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WWE Battleground 2016: The Five Worst Moments

Last night was Battleground; the last joint-brand pay per view after the brand extension draft last week. It was good, but far from perfect.


WWE Battleground has come and gone. It was filled with excellent wrestling and pure comedy gold at times, but no WWE event is without its flaws. While you could look past some in the moment, there’s no denying the five worst parts of last night’s event. 

5. The commentary. The entire night.

So, the allegiances were definitely split on commentary last night. We had JBL, who is now a Smackdown announcer, sat next to two Raw commentators. This led to a lot of tension between the announce team, but apparently a lot of confusion as well. All three of the men were calling spots wrong all night. Now, that could just be me nit-picking right? Working on Live TV is no easy task, especially talking for almost three and a half hours. But this was beyond the point of forgiveness. There were wrong calls every single match, ranging from just getting the names of moves wrong to literally calling the wrong names in a triple threat match. For shame Byron Saxton, for shame.

4. Becky loses… again?

Poor Becky Lynch. She just can’t have nice things can she? She was turned on by Paige and Charlotte, before finally finding a friend she can apparently trust. And then that ended abruptly last month after an accident in a tag team match, with Natalya losing it in a fit of rage. But then at least Becky could avenge that betrayal and beat the woman who turned her back on her? Err, apparently not. Becky lost in what can only be described as an average performance from both women.

3. Finn, Finn, where art thou Finn?

So, last night The Club lost to John Cena (shovel in hand) and Enzo Amore and Big Cass. It was the Leader of the club, AJ Styles, who took the definitive AA from the top rope and lost his team the match. So, with the leader of the club headed to a separate brand, surely this would have been the perfect moment to debut a new member if the club… a certain Mr Finn Balor perhaps? Well, apparently not. No Finn debut just yet.

2. Bob Backlund shouldn’t be allowed out of the house.

So, regardless of how the Intercontinental Title match ended (I’ll get to that, believe me) one of the worst moments in WWE TV’s recent history was Bob Backlund interacting with The Miz’s wife, Maryse. Not only did he fall the wrong way after being slapped, he then tore off his bow tie and shirt, whilst wearing suspenders. He didn’t seem to realise this, and ran around in circles with his shirt half off. It was, to be somewhat kind, bizarre.

1. How did that Intercontinental match end again?

The ending of the Intercontinental match was, to be blunt, horrendous. The match ended in an apparent count-out when The Miz was confronting Bob Backlund, but the bell wasn’t rung until Darren Young left the ring to attack The Miz, which would have restarted the referees count, but it didn’t, it forced the finish, and then Daren Young put The Miz in a submission move, after the bell had actually rung? I’m confused just writing about how bad it was. Next time WWE, stick an easier finish, please.

So they were the worst 5 moments from Battleground! Did I miss anything? If so, let me know by leaving a comment.

Liam Shone

Liam is a WWE/Football writer for the site and supports the Oakland Raiders and Liverpool FC. He's been writing for Realsport since March 2016 and began a degree in Sports Journalism in September 2016 at Southampton Solent University.

WWE Battleground 2016: The Five Worst Moments

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