|WWE Battleground 2015 Results|
Our panel consists of Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Booker T and Corey Graves, per usual. We have our usual breakdown of some vignettes and interviews setting up the matches for later on. The New Day pops up to talk to the panel and bogart some Kickstart.
* NOTE: I'm going to be trying something a little different with this coverage. Let me know what you think about this simpler setup in the comments.
[Battle for the Crown - Kickoff Pre-Show Match]: King Barrett vs. King What's Up (R-Truth)
RESULT: King Barrett wins via pinfall
THOUGHTS: Decent enough match for the kickoff, but nothing happened that was worth mentioning.
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
RESULT: Randy Orton via pinfall
THOUGHTS: This was okay, but nothing special just the same as the previous match. I'll admit that it was better than I expected, though. I struggle to pay attention to Sheamus, but the false finish made me focus more on what was happening.
Backstage Segment: JoJo interviews Stephanie McMahon. Wow...the height difference is amazing. She speaks about the revolution of the divas division.
[WWE Tag Team Championship]: The Prime Time Players (c) vs. The New Day
The New Day cuts another great promo heading to the ring about how they'll win and how they deserve to win. They really milk it. (Seriously, how good are The New Day???)
RESULT: The Prime Time Players via pinfall
THOUGHTS: "Big E is taking them out with the tricep meat!" New Day was the best part of this, but the whole match was entertaining. I'm disappointed that we don't have new champs, but I enjoyed everyone's performance here. Lots of brutal looking moves, lots of energy, lots of fun in general.
Backstage Segment: Paige talks to Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Becky says they should tear the whole division down brick by brick and rebuild it. Charlotte says they're going to do it with flair. (Ha. I get it.)
Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
RESULT: Bray Wyatt via pinfall (after interference from Luke Harper)
THOUGHTS: Awesome match from start to finish. Very cool to see Luke Harper back with Bray Wyatt, too, and it helps keep Roman Reigns strong by him having lost just from interference. On the same taken, Bray Wyatt put up a great fight for the entire match, so he doesn't look weak at all, either. Big fan of this segment.
Backstage Segment: JoJo talks to Team BAD (Beautiful and Dangerous) about who will compete in the triple threat match. Naomi refers to Tamina as the muscle, herself as the razzle and the dazzle, and Sasha Banks as...well, the NXT Women's champion, cause she is indeed that.
[Triple Threat Match]: Sasha Banks vs. Brie Bella vs. Charlotte
RESULT: Charlotte via submission (after making Brie Bella tap out with the Figure-8)
THOUGHTS: Such a better segment than we've been getting with these divas. This match was great! Everyone performed admirably and this will go a long way in changing the perception of the division.
[United States Championship]: John Cena (c) vs. Kevin Owens
RESULT: John Cena via submission
THOUGHTS: Awesome, awesome match. I would have rather had Owens win than tap out, but they both put on a great performance and Owens still looked strong.
The Miz comes to the ring. He complains about how he should have been able to win the Intercontinental Championship and Big Show should retire. He wants The Authority to crown him the champion for being the only one there tonight. Big Show comes out, simply walks to the ring, and knocks The Miz out.
[WWE World Heavyweight Championship]: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
RESULT: No contest after interference from The Undertaker!
THOUGHTS: Any time Undertaker pops up is a win for me, as he's my #2 favorite of all time. That being said, I think this was a kind of lame way to end the pay-per-view with it not actually ending. That felt more like a Raw ending than a special event, so I would have preferred Rollins getting the pin. Still, the match was fun, Taker's return is cool, so this gets a thumbs up from me.
+ Owens vs. Cena
+ Wyatt vs. Reigns
+ Undertaker's back!
- Kevin Owens taps out
- New Day doesn't win the titles
- King of the Ring still doesn't mean much
Reasoning: There wasn't a bad match on this card, really. Even the divas outperformed what they normally do. A couple twists kept things entertaining and the in-ring action was spot on. Very good.
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