Last year’s edition of the Battleground pay-per-view was awful, but WWE has stacked the card for the 2014 event and looks to be setting the stage for one of the most exciting SummerSlam shows in history.
With a four-way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, a Battle Royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship and several marquee singles matches, this year’s Battleground PPV is shaping up to be the best yet.
Here is all the vital viewing information, the full card with predictions and analysis of the match that should steal the show.
Where: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
When: Sunday, July 20
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET (Kickoff show at 7:30 p.m. ET)
Watch: WWE Network
|John Cena (c) vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns||Fatal Four-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Orton|
|Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho||Singles Match||Jericho|
|The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)||2-out-of-3 Falls Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||Rowan and Harper|
|Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins||Singles Match||Rollins|
|AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige||Singles Match for the WWE Divas Championship||Lee|
|Jack Swagger vs. Rusev||Singles Match||Rusev|
|Cameron vs. Naomi||Singles Match||Naomi|
|Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O'Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder||20-Man Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship||Cesaro|
Source: WWE.com. (c) denotes champion.
Match of the Night Candidate: Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
There are plenty of matches on this year’s Battleground card with the potential to steal the show, but none have the intrigue and possibilities that the battle between Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt possesses.
As a former undisputed world champion and a bona fide legend in the industry, Jericho is one of the biggest fan favorites around. With Wyatt playing the role of the enigmatic cult leader, the storyline has been based off Jericho’s “Save Us Y2J” moniker.
The premise is that Jericho will do whatever he can to stop Wyatt from corrupting the minds of the WWE Universe, but as most wrestling fans have figured out by now, that just simply isn’t a feasible option anymore.
As Wyatt himself showed on Twitter, many fans are already following the buzzards:
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream pic.twitter.com/GzCkv5d2ke— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) May 26, 2014
Most believe that Jericho has once again returned to the WWE to put a younger talent over, but this is a much deeper storyline than just simple wins and losses. For this angle to work over several PPVs, Y2J must pick up the win at Battleground.
Jericho is one of the best technical wrestlers of all time and still has the ability to put on great matches at 43 years old. While Wyatt is not the best in-ring worker in the company, Jericho knows how to take an average wrestler and make him look like a star.
As seen when Jericho and Wyatt fought in NXT, the chemistry was palpable.
With Wyatt bringing the power spots in the match and the interesting visuals with his unique move set, Jericho will be able to carry the bout from a technical standpoint. Just as we saw when Daniel Bryan fought Wyatt at the Royal Rumble earlier this year, this should be the best match of the night.
Unlike Bryan at the Royal Rumble, though, Jericho must get the win over Wyatt and force the feud into SummerSlam. Unfortunately for Wyatt, we can’t go back and get him the victory at WrestleMania he deserved, but a win at SummerSlam would be a great step toward rebuilding his credibility.
Who wins at Battleground?
The WWE will be trying to sell Night of Champions as a big deal due to the influx of network renewals, and putting a hardcore stipulation on the third and final chapter between Y2J and Wyatt will make for an amazing undercard match.
Whether it’s via clean pin or roll-up, Jericho should get the win at Battleground and take consecutive losses to Wyatt at SummerSlam and Night of Champions.
Predicted Winner: Chris Jericho
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