OK, so Night of Champions was a great night for several people on the roster, but don’t be too surprised if Battleground, which takes place on October 6, tells an entirely different story for these performers.
A.J. Lee successfully defended her Divas Championship against Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi at the pay-per-view, but can she emerge victorious against presumed opponent Natalya at Battleground?
Considering how long she’s been champion—she won the belt from Kaitlyn back in June—it’s probably time for a fresh face on top. As talented as Lee is, the title is at the risk of growing stale.
Besides, due to her reality television exposure, Natalya is more popular and relevant than she’s ever been. Now is the perfect time to give her the belt.
Shield member Dean Ambrose was another wrestler who retained his title at the pay-per-view. However, after a decent, if rather unremarkable, run with the United States Championship, it surely is time for him to drop the belt to Dolph Ziggler.
Such a move would also help get Ziggler’s career back on track.
Presumably Paul Heyman—who with the help of new client Ryback managed to gain an astounding victory over CM Punk at the pay-per-view—will finally get his comeuppance at next month’s pay-per-view.
Truthfully, it’s more than time that Punk moved on from this angle and started mixing things up in the current Corporation vs. Daniel Bryan storyline. He could be hugely helpful in that program.
And, of course, there’s the main title to think about.
Daniel Bryan won the WWE Championship from Randy Orton at Night of Champions—only to be stripped of it the following night by Triple H over the questionable three-count by referee Scott Armstrong. As WWE.com mentions, Bryan and Orton are due to face off again at Battleground.
Of course, Bryan could win the title again, but a switch back to Orton seems more likely. After all, per the storyline, “The Viper” needs to regain his credibility in the eyes of Triple H and Stephanie.
Besides, the potential really seems to lie in Bryan as a scrappy underdog babyface chasing the title, not in being the reigning champ.
Of course, WWE may not want to be too predictable on October 6. Maybe Heyman will escape Punk’s wrath—yet again—and live to see another day. Maybe A.J. Lee will retain and continue her reign.
But really, let’s hope the company goes with the more logical booking options.