MVP (c) (w/Bobby Lashley) vs. Cedric Alexander (w/Ricochet) [United States Championship]
On last night’s WWE Extreme Rules 2020, MVP defeated Apollo Crews by forfeit to become the new United States Champion. This was a reprehensible booking decision since there was clearly a discernible predilection for Crews as the United States Champion as well as a foreshadowing end to his reign at the hands of MVP’s client, Bobby Lashley. Nonetheless, this decision could actually be instrumental to the push of another superstar and ally of Crews, Cedric Alexander.
On Raw, MVP has been persistently telling Alexander that he sees plenty of untapped potential in him but he is unfortunately perceived as the sidekick to his current tag team partner and former United States Champion, Ricochet. This was MVP’s attempt at adding Alexander to ‘Hurt Business,’ but Alexander can instead battle MVP for the United States Championship to showcase that untapped potential and win his first main roster championship.
Prediction: Cedric Alexander
AJ Styles (c) vs. Jeff Hardy [Intercontinental Championship]
On last night’s WWE Extreme Rules 2020, AJ Styles did not defend the Intercontinental Championship but he did retain his championship against Matt Riddle on the SmackDown go-home episode. During that episode, Jeff Hardy was asked in a backstage interview about his thoughts on the Intercontinental Championship picture and he lucidly expressed that he was cheated out of the IC Championship Tournament and would still want his opportunity.
Before Hardy can do that, he has to defeat Sheamus in the scheduled Bar Fight on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown. This should give him the momentum he needs to earn a championship opportunity against Styles at WWE SummerSlam 2020, where he can win the championship he should have won in that tournament. Once the real IC Champion Sami Zayn returns, he can battle the babyface Jeff Hardy to determine the undisputed IC Champion.
Prediction: Jeff Hardy