WWE Extreme Rules: WWE '12 Simulation and Predictions
Back again, ladies and gents! This time I took to my Xbox 360 to see how the console would predict this Sunday's Extreme Rules pay-per-view matches.
For the matches, I simply selected the superstars and divas and plugged them in to a simulated match. Along with the breakdown of the match simulations, I'll toss in my two cents as well.
So sit back, relax and enjoy!
Diva's Championship: Beth Phoenix vs. Nikki Bella
The Glamazon Wins Back Her Title....Virtually
Whether Beth's ankle injury was legit or planned, the virtual Beth certainly fought through the pain, and Nikki Bella, with ease.
The simulation was all Beth, all the time, dominating Nikki Bella with high impact moves until finally hitting the Glam Slam to retain her Diva's Championship.
But will the real match on Sunday tell the same tale? I vote yes. The Bellas contracts are up soon and rumors are that they won't be resigning. Due to that, and the fact that I actually WANT to watch Kharma and Beth, I'm thinking there is a good chance Eve will have some hand in the match and possibly bringing Kharma in somehow.
US Championship: Miz vs. Santino
The Miz Puts an End to Santino's Title Run
The Miz has returned to one-on-one pay-per-view action! But how will "The Awesome One" do against Santino?
According to the simulation, he'll do very well. The match was back and forth early on until Santino chained together a few moves and had his Cobra ready to deploy. The Miz was some how able to counter the Milan Miracle's devastating finisher. The Miz countered into a skull crushing finale which won him the match, and the United States Championship.
The simulation liked the Miz but what about Sunday? Will the Miz be able to pull off a victory and start his climb back to the top, or will Santino continue his title reign?
I can't really see a great reason for Santino to drop his title. The fans LOVE Santino, and it gives him a reason to have pay-per-view matches, which he has yet to be a major disappointment in.
Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show
Good to see that virtual Big Show is still healthy enough to chokeslam
Hopefully the match on Sunday will be a little more exciting than the simulation. With the stipulation yet to be announced, the simulation was just a normal one-on-one match. Rhodes was in control for a majority of the match, all the way up until Big Show kicked out after Rhodes hit Cross Rhodes. Show then took over, building to the Show Stopper Chokeslam for the 1-2-3.
Big Show kept the strap in the simulation, but will he Sunday? I say definitely. Cody Rhodes, in my opinion, is ready for bigger and better things. Rhodes is one of the best superstars in the business, and if WWE is going to book him as such, he doesn't need the IC Title around his waist.
Randy Orton vs. Kane: Falls Count Anywhere
Kane gets Orton outside of the ring to end the match.
This simulation was pretty simple. Kane dominated early, Orton fought back and took Kane outside of the ring, Kane hit a Choke slam on the "pavement" for the win.
Expect Sunday's match to be a little more interesting. Falls Count Anywhere matches usually involve a good 5-10 minutes of "fighting" into the crowd, backstage, and all around. I also feel that Randy Orton will exact revenge on the Big Red Monster after his WrestleMania 28 Loss.
WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho: Chicago Street Fight
Street Fight Simulation....in...a...parking lot.
A Chicago street-fight, eh? WWE '12 hasn't added that stipulation sadly so I had to settle with a "Free Brawl" match in the parking lot. The match is won only by KO by using the environment to weaken your opponent.
The match in its very short entirety can be seen above, was back and forth for the majority until Jericho got the upper hand throwing Punk into a car and ending the match. Jericho won the simulation but what will the dangerous Chicago streets bring on Sunday?
I like the simulation in this case. CM Punk losing the title in front of his family in Chicago? What could stoke the fire between these two more than that? We'll have to wait for Sunday to see.
World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus: 2/3 Falls
Sheamus was virtually handing out Brogue Kicks like they were going out of style.
This simulation was a bit more exciting than the others. Sheamus and Bryan went back and forth until Sheamus pulled a brogue kick out of no where to earn the first fall. After countering an Irish Curse backbreaker, Bryan started to fight back "firing up" with a kip-up and his comeback sequence until Sheamus again laid Bryan out with a Brogue Kick for the win.
Overall, I don't see the match on Sunday following the simulation. I'm expecting the match to go to the third fall and for Daniel Bryan to do his best to get Sheamus to hit the ref. I expect Sheamus to retain the title unless the Yes Man can withstand some of the Celtic Warrior's high impact maneuvers.
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena: Extreme Rules Match
This simulation was one of the better ones of the virtual pay-per-view. The match was back and forth for the first 3-5 minutes, which was when Lesnar started dominating. Cena finally escaped the monster long enough to grab a chair, only to have it stolen by Lesnar. Lesnar then dropped Cena with a few chair shots complete with a belly to belly suplex onto the chair. Lesnar then hit the F5 and continued Cena's losing streak.
Again, I think this simulation got the outcome correct. Lesnar is going to win, look dominant, and so Laurinaitis can keep pushing him as the new face of the WWE. I expect Cena to put up more of a fight, obviously, and to bust out the padlock and chain before losing the match to Lesnar, and possibly more of Laurinaitis' cronies.
The simulation wasn't all bad outcome-wise, but we'll have to wait for Sunday to truly know.
What do you think of the results? Are they right on or way off? Let me know what you think is going to happen!
Also, if you felt the urge to simulate the matches on your own, what happened? Anything crazy?
Overall, I had fun and I hope you did! Thanks for reading!