Triple Z gives his PPV predictions for WWE's Extreme Rules.
Sasha Banks and Rich Swann VS Noam Dar and Alicia Fox
I'm glad WWE is trying to introduce the Cruiserweights to the outside world. Alicia Fox and Noam Dar have been the best story in the Cruiserweight division. That's not saying much. Noam Dar isn't being used to his full potential. None of the cruiserweights are. Yet this match has a level of importance. It's a mixed tag match. WWE has been focusing on the Women's Revolution. This could help both Swann and Dar get some brownie points with WWE if they let Fox or Banks perform a move on them. Banks/Fox has been a solid bottom card feud. Banks has fallen from grace. Hopefully this is just a slow build to her going back to the top. Banks VS Alexa Bliss would be a wonderful feud. In this particular matchup I would have Fox/Dar go over. Due to the fact they have been together longer. WWE will probably have former Cruiserweight champion and former Women's champion beat Dar and Fox. It would only make sense.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Rich Swann
Austin Aries VS Neville (Submission Match)
Even though most of the stipulations for Extreme Rules are weak. This one probably makes the most sense but gives away the winner. I can't imagine seeing Austin Aries lose to Neville three times. Austin Aries is great at submissions. Back in good ol' TNA one of his finishers was a submission. I believe Aries will make Neville tap. As the Cruiserweight Championship continues to be a hot potato. Although Neville did hold the title for a long time. Since the rebirth of the Cruiserweights there has been four champions. Aries would make that the fifth.
Also as a sidenote. It's time for Aries and Neville to escape the purple brand. WWE needs to re-evaluate its current situation.
Winner: Austin Aries
The Hardy Boyz VS Cesaro and Sheamus (Steel Cage)
Steel Cage matches to me could be boring. I think this one has the serious potential to be entertaining. Steel Cage matches are just hard to watch due to the camera angles. Plus sometimes the match has overdone and lazy spots. The Hardy Boyz have been on a absolute tear since the surprise return. Although the Broken Universe has been heavily teased. Once they get the rights back then the title reign will end.
Winners: The Hardy Boyz
Alexa Bliss VS Bayley (Kendo Stick on a Pole Match)
This match at least fits the Extreme Rules mold. This has the potential to be an exciting matchup. No way WWE is stopping Bliss. She has been the best in both Women's divisions. She should keep the strap for a long time. Bayley still needs some rebuilding. Her character has taken quite the hit. WWE hasn't booked Bayley like they did in NXT. Maybe they are trying to recapture that magic again? Bayley was booked like an underdog in NXT. Fans gravitated towards her because she was the "lovable loser" and the "odd man out." Once she hit main roster she was booked like a mega star. Winning the WWE Women's Championship before WrestleMania and receiving a big push. Hopefully this feud with Bliss reignites the spark and the crowd reaction Bayley so desperately needs. Until then the era of Bliss will continue.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Dean Ambrose VS The Miz (If Ambrose is disqualified, he will lose the Intercontinental Title)
Speaking of stupid stipulations.... The event is called Extreme Rules yet your going to have a match and not let it get extreme? Seems kind of pointless to me. Why not have this goofy stipulation at any other WWE PPV. Like Great Balls of Fire? The Miz honestly deserves the title back at this point. Him and Maryse are great together. Dean Ambrose is another superstar who has fallen. He's definitely fixable but I don't think WWE wants to even mess with it. He went from being dominant in The Shield to the Lunatic Fringe and winning the WWE Championship. Now he's a watered down mid-carder version of himself. The Miz should win. The main word here is should. Yet I believe Ambrose will find a way to win.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Roman Reigns VS Seth Rollins VS Finn Balor VS Bray Wyatt VS Samoa Joe
See this match has the most potential. Five former NXT guys are now on top of RAW. Finn Balor never lost the WWE Universal Championship. He's the most intriguing of the bunch. Balor has everything that would make him "The Guy" in WWE. Is WWE still in love with Roman Reigns? Yes, but they do see the potential in Finn. I don't think it has changed their stance on who they want to lead the future. Although it should definitely be considered. Finn Balor appeals to everyone and would get better crowd reaction than Roman. Plus they could get unique merchandise which would lead to better sales. Really that match is down between Roman and Finn unless WWE throws a curveball. Although it seems like SmackDown throws the curveball a lot more than RAW. Then we have the oddballs. We have Seth Rollins who has already faced Brock Lesnar. I don't think WWE should waste Brock's time with another person he has already worked with. Then we got Samoa Joe who could have a phenomenal match with Brock Lesnar. It's for sure a dream match. Plus Joe winning this match would solidify him as a main event player. The other oddball is Bray Wyatt who was striving and adding depth to his character on SmackDown all to be shipped to RAW for nothing... Wyatt hinted at feud last year with Lesnar. Could we end up seeing that forgotten feud being resolved? So we are looking at Finn or Roman winning this match. My bet would Finn Balor do to the Paul Heyman promo. Yet WWE loves Roman Reigns too much. So him winning would make perfect sense with their agenda. They want Reigns/Lesnar at WrestleMania 34 and what a way to start the feud then a match for the championship. Even though it may be the unpopular prediction I'm going with Reigns.
Balor VS Lesnar would be best case scenario. Also to the fans that say it wouldn't make sense. Rey Mysterio has defeated countless opponents that were stronger and bigger. Eddie Guerrero beat Brock Lesnar. So why can't Finn Balor beat Brock Lesnar? Why have fans all of sudden decided to treat "pro wrestling" like it's realistic. News flash pro wrestling has never been "realistic" despite what you think. Smaller guys have beaten bigger guys in the past. Also it's the WWE they don't care about logic. If WWE was based on logic. Lesnar would still be champion but the contenders would all be different. So making the WWE Championship only for heavyweights isn't fun for the fan. The reason is because that fan's favorite may never get the opportunity. Now because of guys like Rey, Eddie, and Daniel Bryan we can gladly root for the underdog. We can root for Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, and even Jinder Mahal. Wrestling is more fun when you check reality at the door. Some of you should try it sometime.
Winner: Roman Reigns
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