Martin: WWE Extreme Rules Predictions & Best Bets

With Extreme Rules just days away, who will come out on top on the WWE's most extreme card of the year?


Welcome to the CLNS Media’s WWE Extreme Rules prediction special. Here we’ll break down every match on the card…and maybe, just maybe -make some money this weekend.  All betting odds are provided by  To get 50% cashback on your first deposit — go to

To the picks…

Aleister Black (-165) vs Cesaro (+125)

With the debut of Aleister Black on the main roster being so highly touted, this should be clear cut. However, with the reemergence of Cesaro as a singles competitor, things have gotten interesting.  While I would normally bet on Black, this match has my brain in a pretzel.  All things being equal, take Black with the -165 and assume the WWE knows he needs a win in his debut.

Drew Gulak (c) (-300) vs Tony Nese (+200)

The not so highly anticipated rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship should be quick and straightforward.  Gulak just got the strap and at -300 is the clear favorite to retain in his first title defense.

The Revival (c) (-170) vs The Usos (+130)

The Revival have been making waves in the WWE for months with talks of them leaving the company dominating internet blogs across the WWE universe.  That being said, the top guys have been on a roll as of late and need that to keep going.  While the always dangerous Usos are a legitimate threat to recapture tag team gold Sunday, the “Top Guys” will lockdown the Uso Penitentiary.

Bayley (c) (-150) vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (+110)

Bayley has had one of the most underwhelming championship runs in recent memory, mostly due to her best friend Sasha Banks throwing a temper tantrum in the back and making everything about her.  That seems to be something that may continue on Sunday.  With Bayley being forced to defend her title in a handicap match she will be in need of a friend to help her. The smart money is on the Boss making her return and helping Bayley retain her title.

Braun Strowman (-170) vs Bobby Lashley (+130)

Here is where things may get a little dicey when it comes to putting a bet down.  With both Bobby and Braun being booked as monsters heading into this match it really makes this a tossup.  However, reports have surfaced that new WWE management has big plans for Braun, likely tipping the scales in the favor of the Monster Among Men and making him a pretty safe bet at -170.

Bryan & Rowan (c) (-160) vs Heavy Machinery (+175) vs New Day (+300)

Triple threat tag team matches are hard to book and even harder to predict.  Heavy Machinery comes in as the hottest tag team in the WWE but sometimes that means waiting for the right time to put the titles around their waist.  Expect the champs to retain on Sunday at -160, setting up for Heavy Machinery vs Bryan and Rowan at SummerSlam next month.

Kofi Kingston (c) (-350) vs Samoa Joe (+225)

The champ comes in as an overwhelming favorite at Extreme Rules and for good reason.  Kofi has been on a dominating run since Wrestlemania and this program was thrown together in only two weeks time.  While Joe has the pedigree and prestige to take Kofi down, the build has not been one that would make this scenario realistic. Kofi is heavily favored at -350 for a reason.  Do not take the risk with the underdog Joe.

Reigns & The Undertaker (-400) vs McIntyre & McMahon (+250)

While Reigns and Taker come in as the overwhelming favorites, this is my sleeper pick of the night.  Expect foul play and a lot of it.  Kevin Owens will likely make an appearance attempting to help the big dog and The Undertaker only for things to go awry, allowing Shane and Drew to pick up the huge upset victory.

Ricochet (c) (-150) vs AJ Styles (+110)

With The Club now reunited behind the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles looks poised for a big win on Sunday.  However, with reports that WWE has big plans for Ricochet, I expect the United States Champion to retain. At +110 AJ may look like the sexy pick of the night, but not here.  Take Ricochet at -150 to the bank.

Rollins & Lynch (c) (-400) vs Corbin & Evans (+250)

Finally, we have the two biggest stars in the company, “The Man” Becky Lynch and her Boyfriend Seth Rollins facing off against people who are just happy to be there.  There is absolutely no bigger slam dunk of the night than both Rollins and Lynch retaining their titles at (-400).

Overall the card is slated to be a solid show top to bottom.  There aren’t many underdogs I would ride with on this card due to the impending changes that will be happening next Monday and Tuesday respectively.  With former ECW President Paul Heyman taking the lead role on Raw and former WCW President Eric Bischoff taking over on Smackdown Live, expect Extreme Rules to be the soft launch of a new era in the WWE.