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Countdown to WWE Battleground
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff





The WWE Battleground PPV has moved up in the schedule, from October of 2013 to a hot, sticky show in Tampa, Florida, tonight. Given its positioning as the PPV before SummerSlam in August, don't be surprised if some of the bouts end somewhat inconclusively, opening up the opportunity for rematches at the summer spectacle. Here's what we think will happen Sunday night!



John Cena (c) vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns - Fatal four-way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship


MATTHEW ASHER: With SummerSlam being the PPV following Battleground, you know the winner of this match has to have serious drawing power. If the initial SS poster is foreshadowing at all, Cena will retain and then Paul Heyman/The Authority will come out to unveil "Plan C" as in "The Conqueror of The Streak" (I still hate that) as Brock Lesnar will face Cena the following month. Reigns will put in a good effort, but Cena will come out as the champ yet again.
MATTHEW BYER: All signs are pointing to a John Cena versus Brock Lesnar main event at SummerSlam this year which means there is absolutely no chance of the title switching hands. That doesn't mean though that Cena will walk out of this match unscathed as I suspect that as soon as he achieves the hard earned victory Lesnar will sneak attack him from behind. As for Orton and Kane it seems likely they'll team up to take Reigns out of action. The great question is whether we'll see Triple H and/or Stephanie McMahon interfere in this match too.
NOLAN HOWELL: Since Daniel Bryan was forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, things have been up in the air and everyone is sort of left clueless. Assuming Cena has a date with a certain client of a certain someone at SummerSlam, chances are that they want that match to have everything in its power to draw eyes. Cena will retain the belt into SummerSlam.
BOB KAPUR: Thank goodness for Reigns, otherwise this would be the same old same old. Reigns is on fire, but I can't see him winning the title at a second-tier PPV event, with SummerSlam just around the corner. Unless, of course, they do it as a surprise and to demonstrate how important it is to watch the show on the WWE Network (God, that was annoying on this week's TV). Cena retains.
DALE PLUMMER: Cena will retain the WWE WHC here. Reigns will do all the heavy lifting in the match and get a few near falls but ultimately won't get the pin. Orton and Kane won't be able to co-exist, which will allow Cena to pick up the win. Rollins may try to cash in on a weakened Cena, but if he does he will be thwarted by Dean Ambrose or Paul Heyman's "Plan C," Brock Lesnar.
CALEB SMITH: John Cena, Kane and Orton will lead Reigns through the main event. Having three guys who know how to handle the pressure of the spotlight will help the WWE give Reigns the comfort he needs to develop. I think Cena will win this one as his reign is still pretty new.
JON WALDMAN: The obvious choice here is Cena. There's little doubt he's going to Mania to face off with BROCK -- with the likely scenario being Lesnar coming away with the gold. The splinter feud of Reigns and Orton makes sense as well, since it will elevate young Roman. As for Kane? Honestly, I'm surprised every time he comes out that he isn't retired yet. I'll give Jacobs credit -- he's been relatively good in staying injury free all these years.

The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) - 2-out-of-3 falls tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship


MATTHEW ASHER: These four guys tore the house down last PPV. I thought Rowan and Harper were going to dethrone the champs last month. It didn't happen. However, in a 2-out-of-3 falls match, I see their brute strength being too much for the Usos to retain. While Wyatt will settle for beating Y2J, he will be controlling the tag champs after this match as the titles WILL change hands.
MATTHEW BYER: This feud has been going on far too long and has reached the point where if WWE is not willing to put the tag titles on the Wyatt Family then they should have it end here and let the Usos move on to other challengers. Here's hoping they do "what's right for business" and let the Wyatt Family be declared the new champions.
NOLAN HOWELL: Being that this is Battleground, I would think that all these matches are sort of appetizers for a bigger dinner at SummerSlam. Here, it is kind of tricky given the state of the WWE Tag Team Championships. I'll say The Usos manage to retain to set up a be-all, end-all at SummerSlam with The Wyatts.
BOB KAPUR: So far, this feud has been great, and it's done something I wouldn't have thought possible a few months ago -- it's elevated the Usos AND the Tag Team Championship into something meaningful to the fans. That accomplished, it's time to let the Wyatt Family shine with a long title reign.
DALE PLUMMER: When does a 2-out-of-3 falls match ever not go to three falls? The Wyatts will pick up the first pin, but the Usos will fight back to win the next two. I don't see much logic in having Rowan and Harper hold the belts unless they would drop them at SummerSlam to the Dust brothers.
CALEB SMITH: The Usos and the Wyatts have been booked like 1980s tag teams. They show up to help their buddies and have created a really rivalry. The Usos will take this one in a close match, but both teams will be elevated to elite status as a result of this feud.
JON WALDMAN: I've heard a lot of people talk of being bored of these matches, but honestly these two teams bring out the best in each other. The Usos are still very hot and Harper and Rowan just look better and better each match. Well, at least Harper does. Rowan I'm still not sold on, but he too is gaining momentum. I think we do see the titles switch here, with a decisive end to the feud next month, possibly in a ladder match at SummerSlam.

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins


MATTHEW ASHER: Probably the toughest outcome to predict because this should be the first of three PPV matches between the former Shield members. Rollins will probably come away with a tainted win and then try to cash in his contract after the main event. However, Dean will either prevent the cash in or (if he was smart) let Seth cash it in and then instantly get him DQ'ed, ending the Authority's "Plan B" setting up "Plan C" for the next PPV.
MATTHEW BYER: Here is where we start to find out whether WWE Management think Ambrose or Rollins are meant for the main event in the immediate future. Rollins has already won the briefcase at Money in the Bank so it's really Ambrose who needs the win here in order to be seen as a credible future main event star. Despite all that my gut tells me that Rollins is going to score the win again and that it'll be a clean one this time.
NOLAN HOWELL: The Ambrose-Rollins saga still has plenty of juice left. This match will be competitive all the way through, but I anticipate Rollins manages to pull it out due to some sort of shenanigans to keep looking strong while holding the Money in the Bank briefcase.
BOB KAPUR: This first match will be a fight, and I can see both men getting DQ'd or counted out, to start what should be a long and exciting feud. And by long, I'm not talking lasting for a few months -- I'm thinking a lengthy, career-spanning deal like Hogan-Piper, Flair-Rhodes, or Dreamer-Raven.
DALE PLUMMER: This is match that is selling the show. Rollins will prevail, but with a lot of outside interference in either the form of Kane or Triple H himself. Although a loss and a beating won't stop Ambrose from pursuing Rollins when he tries to cash in the Money in the Bank.
CALEB SMITH: This will be a knock-down, drag-out match. The fans will feel invested in this one as they can relate to a friend turning on them and the need for retribution. Rollins wins after some help from friends.
JON WALDMAN: I can't see this one ending cleanly. I'd even venture that Rollins, as defeat nears, escapes for the 10 count, preserving his strength for a possible match later in the night with Cena. Here's where we start to get complicated though -- if Ambrose continues his assault to prevent the cash-in, the natural inclination by WWE will be for there to be a match between the two with the briefcase on the line (possibly in a ladder match, though I much prefer the tag team possibility). I'd really, REALLY rather WWE carry this all the way to 'Mania, but sustaining a feud for that many months may pose a bit challenging.

20-man battleground Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O'Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder


MATTHEW ASHER: Out of the 20 men competing, only five will have a real chance at becoming the new IC champ as the rest are fillers. If Sheamus wasn't already U.S. champ, he'd have my vote but I don't see him becoming a double champion. Cesaro and Sheamus had a great spot at TLC battling on top of the tipped-over ladder and Cesaro hasn't won a title since before he was a Real American. The King of Swing is my pick but Ziggler, ADR and Miz wouldn't surprise me at all if they got the duke.
MATTHEW BYER: It would be great if Ziggler was given the belt, but this one will come down to Cesaro, Sheamus, and perhaps The Miz. Being that Cesaro and Sheamus are the obvious choices I'll predict The Miz wins by some underhanded means.
NOLAN HOWELL: The likely names here seem to be between Big E, Dallas, Cesaro, Ziggler, Kingston, RVD, Sheamus, and The Miz. Maybe Del Rio can sneak into contention as well. Kind of a coin flip, but looking at who is hottest here, I'll have to go with The Miz.
BOB KAPUR: The dartboard that I use to pick winners in these multi-men scramble matches says that Xavier Woods will win. Naturally, that's wrong. So I say go with Sheamus.
DALE PLUMMER: There's a lot more potential here then I originally thought; Del Rio, Big E, Bo Dallas, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and the Miz could all win this thing. Del Rio has never held the IC title, so there's that. Bo Dallas' heel of a motivational speaker is getting over with the crowd. Even though Cesaro has dumped Heyman, the IC title can keep him elevated. Ziggler deserves it after losing the WHC because Jack Swagger can't pull his kicks. And The Miz just returned and could use it to stoke the fire of a heel run. My money would be on Bo Dallas though, because deep down I BOLIEVE!
CALEB SMITH: Gee wiz. This match is a mess. I certainly hope that whomever wins the IC belt is a great wrestler and is given a lengthy reign to re-establish the importance of this title. With that said it would have to go to Cesaro. He is a good technical wrestler and a powerhouse. Also, he likes rugby, so he is okay with me.
JON WALDMAN: Normally I'd say Sheamus but I don't see any reason to merge the titles yet. As devalued as the U.S. title is (moreso than the IC), I see it needing to be the European title of this generation. There are too many men on the roster to have so few championships. Cesaro would be a good pick as well, and I could see that being the result, but that means an inevitable feud with Wade Barrett, which would put the Englishman to the test as a face. Still, it's the most likely scenario with the cast of characters otherwise not being extremely strong.

Cameron vs. Naomi


MATTHEW ASHER: I've never seen an episode of Total Divas, nor do I really care about this one. For the sake of simplicity, whichever one is supposed to be the bad one will probably come out as the winner.
MATTHEW BYER: I don't get the sense that people are all that invested in this feud nevertheless I'll pick Naomi for the win.
NOLAN HOWELL: Naomi wins, hopefully clean.
BOB KAPUR: This is the match where I place the pizza order.
DALE PLUMMER: In a just and right world, Naomi wins in under two minutes.
CALEB SMITH: Oh my. Flip a coin. I don't care.
JON WALDMAN: If both ladies are to come out strong, Cameron needs to win. If not, Naomi goes over big. Problem is, neither are competent challengers at this point to Paige or AJ.

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho


MATTHEW ASHER: We all know Jericho has no problem putting over younger talent so Bray will win this one. I see Y2J working his butt off to make Wyatt look like a real threat for the rest of the roster.
MATTHEW BYER: This one will probably end inconclusively with the feud continuing on to SummerSlam.
NOLAN HOWELL: Bray needs wins. Bray Wyatt should win here.
BOB KAPUR: Jericho wins by DQ, but the feud continues.
DALE PLUMMER: Jericho never gets enough credit for constantly returning to put guys over. Bray will win since he was never allowed to go over Cena.
CALEB SMITH: Interesting match-up. The ageless Jericho will pull out a surprise and sneaky win.
JON WALDMAN: Bray will go over here, but I'll call shenanigans so we get a more decisive match next month.

AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige - Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship


MATTHEW ASHER: Paige wasn't properly used as the Divas champ during her first reign. AJ should retain and Paige should go back to NXT or at least start winning matches that she doesn't pull out of thin air, setting up a rematch at WrestleMania 31 next year.
MATTHEW BYER: This could be a pretty good match if they give them enough time... regardless I'll go with Paige getting a DQ win in order to continue what seems like a highly probable heel turn.
NOLAN HOWELL: Paige finally snaps and takes back the belt.
BOB KAPUR: AJ retains.
DALE PLUMMER: AJ will win to start building legitimacy in this title again.
CALEB SMITH: Paige gets her revenge after being beaten on for most of the match.
JON WALDMAN: I'll go with AJ here with another roll-up of some sort, leading to Page challenging her to a Submission Match at SummerSlam, which I think would be a first for the WWE women's division (at least in the modern era).

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev


MATTHEW ASHER: WWE has done the unthinkable and actually getting me to root for the Real American. There's a chance this one will actually end up as a no-contest so the feud can conclude at SummerSlam. This is a rivalry that has the legs for at least one more PPV match.
MATTHEW BYER: Simply put: Rusev crush!
NOLAN HOWELL: Rusev wins with some help.
BOB KAPUR: Swagger gets the win to kick off the PPV with a bang.
DALE PLUMMER: Given the current geo-political situation in the world, WWE can't let the Russian win.
CALEB SMITH: Swagger puts up a good fight and then gets cut off by Rusev. Rusev wins.
JON WALDMAN: Way too soon for this feud to end. Swagger's build to facedom has been burgeoning with the "We The People" chants happening for months. Rusev isn't losing here, but perhaps Lana interferes with her man in trouble late in the match.

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