WWE Extreme Rules PPV: Match Card, Start Time, Predictions, And How To Watch The 2020 Event
This is going to be a real horror show, but how scary will it actually be?
WWE's PPV Extreme Rules has come to a close, but you can check out the final results for the PPV here.
WWE Extreme Rules is almost here, and it's going to be a horror show. At least, WWE claims it will be a "horror show" as that's the tagline for the 2020 event. That means there are going to be some over-the-top and maybe scary moments, like Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins trying to literally remove someone's eye from its socket.
This wild ride will happen on Sunday, July 19. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PPV will take place at the Performance Center in Florida. Raw, Smackdown, and NXT are all currently taping there for the foreseeable future. However, Extreme Rules viewers will be taking a field trip during the show, as one of the matches will take place in a spooky swamp. This is the horror show, so a spooky swamp is a must.
Depending on where you live in the world, the show will air at various times. Apologies to all the wrestling fans in the UK, as every PPV airs at midnight. Check out the start times below.
- 4 PM PT
- 6 PM CT
- 7 PM ET
- 12 AM BST (July 20)
- 9 AM AEST (July 20)
Per usual, there will be a Kickoff Show on the WWE Network, starting one hour prior to the main card. There is typically one match on the preshow, and as of this writing, the match hasn't been announced yet. And if you want to watch Extreme Rules, you'll have to subscribe to the WWE Network. Aside from live streaming PPVs, you can watch old wrestling matches or docuseries like Undertaker: The Last Ride, which is one of the best shows of the year. The streaming service costs $10 a month, and you can cancel at any time.
As for this year's Extreme Rules PPV, there are currently seven matches on the card, but there should be a few more added between now and the start of the show. Check out the confirmed matches below.
- New Day vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura - Tables Match for Smackdown Tag Team Championship
- Apollo Crews (c) vs. MVP - United States Championship
- Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins – Eye for an Eye Match
- Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross - Smackdown Women's Championship
- Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks - Raw Women's Championship
- Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler - WWE Championship
- Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt – Wyatt Swamp Fight
While we wait for the full card, check out which way we think a few of these matches will go during the course of the evening.
Asuka vs. Sasha Banks
Asuka works as a champion extremely well. However, her being stuck in this back-and-forth battle with the Women's Tag Team Champions needs a little bit of spice to keep the story fresh. While I'd rather see Asuka move forward after Extreme Rules as champ, it makes sense to give Banks the title. Let both Bayley and Banks have "dos straps" to elevate their status a little. Then, at the next PPV, give the championship right back to Asuka, and let her move on to some new talent.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins
Who will have their eye removed from their skull? That's the question no one is asking right now. This whole thing is very, very silly. The feud between the two is fine, but the stipulation makes no sense. This feels like a weird, over-the-top story from the Attitude era where WWE (WWF at the time) was pulling out a lot of weird stops--and not all those moments are great. Rollins and Mysterio, on their own, could have a great match. In the end, it's going to be a trainwreck, and winners and losers don't matter.
Winner: No one
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt
Choo choo! Here comes the Strowman express! Because this is taking place in Wyatt's swamp--as the Fiend/Children's show host has reverted back to the eater of worlds--we can probably expect some cinematic wackiness in the best way possible. And while seeing Wyatt get the win over his former follower would be great, it would be a better move to have Strowman get the win at Extreme Rules and see this feud carry over to Summerslam, where Strowman will have to face The Fiend. This is a story that has legs, so let's run with it.
Make sure to come back to GameSpot on Sunday, July 19 for live coverage to the event. If you want to dive deeper into the weird world of wrestling, check out GameSpot's weekly podcast Wrestle Buddies. Each week, Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner talk about the fun side of wrestling, from silly gimmicks to their favorite PPVs. Also, they occasionally interview wrestlers. New episodes arrive every Thursday, and you can check it out on Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts.