Extreme Rules 2011: Predicting the Winners of the Most Extreme Night of the Year
WWE will go extreme for one night only as Extreme Rules comes to us on PPV from Tampa, Florida. It is the annual post-WrestleMania event that has replaced Backlash, and every match on the card has a gimmick or stipulation to it that truly gives the PPV a feeling of extreme, even if it won't be due to the PG rating.
Six matches have been announced for the PPV, and I must say that it is a pretty impressive card to me. I am looking forward to nearly every match on the card, as on paper, five of the six matches have potential to be good to great matches.
Thanks to the WWE Draft, Extreme Rules is set to be the blow-off for many feuds that have been going on right now, and therefore these matches are sure to be nothing short of epic if there are to be blow-offs. But the question is, who will walk away with the decisive wins on PPV?
So without any further ado, here are my predictions for the Extreme Rules PPV.
Layla vs Michelle McCool No Disqualification, No Count-Out, Loser Leaves WWE
The implosion of LayCool comes full circle at Extreme Rules as Layla battles Michelle McCool in a No DQ Match where the loser must leave the WWE, and I must say that I am looking forward to this match. Yes, I am looking forward to a Divas match, and that's an accomplishment in itself.
LayCool formed back in 2009, and love them or hate them, they have become the most successful Diva pairing perhaps in WWE history. Not only did they have more TV time than any other Diva, but they accumulated many Women's and Divas' Championship. They dominated the division for two whole years, and were close as close than be.
But all good things must come to an end. Tensions between the two began at Royal Rumble when Layla got pinned by Eve, and the losses piled up with blame being put on Layla by Michelle.
The two were able to patch up their problems for a bit just before WrestleMania, but after the event, things got worse. Couples therapy only worsened things, and now the two have completely disentegrated, and after a match ended in a double countout, the two have agreed to a No DQ match with the loser gone from WWE.
Michelle has proven to be a great women's wrestler, and Layla has really improved over her time with Michelle. The two know each other very well, and they have shown that they can get physical. With reports of Michelle leaving WWE, it's become obvious the Layla will come out with the win, but that should not take away from what could be a great match if given the right amount of time.
Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler vs Michael Cole & Jack Swagger Country Whipping Match
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler will take on Michael Cole and Jack Swagger in a Country Whippin Match, and this is the one match on the card that I am not looking forward to very much.
I loved feud between Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole leading up to WrestleMania, and thought it was done perfectly, but the match itself was a complete and utter letdown. I was only hot for the beginning and end of it when Jerry had his hands on Cole, and the rest was just boredome as Cole had way too much offense.
Seriously, who was the genius that gave Cole that much offense in the first place? I should kick his a** for even thinking it up.
Anyways, this should've ended at Wrestlemania, but it has now dragged on too long, and has completely lost me. I'm only interested when Cole is getting beat up. JR has been brought into this feud, and it has now been made into a Country Whipping match, which probably signals the end of this feud.
From what I heard on the last edition of Superstars, the four men will be tied to straps and the only way to win is by submission. This will not be a good match, and it can either short and sweet, or long and painful.
I expect Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross to win this match, but don't be surprised at all if Cole and Swagger pick up the win either, because WWE loves Cole way too much.
Prediction: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler
Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes Falls Count Anywhere Match
Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes will meet in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at Extreme Rules, and this promises to be a great match up considering the one they had at Wrestlemania, and it promises to be brutal.
The feud these two have had leading up this has been great. From Rey destroying Rhodes dashing good looks, to Rhodes adopting a darker, almost psychotic persona, to the two trading momentum leading up to Wrestlemania, to Rhodes going over Rey at the Grandest Stage, to the paper bag masks and the brawls all over the arena, these two have had a great rivalry overall.
Rhodes has really improved ever since this rivalry began, and has played this new demented persona to perfection. His mic work is truly great with this gimmick, and really comes off as twisted and sick.
He looks more like a main-event player than ever, and Rey himself hasn't done too bad either. He has proven that he still can put on great matches as he has done with Rhodes, and shown he still has some left in the tank.
With Rey being drafted to Raw, this is to be the end of this great feud. I expect to brawl all over the arena and ring area, and maybe even take their battle backstage. In the end, I see Rhodes sending Mysterio to Raw a broken mess and with a paper bag over his head.
Prediction: Cody Rhodes
Randy Orton vs CM Punk Last Man Standing Match
Randy Orton and CM Punk look to settle the score as they face off in a Last Man Standing Match, and it promises to be the most physical and brutal match of the night.
These two have been at each other's throats ever since the Royal Rumble when Punk cost Orton the WWE Title. Punk has cited his reason as being punted in the head by Orton two years ago and forced to relinquish the World Title.
He has deemed now the perfect time to get his revenge, and this has gotten personal real fast. From punting all the Nexus members to stalking Orton's family, this feud has been red hot.
After Wrestlemania, it has somewhat fizzled out a bit, but I feel this feud has lived up to expectations in my opinion. Randy right now has two victories over Punk, and the leader of Nexus is probably dead set on not letting Randy have the satisfaction of getting a third win over him. With Randy being drafted to SmackDown, this will be the final encounter in their rivalry.
Last Man Standing Matches have been very great encoutners, and considering their match at Wrestlemania which I enjoyed a lot, it's going to be downright brutal.
Both men need a win here considering where they are now, and there may be rumors that Punk is leaving WWE, but even with that, I still believe that CM Punk will walk out the Last Man Standing.
Prediction: CM Punk
The Miz vs John Cena vs John Morrison Triple Threat Steel Cage WWE Championship
The Miz will defend his WWE Championship inside the confines of a Steel Cage against John Cena and John Morrison under Triple Threat Rules.
The build to this match has been weird and a bit nonexistent, to say the least. After shockingly retaining his WWE Title at WrestleMania, there was a five-man gauntlet match to determine the next challenger for the title. R-Truth was surprisingly in the last two with Cena, and after a double DQ, it was decided to be a Triple Threat between Miz, Truth, and Cena.
The next week, though, Truth lost his spot to John Morrison, which resulted in the great heel turn of Truth, which I loved, and later that night it was revealed the match would happen in a steel cage.
Now, not a lot of foucs has been put on the match itself, rather it's been on the contender spot that Truth had and his subsequent heel turn. There is still a feud between Cena and Miz, but it's kinda died out. Still, this promises to be a great match. Morrison has great chemistry with Miz, and the steel cage adds another depth to the match that may provide with a "Holy Sh*t!" moment from Morrison.
In this match, you can win by pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage. The odds are clearly stacked against the Miz, but despite how much I love Morrison and want him to win and that Cena is the face of the company, I feel Miz will walk out the steel cage still WWE Champion and continue his impressive reign.
Prediction: The Miz
Christian vs Alberto Del Rio Ladder Match World Heavyweight Championship
Christian and Alberto Del Rio will finally face each other on PPV for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Ladder Match in arguably the most anticipated match on the card.
This may be the best feud in WWE right now to me. Starting back in September of last year, Del Rio "injured" Christian, taking him out for six months from action. Captain Charisma returned at Elimination Chamber, and has been on a path of revenge against Del Rio, aligning himself with Edge.
The two managed to keep Del Rio from winning the title at Wrestlemania, and it was supposed to be Del Rio and Edge at Extreme Rules, but Edge's sudden retirement changed that, and Christian has taken Edge's place as these two will settles their feud once and for all.
This is going to be the show-stealer in my mind. I am looking forward to this match more than anything else as it will be the first time since WrestleMania IV we are guaranteed a first time world champion in a match.
Both men have a very good chance of winning at Extreme Rules. Alberto Del Rio has the backing of WWE and is groomed to be the next big thing, but Christian is a master of Ladder Matches and it would be so great if he could win his first world title in honor of his friend Edge.
With Alberto Del Rio drafted to Raw, this match has taken a whole new level of intrigue. Logic would dictate Christian would win to keep title on Smackdown, but WWE backs Del Rio so much it's possible for him to win. The unpredictability and anticipation is off the charts, and this should definitely be the main event. In the end, I see Christian finally winning the Big One and become World Heavyweight Champion.
Extreme Rules promises to be a great PPV, and I feel it is one of the most unpredictable PPVs in recent memory as many fans are split for about four of the six matches on the card. That's not something you see very often these days among the IWC.
One thing I like about this PPV is that it is centered more around feuds than championships compared to PPVs as of late. Late 2010 had PPVs that mostly consisted of championship matches, so this is really a breath of fresh air in my personal opinion.
Extreme Rules may very well change the landscape of WWE, and I will be sure to watch it one way or another. I may be one of the few, but I really look forward to Extreme Rules, as it has the potential to be one of the best PPVs of 2011.
These have been my predictions for the night of extreme, and I eagerly await Extreme Rules to see which ones come true, and I urge all of you to do the same for your own reasons. It could very well blow your mind.