WWE Battleground 2016 Predictions
The WWE Draft is over and Raw and Smackdown Live now have separate rosters. But before we get into this brand-split officially on Monday, WWE Battleground takes place this Sunday and could alter the landscape for both shows. With a few matches that will not take place again in the foreseeable future and titles possibly changing hands, this PPV could turn out to be very interesting.
Match 1: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) vs. Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) – Tag Team match
This pre show match was set up this week and features two tag teams drafted to the Smackdown Live brand. It could set up a rivalry on a show that currently does not have a tag team championship. There is no telling is the show will get its own tag team titles or not, but if so, the winning team in this match may get the first shot at those titles. And I think The Usos will get the nod and get a rejuvenated push going forward after being separated from Roman Reigns.
Winners: The Usos
Match 2: Zack Ryder vs. Rusev w/ Lana (C) – Singles match for the United States Championship
These two started a feud and it is the classic foreign bad guy against the American underdog. But with Rusev on Raw and Ryder being drafted to Smackdown Live, this match and the one for the Intercontinental championship have huge ramifications on where the belts will be and I don’t see either title changing hands right now.
Match 3: Darren Young vs. The Miz w/ Maryse (C) – Singles match for the Intercontinental Championship
The Darren Young push started with vignettes weekly featuring Bob Backlund and his promise to make Darren Young “great again.” Then, Young debuted in the lamest way by appearing in a battle royal to name a #1 Contender for the Intercontinental championship. But it was Young who was last in the ring after Apollo Crews eliminated himself while also throwing out an opponent. And so now we have Darren Young against The Miz on a PPV in a title match. But like I said before, I don’t see the title changing hands just yet.
Winner: The Miz
Match 4: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman) – 3-on-3 Tag Team match
The New Day and The Wyatt Family have gone back and forth for a while now and this should be the last match for them in a while after the WWE draft. The New Day are all going to Raw and The Wyatt Family was split with Bray and Rowan going to Smackdown Live and Strowman being drafted to Raw. But hopefully this match will entertaining and one of the matches of the night. The biggest question is what will happen with Xavier Woods. He has seemed mesmerized by Bray Wyatt lately and now we may find out if he leaves The New Day. The only sure thing is that is should be better than the “Final Deletion” ripoff that took place at the Wyatt Compound.
Winner: The New Day
Match 5: Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks & ???
Charlotte and Sasha Banks are feuding right now but before we get to a singles match for the Women’s Championship, we get a tag match with Charlotte and her protege Dana Brooke against Banks and a mystery partner. Charlotte and Banks should be able to steal the show, but Brooke needs work and hopefully matches like this will help her to improve in the ring. And as far as the mystery partner for Banks, I can only imagine that it will be Bayley making her main roster appearance. She wasn’t drafted, but she should be up here with the rest of these women.
Winner: Sasha Banks & ??? (Bayley)
Match 6: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya – Singles match
Lynch and Natalya were partners just a month ago and everything was going good. Until Natalya turned on Lynch and began thinking only of herself. These two Smackdown Live members should put on a good match and surprise the crowd. Lynch, in my opinion, is a top wrestler in the Women’s division and could easily be a future title holder in th WWE. And even though I cannot handle Natalya on a mic, she is one of the best in the ring and can have a good match with almost anyone.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Match 7: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens – Singles match
The rivalry between Owens and Zayn continues at Battleground, but it is being billed as the end of the feud. Whether it is or not, this will certainly be one of the best matches of the night. Anytime these two are in the ring together it has the potential to be a match of the year candidate. But I don’t believe it will be the end with both men drafted to Raw. And I am fine with that. As for a winner, it could go either way. But I’m going with Zayn for this match.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Match 8: John Cena & Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Club (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) – 3-on-3 Tag Team match
For the last time in the foreseeable future, Styles will have The Club in his corner as they get ready to battle Cena, Amore, and Cass. Cena and Styles can still fight as they are both on Smackdown Live, but everyone else is going to Raw so it could be the last time all these men are in the ring together for a long time. It should be a great match and could go either way, but with Styles beating Cena last month, I’ll put my money on Cena this time.
Winners: John Cena & Enzo Amore & Cass
Match 9: Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (C) – Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship
The main event of the night features all three former members of The Shield battling for the the top prize in the company, the WWE Championship. Last month, Reigns went into Money in the Bank as the champ and lost it to Rollins, who immediately lost it to Ambrose after he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase. That naturally set up this three way match that fans have been waiting to see. Then, Reigns was suspended for 30 days putting this match in jeopardy. Or so I thought. But the match stayed the same and it will take place this Sunday. But with Rollins and Reigns now on Raw and Ambrose a member of the Smackdown Live roster, I think Rollins will win, setting up a feud with Reigns. And also setting up a way to make a new title for Smackdown Live that Ambrose can challenge for and possibly win. It seems like each show will have a champion and this may be the easiest way to do that.
Winner: Seth Rollins
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