Jack Swagger vs. Rusev 20140715_Battleground_SwaggerRusev_LIGHT_HP This has been an entertaining feud that has benefitted both wrestlers. Rusev is finally starting to receive heel heat after weeks of lukewarm reception. Swagger has also reinvigorated his character after turning face and defending the good ol’ red, white, and blue. I think creative will want to keep this one going a while longer to get both guys (especially Rusev) over more with the crowd. The best way to do that would be for a no decision. I think this one will evolve into a brawl that spills outside of the ring. One of the superstars could be disqualified, but I’m predicting a double countout to continue this program into SummerSlam. Winner: No Decision (Double Countout) Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt 20140715_Battleground_JerichoWyatt_LIGHT_HP Jericho has been Wyatt’s primary target since returning to the WWE. He has suffered a number of brutal beatings at the hands of Wyatt, including a Sister Abigail onto the metal stage last week on Raw. It is obvious that Jericho is here to put Wyatt over. The Eater of Worlds will win this one by pinfall after hitting Sister Abigail once again. The only questions that remain is whether Bray will require assistance to come out victorious, and whether this feud is continued for another month. Winner: Bray Wyatt by pinfall Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose 20140715_Battleground_RollinsAmbrose_LIGHT_HP Book it now: this will be the match of the night. These two have been involved in a bitter feud since the breakup of the Shield. Another dimension was added to the program after Seth Rollins became Mr. Money in the Bank. This will be a strong back and forth contest with multiple near falls. After a solid fifteen to twenty minutes of action, Ambrose will eventually come out on top after hitting Dirty Deeds. I predict that Ambrose steals the briefcase after the contest and flees the arena. This would keep Rollins away from the title picture for a few weeks while the focus is on Brock Lesnar’s return, and it would allow for the two to fight one another at SummerSlam with the briefcase on the line. Winner: Dean Ambrose by pinfall John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane 20140715_Battleground_Fatal4Way_no_Burst_LIGHT-HOMEPAGE Roman Reigns has been pushed as a legitimate contender to walk out with the title in recent weeks. I don’t think he is quite ready to hold the strap just yet, and with leaked posters and videos all but confirming John Cena and Brock Lesnar for SummerSlam, it is safe to assume that Cena leaves as champion. There will definitely be some shenanigans from the Authority. After Plan A (Randy Orton) and Plan B (Kane) both fail to stop the leader of the Cenation, the Authority will end the show by unleashing Plan C on Cena in the form of the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s attack will write Cena off of Raw tomorrow while he fulfills a movie obligation and set up their feud for SummerSlam. Winner: John Cena by pinfall   What are your predictions for Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view? 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Headlining the event is a fatal four-way matchup for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In all, there are eight matches scheduled for the event, and nearly all of the company’s titles will be up for grabs. Here are my predictions for Sunday’s Battleground. Cameron vs. Naomi (Pre-Show Match) 20140714_Battleground-kickoff_namoicam_LIGHT_C-home These two have been at each other’s throats since the breakup of the Funkadactyls. Cameron has become increasingly problematic for Naomi, as she continues to rack up wins and have success in the Divas division. I think Naomi will finally put the Funkadactyls by hitting the Rear View for the win. Winner: Naomi by pinfall Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal 20140715_Battleground_IntercontinentalUpdate_LIGHT_HP_2 This should be one of the most exciting matches of the night, as a number of viable contenders will be battling to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Bad News Barrett will also be on hand to present the title to the new champ. It would appear that only a few of the entrants have a legitimate chance at winning the title, including Sheamus, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and Bo Dallas. I think it comes down to Dallas and Cesaro at the end, with Cesaro ultimately coming out on top. An attack or provocation by Barrett could also turn Cesaro face once again and start a feud, as it appears his days as a Heyman guy are nearly over. Winner: Cesaro The Usos (Tag Team Champions) vs. The Wyatt Family (2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match) 20140714_Battleground_UsosWyatts_LIGHT_HOMEPAGE These two teams have been battling one another for what seems like forever at this point. I think this is the point where the Wyatt Family finally breaks through and strikes gold. The teams will split the first two falls before the Wyatt Family becomes the new Tag Team Champions after Luke Harper hits a clothesline to win the third fall. Winner: Wyatt Family by pinfall AJ Lee (Divas Champion) vs. Paige 20140715_Battleground_AjPaige_LIGHT_HP I’m not really sure what the plan is with this one. It appeared that they were trying hard for a double turn on the night of AJ Lee’s return, but the crowd wasn’t really having it. The two have now developed into so-called “frenemies.” This should be a close matchup that will hopefully receive at least five to ten minutes. AJ Lee will struggle throughout, but will ultimately come out on top after locking in the Black Widow and forcing Paige to tap out. Don’t be surprised if Paige attacks AJ after the match in an attempt to turn her heel. Winner: AJ Lee by submission Jack Swagger vs. Rusev 20140715_Battleground_SwaggerRusev_LIGHT_HP This has been an entertaining feud that has benefitted both wrestlers. Rusev is finally starting to receive heel heat after weeks of lukewarm reception. Swagger has also reinvigorated his character after turning face and defending the good ol’ red, white, and blue. I think creative will want to keep this one going a while longer to get both guys (especially Rusev) over more with the crowd. The best way to do that would be for a no decision. I think this one will evolve into a brawl that spills outside of the ring. One of the superstars could be disqualified, but I’m predicting a double countout to continue this program into SummerSlam. Winner: No Decision (Double Countout) Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt 20140715_Battleground_JerichoWyatt_LIGHT_HP Jericho has been Wyatt’s primary target since returning to the WWE. He has suffered a number of brutal beatings at the hands of Wyatt, including a Sister Abigail onto the metal stage last week on Raw. It is obvious that Jericho is here to put Wyatt over. The Eater of Worlds will win this one by pinfall after hitting Sister Abigail once again. The only questions that remain is whether Bray will require assistance to come out victorious, and whether this feud is continued for another month. Winner: Bray Wyatt by pinfall Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose 20140715_Battleground_RollinsAmbrose_LIGHT_HP Book it now: this will be the match of the night. These two have been involved in a bitter feud since the breakup of the Shield. Another dimension was added to the program after Seth Rollins became Mr. Money in the Bank. This will be a strong back and forth contest with multiple near falls. After a solid fifteen to twenty minutes of action, Ambrose will eventually come out on top after hitting Dirty Deeds. I predict that Ambrose steals the briefcase after the contest and flees the arena. This would keep Rollins away from the title picture for a few weeks while the focus is on Brock Lesnar’s return, and it would allow for the two to fight one another at SummerSlam with the briefcase on the line. Winner: Dean Ambrose by pinfall John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane 20140715_Battleground_Fatal4Way_no_Burst_LIGHT-HOMEPAGE Roman Reigns has been pushed as a legitimate contender to walk out with the title in recent weeks. I don’t think he is quite ready to hold the strap just yet, and with leaked posters and videos all but confirming John Cena and Brock Lesnar for SummerSlam, it is safe to assume that Cena leaves as champion. There will definitely be some shenanigans from the Authority. After Plan A (Randy Orton) and Plan B (Kane) both fail to stop the leader of the Cenation, the Authority will end the show by unleashing Plan C on Cena in the form of the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s attack will write Cena off of Raw tomorrow while he fulfills a movie obligation and set up their feud for SummerSlam. Winner: John Cena by pinfall   What are your predictions for Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view? 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WWE Battleground 2014 Preview and Predictions

The top superstars in the WWE will compete at this Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view. Headlining the event is a fatal four-way matchup for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

In all, there are eight matches scheduled for the event, and nearly all of the company’s titles will be up for grabs. Here are my predictions for Sunday’s Battleground.

Cameron vs. Naomi (Pre-Show Match)

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These two have been at each other’s throats since the breakup of the Funkadactyls. Cameron has become increasingly problematic for Naomi, as she continues to rack up wins and have success in the Divas division. I think Naomi will finally put the Funkadactyls by hitting the Rear View for the win.

Winner: Naomi by pinfall

Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal

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This should be one of the most exciting matches of the night, as a number of viable contenders will be battling to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Bad News Barrett will also be on hand to present the title to the new champ.

It would appear that only a few of the entrants have a legitimate chance at winning the title, including Sheamus, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and Bo Dallas. I think it comes down to Dallas and Cesaro at the end, with Cesaro ultimately coming out on top. An attack or provocation by Barrett could also turn Cesaro face once again and start a feud, as it appears his days as a Heyman guy are nearly over.

Winner: Cesaro

The Usos (Tag Team Champions) vs. The Wyatt Family (2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match)

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These two teams have been battling one another for what seems like forever at this point. I think this is the point where the Wyatt Family finally breaks through and strikes gold. The teams will split the first two falls before the Wyatt Family becomes the new Tag Team Champions after Luke Harper hits a clothesline to win the third fall.

Winner: Wyatt Family by pinfall

AJ Lee (Divas Champion) vs. Paige

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I’m not really sure what the plan is with this one. It appeared that they were trying hard for a double turn on the night of AJ Lee’s return, but the crowd wasn’t really having it. The two have now developed into so-called “frenemies.”

This should be a close matchup that will hopefully receive at least five to ten minutes. AJ Lee will struggle throughout, but will ultimately come out on top after locking in the Black Widow and forcing Paige to tap out. Don’t be surprised if Paige attacks AJ after the match in an attempt to turn her heel.

Winner: AJ Lee by submission

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