WWE Extreme Rules (2018) Predictions

You can either write about your interests in a way that brings everyone in, or leaves everyone out. My goal with this post is to bring everyone in. So if you’re not a wrestling fan, but you’re a “Paul fan”, give this a chance. If you hate both of us, well, that’s simply impossible.

Tonight, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is hosting a pay-per-view (PPV) event called Extreme Rules. The name is an ode to the now defunct company – Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where most of their matches had no rules and were dubbed “Extreme”.

And that’s as boring as this post will get, I promise. Maybe.

If you want to play along at home, feel free to post your predictions below.

Pre-Show

1. Sin Cara vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (with Zelina Vega)

Almas and Vega debuted on the main roster exactly two months ago and have done very little, which is unfortunate because he was coming off an NXT Championship. (Think of NXT as the minor leagues of WWE).

Sin Cara is the gatekeeper in this feud, meaning he faces the new guy in town, makes him look good, and ultimately loses, while Almas goes on to better things.

I just want this feud to be over with. Almas has a big future and Vega is the perfect manage rfor him.

Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas

2. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods) vs. SAnitY (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain) – (Tables Match)

In a Tables Match, the first person to go through a table, loses.

The New Day have established themselves as one of the best tag teams (in the world?) over the last few years. They’re a comedy act, who come out with a tray of pancakes, but unlike most comedy acts, they’re actually a threat to win.

SAnitY is making their main roster PPV debut and I like everything about them, except that when they got called up from NXT, Nikki Cross got left behind. I’m hopeful she joins them eventually. They’re missing something without her.

SAnitY is all about creating chaos and acting like psychopaths.

The New Day can afford eat their pancakes and this loss, while SAnitY needs to win to establish themselves as legitimate.

Winner: SAnitY 

Main Show

3. Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley

For some reason, this could end up being the main event but I’m getting it out of the way now because I’m bored to tears by both guys. This match is a fight between two paintbrushes who think they’re better than the other. That’s it.

You know how in Grade 9 you had to act out Romeo and Juliet in English class, and there were some kids who recited their lines as if it were a bedtime story? That’s Bobby Lashley. He’s boring.

The crowd will probably hijack this match because who cares?

Winner: No one. Double Disqualification. They’ll both get counted out while off doing malicious things to each other in the audience or backstage.

4. Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin aka Constable Corbin 

Again, a match for the sake of a match.

Corbin is tall and recently shaved off his long hair to take on his new, Constable Corbin persona. He’s been making fun of how small Finn Balor is, so now they’re going to fight about it because…Wrestling!

Balor deserves better than this.

Winner: Finn Balor

5. Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens – (Steel Cage Match)

Strowman is a behemoth of an individual – a Monster Among Men, as his gimmick dictates. He is the “good guy” in this feud, while Owens is the “bad guy”.

However, Strowman has been bullying him mercilessly. He flipped his car. He threw him off a 15 foot ladder – which is basically attempted murder. And then he put him in a porta potty and pushed it off a stage.

I think Kevin Owens is great. He’s hilarious. He’s always the best part of the show. And he made it known that he only got re-verified on Twitter so he could ask Shania Twain to play “When” at a concert in Montreal that he was attending. She didn’t play the song, but he got to go up on stage with her.

Braun Strowman is probably winning this match and will probably do something crazy, like throw Owens off the top of the cage while it’s being raised.

Winner: Braun Strowman

6. The Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) (c) vs. Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) – SmackDown Tag Team Championship

In real life, Kane is running for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee…so, go vote for “The Devil’s Favourite Demon” or something.

Daniel Bryan finally got cleared to resume his wrestling career a few months ago after having to retire due to concussions. He’s back and I’m happy for him, but he hasn’t regained the magic he once had. For me, at least.

The Bludgeon Brothers are menacing and probably get their beards stuck in sliding doors.

Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers 

7. Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – United States Championship

Who doesn’t like Jeff Hardy? You can spend hours on YouTube watching his career highlights.

That being said, I think his title reign is coming to an end. I think he’s hurting and needs to pass the belt off to someone else.

Nakamura needs this. If he doesn’t win tonight, he might as well retire. He won the Royal Rumble, went on to face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, and lost. Then he lost a bunch of rematches.

If he doesn’t win the US Championship, I don’t know what else he’s supposed to do. Can’t remix is entrance theme again.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

8. Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) – RAW Tag Team Championship

If you’re wondering why Matt Hardy is no longer in a tag team with his brother Jeff, it’s because Jeff got hurt, Matt became “Woken”, and then Jeff became a member of the SmackDown roster when he returned, where he now paints his face.

Get all that?

In real life, Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas are brothers. Their father is former wrestler, Irwin R. Schyster – IRS. The more you know. Leading up to this match, they haven’t touched each other in the ring yet.

They know that we know that they know that we know that they’re brothers.

Dallas and Axel are a comedy duo, who have gained momentum over the last two months.

Hardy and Wyatt are the “Deleters of Worlds” and do spooky things, like talk in dim lighting with smoke.

Winner: Hardy & Wyatt

9. Carmella (c) vs. Asuka – SmackDown Women’s Championship

“Mella is Money.”

I like Carmella. She’s the perfect amount of annoying, which is to say she’s a really good heel.

Asuka is great and all, but they missed the boat on her title reign. The WWE is always about two months behind on pulling the trigger. She should’ve won at WrestleMania, but instead they allowed her undefeated streak to be broken.

Oh, I almost forgot, suspended above the ring in a shark cage will be James Ellsworth, who is Carmella’s secret weapon.

This match is set up for him to drop something down to Carmella when the referee isn’t looking – some sort of spray? – so she can win by cheating because a clean win over Asuka just won’t happen.

Or maybe it backfires and Asuka uses the spray to blind Carmella, and then wins the championship?

Winner: Carmella

10. Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins – Intercontinental Championship (30-Minute Iron Man Match)

Personally, I love Iron Man matches. Unfortunately, they are rare. And nowadays, they’re only 30 minutes instead of the full hour.

The winner is the one who pins or submits their opponent the most times in 30 minutes.

Ziggler won the championship from Rollins a few weeks ago when Rollins issued an open challenge.

It was a shocking win. Like if a child beat you at Tic-Tac-Toe. Not that Ziggler is undeserving – he is – but championships rarely change hands on an episode of Monday Night RAW. That’s all.

Ziggler has the advantage here, with McIntyre at ringside. He’s definitely going to get involved, but how much, and when?

I can see a scenario where the referee catches him being sneaky and bans him from ringside early on. I can also see a scenario where he costs Rollins the win right as time expires.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

11. Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax – RAW Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey will be sitting in the front row during this match, since she is “suspended” and “bought a ticket” for this event.

This match will probably go on early, so Ronda doesn’t have to sit out there long. She’ll definitely get involved in this somehow.

The WWE have ruined Nia a bit, haven’t they? They had her win the championship as a sympathetic figure who was bullied because of her size. And then in her next feud with Ronda Rousey, she became the bully again.

Nia’s character is so back and forth, I don’t understand it anymore.

Alexa Bliss seems to be the one they put the title on when they realize the current champion isn’t doing so well.

This match is probably setting up Bliss vs. Rousey at SummerSlam because Bliss has a double-jointed arm and Rousey is known for the arm bar, so that visual is coming.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

12. AJ Styles (c) vs. Rusev – WWE Championship

Rusev has been one of the hottest things going in the WWE lately, with his “Rusev Day” gimmick. Every day is Rusev Day if you didn’t know. The crowd chants “Rusev Day”, he gets hyped, it’s cool.

The only problem is, he’s a heel. A bad guy. A person we’re not supposed to cheer for. So it’s just been months and months of fans treating him like a good guy, while he uses heel tactics to get booed.

Again, the WWE’s timing is off on this. They should’ve turned him face (a good guy) and given him some sort of championship at WrestleMania.

He probably won’t win here because a big title change like this won’t happen on the pay-per-view right before SummerSlam – one of their biggest events.

It’s a shame. Rusev’s character is just begging to be a fan favourite and they’re not giving it to us.

AJ Styles has gotten boring for me. There, I said it.

Winner: AJ Styles

And we’re done. Wow, this is a big card.

For an event called “Extreme Rules” there are very few matches with “Extreme” stipulations. I think they need to scrap this event altogether and name it something else.

The idea of an Extreme match is starting to get outdating, plus there is already a TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs) event which is the same kind of thing.

TLC needs to be scrapped too. They don’t have any TLC matches outside of that one show, all year. Don’t fact check me on that.

If you made it this far, you’re nuts. I started getting winded on Match #6.

Thanks for reading.

Questions, comments, concerns? 

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25 Responses to WWE Extreme Rules (2018) Predictions

  1. Jokerswild says:

    Askua needs to win, the main roster has ruined her. Vince is senile!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. how could anyone not be a “Paul” fan?! I can’t even wrap my head around such a concept! But I stopped reading after the end of “the boring part” haha I am most definitely not a wrestling fan.

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  3. Chichi says:

    So like, I missed this,
    Now I’m sad. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      What did you think of the results from last night’s show?

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      • Chichi says:

        First of all, I also agree that the PPV should just be renamed but okay…
        Andrade Almas def. Sin Cara: Almas winning against Cara was the only choice. I don’t like the way the stars of NXT are under-utilised and just messed up on the main roster. Like, Almas was one of the top stars of NXT. He comes out and everyone loses their minds! Now, he’s on the kickoff show. I’m calling it a downgrade. I hope to see him move on from this Sin Cara feud and hopefully move on to main event status (or at least, upper mid-card).

        SAnitY def. The New Day: Well, okay. I guess that’s okay. It’s been rumoured that Big E is set for a major push so… perhaps it’s for the best. I still think The Usos and The New Day produce magic together but okay. 😛

        The B-Team def. The Deleters Of Worlds (c): Okay, I did not see this one coming. Major swerve for me. I think it’s a good thing that the now-former champions lost the titles. They weren’t really doing anything spectacular with it (Both Wyatt & Hardy have such unique and special characters but it just doesn’t seem like there is a way for them to work out in WWE) 😦 Not too sure about the B-Team but perhaps they could be like the Croatian National Football team and prove me wrong.

        Finn Bálor def. Baron Corbin: Point of this match? I don’t know. I don’t really care about this match honestly (and I know I’m not alone there). Such waste of such a great wrestler. Another wasted NXT alumni. Also, I can’t wait for him to turn heel fully. As for Corbin… nope, I’m good.

        Carmella (c) def. Asuka: Oh, how far Asuka has fallen from grace since WM… This is actually really sad (for Asuka). I like Carmella’s heel work! I’m actually surprised at that. She’s doing really well. Like, I really want to hate her. Also, I’m still shocked that Ellsworth was actually rehired. Perhaps Asuka should move on from the title. She could get into a feud with someone else. Not too sure who (since Charlotte isn’t around).

        Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jeff Hardy (c): Six seconds? SIX SECONDS?! Nakamura won in six seconds?! How did that happen??? Okay, yes, I haven’t watched the PPV but… wow, okay. I think the title change was best for both parties involved. Hardy just wasn’t going anywhere as champion; Nakamura was starting to look like a weakling who couldn’t capture WWE gold. I’m hopeful. I really hope they don’t mess this up.

        Kevin Owens def. Braun Strowman: Yeah, I’m not sure about this feud. Like, can it end? Please? These two are really good workers but… this storyline is not that great. I really want to see the Monster In The Bank! Since Brock Lesnar is apparently returning soon to do his job, I hope he breaks out of his shell.

        The Bludgeon Brothers (c) def. Team Hell No: Okay, no, I’m mad. Bryan and Kane just got back together! Why not just capitalize on the crowd pops? The titles should have changed hands. Also, Harper & Rowan as champions isn’t really the most entertaining thing.

        Bobby Lashley def. Roman Reigns: Apparently this match was really good. Well, I didn’t really care. I’m not sure why they were even feuding honestly. I hope this is just one of those passing feuds.

        Alexa Bliss (c) def. Nia Jax: Okay, well… Rousey is back, right? Just have a triple threat. Honestly, I don’t understand how Bliss keeps getting away with all of this but okay, it’s okay. The champion should have her break and the Jax/Rousey feud can continue!

        AJ Styles (c) def. Rusev: I love AJ Styles. I think he’s one of the best wrestlers but… he should have lost the title here. Styles, as of late, hasn’t been as interesting as usual. It’s a bit worrying and… yeah, perhaps it was time for a proper Rusev Day celebration! 😀

        Dolph Ziggler (c) def. Seth Rollins: I shall continue to say this; SETH ROLLINS IS WWE’S WORKHORSE! Okay, yeah, I wasn’t a huge fan of Rollins but, as of late, I’ve taken quite a liking to his work. He’s really entertaining and just fun to follow. Ziggler is pretty much the same except for being under-utilised. The two can take even the most boring storylines and make it gold. I’m happy with the result. This match apparently delivered and was even a recommended match by CAGEMATCH inmates with a 6.08 rating. I will certainly be watching this soon!

        Thank you, Paul! ❤
        Seeing these predictions made my day.

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      • Paul says:

        Oh wow this is great!

        Earlier in the night the Bludgeon Brothers attacked Kane’s ankle backstage so Bryan started the match on his own before Kane came down in a walking boot. Apparently that’s actually a real injury so….

        I heard the Laskley/Reigns match was boring haha (I watched the show quickly when it was uploaded to YouTube by someone and skipped most of this match).

        As for the 6 seconds match…when the referee went to hand the belt over to the guy outside the ring, Nakamura snug up behind Hardy and hit him with the low blow. Then Hardy told the ref to start the match anyway…knee to face…done. And then Randy Orton came out and stomped on Hardy’s crotch. HEEL ORTON.

        I have no clue where Asuka goes from here. I think Ellsworth is back just to give Carmella more options of winning matches.

        Ziggler and Rollins was good but the crowd killed it. They had the clock counting down on the screen and every time there was 10 seconds left in a minute, the crowd would count down like it was the Royal Rumble. WWE took the clock down for the middle of the match just to stop them.

        Thanks for this!

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      • Chichi says:

        Uh-oh. If Kane’s injury is legit, the Team Hell No reunion could be very short-lived. 😛

        I don’t know who was interested in the Lashley/Reigns match honestly… It’s just… awkward.

        I thought Nakamura was done with the low-blows 😦 Heel Orton is the best Orton!!! I’m so happy that he’s heel now. Like, face Orton has a very forced feel. Orton is a natural heel.

        Asuka looks like a moron after this feud. She kept getting distracted and… yeah, it was a mess. What WWE is doing with Ellsworth and Carmella is working. Well done to them for giving ‘Mella reason to win! 😀

        Yeah, I heard about the crowd. I’m not sure why that was happening. I heard that the crowd was counting down because they wanted Ambrose to pop up. Yeah, sometimes the crowd doesn’t really help. Yeah, well done to Ziggler and Rollins though. More especially for carrying on with the match and stuff…

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      • Paul says:

        Ambrose better come back as a heel! We already have enough boring baby faces. I feel like a lot of them are in the wrong role at the moment. Owens should be a face. Rusev – face. Reigns – heel. It’s all so backwards.

        AND WHERE IS CHAD GABLE?? What a waste.

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      • Chichi says:

        WWE is pretty messed up right now.
        People don’t like Roman Reigns (not a hidden fact) and, as such, they should capitalize on it! :/
        I celebrate Rusev Day and I know I’m not alone! 😀
        Owens is such a character that’s easy to like.

        Like, fix it!

        Gable has been rumoured to be coming back for the past two months but… :/

        Also, what happened to the women’s revolution?

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      • Paul says:

        I think all the women have feuded with each other already and there’s nothing left for any of them to do except Banks v Bayley and Charlotte v Rousey. Everything else has been done. The women need a secondary title or tag belts that are defended on both shows.

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      • Chichi says:

        Yeah, the women really need secondary titles.
        WWE keep teasing the idea but they never deliver. 😦

        Imagine the WWE Four Horsewomen v UFC Four Horsewomen match

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      • Paul says:

        That would be great but I’m sure they’d find a way to ruin it. I just want WWE to plan out their stories like New Japan does. The storytelling with Omega and Okada has been perfect for 2 years. WWE doesn’t have anything close to that.

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      • Chichi says:

        The Omega/Okada story never gets old! 😀
        NJPW certainly has a way of doing things in a sustainable manner.

        WWE should try to learn from NJPW and Lucha Underground.

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  4. Man this post just made me realize how behind I am on the storylines. I didn’t even realize half of these guys were back on the roster! Might start watching again but my sense is that there aren’t enough good talkers to keep me engaged. I miss good promos!

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    • Paul says:

      I think they have some good talkers, but they’re all restricted to a script nowadays which makes everyone come across as unnatural. I wish they went back to the days where they were giving bullet points of what to talk about and then they’d build their own promo. Thanks for reading!

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  5. Ely says:

    I just want you to know I did read this from start to end! I’m completely lost lol but I know who Ronda Rousey is and it was still an insightful read into something I know zero about! And also because I’m a PAUL fan so you know!!? But I’ve always wanted to know IS IT REAL?! Mostly acting? Are the hits real? Seems like it’s fake? Or nah?

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    • Paul says:

      Haha the punches to the face aren’t real, unless they screw up. The slams and tackles and dives and all that, is real. You can’t fake a collision like that. And the ring is wood underneath with a thin cushion so it definitely hurts. So the action is mainly real but the hatred between the two wrestlers is fake – they’re working together and know who’s going to win and all that.

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  6. Barb Knowles says:

    “SAnitY is all about creating chaos and acting like psychopaths. ” You had me with SAnitY.

    Liked by 1 person

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