WWE Battleground 2015
July 19, 2015
Scottrade Center – St. Louis, Missouri
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Barrett’s King of the Ring Crown
R-Truth vs. King Barrett

Ru Gunn (@doctordala): Being King of the Ring doesn’t seem to confer any specific privileges or benefits other than the costume, so this is literally a match over exclusive rights to wear a fluffy robe and a plastic crown. The implication is that R-Truth is too crazy (or poor?) to go into a costume shop and buy his own King gear, so has to resort to handicrafts manufactured from random trash he’s found on his travels. It’s all very weird, and seems to have crossed the line from harmless and amusing to demeaning very quickly. WWE loves an underdog story so I’m opting for an R-Truth victory. A coin flip could call it just as well, I fear.

Prediction: R-Truth

Sean Flynn (@spiffie6123): I’ve watched this match every week for a month. Either that means this is the blowoff match until 3 months from now when this eternal feud recommences or I’m in some sort of awful wrestling purgatory. Barrett should win here since he has a WWE trademarked crown and that has to mean something. Especially since if WWE changes their mind and wants the feud to continue they just go back and do the exact same things they did this month.

Prediction: King Barrett

Rob McCarron (@ShakeThemRopes): Like a lot of the matches on this card, R-Truth vs Barrett can go two ways. Two very specific ways. If the writers feel like booking for the boss, R-Truth wins and Vince has a mighty laugh. If the writers feel like doing the right thing, Barrett wins in six minutes, strong, and continues on as the hopeless King of nothing.

Prediction: R-Truth

Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns

Ru Gunn: Ideally, this match would involve a run-in from Roman’s daughter, whereupon she starts throwing tiny dropkicks and proceeds to join team BAD with Sasha Banks et al. Failing that, a nice, solid Roman win would be a step in a positive direction for him, now he’s regained some firm fan support. If they’ve learnt nothing from how momentum-killing a long program with Bray was for Dean, then there could be some spooky business interfering for a Bray win or a DQ. Sigh.

Prediction: Roman Reigns

Sean Flynn: It’s hard for me to get a handle on what they’re thinking with Roman. Is he going to just hang out in that upper midcard space for the rest of the year? At least with Bray you know his future is one of gasping and being long winded. I could see this going to Summerslam so Wyatt shenanigans seem likely. Reigns might win the match, but if he does Wyatt will just do something really evil on RAW to keep the fire burning.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt

Rob McCarron: Is Roman vs Bray a match also happening at SummerSlam? If it is, Bray wins here. By how? Who knows. Maybe Luke Harper again becomes involved with Bray and they reunite them here, giving Bray a cheap win. Maybe Reigns goes on to win strong, getting right back into the title picture. I doubt this program is over in one match, though, so Bray should win.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt

WWE Tag Team Championship
The Prime Time Players © vs. The New Day

Ru Gunn: Being ragdolled around in Japan doesn’t seem to have dented the enthusiasm of The New Day, and I’ve been trained to be suspicious of any match that could involve the accusation of “the numbers game”, so I’m inclined to suspect PTP could suffer a loss here. I’m expecting it to be a lot of fun whatever happens.

Prediction: The New Day

Sean Flynn: With Ryback out this becomes the match in looking forward to the most. I want clapping. I want Xavier Woods being a pest. I want a hoss fight with Titus and Big E. I want Darren Young playing Ricky Morton. I want the hottest of tags to Titus. In short, I want these guys to do everything they’re good at for 15-20 minutes. And then do it again next month. And then exhume the corpses of the Lucha Dragons and do various combinations.

Prediction: Prime Time Players

Rob McCarron: Prime Time Players are making the most of their opportunity, contributing positively to TV when they are in the mix. New Day have been just as entertaining, also. I see the tag team division revolving around these two heading into SummerSlam, the only question is who are the tag champs heading in. I think it doesn’t hurt the teams to trade the belts back and forth now, as long as someone gets a solid series of wins at the end of the program.

Prediction: New Day

WWE United States Championship
John Cena © vs. Kevin Owens

Ru Gunn: While I’m not massively keen on them exhausting this match-up on every consecutive event, I’m a big fan of the urgency that has been added by Kevin’s defeat in Tokyo: his disgust and frustration seem real and stirring. The story ought to be that Owens beats Cena in this rubber match, and ends up ironically in possession of a Championship Title that he doesn’t really like or want. The best thing would be if he went on to sarcastically continue the Open Challenges.

Prediction: Kevin Owens

Sean Flynn: I want to fantasy overbook this thing like it’s a match at ECW Arena circa 1996. I want Cesaro and Rusev to get involved. I want everyone in the free world to do a run-in here. Mostly because I just can’t shake the idea that if this match has a clean ending that the winner has to be Cena. Would they, even in these crazy days of Jushin Liger appearing on NXT, let Cena lose a feud to a guy who wrestles in a t-shirt? I know we’ve come a long way, baby, but I can’t envision that. I’m feeling Cena winning here, setting up a massive 4-way at Summerslam where Cena can drop the belt without really losing. LOLCENAWINS!

Prediction: John Cena

Rob McCarron: Kevin Owens has been hellbent on winning the US Title ever since losing the NXT Championship. Again, this can go one of two ways. Owens can win the title, leading to Cena going back into the main event title picture. Alternatively, Cena can win, Owens work with someone like Cesaro, and Cena rides onto his next adventure… Battling the Statue of Liberty for the US Title.

Prediction: John Cena

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Ru Gunn: I think a lot about Vince McMahon saying that he doesn’t believe in “wrestling for wrestling’s sake”. In theory, it’s a statement that makes sense: if you’re making an entertainment show, then every wrestling encounter can involve some sort of character development or plot or other point of interest to augment the action. It’s not a stance I agree with, because displays of athleticism are awesome in their own right, but it makes sense. Then matches like this get announced, and I wonder what is the point of anything. What is the end game here? Does Vince really believe that this match is necessary or important or compelling in any way?

Prediction: Sheamus

Sean Flynn: This match should be fine enough. Two professionals doing their thing. They’ll hit their spots and things will happen and someone will win. I just hope Orton is feeling salty and gives us large doses of odd gestures and strange faces. Since Sheamus has the briefcase he likely loses a lot until he cashes it in. That’s how WWE likes to build guys up to winning the belt, making sure the crowd thinks the guy is a perpetual loser.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Rob McCarron: Would rather watch Eva Marie vs Blue Pants for ten minutes.

Prediction: Randy Orton

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins © vs. Brock Lesnar

Ru Gunn: Now this is the sort of quality content that I like to see. I’ve been chomping at the bit for a one-on-one with these two boys since the triple threat at the Rumble, a desire that was cemented by their brief run-in at Wrestlemania. I want Rollins to bust out his party pieces, and I want to see an unprecedented number of suplexes. Signs point to “not likely” for a clean finish here, but in a fantasy world where we were guaranteed one, there’s no way Seth could retain.

Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Sean Flynn: The ending here is way too obvious for there not to be a swerve. Whatever the end game is will not reveal itself yet. Rollins will eat a million suplexes and get beaten from pillar to post and back again. But he’s not leaving without the belt. Maybe a DQ that saves him. Maybe new help. But this isn’t ending tonight when they’ve seemingly set it up so there’s no other possible ending.

Prediction: Seth Rollins retains

Rob McCarron: This match is a massive undertaking for Seth Rollins right now. Heading in alone, with J&J out and Brock having destroying The Undertaker’s brother, Kane. Most people think Brock takes the title here, with Rollins moving on to someone else, possibly Triple H, for SummerSlam. I’d agree, as I think Rollins’ title reign rests in peace after Battleground.

Prediction: Brock Lesnar