WWE continues to plow through in the face of adversity amid the coronavirus pandemic with its standard pay-per-view schedule, and that will continue with the annual Extreme Rules event. This show generally sees the rules thrown out the window and rivalries taken to the next level, and this year was even given the moniker, “The Horror Show.” Once again, as will all events throughout the pandemic era thus far, most of the Extreme Rules action will be taking place inside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Let’s have a look now at the matches that are confirmed for the event as well as make some predictions as to what we might see added to the card. WWE Extreme Rules: The Horror Show goes down on Sunday, July 19, with the main card streaming live on the WWE Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The kickoff show will lead us into the festivities beginning at 6 p.m.
Extreme Rules: The Horror Show matches
Braun Strowman (c) vs. Bray Wyatt (Wyatt Swamp Fight; non-title match): Wyatt recently reappeared on SmackDown, and while doing so, revealed that he had reverted back to his original persona while targeting the universal champ once again. Strowman then responded the following week by offering up a unique challenge to his nemesis, and the Wyatt Swamp Fight was made official shortly thereafter. So, it appears the next chapter in WWE cinematic matches is on the horizon upcoming at Extreme Rules: The Horror Show. This match, however, will not be contested for the universal title, meaning the possibility of Wyatt as “The Fiend” taking the championship back at SummerSlam is very much in the cards.
WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler: While it seemed like the feud between McIntyre and Bobby Lashley was far from over, on the June 22 edition of Raw, Ziggler returned to Monday nights stating he had been part of the trade that sent AJ Styles to SmackDown. He interrupted a McIntyre promo and threw down a challenge to McIntyre for the championship, taking credit for his being champion after their previous time together as a team. It wasn’t much of a build, but McIntyre immediately accepted and the match was on. This being Extreme Rules, twists are expected in the coming weeks that set up some sort of gimmick match stipulation between the two.
Raw Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks: Asuka has been dealing with the challenges of Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair in recent weeks, but it’s Banks getting the title shot. After Banks and Bayley successfully defended their women’s tag titles on June 22, Banks appeared ready to challenge Bayley for the SmackDown title before pulling the quick swerve and throwing down the challenge to Asuka instead, a challenge which Asuka accepted before the best friends beat her down.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross: While Banks will be vying for a singles title, Bayley will be aiming to hold onto hers on the same night. Cross, who has been stellar on television as of late, earned the opportunity to challenge Bayley when she emerged victorious from a fatal 4-way on SmackDown that also included Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans.
Extreme Rules: The Horror Show predictions
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules Match): Orton brought Christian out of retirement after challenging him to an unsanctioned match on the June 15 edition of Raw. Ric Flair hit Christian with a low blow and Edge hit him with a punt, injuring Christian as he had Edge the night before. This brought out Big Show’s dark side of the “pissed off giant,” and he tried to goad Orton into a fight on the June 22 Raw. Rollins rolled out of the ring rather than fight, but said that what comes next would be on Show. This could be another match where Orton embraces his classic “Legend Killer” gimmick and helps him continue the build toward Edge’s eventual return from injury.
Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins: This is a match that seems more on track for a long build to SummerSlam, but the possibility exists that some variation of the match also takes place at Extreme Rules. This could also be a spot for Dominick Mysterio’s in-ring debut for WWE in a six-man affair. Rey and Dominick teaming against Rollins’ disciples, Murphy and Austin Theory, would keep the Rey vs. Rollins match fresh but add some extra build.
Intercontinental Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Daniel Bryan (Submission Match): In a perfect world, a 60-minute Iron Man Match between these two would be the direction to go. But it’s hard to see WWE dedicating 60 minutes of a PPV built around “no rules” matches to a classic wrestling match. With Styles inviting Bryan to his title celebration on the June 19 SmackDown, it doesn’t seem these two are done, so look for a match that plays into the strength of both men: a Submission Match.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The New Day (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro: The tag divisions in Raw and SmackDown have been a mess in recent months, with neither brand seeing their titles defended in serious competition with any regularity. On June 12, Nakamura and Cesaro picked up a win over New Day on SmackDown. That should set up a tag title match at Extreme Rules if we follow along with the standard path of WWE booking.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus (Falls Count Anywhere): Hardy and Sheamus have split their matches so far, with Sheamus getting a big victory in their showdown at Backlash and Hardy knocking Sheamus from the intercontinental title tournament. There’s still a lot of bad blood here after Sheamus attempted to frame Hardy for drunk driving and Hardy retaliated by throwing urine in his face. There’s also a possibility this match takes place in a steel cage and Asuka vs. Jax gets the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation. But, for now, letting these men tear apart the building seems a solid direction.