WWE Extreme Rules 2013: Preview and Predictions from B/R's Evolution
With WrestleMania 29 said and done, we move forward to May's aftermath show that should not be overlooked by any means. As said in its explanatory title, most matches at Extreme Rules will be contested under a special stipulation.
With every competitor looking for vengeance from the greatest spectacle of the year, we look to analyze each bout and its potential to be worthy of watching or just fall flat. If history has taught us anything about this event, it's that it could certainly exceed expectations, but only time will tell.
Since turning heel the night after WrestleMania, Ryback has been a major thorn in the side of John Cena. Will Ryback finally capture the WWE Championship, or will Cena be able to put an end to Big Hungry's reign of terror?
In other action, Triple H will do battle with Brock Lesnar in a Steel Cage match. With this bout being a year in the making, which of these warriors will walk out of St. Louis with bragging rights?
Here, I am once again joined by the past, present and future of Bleacher Report to help me analyze tonight's electric pay-per-view with their intelligent insight on all things wrestling.
Without further ado, please allow me to introduce the recognizable talent of Jon Fisher and SiD, otherwise known as the Evolution of Bleacher Report, for the most jam-packed prediction article ever conducted.
Pre-Show: The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
GSM: It's sad to see The Miz go from headlining Extreme Rules in 2011 to being relegated to the pre-show two years later. However, it wouldn't be the first time, as he contended for the United States Championship against Santino Marella in the pre-show of last year's event.
His match against Cody Rhodes hardly has any build at all, but I still expect a good match from this two. Both young guns are great in-ring workers and should have a nice little match if given enough time. Miz just recently returned, and Rhodes has been irrelevant for the longest time, so I predict a victory for The Awesome One.
SiD: In the pre-show of the evening, The Miz will face Cody Rhodes. Surprisingly, the WWE is burying these superstars by not giving them an actual storyline, and while The Miz can go and film movies, Rhodes will be stuck losing to upper mid-card stars like Randy Orton and Sheamus.
Therefore, my prediction is that Cody Rhodes wins this bout, so that The Miz can go and film movies and Rhodes can have a legit push (or, knowing WWE, he could be buried more). Hopefully, Cody Rhodes wins the Intercontinental Championship or the Money in the Bank this year, since he does deserve it as one of the best talents on the roster.
Fisher: As much as I hate this, the Miz will make Rhodes tap, brother. Because, brother, Vince doesn't know good talent, brother. Rhodes is a bona-fide superstar, brother, while Miz is riding off coat-tails set by Ric Flair two months ago, brother. Do us all a favor, brother, go back to movies and out of the way of a real talent.
Overall Consensus: Miz 2, Rhodes-
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules)
GSM: I don't care about either guy at the moment; therefore, I haven't cared about this feud at all up to this point. Big Show hasn't meant much since losing the World Heavyweight Championship, while Randy Orton desperately needs to turn heel and revert back to his psychotic ways.
Their matches in the past haven't been anything special, but I expect the Extreme Rules stipulation to help make the match more entertaining. With Extreme Rules occurring in Orton's hometown, I fully expect him to emerge victorious here.
SiD: The Largest Athlete in the World, the Big Show will face Randy Orton to end this horrible feud. The WWE does not care about this feud and has provided up with very little build up, and therefore, even I don't care about this match. My prediction is that Orton wins the match and is stuck in the mid card again.
Fisher: Ha ha ha ha. This is such a joke. Randy Orton… FROM OUTTTAAAAA NOWHEREEEEEEEEEE! THAT'S MY BOIIII RAAAANDYYYYYYYYY! Booker T will come back outta nowhere to announce Randy Orton as the winner.
Overall Consensus: Orton 3, Show 0
Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose (United States Championship)
GSM: I was extremely disappointed to see Kofi Kingston win the United States Championship last month, as his reigns become more and more meaningless each time he holds the belt. Sure, he's an amazing athlete, but he's been so poorly booked in recent years that it's hard to take him seriously anymore.
Dean Ambrose, on the other hand, has a huge upside and can benefit from holding the star-spangled prize. I could see Kingston winning here to further the feud, but I think it's smarter to have Ambrose win the belt here and have every member of The Shield walk out of Extreme Rules with a title around their waist.
SiD: In my opinion, this is going to be one of the best wrestling bouts of the night, and maybe even the year. Kofi Kingston, who's recently on a hot streak after defeating Antonio Cesaro, is going to face the unofficial leader of the Shield: Dean Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose has been on a roll as of late and is prepared for Extreme Rules to face Kofi Kingston. The Shield will won both their matches to cement their dominance in the WWE. Therefore, I predict the 'Living Legend', Dean Ambrose to steal the pinfall and win the U.S. Championship.
Fisher: All of you Kofi marks will have to take a seat for the millionth time. Wow, I feel kind of bad. Ambrose will win as the Shield will capture the belts in one night, booking them PROPERLY! Anyone who believes The Shield is bad or is being booked poorly can go watch WCW highlights of David Arquette capturing the WCW Heavyweight belt on loop.
Overall Consensus: Ambrose 3, Kingston 0
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
GSM: While I may not be the biggest fan of Fandango, I do like how he's been able to get himself over since re-debuting in his latest moniker two months ago. Aside from their most recent dance-off, I've enjoyed the feud between Chris Jericho and Fandango thus far.
Their match at WrestleMania was well wrestled, but I have hope that their rematch will be even better. Fandango would lose nothing if he were to take a loss here, but since Jericho appears so infrequently, it would only make sense if Jericho once again does the job here.
SiD: One of the most interesting superstars in the WWE currently vs, one of the greatest legends in the world: Fandango will take on the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah, Chris Jericho. This feud has been building up for weeks, and Jericho has proved that he is a true legend, as he's giving a great push to Fandango via this feud.
There's no doubt in my mind that Fandango, after this feud, will hold a singles title, and that's all because of Jericho, but for now, this feud will end at Extreme Rules with the face getting his revenge. Hence, Chris Jericho will cheekily win the match clean, yet this loss would only help Fandango in the long run.
Fisher: I'm actually pumped for this match. Here is logic: Jericho isn't staying forever, and Fandango is McMahon's latest high school crush. So, ipso facto: I'm your boss (no White Goodman). Fandango will prevail.
Overall Consensus: Fandango-= 2, Jericho 1
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry (Strap Match)
GSM: It's been awhile since we've seen a Strap match (three years to be exact), so it feels fresh. That being said, Strap matches are known to be limited, so time will tell how good this bout will end up being. If there's anyone who can make the stipulation work, it's Sheamus and Mark Henry.
Their feud has been unsatisfying at times, as it didn't really start to heat up until two weeks ago. Both former World Champions are floundering at the moment, so either guy can emerge victorious here. Since Sheamus has gotten most of the momentum in recent weeks, I predict a win for Henry here, only to be blasted by a Brogue kick at the feet of the Celtic Warrior following the match.
SiD: One of the most intense rivalries in the WWE currently, Mark "Ratings" Henry will take on the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, in a strap match.
In this feud, roles have seemingly been reversed as Henry plays the heel, (yet face) and Sheamus plays the face (yet heel). Mark Henry needs to prove to the world why he still is the strongest man, and he should defeat the Great White to ignite the feud.
Fisher: Ahhh, fella. How about an Irish gig? Henry will do what he does best and lose. Sheamus continues his hot streak into another PPV not in the title hunt.
My prediction: Sheamus wins, Orton wins (spoiler alert), and the two feud. Orton turns heel, and the IWC can scream like school girls. In fact, Donna from That 70s Show looked good in a school girl dress.
Overall Consensus: Henry 2, Sheamus 1
Team Hell No vs. the Shield (Tornado Tag Team Match for WWE Tag Team Titles)
GSM: Of all the matches on the card, this is the bout that I'm most looking forward to. The Shield has proven to be unstoppable since WrestleMania, decimating everyone who has stepped foot in their path of destruction. Team Hell No have been WWE Tag Team Champions since September, so them losing the belts should be treated as a major deal.
Daniel Bryan and Kane have been a fun duo since then, but it's time for them to part ways and embark on singles careers once again. The Shield should run rampant on the tag team division with a win over Team Hell No at Extreme Rules.
SiD: The tag team bout on the card, Team Hell No, consisting of the "American Dragon" Daniel Bryan and the "Big Red Monster" Kane, will take on two of the members of the Shield: Roman Reigns, the power house, and Seth Rollins, the high flyer of the group, for the tag team championships.
Team Hell No have had a great tag team run so far, and have had the championships for nearly a year now and have managed to co-ext in peace, even due to the fact that they had anger management problems.
The Shield is an excellent faction, and Reigns and Rollins are two of its pivotal members. Reigns and Rollins have been tagging since their debut, alongside Dean Ambrose (who will compete later), and they know each other's strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, in my opinion, Rollins and Reigns will win the tag team championships on Sunday, as they mercilessly defeat Bryan and Kane.
Fisher: Easy. This will be the Shield's night. They dominate the duo, forcing Kane into obscurity and Daniel Bryan to the main event.
Overall Consensus: Shield 3, Hell No 0
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger (No. 1 Contender's "I Quit" Match)
GSM: As great as this match might be, I'm extremely disappointed we're not getting the Triple Threat Ladder match we were initially promised. Nonetheless, I remain hopeful that we will get that match at some point down the road.
Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger had a feud going even before Dolph Ziggler entered the title picture, so this isn't a random match in the slightest. Both SmackDown stars are submission specialists, which should make this match interesting. I can't see Swagger challenging Ziggler for the strap, so Del Rio winning here would only make sense.
SiD: A rivalry going on since Elimination Chamber, Del Rio and Swagger will have another match to determine the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
This match was originally supposed to be a World Heavyweight Championship ladder match, but due to the concussion suffered by Dolph Ziggler, the current World Championship will not compete, and thus he will be resting, as he sees his rivals compete for the No. 1 contender spot.
The face needs to win due to the balance in the feud; therefore, Alberto Del Rio will win, and Jack Swagger will continue to suffer due to his DUI.
Fisher: ADR will make Jack Swagger tap to the cross arm breaker. Swagger will say "I Quit" but be an American about it.
Overall Consensus: Del Rio 3, Swagger 0
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (Steel Cage Match)
GSM: While I personally believe this feud has overstayed its welcome, I commend WWE for being able to keep it consistent for over a year. I would have never thought when Brock Lesnar broke Triple H's arm last year that it would lead to the two having a match at the following year's Extreme Rules event.
Their last two matches were solid, but certainly not show stealers. Thus, I'm not sure if the Steel Cage will help the bout or hinder it. After losing to The Game at WrestleMania 29, Lesnar must win here, or he might never be able to recover.
SiD: In the fiercest rivalry in the WWE at present, the monster of destruction, accompanied by Paul Heyman, will take on the King of Kings, in a Steel Cage match. They have had three matches so far, and my gut tells me that we will see a best of five series with this being the third contest.
Therefore, to balance the scores out, I predict that Lesnar will win the match and would get a mind games advantage over the Game himself, to add fuel to the fire.
Fisher: Give me Brock Lesnar. The beast has looked lke a little girl since she returned. See what I did there? It will be Lesnar by climbing out of the cage and actually making him look relevant for the first time since 2002.
Overall Consensus: Lesnar 3, HHH 0
John Cena vs. Ryback (Last Man Standing Match for WWE Championship)
GSM: As big of a fan as I am of Ryback, I can't help but think that his heel turn thus far has been a complete and utter failure. He was so incredibly over as a face, so I'm baffled they turned him heel at the time that they did. John Cena needed a fresh opponent to work with, but I would have saved his highly anticipated feud with Ryback for later down the line.
The feud has been nothing to rave about up to this point, but there is a chance that the match will deliver.
Cena can't lose right now since he won the title in one of the biggest matches of his career at WrestleMania, and Ryback hasn't won a pay-per-view match since last July. Having this match go to a draw following interference from The Shield is the most logical scenario to kick the feud alive while protecting both gladiators.
SiD: Feed Me More vs You Can't See Me: The Champ, John Cena will defend his WWE Championship against the monster, the Ryback, in a Last Man Standing match. As Ryback turned heel, he got a load of momentum, and now he's set to win the WWE Championship.
Only John Cena stands in his path, and with his injury, Cena isn't even his 100 percent, and with Ryback as his opponent, expect Cena to lose . Right? Wrong. John Cena will overcome the odds and retain his championship somehow. Reason? He's John Cena.
Fisher: I'll have to go with Kevin Berge's opinion and say it will be a draw. Ryback won't beat Cena. Cena will sell the injury of his Achilles. Neither can be booked weak. Both will be down at the count of 10.
Overall Consensus: Draw 2, Cena 1, Ryback 0
Overall, this looks to be like a mildly entertaining show that could easily exceed my standards if booked correctly. Previous installments provided plenty of surprises for enjoyment, so one can only hope this year does much of the same.
Since this is the WrestleMania 29 backlash show, we are likely to witness a few feuds finally reach their climax and come to a close. A Divas match has yet to be added to the card, so don't be surprised if AJ Lee vs. Divas Champion Kaitlyn is announced to take place at the last minute.
I'd like to thank SiD and Jon Fisher for collectively participating in my Extreme Rules preview, both of whom put in valuable time and thought into making their respective predictions. Drop a comment with your thoughts going into the Extreme Rules and be sure to tune in tonight for the one night of the year that WWE goes extreme.