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Dean Ambrose Retains WWE Championship; Bayley Debuts

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Live from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Dean Ambrose pinned Roman Reigns to retain his WWE Championship, during the Shield Triple Threat main event match for the title, at WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view(PPV). The SmackDown Live roster, including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and Shane McMahon, were in the ring, post-match, to congratulate Ambrose, and celebrate his win. In other Battleground news, after much anticipation, Bayley, former NXT Women’s Champion, finally debuted onto WWE’s main roster, as Sasha Bank’s mystery partner in her women’s tag match against Charlotte and Dana Brook.

Full results of the 2016 Battleground, below:

Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) defeated The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) – Pre-Show Kickoff Tag Team Match

Some high-flying tag team action that kicked off the Battleground PPV! While the match was short, it provided a great way to warm the fans in the crowd and at home, to the event. In the end, Tyler Breeze pinned Jimmy Uso, when he avoided a Samoan Splash from Uso, and rolled Jimmy up for the three-count.

Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Charlotte and Dana Brook – Women’s Tag Team Match

After so much hype and anticipation, Sasha Bank’s mystery partner for Battleground was finally announced, and it was, none other than the hug-tastic Bayley. After Bayley got an incredible pop from the live Washington crowd, in typical heel fashion, Dana and Charlotte attacked Sasha and Bayley, and the match got started. The heels were primarily dominant during the early part of the match, and it went back and forth as the bout proceeded. While Dana Brook was able to break the first Bank Statement Sasha laid on Charlotte; she later laid her Backstabber on Charlotte, and then Bank Statement, and the WWE Women’s Champion tapped out, to the lose the match for her team. Sasha and Bayley then hugged at the end, to celebrate their win.

The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erik Rowan, and Braun Strowman) defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods) – Six-Man Tag Team Match

The match began with some intense stare downs from Bray Wyatt to Xavier Woods; continuing his mind-games to freak Xavier out. All-in-all, the Wyatts dominated the match early on, as it felt more like two men versus three, than a six-man match; with Woods out of the game, mentally. Still, as Bray was ready to lay Sister Abigail on Kingston, Xavier interfered, and began an attack on Wyatt. Not only did he attack Wyatt, but was also able to fight off Strowman and Rowan as well. Still, in the end, a creepy crab walk that Wyatt is infamous for, shook Woods up, and Bray was able to land Sister Abigail on him. Then came the three-count, and the rest was history.

Rusev (with Lana) defeated Zack Ryder to retain his United States Championship

In an action packed match, that spilled outside the ring (and into the front row), Rusev ended up retaining the U.S. Championship, when Zack Ryder tapped out to his Accolade finisher. Ryder did try to get out of the Bulgarian Brute’s submission, but was unable to when Rusev locked it in. Mojo Rawley entered the ring, post-match and confronted Rusev, when he continued an attack on Ryder. Rusev left the ring, after Rawley ran in for the save.

Sami Zayn defeated Kevin Owens

The brawl between these two began right away, and outside the ring; with Zayn throwing Owens into the barricades. The fight then moved in the ring, where the match was evenly-toned between these two superstars. During the match, Owens took the opportunity to play mind games, by mocking the crowds ‘Ole’ and ‘Sami’ chants. An incredible match, and some highlights included: a missed tornado DDT by Zayn, as he tried to fly through the second rope outside, and Owens caught him; a Frog Splash by Owens; two Cannonballs by Owens, and a standing ovation from the Washington crowd as they chanted ‘Fight Forever’. In the end, after three Helluva Kick, Sami Zayn pinned Kevin Owens, in the middle of the ring … finally ending this feud … for now.

Natalya defeated Beck Lynch 

Another incredible women’s wrestling match, at Battleground. Natalya took the lead within the match, early on, acting out as a heel aggressor. Still, mid-match, the Lass Kicker gained some steam and came back – even slapping Nattie across the face. While Natalya was able to lock in her Sharpshooter, Lynch was able to get to the ropes, to break the hold. Unfortunately, the second time was the charm for the Queen of Harts, and after she locked in the Sharpshooter again, she was able to get Lynch to tap out.

The Miz (with Maryse) versus Darren Young (with Bob Backlund) Intercontinental Championship Match – Double Count Out

In an odd twist of events, outside interference, really brought this match down. The Miz ended up confronting Bob Backlund, Darren Young’s life coach, outside of the ring – and then Maryse slapped Backlund. Maryse then faked an injury at the hands of Backlund, and The Miz tried to further confront him. Darren Young came to his assistance, laid his version of the Crossface Chicken Wing – and the match ended in a count out for both superstars: The Miz is still Intercontinental Champion.

John Cena, Enzo Amore, and Big Cass defeated The Club (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson) – Six-Man Tag Team Match

The Club dominated early on in the match, as Enzo took the brunt of beatings between Anderson, Gallows, and Styles. Still, once Amore tagged John Cena in, all bets were off. The team made a comeback, and then all heck broke lose after John Cena laid his AA on Styles, and tried to get a pin – but, Gallows broke the count. Bodies were flying from both teams, and then Styles was able to lay his Styles Clash signature move on Cena; but, then Big Cass broke the count. In the end, it was an AA off the top from Cena to Styles: Cena got the three-count on Styles, and the win for his team.

Dean Ambrose defeated Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to retain his WWE Championship – Shield Triple Threat Match for the WWE title

The match began with Seth Rollins trying to get a triple fist pump in the middle of the ring (like the old days), before the bell rung, from the other two men; but Roman Reigns ended that idea, by attacking Rollins. With both Commissioners and GMs of RAW and SmackDown at ringside, some highlights of Battleground’s main event included: Ambrose jumping off of the top rope, into the other two men outside the ring; Ambrose jumping off the announcers’ table, onto Rollins and Reigns; Roman Reigns giving Rollins a Superman Punch, only to get a clothesline from Dean Ambrose; Rollins and Ambrose teaming up to attack Reigns and bring him down; Seth Rollins launching himself on both Ambrose and Reigns, outside the ring; and Rollins and Ambrose working together as a team, to launch Reigns into the Spanish announce table. In the midst of all the chaos, Dean Ambrose was able to lay his Dirty Deeds on Roman Reigns, to gain the three-count, and retain his WWE Championship. The title, is going to SmackDown, and the roster came out, to celebrate with Ambrose, post-match.

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