WWE Extreme Rules 2016 is set for Sunday night in New Jersey as every championship will be defended. No belts have changed hands since the night after WrestleMania 32, and that could remain the same even after the upcoming pay-per-view.
Extreme Rules features multiple rematches from WWE Payback, which took place just three weeks ago. Roman Reigns and AJ Styles will face off with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line, and outside interference will be legal for the entire match, this time. Charlotte faces Natalya in a second straight Women’s Championship Match, and Dean Ambrose goes for a second straight win against Chris Jericho.
A few of WWE’s biggest stars will come back from injury this month, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see one return unannounced on Sunday. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt could all potentially get involved in one of Sunday’s matches. John Cena’s return has already been announced for Memorial Day.
Below is a look at the entire card for WWE Extreme Rules 2016, as well as predictions for each match.
Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules Match)
Styles’ popularity has likely grown more than anyone in WWE could have expected, but he won’t take the title from Reigns. Look for Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and The Usos to get involved somehow. Whether Reigns turns heel or not, he’ll remain champion by the night’s end.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
Charlotte vs. Natalya (WWE Women’s Championship Submission Match)
Charlotte is going to hold the title until at least SummerSlam, and Natalya won’t be the woman to take the belt. With Ric Flair banned from ringside for the match, Charlotte will have to win on her own, potentially leading to the champ turning on her father in the near future.
The Miz vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (Fatal 4-Way Intercontinental Championship Match)
This is the most difficult match on the card to predict. The feud between Zayn and Owens clearly isn’t finished, and they could be in for another singles match at SummerSlam. But does WWE feel the IC Title needs to be included in their feud? Even if Owens and Zayn do eventually fight for the title, neither one of them needs to win it on Sunday. Cesaro could get the win, but Maryse could get involved and help her husband retain.
Prediction: The Miz
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho (Asylum Match)
Expect a lot of weapons to be used in the first ever “Asylum Match,” which means either wrestler could lose without looking weak. But considering it’s Ambrose’s match, as well as Jericho’s reputation for putting over younger talent, Ambrose is likely to get the win.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose
The New Day vs. The Vaudevillains (Tag Team Championship Match)
The New Day are WWE’s most popular tag team of the past few years, and it likely won’t be The Vaudevillains that ends what could end up being an historic title reign. Big Cass and a returning Enzo Amore might eventually take the belts from The New Day, but Big E, Xavier Woods, and Kofi Kingston won’t relinquish the title on Sunday.
Prediction: The New Day
Kalisto vs. Rusev (United States Championship Match)
Rusev stood tall over Kalisto on Monday, indicating that the current champ will retain his belt. Kalisto could hold the championship for a little while with wins over bigger wrestlers like Ryback, Rusev and others.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin (No DQ Match)
This is essentially a rubber match between the two, since Ziggler beat Corbin at Payback and the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner got his win back on “Monday Night Raw.” Corbin isn’t coming from NXT to be on the losing end of a feud with Ziggler.
Prediction: Baron Corbin