WWE Battleground is WWE's newest pay-per-view. There isn't really a theme outlined for this event, if one is to exist at all, so we have to assume that anything is open game.
"Battleground" is the kind of word that conjures up thoughts of stipulations that generally result in matches more brutal than your typical singles or tag matches.
We do have some idea of feuds that will occupy certain matches, but anything at this point is still just speculation.
This slideshow will look at five stipulation matches that could help Battleground stand out and some of the feuds that could fill those matches.
Since WWE has the upcoming Hell in a Cell and TLC events, that will rule out HIAC, Ladder, TLC, Table and Chair matches from being on the list.
Battleground. Battle Royal. It makes sense, right?
Battle Royals are always fun, and having one at the top of the show where the winner would get a title match against one of the champions later on in the night would help make the PPV stand out.
The Royal Rumble is great because the winner gets a title shot at WrestleMania, but a Battle Royal where the winner gets his title shot later that night opens up the doors for just about anyone to become a contender for a title. Even Justin Gabriel has earned title shots at PPVs before.
The pre-show might be a good place for something like this, and it would allow WWE to feature anyone who is not involved in one of the major storylines going into the PPV.
The steel cage match is one of, if not the most iconic match types in pro wrestling. Every promotions uses it, and many other match types have been born out of the cage concept.
Hell in a Cell, War Games, Elimination Chamber and other gimmick matches that have come and gone all came from the original cage match concept.
Every major Superstar has been in at least a few cage matches. They make for great drama, and they allow for a level of staged brutality you don't get in regular matches.
The perfect feud for this kind of match would be CM Punk and Ryback. Punk can make anyone look good, even Ryback, and putting them in a cage would yield a great match.
This kind of match would also make it more acceptable that Ryback could defeat Punk due to the nature of how someone can win. If Bret Hart can have a good cage match with Diesel, then Punk can have a good cage match with Ryback.
What kind of match personifies the word "Battleground" better than a Steel Cage match?
A battleground is typically born out of two opposing forces waging war on its soil. When two wrestlers wage war, they can do it in a number of ways.
Most matches end in one fall, and many times that can result in someone getting a win who wouldn't normally win the match.
An Iron Man match makes things more even. It allows for the superior wrestler to prove his superiority by beating his opponent as many times as he can in the allotted time.
Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are both familiar with long matches, and putting them in an Iron Man match to determine who the rightful WWE champion is would be great for business.
Bryan and Orton have the kind of skill that could keep a crowd interested from anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes for this kind of match, and it would give both men the chance to do things they might not normally have time to do in a typical match.
The Iron Man match is rarely used, but Battleground would be the perfect place to bring it back.
Last Man Standing matches always involve something crazy like someone being slammed through the roof of an ambulance.
This kind of match always has numerous moments where it seems like someone won't make it back up, but then they do at the last moment.
Alberto Del Rio and Rob Van Dam could have a great Last Man Standing Match. RVD is crazy enough to pull out a huge spot that leads to someone not making the count, and ADR needs something like this to raise his profile.
The world title needs matches like this to make it seem as important as the WWE title, and RVD and ADR can make a Last Man Standing match into one hell of a show.
The I Quit match is one that requires the person to not only tap out, but to actually say the words into a microphone.
You can make your opponent quit with a submission hold or just by beating them so badly that they cannot continue. We have seen many Superstars compete in these matches over the years, and it is also the kind of match that has no disqualifications.
Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose could really let loose in a match like this. Ambrose could legally do all the violent things his group does to get disqualified, and Ziggler could show a different side to his character.
An I Quit match definitely has a lot of those moments where you think it will end, only for the match to keep going. These kinds of matches can really get a crowd going, especially if the hero is the one about to win every time.
These five match types are just the tip of the iceberg. WWE has several different stipulations they could use for matches to make Battleground stand out among the other PPVs.
What kind of matches do you think would make Battleground an exciting event?
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