WWE Battleground Predictions

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The third installment of Battleground is set to take place July 19, inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Originally four titles were to be on the line for this event, but due to the injury to Ryback, the Intercontinental Championship match has been cancelled. Let’s take a quick over look at the entire card:

Kickoff Match for the crown: King Barrett vs. R-Truth(King What’s Up)
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Prime Time Players (c) vs. The New Day
WWE United States Championship Match: John Cena (c) vs. Kevin Owens
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar

Match for the crown: King Barrett vs. R-Truth(King What’s Up) king If the WWE is looking for an excuse to drop the whole “King” gimmick from Barrett, then this is the perfect opportunity to do it. Why would they want to do it? Who knows? The way the creative team has been thinking lately is very mind boggling. Truth is a low-level talent and Barrett is definitely a higher tier talent, so putting these two against each other makes no sense. I guess having it as the opening match makes the most sense. It’s hard to tell which route the WWE wants to go here but I am going to assume they want Barrett to go back to his whole “Bad News” gimmick sooner than later.

Prediction: R-Truth aka King What’s Up gets the win and takes over the crown.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus a After picking up his win at Money In the Bank, Sheamus hasn’t exactly been on a roll, are we not entertained? No, Sheamus, we are not. It almost seems like the WWE is not quite sure what to do with him until they are ready to let him cash in his briefcase. The pay per view takes place in the place that Orton calls home, so you could easily say he should pick up the win in this match, but that is no safe assumption. Orton and Sheamus had a pretty solid rivalry going before Orton disappeared for a few weeks, so hopefully they can put on another great match to add to that. Having Sheamus lose this match wouldn’t bold well if he were to start looking into cashing in anytime soon. Not quite sure where they would go from here with Orton if he were to win, so look for a rematch at Summer Slam next month.

Prediction: Randy Orton wins via disqualification, but hits Sheamus with an RKO to please the crowd.

Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt b Initially when I saw that the WWE put these two to begin a feud against each other I wasn’t exactly thrilled. I’m happy to say that I was wrong. These two men have put together quite a nice little rivalry that is swinging back and forth in favor of each other. Wyatt has been golden with his promos as usual and Roman is actually doing a decent job on the mic as well. With the mind games Wyatt has provided and the retaliation sneak attack by Roman, things definitely picked up with this feud. With both wrestlers providing solid ring work, this match could be one for the ages, definitely a can’t miss match.

Prediction: Roman Reigns picks up the win, but Wyatt attacks him after continuing the rivalry into Summer Slam.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Prime Time Players (c) vs. The New Day c I was pretty happy when the Prime Time Players were given their shot at wearing the tag team titles but I am not sure that the WWE is too thrilled with the reception they have received by the fans. Lets face it, the New Day knows how to work the crowd and draw heat from them. Sure the crowd joins in on the “Millions of Dollars” swing but they just can’t work the crowd like the New Day does. The tag team division was once really promising and now it is a little more watered down due to injuries. Look for the WWE to keep these two tag teams feuding into Summer Slam, much like almost everyone on this card.

Prediction: New Day win back the titles, will defend against Prime Time Players at Summer Slam

WWE United States Championship Match: John Cena (c) vs. Kevin Owens
aa This is the third straight time that these two will fight on a WWE pay per view and this is the third straight time that I am looking forward to this match the most. It’s no secret that I just flat out do not like John Cena and that Kevin Owens has quickly risen into the short list of my favorite current WWE superstars. No need to beat around the bush with this one, my pick is Kevin Owens, but not because I dislike Cena, because it is time for him to move on to something else. He has done an excellent job of making the United States title relevant again and has had superb matches while defending it. Kudos to him for that, there is no denying his talent inside the ring and on the microphone, dude is flat out on a different level than everyone else. This is the reason why it is time for him to move on, while I do not like him, surely I understand his talent level and know that the guy is a main-eventer and belongs in the WWE title picture. On the flip side to that, like he said, Kevin Owens time is now. I have no doubt that he will carry on the relevance that Cena brought to the title and may even take it to the next level. I look forward to his title run and I’m curious to see how John is thrown back into the main event picture. This match, like the two prior to it, should be an excellent one and should be the best match of the card.

Prediction: Kevin Owens pins John Cena clean and wins the US Title.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar

This is one of the most interesting matches on the card in my opinion. The WWE can go two ways with this. One option is to have Brock Lesnar destroy Seth Rollins much like he did to John Cena last year when he regained the title from him. Another would be to have these two guys actually wrestle inside the ring and give the fans something in exchange for their hard earned money. Something tells me that this match will be a lot closer than expected and if Owens and Cena don’t put on the best match, these two will. Brock is obviously looking for revenge from Wrestlemania and Seth is looking to solidify himself as one of the best to ever hold the title. Something tells me that despite J&J security out with “injuries”, they will find a way to get involved in this match and help Seth Rollins. This is yet another match that we should see a rematch at Summer Slam next month, but a lot closer than some might expect.

Prediction: Brock Lesnar wins via disqualification, which means Seth Rollins still retains the title.


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