Extreme Rules 2018 is this weekend , so it is time for some of our predictions! Sandra, Katie, Jack, and Hunter once again delight you with their takes on the upcoming pay-per-view. Check out their amazing predictions and preview below!
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New Day vs. Sanity (Tables Match)
Sandra: Even though this match will take place in the kick-off show, it is still one of my most-anticipated matches of the night. New Day always puts on an impressive match and so does Sanity.
Sanity only recently made it to the main roster, it is unlikely they will lose; this is on a personal level as well on a neutral reporter perspective. The WWE is likely to push a rivalry between Sanity and the New Day, which could elevate Sanity as a faction on the SmackDown Live roster. So, from both a professional and a personal point-of-view, I’m giving the win to Sanity for this one.
There is one desire I do have for this match that has nothing to do with the competitors. I want Nikki Cross to come up to the main roster and interfere. She is amazing in the ring, not to mention her character is absolutely amazing. In fact, once she appears, she can continue her rivalry with Asuka. So, I pray humbly to the wrestling gods to let it come true!
Hunter: The New Day are the best group in WWE and Sanity was best in NXT. I expect this match to be wild. Turn in early for some fun. These are six men who are willing to break their necks to get a match over. Sanity wins because they’re pushing this feud forward and will be challenging for the tag titles soon, but not until they belts are off the Bludgeon Bros. The New Day has such a strong gimmick and following that wins and loses don’t hurt. Despite a lot of wish casting, we won’t see their break-up until later in the year. Big E’s singles run is coming.
Katie: The New Day hasn’t been doing much as of late, and Sanity was just called up to the main roster. In other words, all signs point to Sanity taking this one, and the rivalry will likely continue beyond Extreme Rules. As for Nikki Cross, should could very well make her presence known here, but I won’t be holding my breath.
Jack: Sanity needs the win more than New Day and could put the recent NXT call-ups on better footing after some questionable booking as of late. Expect Sanity to win. But…
I agree with Sandra: My favorite Sanity member has always been Nikki Cross and to see her hot-shotted to the main roster with an appearance Sunday would potentially be the most memorable part of this match. I also agree with Katie, that I won’t be holding my breath either.
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (Steel Cage Match)
Sandra: I am loving this rivalry between Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens, even though there is no title on the line at the moment. I’ve been thoroughly entertained seeing these two, especially after the whole port-a-potty incident.
Nobody wants to be in a steel cage with the Monster Among Men, but it is a cold reality for Owens. At the moment, I think the WWE wants Braun to have something to do until he cashes in the Money in the Bank briefcase, making me think Owens will take the win somehow to a rematch can take place.
Despite me believing that Owens will win, I would love to see the Monster Among Men do his typical destruction bit and take the win. Still, I wouldn’t mind seeing this rivalry continuing for some time. So either way, I will be happy.
Hunter: This will be the funniest match of the night. I’m not a fan of cage matches because they tend to be formulaic and drawn out. But these two know how to deliver in any circumstance. The briefcase gives a mysterious power of invulnerability to its holder. You still lose, but the luster is never off you because you can always win. So KO uses some shenanigans to win.
Katie: Braun Strowman is the “Monster in the Bank.” Hopefully, one day in the near future, he will cash in that contract and finally vanquish Raw’s absentee Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. Until that day comes, however, Strowman must keep his monstrous momentum going. Kevin Owens will put up a dirty fight in this match, but I believe Strowman will get the win in a big way.
Jack: The Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens feud has been one of the most over angles on Raw of late, and also legitimately funny. Classic chickensh*t heel Owens has taken his cowardice to new comic heights and the “Monster in the Bank” has never looked more monstrous.
But expect Strowman to go over on Sunday. Like most of you, I’m just jacked to see what these two incredible talents do to each other inside – and outside – the cage!
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
Sandra: Hate to say it, but I could not care less about this match. No, it’s not because I don’t like Roman Reigns or Bobby Lashley, because I think both men are talented in their way. Still, I find myself having zero expectations for this one.
With the rumors surrounding Bobby Lashley and a possible title match with Brock Lesnar, it is likely that Lashley will take the win from Roman Reigns. Unless the WWE is planning otherwise and making Roman the leading contender, Lashley will leave Extreme Rules victorious. As it stands now, the WWE has been booking Lashley strong.
Still, no matter how this match turns out, I don’t care. Lesnar has been running around with the title for so long; I find myself not getting excited anymore about his possible opponent. However, I must give props to Lashley, since he is the one that peeked my interest just a little.
Hunter: Will I try to enjoy this match? Only when I close my computer and mute the audience. Roman Reigns matches are unwatchable thanks to idiot fans. And guess what? They won. The Heckler’s Veto is alive and well! I agree with the rest of the squad should and will Lashley wins what would be a great match if anyone childless above the age of 20 was banned from entering the arena. Which, frankly, should be the case for all WWE shows.
Katie: I don’t care about this match, and I’m sick of seeing Roman Reigns as the No. 1 contender, so I sincerely hope Bobby Lashley wins for a change of pace.
Jack: I had zero interest in this match until the pull-apart brawl on Monday Night Raw, which was one of the hotter openings of the show in recent memory. The purpose of the segment was to get fans more invested in this rivalry, and I think WWE did that successfully.
But expect Bobby Lashley to get the win. WWE seems to invest too much in him to slow any momentum with a loss Sunday. Reigns losing doesn’t hurt him one bit.
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
Sandra: Even though I loved Corbin in NXT, I found myself less interested in him once he made the main roster. However, I was pleasantly surprised when he did his character change to “Constable Corbin.” I love his whole persona right now, plus he seems to have fantastic chemistry with Finn Balor.
The rivalry between Balor and Corbin seems to be hitting off for the WWE Universe too. I know Vince loves Corbin though, so I am sure Corbin will come out victorious in this one.
I love both Finn Balor and Baron Corbin, so choosing a winner here is like picking my favorite type of Dutch cheese. I would prefer a Corbin win, but only to continue the feud he has with Balor at the moment.
Hunter: I’m not on-board with Constable Corbin yet. I never disliked Corbin, but people who wrestle in street clothes always bother me (DEAN). I don’t think WWE has long-term plans for either one of these men, which is a shame. Finn wins because the heel authority figure always loses, right?
Katie: “Constable Corbin” has been much more enjoyable than “Lone Wolf” Corbin, and buzzing his hair was possibly the best decision of his career. As much as I want more for Finn Balor, this rivalry has long-term potential, so I think Corbin will get the win. Plus, he’s an Authority stooge – and The Authority rarely loses outside WrestleMania.
Jack: “Constable Corbin” has been the best thing to happen to the former NFL star since he came to the main roster. Finn Balor is not only the first Universal Champion but continues to be one of WWE’s top tier young talents.
I know many are expecting a Corbin victory here, but I’m going to go with Balor. Just call it a hunch.
What’s next for the tag teams and women’s matches? Click next for the predictions and spoilers!
Deleter of Worlds vs. the B-Team
Sandra: This match will be WONDERFUL! Loving both teams right now, so having a match together at Extreme Rules is like a dream come true. Unfortunately, I think the WWE might be cutting the B-Team’s win streak short at the upcoming pay-per-view.
In my dream scenario, the B-Team will win on Sunday, defeating the Deleter of Worlds in a heel manner. Then, the Deleter of Worlds can arrange a “Final Deletion” of the B-Team, after which the tag team joins Hardy and Wyatt. How awesome would that be?
Hunter: Matt and Bray seem to have unfinished business. They could still do more at the “Compound” in the build-up to SummerSlam. So why not get the belts onto the B-Team (just as a reward for the years of shit Dallas and Axel have trudged through)
Katie: The B-Team is killing the game right now. Just absolutely slaying it. Ever since their inception, they’ve been one of the most entertaining parts of Raw. As for the Deleters of Worlds? Not so much, in my opinion. However, this rivalry is too good to end now. I think the Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy will retain and Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel will get another shot at SummerSlam.
Jack: I like Bray Wyatt, and his alliance with Matt Hardy has revitalized his character somewhat. I LOVE the Woken One. But neither of these guys needs the other to be over. They sure as hell don’t need the tag titles.
But the B-Team does. Imagine how arrogant they will be with the titles? The B-Team has the momentum, getting over with the crowd in a way neither man has ever done, notably when they were overshadowed by the Miz.
I swear I’m not trying to be contrarian, but I’m going with a B-Team win here. The titles combined with their undefeated strike could help push both Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel in a big way.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Hell No (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Sandra: The SmackDown Live tag team division feels a little lost at the moment, which could explain why the WWE reinstated Team Hell No. The Bludgeon Brothers also got the title too fast. There was not enough build-up, and the WWE Universe, therefore, could not warm up to the team.
In my personal and professional opinion, Team Hell No provides a solution for the tag team division. Therefore, I predict they will take the win at Extreme Rules and take the SmackDown tag team championships.
Hunter: We all know what we’re waiting for here. The set-up is ready. The Miz interferes, Kane turns on Daniel Bryan, and we have the TRUE dream match of Miz-Bryan for SummerSlam. Right? Well, who knows. Giving Hell No a title run could be nice, but the fans want that Bryan-Miz match. I want that Bryan-Miz match. Will Vince give us what we want? And even then, will we like it?
Katie: The Bludgeon Brothers haven’t done much with the SmackDown Tag Team titles, and everyone loves Team Hell No. So it seems like a no-brainer that the titles will change hands here.
Jack: Team Hell No – the most significant thing on Smackdown at the moment – could help the blue brand’s tag team division by holding the titles. They could also easily lose due to some disagreement, characteristic of the act, that distracts both men long enough to lose.
But I have to agree with Sandra and Katie. All signs point to Team Hell No going over the Bludgeon Brothers.
Carmella vs. Asuka (The SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Sandra: I’m definitely on board for this one. Carmella has been a grand heel champion, and the return of James Ellsworth was hilarious as well as surprising. However, I do think it is time for a change, and I will explain why.
I hope I am right when I say Nikki Cross is on her way to the main roster as well, and that she will join Sanity shortly. Now, Asuka and Nikki had a fantastic match in NXT. It was the match of the year for me, so I hope the two will meet again with Asuka being the champion and Nikki as the challenger #wrestlegoals.
For my wrestle goal to become a reality, Asuka has to beat Carmella first. In a fair fight, she’ll have no problems, although Mella has gained a lot of credibiliy. Still, I believe Ellsworth will interfere from his steel cage somehow, but it will cost Mella the title.
Hunter: Asuka should and will win. Ellsworth is in the shark cage for comedy and will no-doubt try and fail to interfere. Asuka will no-sell the eye spray and then beat the crap out of Carmella for the win.
Katie: It’s time for Asuka to be a WWE champion. James Ellsworth already hoodwinked her out of the SmackDown Women’s Championship once, and it would be absurd if he did it again. Furthermore, Carmella can stand to lose more than Asuka can; the Empress of Tomorrow needs to be restored to her former glory.
Jack: I’ve enjoyed Carmella as champion and wouldn’t be disappointed to see her retain the title–but WWE is ready for Asuka to take the women’s top spot on Smackdown. Expect James Ellsworth to try to district Asuka as usual, but for it not to work this time.
The Empress of Tomorrow walks out of Extreme Rules the new champ.
The last two matches of the night will be the matches of the night. Can Rusev finally succeed? What’s next for Drew McIntyre? Hit next to learn what to look for and expect.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Intercontinental Championship)
Sandra: There are some things wrong with this booking. I know Dolph Ziggler is the Intercontinental Champion, but boy would I have loved Drew McIntyre versus Seth Rollins instead. I don’t know. Maybe it is my dislike for Ziggler talking. Or perhaps it is my love for Drew McIntyre.
Anyway, back to the match at hand. I do not see Ziggler losing the Intercontinental Championship anytime soon. WWE is building McIntyre by having him support Ziggler. It is only a matter of time before he turns and takes the title from Ziggler. Even though I understand that is probably the goal at this point, I cannot wait for McIntyre to earn that title.
Even though the professional side of me says Ziggler will win, the fan side of me would love to see another title run for Seth Rollins. Boy, he was a worthy champion. I trust he has more title reigns in the future and I look forward to those, so I will not be disappointed if he does take the win.
Hunter: This will be the match of the night. Joining up with Drew McIntyre is the best thing that could have happened to Dolph Ziggler’s career. My heart tells me Seth deserves the title back, but my brain and gut tell me he’s moving onto bigger things. I think Dolph wins and Drew gets his shot for the title at SummerSlam.
Katie: I was shocked and sad when Dolph Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins to become the Intercontinental Champion. However, it’s given us some dynamite matches – and as much as I’d love to see the IC title back in Rollins’s hands, I think Ziggler will retain. First, Drew McIntyre will undoubtedly get involved in this match. Second, either this rivalry needs to continue onto SummerSlam, or it’s time for Rollins to move on to bigger things, whatever those may be.
Jack: This is the match with the most potential to steal the show. The Seth Rollins-Drew McIntyre match that closed Raw was red hot. Rollins and Dolph Ziggler always know how to deliver in anything they do.
Expect Ziggler to keep the IC title, but what does that mean for Rollins’ future – and perhaps more importantly – McIntyre’s? Is this where we’ll see friction between McIntyre and Ziggler? Is it time for big Drew to step out on his own?
Or does Rollins have one more go round at Summerslam to reclaim the IC title?
Best of all: Don’t you like just not knowing?
Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax (Extreme Rules Match for the Raw Women’s Championship)
Sandra: This one is clear to me. Looking at it both objectively and personally, I believe Alexa Bliss will take the win. Here are my reasons why.
Nia Jax had a championship run already, and it was not that fantastic. No fault of her own in my opinion, she was stuck with the championship at the wrong time and was limited with what she could do. Unfortunately, the title has been taken from her and I honestly do not see a repeat of her reign anytime in the nearby future.
Ronda Rousey also has her sights set on Alexa Bliss. Ronda is currently “suspended,” so it would make sense for the WWE to let Alexa keep the title and make the match between Rousey and Bliss a title match at another pay-per-view event.
Hunter: I’m hoping this match won’t be a dud, but I am afraid it may be. The only thing that will save it will be Ronda’s eventual interference. And since it is an Extreme Rules match, it will be curious who she sides with. Does Ronda allow Alexa to win because she’d be an easy victory or does Rousey want to prove she can beat Nia? I’m looking forward to Ronda once again Ippon-ing the hell out of everyone in her path, though.
Katie: Is Nia Jax good or bad? Her personality flip-flops from week to week, and it was a significant reason her title run didn’t work. WWE still has a few kinks to work out with Jax’s character, and for that reason, I think Alexa Bliss will retain. Furthermore, Ronda Rousey has Bliss in her crosshairs, and it seems more than likely that she’ll receive a title shot at SummerSlam.
Jack: Nia Jax seeking to reclaim her title from the villainous Alexa Bliss with… Ronda Rousey sitting at ringside?
It’s hard to imagine Bliss not retaining in some dirty way and then Rousey, umm, “expressing” her opinion about it in the post-match fallout, setting up Rousey v. Bliss for Summerslam. It’s just too perfect.
Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Championship Match)
Sandra: On paper, this should be a fun match! In reality, the fight could have big repercussions for anyone who wins. Jeff Hardy has been more of his “woken” self lately, while Shinsuke is doing groundbreaking work as a heel.
If the WWE is playing their cards like I think they are, Shinsuke Nakamura will take that title. He’s been doing well as a heel so that a title reign could solidify his status on the main roster. If not, I fear Nakamura will get lost in the mix, and that would be a real shame.
As for who I want to win, honestly, I don’t know. I love both. Jeff Hardy is one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, but I cannot deny how well Shinsuke is doing. Either way, I will be happy, and I cannot wait to see what the WWE is planning with these two in the future.
Hunter: I think we finally get that main roster belt for Nakamura. His heel turn has been a revelation. Jeff is such a beloved fan favorite that he can do whatever. I think Nak as a champ could be a fresh story with him avoiding challengers or hitting them in the nuts.
Katie: Like his fellow country(wo)man Asuka, it’s high time that Shinsuke Nakamura won a main roster title within the WWE. In my opinion, WWE robbed Nakamura of a deserved WWE Championship run, and the U.S. Championship is the next best thing that SmackDown has to offer. Also, I’ve personally been unimpressed with Jeff Hardy’s turn with the title. Please, WWE: give it to Nakamura.
Jack: Shinsuke Nakamura should have been WWE champion already (not that AJ Styles deserved to lose it either – far from it – so it’s admittedly a tough call) so not giving him the U.S. strap would be a crime.
Jeff Hardy doesn’t need the title, whereas Nakamura kind of does. Along with Rollins v. Ziggler, this too could be a top contender for match of the night.
AJ Styles vs. Rusev (WWE Championship Match)
Sandra: This is another one of those matches where I feel a struggle. Loving the Rusev Day gimmick, but I do believe the WWE has waited too long to capitalize on it. Styles is also a strong champion, so it would not make as much sense for him to lose to Rusev at this point. Even though I would love to see him have another title run.
I think AJ Styles will retain. Objectively speaking, I do not see what the WWE would like to do with Rusev Day at this point. So, this might be another filler match for Rusev unfortunately. I hope they have something planned for him in the future and give him the attention he deserves.
Hunter: WWE seemingly spoiled this one already by airing a spoiler that AJ Styles will battle Samoa Joe at Hell In a Cell. AJ Styles is the champion because he is the best wrestler on the WWE roster and probably in the world. Rusev is outrageously popular, and if there were ever a time to pull the trigger, it would be now. Plans always change in WWE, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Rusev wins, but I think AJ will be the champion for the foreseeable future. Which is fine with me.
Katie: If WWE didn’t want to give the WWE Championship to Nakamura at WrestleMania, there’s no way they’re giving it to Rusev at Extreme Rules – popularity be damned. I like Rusev and what he’s got going right now (thank the wrestling gods that Aiden English finally stopped “rapping”), but it’s just not in the cards for him. AJ Styles retains.
Jack: How could AJ Styles possibly win on Rusev Day?