Best For Business: King Of The Ring - Your WWE Battleground Alternative, Plus PPV Predictions!
There have been plenty of complaints headed into WWE Battleground: the build, the rematches, and the short three weeks since Night of Champions. So what do you do? Ever since I was a child, I heard the same cliché about complaining: don't complain unless you can suggest a solution. Or something like that...
A WWE Battleground Alternative: The King of the Ring
WWE King of The Ring (hereby referred to as KOTR) is an event that many old school fans (like myself) hold near and dear to their heart. In its original form, the one-night, 8-man bracket offered a thrilling ride from start to finish. The WWE could have maximized their three weeks by building this tournament, along with a few other matches, for the early October pay-per-view.
Here is my proposed card:
Kickoff Match for the Divas Championship: AJ Lee (champion) vs. Brie Bella
It pains me to say this, but Brie Bella captures the Divas Championship—much like I expect at the actual early October pay-per-view, Battleground.
KOTR Quarterfinal Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Big E. Langston
In my fantasy booking scenario, Big E. picks up the win in an exciting opener. As I don't have The Wyatt Family on the card, they can interject themselves at Kofi after this match is over.
KOTR Quarterfinal Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Antonio Cesaro
A potential show stealer early in the card, Ziggler bumps like a champ before hitting a Zig Zag out of nowhere for the exciting victory and a date with former foe Big E Langston in the first semifinal.
KOTR Quarterfinal Match: Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel vs. Santino Marella
I know what you're thinking...Santino? Even though it's fantasy, I try to be as realistic as possible. The WWE is pushing Santino at the moment, and this booking makes sense. And based on that push, I am calling for Santino to pick up the surprise win, via roll-up. Don't worry, Axel gets his heat back when he successfully defends the Intercontinental Championship against Santino on the following Monday's Raw.
KOTR Quarterfinal Match: United States Champion Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz
Miz puts up a great fight, but the defacto leader of The Shield and reigning United States Champion advances to the semifinals with a clean pinfall victory over the former WWE Champion.
Non-Tournament Match: Daniel Bryan, CM Punk vs. Ryback & Randy Orton
It'd be very easy for Triple H to make a deal with Paul Heyman that creates the Ryback & Orton team, and Bryan & Punk are then easy opponents. When you only have three weeks, you have to keep it simple (stupid). Bryan gets the pinfall on Orton to continue the build to their blow-off at Hell in a Cell.
KOTR Semifinal Match: Big E Langston vs. Dolph Ziggler
Familiar match-ups aren't new for the King of the Ring, and this would be an exciting return of their prior battles. Different ending…in fact, a Big Ending as Big E gets the surprise win over Dolph and advances to the finals.
KOTR Semifinal Match: Santino Marella vs. Dean Ambrose
No Milan Miracle in Buffalo as Dean Ambrose overcomes a game Santino Marella, scoring another clean victory.
Non-Tournament Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Shield's Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
The same build as WWE Battleground, as this is the most intriguing match on that card. I'd imagine things go just as planned, where Cody & Goldie pick up the win and keep the entire family employed.
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