One week from Sunday, the Battleground pay-per-view will undoubtedly see several superstars pick up major wins ahead of SummerSlam. However, sometimes it's the loser of the match who sticks in your mind long after the night is over—and that could well be the case in several of the matches on the card.
One match that's certain to have its fair share of stars who fall short but have great showings is the Battle Royal for the now-vacant Intercontinental Championship. A multi-man match like this can only have one winner, but there's ample opportunity for several competitors to show off their talents.
Expect Cesaro to be one of the talking points once all is said and done. The sudden resurgence of the Great Khali would suggest he's only in the match so that Cesaro can pull off some feat of strength—a canny move if that is indeed the case.
The bubbling feud between Dolph Ziggler and Fandango is also likely to rear its head again in the Battle Royal. With Ziggler's in-ring skill and Fandango's excellent character work, the two make a very entertaining pairing. Hopefully, we'll see a few singles matches between the two with less of a focus on the Summer Rae/Layla storyline.
However, the wrestler who has the most potential to turn heads in the Battle Royal without coming out on top is Bo Dallas. Perhaps unexpectedly, Bo's transition to the main roster from NXT has been developing rather nicely. Whereas a character such as Adam Rose is taking a little bit more time to connect with the audience, Bo's shtick gets better every week—seemingly with live crowds as well as the Internet.
A multi-man match such as this is a prime scenario for a few comedy spots, and Bo will hopefully get his time to shine. I might even put Bo as a rank outsider to take home the gold. Speaking of comedy, whatever Damien Sandow has in store for his Battle Royal appearance will likely be very memorable.
As far as the rest of the card goes, Jack Swagger seems to be in a great position to take a loss but look strong if he does indeed face the dominant Rusev. With crowd reaction to Swagger being livelier in recent weeks than just about any other time in his career, his battle with Rusev for national and personal pride might just be a highlight of the card.
The main event for Battleground is a Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Of the three men who will lose the match, I expect at least two to come out looking great. Roman Reigns will be showcased as part of the bout, but it's Randy Orton who might have the most to gain.
Orton's performance at Money in the Bank showed a renewed vigour, and his work on television since then has shown no signs of that vigour diminishing. At times, there's been a sense that the Viper could do more with his talent, so it'll be very exciting to see what comes of the undeniable focus he's had of late.
Looking ahead, it would seem that having Orton face Reigns at SummerSlam is the sensible next step in the former Shield member's dispute with The Authority. If this is the case, it would certainly make sense for both men to look strong ahead of their eventual clash.
Who else will look like stars even as they take pins at Battleground? Chris Jericho, perhaps? Maybe Kofi Kingston? What about Paige? Leave your predictions in the comments section below.
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