Welcome to the Battleground PPV, this should be the last of the none Big 4 PPVs to feature stars from Raw and Smackdown together. Of course, the big news of the week was the WWE Draft and coming into the PPV the big news was the return of Randy Orton tonight & who will Sasha Banks pick as her mystery partner? Let’s Get Started!!
The big mystery headed into the match was, who would be Sasha Banks mystery partner? It turned out to be Bayley from NXT and the crowd pop big time for her. As far as the match, it was really good and the crowd was into it the entire time. In the end, Sasha Banks hit the Banks Statement on the champ to win the match. Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley
Match Rating: 3.5/5
This match started out with a hilarious promo by the New Day about the Wyatts. The match was really physical and they beat the hell out of each other. The big selling point of the match was Xavier Woods conquering his fear of Bray Wyatt to the point he cleared the ring of all the members of the Wyatt Family. When he got rid of Braun Strowman, he turned around to see Bray Wyatt doing his creepy walk and Woods was hit with Sister Abigail as the Wyatts pick up the win. Winners: Wyatt Family
Match Rating: 3/5
This was for the United States Championship which is held by Rusev, who’s been really impressive ever since he’s become more aggressive. Ever since Ryder won the Intercontinental title @ Mania, he’s been featured more. As far as the match, it was alright and Rusev retained the title after locking in the Accolade. Winner: Rusev
Match Rating: 2.5/5- Rusev locked in the Accolade again, but recent Smackdown draftee Mojo Rawley made the save by hitting ring & trying to get Rusev to fight him.
These two have been feuding for damn near a year and this was built as the final match of their feud. As expected, this match was freakin AWESOME and if you didn’t see it, make sure you check it out. They beat the hell out of each other and the match was filled so many spots. In the end, Zayn pulled off the win with two Helluva Kicks. Winner: Sami Zayn
Match Rating: 4.5/5
This match came about when Natalya turned on Lynch at the last PPV. If you’re a fan of technical wrestling then this is the match for you. This was a really good wrestling match between these two and Natalya won with the Sharpshooter. Winner: Natalya
Match Rating: 3/5
This match came about when Darren Young won a battle royal to determine a new #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship. Of course, Young has been repackaged with Hall of Famer, Bob Backlund in an effort to make Darren Young Great Again. The match was so-so for me and it ended in a double count out and towards the end of the match, Young showed some aggression then applying the Crossface Chicken Wing on Miz. Winner: Double Count out
Match Rating: 2.5/5
Let me say that before the match, Enzo & Big Cass came out and cut a crazy promo before the start of the match. The match was crazy and it was all over the place with everyone getting in a good amount of offense in the process. In the end, Cena pinned Styles, which I don’t understand after he clotheslined Gallows over the top rope then hit the AA from the top rope. Winners: John Cena, Enzo & Big Cass
Match Rating: 3.5/5
This was the much anticipated return of Randy Orton, who has been out for the past nine months following shoulder surgery. Let me say that Orton seemed refreshed and ready to return to action. After they traded talking, Orton threw a sly remark about Brock Lesnar by saying he’s not going to need enhancement to beat Lesnar. As Jericho was leaving the ring, Orton hit him with an RKO out of nowhere.
This is the main event of the evening and this match doesn’t need to be sold because it involves all three former members of the Shield. Roman Reigns is coming back from suspension as Ambrose & Rollins have battled several times leading up to this match. The match was insane with them beating the hell out of each other & we even saw Ambrose and Rollins hit their signature powerbomb on Reigns through the announce table. In the end, Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Reigns to retain his title! Winner: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 4/5
Overall PPV Rating: 7.5/10- Coming into this PPV I didn’t have high expectations but this PPV really surprised me and delivered in a big way. All in all, there really wasn’t a bad match throughout the entire PPV. Below are my favorite matches of the evening and if you didn’t watch the PPV, then make sure you watch it on the WWE Network.
Top 5 Matches of the Battleground PPV:
- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
- John Cena, Enzo & Big Cass vs. The Club
- Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke
- New Day vs. Wyatt Family/Natalya vs. Becky Lynch
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