WWE Battleground 2015 Reaction
* Graphic by Emmanuel Gonzalez *
Needless to say, the show’s closing moments solidified a strong second half that promised a future worth anticipating, in one aspect, anyway.
In many ways, Battleground fulfilled its namesake as a platform for some great slobberknockers, if you look at matches like Randy Orton-Sheamus, Roman Reigns-Bray Wyatt or John Cena-Kevin Owens.
Within the show were some interesting albeit unorthodox creative decisions, but perhaps that’ll be rectified in the long run. We’ll get into all of it below.
– The Pre-Show Battle For The Crown match between R-Truth and King Barrett was what everybody expected: Truth went all-out with fun comedy while Barrett was as serious as an uptight boss. Much too many familiar spots in a much too familiar match for anybody to truly care. Luckily, Barrett winning here hopefully puts everything to rest. Please… move these guys on to other things. They’re practically tattooed together.
– The Sheamus-Randy Orton match had one ounce of intrigue going in and that was the fact that they were in Orton’s hometown and he always receives a warm reaction there. There was also a little bit of a social media war between the two, though that wasn’t quite as big. Things started off with promise as it was somewhere between physicality and a brawl. Their chemistry was a bit tighter here than in previous efforts, but still quite formulaic. It actually became better once Orton was preparing for the RKO and had the crowd on its feet. Orton took a Brogue Kick, a Clover Leaf submission and came back to hit the RKO. Did Orton really need this win though? Sheamus is losing more and more steam.
– Never seen Stephanie McMahon so much taller than someone else. Her backstage promo touched up on the Divas “Revolution” and continued to play up the babyface side of things. Good to see another match on the fly of a representative of the three factions in a triple threat match.
– The Tag Team Championship match between Big E/Kofi Kingston and The Prime Time Players started with a gloating New Day promo. Big E’s “This is me reaping” line was downright hilarious. Woods proved himself to be a presence at ringside as quite the motivational speaker. The action was good while it lasted, nothing bad, nor outstanding. The clean win for the PTP saw them outsmart and outmuscle New Day and keeps their momentum going. We can still see New Day somehow involved for the Title hunt by SummerSlam.
– The Paige-Charlotte-Becky Lynch backstage segment was effective in portraying all three ladies on the same page (no pun intended) to start things over.
– The Roman Reigns-Bray Wyatt match had its pros and cons. On one hand, their physical styles were on display and meshed well. On the other, it was a little too melodramatic in terms of Reigns’ comebacks and the fans saw right through it. The intensity between both men heightened at the right time and it made for an exciting final few minutes. Wyatt got the win thanks to help from a guy in a hoodie covered, revealed to be Luke Harper. This implies “The Family” is back together. We can just assume that Dean Ambrose gets thrown into the mix here. Not even one mention of him on this show though? Dude fought for the World Title last Pay-Per-View.
– The Team BAD backstage segment (BAD now means “Bad And Dangerous” apparently) had Naomi brag about the team and Sasha Banks claim she’d show why everyone gets excited when she fights. Funny watching Tamina stare down the interviewer. As usual, Naomi talks a good game though too fast, Banks has the perfect amount of charisma to lead the group and Tamina is quite the bodyguard.
– The Divas Triple Threat match involving Banks, Charlotte and Brie Bella made it so refreshing to see women’s wrestling improving with the injection of the NXT women. Needless to say, Nikki was supposed to be in it and backed out last second, while the action was plentiful when Banks and Charlotte faced off. Loved the outside dives and the crowd did too. Charlotte getting Bella to tap out to the Figure Eight was a good call. Easily the best main roster Divas PPV match in a long while.
– The United States Championship match between Kevin Owens and John Cena started with an amped-up Owens and an anti-Cena crowd. This was going to be a fun environment. Thanks to their stellar last two matches, this automatically had a big fight feel to it. This was yet another classic effort, maybe just below the second match but better than the first. Once we hit near-fall nirvana, there was no going back. Some highlights included the Top Rope Attitude Adjustment and Pop-Up Powerbomb, among others. Shocking that Owens didn’t get the win here but it must be a testament that Vince McMahon and Creative want Cena to keep the Championship for Open Challenges. Makes you wonder though just who will uncrown the man. Maybe that finally happens at SummerSlam. Is Cesaro being slowly positioned as “the one”?
– Leave it to Ryback to misspell “staph.” In all seriousness though, wish him a speedy recovery.
– The Miz’s in-ring promo targeted towards Ryback being injured and how he was supposed to become Intercontinental Champion and scathing words for Big Show got a good shock reaction from the crowd. Both interesting and funny how he demanded The Authority award him new Champion, yet changed his tune so quickly once Show came out. The Knockout Punch was simple and effective.
– The WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Seth Rollins and Lesnar started much like you’d think, as Lesnar suplexed the Champ 11 times. While Rollins put in some fighting offense, Lesnar was closing in and then the lights went out and Undertaker stood in the ring in a modern-day mark-out moment, seeking revenge for his WrestleMania loss. The image of him putting Lesnar down three times was quite hot thanks to the crowd. Only thing here was that a well-hyped PPV main event was sacrificed for this without an explanation of any kind. Not to mention it didn’t even reach the five-minute mark before we heard the infamous gong. Guess they’ll make it a triple threat Title match at SummerSlam? We never got a decision here, so Lesnar still didn’t get his promised rematch, and Rollins squirmed away as Champion again.
– Pre-Show – Battle For The Crown – King Barrett def. R-Truth via pinfall
– Randy Orton def. Sheamus via pinfall
– WWE Tag Team Championships – The Prime Time Players (Champion) def. Big E/Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods) via pinfall to retain
– Bray Wyatt def. Roman Reigns via pinfall
– Divas Triple Threat – Charlotte (w/Paige, Becky Lynch) def. Sasha Banks (w/Naomi, Tamina) and Brie Bella (w/Alicia Fox, Nikki Bella) via submission
– WWE United States Championship – John Cena (Champion) def. Kevin Owens via submission to retain
– WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins (Champion) and Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) to an apparent no-contest; Rollins retains
Original Predictions Correct: 2/6
Posted on July 20, 2015, in WWE and tagged Alicia Fox, Battleground, Becky Lynch, Big E, Bray Wyatt, Brie Bella, Brock Lesnar, Charlotte, JBL, Jerry Lawler, John Cena, Kevin Owens, King Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, Michael Cole, Naomi, Nikki Bella, Paige, Paul Heyman, R-Truth, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Stephanie McMahon, Tamina, Team BAD, The Big Show, The Miz, The Prime Time Players, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.