WrestleMania is in the books, and now, it’s time to get extreme! One of the most brutal days on the WWE calendar, Extreme Rules, is almost here, which means it’s time for WWE.com’s staff to analyze the hardcore card.
Will Randy Orton be able to dethrone WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins inside a steel cage without his devastating RKO? Can John Cena survive what is sure to be a vicious Russian Chain Match against Rusev and retain his United States Title? Who will be forced to pucker up in an ultimate act of humiliation after the Kiss Me Arse Match — Dolph Ziggler or Sheamus?
Take a look at these predictions from WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel, ECW Original Joey Styles and WWE.com editors, then let us know who you think will stand tall this Sunday in the comments below!
@JoeyStyles: Any man who can smile at an uncaged Brock Lesnar and draw the beast’s blood, like Roman Reigns did at WrestleMania, obviously has a high tolerance for physical pain. That doesn’t mean he’s prepared for Big Show’s KO Punch, which I am told is like getting smashed in the skull with a steel shot put. Both men have the power to put the other down for a 10-count but only one has the speed to avoid being put down. Reigns can avoid the KO Punch, but Big Show can’t avoid the spear. It will take several rib-cracking spears, perhaps one through the ringside barrier, for Reigns to fell the giant, but he can and he will. Believe that. WINNER: Roman Reigns
Anthony Benigno: The 2014 Superstar of the Year and the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner have been circling each other since December, and it’s time to put this endlessly-simmering rivalry to bed with a big bang. It’s only fitting that the stipulation is Last Man Standing, because whoever wins this will literally have to leave the other man in a heap. Big Show’s got the size and the momentum, coming off his WrestleMania win and Roman’s loss, and that seems to have made all the difference in the weeks leading up to this confrontation. Reigns has been fighting from underneath for the first time in his career for a few months now. Expect the growing pains to continue, if only for one more pay-per-view. WINNER: Big Show
Scott Taylor: At first glance, it would appear Big Show has the advantage in this contest due to his 7-foot, 450-pound frame. But those rules don’t apply to Roman Reigns. The Big Dog showed at WrestleMania that he can take a brutal beating and come back for more. This will be beneficial when facing The World’s Largest Athlete. WINNER: Roman Reigns
Matthew Artus: As a former ECW Champion with a resume as long as he is tall, Big Show knows how to handle the hardcore atmosphere of Extreme Rules. However, Roman Reigns’ history at the event includes a WWE Tag Team Title-clinching win and the dismantling of Evolution. Reigns is ready to complete the trifecta. WINNER: Roman Reigns
@HowardFinkel: These two Superstars, pure and simple, just do not like each other. They are each hell bent on putting the other out of commission. There’s an old slogan: “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” I think that will hold true here, but eventually it will be Reigns winding up as the last man standing. WINNER: Roman Reigns