Battleground Preview

The battlefield has been set, the warriors are prime for war and Vince McMahon is somewhere sweating bullets in hopes that all goes smoothly. WWE Battleground is here. There are so many things to look forward to tonight; Nattie working as a heel, Sasha’s mystery partner, Xavier Woods facing his fears, and the return of….Randy Orton!

Kickoff Show

The Usos Vs. Breezango

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The Usos are coming back from a bit of a vacation while Breezango has seen a lot of action lately. All the rust in the world won’t stop the Dynamic Uso Brothers from flying all over Breezango. I believe this match will be more entertaining than we’d like to think. With the draft having just happened, who knows? Maybe we see a split in either team. A lot of Superstars saw the draft as a chance for a fresh start. Will Jimmy Superkick Jey sparking a war? Is it too soon for a split? Will this just be a solid tag match without any bells or whistles? I like whistles. Usos Win. Breezango split.

Main Card

Becky Lynch Vs. Natalya

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No more run ins and canceled matches! The way these two have been going at it, this had better be a FIGHT. Expect to see slaps and disrespect. Trash talking will come at a premium and stiff shots will come a plenty. It will be interesting to see how Nattie works as a legitimate heel. It doesn’t really fit her personality but it’s been growing on her on twitter. WWE has kept both Superstars from having any real matches this month so it’s safe to say there’s a lot of trust being poured upon these women. A Hart rarely disappoints and with Becky looking to make a statement neither will she. They should finally get a match longer than 10 minutes and Becky will probably do something that makes a 2016 highlight reel. Becky Wins. Establishes herself as the top woman of SmackDown, for now…

The Highlight Reel (w/ Randy Orton)

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Speaking of Highlight Reel, here it is! Randy Orton returns and we’re not sure if he’s a heel or a face or a part-timer or fully healed! So many questions but don’t expect many answers. Jericho is one of those guys who like to hear themselves talk. He’ll ask Orton a rhetorical question or two and then, there will be a Lesnar sighting! Yes, I predict Brock Lesnar will appear and stir the pot, creating some kind of heat for the SummerSlam match. Maybe one suplex and an almost RKO before Lesnar slips out, grins, and walks away. Lesnar steals the Reel. Orton is the Baby Face.

United States Championship Match – Rusev (w/Lana) Vs. Zack Ryder

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Zack Ryder has picked up a bunch of wins all over WWE programming in the past month. He even caused Rusev to get pinned by Dolph Ziggler. I don’t know how he’s done it but he’s worked himself into a title match. Unlike some of the other women, Lana doesn’t need to resort to cheap ploys and interference for her man to win. Ryder is a solid worker with a not so special move set. He does a lot of things well but nothing blows you out of the water  with him. Rusev wins easy. Mojo Rawley makes an appearance.

Intercontinental Championship Match – The Miz (w/Maryse) Vs. Darren Young (w/Bob Backlund)

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The Miz is doing his best Triple H with the World Heavyweight title impression right about now. Putting on great matches with everyone who comes his way while holding on dearly to his title by any means necessary. Darren Young lucked his way into this match by surviving a Battle Royal match a few weeks ago. This is our first chance to see what Darren Young as a singles competitor can do. With a Hall of Famer like Bob Backlund in his corner, we should see a well rounded technical move set that’s not quite ready to steal the show just yet. Young has all the charisma in the world but his current character can actually play dead in the front lawn on garbage day. The Darren Young we SEE is good enough for 8 minutes of The Miz’s time. The Darren Young that we project, will have the IC title for a CM Punk-like reign. Miz Wins. Maryse with shenanigans help Miz escape the Chicken Wing.

Charlotte & Dana Vs. Sasha Banks & ???

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The ONLY thing worth noting about this match is who Sasha’s mystery partner will be?! This should’ve been a singles match for the WWE Woman’s Championship but I guess we’ll get that at SummerSlam. In order for that to make sense, Dana will tap to the Bank Statement or be pinned again. Banks wins. Bayley is the mystery partner.

The New Day Vs. The Wyatt Family

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In pure strength, the Wyatts have the New Day outmatched. The champs have the crowd and the Power of Positivity on their side. This is a non title match so what we want to see here is the return of Luke Harper or Braun Strowman be a monster. It’ll be interesting to see what Xavier Woods does. New Day was drafted by RAW and Bray by SmakDown so this will have to be the end of their feud. Who should win and come out strong? The champions of course! New Day wins. Xavier gets the pin and takes a deep breath.

Kevin Owens Vs. Sami Zayn

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They will fight forever. There is no end to their feud. They’re worse than HBK and Trips and like HBK and Trips, this match will probably steal the show. Owens Wins. Zayn has the most tweeted moment of the night.

Cena, Cas & Enzo Vs. The Club

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How ya doin? The Club has gotten over on all three of these guys every week since MITB. As great as they are, they’re not truly that dominant. It’s not a team of Stone Colds and Brock Lesnars. They are humans that operate like a machine. So it would make sense if The Club wins but more than likely Cena goes Super and his team goes over. That would make the PPV score between Styles and Cena 1-1, setting up a big match at SummerSlam. You REALLY think the WWE would pass up this opportunity? Club No! Cena & company win. AJ challenges Cena to a match at SummerSlam.

WWE Championship Match – Dean Ambrose Vs. Seth Rollins Vs. Roman Reigns

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The Shield face off. This can’t be it. Battleground? WWE Battleground is where this happens? This just can’t be. There’s a catch in here somewhere. Where’s the hidden camera? In my most bold prediction of the night, the match concludes without a definitive winner. The rematch is scheduled for SummerSlam and until then, the title is vacated. No one wins, match is bumped up to Summer Slam.

 

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