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Kickoff matches

Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Sin Cara

It took a while for it to finally happen. Now, it’s happening again!

That’s pretty much the deal here.

Former NXT Champion Almas debuted, along with his business associate Zelina Vega, by beating some local talent. He then decided to make a statement by big-timing and attacking his friend and mentor Sin Cara in a series of backstage segments. They were set to have a match one Tuesday, then WWE announced Sin Cara was injured.

Everybody disappeared for a while, although Andrade and Zelina were still tearing it up on the house show circuit. They returned for the ‘go home’ episode of SmackDown, El Ídolo won a fun match and seemed poised to climb to the next rung on the ladder.

Or, you know, he could hang out on the same rung for a few more days.

Good news is, these two have already proven to have pretty great chemistry. As anyone who saw him work the black-and-yellow brand knows, Almas doesn’t need to work lucha style to showcase his skills like Sin Cara the first did, but he does look really impressive when wrestling with someone who can help him show off that way, so a do over in front of a different, possibly bigger audience is a fine idea.

Then hopefully he can move up a into something more substantial?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Sin Cara
    (70 votes)
  • 90%
    Andrade "Cien" Almas
    (641 votes)
711 votes total Vote Now

The New Day vs. SAnitY in a Six-Man Tables match

Speaking of former NXT Champions who weren’t on television after getting called/shaken-up to SmackDown... Eric Young, Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe were off our screens long enough fans convinced themselves it was to stall until Nikki Cross could join them. That doesn’t appear to have been the case, as she’s working a few blue bran live shows while still remaining in the NXT Women’s Title picture. And SAnitY finally arrived, first by jumping The Usos, then by ruining the First Annual Third of July Pancake Eating Contest...

It’s one thing to beat up The New Day’s respected rivals Jimmy and Jey, but do not mess with their breakfast.

During that pre-holiday scene Xavier Woods went through a table. This pay-per-view (PPV) isn’t called “Moderate Rules”, and there weren’t a bunch of matches already featuring the kind of plunder which once inspired Philadelphians to chant E-C-W, so...

Especially after linking up with what’s been SmackDown’s highest profile feud of late when Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big partnered with Team Hell No to defeat SAnitY and The Bludgeon Brothers on the latest SmackDown, this match would have fit in on the main card of Extreme Rules. But that’s already really crowded, so it’s on the pre-show.

New Day have some history of stealing the show from this spot, however, so buckle up. This should be good.

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    SAnitY
    (544 votes)
  • 21%
    The New Day
    (145 votes)
689 votes total Vote Now

See if these guys can get Pittsburgh and the WWE Network audience buzzing when you watch and follow along with the Extreme Rules Kickoff right here at Cageside Seats, Sun., May 15 at 6PM Eastern.