WWE Battleground is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced by WWE for the SmackDown brand, which took place on July 23, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
WWE Battleground started well with an appearance from The Great Khali. Then the event became scripted nonsense complete with matches that were not entertaining.
The event kicked off with Aiden English singing a full song before his match with Tye Dillinger. English defeated Dillinger via pinfall.
The Punjabi Prison Match was Jinder Mahal versus Randy Orton. This match took place inside two cages made of bamboo surrounding the ring. The cage had four doors that could only be opened upon request for 60 seconds. If the fighter did not make it out in time, he would have to climb the bamboo. Once a wrestler has climbed the inner cage, he must climb over the second cage to be declared the winner.
During Mahal’s match with Orton, The Great Khali resurfaced 10 years after winning the WWE World Heavyweight title. He prevented Orton from climbing out of the second cage, which gave Mahal the opportunity to win.
The New Day versus The Uso’s Brothers was a tag team fight. Big E, of The New Day, did not participate in this match but Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston held their ground. The New Day is the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history. They retain the RAW and SmackDown Tag Team Championship titles.
The Uso’s next chance at the title will be next month at The Road to SummerSlam or the actual Summer-Slam event.
Shinsuke Nakamura took on Baron Corbin at WWE Battleground. Nakamura defeated Corbin due to disqualification; Corbin kicked Nakamura in the genitals.
Kevin Owens wrestled A.J. Styles. Owens regained his title as the U.S. Champion. During the match, Owens threw Styles into the referee, which knocked the referee unconscious. While the referee was down, Styles pinned Owen but he kicked out. By the time the referee regained consciousness Owens had pinned Styles by pulling down his shoulders and winning the match.
The WWE Battleground Flag Match between John Cena and Rusev was tiring with small moments. Rusev and Cena are two of the top performers for WWE. The goal of the Flag Match was to pull flags down from poles inside the ring, but once done, the action is switched to the outer ring and repeated. This was their version of capture the flag, wrestler’s edition.
The WWE Battleground Women’s No.1 Contendership Match included Becky Lynch, Lana, Charlotte Flair, Natalya, and Tamina Snuka in a Fatal Five-way Elimination Match. Lynch eliminated wrestlers one-by-one, late in the match. Through a wave of submissions, Lunch took out Snuka and Lana before Natalya pinned Lynch and eventually Flair in the 11-minute match. Natalya’s victory means she will face Naomi in the SmackDown Women’s Championshop match at SummerSlam.
Sami Zayn met Mike Kanellis in the ring. Zayn defeated Kanellis via pinfall. Zayn hit an exploder suplex, which set him up for a great kick to Kanellis for the pin.
The final disappointment was the Fashion X-Files, featuring The Ascension telling Breezango that they were the ones who attacked them. Later Breezango learned that The Ascension lied and could not have beheaded the horse. The lights the shut off twice. The first time Tyler Breeze was attacked, and then Fandango the second time. He was dragged away, ending WWE Battleground 2017.
Written by Nicole Thompson
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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