**** Battleground (2016) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event produced by WWE. It will be taking place on July 24, 2016 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.. It will be the fourth event under the Battleground chronology, and the first event under the newly reinstated WWE brand extension.
Battleground (2016)
Battleground (2016)
Promotional poster featuring John Cena
Theme song(s) "This is a War" by The Phantoms "Feel Invincible" by Skillet
Information
Promotion WWE
Brand(s) Raw SmackDown
Date July 24, 2016
Venue Verizon Center
City Washington, D.C.
WWE Network event chronology
Money in the Bank (2016) Battleground (2016) NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn
Battleground chronology
Battleground (2015) Battleground (2016)

Background

At Money in the Bank, Dean Ambrose won the Money in the Bank ladder match and subsequently the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by cashing in his contract on Seth Rollins, who had just won the title from Roman Reigns. After a #1 Contender's match between Reigns and Rollins ended in a double countout the following night on Raw, Ambrose requested to defended the title against both Reigns and Rollins. Accordingly, Shane McMahon scheduled a triple threat match between all three men for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground.[4] On June 21, two days after Money in the Bank, Reigns (real name Joe Anoa'i) was suspended for 30 days for violating the WWE's Wellness Program, which uses drug testing to detect substance abuse. Pro Wrestling Torch reported that WWE knew of Anoaʻi's violation before Money in the Bank, leading to Reigns losing his world title at the event. With Reigns's suspension ending before Battleground,[ WWE continued to advertise Reigns as part of the Battleground main event. On the June 27 episode of Raw, both Rollins and Ambrose acknowledged Reigns's suspension on television. However, Stephanie McMahon opted not to remove Reigns from the Battleground match, and instead gave AJ Styles and John Cena the opportunity to qualify for the match by matches against Ambrose and Rollins. Styles and Cena lost, when they each interfered in each other's matches. On June 29, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was renamed as the WWE Championship.. Also, on the July 11 episode of Raw, it was announced that Rollins and Ambrose would fight before Battleground, leading to uncertainty on who would enter the triple threat match as champion. In December 2014, at NXT Takeover: R Evolution, Sami Zayn won the NXT Championship from Neville. After the match, Zayn's friend Kevin Owens, first congratulated and then attacked Zayn. In February 2015, at NXT Takeover: Rival, Owens defeated Zayn to win the NXT Championship.[12] Zayn moved to WWE's main roster at the Royal Rumble and eliminated Owens from the Royal Rumble match.[13] At Payback, Owens defeated Zayn. At Money in the Bank, both men failed to win the Money in the Bank ladder match. On the June 20 episode of Raw, Zayn defeated Owens.[4] On the June 27 episode of Raw, Zayn challenged Owens to a match at Battleground during Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel, which Owens accepted. At Money in the Bank, Natalya and Becky Lynch lost a tag team match. After the match, Natalya turned villainous and attacked Lynch. The following night on Raw, the evil Natalya attacked Lynch again, and proclaimed that she's solely focusing on herself. On the June 27 episode of Raw, Lynch attacked Natalya, who was on commentary, before her match against Summer Rae. On the July 4 episode of Raw, a match pitting the two was scheduled for Battleground.   At Money in the Bank, AJ Styles defeated John Cena after The Club got involved. The following night on Raw, Styles and Luke Gallows attacked Cena during his match against Karl Anderson. On the June 27 episode of Raw, Cena and Styles costed each other a chance to be involved in the WWE Championship match at Battleground and then Gallows and Anderson delivered a Magic Killer to Cena on the ramp. On the July 4 episode of Raw, The Club again attacked Cena until Enzo Amore and Big Cass saved Cena. Later that night, a six-man tag team match was made between the two teams at Battleground. On the July 11 episode of Raw, Darren Young won a battle royal to earn a title match against Intercontinental Champion The Miz at Battleground. On the July 7 episode of SmackDown, Zack Ryder won a match against Sheamus and then challenged Rusev to a WWE United States Championship match. On the July 11 episode of Raw, Rusev attacked Ryder after his match against Sheamus and accepted Ryder's challenge for Battleground On the June 20 episode of Raw, The Wyatt Family made their return and was interrupted by WWE Tag Team Champions The New Da The two teams addressed each other in their promos over the next few weeks. On the July 4 episode of Raw, The Wyatt Family invited The New Day to their family compound, which New Day accepted. On the July 11 episode of Raw, The New Day showed up at The Wyatt Family compound and the two teams brawled until New Day ran away. On July 12, Renee Young announced on a Facebook exclusive that the two teams will face in a six-man tag team match at Battleground. After her return in early June, Sasha Banks reignited her feud with Charlotte, who had formed a tag team with Dana Brooke while Banks was on hiatus. On the June 20 episode of Raw, Banks rescued Paige from an attack from Brooke and Charlotte.On the June 27 episode of Raw, Banks and Paige defeated Brooke and Charlotte. Over the following weeks, Charlotte and Brooke continued to provoke Banks. On the July 4 episode of Raw, Banks, Charlotte and Brooke once again confronted each other.On the July 11 episode of Raw, Banks defeated Brooke. On the July 14 episode of Smackdown, Banks defeated Brooke. Later that night, a tag team match was made between Banks and mystery partner against Charlotte and Brooke at Battleground. On the July 11 episode of Raw, it was announced that Chris Jericho will host an episode of The Highlight Reel with Randy Orton as his guest at Battleground before his match against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

Matches

No. Matches Stipulations
1 Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins Triple threat match for the WWE Championship
2 Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens Singles match
3 Becky Lynch vs. Natalya Singles match
4 John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Club (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) Six-man tag team match
5 The Miz (c) vs. Darren Young Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
6 Rusev (c) vs. Zack Ryder Singles match for the WWE United States Championship
7 The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman) Six-man tag team match
8 Sasha Banks and TBA vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke Tag team match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
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