WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Predictions
Ever since WWE went PG and tamed down their product, “Extreme” just isn’t “extreme” anymore. The same can be said about Hell in a Cell. Without the blading/blood spots, it isn’t the same and just tame.
That being said, the yearly WWE PPV has had its ups and downs and this year’s card seems to rely more on wrestling than anything “extreme.” If any more matches are announced for the card, I will update this feature before Sunday’s show. Here are my predictions:
Rich Swann & Sasha Banks vs. Noam Dar & Alicia Fox (Mixed Tag Team Match)
It’s nice to see 205 Live wrestlers get a little boost by the star power of Sasha Banks…or is it WWE just has absolutely nothing for her to do right now and she’s being pushed down the totem pole of relevance? I have nothing invested in this match or storyline but having the cruiserweights on a PPV does help elevate their status. I’ll say the faces win here to give people a feel-good moment. I question what exactly is extreme in this match.
Winners: Rich Swann & Sasha Banks
Neville (Champ) vs. Austin Aries –
Submission Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
These two have had great matches in the past and I’m expecting no less here. We know Neville has been a great heel champion and it has really given him more credit in the eyes of many. Austin Aries still needs more stock in WWE but with Neville tapping out on Raw, it leads me to believe that Neville won’t be beaten here, although he may lose via disqualification to keep the championship. My only question is: who is next to step up to the plate against Neville? WWE really needs to expand 205 Live’s roster. By the way, what’s “extreme” about a submission match?
The Hardy Boyz vs. Cesaro & Sheamus –
Steel Cage Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship
Yeah, I know…people are questioning why the Hardys picked a steel cage match instead of the ladder match they’re the kings of. With a ladder match already taking place at Wrestlemania and the upcoming Money in the Bank PPV that will feature two ladder matches, I can see why WWE went this route. Still, it will be interesting to see the dynamics of these two talented teams in one cage. You can expect Jeff to pull off some crazy spot, like usual but don’t be surprised if Cesaro has a major spot planned, too. I’m actually looking forward to this match! My Spidey-sense is telling me we’re seeing a title change, though.
Winners: Cesaro & Sheamus
Alexa Bliss (Champ) vs. Bayley – Kendo Stick on a Pole Match
for the Raw Women’s Championship
After the train wreck that was “Bayley: This is Your Life” on Raw, even most Bliss fans would want to see her beat down with a Kendo stick. I wonder if the writers deliberately made the segment as bad as it was to get even more heat on Bliss. Bliss is right, though. Bayley isn’t extreme and I just don’t see her using a kendo stick. That’s the thing, though. When Bayley does get hold of it and uses it (and she will), the crowd will really pop. Bliss is doing really well with the belt right now and I just don’t see her dropping the title yet.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Dean Ambrose (Champ) vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
The “exteme” stipulation for this match is if Ambrose is disqualified, he will lose the Intercontinental Championship. This stipulation just screams title change. IF Ambrose wins this match, the feud needs to be over and done with. I just don’t see a Smackdown feud that has been brought to Raw continuing any longer if The Miz loses. If The Miz wins, we should have one last rematch between the two, end it all, and move on. I just think WWE is ready for another title run by The Miz and it’s starting on Sunday night.
Winner: The Miz
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Samoa Joe –
Fatal 5-Way Match to Become #1 Contender for the
This will be a fun match to watch and I’m always interested to see the kind of response Roman Reigns will get. Rollins got pinned on Raw, Joe has been pinned by Rollins, Wyatt never wins a war, and Reigns has the odds (and crowd) stacked against him. Heyman foreshadowed Balor being a viable opponent for Brock Lesnar a few weeks ago, although Balor lost to Reigns that night.
I think Balor will come out on top and become the number one contender. I’m actually really hoping for that because I’d LOVE to see the booking in a Balor vs. Lesnar match due to the sheer size and power difference. How would Balor even last as long as Cena, Orton, or Reigns? I guess those are questions we can examine later on if my pick for this match comes out on top. Then again, could we see Wyatt come out on top as a surprise and be fed to Lesnar at the (awfully named) Great Balls of Fire PPV in July so a bigger match can be booked for Summerslam? We’ll know Sunday night.
Winner: Finn Balor