With WWE set to present there PG era version of Extreme Rules this weekend, its time to take a look at the card and predict the outcomes. This one has an interesting main event featuring Roman Reigns Versus AJ Styles for the WWE World title (Yes AJ!) as well as a fatla four-way for the Intercontinetal Title that i expect to steal the show. Lets run down the card and my thoughts on the outcomes.
The card for this years event is as follows:
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin (Pre-show, No DQ Match)
- The Miz vs. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn (Fatal 4-Way, Intercontinental Championship)
- Charlotte vs. Natalya (Submission Match, Women’s Championship)
- The New Day vs. The Vaudevillains (Tag Team Championships)
- Kalisto vs. Rusev (United States Championship)
- Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho (Asylum Match)
- Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (Extreme Rules Match, WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Dolph Ziggler Vs Baron Corbin
The feud between these two was red hot when it began a little over 2months ago, with the début of Corbin and the subsequent beat-down of Ziggler on the outside of the ring- it was also really well built up to the Payback PPV, but then appeared on the pre-show and for some odd reason Ziggler was given the win. Corbin should have got the win there to propel him up the roster- and given the fact he didn’t, it seems highly likely that its in line for the win this month before moving onto other feuds.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Chris Jericho Vs Dean Ambrose (Asylum Match)
Ambrose is massively over with the crowd, despite the fact that he has the worst PPV record I can remember- the man loses over and over again! However his feud with Jericho has been interesting, the confrontation this week was good, and seeing Ambrose as mad and annoyed crazy rather than the comedy crazy we’ve seen in recent weeks really helped. Jericho has excelled on the microphone too, but this is no shock and the in-ring work between the two has been brilliant. However I’m really not sold on the gimmick to this match, hopefully it will simply be worked as a cage match with easily accessible weapons and they don’t add any weird new rules to it. Either way this should be the end of this feud and possibly Jericho’s current run with the company allowing Ambrose to move him along the card and feud with a full time performer.
Winner: Ambrose, he’s really due one here before moving on and up
The Miz vs. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn (Fatal 4-Way, Intercontinental Championship)
I still think this may well be the match of the night, as all 4 men (Even the Miz) are performing brilliantly in this story-line. Owens and Zayn are always great together and Cesaro can have a classic with anyone and we all remember his NXT matches with Zayn. Then theres the Miz who may be at his career best right now, as his ring work and character work are amazing. While I’m unsure whos really going over here, I’m almost convinced that Zayn and Owens will brawl each other out of contention by the end leading to a SummerSlam 1-1 showdown. That leaves Cesaro or the slimy and Maryse backed Miz to grab the gold, and while last month saw the shock end of Cesaro not leaving with the gold this month i think may finally be the ‘Swiss Supermans’ time to shine.
Charlotte vs. Natalya (Submission Match, Women’s Championship)
This match is a place holder until SummerSlam where I fully expect Sasha Banks to be given her moment and capture the WWE Womens Championship. However given that it doesn’t mean that it wont be a good in-ring bout as both women are more than capable of delivering a quality match- just look at Payback minus the ending. However what it does mean is that I really don’t see the title changing hands here, and the stipulation that Flair (Poppa) can’t be there will only help Charlotte look strong in her win before moving on. The submission stipulation is nice as it will keep the match feeling fresh compared to their numerous recent encounters, but unfortunately this doesn’t feel like the big deal I was hoping for the 2nd WWE Womens Championship match.
The New Day vs. The Vaudevillains (Tag Team Championships)
This may be the most out there pick of the bunch, as I totally love the New Day but the Vaudevillains should leave with the gold! Now hear me out before screaming that the New DAy are the best thing on WWE, because I agree with you however the titles are prop in the WWE to help talent get over and the New Day do not need this help while the Vaudevillians could do with this and a big win over this team would make them real threats. This feud has been interesting as the clash of styles both on the microphone and in-ring has been fun to watch and has always delivered a good quality product. This match should be great, and a loss for the New Day wouldn’t harm them in any way atall and they could still do their “WWE World Tag……” sticht but they just need to add ‘Soon to be’ or ‘Two time’ to the front. No harm to them and a big in for the new up and coming team.
Kalisto vs. Rusev (United States Championship)
Several months ago I really thought the WWE could have a new star on their hands in Kalisto who looked and felt a lot like a younger Rey Mysterio, however the company have booked him poorly and given him next to no development since then. And speaking of that treatment its not too unlike Rusev after he dropped the US Title to John Cena and floundered in obscurity for a while, however that should all change this weekend. While Kalisto should be booked better, he’s too inconsistent in the ring right now for my liking while Rusev sells both his offense and shot taking like a true professional and surely the better wrestler and character of the two should be the champion right??! Rusev looks set for a monster push since the ‘League of Nations’ split, and his in ring skill deserves it, so unfortunately the little pinball may have seen the end of his run with the gold.
Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (Extreme Rules Match, WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
This match only has one real outcome surely- and that’s Roman Reigns with his hand held high and the championship still on his shoulders. While the build to this match has been much better, I still feel like the ‘Club’ have been booked to weak; Anderson and Gallows are a big deal despite what the WWE have made them look like. I also fully expect some involvement from both them and the Uso’s this weekend to make it look like maybe we could get the title switch. Reigns and AJ will deliver an entertaining match, as their one at Payback was and for this reason this is a match that I am looking forward too despite the obvious outcome. The only swerve I can see coming here is that Balor interferes on behalf of AJ to cost Roman establishing the Balor Club as a real thing- but with his feud against Samoa Joe still going I’m not sure were going to get that. My ideal swerve here is the re-appearance of Rollins to cost Reigns claiming he never lost the gold so Roman should never have been the champ- but that’s a real fantasy land type booking situation.
I really see no way that Reigns is losing the gold here- this should be a great match but it will be hurt slightly by the predictability of the outcome. Overall while Im not a fan of Reigns his slow turn towards a heel has made him better to watch on the microphone and if he can begin to flourish under this freedom then maybe he has a chance.
Winner: And Still WWE World Champion Roman Reigns