WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Predictions: Last-Minute Picks for Every Superstar
Extreme Rules is just hours away, and this is your destination for last-minute predictions.
This pay-per-view, or special event as WWE calls it now, has been built up into a show that could end up being one of the best we see all year.
Daniel Bryan and Kane will be squaring off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Big E will be defending his Intercontinental Championship against Bad News Barrett, and Paige will be defending her Divas Championship against Tamina.
In non-title matches we have Rob Van Dam taking on both former Real Americans in a Triple Threat match, John Cena will face Bray Wyatt inside a steel cage, Evolution will take on The Shield, and Alexander Rusev will face both R-Truth and Xavier Woods.
The pre-show will feature Hornswoggle facing his archenemy, El Torito, in a WeeLC match, whatever that is.
Let's go through the matches and I will try to provide some logical predictions.
Hornswoggle vs. El Torito
The pre-show match will feature El Torito and Hornswoggle squaring off in what is being called a WeeLC match.
Surprisingly, WWE has actually spent a decent amount of time building this feud. There have been several encounters leading up to this match, including the two trading wins in singles matches already.
El Torito is more versatile in the ring, but Hornswoggle has been in WWE for quite some time now. It's really hard to say who will pick up the win in this match, but my gut tells me it will be El Torito.
Paige vs. Tamina (Divas Title)
Putting the title on Paige has proven to be a good decision so far. She has shown a lot of versatility in the ring already and has a lot of the qualities WWE wants in its Divas.
Tamina seems to be a placeholder until AJ returns from hiatus, so Paige retaining seems like the most obvious outcome of this match.
Hopefully these two manage to put on a bout that highlights both of their stronger areas.
Alexander Rusev vs. Xavier Woods and R-Truth
WWE is basically building up Rusev how it built up Ryback when he first started. Putting him in handicap matches is a good way to make him look dominant, but he needs longer matches, not more opponents.
Rusev has already proven he has more athleticism than most men his size, but we have yet to see him in a match that tests his endurance and creativity.
This match probably won't last long, and Rusev picking up the win seems like the only direction WWE can go with this match.
Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
John Cena and Bray Wyatt have done a pretty good job building this feud over the past couple of months, and Extreme Rules might not even be the end.
The steel cage match they will have is likely to be more brutal than anything else, but we will finally see if Wyatt can unleash the beast in Cena.
Cena picked up the win at WrestleMania, so logic would usually dictate that Wyatt would get the win here, but that is not a guarantee.
WWE may make the decision to have Wyatt successfully make Cena snap, allowing him to beat Wyatt and pick up the win.
Wyatt's promos have driven this feud since it began, and he deserves a win at a PPV to keep his character looking like a real threat to top stars.
Wyatt is the likely winner here, but Cena beating Wyatt would not be a shocking outcome.
Jack Swagger vs. RVD vs. Cesaro
This feud started as the breakup story of The Real Americans. Then RVD came back, WWE had no idea what to do with him, and he ended up in the middle of this match.
Luckily, this might actually help things. Cesaro and Swagger are both very talented in many ways, but they don't have the high-flying capabilities of RVD. When you combine these three in one match, you have the potential for a show-stopper.
With where each man is in their current run, Cesaro seems like the best choice to win this match. He will probably pin Swagger so RVD can go without a loss before WWE finds something decent for him to do.
Big E vs. Bad News Barrett (IC Title Match)
Big E hasn't been champion for very long, but his reign has been uneventful so far. Bad News Barrett is in the beginning of a new push for his character, which makes him the favorite to win.
Langston does deserve a chance to be a good champion, but what we could have here is the beginning of a longer feud. WWE has been known to have people toss the title back and forth in the past, and we could see Barrett win the belt and then lose it again within a month or two.
Whatever the long-term plans might be, for now it looks like Barrett will probably be walking out as the new Intercontinental champion.
The Shield vs. Evolution
This will be one of the most talked-about matches in the wake of Extreme Rules. It's almost a dream match we never thought we would see.
Evolution represents the past and present top stars in the company, while The Shield are the future. Feuds like this are easy to like because they write themselves.
All six men will have something to contribute to this match, and while The Shield seem like the ones who should get the win, envisioning Evolution winning is not hard.
If WWE wants to extend this feud through another PPV, it might make sense to give the bad guys the first win and then have the good guys come back and get revenge at the next event.
The Shield will probably win, but it could go either way.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship match could easily steal the show at Extreme Rules, but the outcome seems pretty obvious.
Kane is a credible challenger to any champion, but he rarely closes the deal. He is used to give champions a hard-fought victory in order to make them look stronger as champions.
The way WWE has built this feud in a short amount of time has been fun to watch. The initial attack with three Tombstone Piledrivers was very entertaining, and the subsequent segments they have been involved in have been a return to form for Kane as the Big Red Monster.
Bryan will almost certainly win, but Kane will put up a good fight and make this a match to remember.
What are your Extreme Rules predictions?