Battleground came to us live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last night. For the most part, the card was stacked with rematches, and seemed to serve the purpose of finishing up feuds before Summerslam. The Punjabi Prison Match made its return to WWE, as did John Cena. So, though there was a distinct lack of buzz among fans, the card looked strong enough. What did we learn from all the fallout?
Tye Dillinger Is on the Back Burner
Dillinger debuted to much fanfare earlier this year, but for whatever reason, the WWE machine has yet to truly get behind him. I’m happy to see Aiden English get a win here, as he’s incredible in this role, but it still seems as though they have no idea what to do with The Perfect 10.
The New Day Is Still Rollin’
After a phenomenal contest, The New Day defeated The Usos to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. In doing so, they’ve become the first tag team to win the titles on both Raw and Smackdown. Remember when we all thought New Day had run its course? That nothing was left for them to do, and it was time to break up the band? Well, all signs point to us being wrong, at least for now. New Day is rolling atop the SmackDown Tag Team Division, and don’t appear to be breaking up any time soon.
Shinsuke Nakamura Can Have a Bad Match
I don’t mean to rile up the Internet. I know he’s one of the most beloved figures in forums and comments sections, but the match between Nakamura and Baron Corbin was bad. It was just downright boring. The DQ finish was unsatisfying, and it’s obvious that they simply wanted to protect both guys. I imagine that means there won’t be a pay-per-view rematch. On to the next match…
Natalya Will Challenge Naomi at Summerslam
The 5-way elimination match delivered. It was a pretty fun contest that showcased just about every woman in the division. I’m happy to see Natalya get the win, and maybe she can parlay that into a championship win at Summerslam. Her and Naomi should have a great match, and it’s refreshing to see a title match not involving any of the Four Horsewomen. There’s more depth in the Women’s Divisions than people realize.
Styles’ U.S. Championship Win Was About House Show Attendance
When A.J. Styles won the United States Championship at a Madison Square Garden house show, it seemed like odd timing. But, every now and then, the WWE likes to boost interest in house shows by having a major championship change hands when the cameras are “off.” That ended up being the case here.
WWE Will Run the United States Vs. [Insert Foreign Country Here] Angle Forever
A large subset of Twitter was pretty upset with the Flag Match between John Cena and Rusev. I thought it was okay once the action spilled to the outside, but for the most part, it was campy and corny. Of course, All-American hustle, loyalty, respect Cena gets the win. Nothing new or fresh at all. Again, this just seemed like filler before they started building towards Summerslam.
Mike and Maria Kanellis Belong in WWE
This gimmick between Mike and Maria Kanellis is gold. I thought this was the perfect palate cleanser between the two main matches. As for Mike, he can go – Sami Zayn is the perfect guy to kick off his WWE career with. These two have bright futures on the blue brand.
The Great Khali Is Back
Well, the Punjabi Prison Match was pretty awful minus a few highlights, but the main takeaways are that Jinder Mahal is still the WWE Champion, and The Great Khali is back in a WWE ring. Wild – now, I don’t know if this will lead to any sort of full-time role with the company or not, but the finish to the Punjabi Prison Match was pretty phenomenal. It continues to boost Mahal’s status as a slimy heel. Surely this will be the last Mahal-Orton match, as this rivalry has long since past its peak.
Overall, Battleground was a rather stale, predictable, and boring wrestling show. That said, I’ve certainly seen worth. The Smackdown Tag Team Championship match gets ‘Match of the Night’ honors tonight, and I’m completely ready for Summerslam and new rivalries.