- WWE Extreme Rules will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 14th
- It will be WWE’s final stop on the road to SummerSlam in Toronto next month
- Who has the best odds of emerging from WWE’s not-so-extreme event victorious?
Extreme Rules has been one of WWE’s longer-tenured pay-per-views since its inception a decade ago. Although the cool concept started out promising with every match on the card carrying a stipulation of some sort, the company eventually stopped caring about it.
As a result, only three of the 10 matches currently advertised for this Sunday’s installment will be “extreme,” and two of them are essentially the same. Nevertheless, the pay-per-view has potential to be entertaining based off what’s on tap, especially if everything is smartly booked the same way Stomping Grounds was.
Let’s look at the odds for each outing and who fans currently expect to emerge victorious.
Aleister Black vs Cesaro Odds
*All odds taken 07/11/19
Aleister Black has begging for a fight ever since he arrived on SmackDown Live in April’s Superstar Shake-up, and on Tuesday, his anticipated opponent for Extreme Rules was revealed to be none other than Cesaro. It may have have been a bit disappointing to some seeing as how random of a choice Cesaro was, but there’s no doubt that the match itself will deliver.
It’s interesting that the odds are so close on this one, just because Cesaro has been in midcard purgatory for months and has shown zero signs of receiving a renewed push as a singles competitor. Black, on the other hand, is a star on the rise and should not be losing in his first major match as a member of the main roster.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak vs Tony Nese Odds
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Drew Gulak became WWE Cruiserweight champion by winning a Triple Threat match at Stomping Grounds, effectively ending Tony Nese’s reign at only two months. He’s been great in the role as champion and has several fresh title matches awaiting him.
There’s no doubt Gulak retains his title here before moving on to other challengers. Oney Lorcan recently won an Anything Goes match on 205 Live, so perhaps he’ll be next in line for a shot at the strap.
Raw Tag Team Championship Odds: The Revival vs The Usos
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Raw’s tag team scene has been depleted for months, yet The Revival and The Usos have managed to keep things interesting with their stellar string of matches. Revival winning the Raw Tag Team Championship last month added more fuel to the fire in their feud, making this match at Extreme Rules incredibly important for both teams.
It’s really a toss-up as either team could realistically walk away with the twin titles, but Revival are still early on in their reign and should hold onto the gold for at least another month or so. The Usos can continue chasing the titles while other teams (such as The Viking Raiders) can step up to challenge Revival.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match Odds: Bayley vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
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|Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross||+110|
Bayley has had her hands full with Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross since the start of the summer, and despite Bayley beating Bliss at Stomping Grounds, Bliss and Cross have remained in hot pursuit of her SmackDown Women’s Championship. A Beat the Clock Challenge victory earned Cross the opportunity to make this a Handicap match at Extreme Rules, which puts Bayley at a distinct disadvantage.
There is a very real chance Bliss and Cross could take the title from Bayley because Bayley is outnumbered. Then again, if Bayley can capitalize on the underlying tension between Bliss and Cross, she will have no trouble securing the victory. That’s exactly what needs to (and will) happen.
Last Man Standing Match Odds: Braun Strowman vs Bobby Lashley
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A Last Man Standing match is perhaps the perfect stipulation for these two behemoths to fight in considering the chaos they created during their last encounter on Raw when the stage setup came crashing down. It also allows either man to be protected in defeat because they won’t have to be pinned or submitted.
Strowman is the safe bet here and is in desperate need of a notable victory on pay-per-view, but don’t count out Lashley. He came across like a monster unleashed this past Monday when he squashed Rey Mysterio and a win here for him could be what takes him to the main event scene where he belongs.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Odds: Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs Heavy Machinery vs The New Day
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|Daniel Bryan & Rowan||-170|
|The New Day||+300|
To their credit, Daniel Bryan and Rowan have done their best to make the SmackDown Tag Team Championship mean as much as possible. They gave Heavy Machinery the best match of their entire career at Stomping Grounds and this Triple Threat on Sunday should be equally exciting.
It’s easy to assume that Bryan and Rowan will retain their titles, but they could very well drop them without being pinned since two other teams are involved. Heavy Machinery may come close but will ultimately fall to The Planet’s Champions.
United States Championship Odds: Ricochet vs AJ Styles
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This heated rivalry over the United States Championship between Ricochet and AJ Styles has been a ton of fun to follow thus far and has done wonders for Ricochet, who was previously floundering on the Raw roster. The two matches they had on Raw were excellent, and with the lights on bright at Extreme Rules, this third encounter should be the best one yet.
What makes this matchup even more intriguing is that the outcome is far from predictable. Based off the odds, Ricochet is expected to retain because he’s been champion for a measly three weeks, but now that Styles has joined up with the likes of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, it’s more likely he uses them to his advantage and becomes the new champion.
WWE Championship Odds: Kofi Kingston vs Samoa Joe
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Samoa Joe has been hot on the heels of Kofi Kingston for weeks, and at Extreme Rules he will finally get his chance to dethrone him as WWE champion. He vied for the prestigious prize many times over the course of 2018 and always fell short, but given the roll he’s been on as of late, this could be his time at long last.
However, WWE fans don’t seem to think so and are instead betting on Kingston to overcome the odds and successfully retain his title once again. Unfortunately, Joe isn’t anything more than a filler opponent for Kingston before SummerSlam and is bound to return to United States Championship contention once this rivalry has run its course.
Roman Reigns & The Undertaker vs Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre
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|Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre||+250|
The Undertaker formed an unlikely alliance with Roman Reigns one night removed from Stomping Grounds and now has his sights set on giving Shane McMahon his comeuppance in this tag team match at Extreme Rules. Reigns or Undertaker taking a pinfall loss at the hands of Shane McMahon or Drew McIntyre is highly improbable and the fans realize that.
Plus, thanks to the No Holds Barred stipulation, anyone can interfere, which means we should be seeing The Miz and/or Kevin Owens get involved in some form or fashion and exact revenge on their arch rival.
Extreme Rules Winners Take All Mixed Tag Team Match Odds: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch vs Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans
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|Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch||-400|
|Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans||+250|
The WWE Universe was convinced that Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch had rid Raw’s main event scene of Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans at Stomping Grounds, but the power couple agreed to fight the nefarious duo in a “Winners Take All” Extreme Rules mixed tag team match for both the Universal and Raw Women’s Championships at this Sunday’s pay-per-view.
There is little doubt that Rollins and Lynch will be reigning supreme in this one, and the odds reflect that. Corbin and Evans have no business wining those titles, so hopefully after Rollins and Lynch beat them once and for all in Philadelphia, they can move on to bigger and better things in time for SummerSlam.
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