Predictions: WWE Battleground (24.07.2016)

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Becky Lynch vs Natalya

Surely there can only be one winner in this match? That’s Natalya. This feud will likely dominate the women’s scene on Smackdown for a few months. It leads me to one of my many criticisms of the WWE Draft: why spilt up the women? Why not have the Women’s Division exclusive to Smackdown? Raw will have an exclusive Cruiserweight Division, so why not give Smackdown something exclusive? The Women’s roster is sparse as it is, and bringing up a few women from NXT won’t help things much.

PREDICTED WINNER: Natalya 

The Miz (c) vs Darren Young (Intercontinental Championship Match)

Does Darren young stand any chance of winning this match? He’s been presented as winner by fluke since his partnership with Bob Backlund. Can he win the IC title by fluke? Probably not. He’s been partnered up with The Miz to give the latter something to do before a big title match at SummerSlam. I reckon the IC title will be given prominence on Smackdown, and that can’t happen if Raw Draft Pick Young wins the title!

PREDICTED WINNER: The Miz 

Rusev (c) vs Zack Ryder (United States Championship Match)

Does Ryder stand any chance of winning this match? Rusev will take the US Title to SummerSlam. Ryder was given his five minutes of fame at WrestleMania 32. He’ll be forgotten about by management after this match. Such a shame…

PREDICTED WINNER: Rusev 

Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens

Is this feud still going? It started off as one of the most heated feuds in the WWE, but has lost traction as of late. This week’s episode of Smackdown put an exclamation point on that last sentence when Demon Kane chokeslammed both of them. What a way to put over the younger talent! I’m unsure about the outcome of this contest. Owens won their first WWE PPV match. Zayn needs a big victory to stay relevant. Owens doesn’t. Logic would dictate that Zayn wins and both wrestlers move on (at least for a  while). Will WWE follow that logic?

PREDICTED WINNER: Sami Zayn 

The New Day vs The Wyatt Family

Without the titles on the line and both teams moving to opposing brands, is there any point to this match? It feels like the match New Day had against the League of Nations (remember them?!??!) at ‘Mania 32. Why not have it as a normal tag team match with the titles on the line? It would create suspense about what brand the titles will end up on! WWE have never had a great track record with the Wyatt Family, so it’s possible they’ll lose. However, The New Day don’t need a victory here. The Wyatts do. But that doesn’t mean anything, does it?

PREDICTED WINNER: The New Day 

John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs The Club 

Cena lost to Styles at their first PPV match at Money in the Bank. What usually happens when Cena loses a big match is that he wins the rematch. Whilst not a rematch in the strictest sense, I reckon Cena will get his revenge against The Club here. We’ll then have a rubber match at SummerSlam. Makes sense, doesn’t it? With The Club being split up due to the draft, a victory for them would be pointless.

PREDICTED WINNER: Cena, Amore and Cass 

Sasha Banks and a ??? vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke

Who will Sasha Banks’ mystery partner be? A lot of the rumours (and hopes) point to Bayley. Her absence from the Draft lends credence to the rumours. But, knowing WWE, the reveal will be totally unexpected. Maybe the recently drafted Carmella? With four NXT women being drafted to the main roster, NXT’s Women’s Division has been decimated. It needs Bayley now more than ever! I’ll go with the mystery partner being Carmella.

As for the winner? Sasha Banks to pin Charlotte to set up their long-awaited title match at SummerSlam!

MYSTERY PARTNER: Carmella

PREDICTED WINNER: Sasha Banks and Carmella 

Dean Ambrose (c) vs Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns (WWE Championship Match) 

Shall we count out Roman Reigns right now? Surely he should lose and be put at the back of the main event queue after his indiscretions? I’d be tempted to count out Dean Ambrose as well. Raw needs a World Title. Can you imagine Smackdown having the main championship? No! I’d guess Rollins wins due to a screwjob (maybe due to interference from the Raw Commissioner) and the ensuing carnage causes a second World Title to be created for Smackdown. I’m totally against a World Title for each brand, as it dilutes the importance of both. However, that’s probably what WWE will do. Create a second, lesser World Title for Smackdown and have the premier WWE Championship on Raw. So Rollins for the win? Yes.

PREDICTED WINNER: Seth Rollins (and NEW WWE Champion!)

What do you think? Leave your predictions below!

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