WWE Battleground: Most Likely Outcomes for Intercontinental Champion

On Sunday July 20th, WWE will hold a 20 man over the top rope battle royal to crown a new Intercontinental Champion. Bad News Barrett was on track for the best run of his career until an injury forced him to vacate the title. Now, WWE’s entire mid card will compete and a new champion will emerge.

But who has the best chance of winning? What is the most likely outcome for the battle royal at WWE Battleground?

There are a number of jobbers we can immediately assume won’t win. Those jobbers include Diego, Sin Cara, Titus O’Neil, Zack Ryder, Heath Slater, R-Truth, Xavier Woods, Fandango, RybAxel and the Great Khali. Although they have a slight chance, it would be extremely surprising to see Rob Van Dam, Alberto Del Rio, Big E or Kofi Kingston become the new Intercontinental Champion.

Dolph Ziggler is an interesting choice who has been winning more often lately. However, those matches have been mainly against Fandango and the focus has been on Summer Rae and Layla. Sorry Ziggler, but chances are you won’t win either.

The remaining four superstars all have a legitimate chance at becoming the new Intercontinental Champion at Battleground and here is why.


The Miz made his return from filming WWE Studios’ The Marine 4 on the June 30th edition of Raw. There has been a great deal of hype given to the Miz’s new multi-platform, Money Maker faced character since his return. Although at first Miz was booked as weak with the surprise return of Chris Jericho on the same night, the most must see WWE superstar of all time recently defeated United States Champion and fellow battle royal participant Sheamus on Raw. Having Miz win the Intercontinental Championship yet again would certainly align with his new character push, but there are others who could do more with the title.

Bo Dallas has been impressive since redebuting on the main roster. When Dallas first arrived on the main roster for the 2013 Royal Rumble, he didn’t have a character. He was a weird smiled guy with long hair. Dallas made huge strides in NXT in developing his unBOlieveable gimmick. After seeing it be so successful in NXT, I had concern over whether it would work as well on the main roster. Dallas has a ton of BOlievers and has a good chance of winning the Intercontinental title if WWE feels he is ready.
Someone who is definitely ready for a championship is the newest Paul Heyman guy in the Swiss Superman Cesaro. The King of Swing’s stock has been flying through the roof since he joined forces with Heyman one night after winning the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. However, other than winning meaningless mid card matches against the likes of Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam, Cesaro hasn’t reached any new heights. Winning the Intercontinental title would be another step in the right direction for Cesaro.

That leaves the current United States Champion Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior is a very intriguing pick since he already holds a mid card title. While Sheamus is not an up and coming star like Dallas or Cesaro, WWE may have been hinting at a possible unification happening at WWE Battleground. Michael Cole referenced the idea on Raw recently. If Sheamus does win the battle royal, he will unify the Intercontinental and United States titles. WWE fans have spent a great deal of time and effort complaining (as they normally do) about the terrible booking mid card titles have had over the last few years. There really is no need for two mid card titles.


If you think about it, WWE recently unified the two world titles. Shortly thereafter, WWE began the discussion on whether or not the United States and Intercontinental Championships would be unified as well.

While I think Dallas or Cesaro would benefit most from winning the Intercontinental Championship, Sheamus winning would benefit the entire WWE Universe.

Who do you think is the most likely winner of the battle royal at WWE Battleground to crown a new Intercontinental Champion? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Seth Guttenplan is a math and computer technology teacher for special education students in New Jersey. In his free time, Seth writes about wrestling for Camel Clutch Blog and SEScoops. Follow Seth on twitter @sethgutt


  • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

    Great article, the points are well made too, agreed on it all, it is a hard decision though to choose one but it is most likely going to be one of the few you’ve reduced the list down to. I see the Miz perhaps winning it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ac1dchr15t ac1d

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a woman take the IC championship again like Chyna did. They would have to find a really impressive chick though…Real long shot, man on woman competition is probably not PG anyway lol

    • raVen

      surprise Kharma return?

      • http://www.youtube.com/ac1dchr15t ac1d

        Actually did have her in mind haha


    I remember seeing the list and thinking “who the heck is Diego?!” Then i caught on he is the los matadores member replacing Sandow in this…. Real smart WWE!

    • llllNinjastarllll

      I can see Diego winning :P

      • stormgreyeagle

        you need an eye checkup then

  • Random name

    I thought I’d’ve never say this sentence but I really hope sheamus wins the title. Those titles need to be unified

    • CheapOp

      I think I understand where you’re coming from, but I disagree. The US title needs to be treated right. It should be a tiered system US < IC < WHC. There's too much going on, and too much talent for only two belts.

      • http://www.rabidpictures.com yrabadi

        Nah – they gave us surprises/upsets on RAW… Miz going over. Langston going over… This one will be by the numbers. Cesaro or Sheamus win.

  • 9 year old boy

    So mad they took out Sandow, I really wanted him to win -_-

  • pwnez

    As long as Miz doesn’t win, I don’t care who gets the IC title

    • 9 year old boy

      Miz is way more entertaining then Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio dude!

      • pwnez

        I’ll take both of them over Miz. ADR has the wrestling skills and Shitmus is better as a heel and can put on a decent match if he’s with the right guy. Miz has nothing going for him.

        • 9 year old boy

          Hey Bushwald sexyface will mark out if Sheamus wins!

        • Jomo

          I think Bo Dallas is winning considering he has a history with Wade Barrett

          • llllNinjastarllll

            i see the MIz winning this

          • Ryan Walker

            He can give Wade a get well soon speech, and tell him to just BOlieve.

        • Bataby

          Hell no Sheamus is way better as a face he doesn’t do anything as a heel as a face he’s always ready for a scrap andmis a hard hitting SOB.

      • brad

        No just no.

    • theleagueofjonas

      For some reason I want Ryback to win and have Curtis Axel backstab him like what Christian did to Edge when he won the King of the Ring.

      • pwnez

        I would like that if one of them had the ounce of charisma Edge had. Ryback isn’t over and Axel isn’t over. No one would really care.

        • theleagueofjonas

          Maybe if Ryback turned face again.. I mean remember when he was on his streak? The night Vince fought CM Punk was an epic night for Ryback.

        • http://www.rabidpictures.com yrabadi

          lol… I’ve always thought Edge was overrated… awesome performer, but don’t get all the raving about the guy.

          Ryback WAS pretty freakin’ over before they jobbed him out at every PPV and turned him heel… and then kept jobbing him at ever PPV. I would love for Ryback to actually be doing something – he’s a throwback to the rough and simple kinda guys of yesterday… you need those powerhouse guys once in a while.

          • pwnez

            Edge was better before all of his injuries. The only thing I truly find overrated about him was the amount of titles he had; WAY too many, in my opinion.

          • http://www.rabidpictures.com yrabadi

            I thought he was pretty consistent throughout his career… but I never did get on the Edge train. And I’m even Canadian, so like, I totally should be.

          • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

            Agreed, only part of Edge’s career as a solo guy i liked a lot was when he was with Lita.

          • http://www.rabidpictures.com yrabadi

            I felt Taker brought out the best in him, but yeah, when he was with Lita that was great… instant heel heat in that situation.

    • JA_Media

      I want Ryder to shock everyone!

      • ibeBrave

        This comment is cool

        • raVen

          you don’t know what cool is…I spit in your face

          • ibeBrave

      • Kevin G. Wolfe

        #WWWYKI #YearOfRyder

  • brad

    I’m hoping for Del Rio, Sheamus or Cesaro and while I wouldn’t mind seeing Van Dam win Del Rios is my number one pick.

  • Jomo

    Ryback cant win a battle royal with these participants? LOL! I cant believe how over he was and how we was suppose to be the face of WWE! LOL! What a horrible wrestler he is!

    • WTF

      He’s not horrible, its the way he’s being booked.

      • Jomo

        Agreed, he is not the worst wrestler but is not good enough to be in the place where he was. The unstoppable cyborg LOL

        • WTF

          Yeah i think all those loses he received during his search for the WWE Championship really screwed him up.

          • BrayWyattsFedora

            It killed him. I remember he got a huge pop that night punk was walking out of the arena and just stopped turned around and ryback was staring him down. Turning him heel vs cena was stupid. Having him lose at like 9 straight ppvs didn’t help much either

  • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

    I’d like Dolph to get it, give the kid something..

    • Pappy

      Are you serious? The guy isn’t a kid he’s 33 and can’t put himself over cause he’s too busy making everyone look better than him

      • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

        Can’t put himself over? Do you not here the pops he gets week in and week out? He raises peoples game, ANOTHER reason to give him something.

    • Gotstodobetter

      He has a job so that is good enough

  • BrayWyattsFedora

    I hate sheamus but I want them to unify those belts and make the unified belt more important. Make it carry no. 1 contender status or something. Really…..the mid card titles are behind the MITB briefcase.

  • BrayWyattsFedora

    If they don’t unify put it on Dolph or Dallas.

  • NextWorldChamp

    I was rooting for Sandow!

    • Ajk Lewis

      he could come in with a gimmick of a “title”, then the title wins the title and then he says, since he is the title, he will unify himself and the title. and then, the title will be known as “Title’s Title”

  • PxLxGx

    Sheamus is as dry as a twig. I do hope they unify the titles but PLEASE anyone but Sheamus.

  • FusRoDah

    i say let Ryder win just for the heck of it… Surprise us ever so often WWE

  • http://www.facebook.com/itsjustrusso Michael Russo

    Miz’s victory over United States Champion Sheamus on Raw was done only to put Miz back “in the hunt” so-to-speak since he had been off TV for so long and to create the illusion that Sheamus doesn’t have much of a chance of winning since he’s now going into the battle royal with a loss; which in turn is the exact opposite of what is really going to happen this Sunday. The unification of these two titles is inevitable and Sheamus is the man to do it; as he’s a favorite of Triple H.

  • Bryan

    Have Cesaro win it and at Summerslam have Cesaro [IC] vs Sheamus [US] to unify the Intercontinental Championship and the United States Championship as that is what’s best for business as Summerslam goes like this:

    WWE World Heavyweight Championship
    John Cena [c] vs Brock Lesnar
    [I would prefer Lesnar vs Bryan but what can we do as Bryan is hurt so Cena makes the most sense and I think it’ll be a good to great match]

    Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton

    No Disqualification
    Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins

    Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt

    If Brie wins she gets her job back
    Brie Bella vs Stephanie McMahon
    [I don’t exactly want that but it’s obvious they are building up to it and hell it could shock us all and be a good match as it is possible.]

    Title Unification Match

    Cesaro [IC] vs Sheamus [US]

    WWE Divas Championship
    AJ [c] vs Paige

    Brother vs Brother
    Cody Rhodes vs Goldust

    Pre Show [2 Hour]:

    WWE Tag Team Championship
    The Usos [c] vs Harper/Rowan

    Jack Swagger vs Rusev

    • Ouch

      Cut the last 3 matches out and you’ve got the summerslam card.

  • CheapOp

    I could potentially see Kofi winning it again, then going into a feud with Cesaro.

    • raVen

      only real storyline that is already going.

  • david

    i will lauf so hard if they put it on BO!

  • raVen

    Slater needs this title and he needs to have some spotlight put on him.
    We all know that the winner will end up losing most of his matches-Slater already does that but now he will have time to show his character a bit.

  • NMMrocker


  • Kevin G. Wolfe

    Why do we always talk about “unification” can’t we just have a dual champion like we had a few times before? It raises the titles and the person carrying both the titles.

  • Dixie Carter

    Aka no one gives a toss about this garbage match or the rubbish PPV. Vince be having his staff wxxre out the WWE Network like it’s the best thing since sliced bread but it’s still doing worse numbers than any TNA show. Such a flop!!!!

  • Bataby

    I want Bo to win.