WWE Extreme Rules 2015 – Predictions Part 2

Jeet / 26 April 2015

Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper (Chicago Street Fight)

@JoeyStyles: There is little doubt that Harper could have pinned Ambrose after powerbombing him through a ladder at WrestleMania or through the announce table on Raw. That being said, as we have documented here on WWE.com, Ambrose has survived much more extreme circumstances. Let’s assume that Harper and Ambrose are equally erratic and the match is a draw on paper. WWE Hall of Famer Gorilla Monsoon used to say “a good big man will always beat a good small man.” However, Monsoon also used to say that fans were “literally hanging off the rafters” and I never believed that either. The better fighter, regardless of size, wins a fight and Ambrose has proven that he is the better fighter. WINNER: Dean Ambrose

Anthony Benigno: How long has it been since we had two maniacs of this caliber let loose in the perfect environment for them to do so? Edge-Foley with the flaming table? The original TLC clashes? Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper’s rivalry has been based less of wins and losses than pain and the inflicting thereof, so don’t expect a catch-as-catch can classic. Instead, expect the cumulative chaos of a car crash and a big, redemptive win for The Lunatic Fringe as he battles his way back toward the top, just in time for the late-summer push of Money in the Bank. Oh, and Harper’s going through something. Turnabout is fair play, or so we hear. WINNER: Dean Ambrose

Scott Taylor: No matter who’s the winner, both these men will be hurting after this match. Luke Harper can deliver a beating better than most, but Dean Ambrose seems to thrive off the type of unstable environment provided by a Chicago Street Fight. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Matthew Artus: To date, every Shield alumnus is undefeated at Extreme Rules, which includes Dean Ambrose’s U.S. Title victory in 2013 and his role in the rumble with Evolution one year later. Ambrose will continue his part of the streak, though what he does to make Luke Harper stay down won’t be a pleasant sight to see. WINNER: Dean Ambrose

@HowardFinkel: I’ve said this before about Dean Ambrose: He is, in my eyes, perpetual motion personified, and he gets the job done. But since he and Luke Harper have gone toe to toe, the burly Harper has proven his worth. I like the idea of the anything-and-everything-goes rules that this Chicago Street Fight brings; it’s suited for these two. Ambrose will have taken the measure of Harper once the dust settles. WINNER: Dean Ambrose

Sportzwiki Prediction – Dean Ambrose to win

United States Champion John Cena vs. Rusev (Russian Chain Match)

@JoeyStyles: This third and presumably final battle in the cold war (I’m sorry – it was too easy) between John Cena and Rusev will be decided when one opponent drags the other around the ring and touches all four turnbuckles. This way of deciding a victor makes Chain Matches, Strap Matches and Rope Matches hard to predict. While I realize that this is a long shot, I am picking Rusev to win this rivalry with Cena and continue his upward momentum, because dragging Cena should be easier for the Russian sympathizer than pinning or submitting him. WINNER: Rusev

Anthony Benigno: This is a tight one to call. Now that Rusev’s taken a pinfall, The Super Athlete’s unbeatable mystique has faded, but the Russian hasn’t exactly wasted time getting back to his winning ways. He’s looking invulnerable enough to render that WrestleMania loss a fluke. Cena has been talking a big game and defending his U.S. Title week in and week out, which is great in restoring some shine to the stars and bars, but four straight weeks of title defenses, plus a steel chain linking him to Rusev, will have worn him down. Rusev crush. WINNER: Rusev

Scott Taylor: The Russian Chain Match stipulation would seem to favor Rusev, but this isn’t John Cena’s first rodeo. The United States Champion has battled in his fair share of contests containing extreme stipulations, and more often than not, The Champ finds a way to win. WINNER: John Cena
Matthew Artus: John Cena should feel at home in the first televised Russian Chain Match in WWE history, right? The former Chain Gang captain’s the winningest Superstar in Extreme Rules history (seven wins and counting), going all the way back to ECW One Night Stand 2006. Yet the thought of avengeful Rusev with a chain is plain scary. WINNER: Rusev

@HowardFinkel: How does Cena prepare for a match that clearly favors the challenger? He doesn’t. I feel that in order to be successful, Cena will haveto be aggressive right out of the gate. And although I expect a yeoman’s effort from the reigning United States Champion, I am of the belief that Rusev will be the first to touch all four corners, win the match, and regain the title. WINNER: Rusev

Sportzwiki Prediction – John Cena to retain

Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus (Kiss Me Arse Match)

@JoeyStyles: Putting preoccupation with one’s lips touching another man’s buttocks aside, I’ll just look at the match. Sheamus is proud of stating the fact that he is bigger than Ziggler. Ziggler is quick to point out that height is simply a genetic trait that is not earned. Sheamus is stronger. Ziggler is faster. Sheamus is a better brawler. Ziggler is a better wrestler. Both men have had start, stop and start again climbs toward main event status. They seem even on paper, which makes this match very difficult to predict. In the end, I’m going to pick Sheamus, because he happens to be here at WWE HQ today and I don’t want to get Brogue Kicked. WINNER: Sheamus

Anthony Benigno: A few questions here: If Sheamus loses, does he have to pucker up and smooch Zig-Man’s perpetually-swiveling posterior? Or does he have to make like “Braveheart” and put his head between his knees to kiss hisowncaboose if he eats a Zig Zag and goes down for three? It’s been unclear thus far, but someone’s getting humiliated either way when the bell tolls on this rarely-seen stip. You’d think that would be Ziggler, who’s just beloved enough by the WWE Universe to throw Sheamus into overdrive, but The Celtic Warrior’s due for some comeuppance. The whole world can kiss Sheamus’ arse, for sure, but he’ll have to plant one on Ziggler’s first. It’s about time someone did, anyway. WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Scott Taylor: I may be the only one, but I am really digging Sheamus’ new look and attitude. The Celtic Warrior is bigger and badder than most of his opponents and he knows it. And at Extreme Rules, he will prove it. WINNER: Sheamus

Matthew Artus: Of all the matches scheduled for Extreme Rules, this one is the toughest to call. Both Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus are truly proud Superstars, which means they’ll try anything they can to prevent the sight of an embarrassing smooch of their foe’s derri│re. But only one of them has the Brogue Kick at his disposal. WINNER: Sheamus

@HowardFinkel: I am very, very impressed with everything that Sheamus has changed about himself, especially his more rugged presence and attitude. Of course, Ziggler’s no slouch inside the squared circle. Look for a highly competitive match, with Ziggler being the one who will have to “pucker up.”

WINNER: Sheamus

Sportzwiki Prediction – Sheamus to win

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton (Steel Cage Match, with the RKO banned)

@JoeyStyles: In an interesting series of twists, champion Seth Rollins chose to have Randy Orton’s outta nowhere RKO banned and the challenger chose a Steel Cage Match so The Authority could not interfere. Orton can use something else to beat Rollins, but Rollins can’t use somebody else to help him because his new adversary Kane will make sure of it, right? Wrong! I don’t buy that Kane is fed up with being The Authority’s hired muscle. I think Triple H having to keep the peace between Rollins and Kane is a ruse. As WWE’s longest tenured Superstar, Kane knows that you grin and bear whatever position The Authority gives you. When it seems that Orton is about to take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from The Authority-installed Rollins, Kane will interject himself into the Steel Cage Match (which has no disqualifications) and personally see that Rollins remains champion. WINNER: Seth Rollins

Anthony Benigno: If this were just a regular Steel Cage Match minus the RKO, I’d go with Orton. The Viper’s got the deeper arsenal, more experience in these sorts of matches, plus, he’s got the dreaded punt in his back pocket. However, this match will hinge on Kane’s status as keeper of the keys for the steel cage. The Director of Operations has been on the outs with Rollins for some time now, and no amount of smoothing-over on the part of Triple H seems to have swayed him from his general disdain for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He’s still an Authority employee, though, so expect this match to go much as Rollins’ Money in the Bank victory did: The Architect will earn the win on the shoulders of The Devil’s Favorite Demon. WINNER: Seth Rollins

Scott Taylor: Despite the uncertainty surrounding Kane’s role as “gatekeeper,” I have no doubt that Seth Rollins has plans B, C and D ready to go. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion didn’t get to where he is without outsmarting the competition along the way. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Matthew Artus: As one of two Extreme Rules grapplers whose experience at this event dates back to its ECW One Night Stand days, Randy Orton feels like an obvious choice. However, the banned RKO and Seth Rollins’ record of escaping cagey confines due to unannounced guests (Bray Wyatt or Brock Lesnar, anyone?) put the odds in favor of The Authority’s golden boy. WINNER: Seth Rollins

@HowardFinkel: Getting the RKO banned was smart strategy from Rollins. But you can’t downgrade Orton’s chances of winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship just due to that. Orton’s got Rollins exactly where he wants him – in the cage – and you know how that can go. I am also curious as to what frame of mind Kane will be in this Sunday as gatekeeper of the cage. Regardless, I look for Rollins to eke out a victory and retain his championship. WINNER: Seth Rollins

Sportzwiki Prediction – Seth Rollins to retain

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