COMMENTARY | Extreme Rules is the pay-per-view where the rules are overlooked for three hours each year in the WWE. Even Vince McMahon recently tweeted, "Because of the risk of injury, I will be crossing my fingers until Extreme Rules is over on Sunday." This year, Extreme Rules will air on Sunday, May 19.
Take a closer look at my predictions for WWE Extreme Rules 2013.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
After WWE Raw on April 8, Fandango was on top of the world. He had just upset Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 29 and the epic Raw crowd had just started a new dance craze 'Fandangoing.' Since then, the WWE creative team has seemingly not known how to push Fandango. His indecisive future will continue after a loss at Extreme Rules.
Prediction: Chris Jericho defeats Fandango
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules Match)
With John Cena and CM Punk as the two biggest stars in the WWE, Randy Orton has been floating in limbo for the last couple of years. At times, Orton almost appears to be bored during his matches and promos. His Extreme Rules match against Big Show could be the catalyst that Orton needs to return to his 'apex predator' ways in the WWE.
Prediction: Randy Orton defeats Big Show
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry (Strap Match)
The WWE has gone to great lengths to push Mark Henry as the favorite of his Extreme Rules match against Sheamus. First, Mark Henry whipped Sheamus' untanned body with a leather strap. Then Henry impressively pulled two large trucks. It could be a classic 'bait and switch' but I have to predict a Mark Henry win at Extreme Rules.
Prediction: Mark Henry defeats Sheamus
WWE Tag Team Championship: Daniel Bryan and Kane vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins (Tag Team Tornado Match)
From anger management classes to the "Yes! Yes! Yes! No! No! No!" chants, Daniel Bryan and Kane have had lots of fun over the last year in the WWE. But all the fun and games will come to an abrupt end at Extreme Rules. I predict Reigns and Rollins will finally bring WWE championship gold to The Shield at Sunday's pay-per-view.
Prediction: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins defeat Daniel Bryan and Kane
U.S. Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
After bursting onto the scene in the WWE, the Shield's gimmick is starting to get stale. Every week, they come out and interfere in a match and when they do wrestle, they almost always win. Extreme Rules will witness the next step in The Shield's evolution, as all three members of this elite faction will walk away with championship gold.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose defeats Kofi Kingston
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger ('I Quit' Match)
Since Swagger's kick to Dolph Ziggler's head gave him a concussion and put him out of action for Extreme Rules, it's hard to imagine the WWE rewarding Swagger with a win on Sunday. However, a Swagger win at Extreme Rules would set up a rivalry for Ziggler with the man who injured him. This one is tough to call, but I'm giving ADR the edge.
Prediction: Alberto Del Rio defeats Jack Swagger
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (Steel Cage Match)
I'm not sure what the future holds for Brock Lesnar in the WWE. There are rumors of blockbuster matches for Lesnar at the next SummerSlam and Wrestlemania events. None of these upcoming angles would be helped in any way by another Lesnar loss to a semi-retired WWE executive. I predict Lesnar will crush Triple H at Extreme Rules.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar defeats Triple H
WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Ryback (Last Man Standing Match)
Ryback is becoming the new 'Mr. Monday Night' of the WWE. What I mean by this is that he looks like a monster on Raw, but he always loses on pay-per-views. If Ryback is ever going to take the next step up the WWE ladder, he needs a huge win on a Sunday night as well. Unfortunately, he won't get it at Extreme Rules.
Prediction: John Cena defeats Ryback
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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