WWE Battleground 2014: Full Predictions for Each Star in Fatal 4-Way

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2014

WWE Battleground 2014: Full Predictions for Each Star in Fatal 4-Way

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    The WWE Battleground main event has been marred by predictability.

    In WWE, predictable matches sometimes translate to unpredictable finishes.

    Right on cue, PWInsider.com (subscription required, h/t WrestlingInc) reported John Cena's absence from the post-Battleground Raw could be a sign that he will drop the championship at Battleground.

    The site went on to note that a lot of people feel it's time to pull the trigger on Roman Reigns' seemingly inevitable WWE World Heavyweight Championship win.

    Dave Scherer of PWInsider.com also reported on leaked SummerSlam posters and email blasts that suggest Cena and Brock Lesnar will headline SummerSlam. A leaked commercial is also available on Vimeo.

    During his cameo on Raw, Lesnar's advocate, Paul Heyman, hinted at a plan C to wrest the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Cena's grasp.

    All signs point to a Cena-Lesnar main event at SummerSlam for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But recent reports have made predictions for each wrestler in the Battleground main event more interesting.

Randy Orton

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    If WWE was looking for a shocking finish to surprise fans and avoid being predictable, Randy Orton is the guy to pull it off.

    Orton has been pushed as the face of the WWE by The Authority and is currently plan A to bring the WWE World Heavyweight Championship back to the heel stable.

    And while Orton remains a long shot to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, he is the most accomplished WWE Superstar in the Battleground main event not named Cena.

    Orton's budding tension with both Kane and Reigns will figure to be his downfall should he come up short. Kane has acted as a henchman to Orton in the weeks leading up to Battleground.

    But after Kane admitted he's starting to hate Orton on a recent episode of Raw, any alliance between Kane and Orton will quickly crumble when the time comes for one of them to make a pinfall.

    Meanwhile, Reigns and Orton have been exchanging finishers to end Raw and SmackDown. Last week's SmackDown ended with Orton delivering an RKO to Reigns, and Raw ended with Orton taking the Spear. It's almost as if today's main event centers around a match between them.

    Outside shot or not, Orton's litany of enemies will do him in at Battleground.


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    It would be considered a shock if Kane were to walk away with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground.

    With Kane mostly acting as The Authority's muscle, it has been over 15 years since he last won the WWE championship.

    Kane's role in Sunday's main event will be a complementary one. Maybe he'll screw Orton out of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a fit of rage.

    Maybe he'll play nice and help Orton attempt to succeed in regaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    Either way, Kane will help fill space and may even be featured as an unstoppable monster at times, but he has long since been entrenched as a gatekeeper.

    The Fatal 4-Way main event at Battleground boasts three top WWE stars who are expected to remain on top for years to come.

    Kane is not one of those men.

John Cena

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    Cena, for all intents and purposes, should win this match.

    Battleground seems to exist as an appetizer for SummerSlam, with many bouts at the big-four pay-per-views likely to be rematches.

    A shocking finish that sees Cena drop the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would feel forced and unnecessary.

    Anything other than a Cena win at Battleground would violently change the booking of WWE's apparent main event program between Cena and Lesnar.

    If Lesnar is the plan C Heyman was talking about, expect a Cena win to be followed by Money in the Bank winner Seth Rollins once again thwarted by rival Dean Ambrose while attempting to cash in his opportunity.

    This should cue up Lesnar. WWE would be wise to book Lesnar to take out Cena at Battleground since Cena is expected to miss Raw the following night, according to PWInsider.com (subscription required, h/t WrestlingInc.com).

    Lesnar's would-be beatdown of Cena would not only kick off their feud, it could also be the storyline reason for Cena being off Raw.

    With Lesnar expected on Raw, he and Paul Heyman could continue to build heat by gloating that they both ended The Undertaker's streak and took out Cena.

Roman Reigns

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    Reigns serves as the Battleground wild card. 

    He is the only wrestler other than Cena whom fans are taking seriously as a threat to leave Florida with WWE's top prize. 

    Reigns has stood tall to end the past two episodes of Raw, suggesting he is the biggest threat to Cena.

    It's still far too early for Reigns to capture a major championship. Reigns still has yet to have a significant singles pay-per-view match. Potential matches with Triple H and Orton will prepare him for the caliber of matches he will need to have at monthly pay-per-views.

    A Reigns win at Battleground will set him up for failure. Fans will be more invested in a world championship victory if he embarks on a long hero's journey, possibly leading up to WrestleMania.

    Still, Reigns will be kept strong in the Battleground main event. Expect a bevy of Superman Punches and a performance that leaves him just short of unseating Cena.