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.
The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (c) vs. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura (Tables Match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: While Sami Zayn has decided to stay COVID-19 free and remain at home, his two international allies have made a play for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. For several weeks now, The New Day and Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura have butted heads. Since this is Extreme Rules, both teams will settle the score in a specialty match that’s been hinted at for some time – a tables match. Big E and Kofi Kingston have been holding onto the blue brand’s tag team titles for a good while now and I think it’s about time for a fresh act to run with the straps. My prediction for the winners here goes to Cesaro and Nakamura, who’ll claim them after competing in an expectedly excellent bout.
Apollo Crews (c) vs. MVP (WWE United States Championship)
Predictions & Winner: MVP’s return in 2020 has actually been pretty intriguing to watch. He’s adopted a new managerial role that’s done wonders for Bobby Lashley and has even pushed him towards trying to bring Cedric Alexander into the fold. But most important of all, MVP managed to gain a shocking pinfall victory over the current United States Champion Apollo Crews. With a brand new look for the championship belt being introduced recently, this title rematch has a lot more importance attached to it over previous US Championship bouts.
Even though MVP’s career resurgence is at an all-time high, I don’t think he’s destined for championship glory quite yet. Crews is still in the midst of getting his career back on track as the US titleholder, which leads me to believe that he’s not dropping it anytime soon. After MVP takes this PPV loss against Crews, I can totally see Lashley running into the ring to demolish him soon after and making it clear that he’s next in line for a title shot. And if Cedric Alexander ends up joining MVP’s stable of wrestlers, then he most likely will be pitted against Crews as this Raw title feud brings in even more participants.
Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio (Eye for an Eye Match)
Predictions & Winner: This grudge match has been a long time coming. Seth Rollins’ new religious zealot gimmick has earned him devoted followers and plenty of enemies along the way. Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, and Rey Mysterio have had quite the issue with Rollins, Murphy, and Austin Theory. Rollins’ savage attack against Rey almost cost the legendary luchador his eye (in storyline, of course), plus he’s done a lot to antagonize his son ever since. Rey’s fury has pushed him towards seeking vengeance, which has led to this extreme match stipulation. Rey has made it abundantly clear that he’s looking to do the exact same thing Rollins did to him with those steel ring steps.
This is such a major feud ender between two of Raw’s most marquee stars. This tells me that this match will get a ton of time and run-ins from the other individuals involved in this heated storyline. Once all the madness from all over the ring area subsides, I foresee Rey finding a unique way to exact revenge on Rollins. Rollins will be the one left squirming outside the ring holding his damaged eye as Rey raises his and his son’s hands in victory. It’s only right that Rey-Rey gets the win after being tortured for so long during his time spent across the Monday Night Raw landscape from Rollins.
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…