WWE Battleground Predictions and Thoughts
July 19, 2015
Here we are just a few hours away from the latest WWE pay-per-view offering, WWE Battleground 2015. Wait, I forgot. We don’t call it a pay-per-view anymore since it’s not just exclusively on pay-per-view. Now it’s a WWE Special Event and it’s live on the WWE Network. Does anyone still actually pay $49 bucks anymore for these things? I know I don’t and won’t. I’ve gotten spoiled by being able to go back and indulge in my WCW addiction nightly. Add NXT and the special events to the mix and I’m hooked. Here Vince… take my money!
Okay, it looks as if I’m starting to get a bit off track. I hate it when that happens. Why am I even here? What is my purpose for sitting here at 2:30am and writing? Oh yeah, it’s WWE Battleground. And I have predictions to make, analysis to do and most likely people to offend… because that’s what I do. Did I ever tell you the story about the man who came into my place of employment a couple of days ago and for no reason other than it must have been on his mind and maybe because it was a Thursday, told me that “I didn’t like you!”. He repeated it several times and never quite specified why he “didn’t like me”, but he was quite serious about it. Just one of the many I’ve seemingly offended over the years. How will I ever get over the pain and agony of knowing that someone doesn’t like me? What ever shall I do? I just shrugged and gave him a Stone Cold Stunner right then and there in the middle of my store. I followed up with a People’s Elbow and then, screaming, “Now… it’s time to go to school…. Wooooo!”, locked him a figure four leglock until he passed out from the pain. That’ll teach him to “not like me”. The ass-clown! Actually, I just shrugged, rang up his purchase and told him to “have a great one”, smiling as he walked away. No laying the smackdown on customers allowed at work. Well, maybe the occasional eye-poke, followed by a DDT, but nothing more than that.
And I’m definitely off track here. Let’s just get right to the nitty gritty and do that prediction thing. Where’s my Sister Cleo outfit? It’s in the dirty clothes. So let’s just break out the glittery tux and the funky weird wig. It’s Gary Spivey time. And no, I’m not “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. I’m Doug and I’m here to pump… you up! I really need to quit watching old reruns of Saturday Night Live when I write these things. Let’s do this…
WWE Battleground 2015 Predictions…
WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar.
I have to admit, this one has me scratching my head. Brock is going to kick Seth’s ass. That’s pretty much a given here. It’s going to be Suplex City all night long and Mr. Rollins is going to be extremely sore at the end of the night. But will Seth still be the WWE World Champion? That’s the question here. Seth, as the champion, has grown on me over the past few months and I don’t think he should lose the title. BUT (and there’s always a “but”), Brock has been built up so well as the total monster and wrestling machine, I can’t see him taking a pin or loss. I keep hearing rumors that both Undertaker and Sting are scheduled to be at the event so maybe we’ll see Taker come in and get involved, attempting to avenge both his loss at Wrestlemania XXX and get retribution for his “brother” Kane, who is currently suffering a “broken leg” because of Lesnar.
That would be cool and all that, but Taker is a good guy and getting involved to save the title for Rollins is a total heel move. Since Lesnar is getting cheered too, that would be a big no no for the Dead Man. So how about this? Brock kicks Seth’s butt and repeatedly takes him to “Suplex City”. Brock is ready to win, but someone gets involved by order of “The Authority”, let’s say Jack Swagger or maybe Mark Henry. They cause a DQ and Seth retains the title even though Brock wins the match. We have a gang beatdown on Brock by Seth and associates and the lights go out. The lights come back on and Taker is there. He saves Brock by clearing the ring of Seth and friends. Taker and Brock then go face to face and Taker gives the dazed Brock, the man he just saved, a chokeslam. The lights go back out again and Taker is gone. Then all of this can be continued on RAW and we end the show with a helluva cliffhanger that leaves the fans talking and wanting more. Works for me.
Winner by DQ: Brock Lesnar (Rollins retains the WWE World Championship)
WWE United States champion John Cena vs. Kevin Owens.
Along with the Rollins – Brock match, this will be probably the most anticipated match of the night and I have no doubt that Cena and Owens will deliver. I want to see Owens win. He’s been nothing short of awesome since coming up to the main roster and defeating Cena to capture the United States Championship would be a great way to put that exclamation point on what has been a remarkable first few months as a WWE Superstar. But the other side of that is I like the John Cena open challenges each week on RAW. I can’t stand his promos and he comes across (to me anyhow) as a bit of an arrogant pinhead, but in the ring, Cena has been delivering some fantastic must-see matches. I don’t want to see that end. I keep thinking we might see Rusev or more likely Cesaro come out and get involved, costing Owens the title and the win, just like he’s done to both of them over the past few weeks. I’m thinking that, but I dont’ think they’d do outside interference in both main event matches. That would just be wrong, even for WWE. So I’ll go with a title change and Owens winning the belt. He can deal with Cesaro or Rusev on RAW and Smackdown, but at Battleground, it’s Owens with the clean win to become the new United States Champion.
Winner and NEW United States Champion: Kevin Owens
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus.
It’s Orton and it’s Sheamus. I really could care less. Orton always wins, but he’s pretty much just there these days and involved in any kind of major program with anyone. He can afford to take a loss. Sheamus is the Money In The Bank contract holder. He should win… and will.
WWE Tag Team champions The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day.
This is another match that could easily go either direction. I was just starting to really enjoy the New Day as the champions when they lost the titles to the PTP. Talk about taking a bad gimmick and making chicken salad out of chicken crap… the New Day has really done just that. And the PTP are starting to grow on me as well. I wasn’t crazy about seeing them become the WWE Tag Team Champions, but they’ve been bringing it each week in that ring and Titus is a hoot on commentary, so I’m not complaining about it anymore. This is a hard choice, but I think the numbers game will be the deciding factor come Sunday night. And for Big E, Kofi and Woods, it’s a new day and a new reign as the tag team champs.
Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt.
I love Bray Wyatt’s character and I enjoy watching Roman Reigns perform. He has that “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash hair-flip down to a science. But with this match, I don’t feel much of anything. Wyatt has lost so many matches that he just doesn’t have any kind of momentum going and is just kind of there. He can’t afford another loss, but if he does, so what. Roman is getting that big push and a loss would hurt him slightly, but I don’t see how a win would help him here either. Wyatt’s character has become stale and this match just doesn’t seem like it will help or hurt Reigns no matter what the outcome. They need to do something with Bray to create a major impact and get the ball rolling again. It won’t happen tonight though. Reigns wins.
Winner: Roman Reigns
King Barrett vs. R-Truth for the Crown: Kickoff Match.
King Barrett versus King What’s Up. This is what the King of the Ring, held by such greats as Harley Race, Haku, Owen Hart, Bret Hart and King Booker has come to. As the great Gorilla Monsoon would say, “Give me a break!”. Truth is the resident comedy wrestler for the WWE these days (and saying that really makes me miss Santino Marella a great deal) and he’s here to entertain and put on some great matches. And he’s good at that. Is he good enough to be a king though? I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for him. The winner and still WWE King of the Ring will be Wade Barrett.
Winner: King Barrett
WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback versus Big Show versus The Miz
This match was pulled from the card due to a staph infection by Ryback, who won’t be cleared to wrestle. I’m thinking and hoping that they decide to let Show and Miz still compete in a Contender’s Match or something of that nature. It’s not right to pull Show and Miz from the card (and thus take away their pay-per-view bonuses) because of something that they have no control over (an injury to Ryback). If it does happen and we get a match between Show and Miz, my money is on the annoying man with the money-maker. It may not happen, but then again, it just might. Better to go ahead and call it, just in case.
And that’s it for my predictions. The WWE hasn’t announced any kind of Divas match for the show yet, but most likely they will try and squeeze some kind of Diva action into the event. I’ve already heard that the NXT Divas are scheduled to be there and especially if they don’t have the Triple threat IC match, the WWE will have a lot of time to fill. What better than the most talked about segment from this past weeks RAW, the NXT Diva Invasion. As soon as I see any kind of official notification from WWE announcing Divas action… or any other match that I haven’t already covered here, I’ll post my prediction either on my Facebook page (facebook.com/saltpalace) or my Twitter (@doug28352).
And now, it’s late so I’m going to call it a night and go to bed… or going to go watch Netflix. One or the other. But anyhow, that’s all folks! Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side.