This year’s Battleground pay-per-view boasted a stacked card with nine matches taking place, two of those on the pre-show. John Cena put his WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line in the main event whilst a new champion was also crowned.
This was the first time in a while that the matches which were put together had a genuine story behind them, and not just thrown together at the last minute and at times it reflected on the matches.
Here’s what went down at the Battleground event.
Pre-show: Adam Rose defeats Fandango
Pre-show: Cameron defeats Naomi
WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos © defeat The Wyatt Family
WWE Divas Championship: AJ Lee © defeats Paige
Rusev defeats Jack Swagger
Seth Rollins defeats Dean Ambrose
Chris Jericho defeats Bray Wyatt
WWE Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal: The Miz – New Intercontinental Champion
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena © defeats Kane, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns
The only match which was thrown together almost last minute was Adam Rose taking on Fandango. Not something which would have been missed if it wasn’t added to the card but nevertheless it gave Adam Rose another chance to prove himself on the big stage. Unlucky for him, the match was focusing more on Summer Rae and Layla and their storyline with Fandango; not the most impressive of matches either.
Cameron and Naomi; again not the most impressive of matches but still gives them both valuable in-ring time to prove themselves. We already know that Naomi is a great athlete and she shows it every time she is in the ring. I believe Cameron still has some work to do to reach her former partners level, but Cameron stealing the win did make sense to continue this feud.
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The first match of the main card was the match of the night. A two out of three falls match for the WWE Tag Team Championships and as always with these two teams it was very difficult to call it down the middle. The match had everything you want to see, great wrestling, high flying, some impressive spots, close calls and we even saw Erick Rowan have a go from the top turnbuckle as well. It’ll be very difficult for any team to top this match, a great effort by both teams.
The better out of the two divas matches taking place on the night as expected, with AJ and Paige in back and forth action. I believe the outcome for this was quite obvious as these two will be facing off again for the gold and a heel turn is on the horizon for Paige; nevertheless a good standard match.
There were questions marks over the Rusev gimmick due to the sad news surrounding the MH17 plane incident, but Lana did very well to ensure they receive a good amount of heat and this meant Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter would receive a brilliant reaction. Lana did point the finger at the USA surrounding their troops in Afghanistan and Iraq as well to gain a lot more heat. The match itself was very good and Swagger got the best out of Rusev, and I feel that the finish was perfect. The count out didn’t make Swagger look weak and it kept Rusev unbeaten, expect another match at SummerSlam.
This is a match a lot of people were genuinely looking forward to, after Triple H kicked Dean Ambrose out of the arena it was unclear whether we would even see a match and we didn’t; which meant Seth Rollins picked up the victory by forfeit. Nevertheless we were treated to watch Dean Ambrose can actually do, his attack on Rollins inside the arena and throughout the night we saw him attack Rollins in the car park, popping out from a boot and forcing Rollins to drive away in a car. Great entertainment, a shame we didn’t see a match but we should be seeing a match at SummerSlam between the two.
The potential feud of the summer saw, in my eyes, the second best match of the night. This was something we expected though with the impressive Bray Wyatt and Jericho's incredible work-rate in the ring. I would say it was a surprise or an upset victory as Bray Wyatt has been on the losing end in recent months so I thought Wyatt would win this first encounter, but it makes sense that Wyatt picks up the win against Jericho at a bigger event such as SummerSlam. A great match where the crowd's reactions also played a big role.
The Intercontinental Championship battle royal was understandable the most difficult to call down the middle, with 20 men it was clear who wasn’t going to stand a chance such as The Great Khali and Zack Ryder, and who would be a favourite in Cesaro and Sheamus. It was what you expected from a WWE battle royal, surprise eliminations such as Heath Slater eliminating Cesaro, some impressive spots as always from Kofi Kingston and the finish was expected. Although I picked Bo Dallas to win, as soon as the cameras saw The Miz laying on the outside, we instantly knew The Miz would win this match. Nobody forgot about him, it was a great back and forth encounter between Sheamus and Ziggler, but I doubt fans are happy with who the new champion is.
The main event, against an expected result. I feel that this match fell short of expectations as the only exciting part of this match were the multiple close calls we saw from Reigns and John Cena. It was clear Reigns wasn’t going to win whilst for the second event in a row there were rumours online closer to the event that Kane could walk out with the gold so that was interesting but the Cena win was inevitable,. The finish was good, Reigns looked impressive again but as a whole I think certain matches let the event down.
WWE fans – what did you think? Did Battleground live up to your expectations? Let us know in the comments section below.