Sunday, April 25, 2010

Extreme Rules Predictions

Yeah, we're still doing this. I do have to say though that ever since I got into wrestling this is the pay-per-view I'm looking forward to the least. Maybe it's because of the lack of belts being defended, maybe it's because it's the pay-per-view after Wrestlemania, maybe it's because I'm just not that in to wrestling anymore. I highly doubt that last option though. Here's my predictions for tonight's pay-per-view.

Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk - It's a rematch of their match at Wrestlemania, and the same rules basically apply. If Mysterio loses, he has to join Punk's Straight Edge Society, a group of three people that preach a straight-edge lifestyle. If Punk loses though, he has to shave his hair (high stakes here people). I think CM Punk wins here for two reasons. The first being that Mysterio won the first time, and this would tie their series at even. The second is because Mysterio joining Punk's stable is a heck of a lot better of a storyline than Punk getting a haircut.

JTG vs. Shad Gaspard in a strap match - Never heard of either of these guys? It's okay, not many people have. For the last three plus years, they've been a tag team together known as Cryme Tyme, but they recently split up with Shad taking on the role of the heel. Problem is, nobody seems to care, something that couldn't be more evident than when they get together in front of a live crowd. I don't care about this match at all, but I'll take Shad for the victory, only because it looks like this spilt was more about his push than it was about JTG's.

A Random Women's Title Match - At this point, nobody seems to care about the Women's division, so what's the point. The problem is that there are about twelve Diva's in the WWE right now. Of those twelve, about eight of them are there because they are hot and the other four actually can wrestle. From what I've read, everyone wants to get behind the women like they did in the past, it's just that there are no compelling storylines anymore. I say they need to go back to one belt between the two shows and put more focus into the division.

The other problem with this pay-per-view is that as of now, three belts aren't being defended - The United States Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the Unified Tag Team Championships. Not having them present on a pay-per-view makes the titles look weak, and that is a problem the WWE definitely needs to fix going forward in 2010.

Triple H vs. Sheamus in a street fight - These two are very good friends outside of the ring, so look for Triple H to finally put his buddy over in their newly established feud. I thought that maybe Triple H would give one to Sheamus at Wrestlemania, but that was not the case. Still, I see Sheamus getting the nod here at the feud being extended.

Edge vs. Chris Jericho in a cage match - This could very well be the match that steals the show, but it's also another rematch from Wrestlemania. It's actually a very similar card in that regard. And again, because Jericho won round one, I see this round going to Edge to further lengthened this feud as well. These guys work very well together and it's smart to keep them feuding for a little longer, so I'll take Edge to win this one.

Jack Swagger vs. Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship - It's been very interesting what the WWE is doing with Jack Swagger. Since he cashed in the Money in the Bank contract on Chris Jericho to win the belt, he's wreslted in four matches. He lost to Randy Orton, lost to John Morrison, and lost to The Undertaker. On one hand, it's pretty big for Swagger that he's wrestling these guys in the first place, but on the other hand if you have the belt you look weaker by losing these matches. However, Swagger did win that other match that he wrestled, which actually was a title match between him, Jericho, and Edge. I'm not sure what the WWE is trying to accomplish with this, but if Swagger is the type of champion that loses all the time unless the belt is on the line, then I'm on board for that. I pick Swagger to retain.

John Cena vs. Batista in a Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship - The WWE really needs to find a way for John Cena to be relevant without being in the title picture. I understand his appeal and all, but Cena holding is belt is blocking too many other deserving people from a shot at the title. I like that Swagger cashed in his contract successfully, but there was no way that was going to be against Cena, because the WWE has to "protect" him. That's where a lot of the Cena resentment comes into play. As for this match, I believe Batista is taking some time off this summer, so yeah, look for Cena to retain.

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