The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family: Winner and Reaction from WWE Battleground 2016

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2016

Kofi Kingston attends the Superstars For Sandy Relief Event, on thursday, April 4, 2013 in New York, NY. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)
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Despite being broken up in the WWE draft, The Wyatt Family went out on a winning note Sunday at Battleground, defeating The New Day in a six-man tag team match.

WrestlingINC.com broke down how the match ended:

WWE shared a picture of The Wyatt Family in their final moments together:

Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald thinks this will lead to brighter days for Bray Wyatt: 

Mike Killam of WrestleZone.com thought the result made everyone involved look strong: 

The rivalry between The New Day and the Wyatts began when the jovial trio of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods made fun of Wyatt, Braun Strowman and Erick Rowan upon their return to WWE programming in the weeks leading up to Battleground.

Following the provocation, Wyatt made it his goal to break The New Day. He scoffed at the notion of the power of positivity, and his words seemed to strike a chord with Woods, as the usually boisterous Superstar took on a serious persona because of the threat the Wyatts posed.

The rivalry between the two stables led to a unique encounter at The Wyatt Family compound, which saw all six men engage in a massive brawl involving cars and other weapons.

The New Day managed to escape, but the group was aware of what the Wyatts were capable of and displayed more aggression than it had for the majority of its run as a babyface tag team.

That didn't stop the team from continuing to crack jokes, though, as Big E compared Wyatt to little-known former WWE Superstar Waylon Mercy in reply to one of The Eater of Worlds' tweets:

The Wyatts remained serious and focused on destroying The New Day and everything they stand for despite Big E's shenanigans.

Strowman made that clear by declaring war against the tag champs:

Things were shaken up during the draft prior to Battleground, which added more intrigue to the match.

While Raw selected The New Day as a unit, the members of The Wyatt Family were selected as individuals. Both Wyatt and Rowan landed on SmackDown, while Strowman went to Raw.

Although they could potentially reunite down the roador Luke Harper could help reform the original Wyatt Family on SmackDown when he returns from his knee injuryit looks as though Battleground marked the end of the Wyatts for now.

Because of that, The New Day entered the pay-per-view as the big favorites to band together against the oppressors and send The Wyatt Family out on a losing note.

WWE went in another direction, though, which created plenty of question marks. The New Day figure to be the linchpin of a strong tag team division on Raw, but they'll enter their new permanent home without momentum.

The victory could bode well for Wyatt, however, as The New Face of Fear seems positioned for a likely singles run on the blue brand. He has a golden opportunity in front of him to become one of SmackDown's top stars.

        

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