Written by Jacky Chen
Note: For the PPVs, I will include a Power Rankings at the end of the article. It will include all of the talents that competed at the event.
Last night we saw WWE Battleground. Here is some info about the event itself:
Theme Songs: “This is a War” by The Phantoms; “Feel Invincible” by Skillex
Date: July 24, 2016
Venue: Verizon Center
City: Washington DC
Attendance: 15, 109
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL, Mauro Ranallo, Byron Saxton
Spanish Commentators: Carlos Cabrera, Marcelo Rodriguez
German Commentators: Carsten Schaefer, Sebastian Hackl
Pre-show hosts: Renee Young, Booker T, Corey Graves, Jerry Lawler
Interviewer: Tom Philips
Ring Announcers: Greg Hamilton, JoJo
On the kickoff show:
Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
This match was plain horrible. No offense to any of the wrestlers but it was bad. It went back and forth. The ending happened when Jimmy Uso attempted a frog splash on Tyler Breeze. Breeze countered with his legs and rolled up Jimmy in a Small Package to win the match.
Winner: Breezango by pinfall (small package)
Match Rating: 4/10
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke
After the entrances, Sasha introduced her surprise partner. Bayley, former NXT Women’s Champion, was her partner and while celebrating, Charlotte and Dana cheap-shotted them. Bayley started the match off with Charlotte. The match was evenly sided and the end came when Sasha Banks made Charlotte tap out to the Bank Statement. Looks like Sasha will probably face Charlotte for the title and Bayley wins her WWE debut match.
Winner: Sasha Banks and Bayley by submission (“Bank Statement”- Cross face)
Match Rating: 8/10
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods) vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, Braun Strowman)
The match started pretty one sided for the Wyatts. However, the Day came back and Kingston went on the attack. Wyatt went for a Sister Abigail on Kingston. Xavier stopped it and threw Kingston aside. Woods and Wyatt exchanged words and stared at each other. Xavier seemed hypnotized by Wyatt and suddenly snapped out of it. He started attacking Wyatt and doing damage. The end of the match came when Braun Strowman stopped Xavier Woods’ building momentum by pulling on his hair. Big E saved Woods by spearing the big man through the ropes. Wyatt scared Woods with a Spiderwalk and put him in for the Sister Abigail to close it.
Winner: The Wyatt Family by pinfall (Sister Abigail-Reverse STO)
Match Rating: 7/10
Zack Ryder vs. Rusev for the United States Championship
Zack Ryder tried his hardest in the match. Ryder went for the ‘Rough Ryder’ and instead of going for the cover, unwisely went for an elbow drop. Rusev countered it into an Accolade. Ryder withstood the clutch for a long time but when Rusev bent all the way back, Ryder tapped out.
Winner: Rusev by submission (Accolade-Camel Clutch)
Match Rating: 6/10
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
This match was way more exciting than their match at Payback in which Kevin Owens won. I like Owens a lot more than Zayn but this match was awesome. The two men had awesome kick outs and great counters. Zayn missed two Helluva kicks. Owens kicked out of a spinning powerbomb and Zayn got his foot on the rope right as the ref was counting three after a pop-up powerbomb. Owens got frustrated and slapped Zayn. Zayn countered with a suplex and a Helluva Kick to win the match.
Winner: Sami Zayn by pinfall (Helluva Kick-Running big boot)
Match Rating: 10/10
Natalya vs. Becky Lynch
This match was mostly one-sided against Becky Lynch. The closest Lynch came to winning was when she tried to apply the Dis-arm-her. Natalya put Lynch in a Sharpshooter for a period of time before Lynch got to the ropes. Natalya pulled Lynch back to the middle of the ring and applied the Sharpshooter again which resulted in a submission win by Natalya.
Winner: Natalya by submission (sharpshooter)
Match Rating: 3/10
Darren Young vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
The match played out with Darren Young doing a very nice job fighting. During the middle of the match, the Miz tried leaving the match but Bob Backlund stood there with his arms out like a dummy. When Miz moved one way, he did too. This provided a distraction that led to Young dragging Miz back into the ring. Maryse slapped Backlund and fell to the ground. She pretended that Backlund had hit her which resulted in the Miz pushing Backlund. Young put Miz in the Crossface Chicken-Wing, which resulted in a double disqualification.
Winner: N/A; Double Disqualification
Match Rating: 8/10
John Cena, Enzo Amore, and Big Cass vs. The Club (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson)
Before the match started, Enzo and Cass did a nice job of roasting the Club. The match ended after John Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment on AJ Styles to end the match. It was also the last match that The Club would have together.
Winner: John Cena, Enzo, and Cass by pinfall (Attitude Adjustment-Fireman’s Carry into a kneeling takeover)
Match Rating: 6/10
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship
The match started with the three men facing off. After Reigns clotheslined Rollins out of the ring, he and Ambrose went at it. Former friends but now bitter enemies. Reigns will show some hints of a heel turn by going after Ambrose a lot. In the middle of the match, Rollins and Ambrose teamed up and power bombed Roman Reigns through the announce table in a Shield style powerbomb. Yes, you read that right. Ambrose and Rollins teamed up against Reigns. Rollins then used a chair on Ambrose and Reigns. That and the power bomb were the only events in the match that normally would have resulted in a disqualification. The match almost ended when Rollins pedigreed Reigns, however, Reigns kicked out. Rollins hit a turnbuckle powerbomb on Reigns, who bounced back and Superman punched Rollins and speared him. As Reigns was getting up, Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on him to win the match and retain the championship. This made the WWE Championship exclusive to Smackdown.
Winner: Dean Ambrose by pinfall (Dirty Deeds-Underhook DDT)
Match Rating: 10/10
Battleground Power Rankings
- Dean Ambrose- retains his title and makes it exclusive to Smackdown
- Sasha Banks- Women’s Championship match?
- Bayley- What a debut!
- John Cena, Enzo, and Cass- They’re not SAWFT
- Randy Orton- Welcome back Randy
- Rusev- Crush!
- Seth Rollins- didn’t technically get pinned, maybe he’ll have better luck on Raw
- Sami Zayn- Gets the last laugh against Owens
- The Wyatt Family- Last win together, for now
- Darren Young- Rematch?
- Natalya- Is winning against Becky really that much to brag about?
- Kevin Owens- Fought well but lost
- Roman Reigns- got pinned by Ambrose
- The New Day- Lost but at least they’re still the champs
- The Miz- Couldn’t beat Darren Young, enough said
- The Club- Lost their last match together, #beatupjohncena just took a step back
- Zack Ryder- Suffered in the Accolade for a long time before tapping
- Breezango- Won against former Tag Team Champs, guess that’s good?
- Charlotte and Dana Brooke- Humiliating loss against Sasha and Bayley
- Becky Lynch- Lass-kicker got a lass kicking of her lifetime
- The Usos- You lost to Breezango!