Extreme Rules Preview

Kevin EcklingtonContributor IJune 7, 2009

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:   World Heavyweight Champion Edge (L) pleads to Batista during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

WWE champion Randy Orton vs. Batista in a Steel Cage Match

Orton will find a way to retain the title; he always does, and this should be the night Triple H returns from his lay off and gets involved in the finish.


World heavyweight champion Edge vs. Jeff Hardy in a Ladder Match

Pity it is not a TLC match, but Hardy set the bar high when he pretty much promised on Smackdown that this match would be a classic.

The way the story line has played out makes it appear that there is a good chance of Hardy winning the title, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

For one thing, Hardy reportedly has still not agreed with WWE on a new contract (6 months left), so it would be risky for the company to put the belt on a guy who may be gone in a couple months.

Plus, Edge has had too many short title reigns and the time is right for him to hold the championship for a while. Regardless of the outcome, this is almost certain to be the best match on the card.


John Cena vs. The Big Show in a Submission Match

The focus during the buildup to this match has been on how Big Show is too large for Cena to get the STF on. Once again, Cena will find a way and come out victorious. I would love to see this end quickly, these two lumbering hulks bore me to tears.


Intercontinental champion Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho in a No Holds Barred Match

If not for the Ladder Match being on the card, this one would probably be the show-stealer.

I think Jericho wins the title and forces Mysterio to put his mask on the line to get a rematch (which is exactly what I thought would happen when these two wrestled last month at Judgment Day).

And I am looking forward to see what Jericho calls the fans next, malaginous?


CM Punk vs. Umaga in a Samoan Strap Match

This one could go either way. I think Punk overcomes the odds and gets the victory and he uses the strap on Umaga.


ECW champion Christian vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Jack Swagger in a Hardcore Match

It wouldn’t surprise me if Dreamer, the sentimental favorite (to some), wins the title, but I think the belt is going back to Swagger.

Winning the title and forcing Dreamer to retire would increase Swagger’s heel heat. Plus, come on, Dreamer if finished.

He was never any good in ECW or WWF or WWE. And has always been little more than a joke character. Come on, Christian and Jack.


U.S. champion Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy vs. MVP vs. William Regal

I don’t see MVP getting the belt back or Regal winning, but I suppose there is a chance that Hardy could go over.

Kingston has some momentum, though, so I think he’ll retain the title. I think that Matt still has a part to play with Jeff, so expect some backstage altercation at some point.


Vickie Guerrero vs. Santina Marella in a Hog Pen Match

This should be pretty funny. I have to go with “Ms.” Marella, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Chavo Guerrero ended up in the slop with his aunt. Excuuuuuuuuusssssssssseeeeeee meeeeee.