Battleground WWE Battleground 2016 thoughts & predictions

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  1. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t really sure about doing this since Battleground isn’t exactly your top shelf PPV but given the circumstances (especially with the draft and all), I think it has shaped up to be a rather interesting PPV after all and worth the time and effort. That being said, here we go:

    Sasha Banks + Mystery Parnter vs. Charlotte and Dana Brook

    While the mystery remains as to who Sasha will team up with, I feel the most important aspect of this match is the outcome. A lot of people are speculating about Bayley being the one, however from day one I’ve personally given my reasoning as to why I feel the timing is horrible for such a move and in addition to that, Bayley wasn’t even drafted on Tuesday (which tells me they probably still want her to stick around at NXT for just a bit longer) while in the mean time Sasha Banks herself has made it perfectly clear on social media that Bayley ain’t going to be the one. Personally, unless I see a returning Lita or Trish Stratus (believe me, I’d be doing a lot more than just marking out), I honestly don’t care.

    Once again, I feel the most important issue here is the outcome and obviously Sasha has to come out a winner here. Better yet, I’d say she should pin Charlotte cleanly, thus setting up their 1 on 1 matchup at Summerslam for the title. Sure, they could always play the “fuck up card” with Brook (she certainly excels when it comes to fucking up anyway) but I don’t think shenanigans are necessary here. Oh, small detail, I’d have Sasha simply pin Charlotte and hold on to the tapping out for Summerslam.

    The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family

    Based on the fact that during the compound segment it was the Wyatts that eventually got over, I think New Day come out winners at the PPV. Aside from the typical 50-50 WWE booking, I feel this is a case in which a loss wouldn’t really hurt the Wyatts at this particular time since they’re kind of splitting up anyway, with Stromann now on RAW. Furthermore, New Day have also been drafted to RAW so with Bray and Rowan on Smackdown, all these guys go their separate ways eventually. One could call this an abrupt ending to this feud but it is what is and it’s not like they can’t revisit it somewhere down the road.

    Just to sum it up, if both these teams were on the same show, I’d be going with the Wyatts but given that’s not the case anymore, I feel New Day come out of Battleground victorious.

    Looking ahead, in all honesty WWE have me really baffled in regards to what direction the tag team gold is headed. I’ve personally stated months ago that New Day vs. Enzo and Cass is the way to go for Summerslam, with these two face teams literally rocking the house (I can already listen to the New Day rocks chants being countered by how u doin in an electric atmosphere) and while WWE have teased this possibility in a promo or two these past few weeks, it is still unclear what will happen after all. Does splitting the club, for example, maybe mean that Gallows and Anderson enter the picture? Could be, but it just doesn’t feel right; not now anyway…

    The Highlight Reel with Randy Orton

    It certainly is nice to have Orton back again and one should think that this won’t end up being just a simple conversation.

    Now, given the situation Brock is in with the doping violation, I can’t really see him making a surprise appearance and, well, as much as I love surprises, I’m sure WWE would have made sure to promote it so the best thing I can think of is maybe Brock’s music does hit during the segment, getting everyone excited but with only Paul Heymann coming out. Perhaps Heymann can cut a promo, start hyping the match at Summerslam and maybe it comes to a point where he receives an RKO just to get this feud started? That’s one way to do it…

    Rusev vs. Zack Ryder, United States Championship

    Rusev retains. That simple and frankly, he should destroy Ryder within a few minutes before moving on to what hopefully will be a more meaningful feud. Furthermore, given what took place at the draft, it only makes sense for Rusev to retain (not that it wouldn’t anyway) so that the title stays on RAW, just like the IC title will stay on Smackdown. Speaking of:

    Miz vs. Darren Young, Intercontinental Championship

    Miz retains. When this match was first made, my initial thought was that maybe they give Young the belt. At the time, it felt like the only reasonable options if there are to be any title changes in this PPV but, again, based on how the draft went down, it only makes sense that Miz retains so the belt can stay as an exclusive for Smackdown and besides, I find it hard to believe that they would have Miz tap out twice in one week to Young. Likeliest scenario, some iffy finish where maybe Miz cheats his way to victory (what else is new) but either way, Miz holds on to the gold for at least another month.

    Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

    Given that both were drafted to Smackdown, this ain’t going to be a one off thing so based on that fact alone, I feel Natalya gets the first win given that she just turned heel and this being really her first match ever since. One can of course argue that Becky needs the win just as much but the timing I feel favors Natalya and, besides, it’s not like this is going to be the end of it anyway…

    Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

    For a while now, I’ve been calling for some kind of stipulation in order to make this match even more interesting. I personally felt that these guys would have been separated by the end of the draft but as it turned out, they both landed on the same show again so I guess this means that this never ending feud will…keep walking just like Johnny Walker; not that I mind, don’t get me wrong.

    As far as the outcome, this is a match that can easily go either way and it’s probably the most difficult one on the card to predict. In my humble opinion, it comes down to whom needs the win more and right now, that person is Zayn.

    John Cena, Enzo & Cass vs. The Club

    I think the face team comes out victorious here and I’m pretty sure it will be done in great fashion here, not only because…Cena but more so I feel because of Enzo and Cass who are literally on fire. If indeed WWE are going for Enzo and Cass vs. New Day at Summerslam, then there’s really no other outcome this Sunday and aside from that, Cena has been beaten up enough times already.

    Furthermore, we once more have the draft effect and in this case, the Club being no more, so for them it doesn’t really matter in the great scheme of things, does it? On the flipside, could this match lead to a Balor appearance? Hmm…

    Triple Threat WWE Championship

    Who would have thought that we’d be finally getting this dream match and it would feel so rushed, like the timing being awkward? Many have said this should have been a Summerslam main event and others have even gone as far as a Wrestlemania main event; can’t really argue either case...

    Nevertheless, it’s happening at Battleground and it all comes down to what WWE are planning to do with the belts. Does the WWE Championship go back to RAW via Rollins, forcing Smackdown to present a new world title belt or will it be vice versa, Ambrose retaining and RAW being the one forced to present a new title? That, pretty much, is the million dollar question because either way, we will eventually get two champs (one for each show) whether we like it or not.

    Into the match itself, one would assume that Roman Reigns is to be excluded from the equation as a possible winner, given his recent violation and all. I mean, WWE couldn’t be that stupid, could they? The fact alone that he is still in this match is already too much in my opinion and as I’ve already mentioned in previous posts recently, he should at least eat the pin so I’m sticking to that. Hmm, now that I think of it, maybe that’s the reason he’s still in the match to begin with.

    So, between Ambrose and Rollins, who would have the edge?

    Personally, I’d like to see Ambrose continue his reign. Ever since Money in the Bank, Ambrose has been on fire and booked to look as good as it gets, with excellent promos and overall great performances in the ring. It took WWE several months to figure it out but at least they got it right after a feud with Lesnar that did nothing for Dean in the long run and a feud with Jericho that was simply silly, based on a fucking potted plant and a stupid jacket.

    Many claim that Dean got lucky and caught a break due to Roman Reigns doings (violation and all) and is only a transitional champion. To that, I respond “good for him” because he got a hold of an opportunity and is simply running with it and making the most of it and frankly, I doubt WWE are dissapointed with how this is going.

    On the other hand, Seth Rollins of course has his own claims and rightfully so. He never lost the title to begin with and as of Tuesday, he’s the number one draft pick on the flagship show and let's not forget he beat Roman Reigns clean at MITB but was caught off guard when Ambrose cashed in from behind. The flipside is that he already had two failed attempts this week, both on RAW and Smackdown and this is perhaps why he may have a slight advantage after all because statistically, there’s no way WWE books Rollins to have three failed attempts in less than a week, right? That wouldn’t be good for your number one draft pick, right? Unless…

    …Ambrose pins Reigns, thus giving Rollins the opportunity to continue his strong claims while playing up his character and in the process, they turn Reigns heel by attacking Ambrose post match. The way I see it, the story just writes itself: Rollins has Ambrose in position for the pedigree but…superman punch by Roman and then spear to Rollins; but as Reigns goes to pin Rollins, Ambrose catches him from behind, dirty deeds, one two three, ring the bell, Ambrose retains. Seth kind of rolls out of the ring all furious that he came so close but got screwed yet again, meanwhile Ambrose is celebrating his successful title defense when…spear from Roman to his brother of a friend and let the beatdown begin. Given that Reigns will receive nuclear heat upon his entrance (if you thought before was bad with the booing, it’s about to get a whole lot worse) I honestly can’t see any better timing to make the move. WWE know it, they understand it's inevitable so why not just get over with it?

    Aside from the matches themselves, hopefully by the end of this PPV we'll get some answers as to how the title scene will look regarding the shows, with which being defended where and/or if certain belts will float amongst both shows, provided of course that WWE have it figured out cause from the looks of it so far, they themselves probably don't know what they're doing...

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  2. Kickoff match: The Usos vs Breezango.
    Prediction: Who cares? It could go either way, really, but The Usos will come out victorious, I guess.

    The Highlight Reel segment with Y2J & Randy Orton.
    Prediction: Y2J annoys/insults Orton and Orton RKOs the F out of him. The end.
    I don't really expect Heyman to show up, since his contract's expired and apparently they haven't agreed to a new one yet.

    Becky Lynch vs Natalya
    Prediction: Becky Lynch wins. I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Sasha Banks & Mystery Partner vs Charlotte & Dana Brooke
    Prediction: Sasha Banks and the mystery partner which remains TBD (but I think it could be Nikki Bella, Carmella or Bayley) win.
    OK, Nikki's coming back, although I don't think it's that likely that she's going to be Sasha's partner. But, you never know.
    Bayley is probably the most obvious choice, which is why I think it won't happen.
    Carmella could be the one standing next to Sasha, even though she was drafted to SD, but you gotta have someone, dammit!
    inb4 none of the above mentioned are Sasha's partner and instead, it's Nia Jax. Meh.

    The New Day vs The Wyatt Family
    Prediction: Man, the brand split is sure making it hard to see how things will pan out! New. Day. Wins.

    The Miz vs Darren Young
    Prediction: The IC title tour will continue. The Miz wins.

    Rusev vs Zack Ryder
    Prediction: RuRu wins. I'd be hella surprised if it went any other way.

    Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens
    Prediction: With both men being drafted to RAW, they can truly #FightForever now. I think Zayn wins here, although the last time I went with Zayn winning [in a 'fluke' kind of way], I was wrong. I also wouldn't be surprised if the match ended in a double count-out or DQ, though. So, if Zayn does win, hopefully KO attacks him post-match and then they do the Powerbomb on the apron spot, which takes out Zayn and adds even more fire to their feud, which finally culminates at SummerSlam.

    John Cena, Enzo & Big Cass vs The Club
    Prediction: Oh, boy. Don't know what should I go with here. Given that The Club's been split up, with Styles on SD and the other two on RAW (however, I do expect Bálor to take over as the new leader), Cena and Realest Guys are winning, right? And then at SummerSlam, we're getting Cena vs Styles II.

    Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns
    Prediction: Idk, I'm going with Rollins. I'm fine with HEEL Reigns winning, and I'm damn fine with Ambrose retaining, too. It's possible, but not that likely they leave the WWE title with Ambrose on SmackDown and create a new title (or revive the Big Gold Belt) for The Guy and The Man to feud over on RAW, but it's really hard to imagine Vince putting the main/major title on a brand he's always viewed as secondary. We'll see, I guess.
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  3. I used this thread (among other sources) to place bets, so thanks to you if I win.
  4. The Miz vs. Darren Young
    Darren Young wins clean, becomes new IC Champion

    Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks

    I know nothing about this mach, not sure why it's even happening on the show, match is not worth predicting in my opinion. It should just be 1 on 1 for the Women's Title instead of waiting until SummerSlam

    Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

    Hopefully Rusev squashes Ryder and puts an end to him once and for all.

    Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

    Should be a good match, it will be way better than the handicap match. Becky takes it.

    New Day vs. Wyatt Family
    New Day will win, Wyatt's could potentially split here.

    Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
    Always puts on good matches, but there feud in WWE sucks.. Hopefully this is the end of heir terrible feud. Zayn will win.

    John Cena, Enzo and Cass vs. AJ Syles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
    The Club is splitting up, Big Cass should win by pinning Anderson.

    Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
    Ambrose retains here. Losing will severely hurt Ambrose and won' help Rollins and Reigns at all.
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