Justin C here. After watching the G1 all week, I have no idea how Battleground is going to keep me entertained. I’ll try my best. Maybe I should call this “Justin C Watches The Boring of the WWE?”
Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
-English controls into “commercial” where the WWE advertises the show we are currently going to watch on the Network.
-Dillinger catches English with a dropkick. He goes for the Tye-Breaker but English bails to the outside. Back in the ring English hits a spinebuster.
-English ended up getting the win when I wasn’t looking. I bet Dillinger still wishes he was in NXT.
WINNER: Aiden English
New Day and The Fashion Police vs The Usos and The Colons
-New Day comes out with a jazz band from New Orleans. They are interrupted by The Usos and then the Fashion Police. Breeze says the Usos Day One is actually G, for Gross. Then The Colons come out and say something and we go to commercial before the match starts.
-Meanwhile American Alpha is in the back wondering why the fuck they aren’t out here right now.
-Jinder Mahal arrived with a police escort. Damn, I was hoping those sirens were Scott Steiner returning.
Money in the Bank Opening Segment
-Shane announces that Randy Orton will have his rematch against Jinder Mahal at Money in the Bank.
-Shane announces the Money in the Bank participants: AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn. Kevin Owens comes out but Shane says he isn’t in the match. Shane introduces the fifth participant, Nakamura.
-So three guys that lost their matches Sunday are in the match, but KO isn’t?
Aiden English vs Tye Dillinger
-English sings his way to the ring and trashes Chicago. Dillinger interrupts his encore.
-English gets control by pulling Dillinger’s arm into the ropes.
-Dillinger connects on an atomic drop and gets a comeback going.
Kevin Owens Highlight Reel
-KO has taken over the Highlight Reel! He said what happened to Jericho is only half as bad as what will happen to AJ Styles.
-KO goes to introduce his guest but AJ Styles interrupts. KO asks what Styles is doing here because he would never invite Styles to his show.
-Jinder Mahal comes out. KO says Jinder was his original guest.
-I still can’t believe I have to sit here and try to take Jinder Mahal seriously as a WWE Title contender.
-Orton is back to not wearing pants. He is officially 0-1 in matches where he wears pants.
-Orton blames Jinder Mahal for his loss to Bray Wyatt at Payback and is immediately interrupted by Mahal and the Singh Brothers.
-Jinder said when he wins the WWE Title, India will build a statue honoring him. Yeah sure thing buddy.
-Daniel Bryan welcomes out Naomi and the crowd still chants “You Deserve It” for some reason.
-Bryan says that him and Shane went over Naomi’s medical records and they know she can’t defend the Title in 30 days, so he asks her to relinquish the Title.
-Naomi tries giving an emotional speech but I’m just not buying it. Naomi says when she gets back everyone will FEEL THE GLOW.
-Sure John Cena has been having some good matches with this Open Challenge for the United States Title. I’ve enjoyed Cena more in the last few months then I have the last few years. But when you know he is facing Rusev at Extreme Rules, it kind of makes these matches seem meaningless. Also, Cena needs to set up that springboard stunner a little quicker. The one he did against Bad News Barrett took way too long to set up.
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1. Well, not sure you can open a show much better than Dean Ambrose can right now. He’s got crowd momentum and absolutely knows how to go on the mic. You know what the great thing about Ambrose is? No matter what kind of bullshit he’s spouting out, he’s totally believable. He’s a ticking time bomb too when you give him a chance to talk. Really reminds me of Piper. I love it. In case I haven’t made that perfectly clear. This match with he and Seth Rollins at Battleground on Sunday is really the only reason I’m sorry I’m going to miss watching it live.
#1~ I should have know that tonight’s main event was too good to be true. The first segment started out nicely with Roman Reigns calling out Cena’s “rah-rah leads to serious mode” promo, something no babyface has done in a long time. Then Dean Ambrose interrupts both of them with another strong promo before being destroyed by Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins with Rollins Curb Stopping Ambrose’s head onto a wooden cart for the killshot. While I absolutely would prefer the main event to air as scheduled, this segment did more for Ambrose than most people probably realized. Ambrose was attacked by future Hall Of Famers Kane & Orton and the current “Triple H-project”, Seth Rollins. Not only did it take a lot to put him down but he even kept his anti-authority snark with the “Is that all you got?” quip before the Curb Stomp.