WWE Battleground 2016 Predictions
Hot off the draft on Smackdown this week and another supposed “new era,” we have a PPV coming this Sunday that doesn’t seem as important now with many of the competitors in these matches now on different shows. There ARE some important ramifications to the endings to some of these matches, but I’m just not AS hyped as I should be. Let’s take a look!
The Usos vs. Breezango (Kickoff Match)
The Usos have been irrelevant for a long time, especially how after they were teamed with Roman Reigns and fell out of the favour of many in the crowd. Breezango (ugh, I still think that name is horrible) has never been relevant. Logic should state that if they want Breezango have any sort of relevance, they should go over an established team. Seeing how this match is on the kick-off show, I’m not sure that’ll happen, but I’ll still pick them to win. Winners: Breezango
Rusev (champ) vs. Zack Ryder – for the WWE US Championship
I love that Zack Ryder is in a championship match on a PPV. Perhaps this is a sign that WWE is slowly putting some faith in him (like they should have done a long time ago). I’m afraid that history will repeat itself, though. Ryder will gain some offense but the match won’t last long, as I think WWE is still trying to build Rusev back up as the monster he should be. I mean, this guy’s leg is bigger than all of me for fuckssakes. Winner: Rusev
The Miz (champ) vs. Darren Young for the Intercontinental Championship
I haven’t like the “Make Darren Young Great Again” promos and Bob Backlund doesn’t do anything for current WWE viewers. I also haven’t like the build-up or the way Young has had leading into this match. Suffice to say, it doesn’t matter what I like to WWE and I know they’re trying to build Young up as an entertaining mid-card talent. What I don’t believe is that he’ll be successful against The Miz on Sunday. There will be interference, like usual, from Maryse, to continue this feud for at least one more week or two. Winner: The Miz
Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
First off, I applaud WWE for trying to have two feuds in the women’s division at once AND featuring two matches featuring women at the PPV. I think Natalya is great as a heel (as I don’t even like her in general due to how she is on Total Divas), and will hopefully bring great chemistry in the ring with Lynch as both women can wrestle really well. I just don’t think this feud ends on this night and I can see a DQ or double DQ happening here due to both’s aggression not letting up. Winner: neither
The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family
No belts on the line? Pathetic. No wonder The New Day are the longest running WWE tag team champions: it’s because they barely fucking defend the belts. That makes me can’t stand them even more. The Wyatts, in their current form, are now separated after this show. Both of these teams are now on different shows. Does it really matter what happens here? Eric Rowan takes the pinfall and we move on. Winners: The New Day
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Knowing these two, they’ll want to put on the match of the night. Zayn won his one on one match against Owens on Raw on June 20th, which was the catalyst for this match (well, besides their whole feud in general). I see Owens going over in this match as both of these two are now on Smackdown and these two will go at each other in the rubber match at Summerslam with some sort of speculation (loser goes to Raw, ladder match, I Quit, etc). Winner: Kevin Owens
John Cena and Enzo & Cass vs. AJ Styles
The Club is now of Raw and will be split up from AJ Styles, so I think it’s only fitting that Cena pins either Gallows or Anderson so and Styles can continue their feud and finish it at Summerslam with The Club and Enzo & Cass continue theirs. I’m not expecting anything surprising coming out of this unless Finn Balor shows up. If not, Winners: Cena and Enzo & Cass
Sasha Banks and ? vs. Charlotte (WWE Women’s Champ) and Dana Brooke
So Sasha Banks has been left off WWE TV for too long after the “revolution,” but at least she’s on and it’s her time to shine. Her partner? Well, the IWC, including me, are hoping that it’s NXT’s Bayley. Every time I watch Bayley, it’s just a really good feeling. That woman connects with the audience and the fans…AND she can wrestle. Let’s not forget the two great matches her and Sasha had before three out of the four Horsewomen got drafted. I’ve already derailed too much from what I should say about the match itself, but if Bayley shows up, Sasha and the partner get the win. If it’s not Bayley, Sasha and her partner get the win as it will give Charlotte even more fuel on the mic to build to the inevitable championship match at Summerslam. Winners: Sasha and the mystery partner (plus the WWE audience if Bayley finally makes her debut).
Dean Ambrose (WWE Champ) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollings for the WWE Championship
Whoa, boy! Where to start with this one? Number one thing to talk about is the elephant in the room: Roman Reigns. If this guy isn’t booed the fuck out of the building, I’ll be amazed. With that being said, the outcome of this match is really up in the air and can go so many ways. If Ambrose retains, it solidifies him as a main event player, especially when he’s been drafted as Smackdown‘s #1 pick. The program needs that and Ambrose going back to the new era of the show needs something like that.
If Reigns wins, or loses, if he doesn’t play off the night after losing, or the night after on Raw as a heel, I will probably give up on WWE and tell them publicly over and over again on here that they can go fuck themselves for being so stupid. Mind you, if he wins and goes full blown heel, I can see that working, too and I’d be interested how they’d be introducing a new championship on Smackdown.
If Ambrose wins, which is what I’m predicting, there needs to be a double turn done, with Reigns and Rollins vying for whatever new championship Stephanie McMahon will introduce. It would be the best program leading into Summerslam. Winner: Dean Ambrose
Side note: I know there will be a “Highlight Reel” with Chris Jericho talking to the returning Randy Orton about his upcoming match at Summerslam against Brock Lesnar. With all the jabs they’ve been taking against Reigns with his suspension, I hope they let Orton shoot.
I’ll make it clear on here: I’ve NEVER been a Randy Orton fan. Can he wrestle? Yes. Have I enjoyed some matches he’s been in? Yes. But anything with him being a face or more attention on him than needed is just a waste or time and a bore-fest for me. Hopefully WWE has Paul Heyman’s contract that’s supposedly in negotiations worked out as if Lesnar or Heyman doesn’t show up, or at least some new opponent to get Randy through the next two weeks before Lesnar decides to actually show up to WWE programming before Summerslam, it will be all for nothing.