Grappler’s Choice #17: WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Predictions

With Extreme Rules right around the corner, I thought I would add my predictions for the upcoming PPV.

Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin (No Disqualification Match)

If WWE consider taking Baron Corbin seriously and pushing him any further, he needs to win this match. Given that Ziggler pulled off a surprise roll-up victory at WWE Payback, I predict Extreme Rules will be Corbin’s night. I think this will be a very brutal match, and Corbin will come out of it looking unstoppable.

Winner: Baron Corbin

The Usos vs The Club (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) (Tornado Tag Match)

The club should pick up the victory in this one. I think they will win and completely dominate in this match. This will be a sort of hint as to the outcome of the main event, however, I think it will contrast this match outcome (See AJ Styles vs Roman Reigns).

*I have a strange feeling that we might see the surprise debut of Finn Balor to assist The Club and help them pick up the victory*

Winners: The Club

Kalisto vs Rusev (with Lana) (United States Championship Match)

Rusev should pull off the win here, setting up a future rivalry with John Cena upon his return, I would say this is the most likely outcome. We’ve seen Kalisto win too many times, and simply put, the United States Championship needs a new champion in order to breathe some life into the division once again. I see Lana interfering in the match, costing Kalisto the match.

Winner: Rusev

The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & And/Or Xavier Woods) vs The VaudeVillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch) (Tag Team Championship Match)

Considering Vince McMahon’s opinions on The VaudeVillains’ gimmick, together with, the very recent arrival of this team (they need more experience on the main roster), I see The New Day retaining the championships here. Enzo & Cass will win the gold most likely at Money In The Bank (providing that Enzo Amore recovers from injury).

I predict thereafter that The VaudeVillains will then defeat Enzo & Cass for the championships further down the line.

Winners: The New Day

Charlotte vs Natalya (Submission Match For the Women’s Championship)

As much as I’d love to see Natalya win, and as much as she deserves it right now, I can’t see it happening here. I think WWE want to stretch this as much as possible, I don’t think Charlotte will drop the title until at least Summerslam.

This will be a very close match, but I see Charlotte winning cleanly, leading to a subsequent storyline where she turns on her father – Ric Flair, owing to the fact that she doesn’t need him to interfere in order to win matches.

Winner: Charlotte

The Miz (With Maryse) vs Cesaro vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn (Match for The Intercontinental Championship)

This was incredibly close to call, but owing to personal interests on this match (I made a few bets aha :D) ,as well as, observing recent feuding and hints over the past 2-3 weeks, I think we will definitely see a new champion, and I think that man is going to be Sami Zayn.

Cesaro definitely deserves this win more than any of the four men, he needs it the most, but I don’t think WWE are gonna allow it this time around. I think WWE are keeping Kevin Owens free for ‘The Money In The Bank’ ladder match (I think he will win) so that rules him out, keeping The Miz as champion doesn’t achieve anything or serve any purpose, he’s a fantastic heel champion, but the division needs a new man holding the belt. This leaves us with Sami Zayn, who has yet to win a championship on the main roster. All of the three men have won mid card or main event championships, and I think out of the four men, Zayn needs this the most right now.

Winner: Sami Zayn

Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho (1st ever Asylum Match)

To give this match any credibility, Dean Ambrose has to win. This should be ‘his’ match, and should be synonymous with him, just like ‘Hell In A Cell’ is synonymous with The Undertaker. Therefore, picking up the win in this match should be a must.

Secondly, given the fact that Ambrose is getting a push recently (having largely been undefeated), it does not make sense for him to lose to Chris Jericho. Jericho should put him over and Ambrose should carry this forward, ideally getting put into the WWE championship picture. This should also be the final match between these two, effectively ending the feud.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

AJ Styles vs Roman Reigns (Extreme Rules Match for The WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

I think everyone in the WWE universe right now would love to see AJ Styles pull off the victory, but sadly, that isn’t going to happen.

WWE is firmly behind their ‘Guy’ – Roman Reigns, so any chance of Styles winning is out of the question. I would be stunned if the result were the opposite. In regards to what I said earlier with the tag team match involving The Club & The Usos, I think that The Club will cost AJ Styles the match and betray him. I think Finn Balor will join The Club and all three men will interfere toward the end of the match, attacking Styles and then leaving, allowing Reigns to pick up the victory.

This will allow Reigns to feud with Cena/Rollins or whoever for the WWE championship going forward, and will also create an AJ Styles vs The Club (with new leader ‘Finn Balor’) feud.

Winner: Roman Reigns

– Christian Reeve

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