Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Love him or hate him, you can’t help but be entertained by Dolph Ziggler’s latest incarnation, mocking the crowd with his take on your favorite superstar’s entrances. Actually you can help it. In fact, you might find it not all that funny, and kind of sad. Anyway, Bobby Roode is a good guy for some reason on Smackdown, and he doesn’t take kindly to heels making fun of entrances. They’s gonna rumble.
Prediction: This feud drags out, so Ziggler goes over for now (likely in some sort of underhanded fashion), before Roode gets his win back down the road.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
If for no other reason than seeing Rusev’s overjoyed celebration after beating Randy Orton on Smackdown, this feud has been OK. Throw in Aiden English for further heel comic relief and you’ve got a recipe for a rivalry that isn’t as bad and lazy as it once seemed.This is the rubber match, after both superstars notched uber-quick victories over one another. Hopefully, better things lie in store for both men. Well, at least for Rusev. I don’t really care what they do with Orton actually.
Prediction: For some illogical, not-at-all-based-in-reality type reason, I believe that WWE actually wants to push Rusev a bit and they let him steal one from the Viper.
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros (Kickoff Match)
In order to best enjoy this matchup, it is recommended that you not only “get hype” (or is it “hyped”? I don’t know and it kind of bothers me) but additionally “stay hype.” The Hype Bros have been in a bit of soul-searching mode lately, and it seems inevitable that they’ll be going their separate ways sooner than later. Gable and Benjamin meanwhile have yet to really click with the WWE Universe, but it’s still pretty early for American Alpha Two (The Alpha-ning). Hopefully Smackdown affords them more time to develop their relationship, much like the American Alpha vignettes on NXT served to develop that duo’s goofy charm.
Conclusion: Seems obvious, but Gable & Benjamin pick up the win, while the Bros spiral towards a breakup (and Zach Ryder is left to woo woo woo a new tag partner…man I’m funny).
Sunday’s PPV should be a marked improvement over Battleground though we may not get a ton of storyline development if November’s Survivor Series is again a Raw vs. Smackdown encounter. Regardless, the matchup and performers are solid so this should be a fun night…in HELL….which takes place in a CELL…I can’t wait until they ring the BELL…Who wins? Only time will TELL!
Overall Predictions 5-3