WWE Results: Battleground 2017
Well there you have it, another PPV in the books and who won the third ever Punjabi Prison match? Won won the flag match? But more importantly, who won the most votes? Read on to find out.
Let's start, as always, with the kickoff match.
Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
I'll be honest, I didn't watch this match. I read the results during the rest of the PPV, and I'm curious about that outcome of this one. Is it because WWE wants to push Aiden, or have they lost faith in Dillinger? We'll see how this develops.
Winner: Aiden English (no one)
The Usos vs The New Day
I was surprised to see this match start the PPV, but wow what a match. All four of these boys put on a damned good showing. The Usos have nothing to hang their heads over this loss. They looked amazing in this losing effort, but The New Day were just that much better. The false finishes were all believable. If the PPV continues like this, I will be greatly, and pleasantly surprised.
Winners: The New Day (Brundan, Double A, Rybo Slice)
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin
While I may not be a fan of some of the nicknames Nakamura has been saddled with, the King of Strong Style has quickly become one of my favorite wrestlers. I never want him to lose, ever! Corbin on the other hand, I'm not as big a fan of. I will say I don't dislike him, and can't understand the hate he gets thrown at him. He's got a good size, a good move set, he's a solid upper mid card wrestler. Sp what do they do with these two? End a hard hitting battle with a low blow out of no where. Really? I enjoyed this match, it was a strike driven fight, which is rare in the WWE and I think that's part of the reason the crowd slept on it, but ouch! Neither man looks good with Baron giving a low blow, but the mentality was that Corbin would rather end the match and stay healthy so he could cash in when he wants. I get it, but it's not a good look for the match.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura (Brundan, Double A, Rybo Slice)
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Lana (Fatal 5-Way Elimination for #1 contendership)
I still don't like how the champ didn't have to defend her belt at the PPV, but at least Naomi showed up. What I do like about this match is that it was an elimination match. They always tell a better story with all of the competitors involved. I think after Tamina was eliminated, they could have played with Lana being alone a little longer, but it was nice either way. I had a feeling it was going to come down to Natalya and Charlotte, but it didn't exactly play out how imagined. In any case, a good match not drawn out too long.
Winner: Natalya (Brundan)
AJ Styles (c) vs Kevin Owens (United States Championship match)
This match had my pick for match of the night, but after that opening tag match, I don't know if they're going to top it, but if any two men can do it, it's these two. Adn what a match. I could watch these two wrestle a feud until they're in their fifties. I understand that it's the nature of the business to have screwy finishes, but after having the low blow in the Corbin/Nakamura match, I don't like having the ref getting knocked out. But in the end it doesn't seem to have been a factor, right? I don't know the whole point of the ref spot if it wasn't going to play into the end. I'm confused, but I liked most of the match, and am surprised they took the belt off of AJ so soon.
Winner: Kevin Owens (no one)
John Cena vs Rusev (Flag Match)
I know this feud restarted on the 4th of July, but I don't really get why it's a pride of the country match. We've already got Jinder Mahal as the foreign heel, Rusev already played this role, I don't really see the point of him rehashing it again, just because he's facing Mr. America, John Cena. Adding to my disappointment is the fact that this is a flag match, which is almost as dumb as a Judy Bagwell on a pole match, come on I said almost. Before the match begins, let me express my utter sadness that Rusev didn't come out in a tank again. I will say that this was probably the best 'on a pole' match in a long time. But seriously, all I have to say is fuck John Cena, and his habit of burying wrestlers. Such bullshit.
Winner: John Cena (Brundan, Pink, Rybo Slice)
Sami Zayn vs Mike Kanellis
Ooph, talk about a palate cleanser of a match. Falling between the Cena match (asshole) and the main event, this was meant to balance out the crowd. I don't know Mike enough to care enough about him wrestling yet, but I really enjoy watching Zayn in the ring, and can't wait for him to be elevated to the top of the card. The match was serviceable, but the placement of it really hurt it. But at least Sami won (and that his win didn't change our voting standing).
Winner: Sami Zayn (no one)
Jinder Mahal (c) vs Randy Orton (WWE Championship Punjabi Prison match)
It's finally here! The third ever Punjabi Prison match! Honestly, I'm not a fan of the stipulation typically, but it really makes sense for this feud. Jinder has had the help of the Sing bros interfering in his matches, he's actually Hindi (I'm looking at you Big Show and Undertaker), and it isn't a played out, overdone stip. I feel like it may be the only match type that doesn't have it's own PPV and that's a good thing. What didn't work for me was how much the announcers talked about Randy's disadvantage for never having been in this match type, but NEITHER HAS JINDER!!! It's borderline racist thinking that the Maharaja has an advantage because it is Hindi themed.
To say this was the best of the three Prison matches, doesn't mean much. I will say it was a fun match, if you ignore all the laps in logic. Honestly, why would Orton stop Jinder from climbing the inner cage earlier in the match when there were still two (possibly three) doors that could be opened? For a second you wonder why Orton would try and climb the outer cage right next to Jinder, but then you see that they are right by the announce tables and someone is about to go through it from the top of the cage. Poor Singh brother #1. So much happened during the match, I really was expecting the Great Khali to come back and screw Orton, and I was typing that sentence, who shows up! I mean it only makes sense, and I know people are going to hate this, but I really loved it. I don't know if Khali is back for good (awhile) or if this was just a one off, but it made great story sense.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (all of us)
Well there you have it, another PPV in the books, and a new winner of our predictions. Who you may ask? Well that means you didn't pay attention to yesterday's post.
Congrats to Brundan who has reclaimed the top spot