WWE has been on a roll in regards to their recent Pay Per View’s. Elimination Chamber and Money In The Bank were both classic PPV’s filled with all kinds of great matches and shocking elements. However, this is the PG era of the WWE and as they have shown, they can drop the ball at any moment.
So how would Battleground hold up? A few good matches were set up, big names were in the ring, and some good momentum was built for the PPV. Would Battleground continue the trend or would it cause people to cancel their WWE Network subscription?
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
Stop me if you have heard this before! Randy Orton will take on Sheamus. They have had their fair share of battles in the past but now Sheamus is a heel with a stupid braided beard and nose ring. Orton is ridiculously over with the fans right now, and it would seem he will be put back into the championship picture shortly. The matchup ended up being a brawl as you would expect from those two. Sheamus was dropped on the announce table, Orton hit Sheamus with a perfectly executed suplex from the top rope, Sheamus hit a brogue kick that knocked spit out of Orton’s mouth, then Orton finished Sheamus off with an RKO out of nowhere.
Grade = B
Final Thoughts – Good match to start off the show with two proven commodities. Real physical matchup that produced spectacular moments. However, Orton and Sheamus have faced off many times and it may have been better to see them both go up against someone new. Dean Ambrose vs. Orton? Book that now! Sheamus vs. Rusev? Book that now!
The New Day vs. Prime Time Players / Tag Team Titles Match
The New Day are the funnest group to hate. I was shocked to see Kofi Kingston not in a body cast after that beat down by the hands of Brock Lesnar. The Prime Time Players, especially Titus O’Neil, have shown great development since being reunited as a tag team. Titus delivered some major chops to the chest of Kofi which may have sunk his chest in even more. Big E hit Darren Young with a splash on the edge of the ring, and Titus finished off the match with a huge spine buster to Big E as the Prime Time Players remained tag champs.
Grade = B-
Final Thoughts – Titus was the star of this match and she showed off some terrific athleticism and powerful moves throughout the bout. The New Day, especially Xavier Woods, did a good job of annoying the crowd. Good matchup, however nothing memorable.
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
The buildup for the match had been taking place since Wyatt interfered during the Money In The Bank latter match when he cost Reigns the briefcase. Behind his always stellar promos Wyatt made me anxious for this match. Another physical match with Wyatt and Reigns going back and forth but the fight had a lot of slow spots. The crowd is still partly against Reigns as Wyatt got more cheers. Reigns tossed a few chairs in the ring before Luke Harper shoved Reigns into the ring post as Wyatt took advance and hit Reigns with Sister Abigail for the pinfall.
Grade = C
The match had a few decent moments, but overall I found it to be boring. Reigns and Wyatt are both big names but for whatever reason didn’t put on that great of a match. The action was sporadic to the point it made me lose interest. Harper interfering and then reuniting with Wyatt was surprising but hopefully that is the final chapter in the Reigns vs. Wyatt saga.
Sasha Banks, vs Charlotte, vs, Bre Bella
The divas division had been set up fire since Stephanie McMahon’s introduction to the revolution of calling up Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks to WWE from NXT. I was curious to see what kind of match was going to be set up after that revolution and it tuned out to be a triple threat match from each of the new three alliances. Banks, Charlotte, and for some reason, Bre Bella were chosen to square off. The crowd was electric as the ladies put on an entertaining show. Banks showcased her attitude by mocking Ric Flair, Charlotte showed off her athleticism, and Bre didn’t contribute much other than breaking up pinfalls and a nice double missile drop kick. Banks and Charlotte both dived through the ropes which I don’t remember the last time I saw that in a divas match, and eventually Charlotte won with the Figure 8 on Bre.
Grade = B+
Final Thoughts – Would have liked to have seen Becky Lynch instead of Bre fight with Banks and Charlotte, but the ladies put on a great show. New moves, great athleticism, and tons of energy made the crowd love it. It will be interesting to see how the rivalry between the newly formed teams will continue to grow, but the revolution got off to a good start at Battleground.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
Their first two matches at Elimination Chamber and the Money In The Bank PPV’s were two of the better matches I have seen. Now with the US title on the line, would they be able to top their previous two matches? Cena has been on an incredible roll with the US Open challenges on Raw putting on some great bouts. Owens recently lost the NXT title so it was all set up for Owens to take the title from Cena…right? Owens mocked Cena a few times throughout the match including doing the Five Knuckle Shuffle and delivering the AA to Cena. The match was similar to their other two with both men exchanging impressive moves including an AA by Cena to Owens from the middle rope, both kicking out of finishers multiple times, and a ridiculous corkscrew Suplex by Owens to Cena from the top rope. Cena eventually finished off Owens when he tapped out from the STF in the middle of the ring.
Grade = B
Final Thoughts – Good match, definitely not as good as their first two matches. Not as many impressive moves in this match, it felt as if the element of surprise was missing. Still have a problem with the way Owens lost. Would have preferred to see him lose after the AA from the middle rope instead of tapping out to the STF. The Cena vs. Owens rivalry is probably done for awhile and while it provided some great matches, it kind of ended with a dud because they previously set the bar so high.
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
Ever since Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase at Wrestlemania people had to know this match was coming. Rollins is a great in ring performer. Sometimes that gets overlooked because of jobbers J&J Security and Kane are constantly interfering with Rollins matches. However Lesnar took them both out of the picture and it was just those two to square off. It was nice to see Rollins not run and face Lesnar face to face at first before Lesnar hit Rollins with 13 suplexes. Rollins got a few good shots in and knocked Lesnar to the ground. Rollins never built a ton of momentum and later Lesnar hit Rollins with the F5. The shock of the night came right before the three count as the Undertaker made a surprise appearance. Undertaker hit Lesnar with a chokeslam and two tombstone pile drivers which allowed Rollins to retain the title through disqualification.
Grade = C
The match between Rollins and Lesnar was pretty one sided as was kind of expected. Rollins didn’t really get a chance to showcase his skills like I had hoped. Lesnar looked like a monster once again, but putting him up against Rollins who is more about speed and athleticism isn’t the best matchup for someone who is more about strength. The incident with the Undertaker however was as hair raising and now that those two are booked for Summerslam, it has the potential to be a classic match.
Battleground was a decent PPV, good highlights but not any classic matches or any that I had to watch again. Dare I say the divas match may have been the best match of the night? Where was Ambrose, Rusev, Cesaro? Adding them to the show would have definitely helped and could have created some better matches. WWE didn’t drop the ball with Battleground but it will be interesting to see how they continue to infuse the new talent and build those new rivalries. Let the build up for Brock vs. Undertaker begin. See you in five weeks for Summerslam!