WWE Battleground 2017 Thoughts and Results
Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis
Holy crap in a hat, Batman. What an awful, awful show. I feel bad for the talent because they’re not the ones fully in control of the matches, the outcomes, or the story lines and they have to work with what they are given. Last night, many weren’t given much.
This write-up may not be as long as others I’ve done after a PPV but that’s because I just don’t want to give last night’s show any more of my energy than it should get.
Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English – Kickoff Show
This was a basic Smackdown Live match and both men didn’t seem to kick it into second gear. It boggles my mind that Dillinger, who is starting to get over with the fans and really needs to be elevated more, lost to Aiden English. With all due respect to English, who can do things in the ring I’d never be able to do, he just does not have “it” and I just don’t see him going anywhere. That’s why the result of this match makes me scratch my head.
Winner: Aiden Enlish
The Usos vs. The New Day – Smackdown Tag Team Championship
As much as I can’t stand The New Day, this was probably the best match on the show (not the end result). The Usos have done so well being tag champs I have no idea what WWE Creative is thinking taking the belts off of them. We all knew it was coming eventually but this soon?
We don’t need The New Day to have another tag team championship reign. They barely defended their championships when they were on Raw and now we have to watch them gloat every week? I will probably be changing the channel now every time they come on to cut a promo. They bug me that much.
As well, why can any of the three of them defend the belts? The “Freebird” rule is stupid and was utilized by heels (being The Fabulous Freebirds and Demolition). A face team (or any team for that matter) should NOT be able to do this. I hope at Summerslam there’s a rematch and The Usos find a “third” man and evoke this stupid rule for themselves.
Winners: (ugh) The New Day
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
A slow plodding, boring match that did nothing to showcase Nakamura’s abilities. Corbin got the win after kicking Nakamura right in the junk. I guess it saves both men from losing but I think this puts more heat on WWE and not Corbin. I guess the beat down by Corbin after the match indicates we’ll be seeing these two go at it again. Maybe we’ll see more effort, too.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura by DQ
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Lana
(Winner face Naomi at Summerslam)
After watching this match, I admire Becky Lynch even more. She puts in a lot of hard work and effort every time she is in the ring but just never gets the nod again from WWE Creative to be put over like she should.
The women did an alright job in this match but holy shit, do I not want to see another multi-woman match in a long time. Both shows have been bombarded with them. Let’s have some one on one feuds and stories for the ladies, please!
I couldn’t believe Lana didn’t tap out when Lynch had the arm-bar locked in. Why on Earth would Tamina break it up? It is an elimination match to get a shot at the champion. Let someone get pinned/submit then go in for the kill – like Natalya did to Lynch after she eliminated Tamina and then Lana. I can’t believe Tamina tapped out in a shorter duration than Lana. Ridiculous.
I wonder if we’ll see Natalya put her shot on the line against Lynch or Charlotte leading to Summerslam due to her cockiness. I hope she stays the course because I think Natalya deserves the spotlight at a big PPV AND the win. Let her carry the belt for a while!
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens – United States Championship Match
For two of the best men on the roster, this match wasn’t very interesting or fun to watch. There were some decent spots, yes, but I just didn’t feel the intensity or passion from either men during the bout like we usually do. Perhaps I was already so bummed about the PPV so far.
I have no idea why Kevin Owens was not immediately disqualified for throwing AJ Styles into the ref. Hell, wrestlers have be DQ’d for less. On top of that, the ref made the count when Styles had Owens in a submission but had his own shoulders to the mat – all in Owen’s favour to deliver a shoddy ending to the match. Why can’t WWE Creative let two of the best on the roster just have a solid match and show everyone what they can do and have it end in a pinfall?
I wonder if we’ll see a rematch at Summerslam with some kind of stipulation or if both men are going to be served fresh competitors/story lines leading to the big summer show.
John Cena vs. Rusev (Flag Match)
Tell me why!!!! Tell me why John Cena has to win over Rusev? A win over Cena here could have put Rusev back into the spotlight. It could have validated him for a US Championship or WWE Championship match. It could have given him MASSIVE heat by raising the Bulgarian flag over the US flag. But oh no…Cena needed to win and the US-of-A needed to stand above all. I guess we’ll see Cena in the championship picture by Tuesday night.
I didn’t care to watch this match leading to it and the match did nothing for either man except to push Vince’s “USA is the best in the world agenda.
Some spots in this match were downright ridiculous. Both men could have easily gotten their flag and placed it in the flag holder (another stupid addition to the match) in many instances but instead they kept hammering each other when they were down and getting caught in counters. Why in the hell would anyone do this? I know it was to prolong the match and create suspense but I think both men looked stupid for wasting time.
Last thing: if this was a “fair” match, why was the USA flag closer to the entrance way than the Bulgarian flag. If the competitors had to bring their flag up the ramp to the designated spot, why weren’t both flags at the opposite end of the ring?
Winner: John “Super” Cena
I’m not going to comment on the Fashion Files segments. Please Vince, let them end.
Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis
This match was placed in the worst spot possible. I guess it didn’t matter as the crowd seemed like they couldn’t care less. This match was almost identical to their Smackdown match and even one of the commentators (I don’t remember who) said the same thing as Maria got involved. The difference was Zayn won. WHY?!? 50/50 booking bullshit? C’mon Mike Bennett I mean Kanellis and Maria just got back on WWE TV and he gets his first loss already? Geeez….
Winner: Sami Zayn
Jinder Mahal (Champ) vs. Randy Orton (Punjabi Prison Match) –
WWE Championship Match
What a goddamn train wreck of a main event this was. This was an overbooked mess where Orton was against three (then four) people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy Orton didn’t walk away with the championship but c’mon, this overbooking and heavy involvement of the Singh Brothers is getting to be too much. If you want Mahal as the champ, let him win at least one big one by himself. The competitors could have slid out some of the spaces in the outside cage, too!
I just can’t write a lot about this match because it was so bad and not entertaining. Both men looked like they were giving it their all to make it work and exciting for those watching but it didn’t work and this match needs to be permanently retired.
Even the Philly crowd didn’t seem rabid at all during this match or the show. Samir Singh, not the main two men in the match, took the big bump of the night/match and the Philly crowed only chanted “holy shit” for a few seconds and not even loud at that.
Having The Great Khali come down to aid Mahal was surprising, I’ll give WWE that, but do we really want or need Khali on TV in 2017? NO! Let’s just hope this may be an agreement that only goes to Summerslam where I’m sure Mahal will lose the title.
Lose the title I say? How could he lose when Mahal has the Signh Brothers AND The Great Kahli by his side? Well, Super Cena, of course. He can beat everyone and the odds EVERY time.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
Let’s never talk about this PPV again.