Extreme Rules 2019 - Predicting the quality of every match
The descendant of the old ECW One Night Stand shows in the mid-2000s, the Extreme Rules pay per view lost the lustre of its ancestor. It isn't a show known for being a "must-see" event. It's usually a filler show on the road to SummerSlam, trapped in the mire of the post-WrestleMania slump.
2019's edition is somewhat different, though. Whether it's in response to declining ratings or All Elite Wrestling's Fight for the Fallen taking place on the previous night, Extreme Rules has a stacked card this year. It's the total opposite of Stomping Grounds last month. It might well be worth your time to actually watch this live, even if it will be a bit long.
Assuming you don't, though, there are 10 matches on the card. Ranking them in terms of quality will be hard. Which are likely to be worth watching again or going back to watch? Most of them, probably! Let's give this a try.
#10 Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans
Sadly, the main event of Extreme Rules is also looking to be its weakest match. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans, as many expected, have been duds in the main event picture, yet they continue to get title shots despite losing twice on pay per view already. Their Stomping Grounds performances were both unmitigated disasters, with many fans considering the main event there as one of WWE's worst matches of 2019.
Here they are again.
The mixed tag team stipulation has a chance to throw some kind of monkey wrench into that formula, but historically, these kinds of matches have been limited in the kind of spectacle they can pull off.
Keep your expectations low for this one. If it exceeds them, you won't lose anything.