WWE Battleground 2016 Predictions
You’d think WWE actually waiting a full month after Money in the Bank to have Battleground would build excitement for the Pay Per View, but I think it’s importance pales in comparison to the draft that just happened and seeing what the split rosters are like in action next week. Not to be outdone, there still are a few decent looking matches coming up on Sunday.
Sasha Banks and TBD vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke
A lot of people are looking forward to this match as an extra draft pick for Bayley, which would be kind of a cop out, but an exciting one none the less. I imagine Sasha’s team will pick up the win though, especially since she lost her first match on Smackdown (boo!).
Who will win: Sasha Banks
Rusev vs. Zack Ryder for the US Championship & Darren Young vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
This is a big time for WWE, with a lot of big changes. They want to make sure people tune in to watch their split brands, so I think they’ll attempt to shake things up by having Ryder beat Rusev and Young beat Miz, switching the two titles between brands. I know it’s a risky call to make, but I think WWE will use it as a way to show that anything can happen. Also Young’s been on a hot streak since coming back, and I think a loss to Miz would really stop him in his tracks.
Who will win: Ryder will win the US Championship and Young will win the Intercontinental Championship
The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family
Well, I guess The New Day will win since they’re the team that’s actually sticking together post-draft. I was worried that Xavier would leave The New Day for the Wyatts, but since Bray’s moving on over to Smackdown, I don’t think he’s taking anyone with him. Oh, except for Rowan. Can’t forget about him.
Who will win: The New Day
Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
This was a feud that I was expecting to be broken up by the draft, but I guess it could keep going on for a while! With that in mind, I expect Nattie to win, so Becky can come back next time. I’m really hoping that we get some new info about the Women’s Championship though, and whether Charlotte will travel between brands or if Smackdown will have it’s own title.
Who will win: Natalya
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
I seem to remember a time when I was worried that WWE would sign El Generico and Kevin Steen but never make reference to their long standing friendship and rivalry on the indies. That was a long time ago. Now we’re seeing them in another singles match, and while I’m sure it will be good, I definitely wish they were moving on to separate brands so we knew this was the last time we’d see them fight for a while. Kevin won their last Pay Per View singles encounter, so I’m picking Sami to win.
Who will win: Sami Zayn
John Cena, Enzo Amore, and Big Cass vs. The Club
This is one feud I would’ve liked to see go on for longer. Enzo and Cass help make Cena a little fresher and The Club were really hitting their stride together. I know FInn’s coming up to Raw and will probably join in with Anderson and Gallows, but will he say “ski” the way AJ does? I don’t think so. I’m predicting Cena, Enzo, and Cass will win because, well, it’s John Cena.
Who will win: Cena, Enzo, and Cass
Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship
This is a tough one to call, not just because of Roman’s fluctuating popularity with Vince, but also because I really don’t think WWE will let a show go on without a title. I imagine Steph, Shane, Mick, Bryan, and possibly even Vince, will come out and announce a solution to the problem that will involve a tournament being set up on Raw or Smackdown, whichever brand doesn’t have a belt on it. With that in mind I’m predicting Dean to win as a result of Seth and Roman focusing on fighting each other, which will lead to them feuding over a new belt on Raw.
Who will win: Dean Ambrose
All in all I think WWE’s last joint branded Pay Per View (except for the Big Four) looks good, if not a little disjointed thanks to the draft. I’m hoping we’ll get some surprises like a Finn Balor appearance or Cesaro dropping more pipebombs, but even on paper we’re looking at a solid show!