Well, its that time again when WWE goes “extreme” for one night as we’ve arrived at the annual Extreme rules PPV, or as I like to call it, WrestleMania take two. It seems year on year that most matches at extreme rules are basically just WrestleMania rematches. Not really a good idea when you should be focusing on building new stars. Anyway, the basis of this column is just like any other prediction column. I’ll run down the card, sharing my opinions and who I think will win. I even have a few bonus questions at the end. I fairly consistent at predicting PPV’s. Though I still have never got a full house. Hope it changes tonight.
Santino Marella vs. The Miz
I feel so bad for The Miz at this moment in time. Having the main event of last years WrestleMania. Little over a year later he’s been relegated to a pre show match on you tube for a title which has little to no meaning. When Zack Ryder started his campaign to become the US championship, I was hoping that he would be the guy to add some more credit to it. But, the moment he lost it, it’s just fell back into the pit of championships which are more or less irrelevant . This match has had no build up, I just hope that Miz wins this. I’m not a fan of Santino.
Winner and new United States Champion – The Miz
Randy Orton vs. Kane
“I’m a sucker for family reunions.” I did laugh at that line. I’ve actually enjoyed this feud for the most part. Yes the reasoning behind it is a little silly but the match they had a WrestleMania was a lot better than most people thought it would be. I did enjoy seeing Bob Orton on Smackdown a few weeks back and even Paul Bearer to an extent this past week. Although what happened to him did seem similar to what he went through during the Kane and Edge feud. I’m just happy that Kane is sticking around in this upper mid card slot and hope he can stay there throughout the remainder of the year. Kane won at WrestleMania with Orton winning the rematch on Smackdown. I think this is the end of the feud so I think Orton will pick up the win here and possibly move back into the world title picture. The falls out anywhere aspect fits this match well and I expect it will be better than the match they had a WrestleMania. I can see a very nice finish here. Possibly using the RKO somewhere unexpected.
Winner – Randy Orton.
Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes
I want Cody to lose. I want him to move up. He doesn’t need the IC title anymore. Then again, I’m not a fan of Big show so him winning doesn’t do it for me either. In an ideal world here, I want Big Show to win so Cody can move on up. Then have Big Show lose it to a solid mid card guy the next month. Cody moves up, Big Show moves down and I’m a very happy boy. Oh and a last minute edit here, the spinning wheel element just makes me think that this will give the match some stupid gimmick which will give Big Show a huge advantage.
Winner and Still Intercontinental Champion – Big Show
Nikki Bella vs. Beth Phoenix
I don’t want to write about this. Do I have to write about this? Please don’t make me write about is. Okay fine I’ll write about it but please put the gun down. I don’t care about this match. WWE has not given me a reason to care about this match. My only hope that Beth says she is still injured and can’t compete. Only to reveal that Kharma is taking her place. Then have Kharma obliterate both Bellas into obscurity meaning we will never have to endure the sight of them competing in a WWE ring ever again. So I’m predicting someone who isn’t even in the match the be the new Divas Champion.
Winner and New Divas Champion – Kharma
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
I wonder what the chances are that the first fall being similar to that of WrestleMania. I like the 2/3 falls aspect. Lets just hope and pray that we don’t get a pin falls every 6 seconds otherwise we’ll be tying WrestleMania. Like most 2/3 falls matches it is likely to finish 2 -1. It would be a real slap in the face of Bryan if Sheamus gets it 2-0. I could actually see WWE doing that just to embarrass Bryan further more. The Chicago crowd will be hot for Bryan so there should be a good atmosphere in the arena. I hope that the match gets around 15-20 minutes to show what both guys could do and also show what they could a have done at WrestleMania. It wouldn’t surprise me if AJ got involved in some way, perhaps costing Bryan the match.
Winner and Still World Heavyweight Champion – Sheamus.
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
I mentioned that the crowd would be hot for Daniel Bryan. The heat for Punk will be on a whole new level. Back in Chicago, it brings back memories of Money in the Bank, when the crowd was insane. I fully expect the crowd to be on par or even greater this time around. I’ve enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the feud. Jericho has been awesome as always while Punk although modern he does have this old school edge to him that compliments Jericho well. This is billed as a “Chicago Street Fight”. I miss those old street fights when the action did actually leave the arena and go onto the actual streets. Sadly, those days are long gone. It would be epic to see it again though.
This could be match of the night, The street fight element does work well and by now we all know Punk is chomping at the bit to get his hands on Jericho so I would expect the first half of the match to be very physical. I hope it gets 20 plus minutes to put on a hell of a good show. Is this the end of the feud. If Punk wins, Jericho no longer has a claim for a rematch, If Jericho wins the feud continues. Last year Punk walked in challenger and left as champion. This year I say Punk walks in champion and loses. While the Chicago crowd baying for Y2J’s blood.
Winner and New WWE Champion – Chris Jericho
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
Lesnar has been pretty much solid since he returned to the WWE. The video promo/package that was shown at the UK Raw was especially fantastic. The contract signing on Raw this week was okay for the most part, albeit a little long. I think most people were hoping for a brawl to end Raw last week. You seen it once two week ago, If you want to see it again you need to order the PPV. Hey it’s almost as if WWE planned that.
Brock is hot right now. And he hasn’t wrestled in years. He has a lot of momentum behind him which I don’t see the reason for halting. Then again, Cena lost at WrestleMania. Is it feasible that John Cena loses at two straight PPV’s. Damn I don’t even remember Cena losing 2 PPV matches in a whole year, never mind consecutively. How long will this feud last. I can easily see it going for another month. Lesnar needs to be kept with the major players to keep himself hot and to freshen up the main event scene.
I expect the fans will be getting behind Lesnar. Cena will get his typical mixed reaction but it wont be on the level he received the last PPV in Chicago. As for the match, this will no doubt be the main event so it is likely to get 20 plus minutes. As for weapons, I don’t expect to see to many. Maybe the standard steel steps, Chairs and kendo sticks. Perhaps Cena will even be wearing the chain as he was at Raw and attempt to use it. As for the winner. I see nothing else than a Brock Lesnar victory.
Winner – Brock Lesnar.
Which match would you have added to the card?
It seems like I’m saying this every month now but the tag team champions need to be on the show. They shouldn’t be losing matches on TV every week and they need to featured a lot more than they are. I don’t even care who they face, just put a random team together and give them a shot on the PPV. I loved tag team wrestling when it was hot and I so wish we could see those days again when the tag division was so vibrant with young fresh hungry stars were working so hard.
Do you think that John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar can top John Cena vs. The Rock?
The match against The Rock divided opinions. I thought it was an excellent match. I think this match will be less technical and may rely more on the “Extreme rules” factor. I don’t think it will top Cena/Rock from WrestleMania. It does however have the potential to be a very good match. My only issue would be regarding Brock being a little rusty, having being away for so long.
Who should Brock Lesnar feud with after John Cena?
I would imagine he would remain on Raw. I doubt we’ll see him on Smackdown any time soon. I think this feud with Cena will probably last maybe one or two more months. I think the next step for Lesnar would be the WWE championship. I don’t have an exact name but I would say when the feud with Cena ends, he will feud with whoever is the current WWE champion.
Well that’s about it for the Extreme rules predictions. Should be a fun show with some very interesting outcomes.
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