WWE Extreme Rules – Thoughts and Predictions – July 14, 2018

WWE Extreme Rules 2018
Thoughts & Predictions
July 14, 2018
DougMaynard.com

Coming up this Sunday live on the WWE Network from Pittsburgh, PA, is the WWE’s night of travel to the land of Extreme. It’s WWE Extreme Rules. Time to pull out the crystal ball and do that prediction thing. As Bray Wyatt likes to say, “We’re here!”. Damn, I just realized that there are twelve matches booked for the event including the Kickoff Show matches. Oh vey! Let’s do this…

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Rusev (with Aiden English).

Do they switch the title or not? I would love to see Rusev finally get that brass ring and a run as the top dog on Smackdown Live, but AJ Styles, fresh off his less-than-spectacular feud with Shinsuke Nakamura, needs to be kept strong and in a top spot. While this event does happen on Rusev Day, as much as I wish otherwise personally, I feel that AJ will keep his championship and come out on top after a miscue by English distracts Rusev and costs him the match.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: AJ Styles

WWE Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax – Extreme Rules with Ronda Rousey in the first row.

This match is under “Extreme Rules” so while I’ve heard many mention Ronda getting involved and causing a DQ, how can one cause a DQ in a match with no rules? I do however think that the Rowdy One will get involved and cause a few shenanigans for both Alexa and Nia and thus setting up a three-way dance at SummerSlam. I think that Ronda will go after Alexa, but Nia will say “No Way”. Ronda ends up taking out Nia and Alexa steals a pin to retain and keep things moving along.

Winner and STILL WWE Raw Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss

WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins – 30 Minute Iron Man Match.

This should be the best match, in terms of technical wrestling as well as near falls, of the night. I’d personally rather see Drew taking on Seth than Dolph, but I think that’s probably in the plans for later down the road. This one will be epic though and I can easily see them going the full time with either no falls or one-fall apiece. That’s how it should go down, but since this is WWE and they like drama and to make their heels look even when they don’t need to, I’ll do it like this. Both men have one fall each and it’s tied up as they reach the end of the match. We go to sudden death and Seth looks to have it won, but Drew gets involved and lays him out, causing a DQ. Seth wins, two falls to one, but since titles don’t change hands on DQ’s, the Intercontinental Championship stays with Dolph. It’s been established in precedent before and they can do a rematch on Monday on RAW or else a three-way at SummerSlam. Works for me.

Winner: Seth Rollins (Dolph retains the title due to titles not changing hands on a DQ)

WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Carmella vs. Asuka – James Ellsworth hanging above the ring in a shark cage.

This is another of what should be a fun match to watch. Carmella seems to be getting better and more confident each week and while some may despise him, I’m happy to see Ellsworth back as her loyal flunkie. I figure he’ll be up to all sorts of antics while suspended above the ring in that shark cage and probably be attempting to throw all sorts of items to Carmella to help her fight Asuka. I think Asuka will eventually end up with the Smackdown Women’s Championship, thus setting up a rematch with Charlotte and maybe some great matches against Becky Lynch down the road, but I think that big win will be at SummerSlam instead of here at Extreme Rules. I think, in this match, we’ll see Asuka dominate 98% of the match and give ‘Mella a beatdown worthy of a great heel champ. And I think she’ll get in a few shots at Ellsworth as well. But cheating, the distraction of the chinless wonder and a few shenanigans will come out as the deciding factor and Carmella will snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat to retain her belt.

Winner and STILL Smackdown Women’s Champion: Carmella w/ James Ellsworth

WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.

Shinsuke needs to get a win here and win strongly. After his program with AJ Styles, Shinsuke should be on top of the world, but seems more to be stuck in a sort of mid-card limbo, kind of like Jinder over at RAW. He needs a win and a big one to get back on track and get some momentum going on. Hardy is one of those guys who doesn’t need a championship to be over and be a top guy. Jeff, thus far, hasn’t really made any kind of impact as the U.S. Champion except for being able to now say he’s a “Grand Slam Champion”and while that’s all well and good, the U.S. Championship needs to be with someone who can keep it significant and important and Shinsuke probably has a better chance of doing that at this point. Look for a low blow and cheap win, but a win non-the-less for Nakamura. New champion.

Winner and NEW United States Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura

Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley.

It’s pretty simple here. Roman doesn’t need to win here and a loss won’t hurt him a single bit. Lashley has the hype and build, but so far, has been pretty much “Eh” in my opinion. He needs a solid and clean win here and needs it badly to establish Bobby as a top guy for the MIA Brock Lesnar and the Universal Championship. Look for a brawl from hell and a fun, stiff fight. And at the end of the night, it’s Lashley that takes that trip to the pay window.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. The B Team.

This is the match I’m most looking forward to and want to see. Two brothers on opposing sides and in another piece of irony, Bray and Axel were once WWE Tag Team Champions together as part of the Nexus under the names of Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty. The B-Team have managed to get over and get the attention of the fans and that’s WONDERFUL! Matt and Bray are a fun and solid team and I’m enjoying their partnership more than I thought that I would, but we all know that it can’t last forever. Will Bray turn on Matt and have his real life brother and former tag team partner become a new “Wyatt Family”. Will Axel and Bo be “woken” and join up with the Hardy clan? Will Matt inhale toxic fumes from King Maxel’s diaper and lose his freakin’ mind? With these four men, anything can and is liable to happen. I’m calling a title change here. Bray joins his family and we get some new champions as the B-Team moves up to the A-List for a while.

Winners and NEW RAW Tag Team Champions: Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel – The B-Team

Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman – Steel Cage Match.

Kevin will keep it interesting and competitive, but he’s only a prize fighter. Braun is getting the push from hell and is the new resident Monster on RAW. It should be a fun match to watch, but is there really any other way to call it? Braun wins.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin.

This is one of those matches that should be really good and fun to watch, but in the overall scheme of things, does anyone even really care. Balor has a great following, but he’s being booked like a mid-card hot-shot than a top guy most of the time and the interest is falling pretty quickly. If he wasn’t such a sexy beast, I’d probably have already lost faith. And Corbin? Talk about hit and miss booking. I do like this new role as the “Constable”. It’s character development and makes Corbin far more interesting to watch. Finn can afford to take a loss since he seems to be losing all the time these days anyhow. Corbin is just really starting to get into this role and a push so I’ll go for Corbin to steal one and come out on top.

Winner: Baron Corbin

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Hell No.

Common sense says that Harper and Rowan dominate and retain their titles. Nostalgia and sentiment say that Bryan and Kane pull the upset and get a big win to make the fans happy and give Kane one more quick honor as he winds down his active career. So why not do both? Kane and Bryan pull the upset win here at Extreme Rules and overcome the odds to get the belts away from Harper and Rowan. Then on Tuesday at Smackdown Live, we get a rematch and the Miz gets involved causing The Bludgeon Brothers to get their titles back while the friction between Miz and Bryan gets taken to the next level and we can finally move on to get that long anticipated Miz – Bryan feud we’ve been waiting for. Everyone wins.

Winners and NEW Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Daniel Bryan and Kane – Team Hell No

New Day vs. Sanity – Tables Match (Kickoff Match)

New Day does not need a win here. Sanity is just getting going as part of the main roster and can’t afford to take a big loss at this particular point and time. This match should be entertaining and fun to see, but it should end with New Day having a bad day and Eric Young and his minions taking home the big win as they put the pancake lovers through all sorts of tables.

Winners: Sanity

Sin Cara versus Andrade Almas (Kickoff Match)

This match was just added on Thursday night and should be a really good match that no one will care about or bother to watch. Almas is wrestling gold and has really come into his own as of late as he begins to make his move on the Smackdown roster. Sin Cara is, well he’s Sin Cara and has gone from a must-see talent to mid to lower card for life, spending more time in catering with Zack Ryder and R-Truth than having matches on TV or at house shows. He’s still a very capable wrestler though and this will be a fast paced and fun match to start the show off. But the outcome isn’t really in any question.

Winner: Andrade Almas

And there you go. Tomorrow night on the WWE Network and on select pay-per-view, it’s WWE Extreme Rules. So what do you think of my predictions? Am I right, wrong or just plain crazy? Let me know and tell me who you think will win or lose. And any other questions, comments, thoughts, etc, are welcome as well. Talk to me, my Peeps. And now, I have to go work and sell some fine spirits for the next 11 hours. Have a great one and take care and I’ll talk at you later. Loves ya!

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