This month it's the annual followup to WrestleMania, WWE Extreme Rules, where the gimmick match is king! Not to be confused with TLC (and Stairs), where the gimmick match is.....queen, I guess?
The WWE product was hot coming out of WrestleMania once again, with new heel Champion Seth Rollins pulling off "The heist of the century," Daniel Bryan and John Cena capturing the secondary belts, and Roman Reigns being positioned for a slow rebuild. Things looked very promising immediately following 'Mania but as usual Creative has settled into the standard procedure of going through the motions.
Also Daniel Bryan will likely be unable to compete on Sunday, but there's been no official word yet. Christ, this guy can't catch a break as a Champion.
Let's get to the predictions - so far in the 2015 season I'm leading Dan 6/9 to 5/9.
Pre-Show Tag Team Title Match: Cesaro/Kidd vs. The New Day
Justin's pick: Cesaro/Kidd retain
Dan's pick: Team CK (Warning: These picks are gonna all be déjà vu like as this card is pretty telegraphed ahead of time)
Kiss My Arse Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Justin's pick: Sheamus just came back and Ziggler loses all the time. Why should this be any different?
Dan's pick: Big red-headed Mohawked prick for the win
I-C Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett (May Be Cancelled)
Justin's pick: If Bryan wrestles, Bryan retains
Dan's pick: the one disagreement. I think Barret wins because Bryan's hurt and will hafta drop the belt.
Last Man Standing Match: Roman Reigns vs. Big Show
Show really needs to be moved into a bodyguard role. He hasn't been relevant as an active wrestler in years, and his matches are rarely interesting anymore. Reigns needs to be paired with a heel who can really work and make him look good, and who won't get cheered over him. I'm not sure who fits that description but they better figure it out soon before Reigns becomes irrelevant too. But apparently they've lined up Kane for him next. Fuckin' hell.
Justin's pick: Reigns obviously
Dan's pick: RR
Divas Title Match: Nikki Bella vs. Naomi
Justin's pick: I guess Nikki retains
Dan's pick: Sure
Chicago Street Fight: Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper
Justin's pick: Dean Ambrose has yet to win a singles PPV match since the Shield broke up, so he needs this win desperately.
Dan's pick: Lunatic Fringe needs the win, badly. They have botched Dean's career ever since his PPV loss to Rollins and pointless Bray Wyatt feud.
Russian Chain US Title Match: John Cena vs. Rusev
I always liked the idea of a chain match. The most famous and violent one of course took place at Starrcade '83 between Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine. Sadly WWE doesn't allow blood, so this won't be nearly that brutal. But it should still be a cut above their decent but lackluster WrestleMania match.
Justin's pick: Cena retains, clearly
Dan's pick: Thuganomics
Steel Cage WWE Title Match: Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
Also, the fact that WWE took away the Curb Stomp as Rollins' finisher pisses me off to no end. He's never injured a soul with that move, so what's the reason? And do we really need yet another guy with a DDT finisher? The Curb Stomp fit Rollins' character perfectly and there is zero logic in taking it away from him. If they're sticking to their guns here he's gonna need something a little better than the most generic-looking DDT/Facebuster of all time. While we're at it let's go back to 1998 and ban the Stone Cold Stunner too. WWE really could fuck up a ham sandwich, couldn't they?
Justin's pick: Rollins retains through nefarious means
Dan's pick: Rollins. I really hope they keep the Kane action to a minimum. He has no business being as important to this storyline as he currently is.
And there you have it. Extreme Rules could be a solid show or it could be forgettable. If Bryan is unable to wrestle that'll hurt a lot. But we'll find out on Sunday I guess. Thanks for reading - join us again next time here at Enuffa.com!