2020 WWE Extreme Rules matches, card, date, PPV predictions, start time, rumors, location

With Backlash in the rear-view mirror and SummerSlam ahead, WWE heads into July with a focus on Extreme Rules. The annual pay-per-view sees the rules thrown out the window and rivalries taken to the next level. Extreme Rules goes down on Sunday, July 19. While the location of the event has not been confirmed, it seems likely the show will take place at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

WWE has not yet announced any matches for the event, but there seems to be some clear directions for some of the top superstars of Raw and SmackDown. Read on to see what we are predicting the card will look like when the event airs at 7 p.m. ET on WWE Network next month.

WWE Extreme Rules matches

There are currently no confirmed matches for the Extreme Rules card at this time. 

WWE Extreme Rules predictions

WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Bobby Lashley (Extreme Rules Match): It feels like there’s nowhere else for McIntyre to go at this point. Lashley has a small excuse for why he lost to McIntyre at Backlash and WWE is not shy about running the same matches through multiple pay-per-views. Placing them in an Extreme Rules Match allows McIntyre to fight an uphill battle against Lashley, MVP and anyone MVP can bring into the fold. Of course, R-Truth and Lana can tip the scales back in the champion’s favor in the end.

Randy Orton vs. Christian (Unsanctioned Match): Orton brought Christian out of retirement after challenging him to an unsanctioned match on the June 15 edition of Raw. Christian, furious at Orton’s treatment of Edge following their “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” at Backlash and not wanting to back down from the challenge, accepted. That only led to a low blow by Ric Flair and a punt from Orton for the three count. The story can’t end there, though it could drag out. But Extreme Rules feels like the perfect platform to run back the unsanctioned idea again, this time with an actual match.

Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins: This is a match that seems more on track for a long build to SummerSlam, but the possibility exists that some variation of the match also takes place at Extreme Rules. This could also be a spot for Dominick Mysterio’s in-ring debut for WWE. Rey and Dominick teaming against Rollins’ disciples, Murphy and Austin Theory, would keep the Rey vs. Rollins match fresh but add some extra build.  

Universal Championship — Braun Strowman (c) vs. Bray Wyatt: This is another match that might be pushed off to SummerSlam, but Strowman has no one lined up as his next challenger after beating The Miz and John Morrison at Backlash. Wyatt’s appearance on the June 19 SmackDown should provide insight into if these two will pick up the story after Strowman beat Wyatt — as Bray Wyatt, not The Fiend — at Money in the Bank.   

Raw Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax (Steel Cage Match): The women battled to a double countout at Backlash and Asuka won the rematch on the June 15 edition of Raw, capitalizing on Jax shoving the referee and that same ref using a fast count. Looking at those results, you look at how they can eliminate countouts or referee tomfoolery. Place Asuka and Jax in the cage and you escalate the drama before Asuka moves on to a bigger summer program with Charlotte Flair.

Intercontinental Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Daniel Bryan (Submission Match): In a perfect world, a 60-minute Iron Man Match between these two would be the direction to go. But it’s hard to see WWE dedicating 60 minutes of a PPV built around “no rules” matches to a classic wrestling match. With Styles inviting Bryan to his title celebration on the June 19 SmackDown, it doesn’t seem these two are done, so look for a match that plays into the strength of both men: a Submission Match.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The New Day (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro: The tag divisions in Raw and SmackDown have been a mess in recent months, with neither brand seeing their titles defended in serious competition with any regularity. On June 12, Nakamura and Cesaro picked up a win over New Day on SmackDown. That should set up a tag title match at Extreme Rules if we follow along with the standard path of WWE booking.

Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus (Falls Count Anywhere): Hardy and Sheamus have split their matches so far, with Sheamus getting a big victory in their showdown at Backlash and Hardy knocking Sheamus from the intercontinental title tournament. There’s still a lot of bad blood here after Sheamus attempted to frame Hardy for drunk driving and Hardy retaliated by throwing urine in his face. There’s also a possibility this match takes place in a steel cage and Asuka vs. Jax gets the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation. But, for now, letting these men tear apart the building seems a solid direction.

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