Marcha 24, 2018

WWE Battleground 2017: Biggest winners and losers

24 Julio 2017, 11:38 | Martinez Canez

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The Great Khali

Loose ends indeed - Battleground looks to be the setting to firm them up ahead of one of WWE's marquee events.

The Punjabi Prison match tonight will be between Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal, with the WWE Championship on the line.

For those wondering, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is not scheduled for tonight but Angle is set to announce Lesnar's SummerSlam plans tonight after Braun Strowman crashed last week's #1 contenders match between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe. We're hoping a decade will allow Randy and Jinder to learn from the mistakes of those before and build a pretty decent match.

How do I get results of the WWE Battleground matches?

Flag Match: John Cena vs. Rusev.

Brian: They just gave Kanellis a win on SmackDown, so think they'll get Sami Zayn even with a win.

While some might not miss seeing Cena in the WWE, those who will can take heart. Enter the longest reigning tag team champs in company history, The New Day. AJ Styles will be against Kevin Owens in a singles match for the United States Championship. Which Superstar can survive the Five-Way Elimination Match and earn their chance to claim the top prize in the SmackDown LIVE Women's Division in the first ever SmackDown Women's Title match at SummerSlam?

The only good match of the night was the tag-team contest between The Usos and The New Day.

Kickoff Match: Aiden English def. Tye Dillinger by pin following a modified full nelson slam. Natalya won when Charlotte hit her head on the lower turnbuckle.

While Cena has a long ways to go in catching up to fellow WWE alum Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's box office success (Johnson is Hollywood's highest-paid actor, according to Forbes), his schedule of late hasn't been empty. At this point in time, Zayn needs every win he can get to salvage a disappointing main roster run, but can he stop the rising newcomer? On a nightly basis, you have to perform on a main event level. It's not that they can't book another title change here, it's just that it's hard to believe they will this soon, especially when they seem to be teasing Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for SummerSlam.

Don't be surprised if we end up seeing three WWE Champions in one night at SummerSlam, and it all starts with Cena taking on Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship. Khali shook the cage to knock Orton down, then ordered Mahal to climb over the cage and win the match.

What channel will air the WWE Battleground? A combination of bad storylines, bad finishes and boring wrestling made it such a chore to watch. The best part is probably that there is going to be a new feud for the WWE Title.

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