WWE's Battleground pay-per-view is in the books, and depending on whom you ask, the night was either a moderate success or an utter failure. Much of the reason for that perhaps lies in the fact that the status quo of the company did not change.
All of the key players are still in place after the event, and no major title changes happened. But some of the same feuds are also still in place, which means the SummerSlam card is already beginning to take shape.
Fans typically tend to look ahead from one event to the next, and it's no different for SummerSlam. It's considered by many to be one of WWE's most important nights of the year, and it will certainly be built around the hottest feuds the company can offer.
And some of those feuds will surely be a continuation from Battleground.
AJ Lee vs. Paige
AJ Lee and Paige had what some fans felt was just an average match at Battleground. This was not expected, as the heat between the two Divas had been simmering since AJ returned to the company back on June 30.
But when AJ regained the Divas Championship on that night, something very surprising happened.
Instead of turning heel on AJ, Paige became her friend. The two began tagging together on WWE programming, and while many fans felt it was a ruse, all seemed to be well between them. AJ was the new champion, and Paige was her best friend despite losing the belt to her.
Logic seemed to have been cast aside, but fans surely knew what was to come.
And even though Battleground saw AJ retain the title, the following Monday Night Raw finally saw Paige snap. The former Divas champion turned on her supposed best friend, thus continuing their feud. Now it's up to WWE Creative to keep Paige's momentum going and book another match with her and AJ.
That match needs to take place at SummerSlam, which will provide the best possible platform for a Divas title defense that fans can really sink their teeth into. And with any luck, these two will have a much better match than what fans witnessed at Battleground.
The Divas Championship has taken somewhat of a back seat to the other drama from the women's division in recent months. This storyline has the potential to change all of that.
And SummerSlam is the best stage for it to happen.
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
Y2J and The Eater of Worlds had a showdown at Battleground, and it was exactly what many WWE fans expected it would be. Jericho ran his familiar routine while Wyatt did his infamous crab walk, and overall, the match itself was very entertaining.
But when Jericho got a clean pin over Wyatt, the WWE faithful were likely more than a little surprised.
It's not as though a Jericho win was unexpected; many fans feel that Wyatt will ultimately win the feud, so Jericho going over in the first match was perhaps not a surprise. But Wyatt did not seem to put up that much of a fight, and the win came fairly easy for Jericho.
But as fans saw on the July 21 edition of Monday Night Raw, things are far from over between these two men.
Bray and The Wyatt Family attacked Jericho in his dressing room, and when they did, it became apparent that the feud is not finished yet. Wyatt took his case to the fans, which had not been as supportive of him as they had in the past.
Fans love Jericho and have supported him through much of his career. And though Wyatt has fascinated them over the past year, he cannot seem to get over his veteran opponent. This rivalry should definitely continue at SummerSlam.
There is still much to work with here, and WWE will surely pursue the feud in the weeks leading up to WWE's summertime classic on August 17.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
This Battleground match was supposed to have been epic, an instant classic in every sense of the word. From the moment Rollins turned on Ambrose and Roman Reigns back on June 2, it's been war.
Ambrose has focused on nothing besides getting revenge on his former Shield teammate, and he's done everything in his power to make it happen. However, every time he got close, The Authority was there to bail him out.
Rollins was part of The Authority and because of that he was under the protection of Triple H.
But that did not stop his match with Ambrose from moving forward at Battleground. When it was due to happen, though, Ambrose was unexpectedly thrown out of the building by The Game. The absence of a match led to three separate brawls between Ambrose and Rollins, all of which likely did not pacify those who wanted to see them actually in the ring.
The fact is that this angle has been happening for almost two months now, nearly eight weeks of Ambrose chasing Rollins and attempting to catch him. At some point, this confrontation must take place.
Ambrose vs. Rollins has the potential to become one of the hottest rivalries in recent WWE history. Both men are so talented and so over with the fans, there is no reason why they should not be the main event of any program they're featured on.
SummerSlam is perhaps the best place for this match to finally happen. If WWE maintains the heat between them, it could reach the boiling point on August 17. Ambrose vs. Rollins is a marquee matchup anywhere in the world, and that will definitely be the case at SummerSlam.
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