It is a double wrestling weekend here. Impact Wrestling had their pay-per-view in Slammiversary Saturday night and WWE will follow with their own PPV in Extreme Rules. Extreme Rules has been a mainstay in the WWE calendar, with the first dating back in 2009. This one will be different as it is the first under the 12-year history that it has an altered title, calling it “The Horror Show at Extreme Rules”.

The concept of these matches consists of various stipulations involving weapons. From Ladder, Steel Cage, Iron Man, and of course Extreme Rules. Nine matches are scheduled to take place on the card, with five titles on the line. One match with an “Extreme” rule is set while another is yet to be determined. Much like WrestleMania and NXT TakeOver: In Your House, there will be two pre-recorded matches to change things up on the card.

Here are my predictions for The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.

Kevin Ownes vs. Murphy (pre-show)

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Prediction: Kevin Owens wins

Added just a few hours before the show, Kevin Owens will take on (Buddy) Murphy in the lone match on the pre-show. This ties into the rivalry with Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins as Owens and Murphy are aligned with them respectively.

Given Owens has been pushed more in this feud between the teams, I have Owens winning.

Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins in an Eye for an Eye match

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Prediction: Seth Rollins wins

Yup, this will be odd. According to the Wikipedia page, “The match can only be won when one competitor extracts an eye of their opponent”.

I really have no real explanation for this. This is one of the pre-recorded cinematic matches that we will see. Mysterio’s contract is set to expire soon and has rumored to be retiring soon so I have Rollins winning. Plus, having Rollins in an eye patch for the rest of his career will be odd to see.

Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt in a Wyatt Swamp Fight

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Prediction: Bray Wyatt wins

If the title was on the line, I would have predicted Strowman to win here. With the non-title match, this gives a chance for Wyatt to win here. WWE has done a good job with the cinematic matches so this one should be good. Strowman is also a former member of The Wyatt Family stable so there is no doubt will see some images from the early stages of his career.

United States Championship – Apollo Crews (c) vs. MVP

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Prediction: Apollo Crews retains the United States Championship

It was great to see Crews finally win a title in WWE as it has been long overdue. Given that he recently won the title a few weeks back, I have Crews retaining here. Expect a Bobby Lashley appearance as well since he is aligned with former US Champion in MVP.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro in a Tables match

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Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship

This match was added earlier in the day and the tables stipulation is a nice touch for this pay-per-view. E and Kingston have held the title for quite a while now and I think it might be time for a change in the division. Nakamura and Cesaro have formed as a nice team for the past few weeks and there antics against New Day lead me to believe that will win the belts soon.

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross

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Prediction: Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship

Cross won a fatal-4-way to get this opportunity but has yet to win a singles match in WWE. Bayley is still as good as ever as the SD Women’s Champion so for me, this is a clear prediction that she retains here.

Raw Women’s Championship – Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks

Prediction: Asuka retains the Raw Women’s Championship

This actually the match I am looking most forward to on the card. Both Asuka and Banks are incredible performers and down the line, I see Banks winning singles gold once again, just not at this time. Booking sense, Asuka won the title not too long ago and I think there is a lengthy title reign in store for her.

WWE Championship – Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ziggler chooses the match stipulation)

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Prediction: Drew McIntyre retains the WWE Championship

Ziggler was recently traded back to the Raw brand and demanded a title shot right away so he gets it here at Extreme Rules. Ziggler has yet to reveal the match stipulation but regardless, I have McIntyre retaining here. Ziggler has not won a singles match in quite some time and this to me seems like just a filler for McIntyre’s next big feud.

Overall

Slammiversary on paper looked really good. Extreme Rules…not soo much. The pre-recorded matches have a chance to steal the show (given what WWE has done in the past few PPVs with these) and the Raw Women’s Championship looks like a match of the night candidate. Still, the no fans will be odd to see once again (they’ll still have some NXT talent in the stands but let’s be real, it’s not the same).

 

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