Wrestling Review: WWE Battleground (2015)

At Wrestlemania, Seth Rollins made history when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on the Beast, Brock Lesnar. And now, Brock Lesnar wants his title back. Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns have been playing mind games with each other for weeks, and something has to give. On Raw last week Stephanie McMahon introduced some of the best Divas from NXT, to change the landscape of women’s wrestling, and at Battleground, something has to give.

+ Kevin Owens vs John Cena, United States Championship: again, for the third time, these two have what must be considered a match of the year. Absolutely fantastic pacing, the crowd was incredibly hot the entire time and the outcome leaves so much room for things to move forward in interesting ways. Fantastic in every single way
+ as far as opening matches go, Randy Orton vs Sheamus should have been pretty bland, but the hot crowd and the back and forth action actually made for some tense moments
+ after a fantastic opening promo from the New Day, New Day (in Big E and Kofi Kingston) vs The Prime Time Players was an above average match from two teams that have faced each other many times now
+ Brie Bella vs Charlotte vs Sasha Banks: the best thing about this match was the Brie spent the majority of it staying out of the way of the two divas that could actually wrestle. Although Brie Bella had her moments, the bulk of the match was made incredibly watchable by Banks and Charlotte.

Kevin Owens hits a hellish DDT on john Cena
Kevin Owens hits a hellish DDT on John Cena

– Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins, WWE World Heavyweight Championship: not quite sure what to make of this one. Lots of spoilers involved, which I won’t get into, but basically nothing much happened for these two, and the outcome was a billion times more interesting than the match itself. Hopefully they aren’t quite done yet, though, because I still want to see a proper match between the two
– a severe lack of Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Rusev and Dolph Ziggler is disheartening, after all of those superstars were corners stones of the last few weeks. With the Intercontinental Title match not happening, any combination of those four in any match could be been a good chance to let them do their thing

> Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt; I feel like every time these two have a match I have the same thoughts – they just don’t work together. The crowd is not high enough on Reigns to boo the anti-hero Wyatt, and Wyatt just doesn’t deserve the audience’s full cheers after all his losses when things matter (and he’s technically the bad guy). Give these two some lower tier opponents and build them up properly, dammit. I want to like them both, but I am not being given a reason to. The match finished with a final few minutes, but not enough to give it a positive mention. Aftermath was better than the match itself

Should you watch this event: Overall, this was a surprisingly good event. A few strange choices for winner and losers (but I mean, when isn’t there these days) were not enough to mar an otherwise well executed bunch of matches. This is well worth watching the whole way through.

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