The drumbeat of WWE Battleground 2014 is getting louder.
The second-ever edition of the pay-per-view kicks off on Sunday July 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida hosts four championship bouts, several grudge matches and an event looking to add history.
John Cena defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against a trio of hungry challengers. Dean Ambrose seeks revenge, Jack Swagger fights for a nation's honor and Chris Jericho steps warily in front of a monster's open maw.
The following preview contains info on what matches to expect and how to watch all the action, starting with the pre-show.
Before the pay-per-view proper begins, fans can tune in to hear Renee Young, Booker T, Christian and Alex Riley discuss all the night's matches and storylines. Expect recaps, predictions and interviews, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
The kickoff show will also showcase the unraveled partnership that was The Funkdactyls.
Naomi and Cameron have gone from allies to enemies over the last few weeks. Jealousy ate away at their friendship until their last tag team match together ended with them clawing at each other.
Each woman now seeks success on her own. A win propels the victor significantly closer to being the No. 1 contender for the Divas Championship.
That bout, the final hype for the show and the Battleground panel are all streaming live on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Pheed.
Live Stream, PPV Info
For fans in the U.S., the WWE Network is the most cost-effective way to catch Battleground.
One can view the streaming service via Apple TV, Roku, XBOX or PlayStation, and on laptops or mobile devices. Subscriptions will run fans $9.99 a month with a six-month commitment.
Signing up for the WWE's version of Netflix also gets one access to all past WCW, ECW and WWE pay-per-views, as well as weekly wrestling shows like Main Event and NXT. Documentaries, the animated Slam City and reality show Legends House round out the WWE Network viewing options.
Many cable companies are still carrying the pay-per-view for folks who want to go the traditional viewing route or don't have access to high-speed Internet.
Suddenlink, Xfinity, Time Warner Cable are among those providers. DirecTV and DISH Network, who have dropped WWE's pay-per-views, are not.
The WWE Network hasn't made its way past the United States yet, so those watching from other countries have to seek out other options for now. Fans from the U.K. can order through Sky Box Office, DMM.com and SkyPerfecTV have Japanese fans covered for Battleground.
A full list of WWE Network-compatible devices and viewing options for various countries is available on WWE.com's "how to watch" section.
- Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
- Paige vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship)
- Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
- The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family (2-out-of-3 Falls match for Tag Team Championship)
- Battle Royal (Intercontinental Championship)
- Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
After tiring of hearing Rusev and Lana deride America, Swagger and Zeb Colter confronted the Vladimir Putin supporters. Animosity rose with each confrontation until finally the two powerhouses collided during what was supposed to be a detente.
A battle for pride of nation now follows.
When Ambrose and Rollins meet for the first time as enemies, it will instead be a more personal battle. Rollins tore The Shield apart by breaking away and joining Triple H's side.
Selling out helped earn Rollins the coveted Money in the Bank contract, but it cost him a longstanding partnership.
He must now face an engaged Ambrose. The wild-eyed Superstar has promised to prevent Rollins from ever successfully cashing in his Money in the Bank title opportunity. This is Rollins' chance to crush Ambrose in order to free himself and live more comfortably on the dark side.
Paige and AJ's clash at least appears to be a far more civil one.
The two foes have been strangely nice to each other, even exchanging compliments. When the Divas Championship is on the line, though, their mutual respect could easily turn into bad blood.
Wyatt welcomed Jericho back after his year away from WWE with a beating.
He still hasn't fully explained why he's hunted Jericho down in recent weeks, but Jericho has said that he's ready for him. On Monday's Raw, he talked about getting crazy come Battleground, but his promises were soon muffled by Wyatt's followers pummeling him.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan will have a fight of their own on Sunday. They get a second crack at the tag titles.
Each time The Wyatt Family and The Usos have collided, the results have been mighty entertaining. This time, the victors are going to have beat their opponents twice on the same night. Will fans see another great match or perhaps even a title change?
Bad News Barrett's shoulder injury forced him to vacate the IC title. He now plays the role of spectator as over 20 men look to claim that prize.
Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Bo Dallas, Big E, Sheamus, Rob Van Dam and Alberto Del Rio are among the many names entered into the Battle Royal.
Sheamus seeks to merge his United States Championship with the IC belt. Many Superstars, including Ziggler and Del Rio, hope to find redemption through gold.
WWE's most significant championship, and likely a spot in the SummerSlam main event, is what Kane, Orton, Reigns and Cena all seek at Battleground.
The Authority pines for one of their own to wear the title. Orton and Kane are supposed to be colluding to make that happen, but the lure of individual glory may derail those plans.
Reigns seeks to unseat Cena as WWE's top guy, while Cena has unenviable odds to overcome in facing three challengers on a singe night. The champ has made a career of doing just that, though.
A varied match card, championship opportunities and hostility abound are Battleground's main draws. Those elements are also the show's best chances of being a standout pay-per-view and not the disappointment that the first Battleground was.
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