Welcome to the Battleground PPV where there’s been some interesting storylines headed into this PPV. We have the Fatal 4-Way championship match with John Cena defending his title against Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Kane. We also have the battle royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship that was vacated when Bad News Barrett was injured on Smackdown a few weeks ago. We also have some great matches between the Usos/Wyatts for the tag titles, Jericho/Bray and Swagger/Rusev. Let’s Get Started!!!!!
This feud has been going on now for a few months and it have been spectacular thus far and it hasn’t gotten old. Both teams are really over with the crowd and have never disappointed during the feud whether it was a tag match, singles matches or in 6-man tag matches. In this match, we saw the Wyatts pick up the first fall when Harper hit one of the Usos with the big boot for the pinfall. In the second fall, there were a little more actions between the 2 teams and it saw the Usos pick up the quick roll-up win. In the 3rd fall, that’s when we saw all the action and the crowd was eating it up chanting “this is awesome” and it seen several nearfalls. I thought the match was over when Jey Uso hit the splash from the top rope on Rowan but he kicked out. Crazy spot when Erick Rowan double suplex them from the 2nd rope and when Harper hit the big clothesline I thought the match was over. The match ended when both Usos hit Luke Harper with a double splash from the top rope. Winners and Still Tag Champs: The Usos
Match Rating: 4/5- The crowd was definitely into this match and they delivered once again. I wouldn’t mind if these 2 teams fought again on the Summerslam PPV
This feud is huge for the WWE because it involves 2 of the most talented divas they have on the roster. The build hasn’t been great but being a wrestling fan for so many years I can smell a Paige heel turn a mile away. The match wasn’t bad but it wasn’t what we expected from these 2 and I’m sure we will get to see more take place between now and Summerslam where I’m thinking they’ll have a rematch. In the end, AJ hit the Shining Wizard for the win. Winner and Still Divas Champ: AJ Lee
Match Rating: 2.5/5
This is how you basically build up a feud to the point that people are interested and have something vested in it. Even though this is the traditional USA vs. Foreign Country storyline, this was expected to fall flat on its face when the feud started but with all 4 people doing such a great job and seeing the crowd behind it, this could elevate both Swagger and Rusev. This wasn’t a bad match, but the crowd wasn’t that great most of the night to me and this was no exception. The finish was a countout finish, which I figured what would’ve happened for them to have another match. Rusev won the match and afterwards he put Swagger in the Accolade to add more to it. Winner by Countout: Rusev
Match Rating: 2.5/5
The match never took place because Ambrose attacked Rollins when he was giving a backstage interview and Triple H threw him out of the building. So Rollins comes out and want to be acknowledged as the winner of the match. As Rollins was making his exit, Ambrose came out of nowhere to attack him again and they continue to brawl as security, officials and Triple H tries to separate them. After security tame Ambrose, Triple H starts to shove him back and Rollins attacks Ambrose while security is carrying him out by the legs and as they take him out, Triple H raises Rollins hand in victory. Winner by Forfeit: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: N/A- The match never took place, but they brawled like crazy and this was done to set up their big match at Summerslam. Great segment and this is probably the best feud in wrestling right now.
This feud started when Jericho returned and was attacked by the Wyatt Family a couple of weeks ago. They’ve continued to attack Jericho and this past Friday on Smackdown, Jericho picked up a huge win over Luke harper in a great match. This was a better match that I’ve seen people give it and we also seen early on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan get ejected from ringside by the referee after getting involved in the match. They continued to have a pretty good match and the end saw Jericho hit the Codebreaker out of nowhere for the win. Winner: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: 3/5
This was for the prestigious Intercontinental Championship that was vacated when Bad News Barrett was injured a few weeks back on Smackdown. The battle royal is great to have a lot of people on the PPV, but I think I would’ve made a 8 person tournament with the finals being held at the PPV. I would’ve had Miz, Cesaro, Big E, Dolph, Kofi, Del Rio, Dallas and Sheamus. But then again a loss by Bo Dallas wouldn’t have been good, so they have to protect them. But with this battle royal we all thought it came down to Dolph and Sheamus. They battled and had a couple of bad looking blown spots but continued to battle until Ziggler eliminated Sheamus and we thought he won until Miz came in and threw him out afterwards. Winner and New Intercontinental Champion: The Miz
Match Rating: 3/5- Some cool spots in the match, especially from Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler had some also. I really wanted Ziggler to win this battle royal and become the new IC Champion.
This has had some pretty good build coming into this match and on the Monday before the PPV we saw a sequence where Reigns accidentally speared Cena, Kane accidentally hitting Orton and Orton hitting the RKO on Kane. Also, the Authority is playing up a back-up plan if Cena was to retain the championship. Surprisingly, this was a pretty good match and all 4 men put in the work and worked their asses off. I really didn’t have high expectations from this match, but they delivered. The big spot of the match saw Reigns spear Orton through the barricade and that got a huge “holy shit” and “this is awesome” chant going. In the end, we saw Cena hit the AA on Orton on top of Kane and covered Kane for the 3 count. Winner and Still WWE World Champ: John Cena
Match Rating: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 6.5/10- Maybe it’s me, but I had huge expectations for this PPV, but then again I believe they’re setting everything up for Summerslam. Either way, the tag title match was the match of the night and I would never get tired of these teams going at each other. The Divas title match was okay, but I kinda expected that and I see Paige turning heel in the future. The Rusev/Swagger match was alright and with the finish with Rusev putting Swagger in the Accolade I see them fighting again at Summerslam. Even though they didn’t have an official match, Rollins and Ambrose fought everywhere tonight and this build to their actual match has been amazing. Jericho and Bray Wyatt put on a good match, but I expect an even better match from those 2 at Summerslam and the IC Championship Battle Royal was good and got better during the end of the match. The main event delivered and all men work their asses off also. Great spot when Reigns speared Orton through the barricade.
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