The Predictions… ARE BACK!
I love the theme by the way for this PPV. It’s definitely a tune and a half. There’s a number of huge matches in store for the WWE Universe this Sunday. Among the stars entering the battleground include the “New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt, whose apparently stealing Meng and The Barbarian’s gimmicks! He will be taking on Roman Reigns in a match that was actually announced at the WWE’s last pay-per-view Money In The Bank. Also, we’ll see the third installment in a feud that has lit up the WWE and provided some of the matches of the year. The former NXT Champion Kevin Owens will challenge the United States Champion John Cena for the US Title, hoping to finally win the prize that is the title held by some of the all time greats of professional wrestling. And finally, returning to PPV for the first time since Wrestlemania 31 is the Beast Incarnate… BROCK LESNAR! He will be invoking his rematch clause for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when he takes on the reigning, defending champion Seth Rollins. Will Rollins be able to conquer the former UFC Heavyweight Champion or will Seth be taking an extremely painful trip to Suplex City?
Let’s get down to the predictions….
R-Truth vs King Barrett for King Barrett’s King of the Ring Crown
Background: Bad News Barrett won the 2015 King of the Ring, joining such greats as Brock Lesnar, Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, his reign as King has been met with some mockery by the “Sun Tan Superman” R-Truth. R-Truth began portraying HIMSELF as a King, annoying Barrett who actually won the right to be King. The feud finally ends on the pre-show of Battleground as King Barrett’s King of the Ring crown is on the line. And we truly get to see who’s the true king of WWE?
What Should Happen?: I’m really hoping this feud ends after this match. Barrett’s reign as “King” hasn’t really gotten off to a great start and his feud with R-Truth isn’t helping matters. Barrett needs to wrap up this feud with a victory over Truth and move on to some serious competition.
What Will Happen? Barrett will get the win on the pre-show. I do like R-Truth but they can’t possibly be considering degrading Barrett’s KOTR win by having him lose his crown to Truth. However, I don’t see things getting much better from here on out for the Englishman.
“Prime Time Players” Titus O’Neil (c) and Darren Young (c) vs The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Background: The feud really began in the first ever tag team elimination chamber match. It came down to the Prime Time Players and all three members of the New Day. The Players gave it their all, but couldn’t overcome the three-on-two situation. The PTP finally got a fair two-on-two tag title match against the New Day at Money In The Bank (since Kofi Kingston was in the MITB ladder match) and capitalized to take home the gold. The New Day will be invoking their rematch clause and hoping to reclaim the tag titles at Battleground.
What Should Happen?: It’s a tough call either way you slice it. I do like the Prime Time Players and I’m glad they’re finally the tag team champions. It would be a really shame to have them lose the titles in their first title defense at Battleground. On the other hand, I see a HUGE amount of potential with the New Day. When they lost the tag titles, I was a little annoyed because it seemed that WWE was just trying to take advantage of Titus winning “Celebrity Dad of the Year” recently by putting the tag titles on him and Young. Them doing that I thought killed the momentum the New Day had been building up now as heels. I think the ones that have the more potential as champions is the New Day. So I’d like to see New Day win by disqualification which would lead to the group winning back the titles at Summerslam. At least then, the PTP would actually have somewhat of a credible tag reign.
What Will Happen?: I wouldn’t put it past WWE to hot-shot the tag titles once again. We’ve had four title changes already in 2015, so we really shouldn’t be surprised if they do it again. New Day wins.
Randy Orton vs Sheamus
Background: These two have been attacking each other for the last few weeks ever since Sheamus won the Money In The Bank briefcase… and the WWE have not ONE TIME explained to the viewers why! Other than the fact that these two were both in the MITB Ladder match, there shouldn’t really be a reason for these two to just start attacking each other. And if so, it’d be nice for the WWE to explain the reasons for it other than “THEY HATE EACH OTHER.”
What Should Happen?: I’m not really too bothered about the finish as you could make good points for both these gentleman. However, pushing their Money In The Bank holder should really be a top priority for the WWE. Sheamus wins… through shenanigans.
What Will Happen?: I really see Orton going over in this one. WWE, for some reason, have a weird obsession of jobbing out the Money In The Bank holders in their first PPV match after winning the thing. I remember them doing it with Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and Damien Sandow in the past. I see that happening here.
Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt
Background: Bray Wyatt cost Roman Reigns the Money In The Bank ladder match. This attack immediately caused WWE to announce Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns for their next PPV, Battleground. After some mind games from Bray Wyatt on RAW, the two are set to clash in St. Louis. Which will prevail? Fear or Justice?
What Should Happen?: In a perfect world, WWE wouldn’t even be putting on this match… at least not right now. The loser of this match is going to lose so much going forth that it’s unfair to both these gentlemen. I don’t want the WWE to feed Bray Wyatt to Roman Reigns but I also don’t want Roman Reigns to lose AGAIN either as the struggle towards the top for him will only get tougher. I think Bray Wyatt should get the win here but Roman HAS to win a rematch if they have one at Summerslam.
What Will Happen? Roman Reigns beats Bray Wyatt… CLEAN. It’s a sad reality but someone’s going over clean and it’ll probably be Roman Reigns. Bray Wyatt again loses credibility as a top star by jobbing out to Roman Reigns. They better have something GOOD planned for Bray at Summerslam. But for some reason, I don’t see that happening….
Kevin Owens vs John Cena III for the United States Championship
Background: Then-NXT Champion Kevin Owens confronted United States Champion John Cena on RAW back in May, telling him that they will one day fight… on his terms. Their match ended up taking place at Elimination Chamber, where Kevin Owens beat Cena cleanly in a huge shocker. The two would meet again at Money In The Bank, with Cena grabbing the win. Owens would attack Cena post-match, with a powerbomb on the apron similar to what he’s done to Sami Zayn and Neville in the past. After attacks to Cena’s friend Machine Gun Kelly and verbal attacks, Cena agreed to one final match for the United States title at Battleground. On RAW, Kevin Owens has done whatever it takes to make sure that HE is the one to take the title from John Cena. He’s jeopardized the efforts of Cesaro and Rusev to win the title on RAW and knows this is a must-win match, having lost the NXT title to Finn Balor at Beast in the East.
What Should Happen? Owens wins. This feud has been excellent and has utilized others like Cesaro and Rusev really well. Needless to say, the United States Championship Open Challenge proved to be a great idea, as we’ve seen a number of high-quality US title matches from Cena including with the likes of Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn. However, the time is now at hand to crown Owens as the United States Champion. I’m really hoping for this feud to be followed up by Kevin Owens vs Cesaro for the title. Hopefully, I’ll get my wish.
What Will Happen? Owens wins. The NXT title being dropped by Owens in Japan now means Owens can focus on working the main roster full-time (well after the next NXT Takeover that is). Owens winning the US title and the feud elevates him tremendously. If there was ever a time for Cena to drop the title, it’s right now and WWE surely realize that.
Seth Rollins (c) vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Background: At Wrestlemania 31 Seth Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank contract during Brock Lesnar’s WWE World title defense against Roman Reigns, making it a triple threat match. After pinning Reigns, Seth walked out the champion. Brock would respond by cashing in his rematch clause the next night on RAW. However, Seth backed out of the match which resulted in Brock Lesnar going on a rampage. This rampage caused Brock to be suspended by Stephanie McMahon. Brock returned the night after Money In The Bank, declared as the new number one contender for Seth’s title. Seth got the Authority back on his side and was able to beat down Lesnar in a four on one attack. Seth’s attempts of keeping them at his side included Apple watches, giving Kane a holiday and giving Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury a Cadillac car. However, Brock Lesnar responded by destroying the car on RAW and then beating up Noble and Mercury. After attacking Kane in this past week’s RAW, Seth Rollins has been left alone to fight Brock Lesnar at Battleground.
What Should Happen?: Not going to lie, I’m a huge Lesnar fan. I feel he should be champion once again now that he’ll be around for a few years. Either that or Sheamus cashes in on Lesnar right after he wins the title. Then again, I’d be worried about where this would leave Seth Rollins. If the rumored face turn and match with Triple H happens at Summerslam, and then Seth beats Triple H, that might recover him well from such a loss. Seth probably should win really to become the “diamond” and make himself a legitimate superstar in the WWE by beating Lesnar. However, Lesnar losing shouldn’t be taken lightly…
What Will Happen?: Seth Rollins retains the title. I can honestly see a DQ happening in this match and Seth retaining the title. Either that or somebody big interferes, costs Brock the match and leading to a big match for Brock at Summerslam. Either way, I really don’t see WWE doing another big title reign with Lesnar as it would be challenging for him schedule-wise to be able to defend the title. Unless he won this match at Battleground and then lost it at Summerslam, it’d be very awkward. Also, with the way Seth has been booked, I really don’t see Seth losing the belt this Sunday.
At that wraps up the predictions from me. It’ll be an interesting PPV to say the list. I’m expecting a few filler matches as well with the Intercontinental title match now being postponed. However, there’s a number of matches which I’m looking forward to. Let’s hope Battleground is a good one!