Updated WWE Extreme Rules 2022 Match Card and Predictions Before Go-Home Raw
Saturday night in Philadelphia, WWE goes to the extreme.
Extreme Rules, the next pay-per-view on the company's schedule, will bring hardcore wrestling and high-stakes gimmick bouts back to the City of Brotherly Love and likely set the stage for some of the company's major creative plans heading into the end of 2022.
Liv Morgan defends her SmackDown Women's Championship against Ronda Rousey in the event's namesake match, while Drew McIntyre and Karrion Kross will seek to settle their differences in a grueling strap match.
What brought the competitors in the night's six matches together and who can fans expect to see with their arms raised in victory?
Find out with these previews and predictions of Saturday's show.
Good Old-Fashioned Donnybrook: Brawling Brutes vs. Imperium
The battle of attrition between The Brawling Brutes and Imperium will come to a head Saturday in a Good Old-Fashioned Donnybrook.
It is the second time this year that fans will witness this match type, the other being Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre from the SmackDown just before SummerSlam.
That was a wild and chaotic match full of weaponry and defined by its physicality, and fans should expect the same from this one. It will serve as both the follow-up to Sheamus vs. Gunther from SmackDown just 24 hours prior and the likely culmination of the feud.
It's clear that Triple H and the creative team see a dominant world-beater in Gunther and a force who can be built into a genuine world title contender and a final hurdle for a top babyface later down the road.
Protecting him will be important, and a match such as this one allows WWE to do just that. Look for The Brawling Brutes to finally get one over on Imperium, most likely with Sheamus scoring the win over Giovanni Vinci or Ludwig Kaiser to avoid beating Gunther at this stage of his main roster run.
Prediction: The Brawling Brutes
'I Quit' Match: Edge vs. Finn Bálor
Edge and Finn Bálor have never squared off in a one-on-one match, making Saturday's showdown between the two somewhat of a dream match.
At the root of the "I Quit" bout is Edge's quest for vengeance against the man who ousted him from The Judgment Day and has led that faction against both him and his friend, Rey Mysterio.
There are other moving pieces to take into consideration, notably Mysterio's fractured relationship with his son, Dominik, who accepted The Judgment Day's invite to join them at Clash at the Castle. Add in Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest, and the heels definitely have the numbers advantage, even if Rey seconds his longtime friend.
Then there is AJ Styles, who has found himself the object of Bálor's recruitment process lately. His recent interactions with the heel group suggest he will play a role in the match.
This is an interesting match in that The Prince could really use a win, especially if a recent report by WrestleVotes about "significant plans" in store for him are accurate. He has lost too often as a member of The Judgment Day and needs that one defining win to really establish him as a lead heel with the group.
That should come at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, but it feels like the creative forces will go the opposite route instead.
Strap Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross
One of the hottest contests on the card is the strap match between Drew McIntyre and Karrion Kross.
Ever since Kross jumped the Scot on his return to WWE in August, these two have been on a collision course.
The heel has spent the last month telling the story of how McIntyre was hand-picked for success in WWE and the company chose the wrong man.
The Herald of Doomsday is back to rectify that wrong and to prove he is the guy the company should have bet its future on.
The intensification of the rivalry has been underlined in recent weeks with the amplification of physicality and the perfectly timed interference of the ever-dangerous Scarlett on behalf of Kross.
There is only one outcome that makes sense and benefits anyone in this scenario: a win for Kross.
The 37-year-old was a damaged product following his booking at the hands of Vince McMahon previously, and this is a rare second chance to make a positive first impression. So, Kross and the creative team must capitalize on it.
The alternative is a McIntyre win that reaffirms he is the top babyface on the SmackDown roster, which is something we already know.
As is the case with so many different matches on this card, the gimmick allows an out for the loser that protects them in defeat and allows for the feud to carry on if that is the intended direction.
Prediction: Kross wins
Fight Pit Match: Matt Riddle vs. Seth Rollins
The announcement that UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier will serve as the special guest referee in the Fight Pit match between Matt Riddle and Seth Rollins has pushed this beyond a gimmicky rematch to a feud that should have ended at Clash at the Castle.
The return of the Fight Pit, last seen in NXT during Timothy Thatcher's run with the brand, lends itself to Riddle, whose history as a mixed martial artist prior to entering the world of professional wrestling is well-documented.
Add in the presence of Cormier, who is likely to be portrayed as a babyface, and you have plenty of reason to believe Rollins is going to lose here.
It would be nice to see The Visionary earn consecutive PPV wins given how few and far between they have been, but if defeat leads to a high-profile program with Cormier or just gets him onto something fresh, so be it.
Prediction: Riddle wins
Ladder Match for Raw Women's Championship: Bianca Belair vs. Bayley
The ladder match stipulation was added to the bout between Raw women's champion Bianca Belair and Bayley seemingly to ensure each match on the card has some sort of gimmick.
These contests take a toll on the performers and sometimes prove more problematic than effective. With that said, it is a historic first for the WWE women's division, which has never witnessed a one-on-one showdown in this match type.
So, it's appropriate that Bayley is front and center for it given the number of matches she has revolutionized and help introduce to the company and its fans. As the leader of Damage CTRL, which has been the top heel act in the women's division, a win would firmly establish her faction's place as the most dominant force on the roster.
Belair losing the title and resuming the role as the babyface chasing the title is hardly a bad thing. In fact, she proved from August 2021 through March 2022 that she is more than capable of doing just that effectively.
The heel wins here to catapult things forward, and the story evolves from there. It is a necessity because if Bayley loses, the threat of the heels holding all of the gold goes away and the momentum Damage Ctrl had post-SummerSlam dissipates, too.
Prediction: Bayley wins the title
Extreme Rules Match for SmackDown Women's Title: Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey
Do not be surprised to see Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey main-event Saturday's PPV.
This is the marquee match on WWE.com, and the competitors are guaranteed to have heat, thanks to a Philly crowd that is likely to greet Rousey with considerable zeal while its reaction to the SmackDown women's champion will be interesting.
Morgan has been determined to prove she can go to the extreme and successfully defend her title against The Baddest Woman on the Planet. She did so by driving Lacey Evans through a table one week, then bringing a baseball bat to her fight with Rousey on last week's SmackDown.
Expect a gutsy performance by Morgan. She will likely be on the defensive early and often against Rousey but should stay alive in the match long enough to earn the respect of the audience.
The question is whether this ends straight-up or if there is some sort of surprise in store from Triple H and WWE Creative.
Does Charlotte Flair return for the first time since WrestleMania Backlash in May and look to avenge her loss to Rousey at that event? Maybe Shayna Baszler makes her presence felt and kicks off a run with her fellow former UFC fighter.
Whatever the case may be, this feels very much like an opportunity for Morgan to make it 3-0 against Rousey, even if it comes in controversial fashion...again.
Prediction: Morgan retains