How WWE Battleground Could Lay the Groundwork for SummerSlam

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

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WWE Battleground is coming up on Sunday, July 20, and it promises to be a big event for the company. The card is stacked from top to bottom and features John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

While Battleground looks like a good show, some fans are already anticipating SummerSlam on August 17. July 20 could lay the groundwork for what's to come in August. 

It's a routine that many WWE fans find themselves in: No matter how epic a pay-per-view may be, the inclination is always to look one step ahead. Battleground is no different, as recent buzz surrounding Brock Lesnar is leading to speculation about what could happen on August 17.

It certainly seems that Battleground will pave the way for SummerSlam.


The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family

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For fans of great tag team wrestling, this Battleground contest is a can't-miss match. The Usos are one of the most dynamic tag teams that WWE has seen in quite some time and are a throwback to dynamic teams of the past like The Rockers.

They are true fan favorites in every sense of the word, and they consistently turn in one top-notch performance after another.  

On the flip side of the coin is The Wyatt Family, who bring intensity and smashmouth brawling to this rivalry. Rowan and Harper are so different from The Usos that they match up perfectly against them. The end result is a feud that provides a way for both teams to showcase their abilities and look strong at the same time.

But SummerSlam is coming, and the question of what happens with the tag team titles is definitely up for discussion. The truth is that Rowan and Harper have been working for several weeks to prove they can be the champs. If the Wyatts win at Battleground, it opens the door for another tandem that is very entertaining in its own right.

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Goldust and Stardust are perhaps one of the most bizarre combinations that fans have ever seen. The sons of Dusty Rhodes have been so odd, however, that they have actually gotten over.  

Fans love how Cody Rhodes has reinvented himself as Stardust. The move has breathed new life into his tag team with Goldust, and they are more entertaining than ever before.  So if The Wyatt Family wins the championships from The Usos at Battleground, then Goldust and Stardust could find themselves in a title match at SummerSlam.

As compelling as the rivalry between The Usos and The Wyatts has been, the truth is that it will come to an end at some point. Their match at Battleground does not feel like merely just a chapter in their feud but more like a lead-in to the next chapter for both sides.


Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

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Dean Ambrose will be seeking revenge against Seth Rollins when the two men meet at Battleground. And while The Usos versus The Wyatt Family feels as though it could be coming to an end, this rivalry feels as though it's just beginning.

The reason for that is because there is so much to work with between Rollins and Ambrose. The hate between the two men is palpable, and it all stems from Rollins' betrayal of The Shield back on June 2. Since that time, Dean Ambrose has been on an unending quest for vengeance.

Yet every time he gets close, Rollins manages to escape his grasp. Rollins has the full support of The Authority, and they constantly have his back. Ambrose's best hope for finally getting even with Seth comes at Battleground, where the two men will face off one-on-one for the first time on pay-per-view.

This match lays the groundwork for SummerSlam, and it is truly just the first chapter in the rivalry, one that could be taken to a whole new level on August 17. A Street Fight, a Falls Count Anywhere match, or perhaps even a Steel Cage match could be booked for Rollins vs. Ambrose 2.  

Despite what happens during their first match at Battleground, the fact is that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are just getting started. This one is not about wins or losses, championships or contending for the world title. This one is about bringing the house down and entertaining the fans at a very high level. That is exactly what both men will do not only at Battleground but at SummerSlam as well. 


John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane

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The main event for Battleground pits the champ John Cena against his top three contenders, and each one has his own reason for wanting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Orton is in this one because The Authority wants him to be. Orton has been on their payroll since SummerSlam 2013 and has been at their command since. Randy Orton was hailed as the new face of WWEnot because the fans wanted it, but because Triple H did. So Randy's mission on July 20 is to regain the title that puts him in The Authority's good graces.

As The Authority's enforcer, Kane's objective at Battleground is to ensure that the title comes home to The Game. The Authority needs the WWE World Heavyweight Championship because of the power it has and the respect it commands. And right now, it doesn't matter whether Kane or Randy Orton wins the belt.

That is creating friction between The Authority's two top Superstars. It is that friction that could cause Orton and Kane to turn on each other, perhaps igniting a feud that could spill over into SummerSlam.

Roman Reigns, however, is not following anyone's orders. His days in The Shield are over, and the only directive he has now does not come from a consensus decision involving two other Superstars. This time, Reigns is in the mix because he wants the for himself.

Roman wants to be the world champion, and that is the last thing that The Authority needs. Reigns cannot be controlled, and his days of cooperating with Triple H are over. This presents a problem, as the heat between Kane and Orton is obvious, and John Cena thrives extremely well under pressure.

It's not looking good for The Authority.

But that is where Paul Heyman comes in. On the July 14 edition of Monday Night Raw, Heyman spoke of a guaranteed "Plan C." Heyman seemed very confident that he could help with The Authority's dilemma, and since that time, the WWE faithful have debated what it all means.

Much of the conversation has centered on Heyman's most famous client of all time, Brock Lesnar. Is Brock Lesnar the "Plan C," and will he be at Battleground?

The fact is that Brock's shadow is looming over the WWE world title match at Battleground. Kane and Orton's problems could boil over, leading to a match at SummerSlam. John Cena could face Lesnar at SummerSlam for the belt and possibly lose it to him. That leaves Roman Reigns as the odd man out and perhaps the first to challenge Lesnar if he does indeed defeat Cena for the championship.

The Fatal 4-Way for the world title at Battleground is the key to what could happen at SummerSlam. There's the possibility that the entire match could break down thanks to issues between Orton and Kane, and if Brock Lesnar makes his presence known, then everything changes for both Cena and Reigns.

WWE Battleground looks like a very impressive card on its own, but it could also be a great prelude to the one of the company's biggest pay-per-view events of the year, SummerSlam.  The groundwork for August 17 will be laid on July 20.