WWE Extreme Rules 2012 Preview & Predictions
WWE presents Extreme Rules live this Sunday, April 29, on pay-per-view.
Extreme Rules is held in WWE Champion, CM Punk's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Like WrestleMania, the card looks to have three main event caliber matches in Lesnar vs. Cena, Punk vs. Jericho and Sheamus vs. Bryan.
There are seven matches scheduled for the card, plus one free pre-show match that can be seen on YouTube at 7:30 ET.
Five of those seven matches will see championship gold be put on the line.
United States Championship: The Miz vs. Santino Marella
This match will be available for free live stream on WWE.com as well as YouTube.
It's hard to believe that just last year Miz went into Extreme Rules as the defending WWE Champion. Now, he finds himself competing for the US Championship on a YouTube pre-show.
Given the fact that this match hasn't had any hype and is a pre-show after all, I see Santino keeping his title. There's no reason for Miz to win. Plain and simple.
Miz's stretch of bad luck will continue and Santino will leave with his Chicago championship intact.
Winner: Still Champion, Santino Marella
Divas Championship: Beth Phoenix vs. Nikki Bella
Let me just say that Nikki Bella actually made the Divas Championship somewhat interesting again. Before, Beth's reign dragged on and she rarely made TV appearances and rarely defended the title.
Then Nikki comes along and wins the title? Okay, now I'm interested.
(Okay, feel free to make fun of me now. Yes, I try to care about the Divas. What? Someone has to.)
With Beth's recent "injury" (real or fake injury), I think Nikki will retain the title.
As we've seen on RAW, Beth looked like she landed on her ankle the wrong way which ultimately cost her the championship in the first place. Factor in "twin magic" and I think the Bellas should keep their title.
Winner: Still Champion, Nikki Bella
God, all this twin magic and cheating is giving the Bellas some bad karma, if you know what I mean.
Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show
As of right now, this match does not even have a stipulation.
According to WWE.com, the stipulation will be chosen at random courtesy of the notorious roulette wheel.
Hell, we could see the title be defended in a "Body Slam" match. Or an over the top rope challenge. Maybe even a damn pillow fight! Too far? Yeah, I thought so too.
I wouldn't be too surprised to see that roulette wheel "randomly" stop on a body slam challenge or something along those lines. The stipulation will be determined on the free live stream via YouTube.
Whatever the stipulation, I picture Big Show picking up the win.
Winner: Still Champion, Big Show
Big Show retaining his championship could possibly end this feud and allow Cody Rhodes to receive that main event push a lot of fans are waiting to see.
Kane vs. Randy Orton
This feud has gotten so out of hand, Paul Bearer died for the 200th time because of it.
Like the previous slide before, this is also a WrestleMania rematch. Well, their second WrestleMania rematch. On SmackDown, we've seen that Orton is able to defeat the "Big Red Monster".
This Falls Count Anywhere stipulation adds some more interest to the match. It could end in the ring, on the announce table (for some reason), in the parking lot or another over-sized freezer.
Either way, this feud is burning up. It's coming to an end and I see "The Viper" Randy Orton emerging from this feud victorious.
Winner: Randy Orton
After this feud it'll be interesting to see where either guy goes.
World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
I predict Sheamus will catch D-Bryan off guard with a Brogue Kick, pin him and get a six count from the referee—the six count making up for two of the three matches. Match is over before Bryan can say, "YES! YES! YES!"
Winner: I'm just kidding.
If WWE actually gives this match a proper amount of time, it has all the potential to be the best match of the night. Sheamus and Daniel Bryan are two of the best workers on SmackDown right now.
I'd imagine they split the falls. Both guys chalk up at least one fall against each other.
Now, let's take a little twist:
AJ comes out and either tries to help Bryan and it backfires, costing him the title and the match; or, she intentionally screws him over which explains the new No Way Out poster that was released.
By the end of the match, I expect WWE's "Yes Man" to be screaming, "NO! NO! NO!"
Winner: Still Champion, Sheamus
WWE Championship: Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
This was my favorite match from WrestleMania XXVIII, so you're damn-right I want to see this one.
It will be a Chicago Street Fight in front of Punk's hometown crowd. Maybe even Punk's mom, dad, sister and longtime friend, Colt Cabana will be in attendance. Who knows?
I'm still figuring out how a Chicago Street Fight is different from any other street fight...
I'm not exactly sure who'll leave Chi-town as WWE Champion.
On one hand, there's CM Punk. He's fighting in front of his home crowd and everyone would love to see him beat the crap out of Chris Jericho (again).
The downside is that after Punk is finished with Jericho, I can't imagine who'll step up and be his next opponent.
Also, with rumors of Jericho going on tour with his band, Fozzy, I'm not sure WWE would give him the belt before leaving for sometime again.
When in doubt, home-field advantage, right?
Winner: Still Champion, CM Punk
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Depending on Brock Lesnar, this match could be really good or really bad.
This is his first wrestling match in, what, eight years? Surely he has some ring rust. We've even seen an example of it when he bloodied Cena on RAW a few weeks ago.
Well, Brock did say this was just a fight. He's coming to hurt Cena and nothing more...
I think Lesnar should win because Lesnar is being treated as WWE's biggest star. As we've seen on RAW, he wanted everything in the WWE to revolve around him. And John Laurinitis granted him all of his demands.
The Extreme Rules stipulation should also benefit Brock more than Cena because Lesnar has those connections with the RAW (and SmackDown) general manager. Maybe Lord Tensai will show up.
This should be nothing more than a fight, as Lesnar said. A fight that he's going to win.
I expect to see big things coming Lesnar's way in coming months and the WWE needs to keep him strong through it all.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
There you have it. All of my predictions rolled into one slideshow.
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