Saturday, July 22, 2017
PREDICTIONS: Battleground 2017
Battleground! Another PPV! Pretend to give a shit!
Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger (Pre-Show, I Presume)
There's absolutely no reason Tye Dillinger shouldn't win this. I could look up Main Event or Superstars to see if maybe they've been feuding on the lesser shows, but that's too much work. Dillinger wins.
Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis (Pre-Show, I Presume)
This is surprisingly tough to call, because I don't know if Zayn and Kanellis are in a program, or just killing time together. If the former, Kanellis will win again establishing his modus operandi and building heat. If the latter, Zayn will win to get revenge. So I'll say Kanellis and be wrong.
The Usos vs. The New Day (Tag Team Championships)
The Usos stood tall on Smackdown this week, had their cheat-to-retain at the last PPV, and all of that makes a strong case for a title change. However, with Summerslam around the corner, and no tag division feud to build effectively between now and then, I think we hold off for a bit and have the title change at the big show. Usos retain somehow.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
This is tough, because who do you have lose here? Mr. Money In The Bank or the dominant Nakamura? I think Nakamura has to win this, but I don't know if WWE agrees with me. Let's say Nakamura. What the hell. My numbers for the last two PPV's were great, so I can botch this one, right?
Charlotte Flair vs. Lana vs. Tamina vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya (Women's Championship No. 1 Contender; Elimination)
I don't like t hie way this is shaping up, but it has to be Charlotte, right? She hasn't really had a clear, unambiguous shot at the belt since she came to Smackdown, and even as a face, she's a stronger heel opponent for Naomi than Tamina, Lana, or Natalya are. It's weird to say this so soon after the Shakeup, but the SD women's division needs a shakeup. Charlotte wins.
John Cena vs. Rusev (Flag Match)
Cena. Duh. He passed out in the Accolade on Tuesday. Of course he's winning a Flag Match.
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens (United States Championship)
Styles won the belt off the TV, so if they're going to cement him as champ, and I'm pretty sure they are, he needs to win in front of the world. Styles retains. I feel bad for Owens, though.
Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, Punjabi Prison)
Fuck Randy Orton. I will always lose a prediction rather than pick him to win anything. But I don't think I'm wrong here. Also, the match will suuuuuuuck.