PPV Fusion: Battleground 2016
The 2016 WWE Battleground Pay-Per-View starts with a video hyping the matches to take place later on in the night, followed by the team of Charlotte and Dana Brooke taking on the team of Sasha Banks and a mystery partner in a Tag Team match to kick things off.
Sasha Banks’ partner is revealed as Bayley, to a loud ovation from the crowd when her music hits, but Charlotte and Dana atttack Sasha and Bayley before the bell can be rung to officially begin. Once the referee can separate the teams, the bell does get rung and officially started.
The match sees Sasha Banks get the victory for her team, when she applies the Bank Statement to Charlotte and leaves her with no other option but to tap out. Afterwards, Bayley and Sasha celebrate in the ring and tease a hug before the hug does indeed happen.
After a video hyping a new episode of WWE Ride Along on the WWE Network immediately following the upcoming episode of Monday Night Raw, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, “The New Day” Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston are pitted against “The Wyatt Family” Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman in a Six-Man Tag Team match.
The match sees Wyatt get the victory for his team, when he hits Woods with Sister Abigail for the 3-count.
After a video hyping the next WWE Pay-Per-View, SummerSlam on the 21st August, Rusev (accompanied and introduced by Lana) goes against Zack Ryder in a match for the United States Championship.
The match sees Rusev get the victory and retain his title, when he applies The Accolade to Zack Ryder and leaves him with no other option but to tap out. Afterwards, Rusev celebrates for a moment after keeping the hold longer as punishment, and then starts to attack Ryder once again until Mojo Rawley’s music hits and he quickly makes his way to the ring to confront Rusev. Rusev exits the ring and starts to leave with Lana, while Rawley continues to yell at Rusev.
After a video hyping the return of Swerved, along with the ongoing Cruiserweight Classic tournament, both on the WWE Network, an interaction backstage involving Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon and Seth Rollins, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, Sami Zayn takes on Kevin Owens.
The match sees Zayn get the victory, when he hits him with two Helluva Kicks for the 3-count.
After we check in with the Battleground Panel (comprised of Renee Young, Corey Graves, and WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Jerry “The King” Lawler) for their thoughts on the matches so far and yet to take place, a video recapping the Kickoff (Pre-Show) match between “The Usos” Jimmy and Jey and “Breezango” Tyler Breeze and Fandango which saw Breeze get the victory for his team by countering a splash into a small package for the 3-count, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, Natalya is pitted against Becky Lynch.
The match sees Natalya get the victory, when she applies the Sharpshooter to Becky and leaves her with no other option but to tap out.
After an interaction backstage involving Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon and Dean Ambrose, a video hyping the match between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar set to take place at SummerSlam, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, Darren Young (accompanied by WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund) goes against The Miz (accompanied by Maryse) in a match for the Intercontinental Championship.
The match sees The Miz retain his title, when the referee rings the bell in an apparent disqualification of Darren Young after he applies the Crossface Chicken Wing to The Miz outside the ring after The Miz shoves Backlund down (EDIT: WWE.com states that it was a double disqualification). Afterwards, referees have to separate them and keep Young away, which also results in a referee being shoved away by Young in his anger.
After a video hyping Brock Lesnar being on the cover of WWE 2K17, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass take on “The Club” AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a Six-Man Tag Team match.
The match sees Cena get the victory for his team, when he hits Styles with an Attitude Adjustment from the top rope for the 3-count.
After a video hyping the WWE Network and some of the shows that can be seen on it, Chris Jericho presents The Highlight Reel with his guest being Randy Orton. Orton says that it might need twenty suplexes to get to Suplex City, but that it only takes one RKO to get to Viperville – no enhancement needed.
Jericho suggests that Orton is going to pay for that comment, and also says some things that he claims are Lesnar’s words and not his (including calling Orton a “stupid idiot”). He repeatedly asks if Orton is about to give him an RKO, and while Orton does spin Jericho around and feint that he might have been about to hit one, he then seems to bend over laughing. Suddenly however, he straightens back up after a few moments to actually hit one.
After a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, showing the locker rooms backstage watching the match, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley and SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan make their ways to the ring to watch the upcoming match from ringside.
Now, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose are pitted against each other in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship. The match sees Ambrose get the victory and retain his title, when he hits Reigns with Dirty Deeds for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Dean Ambrose, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan celebrate in the ring along with the other members of the SmackDown locker room as Battleground goes off the air.