Usually, Cam and I do separate previews for WWE PPV’s. But this time, we are doing one joint PPV Preview! You may have already heard our thoughts on the show on the Creatively Endeavored Podcast Thursday, but if you didn’t, you can see them here. One thing we all agree on is that this is a pretty lacklsuter PPV.
Cody Rhodes vs The Miz
Justin: I honestly don’t know why this match is happening. To get the Miz back on TV and get a win that really doesn’t mean much in the end? Okay. At this point, Cody Rhodes is the heel worker who can have a solid match with anyone on the roster and looks good in the process, but doesn’t pick up the win in the end. Knowing that, Miz picks up the win here and starts to get himself back into the Intercontinental Title scene.
WINNER: The Miz
Cam: Yes, The Miz is back from making another movie, so naturally he needed another match on YouTube to celebrate his return. There is no story behind this match and that is what BUGS ME THE MOST about professional wrestling. Miz wins via the figure four in 5 minutes. Yawn.
WINNER: The Miz
Chris Jericho vs Fandango
Cam: The character progression we saw on Monday from Fandango and Summer Rae still has me buzzing. Wrestling 101 says whomever gets the advantage over their opponent before their big match usually means the other guy is going to win. I think in this case the WWE will do the opposite. Jericho is already going into the Hall of Fame, so a win or loss at Extreme Rules 2013 against a guy who may or may not be relevant in a few months will do nothing to hurt his case. Fandango wins with the help of his lovely valet in 15 minutes.
Justin: These two put on a good 10 minute match at Wrestlemania. I wish they would have gotten more time. I would like to think that would happen here, but there are more matches and one less hour of time to do so. So time may be a problem again. I really liked the opening segment between these two on RAW. It was a good way to gain some heat for Fandango. And Jericho’s serious promo at the end of RAW was solid too. We know Jericho is leaving again, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he has to lose here. I think Jericho finally gets a PPV win here with a roll up. After the match, Fandango takes out Jericho, giving an explanation for his next absence from WWE TV.
WINNER: Chris Jericho
United States Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Dean Ambrose
Justin: When Kofi won the US Title a month ago, I wondered what the point was of having him do so. Now the answer appears to be clear. Kofi was to be the transition Champion. It appears that the WWE knows who the top star of The Shield is. They’ve decided to give Dean Ambrose a singles match on the card because they trust him and feel he is the best worker in the group. Ambrose wrestled a singles match with The Undertaker, and you have to believe he gave Ambrose his approval. Ambrose wins the US Title here.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Cam: I said months and months ago Dean Ambrose is/was the real deal. He is slowly becoming the star of this star studded group and it won’t stop at Extreme Rules. Ambrose is the first member of The Shield to have singles matches, and it looks like he wll be the first to win a singles title (other then NXT). Both men can move in the ring so I’m expecting perhaps the match of the night with Ambrose winning after 12 minutes.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Tornado Tag Match for the Tag Team Titles: Team Hell No (c) vs Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
Cam: If Team Hell No doesn’t drop the titles here, they never will. The Shield is so over right now and they will continue to rise. Adding the Tornado Tag stipulation sets us all up for a few great spots from Rollins and Daniel Bryan, which will all lead to Reigns hitting the spear on Kane to win the belts around 15 minutes.
WINNERS: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
Justin: Team Hell No should have been broken up along time ago. At this point, they are just treading water. Nothing new has been added to the team in the last few months. I thought they were done at the Royal Rumble, then I thought they would be done at Wrestlemania. But they keep going. But they aren’t the hot act anymore, it is The Shield. They are the new thing in the WWE and I’m assuming will be the focus of WWE TV in the coming months. They pick up the win here after Reigns takes out Kane with a Spear.
WINNERS: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
Extreme Rules Match: Randy Orton vs Big Show
Justin: This is an Extreme Rules match, but I just don’t care. Randy Orton’s character is very stale and in desperate need of a heel turn. And I really haven’t cared about Big Show for the last few years. I’ll go with Big Show after a KO Punch into a chair, knocking out Orton.
WINNER: Big Show
Cam: I still can’t decide who is going to win. Orton needs the win more than Big Show does if he wants to jump back into the main event picture. Another loss and he will be so far behind a lot of guys, feuds with The Big Show will be the best Randy can get. Orton wins after an RKO through a table (if it breaks) around 10 minutes.
WINNER: Randy Orton
Strap Match: Sheamus vs Mark Henry
Cam: I predicted a heel turn for Sheamus at Extreme Rules after losing to Mark Henry, hey we all have tole take shots in the dark sometimes. Just like the match before this one man in particular really needs this win, and a decisive one too; Mark Henry. To really be the baddest man in the WWE Henry needs to beat the ‘baddest’ babyface in the WWE.
While any momentum Sheamus built has already left the building, he only needs his character to be freshened up, wins and loses don’t matter here for Sheamus because he is still young enough for this match or even year to really not hurt his long term career. If the WWE wants another main event run for Mark Henry he must go over, but I fear the opposite is going to happen. Sheamus hits the four corner after 12 minutes.
Justin: I actually had some interest in this match, and then they added a terrible gimmick to it. A Strap Match is just about the worst match you can think of. It is very slow moving and doesn’t hold much interest. I’ve still been a fan of Mark Henry’s work for the last couple years. He’s effective in his role and doesn’t lose a lot of heat even if he loses. And I think he is a decent worker for his size. Sheamus, on the other hand, has gotten worse ever since winning the World Title at Wrestlemania 29. He’s gone from an ass kicker to a joke maker. WWE officials may still see him as a top star down the line, but he is in dangerous territory right now. If it gets any worse, he may get into John Cena like levels. He needs to go back to his roots. I’m picking Sheamus to win here and start building back up to a World Title program.
#1 Contender For the World Title I Quit Match: Alberto del Rio vs Jack Swagger
Justin: There is potential for this match to be good, the problem is that no one really cares about the wrestlers involved. Swagger has fallen flat the last couple of months. His character hasn’t gotten over like the WWE would have liked. Part of it is probably because they don’t want to push him too hard after his DUI arrest. Alberto del Rio, meanwhile, hasn’t gotten over the way that the WWE has liked. Hell, I think if it wasn’t for Ricardo, he would have absolutely no heat whatsoever. Similar to Sheamus, if the WWE wants him to be their top Mexican star, they need to act quick. With Dolph Ziggler being World Champion, you would’ve assumed Alberto del Rio would win. When it was made an “I Quit” Match, it guaranteed Del Rio would win. Faces don’t lose these matches. Barring a double turn that Matt Harrak suggested, which could work, Del Rio wins.
WINNER: Alberto del Rio
Cam: Once Dolph Ziggler wasn’t cleared to compete they should have just had this match headline a Smackdown a few weeks down the road. Instead it will happen somewhere in the middle of the show, it won’t hype up the crowd and will probably have the finish called earlier then expected. Swagger has lost a lot of steam so I can’t really see him winning. Del Rio forces him to quit after a minute long arm bar hold around 10 minutes.
WINNER: Alberto del Rio
WWE Championship- Last Man Standing Match: John Cena (c) vs Ryback
Cam: If the WWE cares about Ryback’s career and his heel turn he MUST go over. Cena is inured, give him a few weeks off, let Ryback really stretch his legs and see what he can do. If not, it’s all back to square one and we are all counting the days until CM Punk comes back.
Justin: The WWE got this one right. I never want to see a one-on-one regular singles match between John Cena and Ryback. That match would be absolutely dreadful. Ryback can’t work in the ring and Cena is only as good as his opponent. The Last Man Standing gimmick allows these guys to move around the ring and use various weapons as distractions. It also gives them time to catch their breath during the long ten counts. So it was a smart move by the WWE. We are suppose to believe that John Cena’s bad heel injury is going to limit his chances here. But we all know that isn’t happening. Super Cena doesn’t go down without a fight. The only way he is losing here is if Ryback does what Big Show did in Cena’s LMS Match with Edge and throw him through an 8,000 WATT SURGE LIGHT!!!! Plus, I don’t think the WWE trusts Ryback enough to put the most important title in the company on him. John Cena retains after putting Ryback through the announce table with the AA. If he wins via duct tape, get ready for my Twitter rant.
WINNER: John Cena
Steel Cage Match: Brock Lesnar vs Triple H
Justin: Why are these two fighting again? Because Brock Lesnar ruined HHH’s office? Because their series is tied 1-1? Honestly, the first two matches have been below average, and I don’t expect this one to be any better. If the WWE is smart, they will have Brock Lesnar go over here. If Lesnar loses, who the hell does he move onto that would matter? Hunter winning makes no sense. My guess is that Brock Lesnar wins here after pinning HHH. After the match, HHH gets beatdown by The Shield, and we end up getting HHH/Undertaker/??? vs The Shield at SummerSlam. Meanwhile, Lesnar moves on to CM Punk after Heyman has Lesnar take out Punk at Payback for leaving Heyman high and dry. And the best thing of all? We hopefully never see HHH and Brock Lesnar in the ring together ever again.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar
CAM: There isn’t much left to be said about this feud. It has been a waste of time and booking. The ONLY logical outcome sees Brock win so his next feud matters. This isn’t an ‘A’ pay per view so it’s safe to assume Hunter won’t mind losing. Brock wins after hitting a third F-5 around 20 minutes.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar
Be sure to follow both Cam (@CamDougharty) and myself (@JCWonka) on Twitter this Sunday as we will be live tweeting during the event.
And join us as we recap the show Thursday on the Creatively Endeavored Podcast!