WWE Battleground took place on Sunday 19th July at the Scottrade Center in St Louis. Will Brock Lesnar get his revenge on Seth Rollins and reclaim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Let's take a look.
The first match was Randy Orton taking on the new Mr Money in the Bank Sheamus. Highlights of the match include: Sheamus constantly rolling out of the ring; Orton reversing a Brogue kick into a powerslam; and Orton hitting a second rope DDT. The end comes when Sheamus hit a Brogue kick followed by a Texas cloverleaf. Orton eventually manages to get out of it and hit the RKO to get the win. It was a strong opening match in front of a home crowd for Orton.
Winner: Randy Orton
Predictions: 1 for 1
The next match was for the Tag Team Championships as The Prime Time Players defend against The New Day (sucks!) Titus is dominant to start with before tagging in Young. Young loses control and gets a beating from The New Day. Young manages to hit an enziguiri on Big E and gets the hot tag to Titus. Big E goes for the big ending but Young avoids it and hits Kofi with the gut check. Titus then hits the spine buster on Big E to get the win. It was another good match and everyone had a chance to shine here.
Winners: The Prime Time Players
Predictions: 2 for 2
Next was Roman Reigns taking on Bray Wyatt. Highlights of the match include: Reigns countering a headlock into a belly-to-back suplex; Reigns hitting 2 pumphandle grip fallaway suplexes; Wyatt hittting an uranage; and Reigns getting out of a Sister Abigail and hitting a Superman punch. The end comes when Reigns stated tossing chairs into the ring and a hooded guy attacks him. Wyatt seizes the opportunity to hit an uranage followed by a Sister Abigail to get the win. Afterwards, the hooded man was revealed to be Luke Harper, reuniting with Wyatt. The match started quite slow but it got better towards the end. However, I wasn't really a fan of the finish and it seems that Reigns won't be near the title picture for the foreseeable future.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Predictions: 3 for 3
The next match was Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox) taking on Charlotte (with Paige and Becky Lynch) taking on Sasha Banks (with Naomi and Tamina) in a triple threat match. Charlotte and Sasha clear out and face each other one on one but Brie later on hit a running bulldog on both of them. Later on, Sasha dropkicked Brie out of the ring onto the Divas aruging outside. Sasha then flew through the ropes onto them followed by Charlotte doing a plancha. Sasha applies the Bank Statement on Charlotte and it was broken up by Brie. However, Charlotte puts Brie into the figure-eight leglock to get the win. This match was quite enjoyable and I think that Charlotte and Sasha had strong main roster debuts.
We now get the United States Championship as Kevin Owens challenges John Cena. Early on, Owens is dominant over Cena, hitting a torture rack into a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Other highlights include: Owens mocking the You Can't See Me; Cena applying the STF; Owens hitting a release German suplex followed by a cannonball splash; and Owens hitting the AA then applying the STF. Cena hit a super AA but Owens kicked out then later on, got an inside cradle for a 2 count. However, Cena manages to apply the STF and Owens tapped out, giving him the victory. This was another good match between the two and Owens looked really well not just in this match but over the last few months. The question is how will the WWE follow it up?
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 4 for 4
The main event is Brock Lesnar attempting to regain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship back from Seth Rollins. As soon as the bell sounded, Lesnar charged Rollins and proceeded to hit him with 5 German suplexes. Rollins tries to leave but Lesnar cuts him off and hits another German suplex. Rollins manages to get back into it after blocking a F5 and knocking Lesnar out of the ring. However, it wasn't for long as Lesnar hit another 8 German suplexes. Lesnar hits the F5 then covers but the lights go out and a bell tolled. The lights came back on revealing the Undertaker. After a brawl, Taker hit a Tombstone (the referee had seemed to have disappeared during this point). Taker goes on to hit another Tombstone then makes his way to his way to the top of the stage with his music playing and blue fog filling the arena.
Up until the end, I was enjoying the match, I've become a big fan of Rollins over the last year and I was wondering how he would fare against Brock, who WWE have made into a version of the Terminator. However, I did not like the ending. I always wondered if Taker would try and get his revenge on Brock on ending the Streak. However, it begs the question of “Why now?” as it's been over a year since then and Taker had wrestled at Wrestlemania without any mention of what Brock did. If it was me, I would have Taker do it at the main event of Wrestlemania, which would given Rollins the opportunity to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase. Anyway, it looks like we are going to have Taker-Lesnar II at Summerslam and I am looking forward to that match.
Winner: No Contest
Predictions: 4 for 5
I quite enjoyed Battleground. At the minute with work, I don't get to see the events until weeks after they finished. It's a shame as I would have liked to have seen this live. However, I did not like the way that this PPV ended as Taker's logic doesn't make sense. I could argue that it's WWE logic but even that is pushing it.