Battleground is in the books. Given it’s shaky build thanks to the suspension of one of the main eventers and the chaos of the draft, Battleground delivered a pretty good show from top to bottom with big crescendos for a rowdy crowd. Here are our top five moments from Battleground!
5. Enzo on the mic
Enzo Amore has no equal. No one brings the energy and passion to a promo like him. The Washington DC were waiting to eat out of the palm of his hand and Enzo fed them well. He even got them cheering John Cena to a certain extent which is no mean feat. His flow and rhyme were spot on and his jokes hit home. The crowd quickly started chanting “soccer mom” at AJ Styles thanks to his line. It was another stellar performance from him.
4. The Shield package
The wrestling world has been waiting for a Shield triple threat ever since Seth Rollins took a chair to the back of Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns two years ago. It has been teased, this time last year the three of them were in a four-way with Randy Orton for the belt, but when it finally came WWE did it full justice with their promo package. They spliced interview segments with Paul Heyman and Triple H with old footage of the trio and then their singles career. It pushed them all well and built the magnitude of the moment brilliantly. People have a lot of complaints about certain WWE things but their video packages are never one.
3. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens bring the house down
It’s no surprise that this match was the best of the night. These two know each other so well and have wrestled so many times but they always bring new things to the table. Last night’s battle had the feel of a blow-off but without the need for a steel cage or ladders, the two combatants just brought the fire and emotion, it was amazing. Owens cut off the Torpedo DDT and ducked several Helluva Kicks, selling how well they knew each other. The one horrible error from Zayn on his sitting springboard dive came across more as desperate risk taking to beat a foe than a wrestler messing up thanks to the overall feeling of the match. When the end came it was everything you could want, and we even got to see an apron brainbuster!
2. Ambrose retains
Back to the Shield, back to the main event. It’s tough to pick a crowd favourite between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, but the fact that Ambrose is in the conversation at all is amazing. He was looking like the odd man out of the Shield as Rollins became the #1 Heel and Reigns was pushed as the #1 face with a pair of WrestleMania main events. But every time Ambrose crosses paths with his Shield brothers and is a the top of the card he gets the reactions desired. He was brilliant in his efforts last night and was the unlikely, but popular, winner of the triple threat. That he will carry the belt on Smackdown doesn’t mean he will necessarily be the biggest thing – after all John Cena and AJ Styles are on Tuesdays as well – but Ambrose is in a great position to become the man now.
But the best moment of the night was when we heard this.
At last, the Hugger herself has debuted. It may be a fleeting appearance on the main roster but the reception she got impressed The Boss in the ring, and hopefully the boss behind the curtain too. She played second to Sasha Banks dutifully but it was a moment will live long in the memory and will hopefully be repeated soon.
1. It’s Bayley!!
At last, the Hugger herself has debuted. It may be a fleeting appearance on the main roster but the reception she got impressed The Boss in the ring, and hopefully the boss behind the curtain too. She played second to Sasha Banks dutifully but it was a moment will live long in the memory and will hopefully be repeated soon. Bayley has been spinning her wheels somewhat in NXT since she lost the NXT Womens Championship to Asuka in Dallas, and there was a lot of surprise when she wasn’t drafted last week. Bayley is a superstar waiting to happen, we hope WWE will pull the trigger on her soon, but if not we may get to enjoy a lot more of her in NXT, which is no bad thing.