WWE Battleground 2015 HITS:
The Undertaker’s Return: In 2015, 30 years since I became a wrestling fan, there isn’t a lot that gets me to literally jump off the couch anymore. Granted, the return was spoiled multiple times online (and all-but-confirmed by a WWE source I had dinner with over the weekend), however when the gong sounded on the Pay Per View, I literally jumped right off of my couch in excitement. Brock Lesnar vs. (a healthy) Undertaker should rock SummerSlam and I can’t wait to see where the go with this in the weeks to come.
Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar: An excellent mix of styles leading to one of Brock Lesnar’s best matches since his return in 2012. I think a lot of the reason we enjoy Brock Lesnar’s matches so much is because we see them so infrequently, and he doesn’t wrestle a sustainable style. Bonus points to Seth Rollins for being willing to step into the den of the beast, and create a fun match. The finish was shaky (I’ll touch on that below), but I really enjoyed this while it lasted.
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena: As I said on my Facebook page as the match came to it’s conclusion, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I’m glad that John Cena won. Lets face it. John Cena hasn’t been this dynamic, or entertaining, in years. John Cena hasn’t elevated the US Title nearly as much as the US Title has elevated John Cena’s game. We’ve seen him working with an entirely different, fresh set of opponents, and he has built an impressive library of good-to-great matches over the past several months. This match was no exception. Hey, colour me surprised. I am sure I’m not the only one that felt this was a match with a completely predictable outcome. It wasn’t, and I’m here to say, the decision that was made was the right one. Long live John Cena as the WWE United States Champion. Don’t worry, Kevin Owens will be just fine.
Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns: I love me some smash-mouth wrestling, and that’s exactly what we got here. For a big man, Bray Wyatt has some of WWE’s most unique offense, and as the tide continues to turn back towards favourable crowd reactions for Roman Reigns, he continues to turn in the best work of his career. He feels much more natural in this role as time has gone on, and will benefit from the additional time between now and his eventually World Heavyweight Championship run. Plus, it’s hard not to be excited about the Wyatt Family reunion. “…..I once was lost, but now I’m found…..was blind but now I see”.
Brie Bella vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte: This is a hit more for direction, and less for match quality. There were some clunky moments in this match, which I will chalk up to the nervousness of all involved. The reimaging of the Womens Division in WWE is no easy task, however I have faith in the ability of all involved to pull it off (and yes, that includes the Bella Twins, haters). It is impossible to hold true talent back, and WWE has the most talented Womens Division in professional wrestling right now. Big things are to come.
WWE Battleground 2015 MISSES:
Seth Rollins disappears: When the gong sounded, and the lights went out, Seth Rollins was all but dead at the hands of Brock Lesnar, and the referee had counted two, and was surely on his way to three. When the lights came on, seconds later, Rollins had vacated the ring, never to be seen or heard from again. There was no announcement to the finish of the match, and the Undertaker and Brock had their moment. Would it have killed them to come up with a “finish” to the match? Logically, if Seth Rollins was so hurt he couldn’t continue, how could he roll out of the ring, much less disappear never to be seen again in less than 5 seconds? What motivation does Undertaker have in saving Rollins title? Before Lesnar put Taker on the shelf a year ago, The Shield put him on the shelf the year before that. I know I’m nit-picking, but it’s this little stuff that stands out most to me. If someone interfered in a UFC cage match, one guy isn’t just going to disappear. Maybe he gets out of dodge and watches, maybe he helps one guy, or the other, but one thing is for sure, he doesn’t disappear into thin air.