WWE Battleground 2017
July 23, 2017
Wells Fargo Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
WWE Battleground Kickoff Match: Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger
Collar and elbow tie up. English applies a side headlock. English drops Dillinger with a shoulder tackle. English blows a kiss to Dillinger. English applies a wrist lock. Dillinger responds with a snap mare takedown. Dillinger follows that with a deep arm-drag that sends English to the corner. English kicks Dillinger in the gut. Dillinger drops English with a shoulder tackle. Dillinger repeatedly stomps on the chest of English. Referee has to hold Dillinger back. English HeadButts Dillinger. English sends Dillinger shoulder first to the middle turnbuckle. English goes back to stomping Dillinger’s chest. English lands a running elbow strike in the corner.
English goes for a cover, but Dillinger kicks out at two. English drives his knee to the back of Dillinger. English applies a rear chin lock. Dillinger gets back to a vertical base. Dillinger breaks out of the rear chin lock. Dillinger backs English into the turnbuckles. Dillinger dropkicks English in mid-air. Dillinger lands a series of uppercuts. Dillinger drops English with a running axe handle. Dillinger stomps on English chest. English rolls himself out of the ring. English lands a boot to the chest on the outside. Dillinger plants English with a SpineBuster for a two count.
Dillinger places English on the top turnbuckle. Dillinger lands a knife edge chop. Dillinger goes for a SuperPlex, but English sends Dillinger crashing to the canvas. English connects with a Flying Crossbody Block, but Dillinger rolls him over for a two count. Dillinger goes for a Tye Breaker, but English lands on the ring apron. English drops Dillinger with a Reverse DDT for a two count. After a pinning exchange, Dillinger goes into the Corner Mount. English drives Dillinger face to the top turnbuckle. English plants Dillinger with a Director’s Cut to pickup the victory.
Winner: Aiden English via Pinfall
First Match: The Usos (c) vs. The New Day for the WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship
Kofi dropkicks Jey Uso after the bell rings for a two count. Kofi tags in Woods. Kofi lands a sliding lariat. Woods connects with a Flying Elbow Drop for a two count. Jey applies a side headlock. Jimmy attacks Woods behind the referee’s back. Jey lands a leaping forearm strike. Jey bodyslams Woods. Jey applies a front face lock. Jey drops Woods with a enziguri for a two count. Jey tags in Jimmy. Jimmy attacks the gut of Woods. Jimmy HeadButts Woods. Jimmy repeatedly stomps on Wood’s chest. Jimmy connects with a Running StinkFace for a two count. The Usos are cutting the ring in half. Jey lands a big boot behind the referee’s back. Jimmy tags in Jey. The Usos connects with a Back Breaker/Axe Handle Combination for a two count. Jey places Woods on the top turnbuckle. Jey lands a knife edge chop. Jey goes for a SuperPlex, but Woods blocks it. Woods HeadButts Jey to the canvas. Woods drops Jey with a Missile Dropkick. Kofi and Jimmy are tagged in.
Kofi lands a series of running axe handles. Kofi dropkicks Jey. Kofi follows that with the Boom Drop. Kofi sets up for the Trouble in Paradise, but Jimmy ducks out of the way. Kofi drops Jey with a running punt kick from the ring apron. Kofi tosses Jimmy out of the ring. Kofi goes for a Trust Fall, but The Usos counters with a PowerBomb. Jimmy SuperKicks Woods. Jimmy rolls Kofi back into the ring. Jimmy goes for the Uso Splash, but Woods ducks out of the way. Woods plants Jimmy with a Reverses PowerBomb for a two count. Jimmy drives Woods face first to the top turnbuckle. Jey connects with a Samoan Drop for a two count.
Jey goes for a Running Stinkface, but Woods counters with a back elbow strike. Woods with a Thrust Kick that knocks Jimmy off the ring apron. Woods follows that with a enziguri. Woods goes for a Flying Elbow Drop, but Jimmy counters with a SuperKick for a two count. Jimmy applies a Single Leg Boston Crab. Woods scrambles to the bottom rope to create separation. Woods tags in Kofi. The New Day plants Jimmy with a Back Breaker/Double Stomp Combination for a two count. Jimmy SuperKicks Kofi. Jimmy tags in Jey. Jey connects with the Uso Splash for a two count. Woods knocks Jey off the top turnbuckle. Jimmy goes for the Uso Splash, but Kofi ducks out of the way. Kofi drops Jimmy with a Trouble in Paradise. Kofi tags in Woods. Woods lands a Flying Elbow Drop to pickup the victory.
Winner: New WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, The New Day via Pinfall
Second Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin talks smack to Nakamura. Nakamura lands a series of forearm smashes. Corbin drives his knee to the gut of Nakamura. Nakamura fires back with more strikes. Corbin rolls himself out of the ring. Corbin mocks Nakamura. Nakamura is stalling on the outside. Corbin won’t let Nakamura get back into the ring. Corbin drops Nakamura with a big right hand. Corbin repeatedly stomps on Nakamura’s chest. Corbin lands another knee strike. Corbin gets Nakamura trapped in a Bear Hug. Nakamura elbows the jaw of Corbin. Nakamura gets Corbin trapped in the Triangle Choke. Corbin escapes and lands a big boot for a two count. Corbin tosses Nakamura out of the ring. Corbin drives Nakamura back first into the barricade. Corbin rolls Nakamura back into the ring.
Corbin lands another forearm shot to the midsection. Corbin gets Nakamura back into the Bear Hug. Corbin drives Nakamura back into the turnbuckles. Corbin still has grasp of the Bear Hug. Corbin goes for a ChokeSlam, but Nakamura counters with a leaping knee strike. Nakamura drops Corbin with a spinning heel kick. Nakamura lands a series of buzzsaw kicks to the chest of Corbin. Nakamura follows that with a dropkick. Nakamura is teeing off on Corbin in the corner. Nakamura places Corbin on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura with a running knee strike to the gut of Corbin. Nakamura goes for the cover, but Corbin kicks out at two.
Nakamura tosses Corbin out of the ring. Corbin drops Nakamura with a Big Lariat. Corbin is mounting Nakamura with more forearm shots. Corbin goes for a vertical suplex, but Nakamura gets back on his feet. Nakamura repeatedly drives his knee to the ribs of Corbin. Nakamura connects with a front slam. Nakamura goes for the Kinsasha, but Corbin counters with a Deep Six for a two count. Nakamura and Corbin trading back and forth shots. Nakamura connects with a BackStabber. Nakamura drops Corbin with a spinning knee strike. Corbin low blows Nakamura to get himself intentionally disqualified. After the match, Corbin plants Nakamura with the End of Days.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Disqualification
Third Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Lana vs. Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Becky Lynch in a Fatal Five Way Elimination Match. The Winner Will Go On To Face Naomi For The WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship At SummerSlam
Lana kicks the back of Charlotte’s knee before the bell rings. Charlotte drives Lana to the corner and lands a series of knife edge chops. Natalya rolls Charlotte over for a two count. Tamina HeadButts Charlotte. Tamina starts targeting Becky. Lana drags Becky out of the ring. Lana sends Becky to the announcers table. Lana drops Natalya with a leg lariat. Lana tosses Natalya out of the ring. Charlotte is left in the ring with Lana and Tamina. Lana and Tamina are double teaming Charlotte in the corner. Lana connects with a elbow drop. Lana stomps on Tamina’s back. Lana kicks Charlotte in the chest. Tamina goes for a bodyslam, but Charlotte drives her head to the canvas. Charlotte follows that with a Big Boot. Lana drops Charlotte with a leg lariat for a two count. Tamina connects with a snap vertical suplex. Lana kicks Charlotte in the back again. Lana and Tamina is mauling Charlotte in the corner. Becky gets into the ring and helps out her best friend. Becky and Charlotte connects with Stereo Exploder Suplex’s.
Charlotte with a leg sweep for a one count. Becky responds with a series of deep arm-drags. Charlotte lands a back elbow strike in the corner. Charlotte follows that with a Neck Breaker. Natalya drops Charlotte with a Basement Dropkick for a two count. Becky clotheslines Natalya. Becky follows that with a side lariat. Becky connects with a BexPloder Suplex. Becky drops Lana with another BexPloder Suplex. Tamina SuperKicks Becky. Tamina plants Natalya with a Samoan Drop. Charlotte clotheslines Natalya. Charlotte goes for the Figure Four Leg Lock, but Natalya escapes. Natalya drops Charlotte with a Discus Lariat. Natalya gets Charlotte trapped in the SharpShooter. Lana plants Natalya with a Bronco Buster. Lana goes for a cover, but Charlotte kicks out at two. Becky gets Lana trapped in the DisArm Her, but Tamina drops Becky with a SuperKick. Tamina Spears Charlotte out of the ring.
Becky gets Lana back into the DisArm Her, but again Tamina breaks up the submission attempt. Tamina goes for the Samoan Drop, but Becky gets back on her feet. Becky gets Tamina trapped in the DisArm Her which forces Tamina to tap out. Tamina is officially eliminated. Becky follows that with making Lana tap out to the DisArm Her. Lana is officially eliminated. Natalya rolls Becky over to score the pinfall. Becky is officially eliminated. Charlotte drops Natalya with a Big Boot. Natalya gets Charlotte trapped in the Cross Arm Breaker, but Charlotte counters with a SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Charlotte goes for a MoonSault, but Natalya gets her knees up in the air. Natalya drives Charlotte’s head to the bottom turnbuckle. Natalya school boys Charlotte’s head to the bottom turnbuckle to pick up the victory. After the match, Naomi goes into and extends her hand out for a handshake. Natalya walks out of the ring.
Winner: Natalya via Pinfall
Fourth Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE United States Championship
Owens kicks Styles in the gut. Owens lands a clubbing blow to the back of Styles. Owens applies a side headlock. Styles gets back to a vertical base. Owens drops Styles with a shoulder tackle. Styles leapfrogs over Owens. Styles lands Owens with a Spinning Arm-Drag that sends Owens out of the ring. Owens applies a waist lock. Styles drops Owens with a Hurricanrana. Owens responds with a back elbow strike in the jaw. Styles dropkicks Owens. Styles bounces Owens head on the announce table. Styles sends Owens to the barricade. Styles goes for a leaping lariat, but Owens ducks out of the way. Owens drives Styles crotch first into the steel ring post. Owens rolls Styles back into the ring. Owens connects with a senton splash for a two count. Owens kicks Styles in the back. Owens applies a side headlock then transitions into a rear chin lock. Owens drives Styles head to the canvas. Owens goes for another senton splash, but Styles gets his knees up in the air.
Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Owens counters with a DDT for a two count. Owens goes back to the rear chin lock. Styles and Owens are trading back and forth shots. Owens clotheslines Styles. Styles responds with a falling forearm smash. Styles follows that with a corner clothesline. Owens goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Styles gets back on his feet. Styles connects with a GutBuster for a two count. Owens goes for a SuperKick, but Styles blocks it. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens counters with a flap jack. Styles connects with the Ushigoroshi for a two count. Styles goes for a SpringBoard 450 Splash, but Styles ducks out of the way. Owens connects with a Cannonball Strike for a two count.
Owens places Styles on the top turnbuckle. Styles gets Owens trapped in the Torture Rack. Styles plants Owens with a Spinning SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Styles ascends to the top turnbuckle. Owens drops Styles crotch first on the top turnbuckle. Owens connects with a leg sweep as Styles was setting up for the Phenomenal Forearm. Owens follows that with a leaping cross arm breaker. Styles responds with a enziguri. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens shoves Styles into the referee. Owens SuperKicks Styles. Owens goes for the Pop Up PowerBomb, but Styles gets back on his feet. Styles drives Owens into the Calf Crusher. Owens escapes and locks the Crippler Cross Face. Styles responds with a Crippler Cross Face of his own, but Owens rolls Styles over to pickup the victory.
Winner: New WWE United States Champion, Kevin Owens via Pinfall
Fifth Match: John Cena vs. Rusev in a Flag Match
Rusev immediately goes after the Bulgarian Flag, but Cena drags him back to the canvas. Cena applies a side headlock. Rusev with a shot to the kidney of Cena. Cena responds with another side headlock. Rusev drops Cena with a Body Avalanche. Rusev and Cena are fighting for position on the top turnbuckle. Cena plants Rusev with an Avalanche BullDog. Cena goes for the US Flag, but Rusev counters with the Electric Chair Drop. Rusev repeatedly kicks Cena in the chest. Rusev is mauling Cena in the corner. Rusev connects with a vertical suplex. Rusev stomps on Cena’s chest again. Rusev drops Cena with another clothesline. Rusev bounces Cena’s head on the top turnbuckle. Rusev plants Cena with a DDT. Cena ducks a clothesline from Rusev. Cena lands two flying shoulder tackles. Cena follows that with the side slam. Cena connects with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rusev gets back on his feet. Rusev drops Cena with a SpineBuster. Rusev tosses Cena out of the ring.
Rusev goes for the Bulgarian, but Cena gets in the way. Cena sends Rusev to the crashing to the canvas. Cena goes for a Flying Leg Drop, but Rusev counters with a PowerBomb. Rusev grabs the Bulgarian Flag. Cena dropkicks Rusev. Cena side steps Rusev into the turnbuckles. Cena plants Rusev with the Attitude Adjustment. Cena goes for the US Flag, but Rusev gets in the way. Rusev goes for the PowerBomb, but Cena counters with the STF. Rusev starts tapping out. Cena finally lets go of the submission hold. Cena grabs the american flag. Rusev drops Cena with a Machka Kick. Rusev starts walking out of the ring with the Bulgarian. Cena drops Rusev with a flying forearm off the ring apron. Cena whips Rusev shoulder first to the steel ring steps. Cena starts walking up the ramp with the American Flag.
Rusev attacks Cena from behind. Rusev bounces Cena’s head on the ring steps. Rusev lands another ring step shot. Rusev is walking gingerly with the Bulgarian Flag. Cena holds onto Rusev ankles. Cena drives Rusev face first into the LED Board. Cena goes for a Running Crossbody Block off the pedestal, but Rusev counters with the Fallaway Slam. Rusev stacks Two Tables on top of each other on top of the ramp. Rusev repeatedly bounces Cena’s head on the America Podium. Rusev mocks Cena. Rusev goes for the Death Valley Driver, but Cena tosses him out of the podium. Cena grabs the American Flag, but Rusev drops him big boot. Rusev lands another DDT. Cena starts crawling towards the American Podium with the American Flag. Rusev hits Cena in the back with the podium post. Rusev gets Cena trapped in the Accolade. Rusev grabs the Bulgarian Flag. Cena blocks Rusev from putting the Bulgarian Flag in the Podium Post. Rusev drops Cena with a leg lariat. Rusev goes for the Accolade, but Cena counters with a Attitude Adjustment off the podium through the two tables. Cena puts the American Flag on the post.
Winner: John Cena
Sixth Match: Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis w/Maria Kanellis
Zayn with a double leg takedown to Kanellis. Zayn goes into the ground and pound attack. Zayn rams his shoulders to the midsection of Kanellis. Zayn conencts with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Zayn lands a series of knife edge chops. Zayn clotheslines Kanellis over the top rope. Zayn goes for the SomerSault Plancha, but Maria drags her husband out of the way. Kanellis drops Zayn with a big right hand. Kanellis rolls Zayn back into the ring. Kanellis clotheslines Zayn for a two count. Kanellis repeatedly stomps on the chest of Zayn. Kanellis lands a forearm smash. Zayn fires out of the corner with more knife edge chops.
Kanellis responds with a corner clothesline. Kanellis drops Zayn with a Big Boot for a two count. Kanellis transitions into a Ground and Pound Attack. Kanellis applies a Bow and Arrow Stretch. Zayn lands a couple of running clotheslines. Zayn tosses Kanellis out of the ring. Zayn drops Kanellis with a SomerSault Plancha. Zayn rolls Kanellis back into the ring. Zayn connects with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Zayn goes for the Blue Thunder Bomb, but Kanellis blocks it. Zayn plants Kanellis with a Running Tornado DDT. Zayn goes for a Exploder Suplex, but Maria enters the ring to distract Zayn. Kanellis goes for the Divine Intervention, but Zayn counters with the Exploder Suplex. Zayn connects with the Helluva Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Sami Zayn via Pinfall
– Natalya, Kevin Owens and The Winner Of The Punjabi Prison Match Will Join Renee Young and Jerry Lawler on Talking Smack.
Seventh Match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison Match for the WWE Championship
Orton starts mauling Jinder immediately after the bell rings. Orton kicks Jinder in the chest. Jinder responds with a clothesline. Jinder wants the door to be open. Orton gets in Jinder’s way. Jinder lands a series of right hands. Orton sends Jinder face first into the bamboo. Jinder is mauling Orton as time expires. The first door will be closed for the remainder of the match. Jinder drops Orton with a Arm Breaker. Jinder connects with a series of slingshot knee drops. Jinder rams his knee across the jaw of Orton. Jinder wraps Orton’s shoulder around the bamboo. Jinder bounces Orton’s shoulder on the top rope. Jinder applies an arm-bar. Jinder continues to apply pressure to the shoulder of Orton. Orton connects with a Fallaway Slam. Jinder drives Orton’s back to the canvas. Orton is grounding Jinder as time expires for the second door. Orton whips Jinder into the Bamboo. Jinder starts climbing the bamboo. Orton and Jinder are fighting for position on the top rope. Jinder sends Orton crashing to the canvas. Orton whips Jinder crotch first onto the top rope. Orton repeatedly whips the back of Jinder’s head into the bamboo.
Orton goes for a IEEDT, but Jinder sends Orton to the bamboo. Jinder connects with a Body Avalanche. Orton fires back with a big right hand. Orton with a Belly to Back Suplex onto the Bamboo. Orton snaps Jinder’s face off the top rope. Orton starts crawling towards the third door. Jinder HeadButts Orton. Jinder lands a clubbing axe handle to the back of Orton. Orton applies a rear chin lock. Orton uppercuts Jinder. Jinder drags Orton’s shoulder to the canvas as time expires for the third door. Jinder and Orton starts staring at each other. Jinder goes for a knee strike, but Orton counters with a PowerSlam. Orton plants Jinder with the IEEDT. Orton goes for a RKO, but Jinder counters with a knee strike. Orton counters out of the Khallas with a RKO. The Singh Brother appears from under the ring and drags Jinder out of the ring before time expires. Orton climbs out of the first structure. Jinder was about to jump out of the prison, but Orton jumps onto the outer structure to get in Jinder’s way. Orton and Jinder are trading back and forth shots.
Orton repeatedly drives Jinder’s face to the bamboo. Orton knocks Jinder off the outer structure. The Singh Brothers starts stomping on Orton. Jinder drops Orton with a Big Boot. Jinder is climbing up the outer structure. Orton suplex’s Samir Singh. Orton drags Jinder down the Outer Structure. Orton whips Jinder shoulder first to the bamboo. Orton drops another Singh Brother with a Vertical Suplex. Jinder repeatedly hits Orton with a Kendo Stick. Jinder goes for a Khallas, but Orton drives Jinder back first into the bamboo. Orton brings out another Kendo Stick from under the ring. Jinder begs for mercy, but Orton starts mollywhopping Jinder and The Singh Brothers with the Kendo Stick.
Orton is climbing up the Outer Structure. Samir Singh crawls out of the Punjabi Prison and gets in Orton’s way. Orton lands a right hand that sends Samir crashing through the announce table. Jinder catches up to Orton on the Outer Structure. Jinder clotheslines Orton. Jinder drives Orton back first into the Bamboo. Jinder goes for a Big Boot, but Orton ducks out of the way. Orton connects with another IEDDT. Orton brings out a steel chair. Orton hits Sunil Singh in the back with the steel chair. Orton whips Jinder around the Punjabi Prison with the steel chair. Orton starts climbing up the Outer Structure. The Great Khali starts walking down to the ring. Khali starts choking Orton. Jinder climbs out of the Punjabi Prison to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal
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