On Sunday, May 19, 2013, WWE presents the 2013 edition of Extreme Rules. The PPV emanates from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. The build up to this PPV has been just average. The building of the main matches, Cena vs Ryback, HHH vs Lesnar, and the continued push of the Shield have been good. The under card matches could have been pushed better. The only thing that was pushed hard was the overdone push of Fandango.
There are a couple of interesting items to note about this PPV, which on paper, looks to be a pretty decent card. World Champion Dolph Ziggler has unfortunately been pulled from the PPV due to a severe concussion that he suffered at a show. Therefore, the PPV features this #1 contenders match between the two men who would have been in the three way match.
Well, without further ado, here are my predictions for the PPV.
PRE-SHOW MATCH ON YOUTUBE: – The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
The Miz has been gone for awhile as he has been filming some Christmas special for WWE. What’s happened to Cody Rhodes and his push? I could not care less who wins.
Prediction: Miz wins.
EXTREME RULES MATCH – Randy Orton vs. Big Show
I know Randy Orton has two strikes against him. I know those strikes are all his fault, but a feud against the Big Show? Seriously? They could have Orton doing something at a higher level than this, in my opinion.
As of this writing, I don’t know what the stipulation is, but it is an Extreme Rules match.
Prediction: I think Big Show takes this one.
EXTREME RULES MATCH – Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
I know Jericho is there to put guys over, and he doesn’t mind doing it. I just can not stand this Fandango. Yeah, with that “smart crowd” after Mania, he got over a bit, but now, he’s back to the same old thing.
However, Fandango does seem to be getting over as a heel, but I don’t know if it is because he is doing it on his own, or if it is because he is working with Jericho. I will reserve judgment till Fandango works with someone else.
I am getting tired of this feud anyway. I hope this is the end of it.
Prediction: Fandango won at Mania. Seems logical that Jericho gets his win back. However, they are pushing this Fandango hard, so I think he sneaks away with another win. Winner: Fandango
STRAP MATCH – Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
This feud has been just average. I don’t think there is anything special here. I admit Mark Henry has been very good since returning from injury. Sheamus is a bit goofy in this feud.
Prediction: Mark Henry
STEEL CAGE MATCH – Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
This is going to be a pretty good match. Could be a contender for Match of the Night, if both Hunter and Brock perform up to their level. The buildup has been pretty good. Paul Heyman has been gold. It was cool to see HHH and Lesnar go at it in the cage. Honestly, I would not have had the two competitors touch at the go home Raw, but that is just me. I am just a mere fan, so what do I know?
Will Lesnar turn on Heyman? How involved will Heyman be? Those questions will be answered in this match.
Prediction: I think Brock will and should win this match.
TAG TEAM TITLE TORNADO MATCH – Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs. Kane (C) and Daniel Bryan (C)
Since they’ve arrived, the Shield have just dominated everyone they’ve faced. They have come from the crowd to attack WWE Superstars. The Undertaker was not even safe from them. Now, two members, Reigns and Rollins want the Tag Titles from current holders, Team Hell No, who have been trying to stand up to the Shield, with no avail.
Prediction: I think that is time for a title change, and I also think it is about time for some sort of end game. I mean, I have seen groups like the Nexus, Evolution, etc. come in and attack people. I felt that those groups were validated when they got a title, and defended them. I mean, any group can come in and attack people. Anyway, I do love the Shield, and I think Reigns and Rollins will be the new Tag Champs.
WWE US TITLE MATCH- Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston (C)
Kofi Kingston is another star that has been attacked by the Shield. He defends his title against Dean Ambrose, who I think is the star of the Shield. Ambrose is the best talker, and worker of the group, in my opinion. I think he is going to be a huge star once the Shield is inevitably dissolved. This should be a very good match.
Prediction: Ambrose is the new US Title Champion.
I Quit Contenders Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
This is the match that came about due to World Champion Dolph Ziggler’s injury. Del Rio and Swagger have been feuding with each other. As this is an “I Quit” match, I am sure the side kicks of both Swagger (Zeb Colter) and Del Rio (Ricardo Rodriquez) are going to get involved.
LAST MAN STANDING MATCH FOR THE WWE TITLE – Ryback vs. John Cena (C)
Here we go again. Almost every time John Cena faces a 300+ man at Extreme Rules or whatever, he is always placed in a Last Man Standing Match. I guess WWE likes to show him as “Super Cena.” Well, he is going to have to be that and more with that heel injury he has.
I don’t know what is up with Ryback. WWE keeps having him LOSE at PPVs. How are fans supposed to take him seriously as a new star if they keep having the dude lose at PPVs? It is hard to take him seriously at all if fans know he is losing.
Prediction: John Cena, who else?
Well, that is my preview of the Extreme Rules PPV. I hope you enjoyed it.
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