WWE Battleground 2015: Full Grades for Each Superstar at PPVJuly 20, 2015
WWE Battleground 2015: Full Grades for Each Superstar at PPV
A sense of disappointment lingered in the air after WWE Battleground.
There was plenty of excitement and hype going into the show, given how we were preparing for the likes of Kevin Owens versus John Cena again and a compelling main event between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar.
But fans were left confused by the direction of some of the company's biggest stars after a mixed night overall for WWE.
Some stars managed to put on a strong showing while others didn't. Here are the grades for each superstar who competed at Battleground.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
This was a solid enough opening to Battleground between two exciting and intriguing stars continuing their feud with a brutal match.
Orton had the bulk of his hometown crowd behind him, and it took that infamous RKO out of nowhere to put Sheamus away.
With both men in limbo in terms of a run toward the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, they will likely go round again at SummerSlam, but this match promised another good bout moving forward.
Orton and Sheamus both brought a high level of brutality to the bout, and it proved to be a solid opening to what was a mixed show.
Randy Orton: B-
The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day
It doesn't really feel like the tag division is getting the amount of exposure it needs at the moment, but these two teams certainly did a decent job of making a good spectacle at Battleground.
The real highlight for the New Day was their entertaining promo before the match, with Xavier Woods further cementing himself as one of the better men on the microphone in WWE.
Woods almost stole the entire show with his mouthpiece act at ringside throughout the entirety of the match, but a nice, classic tag team finish rounded off an average contest.
The Prime Time Players and the New Day seem to bounce off each other well in the ring, and with a lack of competition from elsewhere, expect more of this at SummerSlam.
The Prime Time Players: C
The New Day: C
Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
The injustice surrounding Roman Reigns continues.
Reigns' feud with Bray Wyatt really did step up a notch on Sunday night after a promising start, and this was one of the event's more enjoyable matches.
Of course, the controversial victory for Wyatt after the reformation of the Wyatt Family—or at least part of it—only serves to leave the door open for a return match at SummerSlam.
Reigns and Wyatt showed why they are two of the WWE's brightest prospects throughout the course of the match with a really great fight, and it was a match the crowd certainly bought into.
Reigns is gradually turning back into that ruthless aggressor that earned him such a huge reputation with the Shield, while Wyatt's heel persona is growing by the week once again.
The swerve finish can sometimes be a negative for a match, but in terms of this developing rivalry, the emergence of Luke Harper was a good move, and it rounded off an enjoyable match for which both Wyatt and Reigns deserve credit.
Bray Wyatt: B+
Roman Reigns: B+
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Brie Bella
After the withdrawal of the Intercontinental Championship match following Ryback's injury, WWE fans got their wish and saw a segment to follow up on the great angle on last week's Raw featuring the Divas.
Two of the recently promoted NXT competitors made their pay-per-view debut in the ring, and both Sasha Banks and Charlotte showed why they're so highly thought of.
The fear was always that Brie Bella would look out of her depth when thrown in against the athleticism and energy both Charlotte and Banks provide, but she did hold her own on occasions.
However, it was the rookies who looked better for the most part, with both Charlotte and Banks adding a whole new dynamic to Divas wrestling in just one contest.
Because Banks did not take the loss and Charlotte won, the fresh faces in the new-look Divas division got stronger. All in all, it was a successful night for those involved.
Sasha Banks: B+
Brie Bella: C
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
It will no doubt be easy for some to get caught up in the ending and feel a little disappointed, but the third instalment of John Cena versus Kevin Owens once again delivered.
It was the match of the night, with these two great rivals throwing everything at each other yet again in another strong performance by both.
Owens' heel persona and the heat he receives just keeps growing, not least because he adopts Cena's finishing moves to try and put him away.
Owens' own repertoire of moves is astonishing on occasions; a clever suplex reversal from the top rope, and a nasty move that saw him drop Cena's head onto his knee proved he's got something different to most other rookies when it comes to in-ring performance.
With the disappointing finish, which saw Owens submit, this must go round again into a fourth bout that concludes their feud at SummerSlam. Otherwise, fears will grow over how Owens can recover.
John Cena: B+
Kevin Owens: A-
Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar
The ending, involving Undertaker's return, has inevitably grabbed the headlines, but let's take a look at the match between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar itself.
Rollins certainly took a trip or 10 to Suplex City, with Lesnar again looking dominant inside the ring. It's interesting that Michael Cole made a clear reference to Lesnar being undefeated for the last two-and-a-half years, a run that continued here as the bout ended in a no contest.
All the hype put a fair bit of pressure on Rollins and Lesnar, but they certainly did their best to make a compelling and intriguing main event.
It was good to see Rollins fight his way back into the match midway through before the controversial finish featuring Taker's return.
Where Rollins goes next is anyone's guess, but a solid enough main event did a decent job of closing the show.
Seth Rollins: B
Brock Lesnar: B+