Here is the full review of WWE pay per view event Battleground 2015.
Brock Lesnar vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins
After successfully defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Dean Ambrose at WWE Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins confidently proclaimed himself the greatest WWE Champion of all time. However, at WWE Battleground, “the best” will finally have to go head-to-head with The Beast.
Rollins has unquestionably proven his mettle since cashing in his Money in the Bank contract during Brock Lesnar’s WrestleMania 31 match against Roman Reigns to capture his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Defeating the likes of Reigns, Randy Orton and most recently, The Lunatic Fringe, Ambrose, in an awe-inspiring Ladder Match at Money in the Bank, there is no doubting The Architect’s toughness, or his knack for defending his title by any means necessary.
But amid all his victories and achievements over the past four months, one question has lingered: What would happen when The Beast Incarnate finally returned from his indefinite suspension?
The last time we saw Brock Lesnar, he was not in the greatest of moods. Furious over having his WWE World Heavyweight Championship “stolen” the night of WrestleMania, Lesnar invoked his rematch clause on WWE’s flagship show. However, when Rollins refused an immediate return showdown, the brutal Superstar exploded, attacking commentators and cameramen alike while paying no heed to the pleas made by his advocate, Paul Heyman. Subsequently, The Authority suspended Lesnar indefinitely for his actions, and he had not been seen on WWE programming since – until now.
The former four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion seems as focused as he has ever been, still having not been pinned or made to submit since breaking The Undertaker’s Streak at WrestleMania 30. Lesnar will seek to continue that unwavering dominance against The Authority’s chosen one at WWE Battleground.
What will happen when these two Superstars collide? Can Rollins orchestrate the most monumental win of his WWE career by defeating The Beast and truly cement himself as the best that the WWE has to offer? Or will the Mayor of Suplex City conquer Rollins and firmly regain both the championship and his position atop the WWE Universe?
United States Champion John Cena vs. Kevin Owens – United States Championship Match
At WWE Battleground, United States Champion John Cena and Kevin Owens go head-to-head for the third time. Not only will one winner emerge to break their 1-1 tally, but that same competitor will also lay claim to WWE’s United States Championship.
The contentious rivalry between the two Superstars began when Kevin Owens answered John Cena’s U.S. Open Challenge on the May 18 edition of Monday Night Raw. Through his blatant disrespect of the championship (Owens put his foot atop the title on more than one occasion), the WWE newcomer made it known that his interest was in teaching the Cenation leader a very personal lesson. He did so at WWE Elimination Chamber, when he shockingly defeated Cena in one of the biggest upsets in WWE history.
Cena rebounded at WWE Money in the Bank, where he achieved redemption against Owens in another non-title affair. Following the match, Cena attempted to offer complimentary words to a frustrated Owens, who responded by hitting The Champ with a devastating Pop-up Powerbomb onto the ring apron. Cena suffered lower back contusions and severe muscle spasms as a result of Owens’ heinous attack. The brash newcomer followed that act by assaulting guest star Machine Gun Kelly the next night on Raw.
In a WWE.com interview with Michael Cole, Owens stated that he believes his months of dominance in NXT have been downplayed since his debut on Raw. The former NXT Champion looks to take that dominance a step further by tasting his first championship as a member of the WWE roster. Owens has already proven his in-ring prowess with victories over Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro, in addition to Cena, in recent weeks. Even in his sole loss, he put on a performance that indicates he will not go down without a fight.
John Cena has brought honor to the United States Championship since winning it from Rusev at WrestleMania 31. Not only has he valiantly hosted his open challenge on a weekly basis, but he has also made clear his feelings about Owens’ disrespect for the title and the entire WWE Universe. Cena will no doubt be looking for retribution for Owens’ attacks on himself and MGK, who has been a friend of the Cenation leader since performing during his entrance at WrestleMania 28.
WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day
WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players will get the opportunity to prove their worth at WWE Battleground, where they will defend their titles against former champions The New Day in a rematch from Money in the Bank.
Titus O’Neil & Darren Young emerged from a hungry pack of contenders to challenge The New Day, earning the No. 1 Contenders’ slot by defeating The Ascension and The Lucha Dragons in a Triple Threat Match. With Kofi Kingston out of the picture following the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match, The Prime Time Players got the rare opportunity to face Big E & Xavier Woods on a level playing field.
The challengers made the most of their golden opportunity. In a hard fought battle that broke down quickly, O’Neil emerged from the fracas to hit Woods with Clash of the Titus to win the bout and the titles for his team. The Prime Time Players followed up on their huge victory one night later on Raw by teaming up with Neville to defeat all three members of The New Day in Six-Man Tag Team action. The champions also helped The New Sensation during his one-on-one battle with Woods on SmackDown, neutralizing the threat of Kingston & Big E at ringside.
Now, The New Day is using their guaranteed rematch in hopes of reclaiming the championships. Will the power of positivity be enough to get The New Day a second reign as WWE Tag Team Champions, or will The Prime Time Players show that they’re truly a million dollar team?
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
After denying Roman Reigns a victory in the career-changing Money in the Bank Ladder Match, The New Face of Fear will have to answer to The Big Dog at WWE Battleground.
Though the exact motivation behind Wyatt’s actions is presently unclear, there is no doubt his opening salvo will bring into conflict two of WWE’s most dangerous Superstars.
The WWE World Heavyweight Title barely eluded Reigns’ grasp earlier this year, and with the all-important the Money in the Bank World Title Contract now out of the picture, Reigns will assuredly take out his frustration on the Superstar responsible for the crucial loss.
Despite their many dissimilarities, Reigns’ and Wyatt’s meteoric rises share significant commonalities. Both Superstars cut their teeth in NXT before taking WWE by storm as members of two of this era’s most powerful factions, The Shield and The Wyatt Family. While Wyatt was unambiguously the leader of his stable, Reigns carved out a niche as The Hounds of Justice’s Big Dog. The WWE Universe still vividly remembers the wild six-man showdowns that ensued between the trios. More recently, Reigns managed to eke out a win against Wyatt on Raw when Reigns’ spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match was on the line.
What will happen when Reigns and Wyatt square off one-on-one? Can Reigns’ full-force offense negate the psychological warfare of The Eater of Worlds? Or will Wyatt’s mind games and all-consuming appetite for punishing others prove too much even for Reigns?
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Randy Orton will look to settle the score with Mr. Money in the Bank, Sheamus, when they go head-to-head at WWE Battleground in a match announced today on WWE’s Twitter account.
Tensions between both Superstars have been high since WWE Money in the Bank when the two crossed paths multiple times during the event’s eponymous Ladder Match — a match that Sheamus ultimately won. Tempers still flared the next night on Raw when The Viper distracted The Celtic Warrior, causing him to lose his match against Dean Ambrose. However, later that same evening, Sheamus viciously returned the favor and attacked The Apex Predator during his match with Kane.
The Irishman’s attack left Orton out of commission until this past week, when he returned to WWE’s flagship show ready to strike. The two former WWE World Heavyweight Champions traded blows until The Viper ultimately caught Sheamus with an RKO out of nowhere that left Mr. Money in the Bank lying.
After weeks of brutal exchanges, both competitors will get the opportunity to test their might against one another at Battleground. Will Sheamus overthrow Orton as he continues to seek out the perfect moment to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Or will The Viper, a former Money in the Bank winner himself, put the exclamation point on his return by stopping Sheamus head-on?
R-Truth vs. King Barrett
On the WWE Battleground Kickoff, R-Truth and King Barrett will add a new chapter to their royal rivalry when they battle for control of the crown once and for all.
The tumultuous conflict between Truth and Barrett began in the semifinals of the 2015 King of the Ring Tournament. While the English-born Superstar won the prestigious contest, it would not stop Truth from becoming a constant thorn in the side of the newly crowned monarch. When R-Truth earned a victory over Barrett in their WWE Money in the Bank Kickoff Match, he believed himself to be the true king of WWE and began referring to himself as “King What’s Up” — complete with a makeshift crown, robe and royal scepter.
What may frustrate Barrett more than Truth’s illusion is the rapping Superstar’s victories over the brawler. Truth has defeated Barrett on Raw and SmackDown and has cost him the Intercontinental Championship inside the Elimination Chamber. Much like the fans in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con International who desire more, Barrett can’t wait to get his hands on the not-so-royal Truth again.
Monday night on Raw, Truth was able to gain yet another win on the King of the Ring Tournament champion. The self-proclaimed King has a lot of momentum in his corner going into their match on Sunday.
After Sunday who will have control of the crown and reign supreme as king over all of WWE? Will “King What’s Up” put an end to King Barrett’s rule and officially become the true king of WWE? Or will Barrett put an end to the “reign” of his high-octane adversary and make Truth bow at his royal feet?
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