WWE Extreme Rules Live : The WWE returns to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday for its 11th annual Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
There was a time when Extreme Rules was touted as the most hardcore night of the year for WWE, but that hasn’t been the case in nearly a decade. Instead of every match on the card carrying some sort of stipulation, only three of the advertised 10 matches Sunday will be anything close to “extreme.”
Despite that, it’s a fairly loaded lineup on paper, with almost every active championship being defended. There is also slated to be a few exciting matches, such as Aleister Black vs. Cesaro and Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley, that are bound to be barn-burners.
WWE’s lackluster build to the pay-per-view hasn’t left fans overly anticipating this event. Similar to Stomping Grounds, however, the promotion can still exceed expectations by delivering a standout show.
More importantly, it will interesting to see how Extreme Rules lays the groundwork for SummerSlam in August and which feuds will conclude. It’s time to break down the card and make bold predictions for what could go down in Philly.
Drew Gulak and Tony Nese have more history than most may realize, making this match at Extreme Rules all the more personal.
It’s not just about the WWE Cruiserweight Championship for them. These two started out in 205 Live together and were positioned as partners for the better part of two years. Their friendship eventually faded, but their aspirations of becoming cruiserweight champion caused them to cross paths as opponents before long.
Gulak and Nese have traded victories on countless occasions, including in tournaments for the title they will be fighting for Sunday. At Stomping Grounds, Gulak pinned Akira Tozawa in a Triple Threat match also involving Nese to become the new cruiserweight champion.
Now with the gold in his grasp, Gulak is ready to finally make 205 Live the show he has always wanted it to be but first must defeat Nese at Extreme Rules. There won’t be anything extreme about this encounter, and in a straight-up wrestling match, Gulak will always hold the advantage.
As a Philadelphia native, Gulak’s chances of victory on this show are pretty high. WWE will occasionally embarrass the hometown hero by having them lose—even when it doesn’t make sense—but there is virtually no way that happens here.
There are almost too many stipulations in this match to count, with it being an Extreme Rules Last Chance Winners Take All mixed tag team match for the Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It’s simply a shame all of it is basically for nothing seeing given how few fans care about it.
The Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin and Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans rivalries should have ended at Stomping Grounds. Dragging both of them out this long has caused fans to not care, so anticipation for this main event at Extreme Rules isn’t at an all-time high.
Worse yet, Rollins and Lynch have little chemistry as an on-air pairing. They aren’t nearly as hot now as they were around WrestleMania season, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for either of them to drop their respective titles.
Corbin and Evans would be the wrong choices to take those titles from Rollins and Lynch. Despite how they have been booked over the course of 2019, they have failed to feel like true top talent on the Raw roster, and it’s time for all four of them to move on to better things.
Once WWE’s resident power couple comes out on top, fingers crossed Bray Wyatt makes an appearance and lays out Rollins to end the evening. That would help lay the groundwork for a marquee matchup for the universal title at SummerSlam.