I feel sorry for the “creative” department. Each and every month, they have to come up with new storylines and new feuds for the WWE Superstars. This is so they have some reason to fight during their monthly pay-per-view events. I do wish they could somehow make these storylines last a little longer than just a month. But this is the world we live in and, once again, the WWE pumped out another pay-per-view.
So, what’s this moth’s pay-per-view called? Battleground? Okay, let’s go see if it’s any good…
Match #1: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
I wasn’t really into this feud at all! But I do have to say, the two can put on a good match!
The crowd was really into this match, probably because Battleground is being held in his hometown. But I can understand why. This was a really excellent match. Both Sheamus and Randy Orton hit some really good spots. Each of them were countering each others moves and I positively loved it. It makes it look like they really scouted each other.
I especially loved the ending to the match. Sheamus managed to hit Orton with the Brogue Kick but wasn’t able to make the quick cover. The Irishman locks Orton in the Cloverleaf but The Viper somehow gets to the bottom rope, causing the referee to order Sheamus to break the hold. Orton recovers and hits the RKO out of nowhere!
While this was a good match overall, there wasn’t a lot of creativity. No crazy spots to make it memorable. Enjoyable but forgettable.
Rating: 7 out of 10 RKOs out of nowhere
Match #2: The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championships
Whether New Day rocks or sucks, I don’t really care. I love both The New Day and The Prime Time Players! I really wish I could do the “millions of dollars” dance with my friends but I have two left feet!
I don’t know why I love these teams so much! They’re just so entertaining and they bring a lot of energy into the ring. They’re not necessarily overly brutal but they do bring a weird kind of finesse into their matches. The paining of Titus O’Neil and Darren Young is just brilliant (cue “millions of dollars” dance)! I like how the New Day gimmick brought new life to the stalled careers of Kofi Kingston and Big E. And Xavier Woods? Well, he doesn’t have to be in the ring to be entertaining! Just look at the clip below!
I do have to say the match started off really slow and stayed that way until it was halfway through. But, after that, things got really good! There was an obvious error by Titus during the closing minutes of the match where he had suddenly change direction so that Xavier Woods can deliver a cheap shot. It looked really weird!
The finish came when Kofi misses with Trouble in Paradise and gets nailed by Young with the Gut Check. Titus comes in and hits Big E with the Clash of The Titus for the pinfall victory. I honestly would’ve loved it if The New Day stole the victory. Sorry, PTP!
Rating: 7 out of 10 “millions of dollar” dances
Match #3: Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
I like to call this the “Everyone Has A Beard” match! I mean, what’s the deal with all the facial hair in this match, WWE?
I actually enjoyed the build up before their bout. Sure, once again, Bray Wyatt has a nonsensical reason for picking a fight with someone, Roman Reigns in this case. But at least he just didn’t do speeches this time! Unfortunately, the match itself was a bit of a bore.
It did look like both Wyatt and Reigns were wrestling their hearts out but nothing really clicked for me. Not only that, the finish was atrocious! As the action spilled out of the ring, Reigns copies Wyatt and throws a couple of chairs into the ring. This distracts the referee, allowing a guy in a hoodie to strike Reigns with a Super Kick. Wyatt takes advantage by dragging the former SHIELD member into the ring and hitting Sister Abigail. Hoodie guy comes in and it’s none other than Luke Harper, another guy with a beard, mind you.
The action was just okay and, while the ending was awful, at least we have a part of the Wyatt Family reforming. That’s a plus, I guess?
Rating: 6 out of 10 WWE Superstars with fantastic beards
Match #4: Brie Bella vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
Finally! We get to see Charlotte and Sasha Banks make it to the main roster!
From the outset, I have to give bonus points since they didn’t put that no-talent, slow-the-match-to-a-crawl Nikki Bella in the match! And lets add a few more points for the WWE finally recognizing that the NXT Divas are good enough for prime time!
Oddly enough, the guys that planned out the match did a really wise thing by hardly having any Brie Bella in the match! Most of the time, she was hanging outside the ring. This was incredibly good since Charlotte and Sasha Banks put on an extremely good show! I guess they’ve worked with each other for so long, they already have great chemistry together. Trying to give Brie spots would be disastrous!
The finish came with Brie tossing Sasha Banks to the floor and go after Charlotte. Charlotte manages to counter and sets Brie up with her patented Figure Eight submission hold. Brie has no choice but to tap out.
Overall, pretty good match. That’s because there was no Nikki Bella. Okay, in all seriousness, it was great but it could’ve been more exciting if Brie didn’t look like an extra and/or got some really good spots in. Next time maybe.
Rating: 8 out of 10 no Nikki Bella in this match. Thank God!
Match #5: John Cena vs Kevin Owens for the United States Championship
This is their third match but I’m still not tired of watching these two go at it!
I mean, the first two matches between Cena and Owens were brutal battles and super exciting. The third one was both those things but, sadly, just a little too familiar. The problem with having these two guys go at it in three consecutive matches is that they all just blur together. A lot of the times, you can see Cena and Owens doing pretty much the same things they did during the previous pay-per-view matches. It’s still impressive but it’s just not fresh.
The ending came when, after getting hit by Cena’s Attitude Adjustment, Owens manages to kick out. Cena attempts to pick Owen up but the former NXT champ surprises the Doctor of Thuganomics with a small package. Cena kicks out and locks the STF of Owens. Owens struggles but Cena drags his opponent to the middle of the ring. Owen has no choice but to tap.
This was still a nail-biter as it could’ve gone either way. Reviewing this bout on its own, I would’ve given this a 9 of 10. But, seeing that most of the spots were rehashed from their previous two fights…
Rating: 8 out of 10 Five-Knuckle Shuffles by Kevin Owens
Intermission: The Miz disses Ryback and The Big Show
I guess they were supposed to have a Triple Threat with The Miz, Big Show and Ryback. But, with Ryback out with a
staff staph infection, they cancelled it at the last minute. I’m betting they ordered The Miz to fill in the time with this silly speech saying that both Ryback and Big Show were afraid of him.
Of course Big Show comes out and The Miz tries to convince the giant wrestler to join forces like they did before (ShowMiz). Big Show would have none of it and strikes The Miz with a massive KO Punch.
Throughout the entire thing, you know what I was thinking? “Where the heck is Santino when you need him?” He would’ve been more entertaining! Honestly, this was a snoozefest. God bless The Miz and Big Show for trying but this was extremely predictable and totally unnecessary.
Rating: 2 out of 10 KO Punches to excitement
Match #6: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Heavyweight Championship
Will Seth Rollin’s luck finally run out? Probably not but let’s go still watch this match.
Brock Lesnar simply dominated the majority of the match, delivering suplex after suplex to Seth Rollins. There were a few instances when it looked like Seth got a few good hits in but he was just outmatched by Lesnar. With no one from the Authority at ringside to bail Seth out, it looked like Lesnar was a shoe-in to regain the WWE Heavyweight Championship.
Then the bell rang.
The lights flickered on and off and The Undertaker is in the ring! Undertaker grabs Lesnar for a chokeslam. Lesnar battles out and tries for an F5 but Taker breaks it up with a low blow! The Undertaker hits a chokeslam and his patented Tombstone. No official end to this match. Apparently, both Seth Rollins and the referee were swallowed by the darkness when The Undertaker came in?
The match was kind of disappointing since it was roughly only 10 minutes. It was even shorter than the Divas match this time around! Still, it’s nice to see Undertaker back again! I guess we’ll see Lesnar vs. The Undertaker in SummerSlam?
Rating: 6 of 10 The Dead Man is Back!
Overall Review for WWE’s Battleground (2015)
While more than half of the matches were good, none of them were really great. The Cena vs Owen was definitely the best match of the night; too bad it felt like we’ve seen it all before! The Undertaker taking out Lesnar was a nice surprise. But, in my opinion, this year’s Battleground was like a filler pay-per-view. Nothing really stood out to me.
Rating: 7 of 10 missing Rybacks
See you all at Summerslam next month!
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