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    Sunday, July 15, 2018

    Extreme Rules 2018 Predictions Pls: An Extremely Long B-Show

    For everyone with four hours to spend on Monday (Manila Time), WWE has the perfect show for you. For one night only, RAW and SmackDown Live will go extreme... at least to some extent. Join us as new RAW reviewer Jofer Serapio and has-been SmackDown Live reviewer Ricky Publico reveal their predictions for the entire card. Let's just hope things don't get too extreme between these two.

    WWE Championship Match: Rusev (w/ Aiden English) vs. AJ Styles (c)

    Ricky’s Pick: Rusev. If there’s someone who deserves to get a Jinder Mahal push, it’s Rusev. So have at it, WWE. Let’s shock the world one more time by giving the WWE Championship to another oddball foreigner. Besides, with the following this guy already has, running a risky experiment like this would be a more fruitful endeavor than the last one. Rusev Day any day!

    Jofer’s Pick: AJ Styles. It’s too late for Rusev Day. If this match had been a couple of months ago—while everyone was still yelling “Rusev Day” at everything and not just when Team Rusev’s around—then maybe I’d have more confidence with Rusev going into this one. As it stands, it’s going to be Styles versus Samoa Joe in an extended and awesome feud after tomorrow, so thank you, Rusev, for coming. One day, it will be your day. It just won’t be at Extreme Rules.

    30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler (c) (w/ Drew McIntyre)

    Ricky’s Pick: Does it matter at this point? Put this match in the main event, please! A match so good both on paper and in execution, a 30-minute Rollins vs. Ziggler is worth the subscription price already. I don’t really care who wins this one. They can both carry the Intercontinental Championship to new heights anyway. To up the ante, how about a betrayal from Drew McIntyre?

    Jofer’s Pick: Yes, it matters, Ricky! I mean, Dolph Ziggler. I’m going with Dolph Ziggler. Why? Because it’s too soon for Drew McIntyre to turn on Ziggler at this point. I mean, we don’t even have that Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose versus Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre tag team match yet. Ambrose is going to return at this PPV—don’t quote me on this—then he'll try to help Rollins by taking on McIntyre, but that’ll backfire because while Rollins is enjoying Ambrose versus McIntyre at ringside, Ziggler will take the opportunity to Zig-Zag his way to a successful title defense. Match of the night, 100%.

    SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (Rowan & Harper) (c)

    Ricky’s Pick: Team Hell No. Aside from a reunion tour, this latest run seems to be a farewell tour for everyone’s favorite demon and *NSYNC lover Kane. I wouldn’t mind seeing him win some gold one last time. Besides, the reign of The Bludgeon Brothers hasn't been that exciting anyway. That’s what you get when you’re too OP (out of place) in a division where there are only a few credible names to feud with. So yeah, let the nostalgia act win before D-Bry eventually deals with The Miz.

    Jofer’s Pick: The Bludgeon Brothers. With Daniel Bryan’s contract re-signing still an uncertainty and Kane being the mayor of Knox County, I don’t think Team Hell No will win the titles. I still think it’s going to be Bryan vs. Miz at SummerSlam to further his sort-of retirement tour. Team Hell No will just be a one-off reunion leg on said tour, so I’m going with the champs retaining tomorrow. The Bludgeon Brothers versus SAnitY versus The Usos versus The New Day will be the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match at SummerSlam.

    Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns

    Jofer’s Pick: Roman Reigns. Welcome back to the WWE, Bob. Thanks for putting Roman over. See you at the Hall of Fame.

    Ricky’s Pic—Roman Reigns, duh. Next.

    Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens

    Jofer’s Pick: Braun Strowman. As much as I’d love for my best friend in the whole wide world, Kevin Owens, to win this match, Strowman has plot armor on his side in the Money in the Bank briefcase. I mean, why would you have Mr. Money Monster in the Bank lose to someone who doesn’t really have anything going on right now? At the very least, Owens has been doing his part to make this feud hilarious. It’s time for Strowman to do his part and cash-in on Reigns at SummerSlam, when The Big Dog inevitably takes that Universal Championship off of Brock Lesnar to make Reigns more sympathetic. At least on paper.

    Ricky’s Pick: Braun Strowman. Because seriously, how can Owens win at this point? He’s gonna roll him up? Beat him with a chair? Smash a ladder on his opponent's head? So yeah, thanks for coming, Owens. See you next week on RAW since we all know you can still work the next night after a grueling match.

    Extreme Rules Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss (c) (w/ Mickie James)

    Jofer’s Pick: Alexa Bliss. Ronda Rousey’s at ringside, right? My best bet is for Rousey to accidentally cost Nia Jax the match when she goes after Bliss. Jax won’t see it as help, because it isn’t, so they'll butt heads in the middle of that ring, Bliss pushes Jax onto Rousey then rolls her challenger up for the win. By that time, either Jax or Rousey would’ve already murdered Mickie James at ringside. Classic.

    Ricky’s Pick: Alexa Bliss. Isn’t this an elaborate segment to boost Ronda Rousey more than anyone else? She’ll be at ringside for this match. I bet she’ll behave herself and watch the action from outside like a true fan. Right?

    SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Asuka vs. Carmella (c) (James Ellsworth will be suspended above the ring in a shark cage)

    Ricky’s Pick: James Ellsw… I mean, Carmella. Why are the women matches so bland? Alexa Bliss for the nth time on the RAW side, and now this? You might as well have Ellsworth defend the title against Asuka because, of course, he’ll find a way to provide the much-needed distraction. That’s the only way to defeat Asuka, right? I suddenly wish Asuka’s legendary streak didn’t end last April.

    Jofer’s Pick: Carmella. At NXT TakeOver: Toronto, then-manager of the Authors of Pain, Paul Ellering, was suspended above the ring in a shark cage during the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament final match between the Authors of Pain and TM-61. Who won that match? The Authors of Pain. At the 2017 Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho was suspended above the ring in a shark cage during the No Disqualification match for the WWE Universal Championship between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns. Who won that match? Jericho’s best friend, Kevin Owens. I’m betting on history this time around for James Ellsworth to sneak his way out of that cage and help Carmella retain, probably with that spray from last week coming into play.

    United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy (c)

    Ricky’s Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura. Let me guess—he’ll will win the United States Championship by giving Hardy a stiff low blow unbeknownst to the referee, followed by a Kinshasa to the back of the head. But it’ll be ten times more hilarious when he ends up losing this one yet again. Oh, Shin. We all had high hopes for you.

    Jofer’s Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura. Here’s the thing: Nakamura lost all his title matches against AJ Styles and a win like this would really help him get back on track. His heel work is entertaining and superb. Meanwhile, Hardy has been looking like he needs some time off from the grind. Take the title off Hardy to give him a much-needed vacation, and then put it on Nakamura so he can keep low-blowing everyone you throw at him until you realize he deserves to be back in the world title picture.

    RAW Tag Team Championship Match: The B-Team (Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas) vs. Deleters of Worlds (Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt) (c)

    Jofer’s Pick: Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas. I did touch upon this match on my review of this past week's RAW go-home show and my prediction has not changed. I know some people might’ve already grown tired of the whole cosplay thing; but the champs did murder the B-Team on the final RAW before this PPV. Is Bray Wyatt even 100% okay after that car crash? The B-Team wins this for the weird celebration post-match.

    Ricky’s Pick: The B-Team. Because why the fuck not?

    Finn Bálor vs. Constable Baron Corbin

    Jofer’s Pick: Finn Bálor. I’m not really into this Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass copy-paste feud. If you remember Cass’ whole schtick against Bryan, it was that he was tall and Bryan was small; which is pretty much what Corbin has been saying week in and week out against Bálor. To further the whole “homage,” so to speak, Bálor should beat Corbin clean in this match, except while smiling throughout.

    Ricky’s Pick: Baron Corbin. Then the next night on RAW, Balor will challenge Corbin to a rematch at SummerSlam in his demon form because apparently, Corbin has only beaten the man. He has yet to face… the Demon King. It’s probably the only way to make this rushed feud interesting. Book it, Vince!

    Kick-Off Match: Tables Match: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) vs. SAnitY (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, and Killian Dain)

    Ricky’s Pick: The New Day. I get it now. SAnitY is breaking the status quo of dominating monster stables. Their plan is to lose a lot, then pick up major wins later on. So go ahead, New Day, destroy these rebellious suckas. Y’all just playing right into their hands.

    Jofer’s Pick: SAnitY. I have to go with my wayward NXT call-up boys here, sans Nikki Cross unfortunately. SAnitY has to win this match, considering how terrible their streak has been since they arrived on SmackDown Live. They’ve lost too many matches already, making them less credible than they ought to be. A win against The New Day here would really go a long way.

    Kickoff Match: Andrade "Cien" Almas (w/ Zelina Vega) vs. Sin Cara

    Ricky's Pick: Andrade "Cien" Almas. Why did SmackDown Live get all the kickoff shows? Why can't we move Bálor vs. Corbin here at the bottom? Anyway, the least they could do for this match is to give Almas more time to show what he can do. Hopefully, after this forgettable feud, we can put El Ídolo in a storyline more suitable for his caliber.

    Jofer's Pick: 
    Andrade "Cien" Almas. Sin Cara is sadly going nowhere and El Ídolo needs to get in on that U.S. Title picture to give the main roster its dose of five-star matches. Now that's tranquilo.

    There you have it, folks. Our reviewers sure have a lot of opinions about this PPV. What about you? Who are your picks for Extreme Rules? Will you watch the entire show from start to finish? Sound off at the comments below. Let's hear it from you guys!

    Photos from WWE.com


    Ricky Jay Publico (@NitPickRick) is a wrestling fan who enjoys watching high flyers and brawlers battle it out in the ring. A frequent Botchamania binge-watcher, he claims to have memorized the chronological order of Royal Rumble winners, but fails to remember who won in 2004. He writes stories about life and nonsense.

    Jofer Serapio (@JoferSerapio) is just some guy on the Internet who writes a bunch of unrelated stuff. Like Sasha Banks, his favorite wrestler is Eddie Guerrero. Unlike Sasha Banks, he's never going to get attacked by his best friend because Kevin Owens is too busy running away from Braun Strowman. He's into NXT, Lucha Underground, WWE, NJPW, Ring of Honor, and (gasp) Impact Wrestling. Guy does not discriminate. Guy just whines a lot.
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