WWE Extreme Rules : Sunday night will become extreme for WWE when six world titles are defended at the annual Extreme Rules pay-per-view card set to take place in Philadelphia. The 10-match card brings with it a certain level of optimism considering the blockbuster additions to WWE creative of Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff to the Raw and SmackDown brands, respectively.
Even though Extreme Rules offers 10 matches that, collectively, are anything but extreme from a stipulation standpoint, there’s enough talent and interesting feuds to produce a memorable show. Let’s now have a look at who our CBS experts predict comes out victorious at Extreme Rules, and be sure to check back on Sunday for live coverage of the show.
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Brian Campbell, Adam Silverstein, Jack Crosby: Given that Gulak just recently captured the title, it would seem too premature for a change to be made. While both guys are credible performers, the current title picture is lacking a next-level personality to make this match a must-see. Hopefully the pair of cruiserweight surprise that thought with a memorable match. Pick: Drew Gulak retains the title
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro
JC, BC, AS: I’m sure that some may have been a bit underwhelmed with the reveal of Cesaro as “the one who knocks,’ and this may not even turn into anything more than a one-off match before everything resets heading into SummerSlam. Whatever the case, there’s little doubt that this will be one of the most entertaining pure wrestling matches of the night, and it may very well steal the attention of the entire Philly crowd coming out. In the end, it seems as if they have some pretty big plans for Black going forward, and a victory over an incredible worker the likes of Cesaro is a good launching point. Pick: Aleister Black wins
SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Daniel Bryan & Rowan (c) vs. The New Day vs. Heavy Machinery
AS, BC: Look, what exactly is the point of Bryan & Rowan declaring that they are going to take the tag team division into the main event scene if you’re going to have them drop the titles here? Unless you are planning to bring Bryan back into the main event picture as a singles competitor — and I will discuss why I do not think that is happening later — keeping the titles on this team is the right move. The issue is that there needs to be more tag teams on this brand for them to feud with; changing the titles would be a wrong move. Pick: Daniel Bryan & Rowan retain the titles
JC: I tend to dabble in living on the edge with at least one match pick on these PPV cards, and this title match earns that role for Extreme Rules. Xavier Woods & Big E, quite frankly, really don’t need another run with the titles. When it comes to Bryan, while he’s done a fantastic job as a tag team champion, I get the hunch that when Eric Bischoff officially takes over the blue brand next week, he may want to utilize the former WWE champion as a singles star once again. Otis & Tucker, to the surprise of few, have been rapidly getting over with the crowds, and there’s really no harm in strapping them up here and giving them a run with the titles. Pick: Heavy Machinery win the titles
BC: If you’re looking at the potential shoot elements of the booking in this match, it will be interesting to see whether an Usos victory meant The Revival was expected to leave WWE at the expiration of their contracts, which has been heavily rumored. Despite two turns with the Raw titles, The Revival hasn’t exactly been booked into anything memorable — save for a two-week stay in Shane McMahon’s makeshift heel faction. A win for Jey and Jimmy would see the titles go back to safe hands as The Usos continue to build their legacy. Pick: The Usos win the titles