WWE Battleground 2014: Full Predictions for Each Champion at Event
Who will walk out of the 2014 WWE Battleground pay-per-view with a championship belt in their possession?
At the moment, not all of the champions are officially announced to defend their titles. However, judging by the past few pay-per-views, it can be assumed that each title will get to see some action.
The currently vacated Intercontinental Championship is up for grabs in a Battle Royal match.
AJ Lee, Sheamus and The Usos should all be expected to put their titles on the line, but who will challenge them?
Will those challengers find a way to win those championships, or will everyone retain in a rather uneventful pay-per-view?
Here are some predictions of just who will end up as champions come the end of Battleground 2014.
WWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee doesn't have to kiss her title goodbye, because she'll be keeping it for quite some time.
Now that she has returned to the roster and dethroned Paige, it's likely that a rematch will take place at Battleground.
No other Divas have been positioned to challenge AJ for the title, and Paige has the standard, go-to rematch clause in her pocket.
Since the Divas belt spent more time around AJ's waist than any other woman in the modern history of WWE, the chances that she'll drop it at this event are slim to none.
How does someone as popular as AJ go from having the longest reign in the history of the butterfly belt to such a short reign after her return?
It's simple: She doesn't.
Lee will continue her feud with Paige and defeat her, making the double turn official as Paige solidifies her new heel persona and the crowd cheers the victory of the freshly babyface Mrs. CM Punk.
WWE Tag Team Championship
With the amount of attention The Wyatt Family have received in the past few months, it appeared to be a lock that Luke Harper and Erick Rowan would win the tag titles at Payback.
Unfortunately for them, that was not the case.
The Usos are doing a good job holding on to the WWE Tag Team Championship as well as maintaining the support of the fans. Each week, it appears as though they have just as many supporters as before, if not even more.
That being said, nobody holds a championship forever.
Harper and Rowan may not be the ones to take the big copper pennies away from The Usos, but there aren't many other options on the roster right now.
There isn't enough time to build up a new feud with another tag team out there in WWE before Battleground. Even a team like The Ascension would have to be called up to the main roster and start a program with The Usos in two weeks, which just isn't feasible.
Thus, if The Usos are going to have a title defense, Jimmy and Jey will probably face off against The Wyatt Family once more.
This time around, Harper and Rowan could win, but last month's match had more steam behind it.
If new champions were to be crowned now, then WWE missed a better opportunity at Payback.
Once someone has won a title in WWE, it's easier to retain it than to drop it, so place your bets on The Usos keeping the Tag Team Championship at Battleground.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Since Bad News Barrett is out of action with an injury, the Intercontinental Championship has been vacated.
To determine the new champion, a Battle Royal will be held featuring many stars of the midcard as well as a few lesser names to bulk out the match.
At the moment, the announced participants are as follows: Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Bo Dallas, Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Big E, Damien Sandow, Alberto Del Rio and Rob Van Dam.
WWE has not announced a limit to the number of competitors, so more names could be added to the mix.
Business savvy fans should be able to spot that only a few people on this list would ever have a shot at winning. Those who are going to be cheering for someone like Ryback, Big E or Sandow will be disappointed.
Outside of Khali, you should watch out for anyone in the bottom row of the picture above.
In particular, Cesaro is probably the favorite to win, considering the steady push he's been receiving.
Ziggler and Kingston have had more momentum in the past few weeks than they've had in a long while, but WWE is notorious for making someone look strong before they lose a match.
Dallas could be a dark-horse winner and should not be overlooked. Fresh members of the roster are often treated better than long-running regulars who have been given multiple shots in the past.
If the idea of Dallas as champion is too unBolievable for you, place your bets on the King of Swing to take the title away from everyone else.
Paul Heyman's clients typically do pretty well for themselves, and it's time for Cesaro to taste gold.
WWE United States Championship
Since winning the United States Championship from Dean Ambrose, Sheamus hasn't exactly broken records for title defenses.
This is a shame, as the biggest criticism of Ambrose's reign was that the championship was pushed aside for too long.
With only two weeks until Battleground, Sheamus has been booked in random matches with a variety of wrestlers rather than starting a program with anyone in particular.
His championship match with Alberto Del Rio was filler, since Del Rio is in the Intercontinental Championship hunt.
For a hot minute, it looked like Sheamus would feud with Bray Wyatt, but all momentum of that program was derailed when Wyatt attacked Chris Jericho.
Even something as simple and easy to book as Rusev winning the United States Championship from Sheamus can be thrown out the window, as the Bulgarian Brute is now feuding with Jack Swagger.
Times are tough when a Celtic Warrior who loves to fight has nobody to face off against.
Whatever WWE decides to do, it will clearly be an afterthought rather than a pet project that was given a lot of attention. Because of that, Sheamus is almost guaranteed to retain the championship, no matter who his opponent is.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Anyone who was surprised at John Cena's victory during the Money in the Bank Ladder match will find this match intriguing.
On the other hand, anyone who saw that result coming a mile away will know what is going to happen here.
There is almost no chance whatsoever that Cena will lose the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground's Fatal 4-Way match.
If WWE were planning on giving the title to Roman Reigns, the trigger would have been pulled at Money in the Bank. The same applies to Randy Orton and Kane but to an even lesser extent, as those two are not as popular at the moment.
Perhaps even more than the Divas Championship situation, this match is the easiest to predict.
Cena will not be pinning Reigns, nor will he make him tap out. The Viper or the Big Red Machine will take the fall, either from an Attitude Adjustment out of the blue or by eating a spear from Reigns.
One way or another, the championship is not changing hands at Battleground.
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