WWE Extreme Rules 2019 predictions, matches, card, start time, location, date, PPV preview
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
July 14 marks the date where the Superstars of Raw and SmackDown Live will turn things up a notch. New and ongoing feuds will erupt on this evening within WWE’s wildest stipulation matches. And all of these special rules encounters will fall under the Extreme Rules umbrella. This year’s installment is particularly exciting since The Undertaker will be on hand to compete in a tag team match with Roman Reigns. With his legendary presence alongside the rest of the WWE roster, Extreme Rules 2019 looks to be one of the most intense entries in recent memory.
Before we lay eyes on the destruction of Extreme Rules 2019, let’s take a look at all the announced matchups and pick the big winners.
Drew Gulak (c) vs. Tony Nese (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
WWE Extreme Rules 2019
Predictions & Winner: Imagine my surprise when Drew Gulak managed to win the Cruiserweight title at Stomping Grounds. Tony Nese may not have been setting the world on fire with his championship reign, but I figured he’d enjoy a lengthy run until SummerSlam at least. But 205 Live’s technical wrestling wizard finally won the brand’s top prize, but did it by pinning Akira Tozawa instead of the champion himself. Now that Nese has overcome Tozawa once more, he’s be granted a one-on-one bout with the new champ.
Gulak and Nese have been day one guys for the purple and orange brand. It was cool witnessing Nese win the title at WrestleMania 35, plus its also been an unexpected pleasure to see Gulak finally claim that same prize. Gulak’s first title defense should (and most certainly will) result in him retaining his newly won title. So he’s obviously the easy pick here – Gulak is going to hold onto the Cruiserweight Championship since it wouldn’t make much sense for him to lose it mere weeks after winning it.