WWE Battleground 2016 – Predictions

The first PPV of the new WWE era is coming this Sunday. With the long-awaited Shield triple threat and a strong midcard to support, Battleground is promising the WWE Universe some great entertainment. Let’s see who’s most likely to come on top this Sunday!

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

This victory has to go to Sami. Owens is amazing but he’s won every major match they’ve had. KO finished on top in NXT and nothing’s changed afterwards. The fans should finally get a just, happy ending.

Sami Zayn needs the momentum more. Owens is a great heel character. He’s entertaining and every time he walks into the ring, whether it’s his wrestling, or his mic work, people pay attention. Sami, however, despite being an outstanding wrestler, lacks a strong gimmick, so he’d benefit form a definitive victory at Battlegorund. That way, Zayn can solidify his position as a major player on the main roster.

The only curve ball here is that Zayn and Owens got drafted to the same show. This means that the feud might not end at all at Battleground.

Natalya vs. Becky Lynch

Before the draft, this match was pretty much pointless. Nobody truly cares about this feud. However, now this rivalry represents the Women’s Division on SmackDown, so it has increased value.

For the winner, I’d go with Becky. She’s been betrayed countless times and she’s lost countless matches. A win at Battleground would help her regain some momentum.

Natalya has been a good heel so far. A loss would trigger a tantrum form her and she’d be very likely to attack Becky after the match. Some brutality from Natty would help her establish a strong villain persona and in a way, coming up short would be a blessing in disguise for her.

The Miz vs. Darren Young

Most people believe that the Miz will retain because he’s an undeniably solid heel midcard champ. He draws heat with zero effort. Whereas, Darren Young’s new gimmick is far from being the most exciting thing to hit the WWE in recent time. All he’s done until now is getting one fluke win and pulling off one great promo on Miz TV.

However, I could see Young shocking the crowd with an upset victory. It’s a new era. It’s time for changes. It wouldn’t be uncommon for the WWE to give their blessing to a new gimmick through a championship reign. That was until he got a clean victory over the Miz on SmackDown. Now, Young’s chances of repeating that became almost non-existent.

The way I see it, the Miz will play one of his dirty tricks to cheat Darren Young out of a victory but they’ll still keep clashing because it will be a soft split.

John Cena, Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Club

For starters, the Club is no more. There’s no point in giving a major push to a stable that has already been disbanded. On the contrary, a victory at Battleground would give Enzo and Cass momentum, which they will need, if they want to get their hands on the tag team titles. Not only that, but they can easily continue feuding with Gallows and Anderson on Raw.

Cena vs. Styles might continue on SmackDown. It would be one of the biggest ticket-sellers on the blue brand. Therefore, neither man can get pinned on Battleground. This would allow Styles to say that he’s never lost to Cena clean and they’ll face off once again at SummerSlam.

Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

Rusev has been brilliant lately. He’s finally becoming worthy of the Bulgarian Brute title once again. Although Zack would be a popular choice of a champion and winning against Rusev would help him change his image, the Long Island Iced Z doesn’t seem to be in for that elusive push. I thought that along with his new music, he’d get a championship and a new, more serious gimmick too. That would have been the most idealistic scenario for the Long Island Iced Z. However, the WWE Draft changed everything.

Zack Ryder didn’t even get featured on the list of televised picks. How are the fans supposed to take him seriously when the WWE treat him like a third rate guy? Storyline-wise, Del Rio and Sheamus should be less important and so Darren Young and Zack Ryder, as #1 contenders, should have been of a higher priority. The fact that they weren’t makes me think they’ll lose at Battleground.

The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family

The way this feud was represented on SmackDown was a letdown. On Raw, it seemed like Xavier Woods had conquered his fear at the Wyatts’ compound. On SmackDown, he was back to being hypnotised/scared by Bray Wyatt. I found this writing regressive.

The New Day will stay together but The Wyatts won’t, as Braun Strowman is on RAW and Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan are on SmackDown. I’d like to think that New Day will win. That this will be Xavier Woods’ heroic fairytale – the story of a man, who faced his fear and came on top.

However, the New Day won’t stay champions forever. A hit at Battleground would weaken them, opening the door for Enzo & Cass and Gallows & Anderson to strike. Also, a victory would make Bray Wyatt more of a threat and he needs it. So I’m going with the Wyatt Family on this one.

Sasha Banks & TBD vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke

Easiest choice of a partner would be Bayley. Bayley has done everything there’s to do on NXT. Her call-up is way overdue and what better place to debut than Battleground.

Most probably, Bayley will end up, pinning Charlotte. Then, she’ll dethrone the champ. However, Sasha will grow jealous, thinking that Bayley’s stealing her chance and her spotlight, so she’ll turn on the Hugger and start a title feud.

Charlotte will blame Dana for losing and Dana, after having had enough, will turn on her, becoming something she’s never been – a face.

Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

How do you ever call this match? The one thing most fans want is to see Reigns pinned, regardless of who does the pinning. Rollins and Ambrose are equally popular. This is why I think that Roman Reigns will end up winning.

The fans never took solo Reigns as a face and especially after the whole suspension scandal, his chances of getting over are non-existent. The smart choice would be to have him steal Rollins’ pin. That way, Seth would turn face, having been cheated out of a victory and Ambrose would have been betrayed by his best friend.

In the end, Rollins would be the face of RAW and Reigns would be the top heel to counter him. Ambrose would end up being the odd one out but he could end up becoming a World Heavyweight Champion, instead.

Upsetting the fans that much, would be the best way to definitively turn Reigns heel and capitalize on his villainous potential. However, there’s a huge possibility the WWE will remain as stubborn as always and they’ll pose Rollins as the heel in the way of Reigns’ road to redemption. That would be a huge mistake.

 

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