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WWE Battleground – Best and Worst Segments

Jinder Mahal during WWE Smackdown

WWE Battleground was the last pay-per-view ahead of Summerslam. With the WWE World Heavyweight Championship booked in a Punjabi Prison, AJ Styles defending his title against Kevin Owens and a returning John Cena facing Rusev in a flag match, the pay-per-view had some really exciting contests.

  1. New Day vs The Usos [c] [WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles]: +3

Kofi and Woods took on the The Usos in this match. It went back and forth a while. Woods hit Jey with a missile dropkick. The Usos caught and powerbombed Kofi to the floor. Woods hit a reverse sunset flip for a two count. Jimmy superkicked Woods and another one on Kofi. Kofi hit Jimmy with the Trouble in paradise, and Woods followed up with his elbow from the top rope to pick up the win.

The New Day fight tooth-and-nail to dethrone SmackDown Tag Champions The Usos: WWE Battleground 2017

The resilient Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods clash with Jimmy & Jey Uso: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. #WWEBattleground More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

Also Read: WWE Smackdown Highlights ft. Jinder Mahal, John Cena

  1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin: -2

Nakamura and Corbin had a short and pretty underwhelming match. WWE have really underused Nakamura so far.

Nakamura hit Corbin with plenty of hard knees. Corbin came back with a Deep Six. Corbin hit Nakamura with a low blow. Shinsuke won off the disqualification.

Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin exchange vicious strikes in a brutal bout: WWE Battleground 2017

Mr. Money in the Bank Baron Corbin looks to assert his dominance in a physical fight against Shinsuke Nakamura: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. #WWEBattleground More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. Charlotte vs Becky Lynch vs Natalya vs Lana vs Tamina [Number One Contender’s Match]: +2

The match started off really well. They went wrong with the rapid fire eliminations which the crowd did not enjoy. Tamina, Lana and Becky were all eliminated one after the other, with little time to take in the repercussions of the eliminations.

Natalya tossed Charlotte into the corner where she hit her neck badly. Natalya covered her for the win.

Sinister alliances come in to play in the Women’s 5-Way Elimination Match: WWE Battleground 2017

Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Tamina and Lana battle it out to determine who will face Naomi for the SmackDown Women’s Title at SummerSlam: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

  1. AJ Styles [c] vs Kevin Owens [WWE United States Title Match]: +4

Owens hit Styles with a huge elbow, which Styles followed up with a dropkick. Owens hit a Senton on Styles and hit him with a DDT. Styles hit Owens with a flying forearm. Owens stopped the 450 splash by getting his knees up. Owens went for the pop up powerbomb, which Styles reversed into the Calf Crusher, which was reversed into a crossface, followed by another reversal into a crossface from Styles. Owens was able to put Styles on his shoulders for the three count and won the US Title.

Kevin Owens brings the fight to AJ Styles in a bid for his U.S. Title: WWE Battleground 2017

United States Champion AJ Styles and Kevin Owens clash for the U.S. Title and blue brand supremacy: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. John Cena vs Rusev [Flag Match]: +3

Cena and Rusev had an extremely good wrestling match, which got the crowd cheered up. Cena hit Rusev with the Five Knuckle Shuffle, while Rusev hit the Spinebuster. Cena stopped Rusev from climbing down with the flag with a dropkick. He hit Rusev with an Attitude Adjustment and locked in the STF and got Rusev to tap but that did not matter. Rusev hit him with a Superkick.

Cena threw Rusev into the LED walls of the entrance. Rusev locked in the Accolade on Cena and dropped him with a kick. Cena was able to put him through the announce table with an AA and put the American flag in the stand for the win.

John Cena and Rusev dig deep to win one for their respective countries: WWE Battleground 2017

It’s America vs. Bulgaria in an incredibly physical Flag Match between The Leader of the Cenation and The Bulgarian Brute: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. #FlagMatch More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. Sami Zayn vs Mike Kanellis: +2

Maria was a distraction to Sami, but proved to be more of a distraction to Mike, as Sami was able to take advantage of their preoccupation with each other, and hit the Exploder Suplex on Mike. He followed this with a Helluva kick to pick up the win. Mike Kanellis  lost his debut for WWE.

Did Mike Kanellis finally prove to Sami Zayn that love conquers all?: WWE Battleground 2017

The heated rivalry between Sami Zayn and Mike Kanellis continues under the bright pay-per-view lights: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. #WWEBattleground More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. Jinder Mahal [c] vs Randy Orton [Punjabi Prison WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match]: +3

Mahal and Orton brawled in the ring till the gates of the Punjabi Prison closed. They were both unable to escape the cage. The Singh Brothers attacked Orton from under the ring. Orton hit the brothers with big suplexes and continued to try to escape. Mahal attacked Orton with a Kendo Stick. Orton threw a brother through a table from the top of the cage. Orton hit Mahal with a DDT on the floor and several chair shots. Orton tried to climb out of the cage, but the Great Khali appeared and choked out Orton not allowing him to escape, and Mahal was able to win the match by escaping.

The appearance of Khali was the great surprise and as a result Mahal now has a new addition to his retinue.

The Great Khali returns to assist Jinder Mahal in his Punjabi Prison Match: WWE Battleground 2017

The Great Khali stuns the WWE Universe with a surprise appearance to assist WWE Champion Jinder Mahal in a barbaric Punjabi Prison Match against The Viper: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Battleground was an Okay pay-per-view, but nothing great. The surprise of Khali and the US Title matches were the two best matches of the night. It got a rating of +15.

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