The First 30 Minutes..
It’s been a week since the suspension of Roman Reigns and the guys at the top of the food chain are beginning to question his status in the Triple Threat Match at Battleground. The show begins with the former champion, Seth Rollins, speaking his piece on the Reigns fiasco and what should happen regarding Battleground. He wants a One-On-One match with Ambrose. The Lunatic Fringe comes to the ring to speak his piece and he’s still pulling for a Triple Threat. AJ Styles decides to interject in the conversation and boasts his win over John Cena at Money in the Bank as a reason to replace Roman Reigns. Ambrose wants Roman in the match and Styles suggests making it a Fatal Four Way. Well the leader of The Cenation had heard enough and he brings himself and his hand towel to the ring and declares the grand idea of a Fatal Five Way match! While all of these ideas may make Battleground a great success overall, we need someone with the ‘AUTHORITY’ to make decisions to come on out and do just that. The music hits and out comes Stephanie McMahon. Before Steph weighs in on the main event of Battleground, she makes it abundantly clear that Dean Ambrose as champion is not what’s best for business. The more Superstars in the match, the more likely Dean will drop the title. Look at the picture below. How 🔥 would this match be, with or without Double R?
Stephanie has a few tricks up her sleeve that are in fact pretty good! Now, you can’t go around declaring yourself title eligible all willy-nillie. So Stephanie basically says, “Hey, if you want in, win yourself in.” She sets up two singles matches: The Wants vs. The Haves. The guys scheduled for a title match will take on the guys vying for the same position. In the first match, Seth Rollins will take on John Cena, and in the second Dean Ambrose will face AJ Styles. All of that will happen later tonight! Great start to what appears to be the beginning of a stellar show.
And then we have our first Woman’s match of the night.
Sasha Banks & Paige Vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Although women’s wrestling doesn’t quite get the merit it deserves in WWE, certain Superstars DO get a nice pop. “The Boss” Sasha Banks is one of those women we’d all pay to see and the Universe is happy to see her back in action. She gets the win for her team after slapping Dana Brooke with The Bank Statement. Unfortunately, that was about it in terms of action. Banks had a quick burst of energy and Paige nailed Charlotte with a gnarly kick outside the ring before “The Legit Boss” ended things inside the ring. Nice build up for a potential Sasha/Charlotte Championship match.
Titus O’Neil Vs. Rusev
This match almost didn’t happen — again. Titus’ feelings about Rusev’s remarks last week are still looming. There are a lot of emotions here. The two behemoths banged on each other and threw each other around. There were more punches and kicks than any actual wrestling maneuvers. The brawl ended up leading the match outside. After a huge collision that put both men on their backs, Titus was smart enough to toss Rusev over the barricade and roll into the ring before the 10 count. To the victor go the spoils and it looks like Titus is due for another title shot.
The Miz is Back!
The Miz and Maryse are back on RAW! Many people never missed The Miz but the IC title is always a sight for sore eyes. It’s good to have it back in the building, and isn’t it about time for it to be defended? Kane sure does think so. He’s still staking his claim as a candidate to run Smackdown in July and was annoyed by Miz and Maryse as they butt in with their complaints. Maybe if The Miz didn’t come back to RAW with such a diva-like attitude, Stephanie would’ve given him the night off? Of course he and his wife couldn’t play nice and Stephanie booked a match so that he wouldn’t have to relinquish his title. The belt’s gotta be defended at least once every 30 days, just ask Daniel Bryan. Stephanie decides that the opponent will be a mystery, specifically using the term ‘Cliffhanger’ since Miz wants to be so Hollywood. We’ll see who his opponent is later.
Seth Rollins Vs. John Cena
There’s an undeniable chemistry between The Architect and The Face That Runs The Place. Whenever these two get into the ring expect fireworks. To see this match this early on an episode of RAW seems sort of fishy, but when you see what’s at stake it makes it that much more interesting. Now these two were putting on a clinic and fans were on the edge of their seats. Is Cena going to hit the AA or will Rollins flip out of it? Is Rollins going to break Cena’s nose with a knee again? Who knows? They’re ebbing and flowing until Cena manages to get the upper hand. He lands an AA but Rollins manages to get a leg on the ropes just before three. Cena would eventually lock in that ugly STF and Rollins would start hollering. Rollins almost clutches the bottom rope until Cena pulls him back to the middle of the ring. Enter, The Club.
Yes Gallows, Anderson, and AJ Styles came down to throw Cena off his game and maybe even take a jab or two at the 15-time-champ. In just a few seconds, The Club had the ring surrounded. Styles was swiping at Cena while Rollins regained his composure. Before Cena knew what hit him, Rollins was planting him with a Pedigree and pinning him for the victory. Cena will NOT be in the Main Event at Battleground. We’ll see how well Styles fares against the champ later in the night.
Enzo & Cass Vs. Mitch Walden & Carlos Hershey
Mitch and Carlos proved to be EXTREMELY SAWFT! In a match that was eerily reminiscent of a taping for a Saturday afternoon 20 years ago, or maybe just an Ascension match during their brief push, Carlos and Mitch were tossed as soon as the bell rang. I’m not sure which guy was Mitch and which one was Carlos, or how a slap from Enzo incapacitated the poor guy but it was a wrap like eggs in a flapjack in all of maybe 15 seconds.
I would love to say that Mitch and Carlos have a bright future ahead of them but how would I know? I would like to congratulate them on making it to live television so no matter what, they have this moment.
So obviously this can’t be it for one of the more beloved and hot tag teams in the WWE. The baby face duo HAS to have SOME kind of a role. I guess someone in the back decided, “Why not send out the Social Outcasts?”
I love all of these guys as individuals but I think this gimmick has run its course. But I guess that’s for another post. Let’s get into what occurred. Bo comes out yelling about how SAWFT these no name guys are, but then proclaims the Social Outcasts to be ‘HARD’. He even gets the group to spell it out. It got weird and kind of sexual for a minute with Enzo and Cass asking, “Who in the group is the HARDest?” Even with the scales tipped in their favor, you can always count on the social Outcasts to muck things up. Heath Slater ends up catching a boot to the face before the crowd spells SAWFT and the Social Outcasts run off with their tails between their legs.
Make Darren Young Great Again
We’re STILL in the process of making Darren Young great… again? I think it should start with a U.S. Title run. I mean, look at Ambrose! You never know. I guess he’s with Bob for now. He should return sometime around the draft.
Becky Lynch Vs. Summer Rae
Soooooo this match never actually happened. Summer came out, Becky came out, Becky threw her coat on Summer and headed straight for Natalya who was ready to do commentary. Whether or not Nattie is a believable heel is for another post. Today, she got her ‘Lass’ kicked. Much love to Becky!
Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel w/ Guests Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens
Y2J is back with another installment of The Highlight Reel. This time around, we have Kevin Steen and El Generico — I mean Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. These two are known to have epic battles whenever they end up wrestling for the same promotion. Although their fights in the WWE have been quite tame, Battleground may be the right PPV with the right name to introduce the more casual fan to an amazing rivalry. Sami Zayn mentions the brand split and they both argue over who was the worse friend. Zayn proposes a fight to end all fights and Owens gladly accepts. Jericho can’t help but make everything about himself and Owens and Zayn show him why that’s not always the best idea.
The Miz Vs. ????? (IC Title Match)
Usually, the challenger is announced and enters the ring BEFORE the champion. In the case of The Miz, it’s going to be all about improvisation. Not knowing what to expect (some people were craving Balor, others said Orton, and I think I even heard someone shout Roman Reigns) the Miz still looked confident. And then, BOOM! Hellfire and brimstone as Kane appears on the stage. And not Corporate Kane, but Demon Kane. Miz was unstirred. With his title in one hand and his wife in the other, he’s as confident as he’s ever been.
The Miz is actually looking good in this match! Using his agility and attacking the knees of Kane. He’s in full control when all of a sudden Maryse climbs up on the apron. I guess a ghost pushed her because she mysteriously falls down. She clutches her ankle and The Miz notices. He puts Kane on his back and runs out to check on his wife. He decides to carry her out and take the count out. Kane wins the match, but The Miz keeps the title. When they get back towards the locker room, Maryse reveals that she was ‘just acting’ aka faking it. Sheesh!
Cesaro & Apollo Crews Vs. Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus
This seemed like one of those matches where the WWE brass just doesn’t want you to forget about these guys. It really didn’t make sense. Cesaro and Crews have no history, and Sheamus and Del Rio have a terrible history. This whole Crews/Sheamus angle hasn’t been done very well and we can do away with it. The highlight of this match was Del Rio pulling a KO and leaving Sheamus high and dry but not before giving him a piece of his mind.
Stephanie Hates Dean!
Stephanie McMahon and Dean Ambrose have been the best of friends and Stephanie is going out of her way to make that very clear. The lovely Jo Jo was interviewing Dean when Stephanie made it a point to interrupt and promise to get the title from around Dean’s waist. I guess we’ll have to wait and se how this plays out as well.
New Day & The Wyatts
Who doesn’t love New Day? Who doesn’t love The Wyatts? Well what if I told you The New Day became the Wyatts, and the Wyatts became The New Day? Well that’s exactly what happened with Bray Wyatt declaring it a, “New Day,” and New Day dressed as the Wyatts!
As you can tell by the pic, Xavier Woods just isn’t himself. He didn’t have the same look, energy, or charisma. Bray Wyatt noticed. He spoke directly to Woods and even extended an olive branch. He always was quite the recruiter. Bray has planted his seed and now we get to watch it wilt and die or grow and destroy. The Wyatts believe that New Day will fall. Is it time for the Wyatts to finally hold some gold? And will we see Xavier turn over a new leaf? The plot thickens….
The Main Event: Dean Ambrose Vs. AJ Styles
This match was awesome! Sure. We start off with Seth Rollins coming out to do commentary. He obviously has interest in this match because if Styles wins, he’s back in the title picture. Seth would really like a One-On-One. He’s already upset that Reigns will be in the match, now he might have to deal with Styles and The Club? So throughout the entire match he’s rooting for Ambrose and hating that he has to. At one point, The Club comes out and before anyone can do anything, Super Cena to the rescue! A few hard rights to Gallows and Anderson and now Cena’s looking for revenge from earlier tonight. He stares down Styles and the two exchange words. Ambrose goes for the roll up and Styles rolls out right into Dirty Deeds ending the match and any hopes of getting into the Triple Threat match.
That wouldn’t however end the night. The Club attack Cena on the ramp and Ambrose watches. Rollins sneaks into the ring and catches Ambrose off guard with a Pedigree. Going back to Cena and The Club, the beat down has progressed to the stage. Gallows and Anderson hit Cena with a Magic Killer on the steel stage. Back in the ring, Rollins hits a second Pedigree on Ambrose and holds the title up high. Roll credits.