PREDICTIONS: Extreme Rules 2017

Tonight WWE presents the RAW branded Pay Per View Extreme Rules live from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. With two matches featuring the WWE Women Superstars on the show here our are staff’s predictions for the results of tonight’s matches!

Sasha Banks & Rich Swann vs. Alicia Fox & Noam Darr

DENNIS: Well, this is something new and semi-exciting. I’m a huge fan of Fox and Sasha but my fear is this match will be dominated by Dar and Swann. Let’s. Hope. Not. I feel like if this feud would continued, Fox and Dar should win. But I think we’re only looking at the short term, and so Banks/Swann will win.     WINNER: Sasha Banks & Rich Swann

DAVE: How the mighty have fallen. Sasha Banks went from having MOTYC with Bayley in NXT to really solid matches with Charlotte on RAW to..this. This is basically a 205 Live match with Sasha and Alicia Fox thrown in. I give credit to WWE for at least trying to have multiple storylines with their women on RAW, but combing Sasha & Alicia with 205 angles will do them no favors. It’s a shame too because Alicia Fox is by far the most underused women in WWE right now. When they give her something to do, she can be great. But, this whole thing feels rushed and just meh. I am going to go with Sasha & Rich Swann for the win here, but ultimately I don’t think it will do much for anyone in the end.     WINNER: Sasha Banks & Rich Swann

SCOTT: The Alicia Fox/Noam Dar story has been one of the few storylines to come out of 205 Life that I enjoy. They work really well together and it would really be a shame for them to lose this match. Alicia and Noam deserve to win to continue their story. However, I don’t think that the WWE writers know Alicia actually is on the RAW roster. I mean, with a roster of only 7-8 active women, she had 1 match on Raw during the first 4 months of the year. The other factor in this match is Sasha Banks. I don’t for a second believe that creative would book Sasha to lose on a PPV to Alicia. Sasha and Rich don’t gain anything out of a victory.    WINNER: Sasha Banks & Rich Swann

JASON: I cannot think of any compelling reason for Sasha Banks and Rich Swan to win this match. Sasha Banks gets nothing out of a win here, and there really isn’t any storyline purpose for them to win as a team. It’s like they just met each other in a hallway at a recent Raw show and now they’re tag team partners in a 205 Live midcard match that nobody cares about. Alicia Fox and Noam Dar are an actual pairing so they really should this. If they break up, there’s nothing else for them to do. However, this is WWE, and I can’t look past one of their golden rules for women’s matches: Alicia Fox always loses – especially when it counts. I’m going with Sasha Banks and Rich Swan even though it makes no sense for them to win.    WINNER: Sasha Banks & Rich Swann

TAYLOR: It’s good to see both the women and the cruiserweights get another match on the PPV outside of the title matches, even if the pairing of Banks and Alexander seems thrown together. It seems to me that Sasha’s path forward is with and/or against Bayley, so this may be a temporary move until the Bayley and Alexa Bliss feud ends. At the end of the day, I think that both Sasha and Rich Swann need the win more: it re-establishes Swann in the cruiserweight division and it can propel Sasha back into the upper echelon of the women’s division. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fox and Dar pull out the win – they’re an established pairing and a win would give the 205 Live brand a needed boost.    WINNER: Sasha Banks & Rich Swann

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley

DENNIS: This has to be one of the women’s title matches that I’ve been least excited for. This kendo stick on a pole doesn’t excite me and I haven’t been a huge fan of the build of this match. However, I’m a huge fan of Alexa, and I don’t see her dropping the belt this early, at least, she shouldn’t. Bliss wins and Bayley starts feuding with Dana Brooke on Main Event.     WINNER: Alexa Bliss

DAVE: Any match with a “on a pole” stipulation is usually pretty terrible. Bayley and Alexa Bliss seem to have some really chemistry in the ring together, but this match might not really show that. It’s a silly concept, esp for 2 women who are not known for hardcore matches. I get that it’s “Extreme Rules” and they felt like this needed some kind of weapon added into the mix, but the build up to this has not excited me. I rather just see these two have a regular match. Coming off one of the worst WWE segments in quite some times (This is your Life Bayley), I just hope they can pull off something to make me forget about that 10 mins of RAW. They’ve really dropped the ball with Bayley on RAW. The whole “fun” aspect of her that made her so great in NXT is slowly dying away and she’s just another girl on the roster at this point. Alexa IS thriving though,and I think keeping her as the champion for a while is best for business right now. Just like Becky Lynch on Smackdown, I think Bayley is better off always chasing for the title instead of defending it. My hopes are not high for this match due to the kendo stick stipulation, but I am hoping these two can prove me wrong and come up with something fun and unique. Alexa show retain tonight, but the real question is who is next for her after this?     WINNER: Alexa Bliss

SCOTT: Alexa Bliss is a star. Period. As much as I love Bayley, Alexa is what has held this story together. Her promo work is probably the best in either women’s division. That being said, I’m not a fan of the stipulation in this match. If you listen to our recent episode of Siren Sound Off, we talked quite a bit about how putting a stipulation on a match just for the sake of it having one doesn’t make it a good match. Bayley’s character isn’t one that would resort to using a kendo stick to win a match. With how good Alexa is right now, it makes sense to keep the belt on her for a while longer. She is a great person to lead the division and make things interesting.     WINNER: Alexa Bliss

JASON: Alexa Bliss is the cornerstone of the Raw women’s division. Her promos are the best, and her ring work keeps improving. Logic tells me that after establishing herself as the premiere heel on both brands that she would stay on this upward trajectory. However, this is WWE and if there’s one thing we know about the Raw women’s division, it’s that they like to play hot potato with the title. For that reason alone, I’m going with Bayley.     WINNER: Bayley

TAYLOR: I have never been a fan of “on a pole” matches, so I’m not too keen on this one, but I’m interested to see how it sets up the future of the women’s division. Like others have said, Bayley has floundered a bit since arriving on the main roster, and I think that she may be better served by some time out of the title picture to reset her character. She, like some of her male counterparts, always seems to connect more as the scrappy underdog fighting her way up from the top than the long-time champion. On the other hand, Alexa has been excellent on the mic, and with her in-ring skills constantly improving, could hold the title for a long time.    WINNER: Alexa Bliss

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