Money in the Bank is now in the books where we saw John Cena become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Attention now turns to WWE Battleground, the final pay-per-view before the biggest party of the summer; SummerSlam.
At the moment only two matches have been confirmed for the event on July 20 in Tampa Bay, Florida; whilst a handful of matches are also rumoured to occur on the night.
Let’s take a look at the confirmed and potential matches for WWE Battleground.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4 Way: John Cena © vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
Triple H announced this match this past week on Monday Night Raw, moments after John Cena was revealed as the superstar making the cover of the WWE 2K15 video game. His first task as new champion will be to overcome Orton, Kane and Reigns with Triple H’s ‘Plan B’ threat looming over John Cena’s head at all times.
Many believe that the ‘Plan B’ is Seth Rollins and his contract which allows him to cash it in for a championship match any time, any place. But the real threat isn’t Rollins and the briefcase but it is in fact The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. It wasn’t the best kept secret that Lesnar would be returning to the WWE ever since ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and go for the gold. Perhaps an appearance at Battleground is on the cards to set up the inevitable clash with John Cena.
Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal: Kofi Kingston, Cesaro, Damien Sandow, The Great Khali (more to follow)
It’s unfortunate that Bad News Barrett injured his shoulder last week on SmackDown and has now been forced to vacate his championship. At first many thought it would be a work to replace Barrett in the Money in the Bank contract ladder match but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It was announced by both Michael Cole and Paul Heyman that the gold will be on the line in a battle royal, and it looks as if right now Cesaro is a frontrunner to walk away with the belt.
Along with these confirmed matches, the rumoured matches so far include AJ Lee vs. Paige for the Divas Championship. AJ made her return this week on Monday Night Raw and defeated Paige to win back her Divas Championship, a match between the two has been in the works for months.
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev is also on the cards for Battleground, we finally saw a face turn for Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter as they interrupted Lana and Rusev, and after a lacklustre feud with Big E. a feud with Swagger and Colter could prove to be popular with the American audience.
Chris Jericho made his return to the WWE by interrupting The Miz and hitting him with the Codebreaker, before The Wyatt Family interrupted and destroyed him in the ring. This means that Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt should be taking place at Battleground.
The top matches for SummerSlam are also rumoured to be set, barring any unforeseen circumstances the night could see Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella, Brie Bella quit the company so Bryan could stay as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but now that has backfired this does seem the appropriate way to bring back Brie Bella. We have seen the tension building between the women in recent weeks and a clash at SummerSlam could be the end of it.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena © vs. Brock Lesnar
This already means Cena will walk out of Battleground as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion but it will still put fans in seats and that’s exactly what the WWE wants. Now that Bryan is injured Cena will replace him to take on Lesnar in what should be an entertaining match, don’t be surprised to see Brock Lesnar take the gold.
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
The first stop of the inevitable clash between Reigns and Triple H will see Reigns take on Randy Orton first, and what better place to take on – and likely defeat The Viper – than SummerSlam. Reigns still has a score to settle with Orton and this past week on Raw we saw the major stare-off to conclude the show between Reigns and Triple H, a match we should be seeing at the Night of Champions pay-per-view.
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho
This will be a rematch between the two from the Battleground pay-per-view. This isn’t a short-term feud for Bray and the plan right now is to have both men face off at both Battleground with the rematch taking place at SummerSlam. Jericho mentioned he enjoys working with the younger talent and isn’t afraid to put them over, it was reported that he immediately agreed to return once he was told he would be involved in a long-term project with Bray Wyatt.
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