DATE AND LOCATION:
SUNDAY, JUL 23 | 8 ET/5 PT
WELLS FARGO CENTER PHILADELPHIA, PA
Tomorrow, SmackDown LIVE will host the WWE Battleground 2017 pay-per-view, Live Results Coverage On WrestleNews.Net at 8 ET/5 PT. The special event features the return of the Punjabi Prison Match.
WWE Championship Punjabi Prison Match
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton
Brace yourself for the return of the daunting Punjabi Prison Match when Randy Orton looks for retribution and his 14th World Title against WWE Champion Jinder Mahal at WWE Battleground.
At WWE Money in the Bank, Mahal’s faithful cohorts, The Singh Brothers, not only cost Orton his chance to regain the WWE Title, but also attacked his father, WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton. Orton threatened the titleholder’s family and everybody else who would dare to get in his way until he received another WWE Championship Match against The Modern-Day Maharaja.
Though SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon agreed that The Viper deserved another title opportunity. The Modern-Day-Maharaja declared that he would give WWE’s Apex Predator a taste of his homeland by resurrecting the infamous Punjabi Prison!
With Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal locked inside the dreaded Punjabi Prison, there is no way to predict who will walk out with the WWE Championship.
John Cena vs. Rusev
At WWE Battleground, John Cena will defend America’s honor when he goes to war against Rusev in a Flag Match tomorrow.
the 16-time World Champion was only seeing red when Rusev suddenly barged into the mix to insult the USA in front of one of the most vigilant WWE patriots and the WWE Universe. While The Leader of the Cenation was ready to throw down right there and then, The Bulgarian Brute made it clear he would battle on his terms at WWE Battleground.
In this explosive Flag Match, the American and Bulgarian flags will be set above the turnbuckles on opposite sides of the ring and the first Superstar to retrieve their country’s flag will be the winner.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos (c) vs. The New Day
For The New Day are getting a brand-spanking new opportunity to capture The Usos’ SmackDown Tag Team Championship at WWE Battleground tomorrow.
At the height of their previous title showdown at WWE Money in the Bank, the resilient Kofi Kingston & Big Elooked incredibly strong against their tough Samoan adversaries. the “Power of Positivity” refuses to be denied, and the longest-reigning Tag Team Champions in WWE history are coming back for more! Can The Usos fend off their rejuvenated foes to maintain their grasp on the gold? Or will Day One finally give way to a New Day?
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin has gone out of his way to show he isn’t afraid of Shinsuke Nakamura. At WWE Battleground, that all might change.
Mr. Money in the Bank will do battle with The King of Strong Style on the SmackDown LIVE-exclusive pay-per-view, bringing their frothing rivalry to a head after weeks of assaults by The Lone Wolf — including one that nearly took Nakamura out of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
With months of bad blood and Corbin’s blatant disregard for his opponent, the two Superstars finally have an opportunity to settle their differences, but don’t expect anything approaching civility in this one.
United States Championship Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens
At WWE Battleground, a still-seething Kevin Owens will challenge United States Champion AJ Styles in a rematch for the prestigious star-spangled title.
in a stunning turn of events, The Phenomenal One dethroned The New Face of America in a championship bout at a Live Event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Will Styles’ victory alter the way each Superstar approaches the United States Title showdown at the July 23 pay-per-view?
the conflict between Styles and Owens has become increasingly personal over recent weeks. Who will walk out of WWE Battleground the United States Champion?
Five-Way Elimination Match to determine Naomi’s opponent at SummerSlam
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Lana
Five of the top Superstars in the SmackDown LIVE Women’s division will square off in a Five-Way Elimination Match, with the winner going on to SummerSlam to challenge Naomi in the first-ever SmackDown Women’s Title Match in SummerSlam history.
With so much talent surging and SummerSlam on the horizon, SmackDown LIVE management decided that the fairest way to determine Naomi’s opponent at SummerSlam would be to put five of the roster’s best on the Battleground (literally) and see who prevailed.
Will Charlotte’s Flair big-match pedigree pay dividends as she continues her quest to become the first Superstar in history to hold the Divas Championship as well as both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Titles? Or will Becky Lynch or Natalya be able to use their years of experience as to elevate themselves toward SummerSlam glory? And will the seemingly brewing alliance between Tamina and Lana play a factor in the contest?
Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis
Though first impressions of Mike Kanellis suggest that he is much more of a lover than a fighter, he will be out to teach Sami Zayn.
Since emerging at the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Maria Kanellis and her husband Mike have been all about professing the “power of love” with constant public displays of their affection. After Zayn apologized not once but twice, however, he finally decided enough was enough and refused to continue saying he was sorry.
After being assaulted by Maria & Mike, Zayn opted to go head-to-head against the up-and-coming Superstar in his opponent’s debut match on the July 18 edition of SmackDown LIVE.
After what transpired on the blue brand, the two competitors will square off in a heated rematch at WWE Battleground.
WWE Battleground Kickoff Match
Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English
At WWE Battleground, The Perfect 10 will once again attempt to topple The Drama King, when Tye Dillingerbattles Aiden English at WWE Battleground Kickoff
English is as dangerous as he is emotional. Could Sunday be the day that The Artiste finally brings the curtain down on Dillinger’s fairytale story?
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