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WWE Battleground 2014: Start Time, Predictions and More for Event

Host Chris Jericho poses at the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Award Show at Club Nokia on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

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

 

2014 Battleground Card and Predictions
MatchStipulation/ChampionshipPredicted Winner
John Cena (c) vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns Fatal Four-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight ChampionshipOrton
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho Singles MatchJericho
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 ChampionshipRowan and Harper
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins Singles MatchRollins
AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige Singles Match for the WWE Divas ChampionshipLee
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev Singles MatchRusev
Cameron vs. Naomi Singles MatchNaomi
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 ChampionshipCesaro
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:

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.

If Jericho gets the win at Battleground and Wyatt gets the win at SummerSlam, the feud will likely carry into Night of Champions where both men will have brought the storyline to its boiling point.

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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