WWE Extreme Rules 2013: Predicting a Night WWE Goes to the Extreme
WWE presents Extreme Rules, live on pay-per-view tonight!
The Extreme Rules PPV made its debut in 2009 with Jeff Hardy defeating Edge in a Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship, but it also saw CM Punk cash in Money in the Bank briefcase to take the title from Hardy.
From 2005 to 2008, though, the event was One Night Stand. Originally ECW reunion shows, One Night Stand was exactly like Extreme Rules only with a different name.
Since its inception, the event has seen many extreme-style matches take place, including: Steel Cage matches, Ladder matches, Last Man Standing matches and Extreme Rules matches. This year’s event will be no different as the nine matches announced, one of which is on the YouTube pre-show, five will feature an extreme stipulation.
Three of WWE’s six titles will also be on the line year as fans see the WWE, United States and Tag Team Championships defended.
Here is the card for the 2013 Extreme Rules and who I think is going to win!
Pre-Show: The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
This past Monday on Raw, The Miz made his first appearance since losing the Intercontinental Championship the night after WrestleMania. He was victorious in his return match against 3MB leader Heath Slater and is now looking to get his career back on track.
Then there is Cody Rhodes, who hasn’t really done much in recent memory. He hasn’t been in the title scene of any singles belt since losing the Intercontinental Championship around this time last year.
His team with Damien Sandow failed at winning the Tag Team Championship on multiple occasions, and now they may no longer be a team. Then again, they might be. WWE can’t seem to make up their minds.
Since Rhodes’ career seems to be going nowhere at the moment, I think it’s safe to say that The Miz will be winning this.
Winner: The Miz
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Before WrestleMania, Chris Jericho made fun of Fandango’s name. That’s all it took to set up a feud between the two, and both Superstars have been at each other’s throats ever since.
At WrestleMania, Fandango defeated the six-time World champion, which did not sit too well with Jericho. While the lead singer of Fozzy would get the upper hand here and there against Fandango, the dancing Superstar has had all of the momentum.
Whether he attacked Jericho before or after a match, or tricked him this past Monday on Raw during a dance-off, Fandango has had Y2J’s number.
Chris Jericho is the best kind of veteran. He doesn’t come in, wrestle a few big matches and then disappear; Jericho does what a veteran should be doing, which is putting over the current crop of WWE Superstars. Since his return last January, he has yet to win a single big match. He has put over the likes of CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler, and now he’s doing the same for Fandango.
While logic says that Jericho will finally defeat Fandango to gain some revenge, I think he’ll continue to put others over. That’s why I feel that this match will go to Fandango.
Randy Orton vs. the Big Show: Extreme Rules Match
At WrestleMania, Randy Orton and Sheamus teamed up with The Big Show to take on Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield. Orton would steal a tag from Big Show, and that ultimately led to The Shield picking up the victory.
Big Show hit the Viper with a WMD knockout punch, and later revealed that if he was tagged in, they would have won. Orton said Big Show turned on him, but Big Show claims Orton turned on him. Basically, they have blaming each other for their respective problems. Kind of like Ryback complaining about John Cena and Cena blaming The Rock for all of his issues last year.
The two have one-upped each other since then with a KO punch here and an RKO there.
Both wrestlers can be boring in the ring at times, and putting them together could be quite the snooze-fest. Thankfully the Extreme Rules stipulation is attached to this match, so that should make things quite intense.
As for the winner, it really could go either way. The only thing to gain from a victory is revenge, which is something both guys are looking for. I’m going to flip a coin on this one.
Winner: Randy Orton
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry: Strap Match
As The Big Show shifted his focus mainly on Randy Orton, that left Sheamus without a fight. Then out of nowhere, Mark Henry attacked him backstage. It was like that for a few weeks until they started competing in various strongman competition-like events.
Each time, though, Sheamus would just embarrass Henry. He would let go of the rope on a tug-of-war and punch Henry in the head during an arm wrestling contest. After Henry whipped Sheamus with a belt last week on Raw, this Strap Match was made for the event.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good, old fashioned Strap Match in WWE. The last one I can remember was at the 2010 Extreme Rules between JTG and Shad Gaspard. Since that match lasted less than five minutes, and featured two lower-card wrestlers, I tend not to count it.
Both Sheamus and Henry are beasts in the ring. Put a leather strap in their hands and fans are going to get an intense match.
When it comes to choosing a winner, it’s hard to say. Both are in the main event scene, but neither has had a title shot in quite some time. A victory for either puts them back up the ladder towards a title shot.
When it comes down to it, though, one of them has a bit more to prove. Henry could easily drag Sheamus across the ring to touch the turnbuckles, but due to his overall size, Sheamus could have trouble doing the same.
A victory for the Celtic Warrior shows off his strength, which is what I think it going to happen.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar: Steel Cage Match
At SummerSlam last year, Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H and broke his arm. Both disappeared from WWE television afterwards, not making another appearance until 2013.
Lesnar would break the hip of Vince McMahon with an F-5, which gave Triple H a reason to return. In a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania, the Game defeated him and also knocked him out during the match.
With both wrestlers owning a victory over the other, Paul Heyman challenged Triple H on behalf of Lesnar to a Steel Cage match at Extreme Rules. Triple H accepted, and after Lesnar destroyed his office at WWE Headquarters, and Triple H gained momentum by besting him in a brawl inside the cage on Raw, both are ready to tear each other apart.
Steel Cage matches are always unpredictable, but I think that this one is an easy one. Since returning last year, Lesnar has wrestled a total of three matches. Two of those matches he lost, the first to John Cena at last year’s Extreme Rules and the second to Triple H.
The Game has nothing to gain from a victory here, but Lesnar certainly does. He needs this victory. Another loss for him will not benefit Triple H in the long run, but it would certainly hurt Lesnar. So I’m giving this match to Brock Lesnar.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger: No. 1 Contender’s I Quit Match
At WrestleMania, Alberto Del Rio retained his World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger. The following night on Raw, Swagger took out his frustrations on Del Rio and injured his leg. That gave Dolph Ziggler the opportunity to finally cash in his Money in the Bank contract to win the title.
Since then, all three guys have been at each other’s throats. A Triple Threat match for Extreme Rules was made, and a Ladder match stipulation was soon added. Ladders went flying afterwards, with Swagger taking out everyone in his path with one. It would be his foot that would change the match, though.
Last week on SmackDown, Ziggler went for some revenge on Swagger by grabbing the ladder, but before he could, Swagger kicked him in the head. That kick caused an injury serious enough to put the champion on the shelf.
This past Monday on Raw, Teddy Long declared that the Triple Threat was off, but that Del Rio and Swagger would meet in an I Quit match to determine the No. 1 contender.
While Swagger is the most interesting he’s been in year thanks to Zeb Colter, I just can’t see him winning the match. The World champion is a heel, so it makes sense to me that his challenger will be a babyface.
Since turning Swagger and Colter babyface would make zero sense, a win for Del Rio seems likely. Also, Del Rio never actually got his one-on-one rematch. This match will go to Alberto Del Rio.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose: WWE United States Championship
Title Defended at Extreme Rules: Three times
Successfully: Two times
Last week on Raw, Dean Ambrose pinned United States champion Kofi Kingston in a six-man tag match, and that is how this match came about.
The Shield are on top of the world right now. They have defeated some of WWE’s top stars, including John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus and even The Undertaker. It’s about time WWE puts a belt on at least one of them.
In Extreme Rules’ four-year history, the WWE United States Championship has been defended three times, and two champions have successfully defended it. History is in Kingston’s corner, but that’s not going to matter.
Even though Kingston is a talented in-ring performer, when he’s holding a championship, I see him as nothing more than a transitional champion. I think that this reign is no different. A member of The Shield will get his first taste of WWE gold here.
Winner and New Champion: Dean Ambrose
Team Hell No vs. the Shield: Tornado Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles
Title Defended at Extreme Rules: One time
Successfully: One time
Kane and Daniel Bryan of Team Hell No have been on the frontline ever since The Shield debuted. After attacking Ryback at Survivor Series in November, Team Hell No entered the fold and teamed with Ryback in a six-man TLC match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs the following month.
The Shield would keep Team Hell No in its sights, attacking them when the champions got in their way. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have all of the momentum as well. They have defeated the champions with The Undertaker by their side, as well as in singles matches.
The Shield are on quite the roll right now. With Ambrose taking on Kofi Kingston for the WWE United States Championship, this match goes to Rollins and Reigns.
At the past four Extreme Rules events, the WWE Tag Team Championship has only been defended once, but that one time saw the champions retain their belts. History is somewhat on Team Hell No’s side, but The Shield are on too much of a roll to lose this match.
Much like I think Ambrose will be taking the United States Championship, Rollins and Reigns will win the Tag Team Championship here. The Shield’s takeover will definitely gain a lot of steam at this event.
Winners and New Champions: The Shield
John Cena vs. Ryback: Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship
Title Defended at Extreme Rules: Four times
Successfully: Two times
The night after WrestleMania saw Ryback attack and lay out WWE champion John Cena. Blaming Cena for his past issues with The Shield, Ryback spoke out against the face of the WWE.
Despite doing the same in terms of The Rock just weeks beforehand, Cena condemned Ryback for not taking responsibility for his own problems. The situation would see Ryback stand back and watch The Shield attack Cena on a few occasions.
When given the opportunity to choose a stipulation, the champion declined to do so. That led to the challenger picking the Last Man Standing stipulation for the match, and a few chair shots to Cena as well.
Looking at the history of the event, the WWE Championship has been defended at all four Extreme Rules events, and only two champions have retained. History gives Cena a 50-50 chance.
WWE has a lame history when it comes to Last Man Standing matches, though. Whether it was Cena duct taping Batista to the ring post or Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez duct taping The Big Show to the bottom rope, endings in WWE Last Man Standing matches tend to be lackluster.
This match is going to come down to either interference or a roll of duct tape. Cena has lost two previous Last Man Standing matches due to interference, so if Ryback wins the WWE Championship, it will be due to some help.
My guess would be The Shield, which will reveal Ryback as their leader and give the group three major championships in the process (assuming my other two predictions are correct).
Since Cena just won the title not too long ago, and my faith in WWE of giving us a duct tape or similar ending, I’m giving this match to John Cena.
Winner and Still Champion: John Cena