WWE Battleground 2017: Reactions & Review


Watch the explosive trailer for WWE Battleground 2017See the trailer for WWE Battleground 2017, streaming live from Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, on the award-winning WWE Network. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-07-23T22:54:37.000Z

Here’s my final thoughts on WWE SmackDown Live’s Battleground 2017!


Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English


Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English: WWE Battleground 2017 Kickoff MatchThe Perfect 10 attempts to topple The Drama King to kick off the action at WWE Battleground 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-07-24T01:29:03.000Z

Reactions: Now you see what happens when you give more time to the guys who really deserve it? We get solid matches like this one. Now I’m certainly guilty of thinking this would follow the same format as the other matches these men have presented. While it featured some similar moments to its predecessors, this rematch intensified the action a bit more with more meaningful offense from English. Dillinger still has the crowd behind him even in loss (there’s clear evidence of that based on the reaction he used to get while in NXT). So the L he took here won’t deter him much since it came after a decent contest against English, a talent who needs all the help he can get right now. English wins and suddenly I care about him a bit more thanks to his pre-match serenading and unique signature moves. I’m open to seeing this go down for the fifth (or is it sixth?) time.

Rating: 2 & a Half out of 5 Stars


Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis


Did Mike Kanellis finally prove to Sami Zayn that love conquers all?: WWE Battleground 2017The 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 : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-07-24T04:18:43.000Z

Reactions: This is the type of match that would have better served on your typical SD Live airing. The action was average at best since Mike’s choice of moves are pretty generic in nature. Zayn added a bit more fire to the match, at least. The ending almost played out the very same way, but it led right into how it was meant to play out – Exploder into the corner, then a finishing Helluva Kick. So yeah…there’s that.


Sami Zayn on kicking the smile off Mike Kanellis' face: July 23, 2017Sami Zayn is more than happy about his victory over Mike Kanellis at WWE Battleground 2017. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-07-24T04:31:12.000Z

Rating: 1 & a Half out of 5 Stars


AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens (WWE United States Championship)


Kevin Owens brings the fight to AJ Styles in a bid for his U.S. Title: WWE Battleground 2017United 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 : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-07-24T02:45:21.000Z

Reactions: Huh? Everything was going so well then…that weird ass pinfall happened. That’s how they end a match that was entering into the 4-star range? Wow…that sucked. Everything that went down beforehand was pretty good, though. It was the story of a pissed off and much rougher than usual Owens facing off with an extra slippery AJ. Plenty of cool counters came to fruition here, plus both men pulled off their signature offense in more unique ways. What differentiated this match from their past meetings was the familiarity factor at play here – Owens and AJ knew each other’s biggest moves, which led to them finding several ways to counter them (Owens was especially on his A-game here). After AJ’s injured shoulder became a factor, it led right into a cool back and forth submission hold sequence. Then…that lame pinfall brought all that good action to a screeching halt. You could tell this match would have been that much sweeter if it weren’t for that abrupt ending. Dah well! Their eventual SummerSlam rematch better make up for this letdown…

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin


Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin exchange vicious strikes in a brutal bout: WWE Battleground 2017Mr. 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 : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-07-24T01:46:01.000Z

Reactions: While this wasn’t all the way terrible, it wasn’t particularly amazing either. Its overall quality places it in that “meh…it was cool” range. Both men were extremely physical with each other at least, which gave it some life during the finishing stretch. When Corbin was in control though, the action fell into a bit of a tiresome lull. Thankfully, Nakamura’s comeback offense brought some life to the somewhat dull proceedings. I should have seen the lame ending coming, though – it was clearly meant to protect both men and give Corbin a way out of eating a big pin so soon into his MITB reign. This served its purpose of getting both men onto the PPV, at least.

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars