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Battleground Preview, Lana/Rusev Toned Down? Rock Agrees To WWE Match, Steamboat Released

Final Card For Tonight’s Battleground

Here is the final card for tonight’s WWE Battleground PPV, from Tampa Florida:

Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
– John Cena © vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns

20-Man Battle Royal for the Vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship
– Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder

Singles Match
– Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

2-out-of-3 Falls Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
– The Usos © vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan

WWE Divas Championship Match
– AJ Lee © vs. Paige

Singles Match
– Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Singles Match
– Rusev vs. Jack Swagger

Kickoff Singles Match
– Cameron vs. Naomi

Lana and Rusev Controversy

There seems to be a lot of speculation online without any particular substance to it that WWE are going to tone down the Rusev and Lana characters, following the downing of flight MH17.

Of course the West are pointing the finger at Putin for the atrocity, though no investigation has taken place yet.

It’s similar to the situation where the Mohammed Hassan character was axed after the July 7th, 2005, London Bombings. Despite no evidence of the culprits at that point, people were already offended, and WWE caved right away.

The Rock Verbally Agreed To One More Match

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has verbally agreed to one more match with WWE. Originally this was supposed to be at the next Wrestlemania, though that’s no longer clear.

In other media Rock said he thinks Sting will appear in a WWE ring:

“I do, yeah. And I know a guy or two so we’ll just put it like that. I do think he’s going to come back and I think it’s going to be great.”

Speaking of The Rock the following scene from Hercules reportedly made him pass out, because he was using real chains and pushing himself to the limit.

I asked the prop department to lock me in with real steel chains that I couldn’t break, so the performance would be real. When HERCULES finally accepts his fate of being the son of Zeus, it’s THE epic moment of the mythology – and our movie. We shot this scene 8 times – I blacked out every time. Down to my knees. Well worth the fun pain.. this moment is iconic. Im excited for you to see it… #HercDontLikeBlackingOut #HappilyDoItAgain #HERCULESMovie

Steamboat Victim of Cuts

The latest victim of the WWE budget cuts is Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat. He is no longer down in NXT nor working under a Legend’s deal.


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