The Undertaker: It’s your yard.
Roman Reigns: Smirks thinking FINALLY I got his respect
The Undertaker: It’s your yard.
Roman Reigns: Smirks thinking FINALLY I got his respect
“It’s your yard” Undertaker to Roman
Welcome to the TJRWrestling review of WWE Extreme Rules. There are twelve advertised matches counting the Kickoff Show, so that’s more than usual. Let’s get to it.
WWE Extreme Rules
From the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 14, 2019
The first Kickoff Show match saw Shinsuke Nakamura beat Finn Balor to win the Intercontinental Title after about 8 minutes. Balor’s title reign was unimpressive, and I don’t know why, but I’m fine with Nakamura getting some positive momentum again. I’ll probably watch it after the show if I have the energy to do it.
The announcers for the Cruiserweight Title match were Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Aiden English.
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese
Gulak was cheered for his entrance because is from Philly. Nese with a back elbow, he avoided a clothesline, kick to the chest and a sweep kick. Nese with a clothesline that sent Gulak over the top to the floor. The fans booed Nese even though he was the face because it was in Drew’s hometown. Gulak jumped off the apron with a clothesline on the floor. Gulak grabbed a chinlock as they cut to the split screen with a commercial for the PPV. Gulak with a dropkick followed by another chinlock. Nese powered out of it with a powerslam for a two count. Gulak worked over Nese with kicks, but then Nese got a hold of him and hit a German Suplex into the turnbuckle. Gulak with an elbow to the face, Nese to the apron, Nese with a forearm and Nese hit a moonsault off the middle turnbuckle while Nese was on the middle ropes. That was unique. Both guys were down for a bit. Nese went up top with a 450 Splash and it was good for a two count. That was a rough landing because Nese’s knees hit the chest of Gulak, so that probably hurt more than Nese landing on his chest. When Nese went for a leapfrog, Gulak rolled him up, then Nese rolled through and went for a slam. Gulak countered a Powerbomb attempt into a Powerbomb of his own for a two count. Gulak lifted Nese up onto his shoulders and hit the Cyclone Clash slam for the pinfall win at 7:25.
Winner by pinfall: Drew Gulak
Analysis: **1/2 It was a solid match that was a bit on the short side since they didn’t even get ten minutes. The crowd was into most of it since Gulak is from Philly. I liked the offense from both guys and the last few minutes featured some big moves from both guys. Gulak winning was expected since he just won the title last month.
That was the last Kickoff Show match. There are ten advertised matches for the main show.
Extreme Rules Main Show
The opening video package focused on the big matches of the show and it was really done as usual. The WWE video production team is outstanding.
There was a shot of the live crowd in Philadelphia and it looked like a full crowd. Michael Cole welcomed us to the show.
The video package aired to set up Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre vs. The Undertaker and Roman Reigns as the first match. Shane and Drew were beating up Roman when The Undertaker randomly showed up, so we have this match.
Shane McMahon entered first on his own with ring announcer Mike Rome giving him the special “best in the world” introduction. Greg Hamilton does it better, but Mike did better here than he did on Raw. The Raw announce team of Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young are calling the action for this match. Drew McIntyre was next to join his partner Shane. This fan was ready with a sign for Drew. For those that don’t know, The Rock used to love the use the “roodypoo” name for phrases like how he wanted to whip all your roody poo candy asses, for example.
Roman Reigns was up first for his team with Cole screaming about the “Big Dog” as usual. The Undertaker was last and he took his time to get to the ring because that’s what he does. The crowd popped big for The Undertaker. They love him as they should.
It took Undertaker about four minutes to get to the ring. The bell rang to start the first match after 18 minutes and there was no promo to start the show.
No Holds Barred Match: Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon vs. Roman Reigns and The Undertaker
There are No Holds Barred rules, yet you must tag in and out of the match. If you can’t get DQ’d, why not just stand in the ring instead of the apron? It’s not like WWE is going to explain that.
Reigns and McIntyre started with McIntyre hitting an overhead belly to belly suplex. Shane tagged in, Reigns overpowered him and Undertaker hit Shane with a shoulder tackle leading to an armbar. Taker is wrestling with a black tank top on. He is in good shape, but he’s opting for the tank top look. Taker wanted to do the rope walk, Shane blocked it and Taker hit him with a clothesline. Taker did the Old School rope walk leading to a punch to Shane’s shoulder. McIntyre tagged in for a staredown with Taker leading to punches. McIntyre with a kick, Taker no sold it and McIntyre hit a clothesline over the top to the floor. Taker with a leg drop on McIntyre while on the apron. Reigns worked over McIntyre with ten corner clotheslines followed by a boot to the face. Reigns with punch to Shane, a punch to Drew and Shane pulled the apron down leading to Reigns bumping over the top to the floor. Taker grabbed a chair and chased after Shane, who ran up the ramp. McIntyre whipped Reigns into the steel steps and went back into the ring with Drew hitting a suplex on Reigns. Shane went back to the apron as Drew hit a neckbreaker and Shane covered Reigns for a two count. McIntyre with an overhead suplex on Reigns followed by an armbar. Reigns got back into it with a Samoan Drop. The crowd cheering as Taker got the hot tag.
Taker tagged in against Shane with Taker working him over with punches, a corner clothesline, snake eyes into the turnbuckle and Taker with a boot to the face of Shane. Taker knocked McIntyre off the apron and Taker hit Shane with a clothesline over the top to the floor. Taker cleared off the English announce table, which was in the middle of the three tables at ringside. Taker was about to slam Shane through a table, but Elias showed up with a guitar to the back of Taker. Reigns punched Elias and McIntyre came back with a Claymore Kick on Reigns to send him over the barricade. Elias went after Taker, but McIntyre hit a Claymore Kick on Taker as well. Shane told Drew and Elias put Taker on the announce table. Shane went into the ring, he went up top and Shane jumped off the top rope with an elbow drop that put Undertaker through the table. McIntyre and Elias brought Undertaker into the ring and set him up against the turnbuckle. Shane placed a trash can in front of Taker. Elias held the trash can. Shane did the throat slash motion while he stood on the top rope and Shane hit the Coast to Coast dropkick into the trash can in Undertaker’s face. Reigns got back into it with a Superman Punch on Elias. McIntyre dropped Reigns with a Russian legsweep on the floor. Shane pulled Undertaker to the middle of the ring, but Taker sat up and gave Shane a Chokeslam. Undertaker gave Elias a Chokeslam as well. Taker faced the hard cam like a good company man and did the throat slash. McIntyre charged, but Reigns saved Undertaker with a Spear. Reigns whipped Shane to Taker and Taker hit Shane with a Tombstone Piledriver for the pinfall win at 17:01
Winners by pinfall: Roman Reigns and The Undertaker
Analysis: ***1/4 It was a solid match that featured some big spots with Shane getting his high spots in. They did what I expected with Elias out there to make it look like the heels would win, but Reigns and Taker were too much for them. I’m glad it was Shane that took the pin instead of Drew because it was time for Shane to get beat in a match like that. The bad thing about this match is they said it’s No Holds Barred with tags, then they did tags for the first half and then it was ignored. It could have been ignored the whole time, so again that’s something I wish WWE was more aware of when they set up these matches.
Post match, Undertaker stared at Reigns and tapped him on the chest as a sign of respect. Reigns left as replays of the key spots in the match aired.
The Undertaker’s music hit as the 54-year-old legend did his posing in the crowd. It was noted by Cole that we don’t know how many more times we’ll be able to witness Undertaker and that’s a good point. It’s up to Undertaker. The Undertaker did his posing in the ring, then his long walk up the ramp and his fist raise to say goodbye for now.
Analysis: The Undertaker did well here. He was a lot better in this match than he was in his match against Goldberg last month.
Becky Lynch, the Raw Women’s Champion and WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins were interviewed backstage by Sarah Schreiber. Rollins said they know what is at stake and they know they are in the city of Brotherly Love in Philadelphia, PA. Rollins said that Philly’s Liberty Bell has a crack in it like the crack he’ll put on Baron’s head. Lynch said if they put up a statue of Lacey Evans then it would be covered in pigeon crap like her career after tonight. Rollins was confident and Lynch said the only thing that’s not an option is losing.
There was a commercial for Raw Reunion one week from tomorrow (July 22) on USA Network.
It'll be the BIGGEST reunion in Monday Night #RAW HISTORY.
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
Analysis: Get a bunch of former stars on the show to try to boost the ratings. That’s fine with me.
The Revival were up next as the Raw Tag Team Champions. The Usos did a quick promo on their way to the ring.
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)
There were a lot of quick tags early on. The Usos hit a double kick to Wilder, but when they went for a superkick, Dawson pulled Wilder out of the ring. The Revival went back in the ring, but The Usos tossed them out of the ring and The Usos hit dives over the top to take out both guys. Wilder drew Jey out of the ring, Dawson hit Jey with a clothesline and The Revival whipped Jey into the barricade to take control. Back in the ring, Dawson with a leg drop, elbow and headbutt. Dawson slammed Wilder onto Jey for a two count. Wilder with a catapult that sent Jey into the bottom rope. Dawson tagged in, he prevented Jey from tagging out and Jey hit Dawson with a belly to back suplex. Wilder went after Jimmy, the referee made Dawson leave the ring, so he didn’t see Jimmy get the tag. The Revival worked over Jey with punches. Wilder tagged in with an elbow drop off the ropes. The fans chanted “Uso” to try to help Jey get going as Dawson set up Jey for a superplex. Jey with a headbutt (I think) on Dawson while they were on the top rope and they both landed on the floor. Wilder got the tag, but Jey broke free and tagged in Jimmy, who hit Wilder with a cross body block for two. Jimmy with a Samoan Drop on Wilder and a Samoan Drop on Dawson. Jimmy hit a running hip attack on Dawson and Wilder came back with a sitout Powerbomb for a two count. Dawson and Wilder charged, Jimmy kicked them and a corkscrew off the top for two. Jey tagged in, Jimmy launched him into a Samoan Drop from Jey for a two count. Dawson with a punch to knock Jimmy off the apron, Dawson with a kick to Jey and a brainbuster got a two count. Dawson hit a superplex on Jey, Wilder tagged in and hit a splash off the top, but Jimmy broke that up with an Uso Splash. Jey covered Wilder, but Dawson broke it up. All four guys were down selling. Jey got back up with a superkick on Dawson and Wilder. Jimmy got the tag, Dawson pulled Jey out of the ring and Dawson made a blind tag leading to the Shatter Machine double team move for the pinfall win after 12 minutes.
Winners by pinfall: The Revival
Analysis: *** It was a good WWE tag team match with a lot of moments where it looked like either team could win. The Usos selling is always excellent, which is why they are one of the best babyface teams ever because they know how to build up to the big comeback. The crowd wasn’t into the whole match, but they got into it by the end. It was a relatively clean win for The Revival, who I expected to win.
A commercial aired for SummerSlam in Toronto on April 11. It’s over two hours away from me, but I don’t know if I’m going.
The Smackdown announce team of Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton took over. A video package aired to see how this Aleister Black vs. Cesaro match was set up.
Cesaro made his entrance. They showed the international row of announcers: Portuguese, Russian, French, Hindi, Japanese (hey Funaki) and Mandarin. That led to the usual Graves joke about hanging out with the Mandarin announcers.
Welcome to the TJRWrestling WWE Extreme Rules preview. It is the 11th straight year where WWE has held an Extreme Rules event although the month has changed because it’s taken place in April, May, June and for the last two years, in July. The concept behind Extreme Rules is to set up some gimmick/stipulation matches to make it feel different from a regular WWE show. This year, they only have a few of those types of matches, so they definitely didn’t overdo it in terms of trying to spice things up a bit.
There are currently ten advertised matches with no plans to add anything more according to the Wrestling Observer, but they could always change their mind. I think you could make a case for Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler being on this card, but maybe WWE is saving those matches for a bigger show like SummerSlam next month.
I think the lineup is better than what they set up for Stomping Grounds last month. The thing about Stomping Grounds was that even though the matches weren’t that interesting going in, the work in the ring was pretty good and it exceeded the expectations of most people, including mine. For Extreme Rules, I think there are better matches “on paper” like Ricochet vs. Styles, Black vs. Cesaro, Kingston vs. Joe and Revival vs. Usos. Those four matches I mentioned all have the potential to hit four stars out of five (or higher) on my ratings scale, so when you have that many great matches on one show, then it’s a reason to get more excited about what we will see on Sunday night.
There is also some behind the scenes intrigue for Extreme Rules because Paul Heyman was hired as the Executive Director of Raw while Eric Bischoff was hired as the Executive Director of Smackdown. In the two weeks since those announcements, Heyman has had his fingerprints on Raw a bit although he’s not fully “in power” I guess you could say. Bischoff hasn’t been at Smackdown and he said he’s not even going to Extreme Rules because he’s driving his family to his new home in Stamford, Connecticut, which is where WWE’s headquarters are. The expectation is that after Extreme Rules, Heyman and Bischoff will both be more involved in their brands, but as we all know, Vince McMahon still has the final say on everything. What I do hope WWE does going forward is they stop the “Wild Card Rule” that they have largely ignored because both shows are better when wrestlers are exclusive to one brand. From a creative standpoint, it’s probably easier to book the shows that way too. On this show, we have Raw’s Samoa Joe and Alexa Bliss challenging for titles on Smackdown, so that’s something I would like to see come to an end because there’s enough talent on both brands that they don’t need to have people crossing over every week. Anyway, we’ll see if that gets changed on the road to SummerSlam.
I am running solo for this preview because my usual PPV preview partners, Mike Holland and Matthew J. Douglas, have been busy with work commitments.
(Note: All graphics are from WWE. The banner up top is courtesy of my friend Melo Man.)
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak (c) vs. Tony Nese
This should be a good match between two former allies. Nese is the former champion that lost the title in a three-way with Akira Tozawa when Gulak pinned Tozawa (as I predicted last month), which was done to set up this match. I expect this to be on the Kickoff Show, which will allow them to get 10-15 minutes to have a very good match that’s competitive and fun to watch. The crowd usually gets into these matches towards the end. I’ll go with Gulak for the win because there’s no reason to take the title off him so soon after he won it.
Winner: Drew Gulak
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro
I like this match a lot. It’s the first Raw guy (Cesaro) vs. Smackdown guy (Black), but as we know, the brand extension is ignored now. There’s not much of a story going in because Black sat in a dark room doing promos for two months about how he wanted somebody to knock on his door to fight him. We found out on Smackdown that Cesaro was the guy that knocked, so here we are. Black is from the Netherlands while Cesaro is from Switzerland, so I’m sure both guys are excited about having a hard-hitting European style of match.
If I was booking, Black would win every match he has for the first four months as a singles act. Build him up to be a big star. Black has already been on the main roster when he teamed up with Ricochet for months, but this also feels like a “debut” for him, so I doubt Black is going to lose. I just hope they get more than ten minutes to have an awesome match.
Winner: Aleister Black
Smackdown Women’s Championship Handicap Match: Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Note: Nikki Cross said on Smackdown that if they win the match, then she and Bliss will be co-champions. It would be like Laycool nine years ago.
The reason this is a Handicap Match is because Bliss has been dealing with a sinus infection for over a week, which caused her to miss Raw and Smackdown this week. I think a title change is a possibility because the co-Smackdown Women’s Champions idea could be fun, but I would rather see Bayley hold onto the title. What they’ll probably do is have Bliss/Cross dominate most of the match, Bayley makes the comeback and then Cross accidentally hits Bliss with a move, which leads to Bayley hitting her Bayley to Belly on Bliss for the pinfall win. That way, Cross can be apologetic towards Bliss, which would lead to Bliss using Cross for her own personal benefit for a few weeks more until Cross realizes what is happening.
It’s also possible that Sasha Banks returns at this show to help Bayley win the match. That can lead to Banks/Bayley being on the same page for a while until Banks turns on her. I’d rather see heel Banks on Raw against Becky Lynch, but it makes sense to do Banks/Bayley too as a former best friends storyline. If Banks isn’t back by this show (she has been in Japan in the past week) then it will probably be SummerSlam when she returns.
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)
These teams have wrestled several times with The Usos winning in non-title situations, so I’m happy that they are getting a PPV match. I’m also glad that they got rid of some of the silly comedy bits that hurt this rivalry a few months ago. The Revival recently won the titles, which makes it hard to predict a title change. It’s more fun when the face team is chasing the heel team in a scenario like this, so I expect The Revival to find a way to win. A DQ result is possible too. I have had some readers contact me in recent weeks about how they saw these teams in house show matches getting around 20 minutes and those matches were outstanding. I’m not surprised by that. This is another match where people will be raving about how good it is if they get time to show what they can do. I’ll go with The Revival winning in cheap fashion with a rematch coming at SummerSlam as well.
Winners: The Revival
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. Heavy Machinery (Tucker and Otis)
This match has sleeper potential to be very good. I really liked how the triple threat match on Smackdown between Bryan, Woods and Otis was put together. Bryan and Woods made Otis look like a star while Otis gets more comfortable every week. I’m glad that Heavy Machinery are not booked like jokes. I expect AOP to get back in the tag team scene very soon because they are healthy again.
It’s tough to make a prediction here because my head says Bryan and Rowan retain because they are doing well as heel tag team champions, but my heart wants Daniel Bryan to get a singles push again going into SummerSlam. That means a title change makes a lot of sense. I feel like they put Bryan in a team to take it easy on his body for a few months. I think he’ll go back to being in the WWE Title hunt or maybe the Universal Title if WWE continues to ignore the brand extension. I’m going with New Day to win because then they’ll have the titles while Kofi Kingston also in WWE Champion (I guess I gave that prediction away), so it will be happy times for the New Day trio. If Heavy Machinery wins the titles then that’s fine with me, but I would save it and keep building them up for a few more months.
Winners and New Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)
Last Man Standing Match: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
The stunt angle they did on Raw where Strowman tackled Lashley through the LED boards on the Raw stage was a cool moment that has helped this feud a lot. The match at Super Showdown wasn’t good, the arm wrestling and tug of war competitions were boring, but once you tackle a guy and set off explosions, that makes a feud look a lot better. It was funny how WWE teased the idea that Strowman had a serious injury like a ruptured spleen (a serious injury) two weeks ago, yet now he’s fine and having a Last Man Standing Match.
I think they are doing this kind of match to have Strowman lose without getting pinned. Strowman should be selling the injuries from two weeks ago while Lashley should be more healthy, which can lead to Lashley getting a much-needed win. I don’t remember the last significant win that Lashley has had, so he’s my pick to win this match. They can do a rematch with another stipulation at SummerSlam and Strowman should get the win there.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
United States Championship: Ricochet (c) vs. AJ Styles
This is the match of the night…if they get time. Yes, I have mentioned wrestlers having time to have a great match a few times because it’s a major factor in terms of match quality. If they don’t get at least 15 minutes I’ll be surprised. Their two matches on Raw were both under ten minutes due to WWE’s ridiculous “no wrestling during commercials” rule that they have followed for the last month. This time, in a PPV setting, they have the chance to have more of an outstanding wrestling match that fans expect from wrestlers as good as Ricochet and Styles.
I had a few people complaining to me about this match because they did it twice on Raw. I don’t mind that at all. The reason why they did it twice was to put Styles over, then have Ricochet go over and Styles turned heel, so now when they have the third match, not only is it 1-1 but there’s more of a story with Ricochet wanting revenge for AJ’s cheap attack on him. It’s a good storyline that is designed to get Ricochet over more as a babyface on the rise that hopefully can be a PPV main eventer next year. I think Ricochet is outstanding, so the more screen time he gets, the better it is for everybody in WWE.
It’s a tough match to predict because Ricochet has only had the title for about one month while you can make a case that Styles doesn’t “need” it, so Ricochet going over makes a lot of sense. I don’t like picking champions to have very short reigns either. However, Styles just turned heel with his buddies Gallows and Anderson watching his back, so it makes sense if Styles gets some help to win the match and the title. They can have Ricochet chase for a few months after that to keep the feud going. I’m not sure about this prediction at all, but I’m going with a title change.
Winner and New United States Champion: AJ Styles
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe
I already mentioned New Day winning the Smackdown Tag Team Titles to join Kofi as a champion in WWE, so that tells you I’m expecting Kofi to retain here. This feels like the first match in a series of matches between these guys. I’m not sure if the rivalry was just thrown together to give Kingston a fresh opponent because Joe could have been booked better in the build up to this match. Yes, Joe attacked Kingston multiple times to cause him to pass out in the Coquina Clutch, but Joe should have beaten some quality opponents going into this match. At least the promo segment they did two weeks ago was very good.
It should be a match where Joe dominates most of it, Kofi makes the big comeback and finds a way to win. Kofi has been booked so well as the champion with his only loss since WrestleMania coming against Joe in the tag team match a few weeks ago.
My prediction is that Kofi will probably lose the WWE Title at SummerSlam to Joe or Daniel Bryan or maybe even Roman Reigns. I just have a hunch there might be a 4-Way at SummerSlam. I don’t have any info. It’s just a feeling I have. Even Brock Lesnar is a possibility via Money in the Bank cash-in. I think by the time we get to the Smackdown debut on Fox in October, the WWE Champion is going to be Lesnar or Reigns. For now, I’ll go with Kofi for the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Extreme Rules Match for the Universal and Raw Women’s Championships: Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans
Note: This is a one fall match for both titles. If Corbin pins or submits Rollins, then he is Universal Champion while Evans is Raw Women’s Champion. If Evans pins or submits Lynch, then she is Raw Women’s Champion while Corbin is Universal Champion. The other part of the deal is that if Corbin and Evans lose, then they get no more title shots at Seth and Becky.
Did you know Seth and Becky were dating? Even if you don’t care, you probably know they are dating since WWE mentions it all the time. An Extreme Rules Match should mean that there are no tags needed and that they can just pair off to wrestle all over the arena. However, this is WWE, so they might have wrestlers wait for tags even though there are no rules.
I feel like this is an easy match to predict with Rollins and Lynch getting the win to move on from these boring rivalries. I think WWE realized the fans rejected Corbin and Evans as challengers, which is why they announce the “no more title shots” stipulation. Corbin and Evans also were not on Raw that much in the last two weeks. That tells me WWE is going to phase them out for a bit. I don’t expect a great match. I just hope WWE has better feuds planned for Rollins and Lynch coming out of this show because Rollins and Lynch have both lost a lot of positive momentum.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch
BONUS: I don’t expect Brock Lesnar to leave Extreme Rules with the Universal or WWE Championship. I know Paul Heyman teased it on Raw. Lesnar might be there, but I feel like Seth and/or Kofi will avoid losing their title. It might be SummerSlam when it happens (if it happens at all) or perhaps in October when Smackdown is Fox. It wouldn’t shock me if WWE waited until next year either. Lesnar and Heyman are heels. They are supposed to lie. Fans shouldn’t be upset about it when a heel lies. That’s their job!
No Holds Barred Match: Roman Reigns and The Undertaker vs. Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon
I feel like this is going to be the main event because The Undertaker’s involved, Roman Reigns is a part of it and I expect their babyface team to get the win. The “No Holds Barred” stipulation is another way of saying “Extreme Rules” or anything goes, so again, this is another match where there shouldn’t be any tags. They will be able to brawl all around the arena, which is probably good for The Undertaker at this point in his career.
I know there are reports that there are not current plans to do The Undertaker vs. McIntyre at SummerSlam, but to me that’s the obvious direction to go in after this match. Why would Undertaker return for Extreme Rules and not build to a match at SummerSlam? Perhaps the plan is to do Undertaker vs. Shane at SummerSlam, but I would rather see Miz beat Shane to end their feud if Shane is going to have a match. Another possibility for Undertaker at SummerSlam is Bray Wyatt, who could be returning to action as soon as next week.
They should have a decent match, but with Undertaker and Shane as two older guys, it would be foolish to expect greatness. Shane will probably do some crazy bump through a table at ringside or elsewhere in the arena. Elias will likely interfere, which could lead to The Miz or Kevin Owens to come out to stop him from costing Reigns/Undertaker the match since Miz and Owens have issues with Shane.
My prediction is Reigns pins Shane in a match that gets around 15 minutes. I think Roman will be in the WWE Title picture sooner rather than later, so getting the win in this match might set him up for that WWE Title push at SummerSlam or soon after that.
Winners: Roman Reigns and The Undertaker
The Match I’m Looking Forward To The Most
I like Ricochet vs. Styles getting 20 minutes the most, but Black vs. Cesaro is right there too. I’ll never get tired of Revival vs. Usos either.
The Match I Care About The Least
Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. I like Seth and Becky a lot. However, these rivalries have done more harm than good for them. Nobody is going to look back on Seth vs. Baron or Becky vs. Lacey as feuds that were great for either champion.
Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe. A few matches might go over 20 minutes. This is one of them.
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing Match. I just have a feeling it will be around ten minutes. Bayley’s Handicap Match should be short too.
Excitement Level on a Scale of 1-10 (1 being low, 10 being high)
I’m at 7 out of 10 for this show. I like several of the matches as I mentioned in the introduction of this preview. One of the most frustrating parts about WWE TV in the past month are the shorter matches, so that makes me excited to see a show without commercials forcing the matches to be shorter. What prevents the show from being higher than a 7/10 is that the two main matches are tag team matches with similar stipulations. Neither match excites me that much.
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