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WWE Extreme Rules staff predictions: Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles

WWE Extreme Rules

This Sunday is WWE Extreme Rules, a show where ladybugs are apparently going to hump (at least, that’s what the commercial suggested). In the main event, we’ll get a rematch between AJ Styles and Roman Reigns for the WWE title, this time held under Extreme Rules, which means Stephanie and Shane can’t come out and restart the match ten thousand times like last month.

The underlying theme for this month again rests on both the opponents' seconds. Will Anderson and Gallows interfere? Will the Usos get involved? It’s probably a yes on both fronts. But after months of teasing, will AJ and The Club unify solidly against Reigns, or will AJ do the right thing?

Participants for this month (with prediction points!):

No DQ: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

Bryan Rose: I thought they blew off this feud a few weeks ago on Raw. They didn’t. So I have no real interest in this, though if they really are going to do things with Corbin they should give him the win here.

    Winner: Baron Corbin

James Cox: They need to blow this feud off and move forward with Corbin, if they are going to do anything significant with him.

    Winner: Baron Corbin

PeachMachine: Hmmm… I screwed up and went with Ziggler last time and that scored. I’m trying to blank it out this month.

Winner: Ziggler again. No way he wins twice.

Karl Stern: Baron Corbin.  I am guessing this based only on the grounds that Baron Corbin is tall and WWE likes tall people and Dolph, though I love him, is totally expendable.

    Winner: Baron Corbin.

Steve Khan: End of days, end this feud.

Winner: Baron Corbin.

Brian Hoops: Ziggler got the win last PPV so it’s Corbin’s turn. They need to blow this feud off and let Corbin move onto another challenge.

    Winner: Baron Corbin

Jeremy Peeples: Dolph won the last match on the pre-show, so it’s Baron’s turn to win here. Being on the mid-card treadmill is doing both guys a disservice, and destroying whatever good giving Baron the WM win had.

    Winner: Baron Corbin

Alan O’Brien: The “Baron Corbin Era” is unlikely to start with a 1-2 record against Dolph Ziggler.

    Winner: Baron Corbin

Kyle S. Johnson: So this feud is still going on. Probably not for much longer, though. Corbin wins, and presumably is off to feud with someone else.

    Winner: Baron Corbin

Tornado Tag Match: The Usos vs. The Club

Bryan Rose: Don’t have any real interest in this without AJ or Reigns’ involvement. Should be fine. Keep The Club strong for a while by giving them the win.

    Winner: The Club

James Cox: The Club should go over after being pinned on Raw. Should be a good match. They can win here and get beaten down after the main event.

    Winner: The Club

PeachMachine: The Usos are my least favorite act. They look like the Headbangers if they had just gotten out of the shower.

    Winner: Usos.

Karl Stern: The only thing that makes sense here is for The Club to win.  That’s why I’m picking the Usos.

    Winner: The Usos

Steve Khan: A tornado match with these four should be fun as hell. The Club has to win, and it will give them fuel to turn on AJ if he doesn’t beat Reigns. It’ll be funny if Gallows and not Anderson gets the pin.

Winner: The Club

Brian Hoops: The Club needs a win to build credibility. Usos got the last win on Raw, so in world of 50/50 booking, Club needs to win.

    Winner: The Club

Jeremy Peeples: The Usos have dominated the TV matches, and The Club not only needs a win - but an impressive match. This match type is an all-action spectacle in theory, and should finally give The Club a star-making match that they need.

    Winners: The Club

Alan O’Brien: Given that Reigns is likely to retain in the main event, I foresee The Club picking up a badly-needed win here.

    Winner: The Club

Kyle S. Johnson: One has to think that The Club gets a win here since emphasis has been placed on how few wins they have under their belt since returning. Since they’re probably going to play a role in the finish of the main event, they would then do well to have Gallows and Anderson go over convincingly with their finish.

    Winner: The Club

Asylum Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho

Bryan Rose: Let’s see, Jericho lost last month. So I guess he wins this month, even though this is a cooky weapons match that’s up Dean’s alley. Considering he lost the last time there was a weapons match, it would at least make a bit of sense.

    Winner: Chris Jericho

James Cox: Dean Ambrose ought to win here; after all it's a match named after his gimmick. Lots of creativity expected here. Jericho to ride off into the sunset again?

    Winner: Dean Ambrose

PeachMachine: Ambrose needs to start wearing Skinny jeans so he can run even more awkwardly.

    Winner: Jeri-Show.

Karl Stern:  Of course Chris Jericho wins.  Jericho is taking another leave from WWE and Ambrose is a rising star so the obvious WWE booking is...

    Winner:  Chris Jericho

Steve Khan: They named the match after Ambrose and his logo is even in the graphic for it. That doesn’t have to mean anything, but I choose to believe that it does. Also, there’s no reason for Jericho to win this particular match.

   Winner: Dean Ambrose

Brian Hoops: Jericho should win here as Ambrose got the last high profile win. The stips in the match allow the heel to cheat and give Ambrose the out.

    Winner: Chris Jericho

Jeremy Peeples: Dean may have won the last match, but Jericho is seemingly on a Put Guys Over tour - so Dean should win this one as well. He needs the win and anything resembling upward momentum, so he’ll probably win here using a potted plant.

    Winner: Dean Ambrose

Alan O’Brien: Ambrose to win the gimmick match he concocted, putting a merciful end to this dreadful feud.

    Winner: Dean Ambrose

Kyle S. Johnson: Because Ambrose won at Payback, it would stand to reason that Jericho wins this match. However, that would not make much sense unless the feud continues another month. For the sake of potted plants everywhere, let us hope it does not. I would expect Dean to win here and then slot into the Intercontinental Championship chase.

    Winner: Dean Ambrose

Fatal Four Way for Intercontinental Title: The Miz (c) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro

Bryan Rose: This could really be a show stealer if done right (in other words, no dumb finishes). Think it’s too early for Zayn to win, and Owens doesn’t need this title anymore and should probably move on after this match. They could do Cesaro, but I see Miz retaining.

    Winner: The Miz

James Cox: This should be really great. Kevin Owens has been a joy to watch lately, but I have no confidence in their booking of Cesaro or Sami Zayn. Miz to retain. Again.

    Winner: The Miz

PeachMachine: This could be a really good match. And WWE booking would lead me to believe Miz retains.

    Winner: Cesaro

Karl Stern:  My heart says Kevin Owens but my experience of watching WWE for over 30 years says Miz.

    Winner:  The Miz

Steve Khan: I’m thinking Miz or Cesaro. Owens and Zayn can move into the Money in the Bank match next month. If Cesaro comes out as IC champion, he has Sheamus and Del Rio as potential challengers.

Winner: Cesaro

Brian Hoops: Could be a great match. Miz and Maryze are a great tandem, but Miz holding the belt nothing to elevate the title. Could be time for a change with goal of building to Zayn chasing a title.

    Winner: Kevin Owens

Jeremy Peeples: This has been one of the better-built feuds of the past month. They’ve got something with Sami and Owens and they know it. Owens could really use a title win here, but Cesaro has lost all of his momentum since returning - so he needs the win more than anyone else.

    Winner: Cesaro

Alan O’Brien: This is a tough one, but I’m leaning towards Sami Zayn “screwing” Kevin Owens out of the title, allowing Cesaro to come in and pick up the pieces - and the strap. Owens crabbing about being hard done by is the best Owens and I don’t think they want to give the underdog Zayn his big win yet. Plus, Cesaro got pinned on Smackdown and that’s the way they do things.

    Winner: Cesaro

Kyle S. Johnson: This should make for a fun little match, and it will be all the more compelling because the outcome is very much up in the air. I would assume that Sami and Owens will wind up in the Money in the Bank match next month, and Miz’s title reign has just about run its course, so I’m going with Cesaro.

    Winner: Cesaro

United States Champion Kalisto vs. Rusev

Bryan Rose: Kalisto is among the worst champions I’ve ever seen. He’s great in the ring, hell, he had a terrific match with Ryback last month. But he is barely on TV, and when he is he usually loses. That is not what a champion should be. That sucks. Rusev should just win and put this pathetic title run behind us already.

    Winner: Rusev

James Cox: It is about time they did something with Rusev. Perhaps it would be a good time to put the belt on him before Cena returns. Kalisto has had a decent run, but a change here would be good.

    Winner: Rusev

PeachMachine: Is this just the Ryback feud continued with someone who’s not going to complain? Seems like it.

    Winner: Kalisto

Karl Stern:  I had been predicting Ryback before I realized he was busy burning the WWE bridge.  Now the big guy has been replaced by another big guy- Rusev.  But Lucha forever and always.

    Winner: Kalisto

Steve Khan: Besides WrestleMania, every time Kalisto has had a US Title match, I’ve always gotten the prediction wrong. That’s bad news for Rusev.

Winner: Rusev

Brian Hoops: I don’t think they have lost interest in building up Kalisto yet, so he is likely to retain.

    Winner: Kalisto

Jeremy Peeples: The Kalisto experiment has failed - and it’s not entirely his fault, but he’s not the successor to Rey that they want. Rusev holding the title gives him a chance to at least reignite his career on paper - even if they can’t recreate what they had in early 2015 with him as a killer.

    Winner: Rusev

Alan O’Brien: Rusev to win and renew acquaintances with the returning John Cena. Kalisto’s title reign has always been an afterthought for creative; this will surely be the end of the road for it.

    Winner: Rusev

Kyle S. Johnson: I have not correctly predicted the outcome of a U.S. Championship match since Royal Rumble, and I suspect that this drought finally comes to an end this month. Rusev has been great of late (though he’s really been quite great for some time), and winning the championship here would be a great way to rejuvenate both he and the title itself. Here’s hoping that the plan isn’t just to feed him to Cena straight away.

    Winner: Rusev

Women's Champion Charlotte vs. Natalya - Submission Match

Bryan Rose: Please no more dumb finishes. This should be really good, with Charlotte finding a way to retain. That makes the most sense if they are really building towards a Sasha/Charlotte match for SummerSlam.

    Winner: Charlotte

James Cox: Although it makes no sense, I still think Charlotte walks out champion.

    Winner: Charlotte

PeachMachine: Who better than Kanyon!

    Winner: Natty

Karl Stern: It seems clear that they are behind Charlotte long term plus, are you kidding me, you actually think Natalya will get anything from WWE?

    Winner: Charlotte

Steve Khan: Story-wise, I see this going similar to the Benoit-Angle Royal Rumble 2003 match. Benoit came so close to finally winning the big one, but in the end, had to tap out to the better wrestler that night. Natalya will come close, but Charlotte will get a clean submission win.

Winner: Charlotte

Brian Hoops: The long term build seems to be Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks for the title, so changing the title would derail those plans. Could be an excellent match.

    Winner: Charlotte

Jeremy Peeples: Nattie is a perfect opponent for Charlotte, and they made her look really strong at Payback. With that said, she’s better off as the challenger and not champion - so Charlotte should win here, and hopefully win clean without more BS like last month.

    Winner: Charlotte

Alan O’Brien: Charlotte to gut it out and win a close-fought match, giving her the confidence to tell her father that she no longer needs his cheating ways to get ahead. Then we get Charlotte versus Dana next month and everyone dies inside a little bit.

    Winner: Charlotte

Kyle S. Johnson: Charlotte and Natty had a helluva match last month, only for their efforts to be somewhat squandered with the overdone Montreal Screwjob finish. With the stip here being that Ric is barred from ringside, I suspect that Charlotte gets a mostly clean win and uses it to build herself up in promos. Soon enough, Sasha will come a’calling.

    Winner: Charlotte

WWE Tag Team Champion The New Day vs. The Vaudevillains

Bryan Rose: Vaudevillans are DOA on the main roster. They aren’t bad, but nothing’s translating on the main roster.  New Day should make this quick so we can move on.

    Winner: The New Day

James Cox: The New Day to retain. The Vaudevillans have to be the strangest choice to promoted to the main roster to date.

     Winner: The New Day

PeachMachine: The Vaudevillans suck. Their schtick is hacky and I hate them.

    Winner: The Vaudevillans

Karl Stern:  The New Day is the WWE’s goofy centerpiece gimmick.  The Vaudevillans are also gimmick wrestler too but come-on, they aren’t selling a billionth of the merchandise New Day is.

    Winner:  New Day

Steve Khan: New Day have had the titles forever, and losing them here would be a waste. I could see the Vaudevillains win to surprise people and maybe give them some momentum, but that would be stupid.

Winner: The New Day

Brian Hoops: The Vaudevillians seem like just another opponent here with a gimmick that has a limited shelf life. New Day needs to retain the titles for a program with Enzo and Cass.

Jeremy Peeples: As expected, the Vaudevillains act hasn’t translated well to the main roster and they have no momentum. New Day has been beaten up a ton before the match, further cementing that they will win and retain here.

    Winners: The New Day

Alan O’Brien: The Vaudevillians have flopped on the main roster, to the surprise of precisely no-one, but I can see the company forging ahead with them on Sunday. The New Day have had the straps forever and could benefit from a bump in the road. The heel Vaudevillains also seem more natural opponents for Cass and the soon-to-return Enzo.

    Winner: The Vaudevillains

Kyle S. Johnson: I could see WWE building toward a Summerslam program with The New Day and Enzo and Cass, which means that they probably won’t switch the titles out here. Given that The Vaudevillains have connected about as well as predicted, a title change seems even less likely.

    Winner: The New Day

Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles

WWE Champion Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles - Extreme Rules match

Bryan Rose: Should be really good. Reigns is great and AJ is one of the best in the world. Should have a lot of weapons, lots of interference, but also a clean win. Would make the most sense after last month. I could see them doing a AJ heel turn and have him win the title, but the Reigns title run seems to be for the long haul, so I’ll go with him.

    Winner: Roman Reigns

James Cox: I think this could be a really great main event. AJ has been a huge boon for the company, but I worry about his back. Interference galore, no doubt, but Roman will walk out on top.

    Winner: Roman Reigns

PeachMachine: The extreme rules aspect sells this match because last month they had... an extreme rules match. Whatever. We’re all so jaded. Stay positive. Love your life.

    Winner: Alan Neal Jones Styles

Karl Stern:  I can’t believe this is even a thing.

    Winner:  Roman Reigns

Steve Khan: The Usos and The Club will likely get involved but I don’t think they will directly impact finish, and Reigns will probably win (mostly) clean. I can see The Club turning on AJ after the match (or on Raw), which will hopefully lead to the debut of Finn Balor.

Winner: Roman Reigns.

Brian Hoops: Switching the title here would certainly get the wrestling world talking as no one expects Styles to win the belt. Changing the belt would derail plans for a long term title run for Reigns but they could always do a quick change against this summer. Making Styles champion would set him up as a main event player instead of mid-carder.

    Winner: AJ Styles

Jeremy Peeples: This feud has brought out the best in AJ and Roman, and has given Roman the momentum he has needed all year. Since Roman is “the guy”, it feels a bit weird to have him lose so early on into his true big title reign - but they could go somewhere with either The Club causing him to lose or the Usos turning on Roman. More than likely though, we get The Club screwing AJ and then Roman and AJ team up against them a bit. I would prefer an AJ win, but Roman winning seems more plausible.

    Winner: Roman Reigns

Alan O’Brien: Reigns to win pretty cleanly, with the Extreme Rules stip and interference providing AJ with cover to sustain another loss. The feud, which feels far from stale yet, may even stretch to another title match at MITB.

    Winner: Roman Reigns

Kyle S. Johnson: What a great feud this has been. One can only hope that it carries on for another month or two, but it’s a fair bet that Roman is not dropping the title for the sake of extending the program a bit longer. I look for The Club to either cost AJ the match or beat him down after losing.

    Winner: Roman Reigns