WWE Battleground 2015: Full Card Predictions After Money in the Bank
Fires that did not die at Money in the Bank will continue at WWE Battleground 2015.
As inconclusive as their match was on Sunday, Ryback is sure to face Big Show again, this time with a third foe gunning for the Intercontinental Championship. Kevin Owens and John Cena also look ready to do battle again. And with a title change in the tag team ranks, fans can expect a rematch there as well.
Battleground will have to follow a tremendous show in Money in the Bank, but at least the company will have five weeks to build toward it this time. After an insane stretch of the calendar when it seemed like pay-per-views were popping up as often as Jerry Lawler puns, there is finally room to breathe between events.
That will allow WWE a better chance to hype the rematches awaiting Battleground, as well as the bouts featuring Seth Rollins, Sheamus and Paige.
As WWE announced during Money in the Bank, Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns is already set for the pay-per-view. The following is a look at what else to expect on the third-ever edition of Battleground.
The Miz vs. Big Show vs. Ryback (Intercontinental Championship)
The Miz interfered during Big Show vs. Ryback, a match that felt like it belonged on Raw rather than a pay-per-view, causing the giant to lose out on a chance at gold.
The Miz's constant presence in this story speaks to there being a Triple Threat in the works. The foreshadowing for that was blatant at Money in the Bank. Ryback fought with The Miz mid-match; The Miz hit Big Show with a cheap shot.
That means that The World's Largest Athlete will be looking for revenge. And The Miz is clearly intent on being a part of the title picture.
It makes sense to include The Miz from an in-ring standpoint as well. He adds some variety to what would otherwise be a collision of lumbering powerhouses.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Sheamus will eventually force his way into the WWE title picture now that he owns the Money in the Bank briefcase. He has up to a year to cash in, though, and will need a rival in the meantime.
Before Money in the Bank, Randy Orton and Sheamus had some hard-hitting battles on Raw. Of all the warm-up bouts for the pay-per-view, theirs were the most personal and most intense. When they met in the Ladder match on Sunday, their bad blood overflowed again.
It's logical, then, to build on that and have these two feud for the time being.
Orton offers Sheamus a high-profile babyface to tangle with in order to stay in the spotlight. The Viper, meanwhile, has little else going on, now that he lost out on the WWE title and the Money in the Bank contract over the course of the last few weeks.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
There's a good chance WWE saves the next installment of John Cena vs. Kevin Owens for SummerSlam, but that would leave Cena without a dance partner for the upcoming pay-per-view. And Cena rarely sits on the bench for events, regardless of their prestige.
Either way, the fact that Owens and Cena are continuing their rivalry is obvious after Money in the Bank.
Cena evened the series between them with a hard-fought win. He tried to show the NXT champ some respect by shaking his hand, but he took a kick to the gut instead. Owens then left Cena hobbled with a powerbomb to the ring apron.
That spells the babyface seeking revenge while the heel looks to take home the rubber match. Going with this pairing at Battleground makes the event instantly feel like a bigger deal. Besides, WWE could have that bout go to a no-contest and do the final chapter to their story at SummerSlam.
Paige and Charlotte vs. Nikki and Brie Bella
Paige can't beat the Bella sisters by herself, it seems. She twice now fell victim to "twin magic" during Divas Championship matches against Nikki Bella. Their latest contest ended with Brie Bella distracting the challenger enough for Nikki to pounce.
With no other women's wrestlers getting any sort of momentum and with how cheaply Paige lost at Money in the Bank, the safe bet is that Paige keeps taking on Nikki and Brie.
This is an opportune time for Paige to recruit Charlotte from NXT. She's been talking about bringing change to the women's division and taking down the Bellas for good. At Money in the Bank, the announcers implied that Paige's current co-workers weren't willing to join her in that fight.
That leaves Paige without an ally until Charlotte arrives. She can then better her odds by taking on both Bellas at the same time.
The New Day vs. The Prime Time Players (Tag Team Championship)
Generally, dethroned champions get a contractually obligated rematch. That's what fans should count on happening with The New Day.
Xavier Woods and Big E lost to The Prime Time Players at Money in the Bank to end their reign surprisingly early. With as much focus as WWE has put on The New Day as of late, one would assume they have a lot of spotlight pointed their way in the near future.
That and the fact that there are no other strong heel teams to combat Titus O'Neil and Darren Young point to Battleground hosting a rematch.
This smells like the kind of feud where the teams trade wins and trade title reigns several times over. Regardless of how many title changes there are, bet on Young and O'Neil facing the clap-happy squad a lot during the next two or three months.
Their next showdown happens at Battleground after a few weeks of buildup.
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Seth Rollins beat Dean Ambrose without any assistance from The Authority. In fact, his victory was a resounding one that seemed to cap off the Rollins-Ambrose story for the time being.
Those two could certainly deliver if called upon at Battleground, but it's hard to imagine them achieving a better climax than what they produced in the Ladder match to close Money in the Bank.
That leaves Rollins without a challenger. With that in mind, Brock Lesnar is likely to come back earlier than expected. This felt like a bout WWE would hold off on until SummerSlam, but that feels less true after Money in the Bank.
Rollins looked the strongest that he has during his reign, being an absolute sadist in there with Ambrose. That could well be prep for his clash with Lesnar.
The Beast Incarnate will have Rollins in his target sights. The question is when the big man will fire. If he does so at Battleground, WWE has other options for SummerSlam. A Lesnar-Roman Reigns rematch is a plausible route if the title changes hands next month. If Rollins wins, the company could opt for a Reigns vs. Lesnar vs. Rollins bout.