WWE Extreme Rules 2011: Thoughts and Predictions on This Sunday's PPV
***CONTAINS SMACKDOWN SPOILERS***
It's the one night a year that WWE goes Extreme, but not really. It's kind of laughable that WWE still try to market a hardcore wrestling PPV in an age that doesn't allow roughly 75 percent of actions required to make matches hardcore.
I say this every year, but WWE should just drop this PPV and work on something from scratch and not based around one match type.
Last year saw the infamous duct tape incident that pretty much threw oil onto the fire that was Cena hate. This year promises a few worthy matches and considering the overall disappointment that was WrestleMania 27, WWE needs to hit a home run this time.
Last year's card looked like this:
The Hart Dynasty Def. ShoMiz in a 3-on-1 Tag Team Gauntlet Match to become No. 1 Contenders to the Tag Team Championship (other included teams were John Morrison and R-Truth along with MVP and Mark Henry)
CM Punk Def. Rey Mysterio to avoid getting his head shaved
JTG Def. Shad Gaspard in a Strap Match
World Heavyweight Championship: Jack Swagger(c) Def. Randy Orton in an Extreme Rules Match
Sheamus Def. Triple H in a Street Fight
Women's Championship: Beth Phoenix Def. Michelle McCool (c) in an Extreme Makeover Match
Edge Def. Chris Jericho in a Cage Match
WWE Championship: John Cena (c) Def. Batista in a Last Man Standing Match
Jerry Lawler and J.R. vs. Michael Cole and Jack Swagger (Country Whipping Match)
Please let this be the final match of this feud. I tolerated the bickering between announcers in the build up to WrestleMania because I assumed it was going to be a one-time thing. But now three weeks later, it continues.
I want to be able to sit down and watch Raw and SmackDown without being tempted to mute the show.
Let's cut straight to the chase. I was shown up for my short-sightedness when I claimed the feud had no reason to go beyond WrestleMania.
I'm old fashioned like that, believing the biggest PPV of the year should see the end of feuds, not just the next step. But I am 100 percent certain that this feud has to end here.
Also didn't Lawler have the right to name the stipulation for the match? He didn't technically pick the match type either. Well that was a wasted win over Jack Swagger.
Regardless, the Old School Raw Commentators will win because this has been building up for Cole to eventually take an almighty beating.
Winners: Jerry "The King" Lawler and J.R.
Layla vs. Michelle McCool (No DQs, No Countouts, Loser Leaves SmackDown)
Whats this? A Diva's match! Well I have to say... wait its just the long overdue split of Laycool. Don't get me wrong this has the potential to be a half decent women's match, since Layla has improved considerably in the last 12 months, but I find it really hard to care about who wins.
WWE have not made it too clear about who the heel is. McCool has sneaked attacked Layla and its been done the other way around. The match should be a toss up as to who will win but I'm going to have to bring real life politics into this.
McCool is married to Undertaker and will probably want to remain on SmackDown because of this. Taker no doubt wants his wife to stay on the blue brand while he is still employed by WWE and thus Layla is going to take a loss.
Maybe McCool will align with a new ally such as Alicia Fox or Tamina that will help her win the match.
Winner: Michelle McCool
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes (Falls Count Anywhere)
Rey Mysterio being drafted to Raw means this rubber match is the final conflict between the two for a while. Mysterio has done a decent job in getting Rhodes over so far, but I have a feeling I've seen this song and dance several times before.
Mysterio takes a beating and loss only to make an Underdog's fight back and defeat the villain. The problem is that Rhodes isn't much bigger than Mysterio and the fight back won't look as good.
With Mysterio pretty much prevailing in all his feuds, I would be a fool not to back him when this is his last chance to gain retribution again Rhodes after WrestleMania's result.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Randy Orton vs. CM Punk (Last Man Standing)
Once again the draft has ensured this will be the blowoff match of a feud and I doubt the result is going to be hard to predict.
Punk rarely wins the big-match situations and while Orton doesn't win many, in comparison to Cena, his move to SmackDown is going to need a strong start if he is going to be the face of the brand.
The return of The Nexus in recent weeks have failed to sway the rivalry as Orton has looked dominant most times. I predict that this Sunday will see Punk usurped as the leader by Mason Ryan who has looked like the man controlling the other members as of late.
Could a potential face turn for Punk be on the cards? I hope not, but WWE have made odd decisions in the past.
Winner: Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian (Ladder Match)
Considering all member of the WWE Championship match are staying on Raw and Del Rio is going to join them, it seems pretty elementary as to who will be crowned World Champion in this ladder match.
Unless the major shock is that Raw will have two World titles, but I highly doubt that possibility unless unification is on the horizon.
Personally, I would say it was about time that Christian became World Champion. He is one of the hardest working guys in the WWE. When he was placed on ECW he never complained or seemed disappointed. He did the best with what he was given and made the show watchable to an extent.
Del Rio's chance would have been higher had it not been for the draft, but if he is booked for a program with Cena, then his prospects won't take too much of a dive.
Winner and New Champion: Christian
WWE Championship: The Miz (c) vs. John Cena vs. John Morrison (Cage Match)
You know what I just noticed? The WWE Championship in the picture still has Randy Orton's name on it.
You would have thought that if they had enough time to change Cena's picture into his latest attire then they could have gotten one of Miz and his "M" belt.
Still against all odds Miz is WWE Champion after WrestleMania and is having a title reign which he can be proud of.
All his title matches have pretty much been won because of dirty tactics but considering no one has a WWE championship reign this long since Triple H in 2008, it must mean Miz is seriously pulling his weight when showing his worth to the company.
The match started off as a Triple Threat with R-Truth but that was quickly changed to include John Morrison. With Morrison and Truth now in a feud it pretty much rules him out of winning the belt.
I predict that he will come close, but a last-minute interference will ensure he won't win. If Cena was going to win, then they would have done it at WrestleMania and I'm sure this is to add closure to his latest feud.
If I was to have a guess on how this will end then I would say Morrison will miss a Starship Pain and Cena hits an AA on Miz.
Cena will climb the cage (highlighting the horrible booking cage matches get) whilst Morrison recovers and starts to out the door. Truth will slam to door into Morrison's face and he goes into a SCF from Miz for the three-count before Cena's feet hit the floor.
Winner and Still Champion: The Miz