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WWE Battleground 2016 Review

We've now come to the final stop to SummerSlam and the final night before each brand begins its new era. WWE had to end things off with a bang. Much of the buildup revolved around the brand split and we had the Roman Reigns suspension lurking in the main event storyline.

The former Shield brothers are finally competing in the triple threat match we've wanted to see for two years. It's a little disappointing such a big match would happen at Battleground, but perhaps this is only one of several we'll see.

We're also getting what's billed as somewhat of a blowoff match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. This is likely a matchup we'll see many more times in the future.

To round out the card, we had John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass against AJ Styles and The Club. We also had The Miz against Darren Young for the IC title, The New Day against The Wyatt Family, and Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks and a mystery partner. In the undercard, we had Zack Ryder against Rusev for the U.S. title and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya. on the preshow, as well as Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin who were bumped down.

Event Card (in no particular order):

- Pre-Show:

The Usos vs. Breezango

- United States Championship

Rusev (c) vs. Zack Ryder

- Singles Match

Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

Six-Man Tag

The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family

 

- Intercontinental Championship

The Miz (c) vs. Darren Young

- Singles Match

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

Six-Man Tag

John Cena, Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Club

- Women's Tag Match

Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks & Mystery Partner

- WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns

How did the show play out? How would WWE set us up on the road to SummerSlam? We discuss that here.

Preshow: The Usos vs. Breezango

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The kick-off show ended with a SmackDown matchup, featuring Breezango and The Usos. It'll be interesting to see how these teams are built, considering the World Tag Team Championship is heading to RAW with The New Day.

The crowd was pretty hot for Breezango in this match, electing to cheer the two NXT alumni over the babyface Usos. The Usos got the early momentum in this match, as Jimmy Uso hit a superkick to Fandango and followed it up with a pair of Samoan drops on Fandango and Breeze. Eventually Breeze turned things around with a Supermodel Superkick (I know, too many superkicks).

Jimmy Uso eventually regained momentum and went for the Uso Splash, but thanks to a distraction from Fandango, he was distracted long enough for Breeze to get a knee up on the splash. Breeze then locked Uso in a small package for the win.

Winner: Breezango

Match Rating: 6.5/10

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