Tonight is the night that WWE goes EXTREME! Which really means gimmick matches galore. And tonight they range from cage match to chain match, last man standing to… kiss me arse? Ok. Here are our extreme predictions…
By Kevin O’Donnell – Lead WWE Writer – @kevinodonnell91
Seth Rollins [c] vs. Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Steel Cage match, RKO is banned)
At WrestleMania 31, WWE followed through on the mammoth push of Seth Rollins as the company’s top heel by having him sneak into the main event and steal the top prize. Though Randy Orton is more over with the fans right now than he has been in years, it’s time to forge a path for the future; and that future is Seth Rollins.
Prediction: Seth Rollins retains
John Cena [c] vs. Rusev for the United States Championship (Russian Chain match)
These strap (or chain, in this instance) matches are always a bit of a bust. Winning the match by dragging your opponent round the ring as you tap on the four turnbuckles is anti-climactic at best. And I question the authenticity of the chains; I want to see ‘Made in Russia’ written somewhere.
Prediction: Cena retains
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus (Kiss Me Arse match)
Ziggler and the recently returned Sheamus are more than capable of putting on a great show tonight, and I fully expect them to do so. The athleticism of the Show Off will pair nicely the brute force of the Celtic Warrior. But when the bell rings, we’ll be left with the awkward sight of a grown man kissing the posterior of another grown man. Slap a Brazzers logo on it.
Prediction: Sheamus wins
Roman Reigns vs. Big Show (Last Man Standing match)
Possibly the most clean cut match to predict of the night; there is no way that WWE will let Roman Reigns lose to the Big Show. Expect Superman Punch after Superman Punch and Spear after Spear, followed by a 10-count that the giant will not beat.
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins
Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper (Chicago Street Fight)
With the potential to be the most extreme match on the card, I expect this Street Fight to disappoint. Though Dean Ambrose is popular with the crowd, I think he’s been walking a troublesome and one-dimensional path as of late. He needs to do more than hit elbows from ladders tonight to prove himself as a legitimate star and he needs to pick up a big, PPV win too.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose wins
Nikki Bella [c] vs. Naomi for the Diva’s Championship
I really can’t predict which way this one is going to go. Naomi has been one of the most impressive Divas on the main roster for a while now without getting the recognition she deserves. But will a heel turn be enough for her to get a run with the belt?
Prediction: Nikki Bella retains
Daniel Bryan [c] vs. Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship
For the second year running, Daniel Bryan has won a title belt at WrestleMania only to find himself on the injury list a few weeks later. I don’t think this match is going to take place and I don’t think WWE will be as patient with Bryan the second time round.
Prediction: Bryan forfeits title to Bad News Barrett
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd [c] vs. The New Day for the Tag Team Championship (Kick Off match)
Once again the tag team match is relegated to the Kick Off Show. I don’t think WWE really knows what they’re doing with their tag teams, right now. The newly promoted Lucha Dragons are getting a big push and I can see them as your next tag champs; New Day might just be killing time for them.
Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd retain