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How will this latest pay-per-view (PPV) event play out? We've got staff predictions for each and every match on the WWE "Extreme Rules 2013" card for tomorrow night's (Sun., May 19) hardcore battles, right here!

WWE's biggest pay-per-view (PPV) event of the year Extreme Rules 2013 is back tomorrow night (Sun., May 19), live on pay-per-view (PPV) starting with the free streaming pre-show at 7:30 p.m. ET and rolling on into the Fifth Annual Hardcore pay-per-view event commencing at 8 p.m. ET. (Keep in mind that you can catch the pre-show on right here on CSS thanks to our friends at Yahoo Sports!, or find it over at,, and XboxLive, as well as on the WWE App.

Tomorrow night's show features all your favorite WWE Superstars and Divas, including John Cena, Ryback, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho, Fandango, Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, The Shield, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Big Show, and much more!

Luckily for you Cagesiders, our CSS staff of learned-wrestling-blowhards is faithfully here for you, yet again, in order to help you all figure out just how this latest PPV event is gonna play out. We've got our CSS Staffer predictions for each and every match on the Extreme Rules card, coming up next!


Extreme Rules Match Card:

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H - Steel Cage match
  • John Cena (c) vs. The Ryback - Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship
  • Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger - "I Quit" match for the WHC #1 Contendership
  • Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dean Ambrose Singles - match for the United States Championship
  • Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) (c) vs. The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) - Tornado Tag Team match for the Tag Team Championship
  • Sheamus vs. Mark Henry - Strap match
  • Randy Orton vs. Big Show - Extreme Rules match
  • Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
  • Pre-show -- The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes



Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

Steel Cage match

The General: This is where Lesnar gets to go over in exchange for agreeing to lose at the much bigger show, WrestleMania. Sure, Triple H needed to get his win back too, but it never made sense to do it the way they did and I expect that "The Game" will make the right call and let Brock put him on the shelf, maybe for good. Or, at least until his next retirement match. Lesnar wins, probably in a big way, and possibly with an injury angle right after. Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Keith Harris: The best thing for business would be for Brock Lesnar to decisively defeat Triple H here to set up a bigger money match with The Rock or The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. Of course, when Hunter is involved ego often gets in the way of good business sense, but as he's been closing in on retirement that bad trait of his has become less common. Thus, I think Lesnar will still win this rubber match, as he well should. Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Jesse Holland: You honestly never know when it comes to Triple H, with an ego the size of his, but he absolutely HAS to put Brock Lesnar over here. How can he be taken seriously as a crazed killer if he can't win a single match? Even if it has to be through nefarious means, a la Paul Heyman, Lesnar needs to win. If he doesn't, it proves that WWE was willing to spend millions just to get revenge on him leaving by watching him job at every PPV. Prediction: Lesnar

Sean Rueter: If Trips wins, then Vince and WWE really did just spend millions of dollars (ptp.gif) on a rib against Brock and Dana White. Which, considering how much money went into Connecticut political campaigns, wouldn't totally surprise me. But, I'm going to bet that their knowledge of the business-ah and/or other company exec's common sense will prevail. Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Eric B. Stephen: Triple H got lucky and staved off retirement at WrestleMania 29, and now it's time for Lesnar to get revenge. This is the guy who once beat a pissed-off Undertaker in a brutal cage match...Trips is small potatoes in comparison. Prediction: Lesnar

Rex Ivanovic: Brock has to win, right? Right? Prediction: Lesnar

Hollywood Wallace: I think i would pick Lesnar to win over any wrestler in the WWE right now save Undertaker. Prediction: Brock

J.M. Williams: Is it just me, or is this match really hard to give a crap about? It seems like WWE would be remiss if they didn't have Brock come out on top here, because all the reasons the guys stated, and well - common sense. Likely he will win in true heelish fashion thanks to a distraction from Heyman at ringside no doubt, but not until well after Trips comes off looking "amazing" against the Brockness Monster. Prediction: Brock

John Cena (c) vs. The Ryback

Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship

The General: Don't underestimate Cena's ability to get a good match out of opponents who don't exactly light it up with everyone else. He did very well in matches with guys like Umaga and Great Khali; he can get something serviceable out of Ryback. If his injury is bad enough, though, this could be one of the worst high profile PPV matches ever. Cena wins either way. Prediction: John Cena

Keith Harris: This is a tough one to call. After a yearlong build to John Cena avenging his loss to The Rock at WrestleMania 28 by beating him for the title just six weeks ago, it seems too soon for him to drop the belt here. However, whatever momentum Ryback has gained from his turn to the dark side will be squandered if he can't kick the ass of a one legged man in a last man standing match. You can never count Superman Cena out, but given the lack of other fresh opponents for him, I'm guessing Ryback will be the one standing tall at the end of the match, so this feud can be dragged out for several more months. Prediction: Ryback

Jesse Holland: Uh, yeah. John Cena didn't pin "The Rock" at WrestleMania 29 just so he could hand it over to Ryback a month later. I'm sure the "Corn-fed Meathead" will look like a monster the entire match, but Super-Cena prevails because he's Super-Cena. And, the kiddies love him. Prediction: Cena

Sean Rueter: I don't see them pissing away what they treated like a huge honor (Rock doing the job for and giving the rub to Johnny boy) unless Cena is seriously injured. I figure Ryback takes a couple of losses to Cena and goes away for a second, to either come back a face again, or a Paul Heyman guy. Prediction: John Cena

Eric B. Stephen: Cena wins. Ryback's biggest mistake was to attack Cena last week. Doesn't he know that an injured Cena is even more of an "underdog," and therefore, MORE likely to win? Prediction: Cena

Rex Ivanovic: The Ryback isn't going to be playing Doomsday here.Prediction: Superman

Hollywood Wallace: Ryback is big, strong, and hungry, but I wouldn't bet against John Cena in a match where grit and determination is the key virtue. Prediction: Cena

J.M. Williams: Again, is it just me, or is this match hard to give a crap about? There is not a chance in hell that Ryback wins this match -- Regardless of Geno's interesting theory on why it might happen. Ryback is way to green and one-dimensional to take out Cena so soon after he got the belt back. Cena will be Cena and prevail against the heel for his little Cenation populace. Prediction: SuperCena

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

"I Quit" match for the WHC #1 Contendership

The General: This is going to be one great big pile of suck and Del Rio is probably going to win because I think WWE wants to push him until he gets over, even if that's never going to happen. Prediction: Alberto Del Rio

Keith Harris: This match is obviously here to set up a contender for World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler who is currently sidelined with retrograde amnesia and a concussion, which makes this an easy pick. Del Rio is the natural opponent, as he's the protagonist who Ziggler cashed in the briefcase on to win the title when he was at his most vulnerable. Moreover, Swagger's xenophobic character hasn't taken off like WWE hoped, so in all likelihood he'll be the one screaming I Quit here before being shuffled down the card. Prediction: Alberto Del Rio

Jesse Holland: This is relatively easy. Dolph Ziggler is the champion and he's a heel. It wouldn't make sense to have Jack Swagger win and set up a Ziggy/Swags confrontation at the next PPV, and that's ignoring the fact that Swaggy was busted for pot and was charged for attempted murder on Ziggler. Oh, and I left out the part about him sucking. Hard. Prediction: Del Rio

Sean Rueter: Ugh, I just want this to stop. How do we get it so they both leave the title hunt, Dolph turns face, Swagger gets fired and Del Rio goes back to the mid-card to start getting built back up as the goody two shoes face he was in the feud with Show? Well, the only way we get one of those outcomes (Dolph face turn) is if he faces a heel at Payback, so... Prediction: Jack Swagger, maybe because Zeb threatens Ricardo forcing Alberto to quit

Eric B. Stephen: I have Del Rio winning and moving onto to feud with Ziggler. Swagger has yet to actually beat Del Rio, only roughing him up enough to allow Ziggler to cash in. Prediction: Del Rio

Rex Ivanovic: Fuck Jack Swagger. Prediction: Del Rio

Hollywood Wallace: Swagger is no doubt a tough SOB, but small mindedness isn't an asset in a match that is all about mental toughness. Prediction: Del Rio

J.M. Williams: I really wanna say what Rex said, but since he already said it -- DITTO. Prediction: Del Rio

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dean Ambrose

Singles Match for the United States Championship

The General: It makes zero sense to book this match with the idea of Kingston retaining the belt. Ambrose will win to set up later in the show when his comrades in The Shield win the tag titles. Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Keith Harris: Although Kofi Kingston only won the title less than five weeks ago that doesn't really matter much, given that this is his seventh run with a secondary singles belt. Really, Dean Ambrose should be out of his league and be used to elevate the U.S. title to more prestige. That's what I expect and hope will happen. Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Jesse Holland: If the information I didn't get from the sources I don't have is correct, then Dean Ambrose is winning the U.S. title to help elevate him as a singles performer while simultaneously raising the stock of The Shield. I would expect them to also win the tag team titles, so score a hat trick for the men in black. Prediction: Ambrose

Sean Rueter: This one has no stipulation that I've heard, and I don't see any way they book Ambrose to lose. Kofi has held the lesser belts so often a loss doesn't really hurt him, and Ambrose getting gold before his Shield-mates can plant seeds for dissension, whether they ever do anything with that or not. Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Eric B. Stephen: I have the Shield getting their first "gold" here, with Ambrose winning. Sorry Kofi, go home and enjoy that new kid of yours. Prediction: Ambrose

Rex Ivanovic: United States Champion Dean Ambrose has a nice ring to it. Prediction: Ambrose

Hollywood Wallace: Dean Ambrose is the next Next Big Thing. I think we'll remember tonight, as the match that was the beginning of his singles run, in earnest. Prediction: Ambrose

J.M. Williams: This is so obvious it seems unnecessary to even type the words. No way Kofi even comes close to winning this match. And if he does, that would be a serious injustice. Prediction: Ambrose will win the strap

Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) (c) vs. The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins)

Tornado Tag Team match for the Tag Team Championship

The General: Rollins and Reigns are going to end the long title reign of Kane and Daniel Bryan. has started playing up the fact that they've held the belts for quite a while now, which is done only when trying to get over the folks who are about to win said belts. That would be The Shield and it's happening now. Prediction: The Shield

Keith Harris: The Shield was at one time penciled in to win these titles at WrestleMania and there's no reason for those plans to have changed since then. Kane & Daniel Bryan have held the belts long enough, whilst Rollins & Reigns need them to keep their momentum going. It would also give the mercenary trio more to crow about if they all held some gold. Prediction: The Shield's Reigns and Rollins

Jesse Holland: See above. I think that by giving all three members of The Shield a belt, it elevates them to another level. They need it, because without any new members, they have pretty much run out of shit to do. This is a good way to prolong their antagonistic ways and give them a little more heat. Besides, Team Hell No has enjoyed a lengthy run and they don't need the belts to get over. Prediction: Reigns and Rollins

Sean Rueter: I'd feel more strongly about a pick if this hadn't been added to the card on Monday. I'm going to guess that we get some kind of non-finish to drag this out throughout the summer and buy time to figure out what to do with Daniel Bryan and Kane next. Prediction: Hell No retain (probably because Kane bludgeoned Rollins into unconsciousness and the ref has to stop the match)

Eric B. Stephen: ...and the Shield gets more gold (or in this case, it's more like "copper") by winning the tag titles here. You were entertaining Daniel Bryan and Kane, but your time as a team is well up. Prediction: Shield

Rex Ivanovic: Hell No's time as champions has come to an end. Believe in the Shield. Prediction: Shield

Hollywood Wallace: There is still deep-seated rage and discord within Team Hell No. The Shield knows this and will look to exploit it. Prediction: Shield

J.M. Williams: Although I love me some Team Hell No, whether individually or together, I also love me some Shield. The Shield is the best thing going in WWE right now. (Yes, I believe in them, I am on that bandwagon, hardcore). Plus, I really love saying this... Prediction: Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta. will win the belts

Sheamus vs. Mark Henry

Strap match

The General: Henry is awesome and Sheamus is not so I'm picking Henry here. Sheamus will probably win but whatever. Prediction: Mark Henry

Keith Harris: How can you pick against a guy that can pull two tractor-trailers by himself? Expect Sheamus to put up a tough fight before crashing to defeat at the hands of the World's Strongest Man. Prediction: Mark Henry

Jesse Holland: This is a tough one for me. I think all things considered, you have to rely on the tried-and-true good always triumphs over evil ending because like most heels, Henry can afford a loss and still be perceived as a legit threat in any forthcoming feud. Sheamus still gets some pop for his role as a face and I think after the whipping he took two weeks ago, he's earned this one. Prediction: Sheamus

Sean Rueter: What they should be doing is building Mark up to go after Cena, or a face Ziggler. What they will do...I have no idea. I just hope Sheamus can carry him to a better hoss fight than the crap we got at 'Mania with Ryback. Prediction: Sheamus

Eric B. Stephen: Sheamus picks up the win here, belt welts or no. Prediction: Sheamus

Rex Ivanovic: The biggest bully in WWE is going to get his comeuppance. Prediction: Henry

Hollywood Wallace: Two big dudes who would beat most everyone else on the roster in a fair fight. This is a toss up. Prediction: Sheamus

J.M. Williams: It's funny, not haha funny, the other kind... I enjoy Mark Henry usually, I enjoy Sheamus usually, but together... I couldn't give less of a fuck. Since I have to pick, I say Henry. Why? Well, since he isn't back in action for no damn reason, after all, this is what he do. Prediction: Henry

Randy Orton vs. Big Show

Extreme Rules match

The General: This really makes you realize how badly SmackDown is hurting based on the major feuds on the blue brand. I'm picking Orton here, but I'm not sure why -- because this program sucks and neither of them appear to care much about it right now. Sad, too, because Orton was doing great work putting guys over at the end of 2011 and Show was doing the same at the end of 2012. Prediction: Randy Orton

Keith Harris: This is a real toss up, as both guys are established stars and neither has much to gain or lose from this match. However, it makes most sense for Orton to get revenge on Show for turning on him and Sheamus at WrestleMania. Prediction: Randy Orton

Jesse Holland: Randy Orton goes over, as Geno would say, BECAUSE REASONS. Unless this is "The Viper's" oft-rumored heel turn, there's really nothing to gain from him losing and Big Show's effectiveness is not based on wins and losses. I'm sure Orton will land a surprise RKO on a trash can lid or some other foreign object to get the big man down or do that rope DDT onto a chair. Meh. Prediction: Orton

Sean Rueter: I have no idea what WWE is doing with either of these guys. I don't know that the outcome of this match matters. So, I'll pick the guy I like more. Prediction: Big Show

Eric B. Stephen: Orton has wanted this fight for a while and I see him picking up the win. He'll be doubly charged with the event taking place in his home state. Prediction: Orton

Rex Ivanovic: Orton will be in the WHC scene soon, so he should be getting the win here.Prediction: Orton

Hollywood Wallace: Orton is a fine technician when we stays within his comfort zone. The extreme nature of this match favors Big Show and therefore I must lean in the big man's favor. Prediction: Show

J.M. Williams: Much like my colleague Sean, I really don't get what the point of this match is or why we should care. And so, I too will pick the guy I like more. Prediction: Orton

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

The General: In a reverse of Lesnar-Triple H, Jericho ate the pin at WrestleMania to do the right thing and now he'll get his win back at a much smaller show, which is how these things are supposed to be done. Unless he really, really wants to help get Fandango over -- he's been dying a slow death for weeks now -- and do another job to him. Don't expect that, though. Prediction: Chris Jericho

Keith Harris: Usual WWE pass the parcel booking would dictate Jericho getting his win back here, but as Y2J is an uncommitted part timer who'll soon be on his merry way to play rock star again and the Fandango gimmick has taken off better than expected after a shaky start I don't think the usual protocol will apply here. Prediction: Fandango

Jesse Holland: You can make a case for Jericho getting his win back after laying down at WrestleMania 29, but to be honest, Y2J doesn't need a victory. He's over anyway. Fandango, however, gets slimier and slimier with every win and I think having him be undefeated adds a little extra heat to his programs. Prediction: Fandango

Sean Rueter: Since they haven't announced any "extreme rules" for this one, maybe Y2J gets DQ'd for going extreme on Fandango? He can get some "payback" (or does he have to wait until next month for that - GET IT?) by taking out the dancer, but 'Dango can get another PPV win to gloat about. Prediction: Fandango

Eric B. Stephen: Jericho endured one defeat at WrestleMania and several attacks by Fandango's his time for some payback. Jericho wins. Prediction: Jericho

Rex Ivanovic: I am still driving the Fandango bandwagon full speed ahead. Prediction: Fandango

Hollywood Wallace: Tough to tell what to make of this matchup. When in doubt I'll go with the guy who beat Austin and Rock on the same night. Prediction: Jericho

J.M. Williams: You know what? I am really torn on this one. I absolutely adore Jericho and want to see him win this one. But, I also think Johnny Curtis is talented and has a great deal of potential. (Regardless of his craptastic gimmick Vince saddled him with after his time in NXT.) WWE will be WWE and continue to bank on Jericho's ability to put Fandango over, no matter how badly the crowd doesn't want it. They don't care what our reactions are, as long as we react, and strongly. Therefore... Prediction: Fandango

Miz vs. Rhodes

The General: Who are they pushing and who are they forgetting about in this match? That's the only question you need to ask yourself and you'll quickly know the answer as to who is going to win, especially considering it's a pre-show match where the babyfaces are usually booked to go over. Prediction: The Miz

Keith Harris: With Miz getting a comeback push after being off a few weeks to film a Christmas movie, while Cody Rhodes seems to be in the doghouse for some reason, this is a no brainer. The Miz picks up another tap out victory with the figure four. Prediction: The Miz

Jesse Holland: The Miz will win because Cody is not doing anything important right now and Mr. Awesome has a dopey movie coming out. I'm still Miz-erable over the fact that he gets airtime when Antonio Cesaro doesn't, but it Miz what it is. Prediction: The Miz

Sean Rueter: Dang, there's a lot of matches on this card that I don't care about. Miz wins, setting up his victory over Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental title on Raw, which he will then lose back to Wade on Main Event. Then he'll leave to film an Easter movie for SyFy where he plays a vampire rabbit hunter. Prediction: Miz

Eric B. Stephen: Miz wins this one on the pre-show. Not much to say here. Prediction: Miz

Rex Ivanovic: Fuck Miz. Prediction: Rhodes

Hollywood Wallace: I like Cody Rhodes just fine, but let's not forget that Miz has been to the mountaintop and appears to be determined to return. Prediction: Miz

J.M. Williams: Ugh. This is so painful. We all know Miz will win this match, and we all know we don't want to see it happen. It's a real shame because Cody is so much more well-rounded in this business than Miz will ever be. Oh well, like Holland said, it Miz what it is. Prediction: Miz


Those are our CSS staff predictions, Cagesiders. Feel free to give us your take on the show in the comments below. And be sure to stop back here for all your WWE Extreme Rules PPV coverage this week.