It’s almost time for the next WWE pay-per-view event as the 11th-annual Extreme Rules takes over the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 14th. With some weird mixed matchups taking place and several titles at stake, we’re in for a wild ride as the WWE builds toward the main even of the season – SummerSlam. Here’s the match card for Extreme Rules (as far as we know) plus a few predictions about who Sunday’s winners will be…
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Extreme Rules Match Card
Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins vs. Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin – Winner Take All – Raw Women’s Title & WWE Universal Title
These two individual feuds (Lynch-Evans, Rollins-Corbin) have morphed into one big feud and now the fan favorites will put the most important titles on the line in one PPV match. We saw the power couple of Lynch and Rollins in action when the Irish Lass Kicker saved the Architect from referee Evans and Corbin in their title match at Stomping Grounds, laying the foundation for this one. The duo then put their romantic and athletic strength to the test again this week on Raw against Zelina Vega and Andrade. As for Extreme Rules, clearly nobody wants Corbin or Evans to win… nor does it feel like they deserve to be champs. Right? (They don’t even really deserve this sort of main event matchup, to be honest.) Lynch and Rollins will keep their titles in this one!
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss for the SmackDown Women’s Title
Bayley is the people’s champ for sure, but Alexa Bliss does have that star power and, well, the deranged Nikki Cross on her side to help fight her battles. Expect there to be some interference and distractions in this match, but watch for Bayley to come out with the win. Cross might’ve beaten Bayley on SmackDown to give Bliss this opportunity but we don’t think the Goddess can capitalize on it – or admit it’s her fault if she loses! Hmmm, maybe Cross should be the one wrestling for the title…
Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship
Kingston is nothing if not a fighting champ (having defeated Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, and Kevin Owens to stay on top) and he’s definitely got the fans on his side. Meanwhile, Samoa Joe just seems to always miss that opportunity to move up on the card and snag a major title – though he came ever-so-close in his long-running feud with AJ Styles. After a brutal attack on Kingston last week on Raw, this one feels personal yet again. We can’t have every babyface win during Extreme Rules, so sadly, we’ll give this one to Joe.
Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The New Day vs. Heavy Machinery for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Poor “new” Daniel Bryan is now part of a duo, The New Day is now just Xavier Woods and Big E, and Heavy Machinery has moved from NXT to SmackDown. My, how things can change over the course of a year! Heavy Machinery defeated KO and Ziggler for this opportunity, so surely they deserve the spotlight here. But Daniel Bryan is clearly the smartest and most athletic of all the wrestlers in this matchup, and despite how annoying he is, we think he deserves better than this. Expect Bryan and Rowan to fend off their challengers and keep their belts.
On the other hand, a loss here could give Bryan the chance to break out of this tag team and move on to bigger things…
Roman Reigns and The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre
Another weird one, guys. The WWE is really fighting for Reigns to get back into the game, but they clearly don’t know what to do with him now that Rollins is on top. And isn’t everybody tired of seeing past-his-prime Shane McMahon in the ring? Get him out of there! The Undertaker offers a fun boost of charisma (and nostalgia), but come on, are we really supposed to believe that he can hang with the likes of McIntyre and Reigns? This seems like a strange effort by the WWE to push Reigns to the top of the card but not offer him a title. Give it to the Big Dog and the Deadman, but please, no more of this nonsense!
Aleister Black vs. a Mystery Opponent
Who will this former NXT star face? All eyes are on the savage Randy Orton, who we haven’t seen in a while, but who knows?! Other names being thrown in the mix include Rusev, Sheamus, Cesaro, or Buddy Murphy.
Extreme Rules starts at 7PM EST on Sunday, July 14 with a one-hour kick-off show beginning at 6PM EST. To watch, either get your tickets to Extreme Rules, stream it via the WWE Network, or buy it on Pay-Per-View.
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