Here are my predictions for WWE Extreme Rules:
BROCK LESNAR VS. TRIPLE H: CAGE MATCH
I think Brock Lesnar needs the win here, because I see him continuing on for another big match, while I see Triple H returning in the future only if absolutely necessary. Perhaps Paul Heyman's "newest" client (or clients) interferes in this match, helping Lesnar get the win. Because it's a cage match, neither superstar has to be pinned or submitted, one can simply exit through the cage, which means that the loser doesn't look as weak in a loss. Give me Lesnar by escape with help.
JOHN CENA VS. RYBACK: WWE TITLE
This is a must-win for Ryback for many reasons. He is a fresh new villain with a lot of momentum, going up against the face of WWE. To me, John Cena losing a match doesn't hurt his brand at all; Ryback losing this match outright hurts his brand tremendously. There needs to be something at the end of this match to make the WWE Universe have continued interest in Ryback. A win for Ryback is huge, he becomes a true star, and a rematch is an easy next PPV attraction, perhaps even more appealing because now it's John Cena, the top guy, who is on the hunt.
TEAM HELL NO VS. THE SHIELD (ROMAN REIGNS AND SETH ROLLINS): WWE TAG TEAM TITLES
At first I thought The Shield would operate under "Freebird Rules," where we wouldn't know which two of the three would be defending the titles (Demolition also did this in WWE in 1991 with Ax, Smash and Crush). The Shield winning here has so much upside. They can rejuvenate the tag team division with a win. They are an interesting team that people are invested in. If they get regular challengers that matter, the tag team division can become interesting again.
KOFI KINGSTON VS. DEAN AMBROSE: WWE US CHAMPIONSHIP
Dean Ambrose may be the brightest talent in WWE right now. All eyes are on him and The Shield, and they are continually hitting home runs. Kofi Kingston, though he is exciting to many, is not at the level people expect him to be. After several years in WWE you almost expect him to be a main event player, yet here he is, almost feeling like a "transitional" champion between Antonio Cesaro and Dean Ambrose. Give me Ambrose for The Shield title sweep at Extreme Rules.
RANDY ORTON VS. BIG SHOW
Up until this point I have picked many villains to win their matches. Perhaps it's more out of personal preference than anything. But I'll correct that right now and pick Randy Orton to win here. I know people are calling for a villainous Orton to emerge, but I say not yet -- though one day. Orton by RKO.
SHEAMUS VS. MARK HENRY
Sheamus wins this one, though this rivalry can continue -- two big tough guys looking to fight. Easy story to follow and get interested in.
CHRIS JERICHO VS. FANDANGO
I'm not the biggest fan of danceoffs. But with that said, Chris Jericho is bullet proof, and everything he touches becomes better. Fandango is a perfect example. Yes, Fandango is interesting (though his theme music may be more popular than him at this point in time), but Chris Jericho had a big part in making him interesting. Jericho lent his name to make Fandango a better superstar, and we are seeing that here again. I think Jericho needs his revenge for Wrestlemania so I say he gets it here. Perhaps a rubber match on Raw after Extreme Rules where Fandango goes up 2-1 and the rivalry concludes.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. JACK SWAGGER
I like Zeb Colter. He's interesting, terrific on the microphone and makes me care about what he's saying. Unfortunately, lately that hasn't translated to Jack Swagger. I care more about listening to Zeb than I do watching Swagger compete in the ring. That has unfortunately lowered my interest in this match. In fact, on the flip side of the coin, I have more investment in Ricardo than I do Del Rio. So really, it's the guys on the outside of the ring I'll be watching more in this match. Let's say Swagger retains because he's still a new champion.
THE MIZ VS. CODY RHODES
I think Cody Rhodes is ready for an elevation. The moustache is popular, he's good in the ring and I think his time is coming. He beats Miz, who will always have his Hollywood connection and thus not be hurt by this loss.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun