It’s hot out. There was a ton of live wrestling last night. I went to an outside wedding yesterday. Had some beers last night. Went out on two Pokemon Go trips today. So it’s time to get Extreme! This WWE event echoes back to the days of Extreme Championship Wrestling with added stipulations to the matches. It’s an unpredictable and often violent show every year. Let’s see what happens this year. Or what I think will happen.
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler.
This match was added recently, most likely due to Owens’s new push on Smackdown. He’s running his mouth, saying things that seem a bit too “real”. Plus he stepped in front of that show’s biggest heel, Shane McMahon. All of this sounds like a big push for Kevin and losing here does that story no good.
Winner: Kevin Owens.
Finn Balor (Intercontinental champion) vs Shinsuke Nakamura.
For those that don’t know, three weeks ago WWE announced new head writers for Raw and Smackdown. Since then some talent that has been forgotten are getting the chance to shine on TV. It’s a new era in wrestling and a man who had potential to be a star gets another chance. Nakamura with a title could be a way to reignite the fire that was there a few short years ago.
Winner and new champion: Shinsuke Nakamura.
The Revival (Raw tag team champions) vs. The Usos.
The Revival finally get their time in the sun. Partnering with the previously mentioned Shane McMahon, getting a t-shirt, earning more respect. The Usos don’t need to prove anything. But the Revival still need a few more fans to not cheer them, but damn sure respect them.
Winners and still champions: The Revival.
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley. Last Man Standing match.
The point of this match is to put your opponent down for a 10 count. This is frequently done all over the arena with a variety of props and weapons worked in. Rumor is WWE realizes they Nerfed (I hate how much I like that term) Strowman and are ready to make him a monster once again. No better way than to show nothing can keep him down.
Winner: Braun Strowman.
Ricochet (US Champion) vs. AJ Styles.
The newly heel AJ Styles! It’s about time too. Ricochet already has the win, and is over with the fans. He doesn’t need a long title reign. Or any title reign. He’s going to be this generation’s Rey Mysterio. But Styles with a big victory and a belt would be a nice way to show off the reformation of The Club as the dominant bad guys of Smackdown.
Winner and new champion: AJ Styles.
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro.
There is no way Black has been built up over the last two months for his re-debut only to lose. Not a chance.
Winner: Aleister Black.
Daniel Bryan and Rowan (Smackdown tag team champion) vs. New Day vs. Heavy Machinery.
God help me, I think WWE is all about Heavy Machinery right now. Good entertaining team to get the crowd hyped up. Comedy act but can be impressive in the ring. I think it starts here.
Winners and new champions: Heavy Machinery.
Drew Gulak (Cruiserweight champion) vs. Tony Nese.
More was done for Gulak’s character on last night’s Evolve show (live on the WWE Network!) than I’ve seen on WWE programming in a year. Build on it. Do something. A lot of fans, myself included, are now interested in this character. Don’t lose the momentum.
Winner and still champion: Drew Gulak.
Bayley (Smackdown women’s champion) vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.
Usually I would predict a loss in a 2 on 1 situation. However, Bayley is teasing that she will have someone in her corner. It would make a lot of sense for this to be the moment of Sasha Banks’s return. Sasha hasn’t been seen since WrestleMania but a quick build to her turning on Bayley leading into SummerSlam would be a great way to get her back in the spotlight.
Winner and still champion: Bayley.
Kofi Kingston (Smackdown champion) vs. Samoa Joe.
I want Joe to be world champion. I like to think one day it will happen. But summer title opportunities have never gone his way. He’ll look good. It will be close. But tonight isn’t it.
Winner and still champion: Kofi Kingston.
Undertaker and Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
Seriously? Of course Undertaker wins. Why come back at this point unless it’s for the victory? He’ll pin McIntyre too.
Winners: Undertaker and Roman Reigns.
Seth Rollins (Raw champion) and Becky Lynch (Raw women’s champion) vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. Winners take all. (If one champion lose, both lose their titles.)
I think this is it. WWE is obviously high on Corbin and Evans. Both have been great at being heels. Fans truly hate them with a passion. Which means they’re doing their jobs well. The stipulations of this match allow the champions to lose their titles but still look strong. The rematch story writes itself.
Winners and new champions: Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans.