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Battleground In A Nutshell: SmackDown Is Golden

It’s time for the first PPV of the post-draft era, and we are live in Washington, DC, for Battleground 2016. We get the return of Roman Reigns, as well as Randy Orton (though in a non-wrestling capacity). And, of course, the return or debut of a new woman for Sasha Banks’ mystery partner. It’s going to be an action packed event, so let’s get right into the fun, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

For much of the night, I expected this to go to Zayn/Owens.

Then the main event happened. And the main event delivered. Rollins and Ambrose put on two great matches on RAW and SmackDown last week, but tonight they dialed it up a few more notches, and with the return of Reigns, things were just that much better. Strong match, great near finishes and high spots, and very entertaining. Interesting after the win to see none other than Roman’s cousins, The Usos, holding up Ambrose as the SmackDown roster celebrated Ambrose keeping the title on their show.

Worst match of the night:

Honestly, I was torn between a few options, but none were really horrible. At points I wasn’t loving Rusev/Ryder, but it was honestly better than I expected it to be.

Darren Young and The Miz wasn’t as bad as it could have been, though I felt it was marred by the ending.

So, for me, I have to go all the way back to the kickoff, and say that the Usos/Breezedango match was the worst of the evening. But again, I preface this by saying, none of these were abject stinkers like we are used to getting. So that’s a step in the right direction.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


New Day rocks

This is awesome

let’s go Owens

Sami Zayn

Fight forever

Lets go Becky

John Cena sucks

How you doin’

AJ Styles

Let’s go Cena

Soccer Mom

Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks

Welcome back




Roman sucks

This is awesome

Star of the Night

Dean Ambrose. Honestly could have taken this a few different directions, but once again Ambrose holds onto the gold, when he was the lone SmackDown grappler in the main event. He keeps the gold on the Tuesday show, and looked strong in the process. I don’t know who he will battle next, nor do I know how long he’s going to control the gold, but he’s taking care of business for the moment.

Spot of the Night:

Sami Zayn with a suplex/brain buster on the apron

And, maybe not the most spectacular, but I do like seeing the Chickenwing back. Especially that they now have Darren Young staring at his hands, just like Bob used to.

The double teams by Enzo and Cass, specifically with Enzo being launched by Cass.

Man how sweet it is to see the RKO once again, for the first time in 9 months. Jericho knew it was coming, thought he saw it coming, but couldn’t avoid it.

Ambrose and then Rollins, in succession, launching themselves through or over the ropes to take Reigns out. Followed by Ambrose and Rollins working together to put Reigns through the Spanish Announce table.

Jobber of the Night:

I give this one to Jericho, since he ate the comeback RKO. Wasn’t really any other jobber types tonight, so Chris gets himself an award.

Upset of the Night:

Nothing to speak of. No shocking results tonight.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Well, the shock and puzzlement of Bayley not being drafted on Tuesday makes a whole lot more sense tonight, as with the opening match we quickly found out who Sasha’s partner was-and it was none other than Bayley, who joined Banks and aided Sasha in defeating Charlotte and Dana Brooke.

Botch of the night:

Maybe it was just me, but right as Owens/Zayn was going home, my Network feed crapped out. Been a while since that happened.

As for wrestling? I don’t think AJ was supposed to be landing on his butt for that top rope AA. Looks like either he overdid it, or Cena overdid it.

Commentary of the night:

I wish my eyes were wide shut right now.

I’m not sure that Enzo should be making fun of anyone’s hair.

Enzo looks like he’s mad at his head with a haircut like that.

It only takes on RKO to get to Viperville…no enhancement needed.

LOL Moment of the night:

I don’t know if anyone else was laughing, but Miz and Maryse wearing those masks was hillarious. Like, just bad, but bad funny. Probably not what they were going for, but that’s what they achieved.

And then there is Enzo’s monologue. Which was as funny as always, this time giving advice to The Club (don’t wear Crocs, don’t make eye contact while eating a banana).

Noteworthy Moment:

Wasn’t much, but looked like one of Becky’s punches to Natty’s face actually did draw blood.

Bayley’s main roster debut. Even if might be one night only for now, it was still electric.

Mojo, after his stunning draft pick, makes his big show debut running in to save Ryder, just by yelling at Rusev.

Randy Orton is back, if only in a non-wrestling capacity this evening.

Most of the guys seemed to be wearing blue or red accented ring gear, based on who drafted them. I hope this does not continue. Some guys it works, some guys not so much (and guys like KO and Sami, who have worn red in the past, it might not have been planned, but the announce team made it out to be planned).

No surprise, but upon Reigns’ music hitting, he was vociferously booed. Crowd wanted nothing to do with him.

Overall lowlights:

I don’t really want to put this here, but I am going to. I wasn’t a fan of the non-finish between Darren Young and Miz. I mean, I liked Darren walking off, post-Chicken Wing, staring at his hands…but I felt before that, that the ending was overly complicated. Maryse slapping Backlund, Backlund then flipping out, Miz getting involved…it was all somewhat confusing, and I think someone wrote up a bit too much.

Overall highlights:

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. As the crowd chanted, fight forever. Wow can those two bring it.

Bayley’s debut.

The six man match was chaos, it was a trainwreck, the referee let a lot…I mean A LOT…go. But it was entertaining.

Randy had some zingers in the Highlight Reel. None better than his “no enhancement needed” line.

After the final bell:

Another show, another over-run. I will say this about that: I like that WWE has the ability, and will use that flexibility. But, I don’t think they should abuse it, and I think using the over-run for something outside of a Big Four PPV might be pushing it a bit.

That being said, I felt like this was a really strong show. It started off strong, it finished strong, and while it had some lower points in the middle, even those were decent and, with better booking, could have been stellar. It was a much stronger show than I was expecting.

What will be interesting now is to see how things look tomorrow on RAW, the first true show since the split happened, and also to see how both shows begin to prepare for SummerSlam. We know of one match so far, and more are sure to come.

Things are starting to heat up!

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  • Darda Cook

    What will be interesting now is to see how things look tomorrow on RAW

  • Fat Owens Fat

    What a predictable PPV – Smarks

    • Brett in MN

      Yeah, aren’t you just edgy and cool. Why do you watch?

      • Fat Owens Fat

        Funny, because you smarks are the ones who always whine about the product yet you watch it week in and week out. I don’t watch the product at all, I just check on the results sheet to see how much money I made on the bets.
        What’s also funny is that the smarks who say Vince has lost touch are also the same people who pay to watch his products either on the Network or pay enough to watch them live and fill up the arenas every week.

        Boy those smarks are dumb af

      • FacePuncher

        Don’t engage him. He’s just a troll who thinks he’s above everyone else by calling them ‘smarks’

  • Bonkerz

    Why was Sami’s springboard botch not mentioned? The guy almost dislocated his shoulder… again.

  • ‘Drowen Hart #NN #NBNC ?????

    Holy s— moment of the night and Lol moment of the night was when Randy took a shot at Brock Lesnar by saying “No enhancement needed”

  • jeff

    No worst match of the night? Natalya vs Becky Lynch wad awful. Anything with Darren Young and Bob Backlund will be even worse. I can’t believe you like him looking at his hands.

  • Red

    Big E landed really bad on his head when he speared Strauman off the apron. And Sami almost injured himself with that springboard botch. Still, MOTN was Zayn vs Owens. An excellent contest with so much emotion to it.

  • Evil Edy #HeelTurn!

    Yeah it was a great PPV. I feel bad for Roman, honestly. A lot of the hate he gets is undeserved. So he might have taken Adderall, not really that big a deal. Hell, Adderall should be the exception to the wellness policy considering what these guys do. I doesn’t give any sort of edge or advantage, just helps with concentration. Taken in minimal doses, the side effect are usually not even an issue. I know three people who take it and function perfectly normal and have no issues whatsoever.

    Now taking it improperly can indeed mess you up, just like any other medication, but if you’re cleared by a doctor to take it, and follow his directions, it should be a non-issue. I mean, it’s like suspending someone for taking cough medicine or Viagra or Chantix or something millions of people take. Hell, cough syrup can have worse side affects than Adderall, making you drowsy, less alert, irritable, even liver failure if you really overdo it.

    Anyways, I think Roman looked good last night. And he took another clean pin. I think people hate him for the sole purpose of him being the one Vince picked. The guy was given an opportunity and he took it. You’d be stupid if you didn’t. People were really cheering for him until he got his push, then all of a sudden he was Cena 2.0. How fickle are today’s wrestling fans?

    I was also surprised Ambrose retained. But it makes sense. I figured they’d keep the main title on the flagship show, but I think this was a smart move. The title is already established and considered “the title”, as it always has been over the WHC. But this way, with people possibly feuding over the WHC, if it returns, it will give it more weight as it will be the main RAW title. And at the moment, and most likely it will stay that way, RAW is the bigger show. Smackdown could surpass it, if Vince lets it, because it’s happened before. But for now, this is a smart choice.

    As for Sami and KO, best match of the year so far, for me. How you didn’t give it match of the night, I dunno. It had it all. It told a great story, best storytelling I have seen in years, it had emotion, it had great improv from Sami’s botch and KO working the arm into the match, just one false finish that was believable with Sami barely getting his foot on the rope, a spectacular showcase of both men’s moves, and a great freakin finish.

    While the Shield match was indeed great, it missed on a few points. It didn’t make much sense for Ambrose and Rollins to team against Roman. I mean, even if he was the “biggest threat”, he and Dean are still friends and should have stayed against Rollins like they did at the beginning. The ending could have been the same, get Rollins out of the picture with a spear, then Ambrose hits DD for the win. A small point, I know, but with two great matches, that one is what decided it for me.

    The women’s tag match was also awesome, as expected between these four great women. I get why Nia Jax was drafted, she’s huge, and does pretty well in the ring and has shown a lot of improvement during her short time in NXT. She has a lot of work to do, still, but she’s solid and will make a great monster heel for the women’s division. But why she was drafted over Bailey, I dunno, And why Bailey wasn’t drafted at all has me dumbfounded. She has been ready, and as she proved last night, can compete with the best of the women on the main roster. I just hope she gets called up after her title match with Asuka, if she loses.

    But yeah, this was a great PPV and I hope WWE keeps it going. I can’t wait for tonight’s RAW and tomorrow’s Smackdown!

  • ‘Drowen Hart #NN #NBNC ?????


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