So.. Battleground was a damn fine show (Probably WWE's best ofthe year so far). Some though on the matches.
The Usos vs. Breezango was a solid match on the kick-off show. Loved the fans being behind Breeze/Curtis and shitting on the Usos. The Usos are a good team in the ring, but they're boring otherwise. The fans actually popped for the heels winning.
Banks/Bayley vs Dana Brooke/Charlotte was the perfect choice for the opener. Bayley got one of, if not the biggest pop on the night out of anyone on the roster, and was cheered by men, women, and kids (Something that the Cena's and Reigns' of the world can't do.). There were some scary moments with Sasha almost killing Charlotte (And herself) on the 2nd rope Rana attempt, and Dana being Dana which is... not good. Still, the right team, and we got a great moment.
Please, WWE. Don't screw it up with Bayley.
New Day vs The Wyatts was the 3rd straight solid match, with some great character work by Woods. There was another scary moment where Big E went for the Spear through the ropes and almost landed on the top of his head. I think its time for Big E to retire that move.
Ryder vs Rusev was the weakest match up to this point. Not bad, it just felt like a RAW match. Rusev retains with The Accolade, and is now the top champion on RAW (At least for the time being). Loved Rusev's reaction at Mojo Rawley when he came out with Rusev wondering just who the fuck this guy was.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn. Match of the night by a mile, and one of the top two WWE matches produced this year (Zayn/Nakamura being the other). This was a good match up until the Zayn botch... and then it became a great match. Sami did a great job of selling the shoulder, and KO went right after that. The Brainbuster on the apron by Sami was SICK, and the ending with Zayn's look of disdain shortly before hitting the second Helluva Kick was the best of the year. If you see nothing else from this show, watch this match!
Becky Lynch vs Natalya. Poor women. They put on a very good match, but after Zayn/Owens, the fans just weren't going to care. The ladies did bring the fans back into the match a bit near the end at least, so there's that. Don't see the logic behind Becky taking the L. She's over with the fans, is a great in-ring worker, and she's incredibly attractive. Really don't see the need to have her lose EVERY singles match she has on PPV.
Darren Young vs The Miz: Easily the weakest match on the show. I honestly can't remember anything about this match except that bizarre ending. Miz goes out to confront Backlund, Young locks in a Cobra Clutch (Come on, man! That's not the Cross-Face Chicken Wing!) and the ref calls for the bell. Not sure if that was a DQ, and I never heard the ref count so it couldn't have been a Count-Out. I did like Young looking at his hands in shock of what he had done, a nod to Backlund's reaction when HE would snap back in the 90's.
The Club vs Cena/Cass/Enzo.. Enzo is popular, like very popular. His pre-match promo was something, but it was incredibly entertaining. The match was good, and Cena winning was the right decision. Cena can go on to continue his feud with Styles on SD, and I'm sure The Club can find someone on RAW to replace AJ (Hi, Finn!).
The highlight reel was better than I expected. Jericho's current incarnation is hilarious, and Orton was the most entertaining he's been since... let's just say since a long while. Of course, Randy is going to get murdered by Lesnar due to THAT comment, but I don't really mind.
Ambrose vs Rollins vs Reigns: I'll admit, seeing the GM's at ringside I thought we would get a screwy finish. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. This was a great match, but it was never going to live up to the hype. Loved the callbacks from the Powerbomb through the table to Rollins hitting both men in the back with a steel chair (Similar to how all this started when Rollins turned). The right guy won, and both Ambrose and SD got to finish the show on top. The two big questions are who does Dean face at Summerslam? And what happens on RAW as far as a top title is concerned?
I have to mention that Roman looked a bit on the chunky side during the main event. Just don't tell him I said that.