WWE Extreme Rules 2022: Staff Predictions and Match Card Preview
WWE Extreme Rules has all of the potential to be the best show of the year. They have reverted to booking Extreme Rules how it was supposed to be booked, with every match having a stipulation. There are six matches on the card and the white rabbit has been reported to be revealed as well. It’s going to be a night full of violence and chaos. Anything can happen when there are no rules. Feuds are coming to a head, so there’s no telling what will happen. I asked fellow members of the staff, Dillon O’Brien and Jiarmani DePena, for their predictions as well for WWE Extreme Rules.
The Brawling Brutes vs Imperium
These two groups have had their differences for a couple of weeks now. It’s no secret that they don’t like each other. After the epic match between Gunther and Sheamus at Clash at the Castle, the feud heated up. Since then, they have competed against each other on Smackdown. Most recently, Imperium defeated the Brawling Brutes in a trios match. Sheamus is looking to finally get a win over Gunther at WWE Extreme Rules.
I think the Brawling Brutes are going to come out on top in this match. It feels like they have been doing a lot of losing to Imperium as of late, so they need to pick up a win as a trio. That can lead to more matches between Gunther and Sheamus in the future as well. My only request is that whoever wins, does it cleanly. I feel like a lot of matches don’t finish with a clean win, so that’s something that I would like to see happen. Either way, this match is going to rule and has the potential to steal the show.
Mark: The Brawling Brutes def. Imperium
Jiarmani: The Brawling Brutes def. Imperium
Dillon: Imperium def. The Brawling Brutes
Drew McIntyre vs Karrion Kross
Since returning to WWE, Karrion Kross has made it obvious he was going after McIntyre. The two have yet to meet in the ring, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t met physically. Kross has attacked McIntyre on multiple occasions and McIntyre finally had enough. McIntyre laid down the challenge for Kross and he accepted. A strap match is one of the more physically brutal matches in WWE, with there being no escape from your opponent. It’s easy to get the strap caught up in the ropes or anywhere around the ring. This one is not going to be for the faint of heart.
Karrion Kross has wrestled one match since returning to WWE, so he needs to pick up a massive win to establish himself as a credible threat. As much as I love Drew, I don’t think he should win. He has been losing a lot, but I do think it’s leading somewhere. I think Drew is going to lose and ultimately turn heel. He needs a refresh and would work really well as a heel.
Mark: Karrion Kross def. Drew McIntyre
Jiarmani: Karrion Kross def. Drew McIntyre
Dillon: Karrion Kross def. Drew McIntyre
*I Quit Match*
Edge vs Finn Balor
The group that Edge created has now turned on him. After Finn Balor joined The Judgement Day, the group immediately turned on their former leader. Since then, Edge has vowed to “kill” Judgement Day; he will not stop until the group is finished. They tried to take Edge out by injuring his leg, but that only sidelined Edge for a few weeks and made him angrier. Edge laid down the challenge to Finn and he accepted. Edge has an opportunity to get revenge on the group he once created.
“I Quit” matches are tough to predict, because someone has to utter the words “I quit.” As much as I think Balor needs the win, I just can’t see Edge saying those words. I’m sure The Judgement Day will get involved and I think Rey Mysterio is finally going to lay his hands on his son, Dominik Mysterio.
Mark: Edge def. Finn Balor
Jiarmani: Finn Balor def. Edge
Dillon: Finn Balor def. Edge
*Fight Pit Match*
Matt Riddle vs Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle simply do not like each other. Their feud has become incredibly personal, with them taking shots at each other’s families. Seth used Riddle’s emotions against him at Clash at the Castle to help secure the win. While Rollins was trying to move on from the feud, Riddle kept targeting him. After multiple fights backstage, Riddle challenged Rollins to a Fight Pit match, which he accepted. Furthermore, the Fight Pit match is a rare match in WWE. It’s only been done a couple of times, but Riddle has competed in the match before.
This match is my vote for the match of the night; it has everything it needs to be an instant classic. While the match between Rollins and Riddle was good at Clash at the Castle, I think they can do better. I think Riddle is going to get the win because he needs it. That’ll set up the third match for the future. I think the final spot is going to be Rollins attempting to hit the curb stomp from the top of the cage, but Riddle reverses it into a knee strike.
Mark: Matt Riddle def. Seth Rollins
Jiarmani: Matt Riddle def. Seth Rollins
Dillon: Seth Rollins def. Matt Riddle
*Ladder Match for the Raw Women’s Championship*
Bayley vs Bianca Belair (c)
Since returning at SummerSlam, Bayley has had her eyes set on the Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair. But Bayley didn’t come alone; she brought Dakota Kai and IYO SKY and formed the faction, Damage CTRL. Damage CTRL has taken the women’s locker room by storm. They have been causing chaos backstage by attacking people on multiple occasions. Dakota Kai and IYO SKY are the current Women’s Tag Team Champions as well. Bayley and Bianca are making history at WWE Extreme Rules, with this being the first-ever one-on-one women’s ladder match on the main roster. This is a huge accomplishment for women’s wrestling regardless of what happens.
As much as I love Bianca Belair’s run as champion, I think it’s coming to an end. There’s no doubt she is one of the best women’s wrestlers on the planet and she’s done a fantastic job at being the champ, but I think it’s time to put the belt on Bayley. Also, having all of the gold on damage CTRL would be awesome.
Mark: Bayley def. Bianca Belair
Jiarmani: Bayley def. Bianca Belair
Dillon: Bayley def. Bianca Belair
*Extreme Rules Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship*
Ronda Rousey vs Liv Morgan (c)
Liv Morgan is set to defend her title against Ronda Rousey. After winning the Money in the Bank Ladder, Morgan cashed in that same night and won the Smackdown Women’s title from Ronda Rousey. Morgan went on to successfully defend her title in a controversial match against Ronda. This time, the match is going to be an extreme rules match, which pretty much means there are no rules. Morgan showed she has an aggressive and extreme side on Smackdown, but the odds are against Morgan in this match. Ronda is the self-proclaimed “baddest woman on the planet,” so this match is going to be chaos. These two women are going to tear the roof off of the place.
Liv Morgan’s title run has been a bit underwhelming, and that’s not her fault. It’s just the way that WWE has been booking her. She doesn’t feel like a champion and they’re making her seem like it’s all just luck. She absolutely needs a win at Extreme Rules and SHOULD win. Getting a victory over Ronda Rousey in an extreme rules match will do wonders for her. There is no reason for Ronda to win, and having Morgan’s title run be this short would be devastating.
Mark: Liv Morgan def. Ronda Rousey
Jiarmani: Ronda Rousey def. Liv Morgan
Dillon: Liv Morgan def. Ronda Rousey
Mark: Bray Wyatt returns and reveals himself as the white rabbit. Baron Corbin returns during the show.
Dillon: Bray Wyatt returns during the “I Quit” match, but not in person.
Jiarmani: Bray Wyatt returns and reveals himself to be the white rabbit.