The WWE Hype Train PPV Predictor:
Extreme Rules: The One with a Couples Title Match & The Roman Taker Bromance
Extreme Rules is tonight! It has 10 matches confirmed, and, bear with me, I am going to breakdown each match and predict what I think is going to go down! Please, bear with me.
I know WWE has gained quite a bad reputation recently for their PPV efforts, I’m talking Saudi, I’m talking Stomping Grounds and I’m talking the disappointing Money in The Bank. Since WrestleMania they’ve taken their foot way off the accelerator and allowed the product to become stale, again.
However! I’m predicting there to be a glimmer of hope for WWE after this evenings Extreme Rules. Why? Well, they now must compete with NJPW and AEW quite outrightly as they’ve had stellar PPV’s already this weekend (Fight for the Fallen last night wasn’t excellent, but far exceeded any of WWE’s recent efforts). As well as having to compete (finally) against rival companies, they also have the apparent incoming takeover of management behind the scenes with Heyman & Bischoff about to begin their attempts at rebuilding the product – do we see the effects filter through tonight? Sometimes it’s very hard to tell which way this will go, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s just very hard to tell…
Jump on the Hype Train as we head towards Extreme Rules, all aboard!
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Tony Nese vs. Drew Gulak (c)
First up, these guys! Vinny Mac’s “little guy” showing. At Stomping Grounds, they had the best match, they always deliver but mostly never make it to the main show. This will be a nice flippy power move spot fest I am sure which will simply overflow with chaotic energy.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Gulak WINS via Submission.
2-on-1 Handicap Match for the SmackDown Women's Title: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Bayley (c)
This has become quite the mess over the past few weeks, but still the handicap is intriguing. So far, Nikki has stuck by Alexa and is happy to help her reach the title. But will the temptation of lifting the title herself make Nikki question her allegiance? I predict that there will be a lot of running about, lots of double-teaming with one of 2 scenarios coming true. 1, Nikki decides she wants the title so attacks Alexa thus costing them both the match. Or 2, and more hope than anything, Sasha Banks returns to help Bayley win the match and either celebrate with/attack Bayley setting up a SummerSlam match.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Bayley WINS via Pin.
RAW Tag Team Titles Match: The Usos vs. The Revival (c)
As much as I, and the internet, really enjoy The Revival, I believe that the WWE just aren’t that into them. I see a title change here after a solid match with no interruptions. It’s a shame that this is an Extreme Rules PPV but not many of the matches have stipulations to them – what’s the point? There’s no storyline after this match, which bodes well for RAW/SmackDown as we see new angles.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Usos WIN via Pin.
Triple Threat for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles:
Heavy Machinery vs. The New Day vs. Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c)
Very strange match, as much as the build-up has been alright there doesn’t seem to be an outright winner to be seen – anyone could take this! Bryan is perfect on the mic as a very aggressive vegetarian, but I can’t help but think if he’s in the tag title scene he can’t ever climb higher (which, we all want him to). The New Day almost need the titles for their act to not become less stale than it’s already getting, and Heavy Machinery almost deserve it after their brilliant rise from NXT. Otis is pure gold, and I love him with my whole life.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Heavy Machinery WINS via Pin.
Last Man Standing Match: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
This match really is for all those who want to see really large men throw really large men into really large things for a really long time. It could be a really bad match, but I am hoping with the incoming Heyman/Bischoff input this may surprise a lot of people and have some memorable spots. I think Braun needs this one, if they’re ever going to rebuild him back to having the star power of 2018 this needs to happen now. Lashley’s WWE run has been up/down but mostly down, and I can’t see past this being his last run in the company.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Strowman WINS via, standing…
Cesaro vs. Aleister Black
A huge opportunity to rebuild the Black character, after adding sill creaky noises to his entrance and almost losing his mind in a locked room about wanting to fight people. Cesaro is an amazing wrestler, and I am hoping this brings out the best in Black, someone we know from NXT has amazing ability if paired with the right opposition. The Black Mask should be protected still, nobody yet to kick out of it. Cesaro won’t be tremendously hurt from a loss here – it’s again just a shame that there’s no stipulation to the match.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Aleister Black WINS via Pin.
WWE Title Match: Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston (c)
Been thinking about this one for a while now and, annoyingly, I’m still torn with what I want to happen. The internet seems torn on this too. On one hand there’s Heyman/Bischoff influencers who believe that Joe will take the surprise win here and roll on to be the “big bad” leading to SummerSlam. On the other hand, the now tainted title run of Kofi has been almost too easy for his since Mania so Joe is the first real opponent, and so Kofi should overcome that to cement his title run as a little bit more than a nod-to-a-long-time-employee-who-deserves-it-and-also-actually-really-we-just-wanted-the-PR.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Kofi WINS via Pin.
No Holds Barred Match: The Undertaker and Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre
Nobody needs this, do we? Taker will have limited involvement – likely taking a big bump early on, lying on the ground for a silly amount of time before coming back in to tombstone Shane for a cheap pop. Do you see this going any other way? No Holds Barred, strange as Taker is the only one really known for submissions, and unnecessary. What’s this difference between Extreme Rules and No Holds Barred anyway? Nobody knows/cares…As I write these words I am noisily chomping away on not one, but two Fruit Pastels (green & yellow). I say this as The Undertaker is much like the fruit pastels, quite nostalgic and appealing at first but ultimately disappointing and leaves you needing a drink.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Roman & Taker WIN via Pin.
WWE United States Title Match: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet (c)
If the WWE want to build up The Club as a credible faction/group, then they must get a belt on them. The dream would be AJ holds the US, the Good Brothers take the tag titles perhaps at SummerSlam and then come face to face with the incoming Undisputed Era?! A man can dream, right? Anyway, Ricochet is brilliant, I’ve seen him live, phenomenal wrestler/athlete (excuse the pun). But I just think character wise he’s still a bit too clean and the WWE will want to try and build him up again with more investment from the crowd. AJ needs a belt again to go towards SummerSlam, and this is his to take.
Hype Train Jack predicts: AJ Styles WINS via Pin.
Winners Take All Extreme Rules Match: Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin vs. RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch and WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins (c)
A really strange stipulation. Even stranger opposition for the champs. Corbin and Evans are almost universally hated by the audience, larger versions of Piers Morgan & Kate Hopkins if you will. This would be the ultimate troll from the WWE should they take the titles away from The Man & The Man’s Man. I see a fairly straight forward match ending with a simple end to the storyline – although, for some ungodly reason, WWE (Vince) seems to believe Corbin in his stupid waistcoats are actually good, so should be on TV.
Hype Train Jack predicts: Rollins & Lynch WIN via Submission.
HYPE TRAIN FANTASY BOOKING
Just imagine, if you will…Brock Lesnar’s music hits and he comes down to the ring to cash-in his MITB against a broken but victorious Kofi. Just as he’s about to go at Kofi the lights go out…when they come back there stands Bray Wyatt as the monster!! He hits a killer finisher on Kofi and then stares at Brock…. but then just walks off. Brock pins Kofi and takes the title but looks back at the ramp and there stands Bray just looking on, Brock worried...The SummerSlam PPV is set! But here are the reasons this WON’T happen. Vince will ruin Bray’s re-debut. Brock won’t be at Extreme Rules. The match would have to be the last on the card, which it will not. This would be good.
There is nothing on the card for the Women’s Tag Belts, 24/7 Title, but more importantly the Intercontinental Title. The Iiconics are about to feud with the Kabuki Warriors (and likely drop the belts), the 24/7 title will somehow appear in either backstage skits or in-ring craziness and the I/C title is about to be rejuvenated by the Balor v Nakamura feud which is intriguing.
That’s the card – will you be watching?
The Hype Train will be back with the results tomorrow to see whether it’s a hit or a miss! SummerSlam is just around the corner – the next month of WWE TV is crucial for the WWE to bring in the viewers for their second biggest show of the year.
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