prove that it wasn’t a fluke when he takes on the former Cruiserweight Champion on Sunday. Gulak has been killing it on 205 Live, and before that he was killing it in NXT. It would be a huge mistake to take the title off of Gulak this quickly. I like Nese, but he had a great run and it is time for Gulak to have his day on top.
Drew Gulak retains.
Handicap Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Though others may disagree, the storyline between Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross is my favorite going on. It’s been a good example of long-term storytelling, and I think this is where it will boil over. Though it seems like they are hinting at Sasha Banks making her return this weekend, I have a sneaky feeling they will delay that until Summerslam. The best way to further this story would be to have Nikki Cross pin Bayley to win the championship and have Alexa say that she won the championship. This will lead to dissent between the two and then a full-on babyface Nikki going against Alexa Bliss for the championship.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross win the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe
This has been an intense rivalry. We are starting to see the death of “happy to be here” Kofi and we are seeing a much more confident Kofi. He’s starting to find his stride as WWE champion, and Joe has been a key component of that. Joe has been bringing the best out of Kofi and I think we will see that in the ring this Sunday. I’m waiting for the day Joe gets his world title run, but it is just not the right time for Kofi to lose the belt. He’s found his character and is putting on great match after great match, so I will pick Kofi to win, but this rivalry will continue.
Kofi Kingston retains.
No Holds Barred Tag Team Match: Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre vs Roman Reigns and The Undertaker
This is an interesting matchup in which I can see either result happening. I’m going to go with what the more interesting story could be, which, surprisingly, is Shane and Drew winning. I don’t see where the story could go with Shane and Drew losing. If they win, it will allow Shane’s reign of terror to continue, which could give Kevin Owens the opportunity to channel his inner Stone Cold and take on Shane all by himself. For that reason alone, I’m going to pick Shane and Drew to win.
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre win.
Winner Takes All Mixed Tag Team Match: Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) vs Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans
I never thought in a million years that I would be saying this, but the more interesting story lies in Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans winning the titles. I have never been the biggest fan of either superstar, but I think the money is in Baron Corbin winning the Universal Championship by not even pinning the champion. The crowd will hate it, but not in a bad way. It’ll be a lot of fun to see Corbin and Lacey just trolling the fans. It’ll also create a big dissension between Becky and Seth, whose relationship has been cringey and not enjoyable.
Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans win the Universal Championship and the Raw Women’s Championship respectively
If the WWE is willing to take some risks, this could be one of the more enjoyable PPVs this year, and with Bischoff and Heyman set to take over soon, I think that is the path they will take. So make sure to watch the show on the WWE Network Sunday night, and share your predictions. Do you agree with mine, or are yours different? Make sure to let me know.