The annual battleground where WWE’s most passionate Superstars do battle has arrived again.
The 2016 edition of this PPV/special event takes place right after the recent RAW/SmackDown draft. Two rosters have been created for both shows, but all the matches that have been planned for this show are still intact. AJ Styles and The Club might be on different shows, but they’re still going to war with John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Dean Ambrose still holds onto the WWE Championship as a member of SmackDown, but he may lose it to the RAW brand if Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns beats him. These matches and more make up the entirety of the card for the show.
Now that WWE Battleground 2016 has officially begun, we’ll be here to give you all the results and highlights.
The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) vs. Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) (Kickoff Match)
Winners: Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango)!
Highlights: Fandango and Jimmy started off with quick move exchanges. After Jimmy got the best of him, Fandango got a bit of double team offense done to him by Jey. Jey stayed on top of the rival team for a bit before he got hot-shotted on the top rope by Breeze. Breezango laid Jey out with a double team maneuver of their own right after. Breezango kept the offense going got a little while, but Jey took them both out with two Enzuguri’s.
Jimmy then got the hot tag and began working over Breezango. Several superkicks and other strikes were exchanged mid-match, which almost led to Fandango getting the winning pin. Fandango looked to hit a Superplex on Jimmy but after some team confusion, Jimmy ended up splashing Breezango from the top rope. Fandango finally took Jimmy off the top rope with a nice kick, but then all four men began taking each other out with middle-rope splashes and Superkicks. Breeze grabbed the winning pin after rolling Jimmy up into a Small Package after a failed Superfly Splash.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley!
Highlights: While Banks and her surprise partner were celebrating, Charlotte and Brooke got the jump on them before the match officially begun. When the ref got the bell to ring, Charlotte wasted no time in beating the holy hell out of Bayley. Bayley managed to fight back with a kick in the corner and a top rope flying back elbow. Banks got tagged in and tok down Charlotte with a Hurricanrana off the top rope, plus she knocked Brooke off the ring apron. Charlotte quickly recovered though and slammed Banks’ face into the ring corner. Brooke eventually got back into the match and locked Banks into a submissions hold.
Banks managed to escape and tag in a super hot Bayley, who laid out Brooke with her signature offense. However, Brooke put a stop to it all after she pulled her off the top rope and laid her back atop the corner ring apron. Brooke then continued beating down the surprise tag team partner of Banks. After Brooke’s dominating offense, both women took each other down with double clotheslines. Banks and Charlotte both got the hot tag, which led to Banks using her comeback offense on Charlotte and Brooke. Charlotte almost won the match with a Big Boot/Natural Selection combo, but Bayley saved her at the last minute. Banks locked in the Banks Statement for just a few seconds before Brooke pulled Charlotte from inside the ring. When Charlotte came back, she fell right into Banks’ clutches and tapped out to the Banks Statement.
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman) (Six-Man Tag Team Match)
Winners: The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman)!
Highlights: The New Day spoke about their legendary reign as the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions of all time. They also celebrated the fact that they got drafted to RAW as a unit. They did acknowledge that The Wyatt Family would be even more dangerous since this is the stable’s last night together as full unit. Kofi and Bray actually started things off, which resulted in a quick dropkick from Kofi. But Braun then entered the match and landed a huge boot and corner splash on Kofi. Rowan then got tagged in and laid out Kofi with a bodyslam and a shot to the kidney. Rowan took his time mauling Kofi and locked him into a painful hold to keep him grounded. Kofi escaped the hold, but ran right into a clothesline. The Wyatt Family continued assaulting Kofi as Bray got back into the bout.
Kofi finally created some separation for himself from Bray, but Bray knocked Kofi’s block off with a nice Lariat. Bray then stared down Woods with a menacing look on his face. The Wyatt’s then got right back to beating down Kofi. Kofi finally fought off Bray after kicking him in the corner and forcing him to throw himself through the middle ropes. Big E soon got the hot tag and went to work on Rowan. Big E’s pin got interrupted by Strowman, which led to him also slapping down Woods via his chest. Bray uppercutted Big E and caused him to get dropped by a Side Slam from Rowan. Kofi then got involved after landing an over-the top-rope tope to Rowan. The action moved at an intense pace until Woods saved Kofi from Bray’s finishing move. Kofi got slammed down hard by Bray, which then caused Woods to face his fears and begin beating down Bray. Woods struck down Strowman and Rowan, which then caused Big E to spear Rowan through the middle rope. But it was all for naught as Woods turned right around into a Sister Abigail from Bray for the win.
Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Zack Ryder (WWE United States Championship)
Winner: And still the WWE United States Champion, Rusev!
Highlights: Ryder showed up in some very retro looking pro-USA gear for his big title match. When the match began, Rusev used his brute strength to power down his smaller opponent. Ryder used a few elbow shots to back up the big man, ran outside the ring and then landed a Baseball Dropkick to further weaken Rusev. After missing a Missile Dropkick, Ryder got taken out with a powerful side kick. Rusev then used his ground and pound offense to further damage Ryder. Rusev then used his surprising agility to land a running Spinning Kick to Ryder. Rusev then held on tight to Ryder’s waist during a submission hold attempt.
Ryder soon managed to escape his hold and ground Rusev. Ryder went for his Broski Boot, but Rusev caught his foot and stopped him. But Ryder landed a counter of his own when he landed a Neckbreaker after a Rusev suplex attempt. Ryder then finally hit Rusev with his Broski boot. The match went to the outside where Rusev dropped Ryder’s waist first onto the crowd barrier. Rusev then tried to flatten Ryder against the same barrier, but Ryder dodged it and went airborne with a missile dropkick on the outside. Ryder managed to hit his Ruff Ryder, but he missed his Elbow Drop right after when Rusev got his knees up to counter him. Rusev kept Ryder locked into The Accolade for several moments before he finally made Ryder tap out. After the match, Rusev continued beating down Ryder until his Hype Bros’ buddy Mojo Rawley confronted Rusev.