WWE review: Battleground promised much but delivered little

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The last stop on the road to SummerSlam was a lot more explosive than many had predicted.

Whilst only one new champion was crowned with The Miz taking home the Intercontinental Championship, it was the match that didn't actually go ahead that was the most entertaining part of the event.


The Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose rivalry has been brewing now since the night after Payback and finally fans thought they would see the pair meet in a one-on-one match, but after Ambrose attacked Rollins during a backstage interview he was removed from the building and Triple H said he wouldn't be allowed to return.

Seth then came out to claim his victory via forfeit but Ambrose had other ideas as he found a way into the arena and attacked Seth again before Triple H and security again escorted him out of the building. Only for him to pop up in the parking lot later in the night and crawl out of the boot of Seth's car and attacked him again. This time Seth drove away and left Ambrose pacing in his wake.

This will only add more fuel to the fire of an already burning rivalry as the pair will be set to collide in a stipulation match at SummerSlam in less than a month.

Their former team mate Roman Reigns faired a little better as he looked like the favourite to win the fatal four way match and could have had the win on numerous occasions before he was foiled by both Randy Orton and Kane.

Cena remained strong 

In the end John Cena did walk out with the title after an AA to Orton onto Kane, and there was no appearance from "Plan C" Brock Lesnar when many thought he would be out to attack Cena and build up their upcoming match at SummerSlam.

The ending was much like many had predicted and so left fans with a sour taste in their mouth because some reports prior to the event had Reigns walking out with the titles.

This wasn't the case for the entire pay-per-view as The Usos put on the match of their career against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to retain their titles after an amazing double splash.

AJ Lee also retained her match in one of the more inevitable matches last night and it seemed Paige was still clapping for the champion after she tapped to the Black Widow. Shockingly this match was the one with the most botches but was still watchable. 

Chris Jericho v Bray Wyatt was the match that was predicted as a straight forward win for Bray because the veteran usually comes back to put talent over but last night was a little different as he pushed Bray to his limits before hitting the code breaker for the win.

The Miz

The Miz was the luckiest guy on the night as he used his old tricks by rolling out of the ring and waiting until the rest of his opponents had eliminated each other before rolling back in and eliminating Dolph Ziggler, who thought he had won. But the big news from the battle royal was the fact that Heath Slater eliminated Cesaro.

The one part of the night that would be wise to forget would be Lana again milking the Putin line for all it's worth, much to the dismay of the crowd. Swagger then came out to a massive pop and took Rusev further than anyone has so far in WWE and looked like he would make him tap to the Patriot Lock numerous times, before Rusev gained a count out victory when he threw Swagger face first into the steel post.

Former team mates Naomi and Cameron collided on the pre-show with Cameron sporting new music and a new attire and Naomi also in a new outfit, even more shockingly was the fact that Cameron got the win off what looked like a bit of a botch. Naomi is the better wrestler but it was made to look like Cameron got lucky to extend the feud. 

Fandango and Adam Rose also collided on the pre-show and saw Layla and Summer again involve themselves in the match to help Rose to victory, I don't think anyone really cared that much, this rivalry has been well and truly flogged for all it is worth. 

All in all, it was a night to forget in Tampa, Florida as Battleground will again go down as the pay per view that promised so much but delivered so little.

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