WWE Extreme Rules: Thoughts and Predictions

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WWE Extreme Rules: Thoughts and Predictions

It’s June, and time once again for the now-annual all-gimmick WWE pay-per-view event, Extreme Rules. 

Last month’s pay-per-view event, Judgment Day, resulted in a shattering blow to my prediction percentages, but hopefully I can boost it back up again with some good calls on this month’s event’s match-ups.

Judgment Day 2009: 2/7: .286
All-Time: 13/24: 0.542

 

The Matches

CM Punk vs. Umaga (Samoan strap match)
John Cena vs. Big Show (submission match)
Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. William Regal vs. Matt Hardy (US Title)
Christian vs. Jack Swagger vs. Tommy Dreamer (Hardcore rules, ECW title)
Vickie Guerrero vs. Santina Marella (hog pen match for ‘Miss WrestleMania’)
Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho (no holds barred, Intercontinental title)
Edge vs. Jeff Hardy (ladder match, World Heavyweight title)
Randy Orton vs. Batista (steel cage match, WWE title)

 

CM Punk vs. Umaga

This isn’t a bad feud; but I can’t say I understand where they are going with it, and I have a difficult time caring. Unless there is interference, I can’t see CM Punk winning this one legitimately. I mean, Umaga is 350 pounds, so I don’t see Punk dragging him around the ring to touch all four corners. 

The weight difference makes this a perfect match type for this feud, however. I don’t think we will see a Sting/Vader classic, but we will be pleasantly surprised, and Umaga will pick up the win here (I hope).

 

John Cena vs. Big Show

This is sort of intriguing.  In the wrestling equivalent to ‘two bulls in a china shop,’ two not-so-technical-savvy-brawlers face off in a submission match. 

The intrigue stops, however, when the realization occurs that Cena will probably win this and further damage any credibility Big Show has as a 7-foot-tall 500-pound monster heel.

 

Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. William Regal vs. Matt Hardy (US Title)

This is probably the best match Raw can offer viewers. That isn’t a knock at these four guys at all; in fact, they are a breath of fresh air after dealing with the torture of Vickie Guerrero promos. No matter who wins this match, all four wrestlers and every fan will win because it is likely to be a great match. 

I will however pick Kofi to retain, however, because it would be a travesty for him to lose the belt after winning it less than a week ago. I will point out that it’s humorous that WWE considers ‘fatal-four-way’ to be a gimmick.

 

Christian vs. Jack Swagger vs. Tommy Dreamer (ECW title)

As much as I’d love to see it happen, I can’t see Tommy Dreamer winning here.  He will take the fall and jump over to Raw or Smackdown, where he will be jobbed out and eventually released. 

Even though he has the heart and the name recognition, he’s just too damn slow and sloppy to be kept around for much longer. Swagger pins Dreamer and gets the heel heat for pushing Dreamer out of his ‘home.’ 

Christian and Swagger continue feuding.

 

Vickie Guerrero vs. Santina Marella (Miss WrestleMania)

Should I even bother for a pick on this? This sounds like how a Kayfabe Commentaries “Guest Booker: Vince Russo” DVD would pan out. Not pretty. Not in any way.

 

Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho (Intercontinental title)

If the fatal-four-way doesn’t steal the show, this match will. Jericho already holds the record for most Intercontinental championship reigns—eight—and will further that record with a win over Mysterio. 

Not that WWE really cares about preserving the history and dignity of World Championship Wrestling, but a rematch at next month’s pay-per-view, “The Bash,” would be a nice throwback to the old WCW days (The Great American Bash, now just known as The Bash, was an annual WCW event dating as far back as 1985).

 

Edge vs. Jeff Hardy (World Heavyweight title)

Jeff Hardy re-signed with WWE, so he’ll be around for a while longer.  He’s ‘over like rover,’ as they say, and it’s his turn for a second reign. This will be a great match, but a spot-fest; after all, it’s a Jeff Hardy match. 

It’s also a ladder match, and I expect both Edge and Jeff to pull out all the stops for this one.

 

Randy Orton vs. Batista (WWE title)

My percentage is going to take another massive hit I think, as I am picking all three world championships AND the Intercontinental championship to change hands. Batista will win, turn heel, and feud with Triple H. 

After all, it was Batista’s fault Triple H lost the WWE title (kayfabe).

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