Extreme Rules is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year as a WWE PPV since its creation in 2009 (yup it’s been that long) and has been home to the most extreme match types imaginable like Steel Cage Matches, Extreme Rules Matches and Ladder Matches over the years. This year’s event features a mixed tag Extreme Rules Match (can’t wait to find out how that works given men and women can’t hit each other but there’s no disqualification), a No Holds Barred match (which by definition means they can use any holds against each other but not weapons?) and a Last Man Standing Match (I have no problems with this). This is also the first PPV since Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff took over Raw and Smackdown with a noticeable increase in quality, will the better quality continue onto the PPV? We shall soon see. We predicted 8/9 right last time at Stomping Grounds, will it be a clean sweep this time? Or will we get a gutter ball? Remember to gamble responsibly.
Cruiserweight Title Match: Drew Gulak vs Tony Nese
Pre-show again or I’ll eat my hat. This is a shame as the Cruiserweight division consistently puts on entertaining matches but rarely make the main card. Last time we predicted that Drew GUlak would win by pinning Akira Tozawa to set up this match with Drew as the champ. Drew has been a mainstay in the Cruiserweight division and we can’t see him dropping the title this soon into his run with the belt. Drew Gulak to win 2/7
Raw Tag Team Title Match: The Revival vs The Usos
Another match that will most likely be featured on the pre-show. The Usos vs the Revival has all the opportunity in the world to show why tag team wrestling is so great but as we know Vince hates tag team wrestling. This match could go either way at the minute, The Revival could retain to try to get them to resign with the company or The Usos could win if they won’t. In terms of storylines however, as much as we would like to see The Usos pick up the Tag Team Championship never forget that The Revival are pals with Shane McMahon so chances are The Revival will retain. The Revival to win 4/6
Aleister Black vs Cesaro
Knock knock, who’s there? Antonio? Antonio who? Antonio Cesaro. Cesaro has been revealed as the man knocking on Aleister Blacks door to accept the open challenge put out by Black. Cesaro has been putting on some stellar matches recently and this is most likely the reason he was selected to be Aleister Blacks first singles opponent on Smackdown. Unfortunately for Cesaro this means his run is most likely about to come to an end as it’s almost guaranteed that Black will win his first singles match on a WWE PPV. Aleister Black to win 1/4
Smackdown Tag Team Title Match: Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs Heavy Machinery vs The New Day
What’s better than a tag team match? A triple threat tag team match. Smackdown has slowly been rebuilding their tag team division after being gutted during the Superstar Shake Up to the point there was practically no division. Now the top 3 teams on Smackdown will compete in the form of Bryan and Rowan, Heavy Machinery and The New Day. Who will win though? Bryan and Rowan the current champions have been there to help distract the audience while more teams were built up but since we have the other two in this match, AOP returning soon and potential for NXT call ups they could drop the titles here but to who? Otis is over with the crowd but Tucker is just kind of…. there. We can see Big E and Xavier Woods picking up the gold here as all of New Day could hold belts as individuals. Down the line, we could see Kofi lose the WWE Championship and want to take one of the tag belts as they have always done only for both members of New Day to turn on Kofi? Anythings possible in the WWE, in short, we don’t see Heavy Machinery being over enough to win the belts and don’t see a need for Bryan and Rowan to keep them. The New Day to win 7/2
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross has been seemingly unstoppable since becoming friends with Alexa Bliss and we are really happy with her push. She will most likely carry the match for her team as she is still a babyface with Bliss occasionally cheating to help her succeed. The promo Nikki cut on Raw a few weeks ago almost spelt out the fact that Sasha Banks will most likely return to help Bayley retain her title. In an ideal world, Sasha would help Bayley retain and immediately turn heel on her similar to what we hoped would happen when Dean Ambrose (currently known as Jon Moxley) would do when he returned to help Seth Rollins retain. This would set up a Bayley Sasha feud on the main roster which we’ve yet to see and could send Bliss and Cross into a tag team feud with either the IIconics or the Kabuki Warriors. Bayley to win 1/3
US Championship Match: Ricochet vs AJ Styles
Match of the night before it’s even begun. Ricochet vs AJ Styles has potential to be a 5 star match is WWE let them go all out. The added intrigue of The Club reuniting has given Styles a much needed character change since moving to Raw and Ricochet winning the US title despite screwing up my previous picks for Stomping Grounds is a step in the right direction. The Club have left Ricochet lying in the ring for a few weeks now which is usually a clear sign he will get his win back at Extreme Rules. Paul Heyman is said to be a big fan of Ricochet and with his support from backstage this could see Ricochet overcome the odds (metaphorically) to retain his United States Championship. Ricochet to win 4/6
WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston vs Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe hasn’t had the best experience when it comes to WWE Championship matches. He has a memorable feud with AJ Styles over the title but we don’t feel the same intensity from Joe in this feud that we did in the previous one. Alexa Bliss and Samoa Joe are both Raw wrestlers challenging for Smackdown titles, brand split at its finest. Joe has had the upper hand of Kofi in most of their encounters with Kofi getting the upper hand after giving Joe the finger. Although it will be a big heel that should take the title from Kofi Kingston we can see Kofi holding the title until at least Summerslam (in an ideal world this would be a 6 man tag match for all the gold between The New Day and The Club, imagine). Kofi Kingston to win 1/4
Last Man Standing Match: Braun Strowman vs Bobby Lashley
Strowman and Lashley caught the attention of the fans when they destroyed the stage on Raw with both men selling the brutality of the event (at least for a few days). We all speculated that there would be a new stage but the stage was fixed the following week. We feel that this was just a tease for what both men could pull off in this match, potentially destroying the entire stage. If either man wins it should be Strowman but this could easily end in a no contest to put over both men as monsters similar to Triple H vs Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble 2004 where both men failed to meet the count if we had to pick though it’d be Braun. Braun Strowman to win 8/13
No Holds Barred Tag Team Match: Roman Reigns and The Undertaker vs Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre
It’s the match everybody has been waiting to see. This match will be a slobberknocker of epic proportions with Shane McMahon concussing himself before the opening bell, Drew dropping Undertaker on his neck and Roman Reigns bleeding from the head after spearing the ring post. All joking aside this match is almost a last chance for the Undertaker to show that he can still go in the ring. Undertaker has handpicked Drew McIntyre to be his next opponent following this match which seems as though Drew would need to beat Undertaker here but Kevin Owens’ beef with Shane McMahon would cause the distraction for Roman and Undertaker to pick up the win. This could set up Undertaker vs Drew McIntyre, Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens and free up Roman Reigns for another feud at Summerslam. We could see Roman taking the pin here with Drew bragging about how he beat the Undertaker with Undertaker challenging him to a singles match to set up these feuds instead which seems more likely as Shane will probably have some sort of plan for keeping Kevin Owens out of the arena. With all that said we see Shane and Drew heeling their way to a win with possible outside interference from Gary “The GOAT” Garbutt. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre to win. 11/4
Last Chance Winners Take All Mixed Tag Extreme Rules Match: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans.
And I thought the previous match was a mouthful. Apparently, this has a Last Chance stipulation meaning if Corbin and Evans lose they cannot challenge for the titles while Rollins and Lynch are champions. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch have been preparing with mixed tag team matches over the previous weeks while Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans have mainly been cutting promos with the odd sneak attack here and there. It is still too soon for Lacey to become champion despite making great strides and Corbin just shouldn’t be Universal Champion just now. There is potential for Baron and Lacey to win with Brock Lesnar cashing in on Corbin immediately afterwards. However, the most likely result from this outcome is that Becky will submit Corbin to the Disarmher – calling it now. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch to win 1/4
And that is the odds and our predictions for Extreme Rules 2019. Will we be right? Will we be wrong? Will R-Truth find Hornswoggle? Did you know Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch are boyfriend and girlfriend? Will the men at the door let Bray Wyatt in? We’ll have to watch to find out and remember, gamble responsibly.
I’ve been Mostly Gary, enjoy the show!