SummerSlam is WWE's second-biggest show of the year, and on Sunday night, the company presented their last pay-per-view --Battleground -- before the late-summer classic. No titles changed hands, but there were a handful of great matches and the stage is now set for any number of potential major shake-ups in August.
Where do we go from here? Let's find out!
Kickoff Match for the Crown: King Barrett def. R-Truth
In the final (for real this time) blowoff match in the strange, somewhat lovely feud for the kingship of WWE, King Barrett kept his crown by getting the pin with a Bullhammer elbow.
What we learned: We will not be graced with the presence of King What's Up, which is honestly kind of sad. Such is life. Perhaps now King Barrett can move on to more important things. And maybe some big victories! Right? Why are you laughing?
Randy Orton def. Sheamus
The match with the least explanation on the card was also the least-anticipated. This match wisely went on first. The crowd was into it, since St. Louis is an ersatz hometown for Randy Orton. After a lengthy match, Orton picked up the win with an RKO.
What we learned: Even when you're not looking forward to a match because you've already seen it a million times, two competitors can dig deep and put together something special. This wasn't a match of the year candidate or anything, but it was entertaining, which is all anyone could have really asked for, given the buildup (or lack thereof).
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Prime Time Players (c) def. The New Day
The Prime Time Players were able to retain their titles when Titus O'Neil got the pinfall on a sitout powerbomb at the end of a fun but short match.
What we learned: While this feud will probably continue (since there aren't a whole lot of legitimate contenders in the tag team division right now), this was a decisive victory for the Prime Time Players, who proved they aren't lame duck champions. O'Neil continues to look like a complete world beater, while the New Day picked up more supporters (as well as a hearty round of boos) with their latest wonderful pre-match promo.
Bray Wyatt def. Roman Reigns
Wyatt and Reigns had a match that had a lot of Twitter divided, but I liked it quite a bit. Luke Harper showed up to formally realign with Wyatt, attacking Reigns and allowing Wyatt to hit Sister Abigail for the win.
What we learned: Rumors were floating around that Sting might show up during this match, but that obviously didn't happen. Reigns was robbed of a victory, so this feud will continue until SummerSlam. It was good to see Reigns wrestling angry for a change and I'm looking forward to seeing what these two can do in perhaps a no-disqualification match, or something similar.
Charlotte def. Brie Bella and Sasha Banks
This Divas Triple Threat Match was added to the card just before showtime, but it was necessary after the massive NXT women's invasion angle was set up on Monday's RAW. Sasha Banks looked like she had the win locked up, putting Charlotte in the Banks Statement before Brie Bella broke it up. Charlotte was able to quickly regroup and apply the Figure Eight on Brie for the win.
What we learned: The Divas division is officially alive and well thanks to the influx of overwhelming talent from NXT. The crowd was extremely into the match and helped prove that there is a market for talented women's wrestling. This is a great first step, and the future is bright for the WWE Divas.
WWE United States Championship Match: John Cena (c) def. Kevin Owens
After a third straight classic match, John Cena forced Kevin Owens to tap out to a modified STF.
What we learned: Cena wins! A bummer, but what can you do? Owens has taken Cena to the limit in three straight instant classics and will get his rematch for the NXT title the day before SummerSlam. There's nothing to suggest that Owens won't finally win the title at SummerSlam, but for now we can continue to see "indie dream match worker" Cena and his U.S. Open Challenge each week on RAW.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) NC Brock Lesnar
This match presumably ended in a no-contest. Lesnar mauled Rollins and was covering the WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the pin when the lights went out ... and The Undertaker appeared in the ring. He hit Lesnar with two Tombstone Piledrivers and then posed at the top of the ramp as the show went off the air.
What we learned: Lesnar continues to get screwed over and Rollins continues to escape with the title by the skin of his teeth. However, Lesnar's quest for the title will have to wait, since he appears to have a date with Undertaker at SummerSlam. Will the Dead Man finally get revenge on Brock for snapping his undefeated streak at WrestleMania in 2014? Signs point to yes! For now, Rollins will need a new challenger for his title. We'll likely get an idea of who his next opponent will be starting Monday night, on RAW.
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