WWE continues to plow by way of within the face of adversity amid the coronavirus pandemic with its customary pay-per-view schedule, and that may proceed with the annual Excessive Guidelines occasion. This present typically sees the principles thrown out the window and rivalries taken to the following degree, and this yr was even given the moniker, “The Horror Present.” As soon as once more, as will all occasions all through the pandemic period to date, a lot of the Excessive Guidelines motion shall be happening contained in the WWE Efficiency Middle in Orlando, Florida.
Let’s take a look now on the matches which can be confirmed for the occasion in addition to make some predictions as to what we’d see added to the cardboard. WWE Excessive Guidelines: The Horror Present goes down on Sunday, July 19, with the primary card streaming stay on the WWE Community starting at 7 p.m. ET. The kickoff present will lead us into the festivities starting at 6 p.m.
Excessive Guidelines: The Horror Present matches
Braun Strowman (c) vs. Bray Wyatt (Wyatt Swamp Battle; non-title match): Wyatt not too long ago reappeared on SmackDown, and whereas doing so, revealed that he had reverted again to his unique persona whereas focusing on the common champ as soon as once more. Strowman then responded the next week by providing up a novel problem to his nemesis, and the Wyatt Swamp Battle was made official shortly thereafter. So, it seems the following chapter in WWE cinematic matches is on the horizon upcoming at Excessive Guidelines: The Horror Present. This match, nevertheless, is not going to be contested for the common title, which means the opportunity of Wyatt as “The Fiend” taking the championship again at SummerSlam may be very a lot within the playing cards.
WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler: Whereas it appeared just like the feud between McIntyre and Bobby Lashley was removed from over, on the June 22 version of Uncooked, Ziggler returned to Monday nights stating he had been a part of the commerce that despatched AJ Kinds to SmackDown. He interrupted a McIntyre promo and threw down a problem to McIntyre for the championship, taking credit score for his being champion after their earlier time collectively as a staff. It wasn’t a lot of a construct, however McIntyre instantly accepted and the match was on. This being Excessive Guidelines, twists are anticipated within the coming weeks that arrange some form of gimmick match stipulation between the 2.
Uncooked Ladies’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks: Asuka has been coping with the challenges of Nia Jax and Charlotte Aptitude in current weeks, nevertheless it’s Banks getting the title shot. After Banks and Bayley efficiently defended their girls’s tag titles on June 22, Banks appeared able to problem Bayley for the SmackDown title earlier than pulling the fast swerve and throwing down the problem to Asuka as an alternative, a problem which Asuka accepted earlier than the very best pals beat her down.
SmackDown Ladies’s Championship — Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross: Whereas Banks shall be vying for a singles title, Bayley shall be aiming to carry onto hers on the identical evening. Cross, who has been stellar on tv as of late, earned the chance to problem Bayley when she emerged victorious from a deadly 4-way on SmackDown that additionally included Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans.
Excessive Guidelines: The Horror Present predictions
Randy Orton vs. Massive Present (Excessive Guidelines Match): Orton introduced Christian out of retirement after difficult him to an unsanctioned match on the June 15 version of Uncooked. Ric Aptitude hit Christian with a low blow and Edge hit him with a punt, injuring Christian as he had Edge the evening earlier than. This introduced out Massive Present’s darkish facet of the “pissed off big,” and he tried to goad Orton right into a struggle on the June 22 Uncooked. Rollins rolled out of the ring relatively than struggle, however mentioned that what comes subsequent could be on Present. This could possibly be one other match the place Orton embraces his traditional “Legend Killer” gimmick and helps him proceed the construct towards Edge’s eventual return from harm.
Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins: This can be a match that appears extra on monitor for a protracted construct to SummerSlam, however the chance exists that some variation of the match additionally takes place at Excessive Guidelines. This may be a spot for Dominick Mysterio’s in-ring debut for WWE in a six-man affair. Rey and Dominick teaming in opposition to Rollins’ disciples, Murphy and Austin Principle, would preserve the Rey vs. Rollins match recent however add some further construct.
Intercontinental Championship — AJ Kinds (c) vs. Daniel Bryan (Submission Match): In an ideal world, a 60-minute Iron Man Match between these two could be the path to go. Nevertheless it’s onerous to see WWE dedicating 60 minutes of a PPV constructed round “no guidelines” matches to a traditional wrestling match. With Kinds inviting Bryan to his title celebration on the June 19 SmackDown, it would not appear these two are executed, so search for a match that performs into the energy of each males: a Submission Match.
SmackDown Tag Group Championship — The New Day (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro: The tag divisions in Uncooked and SmackDown have been a large number in current months, with neither model seeing their titles defended in critical competitors with any regularity. On June 12, Nakamura and Cesaro picked up a win over New Day on SmackDown. That ought to arrange a tag title match at Excessive Guidelines if we observe together with the usual path of WWE reserving.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus (Falls Rely Wherever): Hardy and Sheamus have break up their matches thus far, with Sheamus getting a giant victory of their showdown at Backlash and Hardy knocking Sheamus from the intercontinental title match. There’s nonetheless loads of dangerous blood right here after Sheamus tried to border Hardy for drunk driving and Hardy retaliated by throwing urine in his face. There’s additionally a chance this match takes place in a metal cage and Asuka vs. Jax will get the Falls Rely Wherever stipulation. However, for now, letting these males tear aside the constructing appears a stable path.