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This is the first “Battleground” pay per view in the company’s history and to be honest, I’m not really looking forward to it and that’s down to a number of reasons. First off, it just comes across as another pay per view with something to make it unique. Yeah there’s going to be a Hardcore rules match but that’s it. To me, pay per views need a selling point. Something unique that differs them from one another. Battleground doesn’t have that. I was expecting a War Games match to take place. Would fit in well with the name of the show plus with the Triple H Corporation/ Daniel Bryan feud going on, it would make perfect sense. Second of all, Night of Champions took place on September 15, Battleground is on October 6 and then Hell in a Cell is October 27. That’s three pay per views in six weeks of each other. Why does WWE feel the need to put three PPVs so close together like that? It’s crazy. I get they want to have 12 pay per views but they need to space them out more. So far in our prediction contests, here’s how everything is shaping up…
1. RIF – 163.5pts
2. Michael – 147.5pts
3. Dan – 136.5pts
4. Joe – 136pts
With three pay per views to go, it’s looking tight. I mean look at Dan and Joe. Separated by half a point! Bloody crackers. Anyway, here are our predictions for Battleground.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
RIF: Randy Orton to become WWE Champion.
Dan: Randy Orton to become WWE Champion.
Michael: Randy Orton to become WWE Champion
Joe: Randy Orton to become WWE Champion.
For the second consecutive pay per view, it will be Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan competing for the WWE Championship. The Triple H Corporation has done everything to keep the title away from Bryan in recent months and they have succeeded in doing so. The odds have been against Daniel Bryan since day one. Remember his run in NXT? Be hard to think that he’d end up as a former WWE Champion and become one of the most popular guys in the industry. Now Bryan will be expected to overcome the odds one more time and once again hoist the WWE Championship overhead whiles thousands of fans chant “YES YES YES” (believe me, you haven’t lived until you’ve join in a YES chant). Bryan & Orton’s no disqualification match from RAW a few months ago was outstanding and is something that fans can take in great comfort that they will see an enjoyable match between the two. Orton will defend the title after interference from Triple H, The Shield, Big Show and the Rhodes family in a finish reminiscent of those seen in Attitude Era main events.
World Heavyweight Championship
Battleground Hardcore Rules Match
Alberto Del Rio © vs. Rob Van Dam
RIF: Alberto Del Rio to defend title.
Dan: Rob Van Dam to become new World Heavyweight Champion
Michael: Alberto Del Rio to defend title.
Joe: Alberto Del Rio to defend title.
At Night of Champions, the idea of Rob Van Dam winning the World Heavyweight title was very real. So real that Del Rio had to resort to getting himself disqualified in order to keep the title. At Battleground, the title will be on the line in a hardcore match. For all the gimmick matches he’s been a part of, Del Rio has impressed me a lot. His aggression and intensity has improved a lot during this current heel turn so expect this to be a violent match. Del Rio has held the title for some time now and he is someone the company can rely on and has constantly delivered from and in-ring perspective. He has been a work horse and deserves his title run. Will he win on Sunday? Yes. Ricardo will turn heel and cost Van Dam the match. Van Dam is expected to take a break soon so it’s looking likely. Creative could throw a curve ball and allow Van Dam to win but only to drop the title back to the Mexican at Hell in a Cell but right now, I’m calling for a Del Rio victory.
CM Punk vs. Ryback
RIF: CM Punk.
Dan: CM Punk.
Joe: CM Punk.
It was clear Curtis Axel wasn’t going to be a threat to the “best in the World” and Night of Champions proved that. Enter Ryback. Ryback is someone who can be seen as a legit threat to Punk, it happened last year at Hell in a Cell and it’s going to happen again here. After the John Cena feud, Ryback has done almost nothing. This is someone who appeared on the scene last year and got a lot of people talking. Punk is set up as the scrappy underdog, a role which he has played to success during his angle with Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. Punk and Ryback have exhibited chemistry with one another but never really clicked as opponents because of the dynamic between them. Punk is one of the most gifted athletes of this generation and if there’s anyone who can bring out the best in Ryback, it’s Punk!
WWE Intercontinental Championship
R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel ©
RIF: Axel to retain title
Dan: Axel to retain title
Michael: Axel to retain title
Joe: Axel to retain title
So after a loss to R-Truth on RAW, Curtis Axel will now defend the title against him on Sunday night. R-Truth has been a punching bag for the Wyatt family and nothing else. Now, thanks to one victory, he’s the number one contender! I wish WWE did a better job booking challengers & titles. Axel has not been an outstanding champion but Truth hasn’t been relevant in over a year. It’s going to be difficult for the crowd to get invested into this match.
AJ Lee © vs. Brie Bella
RIF: AJ Lee to defend title.
Dan: AJ Lee to defend title.
Michael: AJ Lee to defend title.
Joe: AJ Lee to defend title.
I’m enjoying the Divas division right now. The Total Divas show has been an excellent platform to help get its stars over. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way too. AJ has proved over the summer with her matches with Kaitlyn that she’s a talented performer. She has thrived as Champion and it really make me ask, why it took this long to put the title on her. Brie had a good match on RAW with Alicia Fox and by the end of the show, she was injected in the top angle in the company. I feel that Brie’s involvement in that storyline could possibly affect the outcome of the match. She could win the match but for Stephanie McMahon to restart the match or even reverse the decision. There’s still a ton of untapped potential in the Divas division with AJ as its champion.
Goldust & Cody Rhodes /w/ Dusty Rhodes vs. The Shield (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns) /w/ Dean Ambrose
RIF: The Shield
Dan: The Shield
Michael: The Shield
Joe: The Shield
This should be a good match. This stipulation is if Goldust & Cody lose then they’ll be unable to get their jobs back with the WWE. All members of the Shield have impressed me this year. I’ll rank them amongst the in-ring MVPs of the WWE this year. Their matches have stolen the show on a number of occasions. Cody & Dustin are very old school in their approach to wrestling. They are solid, believable workers who focus on in-ring psychology and only do things that make sense for the match and the story they are trying to tell. This doesn’t surprise me considering their dad is Dusty Rhodes, one of the absolute best in the business. The outcome is unpredictable but what isn’t unpredictable is the quality of the match when these four talented guys go to work this Sunday night.
Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt
RIF: Bray Wyatt
Dan: Kofi Kingston
Michael: Kofi Kingston
Joe: Bray Wyatt
This has just been thrown together in sake of making up the numbers on the show. That sucks. I remember when pay per view matches had some meaning behind them. Apparently, this could change to a 6 man tag but that’s just rumour. If that was to happened, then our predictions will stay the same with Bray & Kofi being “captains” for their respected team.
Pre Show Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
RIF: Dolph Ziggler
Dan: Dolph Ziggler
Michael: Damien Sandow
Joe: Damien Sandow
There has been zero build up for this match and both men’s win/loss records have been poor in recent weeks. Sandow has just been floating around after the Cody Rhodes feud and been on a terrible run. Sure CM Punk & Daniel Bryan lost their fair share after winning the briefcase but not as bad as Sandow. Sandow needs a victory to make himself look like a threat to the World Champion before it’s too late. Ziggler has also suffered a number of losses also. He spoke out about Triple H & Stephanie McMahon and has felt their wrath as a result. However, out of the two, Ziggler is the only one involved in something resembling a storyline so to me, he’ll get the nudge here.
Who will get involved in the finish for the tag team match (1.5 point per correct answer)
RIF: Seth Rollins > Goldust
Dan: Roman Reigns > Goldust
Michael: Roman Reigns > Goldust
Joe: Seth Rollins > Cody Rhodes
I’m confident that Goldust will be the one getting pinned. Hunter & Steph will use this to gloat about him letting this family down again. I think once Vince returns (as a face) he’ll rehire Goldust & Cody and set them out to face the Shield for the tag titles.
Will Big Show get involved in any matches?
I’m pretty sure he will. He will embrace his heel character this time round. Will he cry? Anything can happen in the WWE, right?
Enjoy Battleground, guys. Feel free to share your thoughts with us.
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