The New Day and the Uso's easily delivered the best match at the much maligned SmackDown exclusive Battleground pay-per-view. But with the entire match card now announced, it's time to take a look at what is going to go down on Sunday. Here some of the scheduled contests that fans might remember the most from WWE's second biggest pay-per-view.
A group of WWE fans held a protest outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this evening to protest US President Donald Trump being in the WWE Hall of Fame, according to Gothamist. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast In This Corner with Brian Campbell where we break down everything you need to know each week. With Balor's Demon persona expected to emerge for the first time since his shoulder injury exactly one year ago when he won - then had to quickly vacate - the Universal Championship, these two could easily put on a classic that vaults both men back up the standings, both in the eyes of fans and those in charge of the WWE.
The main event of SummerSlam will see Brock Lesnar defend the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe. Reigning champion Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman have threatened in recent weeks to leave the WWE if The Beast loses due to the odds stacked against him. He noted that some of his supporters attended a signing with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal on Thursday night to hand out flyers for the website and protest. It could be a way to build towards a Team Shane vs. Team Owens match at Survivor Series. Remember his demand for a title match at the June PPV? This one should finally result in a. somewhat-decisive finish.
-Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt. Banks beat Nia Jax in a No. 1 contendership match on Monday.
When Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins bumped fists in unison after disposing of Sheamus and Cesaro on the go-home edition of RAW, the crowd came unglued. John Cena beating John "Bradshaw" Layfield to win his first WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21. Daniel Bryan made the match official on Tuesday. The dark match main event after 205 Live featured Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura defeating Dolph Ziggler and Rusev.
Big Show vs. Big Cass: Enzo Amore will be suspended above the ring in a shark cage. Now that Owens appears embroiled in a program with commissioner Shane McMahon, one of the two men will have to move on from the show, which means that yet again, Raw is Jericho could become a reality. Over on SmackDown Live, they'll be able to immediately enter the tag title scene against The New Day or The Usos, helping a division that desperately needs healthy bodies. There are no other tag teams on the show really deserving of the spotlight anyway. But as we've seen in this rivalry, nothing seems to go as planned, especially when you have titles between the two changing at house shows. I am Awesome. I proved it for the past 12 years and this will continue when I kick ur sons teeth in while the #Miztourage leaves the Hardys broken on the #Summerslam Kickoff show.