@Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Rushonrock steps back between the ropes to preview WWE’s latest PPV, Extreme Rules. Set in the same city that saw the rise of ECW decades ago, it is a brave choice of location to host an ‘extreme’ PPV. Factor in one of the most raucous and vocal crowds in the States, you better believe WWE will be pulling out all the stops to appease the Philly fans. With a stacked weekend of wrestling across rival promotions (NJPW and AEW) the layers of intrigue just keep piling up.

That being said, the recent appointment of Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as Head Creatives of Raw and Smackdown Live respectively, has seen a slight upturn in fan opinion.

Be under no illusions, the card for Extreme Rules is nothing short of stellar. Gimmick matches have been punctuated with some tantalising bouts throughout. Even the most stern of critics (and there are many at present) must be salivating at the thought of matches like AJ Styles vs Ricochet, The Revival vs The Usos and Kofi Kingston vs Samoa Joe.

The slightly bizarre pairing of The Undertaker and Roman Reigns, feels forced but the individual elements within the match could add up to an entertaining affair. If nothing else, the match should serve as the closing chapter to the long winded rivalry between Reigns and Shane McMahon, with Kevin Owens likely to get involved at some stage of the match.

PPV matches historically served as the payoff to storylines between heated opponents and Extreme Rules will deliver this in abundance. Real life couple and Raw champions, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins put their titles on the line in a winner takes all match against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. After roughly four months of back and forths, this really has to signal the end for a pair of bloated rivalries.

Both of the men’s tag titles are on the line in a welcome return to PPV action. Admittedly one of the bouts could be bumped to the preshow, but expect some thrilling action as all five teams involved over both matches, are more than capable of putting on a clinic.

A special mention has to go to the debut PPV singles match for Aleister Black. He will face off against a refocused Cesaro, in what we are picking as the match of the night. Providing they are given the right time, this really could be a fantastic display of striking and wrestling prowess. If the chemistry in the ring is even half of what we are expecting we could have a match of the year candidate on our hands.

Here is the full match card with Rushonrock’s predictions via Andrew Spoors, John Burrows and Reese Burrows:

No Holds Barred Tag Team Match

The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre

RB: Undertaker & Roman Reigns

JB: Undertaker & Roman Reigns

AS: Undertaker & Roman Reigns

Extreme Rules Winners Take All Mixed Tag Team Match for the Universal and Raw Women’s Championships

Seth Rollins (c) & Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans

If Corbin & Evans lose, they can never challenge Rollins & Lynch for the titles again.

RB: Rollins & Lynch

JB: Rollins & Lynch

AS: Rollins & Lynch

WWE Championship Match

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe

RB: Kofi

JB: Kofi

AS: Kofi

SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match

Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross

RB: Bayley

JB: Bayley

AS: Bayley

United States Championship Match

Ricochet (c) vs. AJ Styles

RB: AJ Styles

JB: AJ Styles

AS: AJ Styles

Raw Tag Team Championship Match

The Revival (c) vs. The Usos

RB: The Usos

JB: The Revival 

AS: The Revival

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match

Daniel Bryan & Rowan (c) vs. The New Day vs. Heavy Machinery

RB: New Day

JB: Bryan & Rowan

AS: New Day

Aleister Black vs. Cesaro

RB: Black

JB: Black

AS: Black

Last Man Standing Match

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

RB: Strowman

JB: Strowman

AS: Strowman

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match 

Drew Gulak (c) vs. Tony Nese

RB: Gulak

JB: Gulak

AS: Gulak

*Card correct as of time of writing.