Review: WWE Battleground 2015

Written by: Phillipa Hopwood

WWE Battleground was all it promised to be and more!

WWE knew it had to up Network numbers before August because it could not allow Summerslam to be a free event, this is why they brought back Brock Lesnar early and set up what was set to be an epic collision between him and Seth Rollins.

Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins at Battleground 2015

The night started off with King What’s Up vs King Barrett, it was a good back and forth match that saw R-Truth hit his scissor kick finisher, but it wasn’t enough as Barrett picked up the win and retained his crown after a vicious Bullhammer.

Sheamus and Randy Orton finally ended their rivalry in Orton’s hometown as the two went to war. It was a thrilling match between both men, but it went too long. Sheamus did manage to hit a Brogue Kick but he couldn’t get the cover fast enough and Orton settled it with an RKO.

The Prime Time Players retained their gold as they once again stepped in the ring against former champions The New Day, Xavier Woods was a delight to watch at ringside in what could be called a lacklustre match between the two highly rated teams. The win came after Young hit the gut check and Titus hit Clash of the Titus. Rumours suggest there could be another rematch at Summerslam, I think it’s time for some new blood.

Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Paige - Submission Sorority

Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Paige

The Divas match wasn’t advertised before Battleground but it ended up being Charlotte vs Brie vs Sasha Banks in what I thought was match of the night up to that point; it was amazing. The NXT divas have really injected something new into the WWE main roster and if this match is anything to go by, I can’t wait to see what the Divas revolution has up their sleeves for Summerslam.

Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns was as personal a battle as you could get but the match lacked something. There was no spark as their usually is and it let the match down. The rumours of Sting interfering in the match never happened and instead Luke Harper came out to help his former leader and it seems the Wyatt Family are back together, but with Erick Rowan injured, where does this leave them? And where does Roman Reigns go from here?

I don’t know how to begin to describe John Cena vs Kevin Owens. The two had already met twice before and the rubber match promised so much and actually delivered. Another match of the year candidate from the pair, but this one was let down by the ending. Owens managed to kick out of two AAs and one from the top rope and Cena kicked out of a pop-up powerbomb yet he managed to make Owens tap to the STF. It made no sense in the grand scheme of things and it was a hard pill to swallow since Owens was built up so highly. Where does he go from here? He no longer has a claim to the US title…

The match of the night was Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar. I expected Seth to finally overcome Brock and prove his doubters wrong, but that isn’t what happened. Seth avoided the suplexes for a while before Brock managed to hit 13 of them followed by an F5, that was all she wrote. Brock had the pin and we were looking at the new champion, then the bell tolled and the lights went out. IT WAS HAPPENING! The Undertaker appeared in the ring and took out Brock with two vicious tombstones before making his exit.

Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker at WWE Battleground 2015

The Undertaker stares down Brock Lesnar

The referee had disappeared so the match would have ended as a no contest and Rollins retained, but the real story is that The Undertaker is back for retribution and how good did he look?

Battleground’s ending has left fans anticipating Summerslam in a way that WWE hoped.

Author: Phillipa Hopwood

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