WWE Battleground 2015 Results: Biggest Stars of the Night

Anthony Mango@@ToeKneeManGoFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2015

WWE Battleground 2015 Results: Biggest Stars of the Night

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    Now that the dust has started to settle for WWE Battleground 2015 and the results of the pay-per-view are in, it's time to reflect back on what happened and see who came out victorious.

    Each Superstar goes out to the ring for a fight, but just as in war, there are meant to be clear winners and losers.

    In WWE, things get a little more complicated, as not only do the actual victories matter, but so do some other factors which may or may not be even more important in the grand scheme of things.

    Since it's all predetermined, there are times when a star's record isn't as important as his or her level of performance or even just the perception of value that person seems to have in the WWE Universe.

    Weighing in things such as title defenses, positioning on the card, how entertaining each match is and whether or not someone looks better leaving this event than they did going into it, who made the biggest impressions?

    Did Brock Lesnar reclaim the mantle of top dog in WWE, or did Seth Rollins hold strong by continuing his title reign?

    Has Kevin Owens proven that he's surpassed John Cena, or is Mr. Hustle, Loyalty and Respect still the undeniable face of the company?

    With all the focus on the Divas division as of late, but no matches previously booked on the card for them, was this the event where the women truly shined?

    Let's take a look at who the biggest stars of the night were for Battleground 2015.

5. Roman Reigns

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    One of the best matches of this year's Battleground was between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt, as the two slugged it out in hard-hitting brawl with a lot of emotion behind it.

    No match is good solely because of one of the people involved in it, so Reigns deserves the appropriate attention given to him for his half.

    Despite losing, Reigns deserves a lot of credit for taking a crowd that was split and convincing them to cheer him by the end.

    The manner in which he lost also doesn't take anything away from him, as he looked strong for the whole match and only took the pinfall after interference.

    Some in the WWE Universe try to claim that Reigns follows the same pattern of "five moves of doom" that John Cena does, but watching this match should prove that they are simply wrong.

    Hopefully, after his performance here, those same people will be more willing to embrace the former Shield member when he's next in line for a big push.

    There's no doubt that Reigns will look to make up for this loss and seek vengeance upon Wyatt for all that he's done, so his story isn't over quite yet.

4. Bray Wyatt

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    Bray Wyatt is a wrestler who can either pull off one of the most memorable things of the night or tank so terribly, that fans rightfully question whether or not he's worthy of such a high spot on the hierarchy.

    At Battleground, the wrestling gods were in his favor, as Wyatt's match with Roman Reigns was one of the best of the evening.

    The fans were split in whom they were cheering, going back and forth at various points but still giving support to the diabolical heel, especially after seeing how much work he was putting into it.

    Normally, Wyatt's energy level drops considerably, but this match was fast-paced from start to finish.

    As they traded blows, Wyatt came off as a true equal to Reigns, if not his superior.

    Bonus points are awarded to Wyatt over Reigns for not just having won the match, but also regaining one of his old partners in crime in Luke Harper.

    Going forward, Wyatt's stock goes up for his in-ring performance, and it seems The Wyatt Family will have a resurgence as well.

3. The Divas Division

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    There wasn't even a match announced for Battleground involving the Divas, yet they still were a lingering focal point at the beginning of the night.

    Several times throughout, the footage from Monday Night Raw was shown or the broadcast team gave their opinions about the emergence of Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte.

    After the positive response they've been getting, it seemed inevitable that a match would be happen.

    Thankfully, that came true, as Brie Bella, Charlotte and Banks wrestled for bragging rights for their respective teams.

    Normally, Divas matches are among the worst of the evening for virtually every show, but this was a step outside the ordinary. Instead, this was one of the better matches of the night.

    This was to be expected, considering the quality of the women wrestling in it, and they held up their end of the bargain.

    This new revolution of the division is showing some strong foundation, and the women responsible for it are going to be very prominent stars on television for quite some time.

2. Kevin Owens and John Cena (Tie)

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    Despite how Bray Wyatt is ranked above Roman Reigns for having won their match, it's harder to distinguish between Kevin Owens and John Cena.

    Those two wrestled in another one of the absolute best matches of the night, which many would say was even better than Reigns vs. Wyatt.

    Both men are responsible for pulling that off, and the upsides and downsides that they share balance out their positioning on this list.

    Owens gets points for still being the fresher face in comparison, so his performance means a lot more in the grand scheme of things, but he takes a step down for having lost the match.

    Cena, on the other hand, will still catch flak from fans for having won the match, while he deserves a lot of credit for putting Owens over as someone who could do the seemingly impossible: kicking out of an Attitude Adjustment from the top rope.

    It's rare that a feud is good enough to justify seeing four matches, but it wouldn't seem crazy to say another fight between these two at SummerSlam could end up being just as good, if not better.

1. Undertaker

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    Let's all be honest here—despite putting on a good performance, nobody's going to be talking about Lesnar or Rollins as much as they will be talking about the return of The Undertaker.

    In fact, that goes for every other person on this list. No story is bigger than the appearance of The Deadman interfering in the main event.

    The Undertaker is one of the biggest legends in WWE history who, at this point in his career, cannot be on a show without literally taking up a good chunk of the spotlight.

    With only a couple of moves and his standard trick with the lights, The Undertaker easily makes his way to the top of this ranking, as he will be the top story going into SummerSlam, where it appears he'll challenge Lesnar to make up for his WrestleMania 30 loss.

    The main event of the evening was very entertaining, but everything the WWE World Heavyweight champion and his challenger did pales in comparison to The Phenom.

    How would you rank the other stars who were on this event? What do you think about the people who were absent, such as Dean Ambrose?

    Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

    Anthony Mango is the owner of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment and the host of the podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.


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