Ric Flair told the fans that he's had a ton of fun in Richmond, Virginia. He strutted in the ring around Renee Young.
Young asked him who he thought would win the Battleground Fatal 4-Way. He backed Cena, saying that he was going to be "the man" in WWE.
Roman Reigns soon shuffled through the crowd to greet the Hall of Famer. They shook hands before Flair exited. Before Flair could leave, though, Cena met him at the top of the entrance ramp.
Cena and Seth Rollins began the bout for their respective teams.
Rollins left early, tagging in Randy Orton. Cena elbowed Orton to the mat, compelling him to tag Kane in.
Reigns tagged himself in. He stepped into the fray as Cena looked on distrustfully. Reigns controlled his slugfest with Kane at first, but a distraction from Orton had him in the wrong corner.
After surviving an onslaught, Reigns tagged Cena in. The world champ steamrolled his opponents at first but was soon in the same position Reigns was in. Backbreakers and legdrops had Cena in trouble.
Rollins further weakened him with a sleeper hold.
Eventually, Reigns exploded in again. The Richmond fans howled as he went on the attack. He punched Kane out and threw Rollins out of the ring.
He had Orton lined up for the spear, but Kane attacked him. He and Orton refused to listen to the referee. Their double-team forced Charles Robinson to disqualify them.
The post-match chaos saw Reigns accidentally spear Cena and Orton hit an RKO on his ally Kane.
Cena and Reigns win via disqualification.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"There's no greater lover alive than The Nature Boy."—Flair.
Cena hands Flair the world title to hold as a symbolic gesture.
Cena fails to get Kane up for an Attitude Adjustment when his legs give out.
The best match of the night didn't come until the end of the show. It was a showcase of all the major players in the drama that is the Battleground main event.
This tag match entertained with several streaks of momentum for each team. The result isn't as important as all the narrative elements set up for Battleground.
Kane and Orton will have issues trusting each other. Reigns and Cena will have plenty of motivation to attack each other. Rollins waits, briefcase in hand, as the plan B.
The episode overall disappointed, but WWE got the hype for this match right.