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Countdown to WWE Battleground
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling





WWE Batleground is here, and the name itself evokes a certain sense of dangerous fight for territory.

I'm going into this PPV a little differently than usual, since there really are no certainties ahead. This is the very definition of a transitional event and with Hell in a Cell just a couple weeks away, and all that tonight's event does is serve as a bridge as we head into the next major pay-per-view coming out of Night of Champions.

There's one certainty - we will have a new WWE Champion. Who that will be is really up in the air. Daniel Bryan would be the crowd favourite, but to win the title on a minor PPV seems like a waste. Still, he has all the momentum in the world plus an angry giant on his side that's ready to erupt. Having said that, there could be a big swerve just as easily and Show could KO D-Bry, giving Randy Orton the belt.

Across the card is Alberto Del Rio and Rob Van Dam with the World Heavyweight Championship at stake. RVD has been hot with the crowd (despite doing the same thing he did 10 years ago in WWE) so I wouldn't be shocked if a title change happened here, but I say this with the proviso that Van Dam's rumoured 'break' doesn't happen. Then again, this could be the cash-in time for Damien Sandow, so once again, there isn't a surefire pick here.

Onto the Diva's Championship and this one hangs on the finish of Bryan vs. Orton. AJ Lee has been built super strong but you know there's one of those unmistakable moments in WWE history waiting if both Brie and Bryan can come out victorious the same night. I also like the idea of AJ chasing and laying down another pipebomb, maybe breaking a little kayfabe and say that Stephanie McMahon suggested that taking the fall would be "better for business."


Speaking of pipe bombs, CM Punk is up next against Ryback in what may unfortunately be the worst match on the card on the men's side. Punk's still hurting and Ryback really hasn't gelled into this position at all. I'd almost expect that we get some sort of build of a Punk backer (maybe Luke Gallows returns?) to setup what would seem like an inevitable Survivor Series bout of Paul Heyman Guys against a reinvigorated Straight Edge Society. This match really doesn't hold my interest.

The last of the major matches sees The Shield taking on the Rhodes Boys with the latter's jobs at stake. I've heard a few theories here, including Goldust turning on Cody to get a spot while younger brother is forced to the sidelines. The theory works since the two have wanted to have a match for so long, but the logical hole exists of how you get Cody officially onto the WWE roster. I'm picking the Rhodes boys.

Elsewhere, take Bray Wyatt over Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler on the preshow and Curtis Axel over R-Truth.

Enjoy Battleground!

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