WWE Going to Extremes in Pay-Per-View Card Sunday

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:03 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018 11:03 PM UTC

The Steel City could become the Steal City on Sunday, with WWE Superstars primed to swipe the spotlilght in the company's final pay-per-view event before SummerSlam.

<p>No Brock Lesnar? No "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey? No problem. Plenty of stars will be competing in Extreme Rules at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, with championships and pride at stake. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET, preceded by the intro show at 6 for PPV viewers.</p><p>Let's check out some of the top matches, with betting odds from <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4579&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a>.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">A.J. Styles (-415) vs. Rusev (+295)</h2><p>Rusev, the first Bulgarian wrestler in WWE history, could become the first Bulgarian champion in WWE history. And -- patriotism notwithstanding, of course -- isn't that want fans want to see? Rusev earned his title shot by winning a gauntlet match on "SmackDown" last month, and on Tuesday's show he got involved in Styles' match against Shinsuke Nakamura. Styles' second reign as WWE champ has lasted since November. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">His time might be up.</a> <strong>Pick:</strong> Rusev.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Alexa Bliss (-365) vs. Nia Jax (+255)</h2><p>Following their confrontation on Monday night when Bliss attacked Jax with a kendo stick, Jax is sure to be seething in this Raw women's championship bout and will want to capitalize on the extreme rules in effect. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">Not sure, however, if that will translate to a victory</a> for the bigger, stronger challenger against the champ, even with Rousey sitting at ringside while serving a suspension. Jax, the most imposing figure in the women's division since Chyna, will soon have her day in the sun, but it won't be Sunday. <strong>Pick:</strong> Bliss.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/AlexaBliss_WWE?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@AlexaBliss_WWE&lt;/a&gt; just ATTACKED &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NiaJaxWWE?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@NiaJaxWWE&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NatbyNature?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@NatbyNature&lt;/a&gt; with a kendo stick! Could this be a sign of things to come on Sunday at &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/ExtremeRules?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ExtremeRules&lt;/a&gt;? &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/WuiY3RJaZw\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/WuiY3RJaZw&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WWE (@WWE) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WWE/status/1016481140851396608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 10, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Braun Strowman (-245) vs. Kevin Owens (+175)</h2><p>After trapping Owens in a port-o-potty and then attacking said port-o-potty like Dick Butkus used to attack running backs -- i.e., very violently -- the "Monster Among Men" gets his hands on Owens in a more conventional manner. That is, if being locked in a steel cage with someone you hate can be considered conventional. Owens' career is far from going down the toilet and he surely has pent-up frustration to flush out, but we'll go with Braun over a little less brawn. <strong>Pick:</strong> Strowman.</p><p>[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/MU-U2yIOUl4", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Bludgeon Brothers (+105) vs. Team Hell No (-145)</h2><p>Will Daniel Bryan and the fired-up Kane be "Team Hell Yes" in their pursuit of the SmackDown tag-team championship? This match has been set since the June 26 "SmackDown" when Kane returned to the ring and prevented the Bludgeon Brothers -- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan -- from annihilating Bryan. Will the titles go to Team Hell No? Hell no. <strong>Pick:</strong> Bludgeon Brothers.</p><p> </p><h2>Others To Watch</h2><p><strong>Carmella (+120) vs. Asuka (-160):</strong> Asuka will wins the SmackDown women's championship with James Ellsworth suspended above the ring in a shark cage.</p><p><strong>Seth Rollins (+150) vs. Dolph Ziggler (-190):</strong> Ziggler the Wiggler will squirm his way to a successful defense of his Intercontinental title in this 30-minute Iron Man Match.</p><p><strong>Matt Hardy/Bray Wyatt (-150) vs. The B Team (+110):</strong> Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel want to end the night as The A Team, but their comedy routine will only inspire Hardy and Wyatt to retain the Raw tag-team championship belts.</p><p><strong>Roman Reigns (-155) vs. Bobby Lashley (+115):</strong> What's this? No titles at stake? No cages? Nope. It's just a good old-fashioned grudge match between former partners. Roman's reign as the Big Dog will continue.</p>
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