Here are my predictions for this Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules PPV, which airs on the WWE Network.
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Sasha Banks & Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar & Alicia Fox
Mixed Tag Team Match
Here’s a match where in my opinion seems to have been thrown together quickly, just for the hell of it. Throughout the weeks we’ve seen growing tensions between Fox and Banks, which eventually brought in Swann and Dar. So a story to instigate a match is there, but i believe this is one of those “put it together, end it quickly” type of matches. To be honest, one of the biggest surprises from this feud is when Fox pinned Sasha cleanly on Raw two weeks back. That provided some insight on Fox and the potential that WWE may try and get her to go for the Women’s Championship at some point. But, Fox can celebrate that victory in her head, as I see the dancing duo of Swann and Banks coming out on top.
MOC Predictions: Rich Swann & Sasha Banks
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
-WWE Cruiserweight Championship-
Neville yet again puts his title on the line against the greatest man on the planet, Austin Aries. These two have been having some memorable matches, spanning back to WrestleMania 33. But instead of having Neville once again cheap out and retain his title, this has now become a submissions match, when in all reality anything goes. The only way to win is via submission, and DQ wins are not allowed. Aries has a lot to gain, and Neville has a ton to lose, but you do have to ask yourself, will TJ Perkins in some way get involved? TJ has been riding the wave, so to speak on Neville’s shoulders. Being a student of the king he could either help or potentially hurt his chances in retaining that championship. Neville did submit on Raw to Aries Last Chancery finisher, which only showed that the potential to lose the title is there. But in my honest opinion I feel a distraction from TJ could potentially cost Aries yet another match, allowing the King to stand tall once again.
MOC Prediction: Neville (retains)
Matt & Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
-Raw Tag Team Championship-
Steel Cage Match
Let the extreme begin! These men locked in a cage is like having the extra cherry on top of an already overflowing chocolate cake. It’s just too good to not be excited for it. Cesaro & Sheamus has positioned themselves as “The Bar” when it comes to the Raw tag team division, and frankly have what it takes to beat the Hardy’s in my opinion. But you’re also talking about a team who go to the extreme to win. Matt and Jeff are well known for their crazy moments in gimmick matches such as this. I’m sure anticipating a potential splash from the top of the cage, or some type of huge spot that will adhere a “holy shit” chant. I do feel that Sheamus & Cesaro will get their opportunities as the champions and it will come this Sunday as they will take those titles off the Hardy’s. This only allows for the feud to continue and will lead them into Summerslam where you for sure could expect a huge match with some type of stipulation involved. Time will tell, but for sure I see Sheamus & Cesaro coming out as the victors in this one.
MOC Predictions: Sheamus & Cesaro (New Raw Tag Team Champions)
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley
-Raw Women’s Championship-
Kendo Stick On a Pole Match
Seriously, a kendo stick on a pole match? In a way I feel Vince Russo is running this match. But nonetheless these women are prepared to get extreme. In all honesty you don’t have to just use a kendo stick, but being as this is WWE they’ll probably only limit them the use of one weapon and only that weapon on the pole. Throughout the last few weeks, we’ve seen Alexa get into the mind of Bayley and try to break her down mentally, and it’s kind of working. Following the horrendous “this is your life” segment on Raw we saw Alexa once again come out on top, which begs the questions if she’ll be able to retain that title at Extreme Rules. I’ll be honest I’m not sure, but I can’t see Bayley once again winning and continuing this feud, as there are a ton of other potential competitors on Raw that could very well compete for the title. So, preferably I’m going for Alexa to retain, to potentially compete against Nia Jax down the line.
MOC Predictions: Alexa Bliss (retains)
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz
-WWE Intercontinental Championship-
Singles Match (If Dean is DQ’ed he loses the title)
Listen, we can all admit that Miz has elevated himself to a talent in which can invoke emotion, anger and frustration from the audience. He’s one of the top heel’s in WWE and can work the mic above anyone else on that roster today. He elevated that IC title on Smackdown based on how he held himself and the actions he took to keep it. So him requesting this DQ stipulation only tells me that he will find someway to screw Ambrose out of this title. Here’s one example, what’s stopping Maryse from slapping Miz, causing a DQ and having Ambrose lose the title? What’s stopping Miz from taunting and pushing Ambrose to utilize weapons against him through annoying tactics. I feel Miz will take advantage of this stipulation to garner the win. He had a point on Raw, Dean hasn’t helped the prestige of that title at all. In a way WWE creative just doesn’t seem to know what to do with him when he’s champion. It’s the same when he was US Champion, WWE champion and now the IC Champion. He just seems to fill the void and not actually play the role in my opinion. Miz is the perfect fit for that title and this Sunday he’ll win it back for sure. Let’s face it, on a show where the MAIN [Universal Championship] title is not showcased on a weekly basis, you do need a top title to make it the goal for the show. Miz can make the IC title that title.
MOC Predictions: The Miz (New IC Champion)
Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
-#1 Contender Match For The Universal Championship-
Fatal-5-Way Extreme Rules Match
The main event for the show, and potentially the TOP match for the show will feature Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe going against one-another for a shot at the Universal Championship. Ohh and did I mention it’s an Extreme Rules match?
This in my honest opinion will be one, if not the top match of the night. These five men are not only great competitors in the ring but have the ability to make anything they do spectacular. The winner for this match is difficult to determine as each man has his own merits on why they should compete for the Universal Championship. Roman is obvious, he’s Vince’s guy and usually gets the big opportunities. Same goes for Rollins. Bray is the enigma of the group and his creepy vibe can make for an interesting match with Brock. Joe is just a bad-ass, beat down, gonna kill you type of guy. His style along with Lesnar’s could make for a great hard hitting match. And then there’s Finn, a man who never lost the title and even got a hand shake from Paul Heyman, where Heyman wished him luck. Let’s face it, WWE has already implemented who they want winning, why else would there be a segment featuring Finn and Heyman where Heyman appears to want Finn to win. It’s obvious that Heyman wants Finn to win as he sees him as not a threat to his client Brock Lesnar. When you see both men together you understand why, but Finn will hone into his inner demon, as usual to give him the potential he needs to defeat any challenger that comes his way.
Even though this match is hard to determine on who comes out on top, it’s still intriguing to have seen Heyman and Finn and therefor I will have to go with Finn. Give him the opportunity to compete for his title and bring a fight to Lesnar which he’ll never forget.
MOC Prediction: Finn Balor (New #1 Contender For The Universal Championship)
Those are my predictions, feel free to share yours!
Who do you think walks our of Extreme Rules champions, new #1 contenders and overall winners.