WWE Battleground 2015 Kickoff Results
Sunday, July 19, 2015
From the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri
Report by Brooks Oglesby of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Welcome to the WWE Battleground Kickoff!
Renee Young welcomes us to the Scottrade Center as fans file into the arena. She is joined by panelists Booker T, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton. Corey tells us to use #WWEBattleground to join the conversation on social media.
Tom Phillips is in the Social Media Lounge. He announces that Paul Heyman will be joining him later on during the Kickoff. Use #AskPaulHeyman to send in questions. He also brings up the news that Ryback suffered an injury earlier this week, and shares some of Ryback's tweets. Tom notes that the Intercontinental Championship will not be defended tonight. A tweet from The Miz is also shown, in which Miz claims that Ryback is scared to lose the title, so he made up an excuse.
Back at the panel, they preview the card. A promo package detailing the feud between John Cena and Kevin Owens airs. Byron says that tonight's match will do the previous two, which is saying a lot. He says that Owens lost the NXT Championship, and his plans during the US Open Challenge haven't worked out, so his confidence may just be a facade. Booker says he's destined to be champion, but he's going up against John Cena. Nobody's defended it like him. Corey says Owens is a man possessed. He needs this title tonight. Owens picks Cena to win. Booker picks Cena. Byron picks Cena as well.
The conversation shifts to Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt. A promo detailing the beginnings of their feud at Money in the Bank airs, then Renee asks the panel what they expect from the match. Booker says he wants to know what's going on in Bray Wyatt's mind. Renee introduces a clip from Michael Cole's interview with Bray Wyatt on that subject. In the interview, Bray says he has to victimize the world. He could give a million definitions as to who Bray Wyatt is, because he has 1000 names, but the truth is that he is no one. Back at the panel, Renee asks what that means. Byron says we've all been in a situation in which someone doesn't want you to achieve your dreams, and Roman is going through that with Bray. Earlier, Roman said that he's going to beat Bray, but he doesn't know if that will be enough. Corey says he's been effective with mind games, but tonight, there's going to be a fight. Booker says that Bray's mission is all about gaining control of WWE.
Backstage, Eden Stiles is with R-Truth. He asks her what's up. He notes that he's "King What's Up?" tonight. Eden notes that Barrett said that he would make him bow down tonight. R-Truth gives her the royal scoop. He may walk around with tinfoil crowns and use a plunger as a scepter, but he knows what he's doing. Barrett says he worked so hard to be a king, but he busted his butt to be where he is too. Truth's beaten Barrett before. He can't wait to see Barrett's face when he sees a man with a plunger celebrating beating him.
Back at the panel, they review the feud between Randy Orton & Sheamus. Renee notes that Randy will be receiving a lot of love from his hometown crowd tonight. Byron notes, however, that Sheamus has been on a roll since winning Money in the Bank. Corey says the crowd support will lead Orton to victory. Renee asks who has more to prove tonight. Byron says both have plenty to prove. Booker says that nobody wants to lose in their own hometown. The Viper's going to strike tonight. Renee announces that Randy Orton vs. Sheamus will open the show tonight.
The conversation moves to The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Byron remembers Darren Young and Titus O'Neil all the way back on NXT, and Booker notes how much they've improved since then. Corey says that The Prime Time Players proved that The New Day is fallible. Renee asks if The New Day will use the Freebird rule tonight. Booker says he didn't expect The New Day to become such marquee names in WWE, and they proved him wrong. They start a New Day clap, and The New Day shows up at the panel. They coach Byron and all do the clap together. Xavier says that tonight, he's going to put The Prime Time Players to rest. They're going to down tonight. Corey notes that they won at the last pay-per-view, so why will tonight be different? The New Day gets offended and starts making fun of Corey.
Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler are at ringside. Cole asks Lawler who has the edge tonight. Lawler doesn't know, but he'll say that it's good to be the king. They both want to be the only king in WWE, and he'd love to see King What's Up win tonight as he makes his way to the ring. R-Truth then puts the crown onto his head and asks "the Kingdom of St. Louis" to make some noise. King Barrett makes his way to the ring next.
Battle For The Crown: King Barrett vs. King What's Up?
They lock up and Truth works Barrett into the corner. He backs off and dances. They lock up again and Barrett works Truth into the corner. The referee breaks it up. R-Truth gets Barrett into the corner and hits a number of strikes. He whips Barrett into the other corner and lands a stinger splash for a near-fall. Truth applies a front headlock but Barrett fights out with a headbutt. Barrett gets some heat by shouting, "All hail King Barrett!" Truth gets up and taunts Barrett with another dance. R-Truth hits the ropes and lands an innovative roll-up for a two-count. Barrett rolls out of the ring and Truth hits a plancha to the outside. Truth gets back into the ring and Barrett gets onto the apron. Barrett pulls Truth's neck onto the top rope, rolls into the ring, and lands a big boot for a two-count.
Barrett has control with a side headlock, but Truth gets to his feet and hits the ropes, but Barrett drops him with an elbow to the face for another near-fall. Barrett sits Truth onto the second rope and lands a number of knees to the torso before the referee breaks it up. Barrett knocks Truth to the apron with a big boot for another two count. Barrett sends Truth into the corner and lays him on the top turnbuckle. He kicks Truth in the solar plexus, sending him to the mat. After another pin attempt, Barrett applies a rear chinlock. R-Truth gets up, but gets whipped into the corner. Barrett goes for a big boot but Truth dodges and Barrett gets hung up on the top rope. Both men are slow to get to their feet, but Truth makes it up first. Barrett runs at Truth, but Truth dodges and gets fired up with two clotheslines. Barrett sends Truth into the corner, but Truth catches Barrett with a boot and a missle dropkick for a two-count. Truth goes for a scissors kick, but Barrett gets him up for The Wastleland. R-Truth wriggles free and hits a heel kick to the face followed by a scissors kick. Barrett kicks out and Truth checks with the referee. Truth attempts a gordbuster, but Barrett counters with the Winds of Change. Barrett gets another two-count. Barrett then signals for the Bullhammer as R-Truth gets to his feet. R-Truth ducks and gets a quick roll-up attempt. Barrett goes to the ropes and R-Truth goes for the Little Jimmy, but Barrett holds onto the ropes. Barrett then hits the Bullhammer for the win.
Winner: King Barrett
Barrett celebrates after donning his royal regalia.
At the Social Media Lounge, Tom Phillips is live with Paul Heyman. The first question asks what Brock Lesnar's daily routine before a big match is. Heyman says "Eat, sleep, he'll do the conquering in the ring tonight, and then repeat." The next question asks how many suplexes will Lesnar do tonight. Heyman says as many as Brock Lesnar deems appropriate as penance for Rollins breaking the 11th Commandment. The last question asks if Brock Lesnar will lose, and Heyman interrupts. He does not deal in "ifs." He deals in absolutes, and absolutely Brock Lesnar will take Seth Rollins to Suplex City tonight, and absolutely Brock Lesnar will become the champion tonight, and that man is Brock Lesnar. Tom then thanks Heyman for his time before noting that the Divas revolution has been blowing up social media all week, introducing a recap of the debuts of Charlotte, Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch.
Back at the panel, Renee details the feud between the Divas. Corey says the NXT Divas are changing the game. They've redefined what it means to be a woman in this industry, and he's excited for them to reach a bigger stage. Renee announces that Stephanie McMahon has asked all nine Divas from the segment on Raw to be here at Battleground tonight.
The conversation shifts to Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Byron says that Seth's like a high school bully, and now, all of his friends are gone. Corey says that, on paper, Lesnar should destroy Rollins tonight. Heyman is underestimating The Architect, however. Booker asks Corey if he saw Raw. Booker says Lesnar is going to destroy Rollins tonight.
Renee introduces a recap of the main event of WrestleMania 31, in which Seth Rollins cashed in on Brock Lesnar, to end the Kickoff.