My Two Centsss - Extreme Rules Predictions
By Super Chrisss
May 3, 2014 - 1:53:15 PM
Well, hello everybody! It's that time of the year again - when WWE goes EXTREME. Unfortunately, other than a steel cage match and one match being contested under "extreme rules", I fail to see anything hardcore about Sunday's Pay-Per-View. Don't get me wrong; I'm excited for Extreme Rules and I believe it will be a very strong show, but when you think back to ER 2011 when there was a Last Man Standing Match, a Falls Count Anywhere Match, hell even a "tag team country whipping match" (whatever that was), this year's edition feels rather light in comparison. They couldn't have booked The Usos vs. Rybaxel in a Ladder match instead of the handicap/squash match instead? Nevertheless, let's get started with the first pre-show match in months that I not only feel deserves not to be on the actual show, but has no business taking place whatsoever.
Kickoff match: Hornswoggle vs. El Torito in a WeeLC match
I can't help laugh anytime I hear people praising this feud. Please, tell me how two midgets who have almost no relevance in the WWE and who 99.9% of the Internet Wrestling Community once despised with a passion is entertaining. Can you imagine paying money to see Raw, SmackDown, or Extreme Rules and have to sit through a Hornswoggle/Torito match or contract signing? What a joke. I don't know about you, but I pay money to a) be entertained and b) watch wrestlers compete. I'm sure as hell not entertained by this feud, and I couldn't care less about midget wrestling. Imagine trying to introduce a friend or family to WWE and THIS comes on? How embarrassing...
What's worse, this match does nothing for nobody. The argument could be made that it gets 3MB and Los Matadores TV time, but it makes both teams look worse (if that's even possible) by having the spotlight being given to two guys who will be back to being managers/'comedy' acts in a few weeks. For once, I'm glad I'll be missing the pre-show this month.
Winner: Who cares?
Divas Championship: Paige (c.) vs. Tamina
I mentioned this on "The Doc and Super Chrisss Show" last Wednesday evening, and correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't it feel like Paige is slowly breathing new life into the divas division? Ever since the night after Raw, when Paige debuted and defeated Aj for the title on the same night, I've found myself interested in every divas match since. Mainly because no offense to Aj, but Paige is much more compelling to watch in the ring, and it helps that Paige has been booked quite strongly since her title victory. Then again, all those wins have come from defeating the likes of Aksana and Alicia Fox, not a Total Diva, which could be worrisome.
But let's talk about Paige vs. Tamina. On paper, this could be a good match-up, but it's a shame that there's been virtually no build-up. The night after Paige became Divas Champion, Tamina won a Battle Royal on Main Event to become number one contender, and other than a stare-down on this week's Main Event, there has been no interaction between the two whatsoever. Could that be WWE's way of preparing us for a shocking title change come Sunday? i doubt it. Paige will be Divas Champion until Aj comes back to demand her rematch, and maybe even longer than that.
Winner, and STILL Divas Champion: Paige
Handicap match: Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth & Xavier Woods
If there's one good thing I can say about this match, it's that at least WWE made the effort to generate some hype about it and announcing it in advance, rather than adding it to the card at the last possible minute (which I HATE). However, that doesn't get me any more excited to see it take place. I suppose WWE has done a decent job of making Truth & Woods seem somewhat capable of getting the win over Rusev by having them get the upperhand both on Raw and SmackDown this week, but is there really any doubt who's getting the win? Rusev's push will run right through the two jobbers this Sunday, and one can only hope this match gets as little time as possible.
Random thought: what if Paige vs. Tamina is expected to be a high-quality bout and THIS will serve as the bathroom break instead? Hmmm...
Winner: Alexander Rusev
Triple Threat Elimination Match: Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger
I'm usually not a fan of triple threat matches that have nothing on the line. I know nobody wants to lose a match, but why kill yourself breaking up pinfall attempts and submission holds if you're not winning a championship or a number one contendership? Therefore, making it an elimination match makes sense, and it improves the quality, in my opinion. Cesaro vs. RVD from Raw two weeks ago was a bit of a disappointment, but I think we'll see what they're truly capable of doing a second time around. So yes, Jack Swagger is obviously going to be eliminated first, because he stopped being a threat a long time ago.
Which means it comes down to Cesaro vs. RVD. The safe pick would be the King of Swing, since he has been on fire since Wrestlemania, but he has got the upperhand on his opponents more than once, and you know what that means right before a Pay-Per-View. Then again, a win for RVD doesn't do much for him, does it? I'm going with Cesaro, due to some Paul Heyman interference, which will shift the focus from Cesaro/Swagger to Cesaro/RVD following Extreme Rules.
Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c.) vs. Bad News Barrett
Man, these two have been polar opposites in terms of booking this past month. Bad News Barrett has been a roll since the Raw after Wrestlemania, winning every match he's competed in and seemingly getting more and more over every week (despite being a heel). There's probably no one else in WWE right now who has more momentum than Barrett, which is crazy considering the guy wasn't even a part of Wrestlemania! This doesn't bode well for Big E, who I feel WWE has really soured on since the Royal Rumble. Sure, he's still the IC Champ, but he loses the majority of the matches he wrestles in. He couldn't even pin Titus O'Neil on SmackDown last Friday - their match went to a no-contest instead.
Let's just hope that once BNB wins the gold on Sunday, it doesn't cool down his momentum. The Intercontinental title has ruined the pushes of the last two champions - Curtis Axel and Big E - and it would be a damn shame for the same thing to happen to Barrett. Come on, WWE, you've got something good going with the Englishman; don't mess it up.
Winner, and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Bad News Barrett
Steel Cage Match: Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
Going into Wrestlemania 30, I wrote a column about how the match I was least looking forward to on that card was Cena vs. Wyatt. Well, these guys had a great match at 'Mania, and I have been fully invested in their feud since that night. I still think WWE should have saved The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family for Wrestlemania, and started Bray vs. Cena the night after 'Mania, but it is what it is. I predicted a Cena victory at Wrestlemania (which was the right choice, especially how dominant Bray was in that match), but this time, Bray has to get the win, no matter what. As amazing and effective the Cena/Bray/children's choir segment was last Monday, it will be all forgotten if Cena overcomes the odds once again at Extreme Rules. Even if Bray gives another amazing performance inside the steel cage, he will be badly damaged in the fans' eyes if he fails to put away Cena for the second PPV in a row.
Could this be Match of the Night? Possibly, especially after they showed how well they mesh together at Wrestlemania. But a Cena victory would definitely leave a bad taste in my mouth, that's for sure.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
The Shield vs. Evolution
Maybe it's just me, but I'm not as excited for this match as I thought I would be. Evolution is probably one of my favourite factions of all-time (since they were the first stable I watched from start to finish) and The Shield are my favourite ensemble at the moment. Theoretically, I should be super-amped for this match...but I'm not. There's something missing in terms of anticipation that I can't quite seem to put my finger on.
Hey, don't get me wrong - I'm still excited to see it go down. In fact, there's a good chance this match will main-event the PPV, which would only make it feel even bigger. The quality will definitely be there, as will the uncertainty factor. Either team could walk away with the win, but something tells me Evolution will be victorious. They need the win more, in my opinion, after all three members suffered losses at Wrestlemania. Furthermore, this will be their first match since their reunion, and I don't see them losing this early in their comeback. I could be wrong, and The Shield could escape with a victory, but either way, I definitely see this feud continuing after Sunday. Maybe even with a Shield member switching sides in the coming weeks?
Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan (c.) vs. Kane
I'm not hating this match (or the fact that it will most likely NOT close out the show) as much as some people are. For starters, it gives Bryan his first major title defense over a credible opponent. Kane switching from Citizen Kane back to Masked Kane may seem rushed, but they've done a brilliant job of re-establishing Kane in very little time. I wish they played up on their days as Team Hell No, but I suppose Bryan wanting to get revenge on Kane laying hands on his wife (and himself, obviously) works too. As for not being "the" main-event, I wouldn't look too much into it. There's always a chance WWE could give Bryan the CM Punk treatment by rarely having him close a PPV as WWE Champion, but I don't see them making the same mistake twice. Kane is a throwaway opponent for Bryan, and it won't be longer before Bryan vs. Orton and/or Bryan vs. Batista is main-eventing PPVs between next month and SummerSlam.
I have high hopes for their match this Sunday. I don't see it being any higher than four stars, but both men have proven they can get it done when in the ring against each other. The Extreme Rules stipulation is a welcome addition that will only add to the quality. Throw in the high possibility of this being Kane's last-ever title shot at a PPV, and you can expect two very-motivated workers trying to steal the show. At the end of the night though, there's no question who is leaving New Jersey with the belt(s)...
Winner, and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan
Am I the only one noticing a serious lack of top stars on Sunday's show? Sheamus, Alberto del Rio, The Usos, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, and others will be nowhere to be found come Extreme Rules. But I guess that's what happens when you invest time in Hornswoggle/El Torito and Rusev/Truth & Woods rivalries!
Your Two Centsss: Which match do you see closing the show on Sunday? Why?
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