After a tumultuous Summerslam and injuries to two of the top faces in the WWE, we have ourselves a pretty interesting PPV.
This event really feels like a transition, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. The Corporation 2.0 is a pretty fun storyline and Triple H and Randy Orton have been bland faces for a very long time so it’s really refreshing to see them back to the smarmy heels that they play so well. Daniel Bryan finds himself as a perfect underdog. Eventually he will overcome…he has to. It’s just a matter of when it will be. Hopefully they can stretch this out until Hell in a Cell, or even Survivor Series. Really, there’s no way he’s walking out of Night of Champions with the belt, but if we can turn that part of our brain off, we should get ourselves a fun match on the way there.
Enough of the yammering, here’s what SHOULD Happen vs. what WILL Happen, the card order is what it SHOULD be.
Prime Time Players vs. Real Americans vs. Tons of Funk vs. The Usos vs. 3MB
Tag Team Turmoil Match for the #1 Contenders of the Tag-Team Title
You-Tube Pre-Show Match
What SHOULD Happen: How great is this? Not only do we have actual tag teams in the tag team division, but the pre-show match feels relevant. Add in the fact that we haven’t seen a turmoil match in ages and this should be a lot of fun.
Let’s have it run down like this: The Usos start out with 3MB and after a fast paced open that includes interference from the 3rd member, the Usos end up pulling ahead. Then down plods Tons of Funk who slow things down and look to overpower the young Samoans only for one of the big guys to miss a splash and end up getting rolled up quickly. Then down come the Prime Time Players who have a really fun even face vs. face match with the Usos and eventually the Usos are just too tired and the Players win. Before they can rest the Real Americans jump them from behind, give them a huge beat down and look to win when suddenly Young rolls up Swagger out of nowhere and we have new #1 contenders.
Other fun options would include the debut of Los Matadors, the return of Tyson Kidd to team up with Justin Gabriel and win, or maybe a surprise super-team like Christian and The Big Show to take out The Shield. But failing something cool like that, we’ll go with The Prime Time Players getting the win.
As the Prime Time Players celebrate out run The Shield and they deliver the Shield Bomb to Titus O’Neil and leave as O’Neil gets carried backstage.
What WILL Happen: It’ll be either the Players or the Usos, so let’s go with the Prime Time Players, I doubt the Shield stuff will happen afterwards.
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler
United States Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: Man if they give this time, this match will be great! Ambrose has too much going for him as the US Champion and him losing it should be a huge deal, so obviously we can’t have it take place in a throw away match like this, especially to someone who should be going after the Big Gold belt at this point. Let’s have a long even match that has Ambrose win after some Shield-terference. As the three men beat down on Ziggler, Darren Young runs down with a chair to even the odds.
Brad Maddox comes out and says that the Tag Title Match will start right now wether Titus is ready or not.
What WILL Happen: No way Ambrose is losing his title here. I expect to see him win, probably on the account of villainy.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Prime Time Players
Tag Team Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: The match starts out two-on-one with Darren Young getting beaten down. Eventually Titus Young comes out pushing doctors aside to a pop, and the match continues as a tag team match. But the beatdown but members of the PTP have taken is too much and eventually they lose, but look great in the process, and they can earn a rematch next month.
What WILL Happen: Same as with Ambrose, The Shield will keep their gold for the time being, as well they should.
Impromptu Match/Segment #1
What SHOULD Happen: More Bray Wyatt promos!!!! Hopefully some that gets interrupted with Kane’s pyro but no Kane, let’s have Kane tease a reappearance but not show up yet.
What WILL Happen: Another dance segment with The Miz and Fandango.
Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman vs. CM Punk
Handicap Elimination Match
What SHOULD Happen: Wait, is the intercontinental title on the line here? Because it really, really should be…that’s the point of this entire event isn’t it?
Anyway, this feud seems like it could use a jolt. Let’s have Punk try and chase Heyman around the ring only for Axel to cut him off and attack him leading to a more or less one-on-one match with Heyman jumping in every so often. Eventually Punk is able to eliminate Axel, leaving it down to Punk and Heyman. Just before Punk can get his hands on Paul, out from the crowd runs Wade Barrett, who knocks Punk out with a chair and allows Heyman the victory. Paul introduces the newest “Heyman guy” in Wade Barrett.
Failing Barrett, someone from NXT like Kassius Ohno. Ideally Antonio Cesaro would be the next Heyman guy, but he seems to be busy with Coulter right now.
What WILL Happen: I have a feeling that we will see this feud end, or at least take a break so that Punk can transition into the Corporatocracy vs. The World storyline.
AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella vs. Natalya vs. Naomi
Diva’s Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: AJ Lee is golden right now, especially in her quest against Total Diva’s, matches that are crowded are great for a heel champion to retain. So let’s have Natalya lock Brie in a Sharpshooter only for AJ to crack her with the Diva’s title while the ref isn’t looking and steal the pin and build to a one-on-one feud between the two. This match should actually be pretty good, considering how good some of the ladies are in the ring.
What WILL Happen: I have a bad feeling that we’ll end up with Brie winning building to a Bella vs. Bella match sometime down the line.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam
World Heavyweight Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: This is kind of a strange match to me. Both men have been very good in the ring in recent months, but I have next to no interest in either of them as characters. As fun as a future RVD-Sandow feud for the title would be, I can’t help but think that we’ll get a Del Rio-Mysterio feud for the title. Also, Ricardo Rodriguez and Rob Van Dam just don’t make sense to me as a long-term pairing. I think that Ricardo joining RVD is a swerve. Since Ricardo is banned from ringside, let’s have him run down at some point which will get RVD disqualified, leading to some sort of a gimmick match between the two next month, and of course we will get a Ricardo-Del Rio feud for real later on.
What WILL Happen: Probably about the same.
Impromptu Match/Segment #2
What SHOULD Happen: Ryback wedgies someone. Hopefully this leads to Sami Zayn (forermly El Generico) to debut as a scrawny guy that Ryback is bullying.
What WILL Happen: Definitely some sort of bullying by Big Hungry.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
WWE Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: This match to me is about one thing: the journey. We all know that Orton is retaining, really it wouldn’t make any sense to have it go any other way. We all know it’ll end up in some sort of a screwjob because it’s “Best for Business”. I just can’t wait for these two to tell a story that makes us all forget about it for the duration of the match. These two are fantastic workers and definitely on their game right now.
Let’s have these two wrestle an even match, and once Bryan has the Yes Lock applied down run The Shield who distract the ref and break the hold. Of course, Ziggler and the Prime Time Players run down to make the save. Down comes the Big Show and he KOs Bryan and turns around and KOs Orton who falls on Bryan and the pin is counted, ta da.
What WILL Happen: That actually sounds totally likely…
That will give us Battleground with the following card:
- WWE Title Match: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show
- World Title Ladder Match with Ricardo Hanging in a Cage: Alberto Del Rio vs. RVD
- CM Punk vs. Wade Barrett
- The Shield vs. Dolph Ziggler and The Prime Time Players – All the belts on the line
- IC Title: Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston
- The Miz vs. Fandango
- AJ Lee vs. Natalya