WWE HORROR SHOW AT EXTREME RULES PPV PRIMER
JULY 18, 2020
AIRS ON WWE NETWORK & PPV
Originally scheduled to be held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California but, due to the ongoing pandemic, The WWE HORROR SHOW at Extreme Rules is now taking place at the WWE HORROR SHOW Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. With a cinematic swamp fight in the offering and promises of a wrestler losing an eye, this show may very well live up to the addition of “horror show” to the title, one way or the other.
Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Championship match with mystery stipulations
Story in a nutshell: A ghost from Drew McIntyre’s past comes back to haunt him as Dolph Ziggler comes after his championship.
Way back in the day, when Drew McIntyre was called up from NXT, he was paired with Dolph Ziggler. Now Ziggler is taking credit from bringing McIntyre back from “obscurity” and demanding that Drew owes him a title shot. Drew, confident that he would defeat Ziggler handily, let Ziggler choose the stipulation for the match. A Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre reunion later, and Ziggler is still withholding his choice until the match time.
Prediction: Ziggler will change the stipulations throughout the match as Drew keeps getting the better of him. It won’t help. Drew hurts, maims, tortures eviscerates, and all the other stuff he likes to claim he wants to do.
Asuka vs. Sasha Banks – WWE Raw Women’s Championship match
The story in a nutshell: Sasha Banks wants championship gold so she and her best friend can rule at the top of WWE, and her target is Asuka.
After successfully defending the tag team belts against The IIconics, Sasha claimed to be jealous that Bayley held two championships and wanted to be a women’s champion implying she wanted Bayley’s belt. Instead, she swerved to challenging Asuka for her championship. Asuka agreed and with that, we were off to the races.
Prediction: Having both Bayley and Sasha hold all the gold would make them delightfully insufferable. Also, having Sasha with the gold, and Bayley without would make for really compelling tv, and this would be what I would prefer to see. However, with Shayna Baszler reappearing on Raw, and with Kairi Sane possibly on her way out, I think a Baszler/Asuka feud is in the making. Asuka retains.
Bayley vs. Nikki Cross – WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship match
The story in a nutshell: After winning a fatal four-way match to become the number one contender, Nikki Cross seeks to dethrone the champion, Bayley.
June 26, 2020, Nikki Cross defeated Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke, and Lacey Evans to become the number one contender for Bayley’s title. What followed was several weeks of Bliss, Cross, Banks, and Bayley (and Asuka) mixing it up in various permutations, with Bayley getting the last laugh by pinning Cross by using the ropes in a tag match.
Prediction: I’m letting the Law of WWE booking handle this one. Rule #3 the last one to look strong in the go-home show losses. Cross wins and Banks and Sasha leave the Horror Show defeated. This can lead to friction between them leading them to lose the tag belts thanks to miscommunication then on to a triple threat where Bayley wins back the belt but screws over Banks in the process.
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt – Wyatt Swamp Fight
Story in a nutshell: The long-running history between Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman continues to be explored as Strowman now faces the Eater of Worlds, the man who recruited him into the Wyatt family and made him the Monster Among Men
After the Firefly Funhouse incarnation of Bray Wyatt was defeated at Money in the Bank, Bray summoned the Eater of Worlds cult leader persona to burrow his way into Strowman’s psyche. A ploy that has apparently worked as Strowman is resigned to face Wyatt in the swamp that was the birthplace of the Monster Among Men. With Wyatt pressing his psychological advantage, Strowman has become more and more unhinged as the weeks go by.
Prediction: I’d love to see Braun fall to Wyatt and become his monster puppet unleashed on the roster. Build Braun into a real monster again before he shakes off Wyatt’s control. I don’t think that’s happening with Summerslam right around the corner. Strowman survives and overcomes his past, only to come face to face with his future, The Fiend.