Welcome to another PPV from the WWE as they hail from St. Louis and this is Battleground. Heading into this PPV, we’ve had some crazy storylines taking places with Lesnar/Rollins, Cena/Owens, and Reigns/Wyatt and now we have the Divas Revolution. With all that going on and with the rumors of an appearance from the Undertaker and/or Sting, there’s some excitement heading into this event. Let’s Get Started!!
What better way to kick off the PPV in St. Louis then hometown hero, Randy Orton? His feud with Sheamus has been filled with physical actions, RKOs and Brogue Kicks, which lead to their match at the Battleground PPV. Like expect, these two basically beat the hell out of each other while the crowd ripped into Sheamus for his look and he’s now sporting a nose-ring. The match itself was really good, as expected when these two meet each other and the crowd was happy when Orton hit the RKO out of nowhere for the win. Winner: Randy Orton
Match Rating: 3.75/5
We have the battle between the tag champs, Prime Time Players facing former champs, New Day with Kofi Kingston and Big E. This was a pretty fast paced match between these two teams especially when Young and Kingston were involved and O’Neil and Big E brought their power games as expected. Several near falls throughout the match, also Xavier Woods got involved during the match and almost cost the Players their championships. In the end, Titus O’Neil hit his finishing move on Big E to pick up the win to retain their titles. Winners and Still Tag Team Champs: The Prime Time Players
Match Rating: 3/5
Here’s a match between two guys who I believe will feud again down the road with the championship on the line as Bray Wyatt faces Roman Reigns. This feud started back at the Money in the Bank PPV when Wyatt interfered in the match costing Reigns the briefcase as he was about to retrieve it. Ever since, Wyatt has been playing mind games with Reigns that has included his daughter. The match started out as a slugfest with both of them hitting their share of punches on one another and as the match progressed, it became a really good match. This was also a very physical match-up that saw some sick spots from both men and the crowd was definitely into this one. In the end, Wyatt was about to use some chairs but Reigns stopped him and as he got the upper hand, he grabbed the chairs and threw them in the ring. Out of nowhere, someone in a hoodie threw Reigns into the ring post on the outside, hit a super kick and it allowed Wyatt to take advantage. Wyatt threw Reigns in the ring, hit Sister Abigail for the win and it was revealed it was Luke Harper as the man in the hoodie. Looks like the Wyatt Family is back together, which is a good thing!! Winner: Bray Wyatt
Match Rating: 3.75/5
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Brie Bella
If you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past week, then you missed Monday Night Raw live from Atlanta and saw Stephanie McMahon announcing a Divas Revolution by bringing up Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte to the main roster. This lead to this triple threat match between Banks, Brie and Charlotte, which the fans where definitely excited about. The match started out a little slow, but it was understood seeing this is the first PPV performance for Banks & Charlotte. The action quickly picked up especially when Brie was tossed to the side while Banks and Charlotte went at it. The fans probably remember their great matches down in NXT, but Brie came back and really did her thing in this match also and all three divas were taking crazy bumps with Banks hitting a suicide dive onto Team Bella and Charlotte doing a dive over the top rope on Sasha Banks and her crew. In the end, Banks had Charlotte locked in the Banks Statement, but Brie grabbed her and threw her shoulder first into the post and Charlotte applied the Figure 8 on Brie for the submission victory. Winner: Charlotte
Match Rating: 3.75/5- From this match, Charlotte is one another level and the swag of Banks is on another level.
This is the match I believe everyone was looking forward to as Kevin Owens challenges John Cena for the United States Championship. This feud started a couple of months ago when Owens answered one of Cena’s U.S. Open Challenges, but told him that he’s not going to fight Cena then, but later. Owens went on to lay out Cena and you can say that the rest is history. They have had 2 incredible matches that are MOTY candidates and I was expecting the same with this match. Once again, they brought their A-Game with crazy spots, near falls, submissions, you name it and they done it. The crowd was definitely into this match and Owens was playing along with the crowd even doing some of John Cena’s signature moves. They kicked out each other’s finishing moves, with Owens kicking out of the AA from the 2nd rope also. In the end, after a long battle Cena picked up the win via submission with the STF. Winner and Still U.S. Champ: John Cena
Match Rating: 4.75/5- Wow!! What a match!! I was disappointed that Owens didn’t win, but maybe we’ll get to see Cena-Owens IV at Summerslam and Owens win the title on a bigger stage.
Now it’s time for the main event as Brock Lesnar challenges Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This match came about when Rollins squeaked by Ambrose in the ladder match at the Money in the Bank ladder match and the next night on Raw, Triple H brought back Lesnar to challenge Rollins for the title. From then until now, Lesnar has taken out J&J Security and Kane, so Rollins was left all alone for this match. This match didn’t last long as Lesnar took Rollins to Suplex City about 12 times, hit the F-5 and was about to pin Rollins when the Gong went off. The crowd went nuts, as the lights went off and when they came back on The Undertaker was in the ring staring at Lesnar. They fought until Undertaker kicked Lesnar below the belt, chokeslammed him and hit 2 Tombstone pile drivers to lay out Lesnar. Winner: Brock Lesnar by DQ, Seth Rollins is Still WWE Champion
Match Rating: 2/5
Overall Rating: 8/10- This was a really good PPV from the beginning to the end!! The opening match with Orton & Sheamus had the crowd excited and they delivered a really good match. The tag titles match was pretty good also, with good, fast paced action from both teams and the divas triple threat match was really good, this makes the future of the divas division really bright. The Owens/Cena match was crazy once again, this is their 3rd MOTY candidate and even though I was hoping for a Owens win, I’d be happy for another match at Summerslam with Owens walking out victorious. The Wyatt/Reigns match was physical, really good and we saw Luke Harper help Bray pick up the win and it seems like the Wyatt Family has reunited. The main event wasn’t much of a match, but with the return of the Undertaker it doesn’t bother me that much. The one question is, how do you book their match-up heading into Summerslam because it seems like Lesnar was unofficially a face, but with Heyman he may have been a tweener. Either way, who’s going to walk out of Summerslam on top because this is very interesting?