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WWE Extreme Rules 2018: Match Card, Predictions, and Analysis

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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.

Winner: SAnitY


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.

Winner: Carmella


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


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Evan Cole
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