It’s been one of the longest gaps between WWE pay-per-views in the last year, but WWE Battleground is finally set for Sunday night in St. Louis. While the event will set the stage for SummerSlam 2015, the match card for the upcoming PPV is no letdown.
Brock Lesnar will have his first PPV match since WrestleMania 31, looking to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar’s matches have become must-see TV for any wrestling fan, and it’ll be interesting to see how WWE books the match, and possibly a Lesnar loss to Seth Rollins.
John Cena and Kevin Owens have had the best feud of 2015, and they’ll have a third match at Battleground. Owens is looking to win his first title on WWE’s main roster, and he has a good chance to do so.
Dean Ambrose has been in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture for much of the summer, but he doesn’t have a scheduled match for Sunday. WWE seems to have big plans for the Divas Division, as NXT’s Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch all appeared on the July 13 edition of “Monday Night Raw," but Nikki Bella isn’t scheduled to defend her title on Sunday.
Below is a look at the card for WWE Battleground 2015, as well as predictions for each match.
Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
A win for either wrestler wouldn’t be surprising. Lesnar ended Monday night standing tall, which might not bode well for him on Sunday. Rollins will seemingly have no help at Battleground, now that both Kane and J&J Security have been taken out, but WWE could be setting the stage for a swerve to end the PPV. No matter how the match ends, Lesnar should have no trouble beating up Rollins and taking him to “Supplex City.” While Lesnar doesn’t need to be champ, it’s hard to see him not being in the main event of SummerSlam, and a win on Sunday would put him in the final match of the Aug. 23 PPV .
Prediction: Brock Lesnar
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens (United States Championship Match)
Cena’s run with the United States Title has been the most memorable for the championship in recent memory, and his U.S. Open Challenge is often the best part of “Monday Night Raw.” But Owens has burst onto the scene as a top heel, and it might be time to give him the belt. After losing the NXT Championship to Finn Balor in Japan, a win for Owens seems even more likely.
Prediction: Kevin Owens
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt could be in line for the win, considering Reigns got the better of him on Monday, and a victory for the heel would make sense in an extended feud between the two wrestlers. But WWE seems to have bigger plans for Reigns, and there’s a chance he’ll be fighting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship soon. Considering Reigns could win the title in the near future, he’s the safe prediction in the match.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
It was somewhat surprising to see The New Day lose the titles at Money in the Bank, considering they’ve been a very entertaining heel faction. A win for Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston wouldn’t exactly be a shock, but it doesn’t make much sense for The Prime Time Players to lose the belts in their first PPV title defense.
Prediction: The New Day
Ryback vs. Big Show vs. The Miz (Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match)
Ryback is fairly over with the WWE crowd, and there’s no reason to give Big Show or The Miz the title. After The Miz interfered in the last Intercontinental Championship Match, he could be the one that gets pinned to help Ryback retain.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Sheamus won the Money in the Bank briefcase last month, and doing so often leads to a lot of losses for the winner. But WWE is trying to build up Sheamus as a monster heel, and a victory over a top babyface like Orton would help do the trick. Orton continues to be one of the most popular wrestlers on WWE’s roster, and he doesn’t need a win at the moment.
R-Truth vs. King Barrett (Kickoff Match)
The babyface usually gets the win on the pre-show, but a loss for Barrett on Monday likely means he’ll get redemption at Battleground.
Prediction: King Barrett