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2019 Extreme Rules Preview

It’s time to get extreme as WWE presents Extreme Rules on Sunday night at 7:00 PM ET at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia PA. This PPV is always fun as anything can happen. We have a winners Take All Match, a Last Man Standing Match, A 2-on-1 Handicap Match and a No Holds Barred match. In all, eight titles will be on the line tonight and I have broken down all the matches for you below. There are no spoilers as I do not visit the sites that give them away.   

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese

Drew Gulak took some time off to re-focus and it worked out great for him. Gulak won the right to be in a triple-threat match between Akira Tozowa and Tony Nese, who was the champ at the time. It was a hell of a battle and one that Giulak came out on top in as he won his first-ever Cruiserweight Title. Nese then battled Tozawa two nights later with the winning getting a shot at the Title here at Extreme Rules. Nese won and thus setting up what should be a hell of a fight. These are two of the most talented performer in 205 Live and these once good friends should tear each other apart. Can Tony Nese reclaim the title that he won at Wrestlemania? I don’t think so. Gulak is focused and has become a more dangerous fighter than ever. I will look for him to retain.  Prediction: Drew Gulak.

Raw Tag Team Championship: The Revival vs The Usos

This should be an interesting match. The Revival have been stating that they are the best tag team ever, but they will be facing a team that IS one of the best ever as the Usos will be going for their 7th tag team titles. The Revival does not have momentum on their hands as they are off a two out of three falls six-man tag match, but they have shown a strong ability to bounce back and step up when it counts. The Revival will be looking for that definitive win to cement their standing in the WWE. Can they get it over one of the best teams ever? I think they can as I like the way this team has the ability to bounce back. Prediction: The Revival  

Aleister Black vs. Cesaro

I don’t know about any of you, but this is one match that I will be looking forward to. I have been a fan of Aleister Black since NXT and am glad that he has been promoted to the main roster. He is a dynamite striker, but can also play the high-flying game. Black is very exciting to watch. For the last few weeks, he has been sitting in the locker room waiting for someone to knock on his door to challenge him. Two weeks ago, he did get a knock and this past week on Raw it was revealed that the knocker was Cesaro. This should be a great match and will pit the strength of Cesaro against the speed of Black. Aleister has been in a main roster PPV, but that was in a tag match with Riccochet. THis will be his first singles PPV and while he was hoping to get someone to challenge him, he got a fierce competitor in Cesaro. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. Still, I like Black to take this one as he shows the WWE Universe and the rest of the locker room that he will be a force in the WWE. Prediction: Aleister Black  

Last Man Standing Match: Braun Stroman vs Bobby Lashley

With everything that these two have done to one another over the last couple of months, a Last Man Standing Match is really the only way to end things. About a month ago, Stroman beat Lashley in a Arm Wrestling contest and then the following week he won a Tug Of War contest. A few weeks ago, these two hooked up in a Falls Count Anywhere match and it ended in a draw after Stroman drove Lashley through the LED board on the stage and both were carried out in stretchers. That was awesome, I will have to say. I will also have to say that these are two of the most powerful wrestlers that the WWE has ever seen and they will tear each other apart in this match. A Last Man Standing match can end anywhere in the arena and anything goes in this match, but with the power of both men, one of them may have to bury the other under a Mack truck to keep them down. Stroman won the match at Super Showdown between these two and he has had Lashley’s number ever since, but that just leads me to think that this one will go bobby’s way and possibly set up the rubber match at Summerslam down the line. Prediction: Bobby Lashley   

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Heavy Machinery 

The Planet’s Champions, Daniel Bryan & Rowan have been pleading for some good competition in the Smackdown Division and they got it by having to defend their titles in a Triple Threat Match. Bryan & Rowan are on a mission to clean up this division by ridding it of all the teams that seem to just wanna have fun. Well, they are facing two teams that certainly fit that bill. Still, Heavy Machinery is one of the best up-and-coming teams and the New Day held the belt the longest of any tag team in the history of the WWE. They are also five-time champs and that is with having fun. Both the New Day and Heavy Machinery like to have a good time, but both teams also have shown that they are no pushovers in the ring. This was supposed to be just the New Day against the Planet’s Champions, but HM beat Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens in a tag match and they were inserted into the title match. I feel that Heavy Machinery is the pick in this one. The WWE has pulled some surprises of late and this would be another. HM has the talent to do it and they will show DB & Rowan that you can have a good time and be a champion as well. Prediction: Heavy Machinery    

United States Championship: Ricochet vs. AJ Styles

This could very well be the match of the night and it is one that I am very excited to see. Back at Stomping Grounds, Ricochet won his first title with the main roster when he defeated Samoa Joe to win the United States title. Richochet came up from NXT near the beginning of the dear and has been one of the most active and dynamic wrestlers on the roster, but he has his work cut out for him in this one. AJ Styles has been headlining shows all over the world in his career, before finally landing in WWE a few years back. Now he has been doing it here as well. Styles use to run with Gallows and Anderson over in Japan and they formed a group called the club. Well, the Club is back together and Gallows and Anderson will most assuredly be at ringside for this one, which will put Richochet at a big disadvantage. These two hooked up in a recent edition on raw for the U.S. Title and Ricochet won that match. Styles looked as if he was going to walk away after a handshake between the two, before sucker punching Ricochet. Then the Club came together to dismantle the high-flyer. There is bad blood between these two and that makes this match all that more interesting. Can Ricochet overcome the odds and retain his U.S. Title? I feel that he can. Ricochet has proven to be resilient since joining the main roster and it is his time now. Prediction: Ricochet

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (2-on-1 Handicap Match) 

The Match above between Styles and Ricochet should be the most exciting match of the night, while this one will be the most interesting. It could also be the one that is easiest to predict. I hope anyway. LOL. THis is one that you can see coming a mile away. Nikki Cross has formed a friendship with Alexa Bliss, despite everyone telling her not to trust the goddess. Alexa has stabbed her friends in the back before and it is set up for her to do that here as well. Still, WWE has thrown some curveballs of late and that could do that here. What I see is this. I expect Bayley to win the match and retain her title and she will do it by pining Nikki. Bliss will then blame her and thus revealing her true colors to the Wild One. If WWE does throw a curve, then we could see Bliss win the Title and take all the credit for herself, which will also show her true colors. Either way, I do not see Bliss and Nikki being friends after this one. Bayley has been a fighting champion and while her back is against the wall, I do see her coming out on top in this one and retaining her title. This is Bayley’s year and she is not ready to relinquish her title. Prediction: Bayley

WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe

Kofi Kingston winning the Title back at Wrestlemania was the highlight of his 11-year career, but since then he has shown just how good that he is and how much he is deserved of the WWE Title. This will be his toughest title defense yet, though. Kofi has defended against the likes of Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, and Dolph Ziggler, but Samoa Joe is probably the most intense and dangerous fighter on the roster. Joe is the one who made the first move in this rivalry, ambushing Kingston on Raw after the champion had defeated Owens and Sami Zayn in consecutive matches. This is a mismatch on paper as Joe is Brawling submission expert, while Kofi relies on his high-flying antics, but Kingston has stepped up to every obstacle thrown his way so far and he will not be intimidated by Joe. Kofi has the desire to prove himself at all costs and I see him coming out on top in this one. The one thing to watch is after the match. Will Joe attack Kofi and put him to sleep, thus allowing Brock Lesnar to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase? That will be interesting, but still, I feel that Kofi’s heart and determination will allow him to retain against the Samoan Submission Machine. What happens after that, is anyone’s guess. Prediction: Kofi Kingston  

Winners Take All Match: Becky Lynch & Seth Rollins vs Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin

This one should be fun. Back at Stomping Grounds, Seth faced Corbin for the Universal Title and Corbin was allowed to pick a ref for the match. Since Seth had vowed to destroy whoever Baron picked, he chose Lacey Evans as the guest ref. After all, Seth wouldn’t hit a woman. Evans did her best in the match to hand the Title over to Corbin, but Seth was able to retain thanks to the help of his real-life girlfriend Becky Lynch. Now Seth and Becky must face Baron and Lacey and the winners of the match will get both belts. That could put a lot of pressure on Becky and Seth’s relationship should they lose and it also could mean that Baron and Lacey become the new power couple in WWE. The other stipulation in this match is that if Corbin and Evans lose, then they will have no other title shots while Seth and Becky are still holding the belt. As I stated at the top, this one should be fun. Will Corbin and Evans become the new power couple in WWE? Will Seth and Becky retain their titles or will their relationship blow up with a loss? Seth and Becky could be at a disadvantage here as their relationship could cause them to take more chances and thus that means more mistakes. Still, I cannot see Corbin and Evans winning the titles. Neither are at the level that Seth and Becky are competing at right now. Prediction: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch  

No Holds Barred Match: The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre

This match could be setting up Undertaker vs McIntyre down the road at Summer Slam, but that is for another time. I really hope this is the last match that we will see Reigns go at it vs Shane, but it probably won’t be. Still, this should be a fun match. Shane McMahon is the self-proclaimed best in the world and he has a huge insurance policy next to him in Drew McIntyre, plus there is always Elias that has been apart of the group. This is a No Holds Barred match and that means anything goes. We could see Elias getting involved and that will put Reigns and Taker at a huge disadvantage. Roman has been continually receiving beatings from Shane and Drew and then one night on Raw, the Undertaker made an appearance as he came to Reigns’ aid. That has now set up this match. Shane and Drew have both had wins over Reigns in singles matches over the last few months, but now Reigns will not go it alone as he has the Deadman by his side. It is a bit odd that Reigns and Taker would be fighting side-by-side, especially after the Big Dog beat him at Wrestlemania 33, but Undertaker could not stand by and watch Shane and Drew continue to make a mockery of WWE. Reigns and Take have a common enemy and that has brought them together. Can the Scottish Psychopath and The Best in the World take down The Big Dog & The Deadman or will they both Rest In Peace? This will be a war and one that Reigns and The Undertaker will win. Prediction: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker

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