WWE Battleground 2014: Full Card Predictions After Money in the Bank
Hostility from Money in the Bank is already bleeding into WWE Battleground 2014.
John Cena already knows who is coming for his newly won WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and several blistering rivalries from Sunday's pay-per-view promise to continue on July's show. An ambush in Boston will lead to a collision in Florida. A pair of intimidating challengers' excellence in defeat will earn them another crack at the WWE Tag Team titles.
The post-Money in the Bank Raw made two Battleground bouts official.
After Rusev and Jack Swagger's standoff on Monday's Raw, expect them to meet in that match, with Rusev as one of the favorites to win.
The rest of the pay-per-view's card is projected here. Current storylines, hints from WWE and a touch of foresight help construct what that event will look like.
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
Chris Jericho returned on Monday's Raw, helping to make the first Raw after Money in the Bank a memorable one.
After smacking The Miz with a Codebreaker, Jericho looked up to see three backwoods bruisers surrounding him. The Wyatt Family attacked the former world champ, likely leading to a collision between Jericho and Bray Wyatt.
WWE's options were limited with where to send Wyatt next. Having Jericho back allows him to face an established star who can challenge him on the mic. In one step of another long, elevating feud with Wyatt and a top star, expect these two to meet at Battleground.
The addition of Jericho makes the show feel bigger, and the freshness of this matchup will provide intrigue.
Naomi vs. Cameron
Money in the Bank featured two Divas matches, and it looks as if Battleground will as well.
At TD Garden in Boston, Cameron snarled every time her partner looked close to defeating Paige. She feigned happiness for her afterward, but their relationship has been splintering for a long time. The cracks widened on Monday's Raw when The Funkadactyls defeated Nikki Bella.
Cameron took issue with how Naomi tagged in and stared her partner down after their victory. After that bit of tension and Cameron storming out of the ring, it's increasingly clear that these two will lock horns soon.
With as long as the story has played out, it's safe to project that it won't just be a throwaway match on Main Event. It appears that a pay-per-view showdown between The Funkadactyls is imminent.
The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family (Tag Team Championship)
One could easily make the argument that The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family was Money in the Bank's best offering.
The frenetic, physical battle showcased both teams and added an air of excitement around the tag team division. It looks as if they will get at least one opportunity to top that bout.
According to F4WOnline (h/t Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc), "word coming out of WWE Money in the Bank is that more matches with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan and Luke Harper vs. The Usos are planned."
That's excellent news for fans and each team. WWE seemed to confirm that report when it had them clash once more on Monday's Raw, this time in six-man tag action.
There aren't many options for The Usos' challengers outside of The Wyatt Family. Curtis Axel and Ryback haven't been booked strongly as of late. Beyond that, Goldust and Stardust could work, but that's reportedly a matchup WWE has in mind for SummerSlam, according to F4WOnline.com (via Wrestle Zone's Nick Paglino).
With that in mind, expect a reprise from Money in the Bank at Battleground.
AJ Lee vs. Paige (Divas Championship)
Paige has been messing around with transitional opponents during most of her reign. The feud that made the most sense—her against AJ Lee—had to be put on hold with AJ not around.
That changed on Monday's Raw when AJ returned, goading Paige into a title match and snatching the championship from her.
Money in the Bank saw Paige's latest victory, a hard-fought win against Naomi. That outcome and many before it seemed to be WWE building Paige up as a believable champ and elevating her in fans' minds. That work now becomes useful, as she makes an intriguing foe for AJ.
Layla and Summer Rae are busy catfighting. Naomi and Cameron are focused on each other. Nikki Bella appears to be low on the card, fodder for everyone else.
That makes it even more apparent that Paige is getting her rematch at Battleground, the beginnings of what could be a lengthy feud.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
It doesn't take a soothsayer to see that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are charging toward a head-on collision.
Their feud has seen them attack, distract and mock each other for weeks. At Money in the Bank, both men had chances at the briefcase in the contract Ladder match, but it was Rollins who walked away the winner. It took Kane ambushing Ambrose for that to happen, though.
On Monday's Raw, Ambrose vowed to prevent every one of Rollins' cash-ins.
He was true to his word later that night as he stopped Rollins from pouncing on a fallen Cena. The two then brawled through the crowd. That's just the latest heavy-handed hint that WWE is readying for a battle between two former members of The Shield.
It builds naturally on a developing story and gives Battleground a means to attract more fans.