WWE Battleground 2015 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2015

WWE Battleground 2015 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    Most wrestling fans will acknowledge that the Battleground pay-per-view has been a secondary event in previous years, but that certainly wasn’t the case in 2015, with a show headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    Add in a marquee United States Championship match featuring John Cena and Kevin Owens, an in-ring battle between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt and an appearance by Undertaker, and there is no doubt WWE is took this PPV very seriously.

    With SummerSlam in August, WWE has set the stage for its second-biggest special event. Here are the winners, grades, reaction and highlights for the 2015 edition of Battleground.

Brock Lesnar Fought Seth Rollins to a No-Contest

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    Undertaker is back, and he has already made a huge impact on the WWE.

    After Brock Lesnar took WWE world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins to Suplex City and back, the interference from Undertaker allowed Rollins to retain his title and live to fight another day.

    The matchup between Rollins and Lesnar had a big-fight feel coming in, and the bout lived up to the hype. Right off the bat, Lesnar attacked the champion with ferocity, throwing him around the ring with suplex after suplex.

    Rollins was able to mount a few offensive comebacks and stagger the Beast, but it was Lesnar who dominated a large portion of the bout. Just as Lesnar hit his F-5 finisher and looked to take the victory and the championship, the gong struck, and the arena lights went out. When the lights came back on, Undertaker was there with a chokeslam and two Tombstone piledrivers.

    The WWE Universe should now prepare for the month of build before the SummerSlam match between Lesnar and Undertaker. This also gives Rollins the chance for a clean slate and a new storyline moving forward. Hopefully it's with anyone but Kane.

    This was a wild finish to a wild PPV card.

    Match Grade: B

John Cena Defeated Kevin Owens

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    Expectations were high for the United States Championship match between John Cena and Kevin Owens, and both men delivered in the ring technically and from a storytelling perspective at Battleground.

    Unfortunately, Cena had to pick up the victory at the end and make Owens submit.

    Just like the other two matches between these two men, this bout featured plenty of innovative offense from each competitor. From Cena hitting a variation of his Canadian Destroyer move to Owens hitting Cena with a power bomb off a top-rope dive, these wrestlers pulled out all the stops Sunday.

    Owens was his typical despicable heel character, stealing Cena’s Attitude Adjustment and putting him in the STF submission hold. Of course, Cena was able to get to the ropes in time and break the hold.

    After exchanging several near-falls and creating several incredible moments—including Owens kicking out of an AA from the top rope—Cena got the advantage and made the challenger tap out to the STF.

    That was a horrible ending to a great match.

    Match Grade: B-

Charlotte Defeats Sasha Banks and Brie Bella

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    The WWE Universe got its first taste of the NXT women wrestlers who were called up on Monday night when Charlotte defeated Brie Bella via the Figure-Eight submission. Sasha Banks was also involved in the match, but she was taken out of the finish after taking a shoulder to the ring post.

    After teasing the bout throughout the night, it was officially announced in the segment before the match that Banks, Charlotte and a member of Bella’s faction would go to battle in a Triple Threat match.

    In the ring, Charlotte and Banks took Brie to school and proved exactly why they deserve to be on the main roster. While Brie looked better than expected, it was a Bank Statement from Banks and the athleticism of Charlotte that stole the show.

    Banks didn’t take the pinfall or submit, so she still looks strong, and building Charlotte with the victory had the crowd in St. Louis buzzing. This match and the recent call-ups give wrestling fans hope that the women’s division will be great again.

    Match Grade: B

Bray Wyatt Defeated Roman Reigns

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    The rivalry between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt finally came to a head Sunday. Wyatt was able to steal a victory from Reigns after a great match with a little help from his friend Luke Harper.

    The Battleground match between Reigns and Wyatt was a great showcase of how promising the future of the WWE can be, as both younger Superstars told an entertaining story in the ring and had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands.

    On one hand, Reigns was garnering big pops from the majority of the WWE Universe for his offense, but at the same time, Wyatt was building heat for the bout by playing the brutal and merciless heel.

    Some people complained about the rest holds in the middle of the match, but Wyatt is a classic heel who knows how to not only grind down his opponent, but also turn the crowd against him by slowing down the pace.

    As the match progressed, the hitting got harder and the moves became more impactful. Wyatt and Reigns failed to hit their finishers before a series of near-falls that had the crowd enthralled with the bout.

    The ending came as Reigns was gaining the upper hand, but a hooded person interfered and helped Wyatt get the win. After Sister Abigail, it was revealed that the man who interfered was none other than Harper.

    Match Grade: B+

The Prime Time Players Defeated The New Day

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    The Prime Time Players' run at the top of the tag team division continues after Titus O’Neil and Darren Young defeated The New Day’s Big E and Kofi Kingston in an entertaining match.

    The tag team division may not have the storylines and depth needed to be a major part of the company right now, but The New Day was genuinely entertaining in the ring, and Xavier Woods is always funny on the outside.

    The Prime Time Players are not great in-ring technicians, but they understand how to put on an entertaining match by playing faces in peril. The highlight of the match was not in the ring, though, but instead at ringside where Woods was stealing the show with one-liner after one-liner.

    Every time The New Day is on TV, Woods is hilarious as the team's annoying mouthpiece.

    Despite Jerry Lawler missing the tag from Kingston to Big E and ruining the end of the bout with his uncertainty, the series of finishers to close the match was entertaining and a suitable conclusion.

    Match Grade: C+

Randy Orton Defeated Sheamus

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    It took an RKO out of nowhere, but Randy Orton was able to start the Battleground PPV off with a victory over Sheamus in a brutal bout that featured both men beating each other senseless.

    In the ring, it’s hard to argue that Orton and Sheamus aren’t entertaining, but the repetitiveness of seeing these same two men go to battle in the ring over and over again has turned fans off since the match was announced.

    Regardless of the oversaturation of these Orton vs. Sheamus matches, Sunday’s bout was a showcase of how strong and brutal both men can be at times. Some of the biggest moments in the match included hard brawling, Irish Curse backbreakers, a superplex and a second-rope DDT.

    While Sheamus hit his Brogue Kick, it was Orton’s RKO that ended the bout.

    Both Orton and Sheamus looked strong accumulating several near-falls, but it was ultimately Orton who proved to be too tough to tame. Just like King Barrett vs. R-Truth, the WWE Universe's hope is that wrestling fans won’t have to see this bout again anytime soon.

    Match Grade: B-

King Barrett Defeats R-Truth

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    Dubbed the Battle for the Crown match, King Barrett successfully retained his ability to be called King of the Ring by beating R-Truth with a Bull Hammer Elbow.

    Surprisingly, this was a better-than-expected bout. After seeing it several times for free on Raw and SmackDown, the allure of the two men squaring off had few fans excited, but there is no arguing that both Barrett and R-Truth are solid in-ring workers.

    The crowd was still filing into the building, but the reaction to R-Truth from the St. Louis crowd was enthusiastic. The match went back-and-forth for the majority of its duration, but the crowd was legitimately excited at a series of near-falls toward the end of the bout.

    The Bull Hammer Elbow at the end of the match was the definitive finish to this feud, and most members of the WWE Universe would be happy to never see Barrett and R-Truth square off against each other again.

    Match Grade: C+

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