Jay's Ways - WWE Battleground 2017 Preview
Submitted by Justin Watry on 07/21/2017 at 07:04 PM

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"I have been reading your stuff on 411mania and for the longest time now and I have never felt inclined to email in. The general consensus of you not being most popular is harsh at times but also can be well-founded too.8 But I still read your stuff because I do enjoy your articles and find your perspective interesting most of the time.

That said, your article about your friend Megan and trip to Wrestlemnaia was the greatest thing you have ever wrote. Forget about the predictions you brag about getting right. This is your crowning piece. Maybe it is because I can relate as going to Wrestlemania is my ultimate dream and it will be happening next year. But I genuinely loved your article.

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New 411 Column

My new 411mania column was posted on Tuesday. I take a flipped look at WWE Battleground 2017. Rather than give my true take on each match, I give the devil's advocate point of view. A shame nobody seems to have caught that and completely missed the point. Here is the column...

WWE Battleground 2017 Predictions

Kickoff Pre-show: Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger

Meh. I may or may not even watch the Kickoff hour of Battleground. Certainly not for something like Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger. Pretty sure this has happened before on a pre-show. Either way, I am actually not THAT negative about these two on the blue brand in 2017. I always figured Tye would be the mid-card fan favorite who just kinda comes and goes where the company sees fit...and English, well, he is the heel that gets beat up. Like Curt Hawkins, only less annoying and more talented. My prediction is Tye wins and MAYBE gets into an actual feud. Maybe.

WINNER: Tye Dillinger

Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis

It is Mike Kanellis, not Bennett. At least that I what I thought. His debut match on Tuesday night was extremely underwhelming and felt like filler five seconds in. Maria is the star of the duo, so let's try and keep the focus on her. Mike will struggle to stand out on his own, as he always has in every company he has ever wrestled for. Tough break for him. Working with an under dog like Sami Zayn will definitely help. Still, I do worry about the Power Of Love gimmick going forward. It has only been a month, so patience is called for here. Just saying-early gut reaction is not very favorable. When Mike and Maria signed, I said it would be on Mike to prove the doubters wrong and make me care about him. So far...I'm still waiting. Show me on Sunday.

WINNER: Mike Kanellis

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin

I suppose a trademarked "no explanation needed" response works here. Unfortunately, I need fill space and hit my word count, so here is a little bit of fluff. My column on Tuesday was misinterpreted. Not one single person in the comment section or on Twitter caught it. I mean, I guess skipping the opening paragraph is standard practice nowadays? That may have helped with the reading comprehension. My Battleground preview column was a spoof, a lengthy way to mock those who love unpredictability in wrestling. I thought I made that pretty clear in the opening/closing paragraphs but again, I guess those just get skipped by readers in 2017. Either way, big fail by everybody for missing the point. Oh well! Shinsuke Nakamura wins, heads towards a big Summerslam match, and Baron Corbin continues his losing ways...until becoming WWE Champion.

WINNER: Shinsuke Nakamura

Flag Match: Rusev vs. John Cena

John Cena is winning. Sucks for Rusev but he is just there to play the evil foreigner and lose. Sorry. My real discussion point is the Tuesday after Battleground. Or should I say the Monday after? With Cena being a free agent now, you have to strike while the iron is hot on all these dream matches. Screw feuding with Rusev - that is just a way to welcome him back with a victory. Now that the 16-time WWE World Champion is on a part-time basis, there is no time to waste. Give us the Roman Reigns battle. Give us a fight with Samoa Joe. Give us a rematch with AJ Styles. Give us a Shinsuke Nakamura dream match. Heck, give us a final battle with Brock Lesnar or Triple H. Lots of cool matchups for Cena come Summerslam. I do not particularly care to see him waste time with Rusev or...Jinder Mahal.

WINNER: John Cena

Fatal 5 Way Elimination #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Lana vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya

Lana is not winning. Tamina Snuka is not winning. Becky Lynch (again) is not winning. Natalya (hopefully) is not winning. That leaves Ms. Woo! No problem there. She was the biggest move in April's Superstar Shakeup and with Summerslam right around the corner, I suspect she is given a huge spotlight for the event. Naomi said she would be there afterwards to confront the winner. A potential staredown between the current Smackdown Womens Champion and Charlotte is a nice hook. As is Carmella and that pesky Money in the Bank briefcase lurking around ringside. Should be a decent match; I am looking forward to it.

WINNER: Charlotte

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Champions The Usos vs. The New

Please, please, please, please, please have The Usos win. The two are leaps and bounds more entertaining on the mic. The two are much more fresh as characters. The two are better in the ring. Plus, the two still feel like an interesting act. All of those points highlight the different between The Usos in 2017 and The New Day still living in 2015. For those of you who have read my columns over the years, you know I am NOT a big fan of The Usos. Don't really care for them at all...until their entire personas were flipped in early 2017. They improved in every stage of the game, and now the tag team has officially arrived. To throw all that away for more Booty references and stale inside jokes...ugh.

WINNER: The Usos

WWE United States Championship Match: Champion AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens

Is Chris Jericho almost ready to return? I only ask that half jokingly. If Kevin Owens is in need of a Summerslam opponent, could Y2J be coming back at Battleground? Probably not. The reason I bring it up is because Mr. KO is in a weird spot. In a moment's notice, the man is very capable of being in the main event scene. At the same time, without an opponent after AJ, he is left in limbo a month before Summerslam. AJ retains-I can't imagine more hot potato with the United States Champion, although Owens does carry gold more often than not. Going to be fun to watch this all play out during the next few weeks. For both men.


Punjabi Prison WWE Championship Match: Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton

Alright, a face has won every Punjabi Prison match. That is about the only reason I can think of that would point towards a Randy Orton victory. I suppose WWE may be looking at using that transition to get the belt to Baron Corbin (a heel), but even that would be clunky and pretty much leave Jinder Mahal in the dust. Orton losing again may seem problematic, but WWE has too much invested into their new champion to just abandon ship now. If you want to commit, you have to commit. By hook, crook, The Great Khali, or some other nonsense, my prediction is Jinder Mahal retains. Randy will find an opponent for Summerslam. As long as it isn't Brock Lesnar and his massive elbows, he will be okay. What Jinder does next? Who knows? The hot rumor for months now has been a Cena showdown, but I have no clue if that is actually the plan. The WWE Title picture is a big question mark for me following Sunday. Backup plan Mr. Money in the Bank Baron Corbin has another 11 months to wait until the company calls his number. No way the trigger is pulled so soon, right? Right?

WINNER: Jinder Mahal

Thank You

The return of NRW is officially over 1,000 views online. Months ago, when this all began, my target was hitting one thousand. After barely a week, we have already crossed that mark. Pleased with the result obviously but mildly disappointed because many did say they would post/share it and haven't. Those with a much larger reach did not hold up their end of the bargain unfortunately. Kinda sucks they backed out but still, positive thoughts baby! I hit the 1,000 view target I set out for myself, and that is what is most important. The match is posted below. Well worth the 15 minutes!

NRW: The Match

This is it folks. After years of talk and months of planning, the return finally happened. On Saturday, June 17th, a great group of guys and gals gathered for a one time, one night return to the squared circle. There is a nice article detailing the backstory of these events here ( to set the stage. Please read that and then when ready, enjoy the 15 minute spectacle! Any and all feedback is welcome. We all put a ton of time, effort, and money into making this reunion possible, so it is with pleasure I present to you No Rulez Wrestling...

Cheap Plugs

I went to Orlando, Florida for my first ever WrestleMania earlier in the year. I participated in the return of NRW a few weeks ago. Next up for my epic 2017:

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