My Two Centsss - Battleground Predictions (Rollins vs. Ambrose Won't Happen)
By Super Chrisss
Jul 18, 2014 - 1:06:03 PM
Due to the WWE Network still not being available in Canada (legally, that is), me and my friends take turns ordering Pay-Per-Views at each of our respective houses. However, on the rare occasion that two PPVs occur in the same month, we agree to skip one. Last year, with Battleground having such a terrible card, we skipped it and saved our money for Hell In A Cell instead (a good choice, in retrospect). This year, we knew Payback and Money in the Bank were taking place only a few weeks part, but we couldn't pass on either of the two shows, and decided to take July off instead (after last year's Battleground, who could blame us?). Unfortunately, the joke's on us, as this year's show has the makings of being something special. I am looking forward to every single match other than the pre-show and the main-event. But that's fine; it means I can tune in at 8pm sharp and if I'm tired, go to sleep early. Works for me!
Kickoff Match: Cameron vs. Naomi
When WWE announced this match had been bumped from the main card to the pre-show, I was jumping up and down with joy. My ONLY concern is wondering what the night's bathroom break match will be instead, because it sure as hell won't be Paige vs. Aj. Oh, wait...Damien Sandow and Adam Rose were reportedly pulled from the Battle Royal to have a rematch from Money in the Bank. That takes care of that then.
As for Cameron vs. Naomi...don't give a ****. I'm slowly becoming a fan of Naomi, but Cameron needs to pushed down a flight of stairs until the terms "Girl Bye" and "dabomb.com" are no longer a part of her vocabulary.
20-Man Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship
I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, I give props to WWE for pushing this Battle Royal as a big deal, even going as far as to place several big names in it (Sheamus, Del Rio, RVD, Miz, etc.). Announcing a match between RVD and ADR as a "contest between two Battle Royal participants" is a nice touch. That being said, it feels like just last month we had a huge Battle Royal take place on PPV. One of my complaints heading into that match was that creative was too lazy to develop feuds for the midcard. This Sunday, it's basically the same thing all over again, although to a lesser extent. Miz vs. Sheamus could be a solid feud; Ziggler vs. Fandango has been going on for a while; Cesaro's beef with Kofi and Big E is kind of random, but nevertheless, a feud is a feud. What I'm trying to say is maybe WWE could have done something different, like have a gauntlet match with the participants competing in Raw and SmackDown matches beforehand to determine their entrance number.
As for who wins the belt...a lot of people seem to think Cesaro and Ziggler are the leading candidates, but I'm not so sure. Cesaro has been on a massive losing streak as of late, and if his U.S. title reign is anything to go by, capturing another midcard title won't get his career back on track. A lot of people refer to Kofi Kingston as the king of the midcard title scene, but Ziggler has also won his fair share of U.S. and IC championships - does he really need another? In my mind, the reason WWE booked Sheamus and Miz for the Battle Royal instead of scheduling a U.S. title match between the two at Battleground is because they plan on unifying the midcard titles once and for all. Do I agree with the move? Not necessarily, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.
Winner, and NEW Intercontinental/United States Champion: Sheamus
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
One of the running themes for Sunday's PPV is, "I can't believe they didn't save this match for SummerSlam." This match is the first of four of those instances. In all honestly, a babyface Jack Swagger vs. Rusev is a feud I never thought would actually happen. Partly because it seemed too perfect, and partly because I couldn't imagine Zeb Colter playing the hero role. But, I was wrong, and I'm glad I was. Earlier in the week, during my appearance on LOP Radio's The Late Shift with Steve, we discussed whether WWE made the right decision by giving the coveted 9pm time-slot to the 'detente' between Colter and Lana. Considering how hot the crowd was for everyone involved in that segment, I think WWE played their cards right. I marked out when Swagger countered Rusev's kick into the Patriot Lock, as the segment did an excellent job of hyping their Battleground encounter.
Other than a passionate crowd, I'm not too sure what to expect from their match on Sunday. Believe it or not, Swagger needs the win more than Rusev does, as a clean victory over The Real American would undoubtedly derail his newly-gained momentum. That's why a disqualification or count-out victory over Rusev would probably be the best way to go, and could set up a Submission match between the two at SummerSlam.
Winner: Jack Swagger (via DQ or Count-out)
Two out of Three Falls Match for the Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c.) vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
I can't lie; this upcoming tag team title match is probably the most excited I've been for a tag team PPV match since The Rhodes Brothers tried to win their jobs back from The Shield at last year's Battleground (ironic, huh?). That match definitely didn't disappoint, and there's no chance this one will either. The Usos vs. Harper & Rowan was probably the second-best match at Money in the Bank, and considering these guys should get no less than fifteen minutes on Sunday, all four men could very easily steal the show. The last time we had a 2/3 falls match on WWE television was when Daniel Bryan challenged Sheamus at Extreme Rules 2012, and that resulted in a MOTY candidate.We could very well see the same thing happen this weekend.
The Usos shocked the world by successfully retaining their titles a few weeks back, and while lightning could strike twice, I believe The Wyatts are over-due a run with the belts by this point. You can tell WWE is biding their time with StarDust and are anxious to get them in the tag title hunt, and that won't result from a feud with The Usos, so expect new tag team champs - and a potential MOTY candidate - on Sunday.
Winners, and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
Much like Jericho's feud with CM Punk back in 2012 was a 'dream feud come true' for yours truly, Jericho vs. the patriarch of The Wyatt Family is another dream feud for others. What's hilarious to me is how the IWC has wasted no time criticizing this rivalry to pieces since it started, what, two weeks ago? All I hear is, "there's not enough heat between the two" or "Jericho's promos have been off since his return". We must be watching different episodes of Raw and SmackDown because I haven't seen any of that; I've simply been entertained by what they're doing. Therefore, when Wyatt and Y2J have a four-star match this Sunday, you'll see people complaining it wasn't five-stars.
The match quality isn't a question; rather, it's the outcome. They will unquestionably have a rematch at next month's SummerSlam, but how do they get there by having both men look strong? Wyatt hasn't won too many big matches lately, but neither has Jericho since his return (unless you consider a win over The Miz huge). Both men need a win, but unlike Swagger vs. Rusev, ending the match via DQ or count-out doesn't fit this rivalry. Instead, I think Jericho will win with a surprise roll-up, which will extend their program until at least SummerSlam, which will allow Wyatt to get a decisive victory at the bigger PPV. I'm really looking forward to this one, especially after their NXT match from last year.
Winner: Chris Jericho
WWE Divas Championship: Aj Lee (c.) vs. Paige
Those of you who are regular readers of my columns/follow me on Twitter know just how excited I am to see my two favourite divas finally go at it. Their matches on Raw the last few months have pissed me off because neither lasted more than three minutes, but I guess that's the point - to make you want to see more. This is the third match of the night I'm shocked WWE didn't save for SummerSlam, and I hope that's because Paige will be a heel by then, and not because they want to book the Total Divas in some sort of stupid tag team match. But the optimist in me thinks Paige vs. Aj will get between 8 and 10 minutes to work with (which is a lot for a divas' match), and following a successful title defense from Aj, will see Paige drop this 'BFF' charade she has going and snap, either after the match or on Monday's Raw. Hey, it's Paige vs. Aj Lee - what more could you ask for?
Winner, and STILL Divas Champion - Aj Lee
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
Has there been a more compelling feud in months than Ambrose vs. Rollins? Not to take anything away from the rest of the card (which has been booked surprisingly well considering it's, well, the midcard), but ever since The Shield imploded last month, Ambrose and Rollins have been tearing the house down without having any actual matches. You see, WWE does know how to book a feud without giving away the match on free TV a half-dozen times before and after a PPV - they just refuse to do it. I'm aware I've already said this multiple times throughout the column, but for Christ's Sake, I cannot believe they're not saving Ambrose vs. Rollins for SummerSlam. Then again, maybe they are.
Hear me out. Monday on Raw, Ambrose was unable to compete in the main-event because of the gang-attack from The Authority's henchmen at the start of the show. *SMACKDOWN SPOILER* Rollins comes out on this week's SmackDown and says he can't compete because he suffered an injury during Raw's main-event. *END SPOILER* What if, come Battleground on Sunday, while The Lunatic Fringe is waiting for his back-stabbing brother to face him in the ring, Mr. Money in the Bank says he's unable to compete because of the injury, which leads to: A) Ambrose being beat down by Kane, Orton, and Rollins, therefore unable to compete, or B) Rollins/Triple H selects a new opponent for Ambrose (maybe a returning Mark Henry?) Either scenario would prolong the feud until at least SummerSlam without giving away Ambrose vs. Rollins just yet. Sure, the live crowd wouldn't be very happy, but remember - card subject to change!
Winner: N/A (match doesn't happen)
Fatal-Four-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (c.) vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
The best way to describe this match in one word? UGH. Partly because of the participants and partly because of the obvious outcome. I'm not one to let predictability spoil my enjoyment for a match, but let's get serious - there's no way Cena is going to lose, and that's regardless if Brock Lesnar is wrestling at SummerSlam or not. There's no way Kane is going to be the sole world champion in 2014; Randy Orton has spent the better part of the past 365 days either challenging or defending the world title; Reigns simply isn't ready, and I'm already getting tired of his act, by the way (not a good sign for someone who WWE plans on being a major star for the next decade or so). By process of elimination, Cena is the only logical winner. Furthermore, LOL @ anyone who thinks Cena will lose because he might miss an episode of Raw or two in the coming weeks so he can film a movie. Obviously, you people missed out on The Rock's title reign last year. Cena vs. Brock (who I think WILL show up and attack Cena after the main-event on Sunday) doesn't need the title to sell SummerSlam, but tell that to WWE.
I suppose quality-wise, this match could be a pleasant surprise, but I'm not holding my breath. Hands down the match I'm least-looking forward to on Sunday.
Winner, and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: John Cena
Your Two Centsss: Do you see Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins happening on Sunday? Why or why not?
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