Coming off two pretty not-great PPVs, WWE has some ground to make up with Extreme Rules. PayBacklash left a sour taste in a lotta mouths, like a Coke that's gone bad, but ER looks quite solid on paper. Let's take a gander, shall we?
***Landon is killing us so far with 68% accuracy (11/16) to my 57% (16/28) and Dan's 53% (15/28)***
Cruiserweight Championship Submission Match: Neville vs. Austin Aries
I like the sound of this a lot. Neville and Aries could have a good match in their sleep, and the submission aspect should add some fine storytelling to this one. They've done a good job of protecting Aries without actually letting him win the belt, but I think it's probably his time now.
Justin's pick: Aries finally gets the job done
Dan's pick: AA
Landon's pick: Aries. Literally nowhere else to go that makes as much or better sense.
Mixed Tag Match: Sasha Banks & Rich Swann vs. Alicia Fox & Noam Dar
This here feels like filler. And I don't like mixed tags much. And Sasha needs to get back in the Title hunt.
Justin's pick: Sasha & Rich
Dan's pick: I don’t even know who that 2nd dude is. Sasha it is.
Landon's pick: Can you Handle This? Rich and Sasha
Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz
So the PPV is called Extreme Rules and the best they could come up with for this was the stipulation that if Ambrose gets DQd he loses the belt? Whoa, slow down fellas. That's way too EXTREEEEEEME!!! What a lame stip. At best this will just feel like a regular match, and at worst the stipulation will get in the way. I'm gonna guess Miz wins the belt off the DQ so Ambrose can be prepped for the inevitable Shield reunion. Miz should keep the IC belt forever though. If they hadn't fucked up his previous two reigns he could've broken the record by now.
Justin's pick: Miz
Dan's pick: COME ON MIZZY!!!
Landon's pick: Miz goes for a Foul, gets caught and reprimanded. Ref distracted, Dean fouls, Dean Drops with a Dirty Deeds. Dean Retains.
RAW Women's Championship Kendo Stick on a Pole Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley
Ugh, the old Object-on-a-Pole nonsense. Do we need to give Vince Russo any ammunition to claim his ideas were ripped off? Anyway, Alexa and Bayley had a decent match at Payback so this should be fine. Alexa's a great douchey character, Bayley's a great babyface. Those two facts alone should carry the match.
Justin's pick: Alexa retains
Dan's pick: I need a hug and Bayley can deliver.
Landon's pick: Bliss, cuz we have to kill Bayley deader
Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match: The Hardy Boyz vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
These teams had a fun match at Payback and now with C&S as full-on heels there's way more heat, plus we have the cage stip. This could be a show-stealer. The two bullies will probably control a lot of the match since Matt & Jeff take such a good beating. I think I like a Title change here too.
Justin's pick: C&S
Dan's pick: Yup
Landon's pick: Hardy Boyz
Fatal 5-Way #1 Contender's Match: Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt
This will be a clusterfuck, but given the talent it'll be an entertaining one. I'm intrigued to see some Joe vs. Roman interaction, as well as some Balor vs. Wyatt stuff. I hope WWE plans to give at least four of these guys a shot at Brock Lesnar over the next year; Joe, Seth and Balor could all have great showings against him. I'm gonna say the first one to get the shot will be Finn, and he'll probably be booked in a one-sided loss. But at least he'll have finally gotten is Universal Title rematch.
Justin's pick: Finn Balor
Dan's pick: And yup
Landon's pick: Seth Rollins
Well that's your Extreme Rules card. Should be RAW's best outing so far in 2017, which isn't saying much. I will never for the life of me understand how WWE can put on anything less than a damn good PPV with the roster they have. But they keep defying expectations (and logic). Enjoy the show!