Here the results from tonight’s Battleground pay-per-view.
Pre-show: The Usos vs Breezango
Sasha Banks and TBA vs Charlotte and Dana Brooke
Winner: Sasha Banks and mystery tag team partner, who was revealed to be Bayley
The New Day’s Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods vs The Wyatt Family’s Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs Zack Ryder for the United States Championship
As Rusev continued the violent beating on Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley came out to his tag team partner’s defense. Rusev seemed to be overwhelmed by Mojo’s overly “hyped” personality that he exited the ring.
Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens
Winner: Sami Zayn
As Sami bumps his rear end off the top rope in order to flip onto Kevin Owens who was standing ringside, his flip went wrong and he landed on the shoulder he had injured May of 2015. Clearly, you could see Sami was in a great deal of pain but pushed through it like a true professional.
Becky Lynch vs Natalya
The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs Darren Young (with Bob Backlund) for the Intercontinental Championship
Winner: The Miz
The Miz tries to leave the arena when Bob Backlund gets in his way. As Bob moves forward, The Miz moves back and Darren Young grabs Miz by the hair and puts him back into the ring. Maryse slaps Bob Backlund ringside, falls and tells the referee and Miz that Bob hit her. The Miz leaves the ring and makes his way straight to Bob, who removed his shirt, and The Miz pushes him. Darren Young leaves the ring, puts The Miz in the Crossface Chickenwing and the referee orders the bell be rung. Due to it being a draw, The Miz continues his reign as Intercontinental Champion.
John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs The Club’s AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Winner: John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Randy Orton on Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel
Randy Orton received a very welcoming return from The WWE Universe after recovering from an injury for nine months. As told on Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel, as much as he enjoyed spending time with his wife and children, he missed the feelings walking through the ramp, down the curtain, and The WWE Universe gave him. Some jabs and jokes were made between Jericho and Orton which was followed by Jericho getting down to business to discuss Orton’s match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. After the gentlemen watched a vignette to refresh Orton’s memory about The Beast Incarnate, Orton said it only takes one RKO to take Brock to Viperville with no enhancement needed. Talk about a low blow! I do have to agree with Jericho when he said Brock will make Orton pay for that comment. We know it’s coming. After Jericho joked about when he would be receiving a RKO outta nowhere, it did indeed happen just moments later.
Dean Ambrose (c) vs Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Guys, this was seriously one of the best pay-per-views WWE has had in months! I loved it. I rate it 9 out of 10 and I couldn’t even begin to choose a match of the evening; there were so many that had me entertained. Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens as well as The Miz vs Darren Young for the Intercontinental Championship have it tied for the #1 spot. As different as those matches were, they both had me incredibly entertained. If you didn’t have the opportunity to watch Battleground live as it aired, be sure to catch the rerun on The WWE Network.
Also, I did not forget about the return of Randy Orton on Jericho’s Highlight Reel. I was recording Randy’s return on my phone for my bestie since he couldn’t come over and watch it so I have to go back, rewatch it and take notes, then add it into this blog post. *UPDATED 07/25/16 at 9:28AM*
What were your thoughts on tonight’s pay-per-view and the return of “The Viper” Randy Orton? Please let me know by leaving a comment below! I look forward to reading them!