WWE Battleground 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    SmackDown’s top stars will look to make WWE Battleground 2017 more than just a warm-up for SummerSlam.

    John Cena will clash with Rusev in a Flag match. AJ Styles will try to fend off Kevin Owens and keep hold of the United States Championship in what should be a show-stealer. Plus, Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton will step inside the Punjabi Prison in a battle for the WWE Championship.

    Despite the big names on the card, Sunday’s pay-per-view is among the least hyped, least anticipated events of the year. 

    Cena and Rusev are revisiting an old feud, this time with the patriotism element of the narrative turned way up. It feels inevitable that Styles will remain champ after only recently dethroning KO at Madison Square Garden.

    As for Mahal and Orton, the final chapter of their trilogy will happen inside a structure that hasn’t produced great results in the past.

    Will the blue brand have big surprises in store at Battleground? Will the likes of Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura allow that PPV to exceed expectations?

    Follow along here as the event unfolds. The Battleground breakdown will feature highlights, letter grades and thoughts on what’s ahead. Updates will go up shortly after each match.

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    Aiden English crooned in the ring before the bout began.

    He controlled the action early against Tye Dillinger. The Perfect 10 struggled to get going as English stayed atop him.

    A fiery comeback saw Dillinger roll over English. That forced the heel to retreat and regroup.

    English survived a number of high-impact moves before scoring a surprise victory.

          

    Result

    English wins via pinfall.

              

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

  • English calls himself “the Shakespeare of song.”
  • A knee to the back from English sends Dillinger’s face into the turnbuckle.
  • Dillinger dropkicks English out of midair. 
  • English mocks Dillinger’s “10” gesture.

     

Grade

C+

     

Analysis

A conversation-starting upset came after a solid bout with some good near-falls. This had absolutely no buzz beforehand and this feud has had no legs, though.

English looked more formidable than he ever has as a solo act.

It will be interesting to see if this was a fluke or WWE will get behind him. And will his momentum come at the cost of Dillinger’s in the coming weeks? That would be a surprising move considering how popular Dillinger has been.

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    Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods started strong, but some heel trickery gave The Usos the advantage. The champs slowed the pace down and battered Woods in their corner. 

    Eventually, Kingston charged in but soon found himself wobbly, as well.

    The Usos kept the pressure on. The New Day, though, showed heart to stave off victory. Woods hit a huge diving elbow drop to put away the titleholders after a missed splash.

    Result

    The New Day wins to become SmackDown tag champs.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

  • The New Day sports red, white and blue gear.
  • Woods flips Jey Uso over with a missile dropkick from the top rope.
  • The Usos catch Kingston diving outside the ring and powerbomb him onto the floor.
  • Woods hit Jey with a wheelbarrow face slam.
  • Jey superkicks Woods out of the air.
  • Fans chant “This is awesome!”

Grade

A-

Analysis

What a thriller of an opening match.

High energy powered the action early and again in its final moments. Lots of big moves and dramatic near-falls revved up the crowd.

The Usos looked tremendous in defeat. Woods and Kingston were the resilient challengers who refused to go down. 

The tag team division will be mighty fun with The New Day on the top, especially if Breezango gets to go after them at some point.

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    Shinsuke Nakamura taunted and evaded Baron Corbin early.

    The Lone Wolf caught his prey. He began to pound on Nakamura, smashing him in and outside the ring. He looked to squeeze the air out of the former NXT champ.

    Corbin managed to halt one of Nakamura’s comebacks.

    When The King of Strong Style looked like he was closing on victory, though, Corbin hit him with a low blow. Corbin smiled as Nakamura writhed in pain.

    After the bell, Corbin laid out Nakamura with End of Days.

    Result

    Nakamura wins via disqualification.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

  • Corbin blasts Nakamura’s back into the security barricade.
  • Corbin upends Nakamura with a running clothesline.
  • “That counter there was brought to you by size and strength.”—John “Bradshaw” Layfield.
  • Nakamura hits a spinning, running kick.

Grade

B-

Analysis

A quality, hard-hitting bout ended in underwhelming fashion.

It’s clear what WWE was trying to do here. It managed to give Nakamura a win while maintaining Corbin’s momentum. It’s a logical path to take, but a DQ is not the funnest way to cap off a slugfest like that.

We started to see the old head-kicking Nakamura here and that was quite the welcome sight. SmackDown needs to let these two go at it in a Street Fight at some point. 

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