Tossing Salt Presents:
WWE Stomping Grounds
Thoughts & Predictions
June 21, 2019
Coming up on Sunday is the first ever Stomping Ground pay-per-view, live on the WWE Network from Tacoma, Washington. I keep hearing that some last minute changes will be made for this event possibly as soon as Sunday afternoon, but for now, these are the matches advertised and that, of course, means time to play the Pinball Wizard and do that prediction thing. Yeah, that reference doesn’t make sense to me either, but having a pay-per-view this soon after doing the Super Showdown event doesn’t make much sense to me either. But it is what it is so let’s just get to it, play with the Magic 8-Ball and get busy. Let’s do this…
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin with a special guest referee chosen by Corbin.
After teasing EC3, Elias, Eric Young and probably others that I’ve already forgotten, Baron Corbin still has yet to announce who his special guest referee will be. By the way, why isn’t Seth in trouble with management for attacking anyone who even spoke to Corbin with a chair attack? Steph was on Twitter a few weeks ago vowing punishment for Brock because he didn’t cash in a MITB contract when he originally said he would, but Drew can smack anyone with a chair that he sees fit and no one cares or says a word. The lack of consistency in today’s WWE is really showing. This is why we need to have “authority figures” who are on hand and can deal with these things instead of just McMahon’s only dealing with what sounds good on Twitter.
But that’s an argument for another day and right now, let’s talk about this match. Baron Corbin WILL NOT become Universal Champion regardless of who the special referee might end up being. I suspect that we’ll either get a heel who will surprisingly be fair and call it down the middle, much to Corbin’s despair or get a Corbin ally who Baron manages to piss off during the match and as a result, turns on Baron and costs him the match. Regardless, the end results will be the same.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Seth Rollins
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler – Steel Cage Match.
Nothing against Kofi or Dolph, but I don’t look at either of them and see what I would expect to see in a World Champion. Despite being in a cage, I think we’ll see lots of others getting involved before the smoke clears. I think we’ll see more shenanigans by Xavier and Big E, much to Kofi’s dismay because he doesn’t need them, but he’ll still use the advantage and retain the title as of a result.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Kofi Kingston
WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans.
This feud seems as if it’s gone on forever and ever. I think the fire and excitement for “the Man” that was so strong leading up to Wrestlemania is dying a slow death, but then again, that can be said for the whole WWE Women’s Movement as of late. Becky, as the champ, just doesn’t have the same ring to it as the determined fighter chasing the title seems to have. I would be interested in seeing an appearance by Brock and Heyman, playing on Becky’s relationship with Seth as they play mind games with the Universal Champion and cause a distraction and cost Becky her title, allowing a “Lady” to be the champ instead. Hell, works for me.
Winner and NEW Raw Women’s Champion: Lacey Evans
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre.
And here is where Super Shane and The Revival get involved and have their moment in the sun. Roman has pretty much won all his previous matches against Drew, but couldn’t beat Shane while in Saudi Arabia? Go figure. I think we’ll see lots of craziness and shenanigans and all that take place and the war will continue. Look for Drew and the Shane O’Mac Army to steal one and take home a big win.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss.
The big factor for this match is the extra presence of Nikki Cross and how will she factor into the situation. Will Alexa use her for a distraction and steal a big win and title belt or will Bayley do a heel bit and go after Nikki in order to make Alexa choose between winning a title and her new protege. I think the story will be on Alexa and Nikki and the title and Bayley are just extras in this picture. Bayley retains.
Winner and STILL Smackdown Women’s Champion: Bayley
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery.
I’m sorry, but I just can’t take Heavy Machinery seriously. Daniel Bryan is back home and WWE loves to job out their superstars in their hometowns, but I think this might be the exception to the rule. Heavy Machinery is undefeated thus far since coming to the main roster, but it’s time for that streak to end. YES! YES! YES! Look for the champions to be DQ’ed and retain their belts.
Winners by DQ: Heavy Machinery (Bryan and Rowan retain their titles).
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak.
I wonder if this will be the Kick-Off show match? Probably because I can’t see the 205 Live brand getting any real recognition for two events in a row even if they do have the best matches of the night. Look for a great match, but I don’t see a title change happening here. I’d love to see Tozawa with the belt, but he defected from Titus Worldwide and probably is an illegal immigrant so go ahead and revoke his green card. The champ retains.
Winner and STILL Cruiserweight Champion: Tony Nese
U.S. Champion Samoa Joe versus Ricochet
I’d be predicting a title change, but with Rey Mysterio already, from what I understand, is ready to return to the ring and the recent history between Rey and Joe over the past few months, I think that’s the bigger picture and it’s more important that a title be involved. This is Ricochet’s first major opportunity at chasing a title and there will be many more title shots to come. This will not be his moment and night to shine. Look for Joe to retain.
Winner and STILL U.S Champion: Samoa Joe
New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) versus Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Regardless of how this match develops, I expect that all four of these men will get involved in the Dolph / Kofi WWE title match. This match, it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. I think Kevin and Sami are actually better served to lose the match via controversial (in their minds) means and so that’s the way I’ll call it. Xavier and Big E take home a win.
Winners: The New Day
WWE RAW Tag Team Champions The Revival versus The Usos
If the Revival remain alligned with Super Shane and Drew, they won’t be losing the belts anytime soon… unless the beginning of the Heath Slater getting revenge tour starts on Sunday. Heath owes Drew, Shane and The Revival for that attack last Monday and what better way to be a thorn in their side and get a measure of revenge than to cost them that much cherished gold? Heath has to do it. He has kids. I’m calling new champions.
Winners and NEW RAW Tag Team Champions: The Usos
And there you go. It’s coming up on Sunday, live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network. So are you planning on watching? Who do you think will win and lose and walk out of the event with their arms raised in victory? Let me know in the comments. And with that, I’m out of here. Have a great one and I’ll see you at the matches.