Tomorrow night, WWE Battleground PPV will take place from Washington at the Verizon Center. Now usually in the past, this has been a filler PPV but that doesn’t seem to be the case as the card has shaped up as a fairly unpredictable much in thanks to the WWE Draft that took place on SmackDown Live on Tuesday night.
Breezedango vs. The Usos
There is a traditional match before WWE Battleground PPV which can be watched on the WWE Network, among other media platforms with a start time of 7pm. It will feature Jimmy and Jey Uso taking on Tyler Breeze and Fandango. Both these teams got recently drafted to SmackDown, therefore both teams will look to make an impact and impress Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan. Now I do expect a good match from these two talented tag teams but the Usos have to go over in this contest.
Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
Now I have thoroughly enjoyed this feud and at WWE Battleground, Becky Lynch will meet her former friend Natalya. This feud started when The Irish Lass Kicker Becky Lynch and The Queen of Hearts Natalya were involved in a tag team match at Money In The Bank. They came up short against Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Which caused Natalya to snap and turn on Becky much to everyone’s surprise.
Following Natalya’s change of heart, she took the rivalry to the next level by ambushing Becky Lynch during an interview on RAW. Natalya’s actions caused Becky Lynch to unleash her fury the following week. This will be a close encounter and Becky Lynch will bring her very best against Natalya. I believe it makes logically sense here to have the Queen of Hearts Natalya to get a win in order to continue this feud moving forward.
The Highlight Reel
Chris Jericho will interview “The Viper” Randy Orton and it should be very interesting because Randy Orton has been out of action for almost a year due to a shoulder injury. I expect them to hype the impending encounter of Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam next month.
Zack Ryder vs. Rusev with Lana (c)
It has been a whirlwind year for Zack Ryder. First not being on the WrestleMania 32 card at all to winning the Intercontinental Championship in a 7 men ladder match at the event only to lose it to The Miz the next night on Raw. Now Ryder has his sights on US Championship held by the Bulgarian Brute Rusev. Rusev made sure to send a statement to Ryder after his match with Sheamus on RAW a few weeks back when he locked in The Accolade, screaming “I Accept Your Challenge”.
Zack Ryder historically thrives when it comes to proving his doubters wrong as he has been doing that his whole career. A prime example of this was when he defeated Dolph Ziggler for the US Championship at the WWE TLC PPV back in 2011. It will be an interesting match for sure. Zack Ryder will have his toughest test to date one on one with Rusev. However, ever since he separated from the League of Nations, Rusev looks to be on a mission like when he first debut in the WWE. I don’t envision Zack Ryder winning the US Championship but he will make it difficult for Rusev. I expect a Rusev victory via a submission or Ryder by DQ via interference from Lana.
Darren Young vs. The Miz (c)
This will be a compelling match for Intercontinental Championship featuring the rising star of Darren Young as he takes on The “A-Lister” Miz. I was skeptical at first with this Darren Young storyline but it’s all starting to make sense with the help of WWE HOF Bob Backlund to “Make Darren Young Great Again”. Now a couple weeks ago on RAW, Young earned an opportunity at the Intercontinental Championship when he won a number one contender’s Battle Royal.
It seems that ever since The Miz’s wife Maryse has returned to the WWE he has been on quite a roll and has done whatever it takes to hold onto his title. I have a feeling that Darren Young will pull off the massive upset and win the Intercontinental Championship because if WWE doesn’t pull the trigger on Young now they will never do it down the line.
Sasha Banks and mystery partner vs. Charlotte/Dana Brooke
The WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte has been a thorn in the side of Sasha Banks for a very long time.It all started when Banks got ambushed on SmackDown by Charlotte and her protégé, Dana Brooke. They laid out a challenge to Banks to have a match both Charlotte and Brooke believe they will have the upper hand in because Sasha Banks won’t find a partner.
Since returning to action last month, Sasha has been picking up a lot of momentum with her main focus to get revenge on Charlotte. Now leading up to this match, Sasha Banks has defeated Dana Brooke on RAW and SmackDown. Going into Battleground nobody knows who Banks will choose as her tag team partner. If I had to choose it would be between a returning Trish Stratus and debuting Bayley. Regardless of Banks selection of a tag team partner, they will pick up the win over Charlotte and Dana Brooke.
The Wyatt Family vs. The New Day
This has been a very intriguing storyline between The New Day and The Wyatt Family because there has been limited competition from The New Day. It is interesting that The Wyatt’s wanted to challenge the New Day because nobody has been able to stop the New Day’s run for over a year as WWE tag team champions.
Bray Wyatt has always been known as a master manipulator and his latest victim has been Xavier Woods. Usually, when the New Day and The Wyatt Family have had matches Xavier Woods would always be stunned and look to be under some sort of spell. Now a couple of weeks ago The New Day confronted The Wyatt Family in a unique situation that took place at The Wyatt Family’s Compound.
It’s just hilarious that the WWE stole an idea from Impact Wrestling and The Final Deletion Hardy vs. Hardy, that despite all the negative feedback, I thought was a masterpiece. My verdict for this match is The New Day will get the three count because the Draft split up the Wyatt Family. I also expect Xavier Woods to tease turning on The New Day.
The Club (Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows) vs. Enzo Amore, Cassidy and John Cena
This will be a very exciting six man tag match with The Club against Enzo Amore, Cassidy and the face of WWE John Cena. The Club made their presence known when they interfered in multiple matches leading up to the John Cena/AJ Styles match at the Money In The Bank PPV. The Club provided assistance in helping Styles to defeat John Cena, in a match that was fifteen years in the making, capping off the biggest win in AJ’s young WWE career.
Enzo and Big Cass entered this feud after saving Cena from an attack by The Club on a past episode of Raw. I cannot lie; Enzo Amore, Cassidy and John Cena have made quite a trio and have a natural chemistry together. Enzo Amore, Cassidy and John Cena need to get the win over The Club because much like The Wyatts, The Club will no longer be in their current form come Monday, due to being separated by the Draft.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
It doesn’t seem to matter whether or not Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn wanted nothing to do with each other. In addition, they wanted to be on different brands after the WWE Draft. Not shocking at all that both were drafted to RAW and this match could be the last one that fans get to see on a PPV for quite a while.
It has always killed Owens that Zayn made it to the WWE a year earlier than he did. These two have cost each other multiple opportunities to win championships such as the NXT Championship, WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and the Money In The Bank briefcase. The result will be a coin flip but I feel that Kevin Owens needs to be the last man standing in this feud and put an end to the rivalry, at least for now.
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose
The highly anticipated main event between three former Shield members has not shied away from controversy. Roman Reigns was suspended for thirty days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy after testing for Adderall at a higher level than his prescription dictated. Seth Rollins as a true heel put Reigns on blast for getting suspended. It will be very intriguing to hear Roman Reigns reaction when he makes his official return at the Battleground PPV. Despite the fact that Roman Reigns was suspended, this main event is still on as it has been destined to be since their break-up in 2014.
Leading up to this match Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have had multiple five-star matches. Now with the Draft, there is an extra incentive for both Rollins and Ambrose due to Rollins getting drafted first overall for RAW and Ambrose going second overall to SmackDown.
This outcome is very difficult with this match because there are so many different scenarios that could happen. The WWE Championship is currently on SmackDown but there is a possibility at the end of the night the WWE Championship could be on RAW with a Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns victory. This has the potential to be an instant classic and a Match of the Year candidate. I just have a vision that the WWE Championship will be on RAW and it will once again validate that RAW is the best show on the main roster. I can envision that Rollins finds a way to steal a win and bring WWE Championship to Monday Night RAW.
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