Jay's Ways - Extreme Rules 2018 Preview Submitted by Justin Watry on 07/14/2018 at 09:53 PM
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WWE Extreme Rules 2018
Tables Match: Sanity vs. New Day
This must be the 'big push' that was heavily reported for Big E before Money in the Bank. Dang, such a huge spotlight, huh? Not that I care. The New Day has been stale for over two years and is another one of my check marks that I nailed in the predictions category. Now their next duty is to lose to Sanity on the Kickoff Show. That is what should happen, and I think it will. Put all three of them through a table and send them packing for awhile.
Finn Balor vs. Constable Corbin
Missed opportunity to not have a HAIR VS ??? stipulation here. I still have a pet peeve when wrestlers just up and cut their hair without a reason. Heck, even Triple H did it in 2012 to put over the Brock Lesnar story and him leaving the ring to be a full-time executive. Baron Corbin just randomly showing up with no hair made sense for him to want to appear corporate, but more was left on the table. Ugh, blew it for sure. I am going with Finn Balor for no real reason.
WINNER: Finn Balor
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
Interesting little tidbit about Paul Heyman helping Bobby Lashley with some of his stuff. He did the same for Bill Goldberg and obviously does the same for Brock Lesnar. That makes me think Heyman is already setting up Lashley/Lesnar for Summerslam and wants everything in place. No early screw ups or bumps in the road. Notice there has never been much about Heyman helping Reigns behind the scenes. I don't know. Every single story points to Reigns winning here and getting the Universal Championship next month. However, we have been fed that garbage for how long now? It still has not happened. Now here come Bobby Lashley, who is on a tear, and he has made it clear from the get go a showdown with Brock Lesnar was inevitable. My pick is Reigns; Lashley will be my guy on Sunday though. It'd be an incredible moment and make for quite the (non) upset victory.
WINNER: Roman Reigns
Steel Cage match: Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman
No explanation needed.
WINNER: Braun Strowman
WWE Intercontinental Championship Iron Match: Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
Tough. I full expect to get this match prediction wrong, same with the United States Championship battle. Too close to call it. I see both sides of the coin. Dolph Ziggler just got the belt. Was the entire point of the title change just something for Seth Rollins to chase after for a month? Seems kinda pointless. However, I also get the point that Rollins is the prefect IC Title holder now. Unless he is getting the coveted Brock Lesnar/Summerslam spot, there is nothing really there (until Dean Ambrose returns). Then there is the big Drew McIntyre factor. He will be ringside for this IronMan match. Is it to screw Ziggler or Rollins? Maybe he is the sole reason his buddy retains...or he is the sole reason he loses, thus the breakup begins. I have no idea. Just kick back, relax and enjoy 29 minutes of this until the cluster finish...
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
WWE United States Championship Match: Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Yeah, I am going with the IC Champ and US Champ retaining. Probably a bad move, I admit that now. If I were betting man, Shinsuke Nakamura would get the nod. He is the one coming off the WWE Championship chase since January and could use a boost. Jeff Hardy will always be Jeff Hardy to the fans, with or without a title. No doubt the heel here has all the momentum and not the banged up face who has hardly been a focus. Just for the sake of Extreme Rules, I do seem to have a lot of faces winning. Makes me want to change this predictions. Screw it...
WINNER: Jeff Hardy
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Champion Carmella vs. Asuka
Same as last month. What should happen - Asuka wins the title in 30 seconds. What will happen - Carmella will weasel out another victory for some reason, and we have to deal with James Ellsworthless for a little bit longer. The shark cage thing is just beyond dumb. Paige, just ban him from the arena! Or you know, fire him! Instead, let's hang him from the top of the building where he will surely do something to distract Asuka. Uh, whatever.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Champions The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Heck No
This feels like the title change of the evening, doesn't it? Team Heck No won the belts before for a brief run and are poised to do so again here. The Blue Brand could use something exciting because ratings are not exactly sky rocketing after their reunion. Why am I picking The Bludgeon Brothers then? Well, sorry Kane - but it is going to be Bye Bye Bye for your comeback. Politics are your thing now. Not wrestling. Daniel Bryan has a showdown to build against The Miz, and I have long believed that would be held off until Summerslam. That time is now. Whether he is in town or not is irrelevant; I see The Miz somehow causing Bryan to lose. Kane can go back off television, the dominant duo can keep the belts, and we get the long awaited Strong Style vs. WWE Style feud that has been teased for two years.
WINNER: The Bludgeon Brothers
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Champions Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. The B Team
This is not even worthy of a "No explanation needed." I can't stress to you enough how bad the tag team division is on Raw right now. The Revival are getting more screen time, which is nice. Hopefully, that leads them to the titles soon. Beyond that, it is this lame WOKEN thing and comedy losers who are suddenly winning. The B-Team is a fitting name. Why aren't they are on Smackdown Live with that name? My prediction is fans sit on their hands for ten minutes, and I go get some food in the kitchen once the opening bell rings.
WINNER: Not us
Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax
For the Extreme Rules gimmick. That only tells me Ronda Rousey will interfere, which we probably already suspected. I have no idea how, but my prediction is Alexa Bliss retains. Going to be kinda tough with The Rowdy One watching ten feet away. My thing is this just has to get Nia Jax out of the picture. Like, really. There is too much goodness in Ronda Rousey right now to have it wasted on anything with Jax (again). Bliss as the coward RAW Womens Champion is perfect, and the countdown is on for Summerslam to get her arm broken by Rousey. Simple yet effective.
WINNER: Alexa Bliss
WWE Championship Match: Champion AJ Styles vs. Rusev
Rusev went from being in the totally accurate doghouse to going after the WWE Championship on pay-per-view. Remember when he demanded that slot last summer to Shane McMahon? I remember. It may be 12 months later, but the end result is not going to change. Rusev Day is every day but PPV Day. He will put up a good showing, but AJ Styles has bigger things to look forward to. That is likely a brawl with Samoa Joe on Tuesday night and a big time match at Summerslam. For the WWE Title. Rusev may have his day another time; it just won't arrive on Sunday.