WWE Extreme Rules 2018 Match Predictions: The Kickoff Show Is Stacked
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It's time for another WWE PPV. Today's event, Extreme Rules, will be coming to the WWE Network at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. However, you can see it live at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, as there are still tickets available for the show, starting at $45 a seat. Tonight's PPV will contain more than enough wild moments, including Carmella's valet, James Ellsworth, being locked inside a shark cage and raised above the wing. Additionally, there are extreme rules, table, and steel cage matches to quench your thirst for brutality.
This will be the eighth major WWE event of the year, including the bizarre Greatest Royal Rumble PPV back in April. Last year, WWE produced 16 PPVs, but only four of them were dual-branded--meaning both superstars from Raw and Smackdown appeared on them. Now, in 2018--post-Wrestlemania 34--all WWE PPVs are dual-branded, which will cut down on the amount of events the company holds, which was every two weeks at times. WWE will be holding special events, like the previously mentioned Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia and October's Super Show-Down in Australia. In total, WWE has 14 PPVs planned for 2018.
The Road To Summerslam
This PPV may give WWE fans some insight as to what's happening August 19 at Summerslam, which will once again take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. A few of the matches that happen here may even happen again next month. One of the newest rivalries that has legs to carry into next month is Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens. While their steel cage match is the first, big, sanctioned match for their rivalry, it won't be their last, regardless of the outcome.
In addition to the Monster Among Men taking on Owens in a cage, the rivalry between former Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins and and current title holder Dolph Ziggler continues at Extreme Rules and has a good chance to carry into Summerslam as well. The two wrestlers have put on stellar matches in their previous meetings with each other, and a 30-minute iron man match is the perfect way to showcase both of their talents and build on the stories WWE has been setting up the past couple of months.
- 12 AM BST (July 16)
- 7 PM ET
- 6 PM CT
- 5 PM MT
- 4 PM PT
Per usual, a Kickoff Show will air on the WWE Network--and most likely YouTube--one hour prior. As of this writing, there are twelve matches on the card for the evening, two of which will be on the Kickoff. Everyone who's getting ready for Extreme Rules has their favorites to win each match, and GameSpot is no different. We've gone through the upcoming card and decided with great certainty who will win each of these matches. There may be a few title changes for the evening, but one thing is for sure: it's going to be a Happy Rusev Day, no matter who wins.
Make sure to come back to GameSpot later today for live coverage of WWE's Extreme Rules as well as some followup pieces as well. If you're looking for more wrestling, check out some rumors about the PPV and these WWE movie cameos you might have missed. If television is more up your alley, here's some WWE TV cameos to check out.