Back in 2009, WWE introduced a new pay-per-view called Extreme Rules. Similar to the other match type PPVs, the gimmick here is “hardcore wrestling.” In addition to Extreme Rule matches, there have been Table, Ladder, and Steel cage matches for example that has taken place here. For tonight’s 2019 edition of Extreme Rules, there are 10 matches scheduled for the card, […]
Back in 2009, WWE introduced a new pay-per-view called Extreme Rules. Similar to the other match type PPVs, the gimmick here is “hardcore wrestling.” In addition to Extreme Rule matches, there have been Table, Ladder, and Steel cage matches for example that has taken place here.
For tonight’s 2019 edition of Extreme Rules, there are 10 matches scheduled for the card, with three of them having some sort of “Extreme” stipulation. That is a low number, given what event is being advertised here and I have said that WWE should get rid of the PPV titles with a match stipulation as the title (Extreme Rules, Hell in a Cell, Money in the Bank for example) but that is another story for another day.
Regardless, let’s take a look at the matches for the event.
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro
Prediction: Aleister Black wins
For weeks now, Black has done backstage promos begging for someone to pick a fight with him and we found out on the latest episode of SmackDown that it will be Raw’s Cesaro.
While it may be disappointing to some but I feel that this is going to be one of the more underrated matches on the card tonight. We know that Black and Cesaro are incredible workers but the outcome may be obvious here. As much as people want to see Cesaro get pushed, WWE seems to have a long-term plan with Black and having his first WWE singles victory over the Swiss Cyborg would be a good launching point.
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing match
Prediction: Bobby Lashley wins
An ongoing feud for the past few months. Strowman and Lashley had an intense match a few weeks back that saw Strowman spear Lashley threw the Raw stage, making them both out of action for a few weeks.
WWE never seems to pull the trigger on Strowman as the top guy on Raw but have him winning a bunch of non-title matches in dominant fashion. I think the Last Man Standing stipulation adds the chance that Lashley will come out on top here. You don’t need to pin your opponent in this type of match and it protects Strowman. Giving Lashley the victory here can set him up in the Universal Championship picture fans have been wanting to see since his WWE return last year.
The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred tag team match
Prediction: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker retain
Here we go, another Shane McMahon match. Out of all the matches here, this one seems to be the most obvious. I don’t see Undertaker coming back to a lower level pay-per-view and lose to McMahon here.
Hopefully, this is the last we see of McMahon in major WWE storylines for a while. There is also a chance we see Kevin Owens help out Reigns and ‘Taker to get rid of McMahon for good.
Cruiserweight Championship – Drew Gulak (c) vs. Tony Nese
Prediction: Drew Gulak retains the Cruiserweight Championship
Given that Gulak just recently captured the title at Stomping Grounds, I highly doubt will see the title change hands. Gulak is an entertaining performer and I want to see what he can do with the 205 Live brand going forward.
It will be a fast-paced match between the two but this looks to be another predictable outcome.
Raw Tag Team Championship – The Revival (c) vs. The Usos
Prediction: The Revival retain the Raw Tag Team Championship
This is really a toss-up for me, mainly due to what does the future hold for Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. The Revival has been in rumors for a while now that they are set to leave once their contracts are up. Whether that will happen is anyone’s guess, given how they have been booked in recent months.
Still, this has been a dream rivalry since The Usos have been drafted to Raw and we have been waiting to see what they can do in the ring. I have Revival retaining here via a dirty pin, keeping the heel team with the belts. Down the line, I do see Jimmy and Jey hoisting up the titles.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – Daniel Bryan & Rowan (c) vs. The New Day vs. Heavy Machinery
Prediction: Heavy Machinery win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The SmackDown tag division is getting a nice rebuild and Bryan & Rowan as the champions. The New Day will also be a staple in that division and Heavy Machinery have been a great addition since being called-up to the blue brand.
The triple threat adds an interesting take into the match. New Day’s Xavier Woods and Big E will always be over with the crowd and have ties to third member Kofi Kingston as WWE Champion so I do not see them winning it here. As much as I like Bryan & Rowan, I have them losing the titles but not taking the pinfall here, rather Otis or Tucker pinning Woods or Big E here.
Heavy Machinery is over with the crowd, especially with Otis. Give them the titles here and see what they can do going forward. It also protects Bryan as he could potentially get back into the main title picture if WWE has plans for him heading into SummerSlam and beyond.
United States Championship – Ricochet (c) vs. AJ Styles
Prediction: Ricochet retains the United States Championship
WWE just put the title on Ricochet and the United States Championship needs to be legitimized. The recent heel turn of Styles and reuniting The Club with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows is a nice touch but I see Ricochet retaining here.
This will still be an excellent match between the two and depending on WWE’s plans, we could see them feud even longer heading into SummerSlam. Maybe even add Finn Bálor into The Club and give WWE a top heel stable fans have been wanting to see.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross in a 2-on-1 Handicap match
Prediction: Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
The Bliss-Cross storyline is interesting and has been built nicely. I have never been a fan of the handicap stipulation when it comes to singles titles. That will be a nice starting point for the eventual feud they will have and could cost them a chance at the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
I see Bayley retaining here and there is a very good chance for Sasha Banks to return and help Bayley retain here. WWE could tell a nice story here and have Banks turn heel on her right away and possibly start up a SummerSlam feud between the two best friends.
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe
Prediction: Kofi Kingston retains the WWE Championship
The recent rumored injury to Kingston causes some concern here but I still see Kingston retaining here. Having a Raw guy win a SmackDown title will rub fans the wrong way. There are plenty of other options on the blue brand to have Kingston feud with heading into SummerSlam.
This will still be a great match. With Kingston’s great crowd reactions to Joe’s heel tactics, it should be a good one. Let’s hope Kofimania keeps on going!
Universal & Raw Women’s Championship – Seth Rollins (c) & Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans in Last Chance Winners Take All Extreme Rules tag team match
Prediction: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch retain the Universal & Raw’s Women’s Championships respectively
It should not shock you but we have now seen Evans and Corbin in the Raw title pictures for three consecutive pay-per-views. Fans really do not want to see the titles change hands and I do not blame them. Nothing against Corbin and Evans, there is just no reason to switch the titles on them right now.
Plus, WWE is pushing Rollins and Lynch as the WWE power couple. Do you really think they’ll have them drop the titles so soon after this push? My guess is not.
Extreme Rules on paper seems a little disappointing, mainly because of the lack of “Extreme” match types. Also, factor in that there are a lot of the same matches from the past few pay-per-views. There are some interesting matches to looks at, mainly the Unites States and tag team title matches but other than that, there is nothing special. Let’s hope WWE drops the Wild Card rule and starts up fresh feuds for SummerSlam.