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July 22: WWE Superstar Bo Dallas
Breaking Down Battleground Card
Sunday's Battleground pay-per-view may be considered a holdover until SummerSlam by some, but the card as a whole is quite deep and impressive. The show will be headlined by a Fatal 4-Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Kane. Add in Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho, and there is no doubt that Battleground has enough star power to deliver.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Will Marquee Matches Play Out?
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship match will main event the show with Cena looking like a clear favorite. Neither Orton nor Kane make much sense as potential winners since Orton is coming off a lackluster title run and Kane is in no position to hold the strap. That leaves Reigns as the only other possible winner, but there is little doubt that giving him the title now would be premature.
Reigns is hugely popular. He seemingly gets a more favorable reaction from the crowd than anyone else on a weekly basis. Even so, making him champion already would feel like too much too soon. Reigns is undoubtedly a future world champ, but he must be built properly in order to get to that point.
Because of that, Cena is the predictable, albeit correct, choice to retain. With Brock Lesnar's return likely on the horizon and a match against Cena at SummerSlam possibly on tap, WWE will maintain the status quo for now.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
A Cena victory may seem fairly obvious, but the other two top matches on the card could go either way. Rollins and Ambrose are embroiled in WWE's hottest feud, and they are two of the best young stars in the business. Both Superstars could benefit from a victory, but the fact that Rollins has the Money in the Bank contract suggests that he has the upper hand. Look for Rollins to win while Ambrose foils another cash-in attempt later in the night.
Having Wyatt go over Jericho is the fundamental choice, but it might not be the best way to go. Jericho needs to win some big matches in order to make his eventual losses feel significant. Wyatt has gotten the better of Y2J at every turn to this point, so it would be wise to have Jericho win at Battleground. Wyatt could then get his victories at SummerSlam and Night of Champions, which would ensure that he still wins the feud. A Wyatt win at Battleground is possible, but Jericho should and will go over.
Backstage News on Bray Wyatt (WrestlingInc.com via PWInsider Elite)
Sting to Be Featured in WWE 2K15
Wrestling fans have longed to see Sting on WWE program for years, and it seems as though the first step toward that happening was taken Monday. Sting was revealed as a playable character in WWE 2K15 through a promo video on Raw. That doesn't necessarily mean that Sting will be a part of the roster or wrestle in a match, but this is the most progress that has ever been made on the Sting to WWE front.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is There More on the Horizon for Sting?
Only Sting and top WWE officials now for sure if there are future plans, but one can assume that WWE would love to give Sting at least one match. Doing so would firmly cement The Icon's legacy in professional wrestling, especially if it happens on the grandest stage of them all against a marquee opponent.
Sting has already said that he is open to a match, and his handpicked opponent is none other than The Undertaker, according to Rob Leigh of Mirror:
I've made it clear I'd love to have one last hurrah, one last big match hopefully. And of course I've been outspoken about Undertaker being the opponent...
I know what happened at WrestleMania where Brock Lesnar broke his streak. I think, or at least I'm hoping, that Taker's still going to come back and that he's not done. If he's not done, and he would consider doing it, I'd love to work with him one time.
I'd love to wrestle him one time before I call it quits.
There is absolutely no question that most fans would love to see Sting vs. Taker at WrestleMania, but it is nowhere near a done deal. The Undertaker has to reciprocate Sting's interest in order for that to happen, and his status is very much up in the air at this point. If Sting vs. The Undertaker does occur, though, it will be one of the most anticipated matches ever.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
With Sting now so close that WWE can taste it, Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon figure to go all out in their efforts to officially secure a performer's contract for Sting. Once that is in place—if it isn't already—then the focus will likely shift to The Undertaker. WrestleMania XXXI in the San Francisco Bay Area promises to be an absolutely massive event, but having Sting vs. The Undertaker as the headliner would take it to a whole other level. If Taker doesn't agree, though, it will be all for naught.
His loss to Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX very well could have been his swan song, but it is difficult to imagine The Phenom wanting to go out on that note. The streak is no more, but Sting and The Undertaker don't need the streak in order to be relevant. As long as The Undertaker is physically able to have another match, it is quite difficult to envision him turning down an opportunity to do battle with Sting.
Backstage News on Sting's Contract Status (WrestlingInc.com via Wrestling Observer Newsletter)
Ring Rust Radio's Interview with ROH's Kyle O'Reilly
The independent scene is rich with talented wrestlers who have bright futures ahead of them. Perhaps none of them are more promising than Kyle O'Reilly, however. The 27-year-old native of Canada is one half of the Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions with Bobby Fish as reDRagon. He is also the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Heavyweight Champion. Despite having so much on his plate, O'Reilly joined Ring Rust Radio for an exclusive interview.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What's Next for O'Reilly?
O'Reilly is one of the hardest-working people in wrestling, which is why he has gained so much credibility and notoriety in recent years. He has improved by leaps and bounds in essentially all areas, including his work in the ring and on the mic. He is such a well-rounded competitor, in fact, that he is asked to play two totally different roles in two of the best independent companies out there.
As a heel tag champion alongside Fish, O'Reilly has placed renewed emphasis on tag team wrestling. He has cut his teeth against teams like the Briscoe Brothers and the duo of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, which has helped him immensely. Conversely, O'Reilly is a babyface world champion in PWG, but he has proven capable of pulling off that character and position effectively as well.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
When someone excels on the indie scene like O'Reilly has, the focus instantly shifts toward his potential future with WWE. Guys like Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Antonio Cesaro, Rollins, Ambrose and many others have gone on to become big stars in WWE after establishing themselves in smaller companies. O'Reilly has the tools to follow a similar path, and it seems like a matter of time before WWE comes knocking.
O'Reilly made it clear that he is happy in his current situation, but admitted that wrestling for WWE is his dream and ultimate goal. Luckily for O'Reilly, there is plenty of time to make that happen. He is extremely young in wrestling terms and still has plenty left to accomplish before making the jump. One can only assume that a run with the ROH World Heavyweight Championship is a near certainty at some point, but that would just be scratching the surface of his potential impact on the business.
Ring Rust Radio's Season 5 Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Mike Chiari: 495
2. Donald Wood: 302.5
3. Brandon Galvin: 95
4. Tom Kinslow: 47.5
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