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WWE Extreme Rules 2019: Predicting the quality of all 10 matches

Divesh Merani
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Modified 12 Jul 2019, 12:32 IST
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#9 Bayley vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (Handicap Match for the Smackdown Women's Championship)

More about the story than the action.
More about the story than the action.

While the build to this match has been pretty compelling, do not expect a great match. Bayley, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are all great workers, but the handicap match stipulation might put an increased focus on the story instead of the action.

If Nikki and Alexa win, they will become co-champions. That could be an intriguing prospect, but the smart money would be on Bayley getting some back-up in the form of a returning Sasha Banks.

It feels like this match has been booked specifically for that moment, with the action being secondary.


#8 Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs The New Day vs Heavy Machinery (Triple Threat Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship)

Could be lost on a long card
Could be lost on a long card

The tag team division on SmackDown Live has seen a major improvement in recent weeks, mostly thanks to the brilliant Daniel Bryan. His partnership with Rowan has made the SmackDown Tag Team Championships feel somewhat relevant again.

We are guaranteed to have solid action in this match, with the Planet's Tag Team Champions defending against the New Day and the much improved Heavy Machinery.

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Out of all the NXT call-ups since the end of last year, Otis and Tucker may be one of the few who are doing well on the main roster right now.

The match, while solid, might get lost on this 10-match show. There are other matches that could offer better action, could tell a better story, or possibly both.

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Published 12 Jul 2019, 09:54 IST
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