- WWE Extreme Rules will emanate from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on September 26th, 2021
- Roman Reigns will defend the Universal Championship against Finn Balor in the night’s main event
- Who do betting odds favor emerging victorious in each bout? See odds, analysis, and our best bets below
In years past, WWE’s annual Extreme Rules pay-per-view featured a loaded lineup where every match featured some sort of a stipulation. While that won’t be the case with the 2021 installment of WWE Extreme Rules on September 26, emanating live from Columbus, OH, the advertised card has potential on paper.
The night’s main event will see Finn Balor bringing back his Demon persona to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Becky Lynch will also defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair in a rematch from SummerSlam.
Ahead of Extreme Rules, let’s take a look at the favorites that will emerge victorious in the night’s four biggest bouts, according to the current betting odds.
WWE Extreme Rules 2021 Odds
|United States Championship Match||Odds|
|Damian Priest (c)||-250|
|Raw Women’s Championship Match||Odds|
|Charlotte Flair (c)||-250|
|SmackDown Women’s Championship Match||Odds|
|Becky Lynch (c)||-500|
|Universal Championship Match||Odds|
|Roman Reigns (c)||-900|
All odds as of September 23
United States Championship
Damian Priest has been a fighting United States champion since securing the gold at SummerSlam. Unless the idea is to move him over to SmackDown in the upcoming WWE Draft (and even then he can swap shows with whoever the Intercontinental champion is), it’d be booking malpractice to cut his reign short on Sunday.
Despite that, Priest is only slightly favored at -250 to Sheamus’ -200. Sheamus has been doing some of the best work of his career in the ring lately and could be rewarded with another run with the star-spangled prize, but Priest retaining the title once again is the better bet.
Either way, it’s safe to say that Jeff Hardy isn’t walking out the new champ based on his current odds of +600. He’s largely been a utility player for WWE this year and will likely take the pinfall in this match, but it should be a terrific Triple Threat, regardless.
Raw Women’s Championship
Raw women’s division has been in a state of flux for a few months now, but to the surprise of many, this Raw Women’s Champion feud between Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss has exceeded expectations. Bliss has toned down the supernatural stuff for a bit while Flair has delivered on the mic, leaving fans wanting to see them collide for the title.
Bliss hasn’t suffered a single loss all year, and while she’s not too far behind in the odds and could realistically become a four-time Raw Women’s champion at Extreme Rules, Flair is the correct choice for this contest.
With her current character, Bliss has no business being the Raw Women’s champion, if only because the matches likely wouldn’t be up to par. Flair isn’t exactly a fresh face as champ, but seeing as how she hasn’t had a meaningful title reign in a few years, this latest one should last more than a month.
Flair is leading in the odds at -250 and is the safe pick to come out on top in what is sure to be a hard-fought battle for the prestigious prize.
SmackDown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch shook up the SmackDown Women’s Championship picture at SummerSlam when she made her shocking return after over a year away and immediately beat Bianca Belair for the belt in under a minute. Although the turn of events did Belair no favors, it was intended to set the stage for a heel turn for Lynch and put The EST of WWE back in chase mode.
Considering this rivalry over the title is just getting started, it’s too soon for Belair to be giving Lynch her comeuppance. Rather, it’s more likely that Lynch finds a way to win via nefarious means to keep their bad blood alive.
Lynch is the clear choice to win this match and understandably so. WWE ending Belair’s first reign as SmackDown Women’s champion in the fashion they did was questionable, but at this point, the company needs to have her ride this wave of momentum as a newly-turned heel and continue to dominate the division for the foreseeable future,
Roman Reigns has officially passed the one-year mark as Universal champion. While several Superstars have posed a legitimate threat to his title reign, no one has been able to overcome The Tribal Chief and hand him his first pinfall loss in nearly two years.
Although there is something to be said about Finn Balor resurrecting his Demon persona for the first time in over two years to challenge Reigns, the odds indicate that there is virtually no chance Reigns loses the gold on Sunday. Given how successful he’s been over the last year, those odds are probably accurate.
With WWE already announcing that Reigns will face Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel next month, The Head of the Table being heavily favored at -900 should come as no surprise. Reigns is bound to beat Balor and move on to his next adversary, no matter what Demon Balor does to ensure otherwise.