WWE Battleground comes to us from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sunday. It is the final PPV before a highly anticipated SummerSlam in August.
Let’s get to the predictions:
Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton WWE Championship: The Punjabi Prison makes its return one more time and hopefully brings this feud to an end. The Singh Brothers did not exactly do the best job explaining how this match will work but we are used to that at this point. It’s time for both of these men to move on. The Modern Day Maharaja is giving 110 percent each week, but it’s just not good enough. While I think Mahal loses the belt at SummerSlam, it will not be to Orton. Mahal picks up with win thanks to help from the Bollywood Boyz.
A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens United States Championship: I love what Owens is doing off air. He has blacked out his social media until he reclaims the Championship he believes is rightfully his. It’s great stuff. But I don’t see another title change so soon after Styles just won. The Phenomenal One also just started the “open challenge” so it seems silly to move on already, but who knows, considering I said the same once the “New Face of America” gimmick began and Owens dropped the title right away. Styles wins clean with a Phenomenal forearm.
John Cena vs. Rusev: If we are building toward another WWE Championship for John Cena, he can’t lose here. Rusev can lose and still look strong considering this is a flag match and neither man will have to be pinned. Hopefully this match will unleash the Bulgarian Brute and force him to wreak havoc on the Smackdown roster. Cena wins and then gets a beating from Rusev.
The Usos vs. New Day Smackdown Tag Team Championship: This has potential to be the show stealer. Both teams can work and have proven they have great chemistry in the ring and on the mic. The Usos are one of the hottest acts on the blue brand right now. I think New Day will be the team to win the straps from them, but it’s not the right time.
Lana vs. Charlotte vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Becky Lynch: It’s time to put the belt back on a heel and I think we are building toward a Lana championship run with the help of Tamina. They are already building the perfect heel story. Lana has lost several times to Naomi but it appears her and Tamina are starting to work together and I think she helps put Lana over this match and then will be the one to help the Ravishing Russian claim the gold at SummerSlam.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin: Corbin is Mr. Money in the Bank. He does not need to win another match until he cashes in. Nakamura still has not been able to show what he can do. This is a great opportunity for him to embrace the strong style and take down a giant. I think Nakamura wins clean in a tough fought battle so he can then set his sights on Mahal or Styles for SummerSlam.
Mike Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn: Kanellis just had his first match on Smackdown since debuting at Money in the Bank. He defeated Zayn thanks to his wife Maria. That’s what should happen again. Zayn loses matches. That’s what he does. And when you can add shenanigans thanks to Maria, it doesn’t hurt anyone. Kanellis needs this win so people can believe in the true power of love.