In the aftermath of WWE Backlash comes WWE’s next cross-brand PPV, Extreme Rules.
This year’s installment of the event filled with special rules bouts, WWE’s hottest feuds will get even hotter. We can all expect to get a glimpse at a series of bouts that will feature hardcore assaults and so much more. With top talents such as Drew McIntyre, Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, AJ Styles, Matt Riddle, and more in the midst of ongoing beefs, chances are every one of them will be present at this special July wrestling showcase. Major championships will be on the line and plenty of weapons will most likely come into play during the latest installment of Extreme Rules.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at all the matches announced for Extreme Rules and pick the ones that will surely nab themselves a major victory.
Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: I thought Nia Jax would find a way to get herself a rematch against Asuka due to her last match ending with a visible fast count from the ref. I guess that just wasn’t meant to be (which is a blessing, truth be told), which is a bit odd. But out of that strange booking decision comes a far better scenario – Asuka is walking into Extreme Rules 2020 as the Raw Women’s Champion and will be putting it on the line against one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions, Sasha Banks. Banks is doing great work at the moment alongside Bayley and it’s looking like they’re on the collision course to a big grudge match of their own in the near future. But in the meantime, “The Boss” is going to try her luck against Raw’s resident lady destroyer.
Asuka and Banks have definitely been involved in some great bouts before. Both ladies’ Raw bouts from 2018 and 2019 were as good as everyone expected them to be. And now that they’re in the PPV spotlight, it’s pretty safe to say that they’ll put on a bonafide banger. But I think an incident on Bayley’s behalf will be the reason why Banks will fail in her attempt to capture the Raw Women’s Championship. I foresee Bayley trying to aid her tag team championship partner in some way, but it’ll end up backfiring and lead to Banks getting submitted by Asuka. This result will play into the brewing anger bubbling up within Banks due to Bayley’s recent antics. This match will most likely lead to Banks vs. Bayley at Summerslam 2020 for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Bet that!
Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME! Alexa Bliss’ BFF is one of my faves from the Blue Brand. But the fact that Nikki Cross still hasn’t tasted singles championship glory yet is criminal. That asterisk next to her name might finally change, however – after coming out on the winning end of a spirited Fatal 4-Way matchup, Nikki earned herself a title opportunity against the reigning and defending champion, Bayley.
While I would love to see Nikki come out on top here and finally claim the SmackDown Women’s Championship, reality quickly sets in and corrects my dream scenario. It’s pretty clear to me that Bayley’s on a collision course with Sasha Banks that will most likely meet its end at SummerSlam, which means there’s no way she’s relinquishing her hold on the belt before then. Nikki will put in a good effort as expected, but it will be all for naught – Bayley’s coming out on top here and heading onto the next PPV in a predictable showdown against her current women’s tag team championship running mate.
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt (Wyatt Swamp Fight)
Predictions & Winner: So Bray Wyatt ended up on the losing end of his championship encounter against Braun Strowman during their first encounter. I figured he’d come back strong for a second go-round by tapping into “The Fiend,” but Bray actually threw me for a loop when he revealed his true intentions. Now WWE is heading back to their cinematic match up well for the second clash between two former Wyatt Family stablemates. And this time, Bray is returning to his backwoods cult leader gimmick to do battle with the current Universal Champion in a Wyatt Swamp Fight.
I’m sure the presentation for this encounter will be on par with the Boneyard Match we got at this year’s WrestleMania. But with far fewer graves and a whole lot more murky swamp water on deck. While Bray is in his element here, I think he’ll fail to overcome the rampaging brute once again. Something tells me we’ll get a moment where Braun Strowman tackles Bray into some sort of bottomless body of water, which will lead to Bray “drowning” in defeat. This will signify Bray’s final moments underneath the cult leader gimmick and send him packing for good. But this won’t be the end for Bray as a whole, however. Here’s another bold prediction – “The Fiend” will finally get his shot at Braun at SummerSlam for the Universal Championship!
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Man…it’s sad to see how far Dolph Ziggler has fallen out of favor with wrestling fans these days. It seems like ever since his 2013 World Heavyweight Championship run was cut short, Ziggler has had one too many start and stop pushes that have led nowhere. He still delivers in the ring, but there’s simply no reason to care about anything he does due to WWE’s bad booking of him and his constant failures during big-match scenarios. He recently got traded to Monday Night Raw alongside his equally cocky ally Bobby Roode in exchange for AJ Styles to Friday Night SmackDown. And on his first night in, he targeted his former tag team running buddy Drew McIntyre for a shot at the WWE Championship. While bold in his attempt at championship glory, we all know how this is going to end for Ziggler.
Dolph’s obviously not going over here – he’s just another obstacle that the current WWE Champion will overcome as he piles up more bodies to solidify his current status. I figured Bobby Lashley would get a rematch here since his loss at Backlash wasn’t all the way definitive (Lana’s interference gives way to MVP explaining that Lashley deserves another fair shot since he lost due to outside shenanigans). But I guess that’s being saved for SummerSlam. In the meantime, McIntyre’s going to wipe the floor with Ziggler and quickly move on to a worthy challenger at WWE’s biggest party of the summer. Ziggler is simply another warm body that’s being used to get over bigger stars at this point (remember his matches with Kofi Kingston while The New Day stable member was WWE Champion?). WWE’s blond-haired sacrificial lamb shall falter once again…