WWE Extreme Rules 2018 – Matches and Predictions

Get ready to settle in for some Sunday night WWE action once again! WWE Extreme Rules 2018 will be coming to you live from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on July 15th for those of you opting to watch. It’s the final big Pay-Per-View event for the WWE before SummerSlam, so consider it your appetizer.

Here’s what we know about Extreme Rules and the matches, plus a few predictions…

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Who’s Out?

First off, let’s get a couple things straight. Two big-name fan favorites, Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are not scheduled to appear at Extreme Rules.

Rousey is currently suspended for 30 days (starting last week), but the former UFC star has proven herself on the mat. Her tough personality is just starting to shine through on camera – and she really has it in for Alexa Bliss – so we’ll be eagerly awaiting her return. We haven’t seen Lesnar, also a UFC star, since his victory against against Roman Reigns in a cage match at the Greatest Royal Rumble back in April. At this point, Lesnar is the longest-reigning WWE Champion ever, having taken the title from Goldberg over 440 days ago. Yeah, fans of “The Beast” – and uh, almost everybody else – are getting antsy.

Unsurprisingly, the Universal Championship will not be up for grabs at Extreme Rules in July, but the spot of “Number One Contender” for the title will be. Anyway, here’s what we know will be on the card at Extreme Rules.

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AJ Styles v. Rusev for the WWE Championship

After beating The Miz in the gauntlet matchup on Smackdown last week, the Lion of Bulgaria has secured his spot in a match against Styles for the WWE Championship. Should be a good one.

Roman Reigns v. Bobby Lashley v. TBA? to Determine the No. 1 Contender for the Universal Title

Kurt Angle’s announcement last week let us know that Reigns and Lashley would be definite participants in a multi-person battle at Extreme Rules to determine the number one contender for the Universal Championship. The winner here gets the chance to challenge Brock Lesnar for his belt… whenever he returns. (Maybe SummerSlam?)

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Who else might be in this matchup? We can’t say for certain, but maybe Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, or Kevin Owens. And remember how Elias said he wanted in on this one too? There just might be room for Braun Strowman to insert himself, but he doesn’t have to since he’s got that Money in the Bank contract to cash in on Lesnar at any time (unless he just wants bragging rights, of course).

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Alexa Bliss v. Nia Jax for the Raw Women’s Championship

Alexa Bliss touted her new championship belt on Raw and got brutally batted around by Rousey last week, but she’ll have to defend her title soon enough. The injured Nia Jax has called in her contractually mandated rematch for Extreme Rules so Bliss will have to put her money where her mouth is. Unfortunately, because of her suspension we can’t expect Rousey to interfere or make an appearance as we might’ve hoped.

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Other Predictions?

SmackDown Women’s Title: Asuka v. Carmella (current champion). After their dramatic showing on Smackdown last week, it’s not hard to anticipate an angry Asuka coming for the Princess of Staten Island. She’ll be looking for revenge after being distracted by James Ellsworth during their Money in the Bank matchup. Maybe they’ll find some way to keep Ellsworth out of the mix.

Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins v. Dolph Ziggler (current champion). Rollins stared open-mouthed as the title was unexpectedly snatched from him by challenger Ziggler last week. It happened so fast that the fans and Rollins were shocked. Ziggler could make him wait until Extreme Rules for a chance to get it back.

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Kevin Owens v. Braun Strowman. If neither of these guys gets into the multi-man matchup to determine the number one contender for the Universal Title, then they might just end up battling each other. Based on Strowman’s Money in the Bank victory over Owens plus their high-tension “conversation” on Raw (in which Strowman rejected Owens’s olive branch), these guys have got it out for each other. And where there’s a feud…

Bayley v. Sasha Banks. Because why not? After their disastrous tag team match against the Riott Squad and their angry backstage altercation, we expect these two to fight eventually. What better time than Extreme Rules? If this matchup doesn’t happen, maybe one of them will take on Ruby Riott.

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What the Experts Say:

It’s almost a definite that the Cruiserweight Championship between Cedric Alexander (the current champion) and Buddy Murphy will take place, especially since it was ignored during Money in the Bank. It’s also possible that Jeff Hardy might be battling Shinsuke Nakamura for the U.S. Championship. Extreme Rules might also have something lined up for Daniel Bryan and Bludgeon Brothers, but nothing is set in stone yet.

Need-to-Know Details: WWE Extreme Rules, a dual-branded Pay-Per-View event, starts 7 PM EST with a pre-show beginning at 6 PM. It should last around three and a half hours. There will probably be 10 to 12 matches on the card. 

Date
Event
Jul 157:30 PM WWE: Extreme RulesPPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA From $45

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