WWE Battleground 2014: Undercard Matches Fans Deserve to See
At the Battleground pay-per-view later this month, expect the WWE bookers to deliver a sterling undercard. Indeed, the company’s midcard is more promising right now than it’s been in ages; it really feels like a genuine effort is being put into it.
So, factoring in just how much potential these programs have, as well as how eager the fans are to see them, let’s have a look at the top five undercard matches the WWE Universe deserves to see at the Tampa show.
5. Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
Long-term heel Jack Swagger turned babyface on Monday’s Raw, issuing a challenge to staunchly anti-American monster heel Rusev.
It remains to be seen whether the one-dimensional and not-very-charismatic Swagger can succeed as a babyface. Certainly, the cartoonish Zeb Colter works way better as a heel manager.
However, it will be interesting to see how the Rusev vs. Swagger feud develops from here and what will happen when the two inevitably face off at Battleground. It might be Rusev’s first real test since he was promoted to the main roster earlier this year.
But, really, it's difficult to get that worked up about this program, hence its lower placement here.
4. The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Going by the direction on television over the past few months, WWE tag team champions The Usos should be headed for a showdown with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at Battleground.
While Jey and Jimmy haven’t exactly set the world on fire as tag team champs—they’ve spent far too much time on B-shows like Main Event and Superstars—there’s no reason to think the pair’s match against Harper and Rowan wouldn’t be decent entertainment.
However, it's still hard to see this rivalry reviving WWE's stale tag team division, so let's not get too excited just yet.
3. AJ Lee vs. Paige
AJ Lee returned to Raw this week after a lengthy sabbatical—and proceeded to win back her Divas Championship from Paige.
What’s more, the segment also showcased a stunning double turn: Lee revealed her title loss back in April had left her a more humble, appreciative person, and she was a complete babyface. Paige, meanwhile, was petulant, obnoxious and whiny.
Presumably, the two girls will face off again at Battleground for Lee’s title.
Expect the match itself to be decent: Both women are great wrestlers, and Lee has connected with the crowd in a way few Divas ever have.
2. Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho
Former WWE champion Chris Jericho returned to Raw this week in a segment with The Miz—and immediately found himself in the crosshairs of Bray Wyatt.
A Jericho-Wyatt feud sounds very intriguing, on paper at least. Wyatt needs to get his career back on track after his patchy feud with John Cena, and Jericho is better than anyone at putting new talent over.
Factor in that both guys are great wrestlers and their presumed showdown at Battleground will definitely be worth watching.
1. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins is shaping up to be the best WWE grudge feud of the year.
With some help from The Authority, Rollins fought off Ambrose at Money in the Bank and went on to win the valuable MITB title shot. Ambrose’s response was to sabotage his former friend’s attempts to cash in on an unconscious Cena the following night on Raw.
Make no mistake: Things are getting very nasty indeed between the ex-teammates.
The rivalry has also showcased some great heel mic work from Rollins—and has illustrated why Ambrose has the makings of a top babyface, perhaps even more so than the heavily hyped Roman Reigns. It deserves the No. 1 spot here.
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