July 18, 2015 by Joey Keogh
Considering we’ve had five whole weeks to build up to this PPV, it’s even more disappointing that there are only, like, two matches on the card for Battleground this year. I’ll keep this brief. Summerslam is next and that’s going to be more to write home about, but hopefully we can have some fun tomorrow night, too. It’s mostly re-matches, but there will hopefully be some surprises, too. Here’s what I think we’re in for:
Singles match for Barrett’s King of the Ring crown: R-Truth vs. King Barrett
This match fills me with dread. I don’t find this feud funny in the slightest, and it’s degrading to both participants. Barrett just lost to Truth on RAW so hopefully he’ll take the win here. He has to. If he doesn’t, I will start to wonder whether he ran over Vince’s dog or something because seriously nobody deserves this humiliation – not least someone as talented as Barrett. This has to be happening on the pre-show because including it on the main show card seems kind of mean. If you find this shit funny, then you’re in for a treat. Otherwise, use this time to eat pizza and prepare for the main event.
Predicted winner: King Barrett
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
This feud doesn’t really do anything for me, but at least Wyatt is finally getting a look in. I’d love to see him steal the win here, but I doubt the WWE are going to allow their golden boy to lose to anyone any time soon. It’s weird, because if Reigns wasn’t being sold to us as some sort of perfect, Superman type, it might endear him to us more. The way it stands, I hope Wyatt kills Reigns and this turns into something interesting that gives him some more TV time. Or the Family reunite and Ambrose gets involved and all hell breaks loose. But, after what happened with Taker, Reigns will probably win here, Wyatt will fade into the background and everything will swiftly return to normal.
Predicted winner: Roman Reigns
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
We’ve seen this match about a thousand times at this stage, so save yourself some time and just go back and read whatever the hell I wrote about it last time. Maybe it’s slightly different this time around because Sheamo is a heel, but honestly it’s just going to be more of the same, because they’ve wrung every last droplet of excitement from this match-up that they possibly could. I don’t care, I don’t see why we should care and the best we can hope for with this one is a slightly diverting little ten-minute fight that will be forgotten about come Monday night.
Predicted winner: Randy Orton
Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: The Prime Time Players (c) vs. The New Day
The tag match at Money In The Bank was a solid stand-out, and the same should be true this time around. It’s great to see black wrestlers getting the spotlight, especially guys as talented as these, but they didn’t get quite enough time at the last PPV so hopefully it’s a lengthier bout this time around. I don’t really mind who wins here, it’s all good, and besides this is the most exciting and innovative the tag team division has been in forever so even if it does suck, somehow, it’s better than the goddamn Usos winning again, right?
Predicted winners: The Prime Time Players
WWE United States Championship Match: John Cena (c) vs. Kevin Owens
The match of the night last time is probably going to be the match of the night once again, if the build-up over the past five weeks is anything to go by. Owens just dropped the NXT title to Balor in Tokyo so he’s more than likely walking out of Battleground the US champ. But, then again, there may be some more fire left in this feud. RAW suggested there were at least two other dudes who felt the belt was rightly theirs, and some outside interference may lead to Owens/Cena being dragged out until Summerslam. Either way, we’re in for a hell of a fight and this is the best Cena has been in months, too, so bring it on.
Predicted winner: Kevin Owens
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
There’s been widespread speculation that Rocky is being lined up for a match with Lesnar at Summerslam, which means he may be making an appearance tomorrow night at the PPV, too. This is a really exciting, innovative and endlessly entertaining feud and all concerned have been selling it like crazy over the past few months. It’s kind of sad to think that Rollins may be knocked out of the running after Battleground, but whether or not that happens remains to be seen and for the moment we still have a hell of a Main Event on our hands. Expect sparks to fly in a big way. If there are any major surprises tomorrow night, it’ll be during this match.
Predicted winner: Brock Lesnar
Catch Battleground LIVE on the WWE Network Sunday, July 19th at 8PM ET / 5PM PT