WWE Battleground: Surprising (Review)
The latest edition of WWE Battleground went down last night. To me it wasn’t the greatest PPV but if I could describe it in one word – surprising. Surprising title changes, surprising new women’s number one contender, and a surprise return in the Punjabi Prison match! Let’s get to my quick thoughts on each match on the main card, since I don’t bother watching the pre-show.
1. The New Day def. The Usos
- Battleground kicks off with our first surprise of the night, NEW tag team champions. I wasn’t too thrilled with the title change, and was hoping the title change would come at a bigger PPV like Summerslam. The Usos have had a great heel run, and New Day really don’t need the titles to be relevant. I thought that awesome superkick to Woods should’ve been the ending. But props to Woods on that elbow drop! I must also mention that ever since I said Xavier Woods always loses when in tag team matches, he’s been winning. He even picked up the pinfall to win the titles! Great match to start off the night.
2. Shinsuke Nakamura def. Baron Corbin (via DQ)
- Just an ok match. Shinsuke hasn’t been impressing me since coming to the main roster. A solid booking decision having Corbin get himself disqualified though. It keeps him strong as the MITB holder, and lets Shinsuke get a win.
3. Natalya def. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Lana & Tamina
- Our second surprise of the night comes in the fatal five way elimination match. I originally picked Charlotte to win, so I wasn’t surprised to see her in the final two. The ending was questionable. I don’t like matches ending without a finisher. But nevertheless, interesting booking decision having Natalya go on to Summerslam. Kinda hoping she wins, Naomi has not been a good champion.
4. Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles
- And we arrive at yet another surprise, Kevin Owens regains the US Title that he lost at a live event at Madison Square Garden. I was iffy on the ending, as AJ’s shoulder is definitely up the entire time. But after a second look, it makes sense. The ref was knocked out and then “dazed” when making the cover so he counted slow and missed the shoulder. And if you notice when AJ locked in the cross face, they turned away from the ref to set up the pin. Looking forward to a rematch at Summerslam, I can watch these guys every night!
5. John Cena def. Rusev
- Not much of a surprise here. I don’t think anyone saw Rusev winning this one. Hate this type of gimmick match, but they told a decent story leading up to Cena eventually winning. The table was placed in the exact spot to foreshadow the ending. Saw it coming from a mile away. Where does Cena go from here?
6. Sami Zayn def. Mike Kanellis
- Meh..another match that shows the constant continuance of WWE’s 50/50 booking. If you want to make Mike a real contender going forward, he should’ve won this match with the help of Maria again. This feud is far from over.
7. Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton
- I was really pumped for this Punjabi Prison match for some reason. The first half of it was ATROCIOUS. The crowd wasn’t into it, likely due to not being able to see a damn thing. But once the Singh brothers got involved, it got better. Those guys take beating after beating, it’s awesome! The table spot was incredible, he was broken in half! And the match ends with our final surprise of the night – a returning Great Khali! He helps Jinder retain. I figured this would be the end of Mahal/Orton, but is it?
Rating: (Solely based on the second half of the match)
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