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Random Thoughts on WWE Battleground 2015

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Back once again to offer my thoughts on the most recent WWE pay per view offering, Battleground. As always this post obviously does contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen the show yet, please look away now.

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Pre Show: King Barrett def. R-Truth via pinfall

Randy Orton def. Sheamus via pinfall

WWE Tag Team Championship: The Prime Time Players © def. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) after Titus O’Neil pinned Big E

Bray Wyatt def. Roman Reigns via pinfall

Charlotte def. Brie Bella and Sasha Banks in a triple threat match after Charlotte made Brie Bella submit

WWE United States Championship: John Cena © def. Kevin Owens via submission

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins © and Brock Lesnar went to an no contest after outside interference from The Undertaker

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

Yet another fantastic match in the Cena/Owens series. I’m running out of things to say about them because they always deliver time and time again. I rank the MITB match as the best one so far but this is another one of those must see matches. People are bitching about Cena getting the win and I understand that but it doesn’t keep me up at night. Why do I think Cena won? My feeling is that WWE doesn’t want to put the US title on Kevin just yet since he’s challenging for the NXT Championship the night before SummerSlam. With all that being said, this is an awesome match. Already a standout choice for feud of the year.

As for the main event, it’s hard to rate because of how sudden it ended. I was hoping for a lot more from them, guess we have to wait and see what SummerSlam offers us.

The crowd was really hot when Undertaker appeared. He commands respect. It’s crystal clear they are going for Undertaker/ Brock at SummerSlam as the big rematch from WrestleMania 30. The one thing I didn’t like about the attack was the lack of involvement from Rollins. He’s the fucking champion for Christ sake! Where was he in all of this? It makes him look like an afterthought and that’s unacceptable for a major title holder. He could of attacked Undertaker and have the show end with him holding the title. Guess that’s just wishful thinking from me.

One thing I noticed from the main event was a comment made by Michael Cole during Brock’s entrance where Cole told the viewers at home that Brock has been pinned or submitted for two years. He put it over as if it’s the greatest winning streak in history. It was a ridiculous comment to make. He’s a part timer. Had he been a full timer then it may have had depth but he isn’t.

The Divas triple threat match, which was thrown together at the last minute to compencate for the cancelled Intercontinental title match, was very good. It’s worth noting that this was longer than most diva PPV matches in recent times, that’s an encouraging side from WWE for wanting to treat the divas division more seriously. It was a much needed breath of fresh air. For the first time in a long, long time I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the divas. My mate suggested tag titles for the divas. I 100% agree with him. That would be another clear indication of the divas division getting the recognition it truly deserves (as long as they don’t make the Bella Twins champions 52362735462783 times. God I’m fucking bored senseless of them)

Wyatt v Reigns was a mixed bag. Started off slow, but the pace was picked up and had some decent nearfalls in the latter half of the match. Nice to see Luke Harper being paired up with Wyatt again. Since losing the Intercontinental title and main-eventing Survivor Series, Luke Harper has been lost in the shuffle and that’s a shame because I’m a massive fan of the guy. Reigns was protected throughout similar to how John Cena was booked for many years. Wyatt didn’t get the clean victory because of the Harper interference it will almost definitely lead to a rematch or that rumoured tag match with Sting teaming with Reigns. Why Sting and not anyone on the main roster? Got to make Reigns look strong, guys!!

Overall Show Rating (Out of 10): 7.5

A very good event with everyone busting their asses for the fans. The St. Louis crowd was loud throughout the night and it’s clear why WWE likes having a PPV there every year. Me and my friend made this observation about the quality of the roster compared to 4-5 years ago when you had Miz as WWE Champion and John Cena main eventing shows against R-Truth and John Laurinaitis. In terms of in ring ability it’s very strong. The best roster in the company’s history was 2000. What an amazing year that was. The roster they have now could very well equal or even eclipse it. I honestly feel that change is coming to WWE, a change which will change the landscape of World Wrestling Entertainment for many years to come.

2015 PPV Rankings

WrestleMania 31 – 9.5

Elimination Chamber – 8

Battleground – 7.5

Payback – 7

Money in the Bank – 6

Extreme Rules – 5

Fastlane – 4.5

Royal Rumble – 4

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