2016 WWE Battleground Review

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Tensions are high as the three former members of The Shield square off.

3 former Shield Members do Battle at Battleground for the WWE Championship

Being Live at WWE Battleground in DC, it was a live crowd & a good show. Plus doing a new chant on John Cena. Lets take a look at our review below, thanks to WrestlingInc for the Finish recaps below.

Pre-Show Match: Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) def. The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) Yet, thanks to interference by Fandango, Breeze is able to counter Jimmy Uso's top-rope splash with a pair of knees en route to snaring the win.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Analysis– Not bad for a Pre-Show match as the crowd was behind Breezango & they really wrestled instead of just doing comedy. The Usos at this point needs to be freshen up. I would have prefer to see American Alpha instead of the Usos, but that just me.

Main Show Matches & Moments

Sasha Banks and a Mystery Partner(Bayley) def. Dana Brooke and WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis– Seem like Bayley being on the main roster is a one off as she will go back to NXT to reclaim the NXT Women’s Championship. All 4 women did well in their roles & Sacha making Charlotte tap was the right call as this sets up for SummerSlam. Sacha did look like she a minor mess up on a move, but this Women’s match has everything in it too. Here is the ending below:

Fans chant for Bayley and she rolls Dana up for a 2 count. Bayley goes back to work before Sasha eventually comes back in. Counters between Sasha and Charlotte. Dana breaks up a Banks Statement. The end comes when Sasha hits a Backstabber and applies the Banks Statement. She keeps it locked until Charlotte taps out.

The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman) def. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis– The Key in this match was Xavier Woods getting over his fear of Bray Wyatt but not able to overcoming. I thought the New Day would win but it make sense for Bray to win since he will be a top star on Smackdown & the Tag Team Belts was not on the line. Their was a spot where Big E looked like he bumped his head, but he was fine. I would say the New Day will fight the top Tag Teams on Raw. Here is the finish below:

Woods and Wyatt meet in the middle of the ring and he is frozen again. Wyatt takes out Kofi as he comes off the top. Woods attacks Wyatt and unloads on him. Wyatt dumps Woods to the apron but gets kicked in the head. Woods goes up top and nails a splash . Woods takes out Rowan. He decks Braun on the apron but can’t knock him off. Big E runs over and spears Braun off the apron, into the barrier. Wyatt turns upside down and Woods is frozen again. This leads to Sister Abigail for the win.

WWE UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH

Rusev (with Lana) (c) def. Zack Ryder

Rusev celebrates his triumph and the realization that he will bring the U.S. Championship with him to Raw.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Analysis– A normal Zack Ryder match, him being close but at the end losing. I thought that Rusev had been showcase well but even he said backstage “He wants a New challenge so he can crush them” Liked Mojo Rawley came out at the end to defend his tag team partner, but it really did make much of a impact. Hopefully both on Smackdown will be apart of the Tag Team picture. Here is the finish below:

Ryder goes to the top for the elbow drop but Rusev barely gets his knees up. Rusev with a big kick to the back of the head. Rusev stomps and applies The Accolade. Ryder tries to fight out of the hold but Rusev falls back and tightens the hold for the win.

After the match, Rusev raises the title and stomps on Ryder. The “Hype Bros.” music hits and out comes Mojo Rawley to the ring. He rushes in and comes face to face with Rusev, screaming at him. Rusev backs down and leaves the ring. Mojo checks on Ryder as Rusev joins Lana on the ramp. Mojo and Rusev talk trash as the music hits.

Sami Zayn def. Kevin Owens

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Analysis– The Match of Night, telling the story of 2 rivals trying to finish their rivalry once & for all. There was a spot on the apron as Sami Zayn flipped wrong & almost hurt himself, but as I predicted Zayn should win & this rivalry should take a rest for a while. This is a modern day Raven vs. Tommy Dreamer matchup & both on Raw they will cross paths again. Here is the Finish Below:

Owens is frustrated now. Fans chant “this is awesome” again. Owens yells at Sami to stay down. Owens slaps Sami twice. Sami tells him to bring it. Another slap. Sami fights back. Owens runs into a big exploder suplex. Sami with another suplex, dropping Owens on his head. Sami nails the Helluva Kick. Sami holds Owens’ body up, looks at him and runs in for another Helluva Kick and the win.

Natalya def. Becky Lynch

Rating: 5 out of 10

Analysis– This match had the bad timing of following a great match, wrestling was great but storyline wish this gets a 0 out of 10 as Nattie is just not believable as a heel. I would have perfer to see Eva Marie paired with Natalya to screw over Becky Lynch that way instead of Lynch tapping out. Sadly I do believe this isn’t over yet between these 2, but I hope it is. Here is the Finish Below:

Becky with the exploder for a 2 count. Becky blocks the spinning clothesline but has the Disarm Her blocked. Natalya gets the Sharpshooter locked in. Becky makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Natalya with a kick. Becky goes to the top for a missile dropkick but it looks like she barely connects. Becky with a 2 count. More back and forth. Natalya with another Sharpshooter. Becky tries to fight it but she taps out.

WWE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
The Miz (with Maryse) (c) def. Darren Young (with Bob Backlund) via DQ

Young sees this and loses control.

Rating: 4 out of 10

Analysis– I did even find out the result of this match & I seen it live in the arena. Both really didn’t have much in the ring. This match was pretty much “Lets get Darren Young over but the Miz retains”. Bob Backlund couldn’t even get his shirt off fully, lol. Bless Maryse, what a actress. Match inside, it was below average & the storyline which is not the wrestlers fault was below average. Hopefully the Prime Time Players reunite with Backlund trying to understand them. Here is the very confusing finish below:

Miz keeps Young down in a headlock and talks trash to Backlund. Young tries to make a comeback. He blocks a neckbreaker. More back and forth. Miz charges with the corner clothesline but Young floors him with a clothesline. Young makes another comeback and nails a big throw. Young slams Miz’s back on the apron and covers for a 2 count. Backlund gets wild at ringside. Miz counters a Crossface Chickenwing and goes to the floor. Backlund stops him from leaving. Young takes advantage and yanks Miz into the ring. Maryse slaps Backlund to the floor. He gets up shocked. Maryse falls and tries to make it look like Backlund hit her as he’s snapped now. Miz goes to the floor and yells at Backlund, then shoves him down. Young has had enough, he comes out and drops Miz to the floor with the Chickenwing. The referee calls for the bell.

After the bell, Young keeps the hold locked as Miz taps out. Referees try to break it up but Young has snapped. He assaults a referee trying to make it back to Miz. Young joins Backlund on the ramp and can’t believe his hands just did that. Young’s music hits as officials and Maryse check on The Miz.

John Cena, Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Analysis– Enzo is so great on the mic & after the last 2 matches it was fresh air, plus John Cena new chant “Beat Cena Up. Good match between these 6 as Cena gets the pin on Styles & should set up for Cena vs. Styles on Smackdown Live via Summerslam. Its was also cool for Cena to let Enzo & Cass to have a spotlight very cool by the Face that runs the place. Here is the finish below:

Anderson charges and Enzo sends him into the steel ring post, then the floor. Enzo talks trash to Gallows in the ring now. Fans rally behind Enzo. He ducks a clothesline but runs into a huge kick. Cena drags himself into the ring now. Gallows charges in the corner but Cena moves and falls back down. AJ goes to the top but Cena crotches him. Cena sends Gallows to the floor. Cena climbs up for a super AA on AJ but AJ fights back. Cena re-positions himself and hits the super AA for the win.

 

 The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho and Randy Orton

Orton has heard enough of Jericho's taunts and decides to silence him with an RKO outta nowhere.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis– Jericho & Orton was on as they made the best of no Brock & Heyman at the moment. Jericho set it up as a heel & Orton was great as a fan favorite. Of Course the RKO out of no where is great. We will see how things set up as both is on different brands. Here is the Finish of the Segment below:

They trade promos after Jericho wonders if Orton is scared of Lesnar and if he’s been avoiding Lesnar for 15 years. Orton knows Lesnar is going to beat up on him at SummerSlam and try to take him to Suplex City but he’s just one RKO away from Viperland. Orton says, “No enhancement needed” in a reference to Lesnar’s failed drug tests related to UFC 200. Jericho believes Orton will pay for that comment. Jericho goes on and Orton teases for a RKO but doesn’t go through with it. Orton comes right back with the RKO and leaves Jericho laying. His music hits and Orton hits the turnbuckles to pose for fans.

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Dean Ambrose (c) def. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins

Rating: 8 out of 10

Analysis– This match lived up to the hype of the 3 former Shield members going at it like Marvel’s Capt America Civil War. Reigns 1st TV Event since his suspension, he got boo’d & deserved so. I was half right as Reigns took the pin, but Ambrose keeps the title & goes to Smackdown Live. I guess the World Heavyweight Titile returns to Raw & either Seth Rollins will get it handed to him or a number of people will compete for it going into SummerSlam. I love this 3 together & I do believe one day we will see it again. Here is the Finish Below:

Ambrose blocks a Pedigree and a turnbuckle powerbomb in the ring. Ambrose goes to the top but Rollins cuts him off with a superplex and an immediate driver for a close 2 count. Stephanie cheers Rollins on as Foley watches from behind her. Ambrose blocks a Pedigree. Rollins blocks a launch into the corner. They end up top again. Reigns runs over and powerbombs Ambrose to the mat. Reigns kicks Rollins as he jumps off the top. Reigns with a sitdown powerbomb on Rollins for a close 2 count. Ambrose blocks a Superman punch. Reigns blocks Dirty Deeds. Reigns goes for a Razor’s Edge but Ambrose rolls him up for 2. Reigns with a right and a Superman punch. Ambrose goes to the floor. Rollins with a Pedigree on Reigns for a very close 2 count. Reigns blocks another Pedigree attempt but Rollins powerbombs him into the corner. Reigns comes right back with a Superman punch and a spear. Reigns goes for the pin but Ambrose runs in and hits Dirty Deeds on him for the win.

After the match, Ambrose celebrates with the WWE Title. The SmackDown roster, including John Cena, comes to the ring to celebrate with Ambrose, Bryan and Shane. Foley and Stephanie watch from ringside and don’t look happy. The Usos lift Ambrose up on their shoulders and the celebration continues as Battleground goes off the air.

 

Ambrose's victory means the WWE Championship will be exclusive to SmackDown Live!

WWE Battleground was very good & overall gets a 7 out of 10 for me. It end some beefs, continued others but mainly set up the fallout on Raw & Smackdown this week leading into the Highway to Brooklyn for Summerslam which I will review & preview going into the Event that is on August 21 at 7pm start.

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