WWE Battleground: Previews and predictions
LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2014 — With large scale military operations currently happening in the Gaza Strip, the Ukraine, Iraq, and many other hot spots around the globe, the WWE decided to get in on the act Sunday with their Battleground pay-per-view event. Tampa Bay, Florida will be hosting this year’s second inaugural Battleground pay-per-view, which was formerly known as Over the Limit. With the summer in full swing, and SummerSlam just around the corner in August, the WWE decided to go with the war motif instead of the currently mothballed “Bash at the Beach”, which was a WCW summertime staple. Good choice. With that being said, it is time for some pay per view predictions!
First up will be a Divas match on the pre-show featuring former friends, now rivals, Cameron and Naomi. Both women were known as the Funkadactyls and they were cheerleaders for the mammoth Brodus Clay. Mr. Clay has since been released from his WWE contract, and Cameron has some jealousy issues with former friend Naomi. Bottom line, Naomi is the better overall athlete and looks to have a higher ceiling of in-ring talent than Cameron.
However, Cameron is best known for telling Stone Cold Steve Austin her favorite match of all time and for getting pulled in Florida in 2012 under suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the police report her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and then she tried to bride the police officer to let her go because she believed she would be fired from the WWE. Surprise! She was not fired, and that means she will most likely win this match! WINNER: Naomi.
Next up should be hard hitting high flying tag team wrestling! I am excited for this match and so should you. Jimmy and Jey, The Usos, defend their tag team championship against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of the Wyatt Family in a 2-out-of-3-falls match. These four guys have had some very good matches during this feud, and this should be no exception. This match should be considered Match of the Night contenders when Battleground is over. It will obviously go the full three falls. Look for the Wyatts to score the first pin, the Usos battle back to secure the second, and then the Wyatts take the third and final fall and the tag gold. The Usos’ luck may have just about run out this Sunday because when the dust has settled, the Wyatts will be hoisting the tag gold above their dirty bearded heads. WINNERS AND NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: THE WYATT FAMILY.
Do you love America? If your answer is an astounding “YES”, then this match is right up your alley! Get ready for some Patriotically Xenophobic Fun as the “Russian Super Athlete”, Rusev takes on the “Real American”, Jack Swagger. Since his debut a few months ago, Rusev has destroyed all wrestlers he has faced and his manager, Lana, has run down the American public while sharing how wonderful Russia and President Vladimir Putin are. This Russian Aggression was allowed for the time being by Swagger because he was busy trying to deport other foreign born wrestlers on the roster. Brilliant! Jack Swagger and his Right Wing manager, Zeb Colter, are anti-immigration/anti-foreigner Fox News inspired patriots.
They are so patriotic that they get the crowd chanting pre and post-match “We the People!” This should be a hard hitting grounded match, as both wrestlers employ submission holds and this will be your “Hoss Match of the Night”. It is too bad that neither Rusev nor Swagger are the current United States Heavyweight Champion, as this match should not only be about pride, but have some gold on the line too. Current US Champ, Sheamus, is in another match on the card.
Rusev is still undefeated so Swagger can take the loss, and if the US title is thrown in here, maybe Swagger can get some heat back by winning the US title for America at SummerSlam! Serious real world complications may throw a monkey wrench in Rusev’s push with the Malaysian Airline being shot down over the Ukraine. The WWE may only just dial back the Pro-Russian Rusev’s patriotism in the coming weeks, but he still takes the win here. WINNER: Rusev.
The vacant Intercontinental Championship will be on the line in a 20-Man Over the Top Battle Royale. The title was vacated by Wade Barrett after he suffered a real shoulder injury which will put him on the sidelines for some time. For all the options the WWE could have used, such as a 20 man tournament which culminated with a singles match or even a Fatal Four Way (only if the main event for the WWE title was not a Fatal Four Way Match) for the IC title at Battleground, they went with a Battle Royale. Not that it is a bad choice, but maybe more the wrong choice. A 20 Man Tournament could have had singles elimination matches on RAW and Smackdown, and could have given fans a reason to be reinvigorated in the Intercontinental Championship and possibly a dark horse title contender.
Anyway, the twenty participants in the Battle Royale are as follows: Alberto Del Rio, Big E, Bo Dallas, Cesaro, Curtis Axel, Diego, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, Heath Slater, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam, R-Truth, Ryback, Sheamus, Sin Cara, The Great Khali, The Miz, Titus O’Neil, Xavier Woods, and Zack Ryder. First off, we can eliminate more than half these men in the match. Guys like Sin Cara, Axel, or Ryder are not leaving Battleground as the new IC Champ. There are seven men who could potentially win this match. Alberto Del Rio, Big E, Bo Dallas, Cesaro, Ziggler, Sheamus, and the Miz could all win. Sheamus is the current US Heavyweight Champion and if he wins that would mean both titles could be absorbed into one mid-card title.
Now is not the time for something like that, especially since Sheamus has developed some bad blood with the recently returned Miz. They will most likely eliminate each other so they can feud for Sheamus’ title. Time to eliminate guys like Big E and Ziggler, as one just had a somewhat failed run with the IC title and the other has concussion issues. Sorry, Dolph. That leaves us with Alberto Del Rio, the recently debuting Bo Dallas, and this year’s WrestleMania Battle Royale winner, Cesaro. Alberto: not this time. Bo: not yet, but soon. Cesaro: bingo. Cesaro wins his second Battle Royale in 2014 and is crowned new Intercontinental Champion. WINNER AND NEW IC CHAMP: CESARO.
The next match features two former friends who are now bitter enemies. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were two of the three members of the highly successful Shield. The group was dissolved when Rollins turned his back on both Ambrose and Roman Reigns in the form of a steel chair beat down. Rollins then joined Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and their Authority further cementing his “heel turn”. Seth Rollins has been on a hot streak as of late, as he won the Money in the Bank contract for the WWE championship match any time he wants one over the next year.
While Seth Rollins may believe he is in the driver’s seat, it is Dean Ambrose who is in the passenger seat furiously grabbing the wheel attempting to make the car crash. Dean Ambrose is this generation’s Rowdy Roddy Piper with the insanity quota amped up to 11. Ambrose has stated that every time Rollins tries to cash in the Money in the Bank contract, he will be there to make sure Rollins does not win the title. His plan is simple, block Rollins the entire year from cashing it in and have it expire. This match will be a hard hitting affair as both men are doing a wonderful job selling that they hate each other. Rollins has the Money in the Bank briefcase and has been getting the better of Ambrose over the past few weeks.
One of two things could happen in this match. Rollins could win the match, but Ambrose goes completely nuts on Rollins post match further cementing his mental instability. Or Ambrose gets the win here after taking the beating on this past Monday Night RAW. Regardless of who wins, this is only the beginning of their feud. There will be another match in August at SummerSlam. WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE VIA DQ.
The Divas Title will be on the line as newly returned AJ Lee defends the title she won from Paige on June 30. Paige was the rookie Diva who arrived via NXT to defeat AJ Lee for the title on RAW the night after WrestleMania. AJ took a bit of a sabbatical after that match (she is dating CM Punk in real life, stand by your man and all that jazz.) and Paige was the Divas champ since then. Surprisingly, AJ returned, challenged the rookie to a title rematch, and proceeded to win.
This will most likely be only the first chapter of this Divas feud, as these are probably the two most talented women wrestlers on the WWE’s roster. Paige’s “Anti-Diva” heel persona from NXT may burst out in this match leaving AJ battered and incapacitated. This match will be the jump off point for Paige turning heel and could be the start of a brutal Divas feud. WINNER: AJ RETAINS TITLE, BUT IS DESTROYED BY EVIL PAIGE.
A second WWE Superstar surprisingly returned on the June 30 edition of RAW, well, three if you care about The Miz, but no one does. Chris Jericho made his return to the WWE after a brief hiatus. However, not everyone was excited for Jericho returning. Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family showed up to be the Welcome Committee and welcomed Jericho back with punches, kicks, and Bray’s finisher “Sister Abigail” on the entrance ramp. Cool start to a potential feud for Wyatt and Jericho. This feud will further cement Wyatt’s heel heat by destroying a crowd favorite in Jericho.
Like the Ambrose/Rollins and AJ/Paige match, this could be just the beginning of something much larger for Jericho and Wyatt. This is just round one for these two, with the feud most likely coming to a head at SummerSlam. The match could end in a DQ win for Jericho after Wyatt uses an “International Object” to knockout Jericho or the match could end in a No Contest with both men succumbing to the madness that they referee has no choice but to DQ both men. Regardless, with exception to the Ambrose/Rollin match, this match could very well steal the show. Both men are very good in the ring. Jericho is a veteran and an excellent “Ring General” and Bray Wyatt can be excellent when paired with the correct opponent. WINNER: THE FANS WINS! MATCH ENDS IN DOUBLE DQ OR NO CONTEST, REMATCH AT SUMMERSLAM.
The main event for Battleground is a Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship featuring champion John Cena defending against Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Kane. Cena captured both title belts at last month’s Money in the Bank ppv to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Cena is the champ simply because he is the WWE’s biggest cash cow and former champion Daniel Bryan, who had to drop the titles because of a real life neck injury, is not available for the foreseeable future.
With Bryan’s return at best questionable, the WWE (and its investors) need some stability! Before last month’s Money in the Bank ppv even happened, the SummerSlam poster was revealed on the internet. The two men on the poster were John Cena and Brock Lesnar. Everyone rightfully assumed that because of that poster, Cena would win Money in the Bank. They were correct. With SummerSlam occurring next month at Staples Center in Los Angeles, one would also assume that the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Title will still be John Cena defending against Brock Lesnar. Thus John Cena overcomes the odds at Battleground against Orton, Reigns, and Kane, and retains his title.
One poster spoils two main events of the WWE’s pay per views. While one can usually assume which wrestlers will win and lose during a WWE pay per view, the fans should at least have that mystique factor where anyone can win. Who knows who released the SummerSlam poster to the internet, but this is one of many problems the WWE faces when trying to get its fans to buy their Network, merchandise, and keep their television ratings up. Once the fans know who will win, that will either make them watch more or less of the WWE product.
In the case of John Cena, he is beloved by the younger generation of fans, but the louder more vocal “lifelong fans” are sick of him and his stale character. This has always been the WWE’s business plan. Build a wrestler up to be the Number One Guy (i.e. Hulk Hogan, Cena), and if he catches on with the fans, push him down their throats for years until fans become sick of him. As a result, after the fans grow disillusioned with him, they turn on him and the WWE looks dumbfounded why said wrestler is not as popular as he once was. Anyway, Cena wins and retains the title to be more than likely be mauled by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Roman Reigns has the most to gain out of this match, as he will hit his moves and the WWE will continue to push him and his wonderful hair. WINNER: CENA WINS LOL.
Battleground tonight has the potential to have some show stealing matches and the undercard looks to be stronger than recent WWE pay per views.