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Random Thoughts on WWE Battleground 2017

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WWE Battleground is in the bag and I’m here to share my random thoughts on the show. Like always this is a spoiler filled blog so please look away if you don’t want to know the outcome of any of the results.

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WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The New Day def. The Usos © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE Smackdown tag team champions.

Shinsuke Nakamura def. Baron Corbin via disqualification

Natalya def. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Tamina and Lana to become the number one contender for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship

WWE United States Championship: Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles© via pinfall to become the NEW WWE United States Champion

Flag Match: John Cena def. Rusev

Sami Zayn def. Mike Kanellis via pinfall

WWE Championship – Punjabi Prison Match: Jinder Mahal © def. Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship

 

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

Boring main event! Predictable cheap win for Mahal as expected even with a structure designed to keep people from interfering. Come on, guys! This is WCW 2000 shit right there! The crowd wasn’t into it much at all because they could barely see anything in the ring and this feud has been boring for a long time. Great Khali returning doesn’t interest me at all and I hope this doesn’t mean he’ll be booked in any matches going forward. That’s three cheap wins for Mahal over Orton. I’m guessing that this is the end for the Orton/Mahal feud and Mahal moves into a program with Cena. These Mahal matches bore the hell out of me at this point, so I hope the reign doesn’t continue much longer.

 

Match of the night has got to go to New Day vs. The Usos. Outstanding opener. They had several moments in the match where it looked like The Usos might retain, but New Day kept kicking out. I’m really happy for Xavier Woods because he’s on the floor for 90% of the New Day’s matches and I’m glad he was able to show what he can do here. I think WWE knew his style meshed well with The Usos as a flier, so it was a good choice. What a great tag team match featuring the two best teams of the last decade as JBL said several times. It’s true because that’s what they are. It’s probably the best main roster tag so far this year although NXT has had some better tags. The Smackdown tag team division is thin right now, so hopefully that issue is addressed soon.

 

Another title that changed hands was the United States Championship. It was a good match, but I felt a bit let down considering the two guys involved. I don’t understand the reason for the title change. It wouldn’t surprise me if Styles won it back soon. Perhaps it is just WWE wanting to book more title changes. I’m not sure the reason for it unless it means AJ gets involved in the title picture somehow.

 

Natalya is now the number one contender for the women’s title and I couldn’t be happier for her. I predicted that Charlotte would win because she didn’t win MITB but Natalya winning is still fine by me. If anything she was my second pick to win. It was the right decision to have Lana and Tamina eliminated earlier on because Tamina is the smoothest of performers and Lana just looked lost out there. They could have structured the match better, that’s the only criticism I have about this one.

 

50/50 booking struck again after Sami Zayn defeated Mike Kanellis. The crowd weren’t really into it as much because they aren’t used to Mike’s matches. I’m happy with Sami winning because he doesn’t win as much as he should, so I’m happy about that

 

 

Corbin/ Nakamura was okay, but disappointing for what you would expect from a Nakamura match. They seemed off on a few spots and the crowd was probably exhausted after the opening tag. The action picked up well towards the finish. The finish is lame because you want to see a winner or loser. They did the DQ finish because they didn’t want to have Corbin take the pin as the MITB holder and having Nakamura lose here would have been dumb. It’s possible this feud continues to SummerSlam too. I thought WWE might do Styles/Nakamura there, but saving that is fine with me. Future WrestleMania match? I sure hope so!

 

The Flag match went on for far too long. Did they really need to go 20 minutes? Not really. If it went 10-12 minutes it would have been better because so much of it was spent with slow climbs that were boring to watch. The table spot at the end was completely unnecessary for the story of the match, but it was done to pop the crowd and in that sense it worked. I feel like this is a one month feud and Cena will move on to challenge for the WWE Title. I’m not sure what’s next for Rusev, but I think he is hurt by the lack of Lana at his side.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 4.5

Disappointing show. Not as awful as what FastLane was, but it’s definitely on par with it.  The tag match was the highlight by far. Styles/Owens could have done with a better ending. The Flag match was a drag. Nothing memorable to take away from this show.

 

 

PPV Rankings

Royal Rumble – 8.5

Elimination Chamber – 8

Great Balls of Fire – 8

WrestleMania 33 – 7

Backlash – 6.5

Money in the Bank – 6

Extreme Rules – 6

Payback – 6

Battleground – 4.5

Fastlane – 4.5

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