WWE Extreme Rules 2018 is going tonight, Sunday, July 14th, live on the WWE Network. We’ve got the announced match card, show predictions, and our overall thoughts for you to check out below. Send us your thoughts about the show on Twitter, @TheRumbleRamble.
Kickoff Match: Sin Cara vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
Sin Cara and Andrade “Cien” Almas had an awesome match on SmackDown Live Tuesday night, so expectations for tonight’s rematch are pretty high. Hopefully, the crowd has made it into the building by the time the bell rings, because if they have, and these two are given enough time to do their thing, this could be a show stealer.
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
Kickoff Match: SAnitY vs. The New Day
6-Man Tag Team Tables Match
The lineup for tonight’s kickoff show is pretty stacked. In fact, the kickoff matches have a strong chance of being the two best matches of the night.
As far as this bout is concerned, The New Day is already an established act, and a loss to SAnitY wouldn’t really do any damage to the group. At the same time, a win for SAnitY over The New Day could give the faction some much-needed momentum going forward.
Finn Bálor vs. Constable Baron Corbin
The “Constable” character has rejuvenated Baron Corbin and a win over Finn Bálor this evening wouldn’t be a huge surprise. That being said, Bálor probably needs a win more than Corbin at the moment, so we’re going to go with the leader of the Bálor Club for this one.
Winner: Finn Bálor
Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt (c) vs. The B-Team
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
The B-Team have had Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt’s number as of late, scoring multiple pinfall victories over The DELETER of WORLDS recently on Raw. However, now that the titles are on the line, history tells us that their luck has probably run out.
Winner: Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
Asuka (c) vs. Carmella
SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match
Our hearts want Asuka to capture the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship, setting up a match with Becky Lynch at SummerSlam. Our brains say Carmella retains, setting up a match with Becky Lynch at SummerSlam. For the sake of (probably) being right, we’re going with Carmella retaining.
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax
Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match
Since arriving on the main roster, Alexa Bliss has been a staple in the women’s division, regardless of which show she is on. She’s the perfect foe for Ronda Rousey to face at SummerSlam for the Raw Women’s Championship, which is while she’ll retain the title and finally close the door on her feud with Nia Jax.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
Steel Cage Match
Braun Strowman not only wins this match, but he absolutely destroys Kevin Owens. This one isn’t even going to be close.
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Team Hell No
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match
Team Hell No, more specifically Daniel Bryan, is the shot in the arm the SmackDown Live tag division needs right now. They’ll defeat The Bludgeon Brothers, who have had a solid reign as champs, but had the unfortunate luck of following The Usos, who have been incredible the last few years.
Winner: Team Hell No
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
United States Championship Match
Jeff Hardy is banged up and probably needs to take some time off, and Shinsuke Nakamura can’t really afford to lose any more title matches at the moment. Nakamura wins, and the match is one of the standout bouts on the show.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
This match really could have used the Extreme Rules stipulation, but it should be fun to watch regardless. Reigns is likely headed toward bigger and better things next month at SummerSlam, and win over Lashley here will give him some steam moving forward.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Dolph Ziggler (c) (w/ Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins
Intercontinental Championship 30-Minute Ironman Match
If this isn’t “Match of the Night,” this pay-per-view far exceeded our expectations. Hopefully, Ziggler retains, because that means WWE has something more important planned for Rollins going forward – like Brock Lesnar. Rollins winning here wouldn’t be a big surprise either, though, so we flipped a coin and it landed on tails, which means Ziggler retains.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
AJ Styles (c) vs. Rusev
WWE Championship Match
AJ Styles’ run as WWE Champion has been solid so far, but not spectacular. This match with Rusev should be good, if not great, which is exactly what his reign needs. Styles retains; there are a plethora of talented folks for him to potentially work with at SummerSlam.
Winner: AJ Styles