Wrestlemania season is now behind us and we look to the second ever pay-per-view to air on the WWE Network: WWE Extreme Rules.
Extreme Rules is live Sunday night in the IZOD Center in NY/NJ on pay-per-view and on WWE Network. The card features three main event worthy matches, an Intercontinental Title match (finally), a Diva’s Title match, and a triple threat match. Extreme Rules is one of the more exciting shows the WWE has to offer, and this one should be no short of greatness.
WEELC Match: El Torito vs. Hornswoggle
It’s on the pre-show so I guess I have to predict it. El Torito is kind of cool in the ring so I’ll go with him. Might be a bit fun to watch, but really, who cares.
Winner: El Torito
Triple Threat Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro
We’ve seen Swagger vs. Cesaro a couple times so I’m glad WWE added RVD to this match. Cesaro is in the midst of a very big push right now, and Swagger is clearly being used to get him over. RVD is likely in the contest to do the same.
This match certainly has the potential to steal the show. Will it? Probably not, but I’m expecting a great match out of three really strong performers in the ring. The debacle between Heyman and Colter only will add to the fun.
Handicap Match: Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth & Xavier Woods
This is a match that people would turn off on RAW. It’s really a shame the R-Truth and Woods are on the card but Dolph Ziggler isn’t. Luckily for us, this is a squash match and Rusev’s ability in the ring is fun to watch.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
Divas Championship: Paige (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
Most people couldn’t care less about Divas matches and I was that way until Paige debuted the night after Wrestlemania. I’m a big fan of Paige’s character and what she can do in the ring. I think she’s 2nd behind AJ Lee when it comes to talent in the Divas division.
AJ Lee is taking some time off, and I think this match is a set up for when she returns. I don’t say this often about Divas matches, but I am excited for that showdown.
Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs. Bad News Barrett
Two possible future main eventers go at it for a title that may have gained a bit more relevancy with the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. This is a tough match to call, but I don’t see why they would have Barrett win the tournament, with victories over three former champions, just to lose at Extreme Rules.
I could be wrong here, but I think Sunday night will be bad news for Big E.
Winner: Bad News Barrett
Steel Cage Match: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
This has hands down been the best build to a match on the whole card. Bray Wyatt has been one of the most exciting characters since he’s debuted and he has even developed Cena’s character. Never before have we seen Cena stand in the ring and complain about fans and the choices they make, but he did on last Monday on RAW.
Wyatt is making it believable that Cena may turn heel, it probably won’t happen, but who knows.
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I was wrong at Wrestlemania, but I can’t see Cena winning again here. I’m sure Luke Harper and Erik Rowan will find a way to interfere, and I would rather have Bray win clean, but I’ll take a Wyatt win either way. A Cena win here would really make me and other fans angry.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Credit to WWE on this one. If after Wrestlemania someone told me Bryan was taking on Kane I would have been a bit disappointed. But WWE did a great job of making Kane a believable threat to beat Bryan for the title, especially because he’s back to his old “Devil’s Favorite Demon” ways.
I think this is a way for Bryan to have a strong title defense while Triple H/Orton are busy fighting The Shield. Stephanie is a bix X-factor here. On RAW she seemed to be on Bryan’s side and felt bad for him, so I wonder what role she will play.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
The Shield vs. Evolution
It is a shame they have not announced a stipulation for this match yet. War Games would have been incredible. It looks like this one will be a traditional six-man tag match.
That is not something to complain about though. This build has been great and the match should be better. Evolution reuniting gives the Shield their toughest opponent yet. Every match the Shield has been in has been stellar, as is the performance they put on week in and week out.
I expect this to be their best show yet. If Triple H is going to continue his theme of setting the stage for the future, then the Shield will win this match in exhilarating fashion.
Winner: The Shield
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