We are a few hours away from Extreme Rules 2021. The match card is short but stacked with five important championships on the line.
We won't see the WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, the RAW Tag Team Championships, and the Women's Tag Team Championships being defended at the show. Between shocking twists and huge returns, all the championship bouts are looking quite interesting on paper.
Here, we predict the results of each title match scheduled for Extreme Rules 2021. So, without further ado, let's begin.
#1 Universal Championship match at Extreme Rules: Roman Reigns (c) vs. "The Demon" Finn Balor
Five years ago, Finn Balor became the first-ever Universal Champion in WWE history. The talented superstar was unfortunately forced to relinquish his title after he sustained a serious injury during the match and had to step away from the ring for almost a year.
Following his return, Balor established himself as one of the finest talents on the WWE roster, delivered several epic matches, and got himself over with the entire fanbase. But all of that was rewarded with him being restricted to mid-card rivalries.
He then went back to NXT and embraced his "Prince" gimmick that allowed him to become one of the best heels on the Black and Gold brand. Balor eventually returned to the main roster and went straight after Roman Reigns and his Universal Championship - a title that he never truly lost in the first place.
In an ideal world, he would beat Reigns to win the Universal Championship and craft a pro wrestling fairytale for ages at Extreme Rules. But this world is far from ideal, and WWE is probably not even considering this story-telling as one of their options.
Balor recently faced Reigns for the world title on SmackDown but lost after multiple illegal maneuvers adopted by The Bloodline. He then teased the return of "The Demon" - his undefeated alter-ego - that will now take on The Tribal Chief.
He got the better of Reigns and The Usos on SmackDown's final show before Extreme Rules, further raising doubts over his potential win at the pay-per-view. WWE might be inclined towards Roman Reigns successfully retaining his Universal Championship tonight at the back of an unfair advantage.
Since this is the only Extreme Rules match scheduled for the show, we will see both superstars go all out in their respective performances. It could have led to a lot of excitement over a potential end to Reign's title reign or The Demon's first-ever defeat on the main roster.
However, the creative team have already started hyping up Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns scheduled for Crown Jewel next month, and they initially promoted it as a title match. All these signs indicate towards The Tribal Chief winning his match at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
It would be a smart decision to protect the "The Demon" persona, and thus, we might see The Usos offering assistance during the main event. Technically, it would be legal as there are no disqualifications in an Extreme Rules match.
Fans are expecting a memorable encounter between the two superstars, and we hope that it will do justice to both the superstars as well as their respective runs.
Brock Lesnar could also make an appearance either during or after the match to target Roman Reigns and add fuel to their rivalry. The creative team have backed themselves into a corner, and it will be interesting to see how they will move forward while ensuring that none of the three superstars involved look weak on the show.
Prediction: Roman Reigns beats "The Demon" Finn Balor to retain Universal Championship, Brock Lesnar returns at Extreme Rules
#2 SmackDown Women's Championship match at Extreme Rules: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair
Bianca Belair has a tremendous opportunity waiting for her at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. She is set to challenge Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women's Championship tonight in an attempt to regain the title she lost in less than 30 seconds at SummerSlam. She previously said that she wasn't prepared to face The Man, but things won't be the same this time.
While Belair has a point, WWE might want Lynch to retain the championship at least until Survivor Series. This decision would ultimately help draw more heat towards the champion while ensuring that she continues her feud with Belair.
Moreover, it will set the stage for Sasha Banks' return to spice things up in the SmackDown Women's Division after the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Hopefully, Bianca Belair will be booked strongly even if she doesn't' get to walk out of the show with the titles on her shoulders.
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains the SmackDown Women's Championship, Sasha Banks returns at Extreme Rules
#3 SmackDown Tag Team Championship match: The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits
At Extreme Rules 2021, The Usos will look to defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Street Profits. Both teams have been feuding on the Blue brand for a while and have delivered entertaining encounters both inside and outside the ring.
The Street Profits came close to beating the champions in the last match, but Roman Reigns' strategic interference allowed his cousins to survive. Both teams share explosive chemistry inside the ring and are bound to deliver a memorable match.
But that might not end with the SmackDown Tag Team Championships changing hands at Extreme Rules. It appears that The Bloodline will continue to dominate, and the creative team might want them to keep the titles for a convincing run as the biggest villains in WWE. But that doesn't mean we won't see them see them tear the house down with their in-ring bout at the upcoming pay-per-view.
Prediction: The Usos retain their SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules
#4 RAW Women's Championship match at Extreme Rules: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
At Extreme Rules 2021, Charlotte Flair will put her RAW Women's Championship on the line against Alexa Bliss. It's been a long time since the latter has been in the title picture. In fact, she has barely been involved in any credible feud over the last few months barring her altercation with Flair. Bliss is a multi-time women's champion and poses a massive threat to Charlotte Flair's current title reign.
Alexa Bliss' current gimmick was inspired by "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt. She has continued with that character after Wyatt's release and has presented herself as a supernatural persona.
While her on-screen character is intriguing, it has lost a little bit of credibility along the way. This would be her big chance to showcase her dominance inside the ring and make a huge statement by ending The Queen's historic title reign at Extreme Rules.
Prediction: Alexa Bliss wins the RAW Women's Championship after three years
#5 United States Championship match: Damian Priest (c) vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus
Only one other championship from RAW will be on the line at Extreme Rules 2021. Damien Priest is set to put the United States Championship on the line against Sheamus and Jeff Hardy in a triple threat match.
He won the title at SummerSlam after defeating The Celtic Warrior. Since then, the two superstars have been involved in a brutal feud that has led to both superstars being busted open on more than one occasion.
Despite competing with a broken face, Sheamus seems determined to regain the United States Championship. Unfortunately, his arrogance proved costly when Jeff Hardy defeated him to gain a spot in the United States Championship match.
Although both superstars pose a serious threat to Priest's title reign, the latter will likely retain his gold and assert his dominance on the roster. RAW desperately needs more superstars in a good role in order to push more babyfaces on the show. They might not be keen towards taking the title away from Damian Priest at Extreme Rules and putting an end to his current run.
Prediction: Damian Priest retains his United States Championship at Extreme Rules