WWE is in the middle of a rough patch. Curious booking decisions and the ridiculous “Wild Card” rule have left fans disinterested in the product. That leaves us to WWE Stomping Grounds. A first-time pay-per-view that replaced the traditional Backlash. It has not been received well since the beginning after the first few matches announced were basically rematches from Super […]
WWE is in the middle of a rough patch. Curious booking decisions and the ridiculous “Wild Card” rule have left fans disinterested in the product.
That leaves us to WWE Stomping Grounds. A first-time pay-per-view that replaced the traditional Backlash. It has not been received well since the beginning after the first few matches announced were basically rematches from Super ShowDown not too long ago.
Nine matches are on the card with seven of them have titles on the line. Also, many notable names are excluded from the show (no Braun Strowman, Andrade, Bobby Lashley, The IIconics, and Finn Bàlor). This is one of the negatives when it comes to dual-branded pay-per-views but that’s another post of for another day.
Regardless, here are my predictions for WWE Stomping Grounds.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Predictions: Drew McIntyre wins
McIntyre needs to win this match. He should have gone over at WrestleMania and if WWE wants to build him up, he needs the win here. The Shane McMahon/Reigns storyline hasn’t been helping his case but give him the win here and start him back up in the World Title picture.
The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Prediction: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn win
Having Owens and Zayn back on television has been great to see but have been losing every time since. A team like The New Day can easily afford some losses here and there given their constant popularity. Give the heels the victory.
Cruiserweight Championship – Tony Nese (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak
Prediction: Drew Gulak wins the Cruiserweight Championship
Looking back now, maybe WWE should have kept Buddy Murphy on 205 Live since he hasn’t even been featured on SmackDown since his post WrestleMania call-up.
Nese has not had many memorable moments as champion so it may be time for a change. We have seen Gulak perform well on the mic and is one of the better technical wrestlers in the company. His “No Flying” and “For A Better 205 Live” did get over with the crowd. Have him win here and try out those gimmicks once again.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker)
Prediction: Daniel Bryan and Rowan retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Bryan was a great WWE Champion so it is no surprise that he is a great tag Team Champion. His persona combined with Heavy Machinery’s goofball style fits perfectly.
I don’t think Bryan and Rowan should drop the titles so soon after winning them. Heavy Machinery’s Otis and Tucker will get their chance to shine and get a nice pop from the crowd. I would be okay with them feuding for longer, potentially into SummerSlam.
United States Championship – Samoa Joe (c) vs. Ricochet
Prediction: Ricochet wins the United States Championship
Is it too early for Ricochet to claim a championship on the main roster? Possibly. But Ricochet is a special talent and really has the potential to do great things on the main roster.
Joe has been great in his own right and can definitely bounce back if they decide to give the title to Ricochet early in his main roster career. This has the potential to be the match of the night.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Prediction: Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
A Raw Superstar competing for a SmackDown title? This is one of the many reasons fans are not happy with the WWE booking decisions. You have tons of talent on the blue brand, why not use them.
Having Bliss win here would not be a good call. She has an interesting storyline alliance going on with Nike Cross at the moment. As for Bayley, she needs to hold on the title for a little bit longer. She had a great cash in against Charlotte Flair and a great couple of matches and promos the last few weeks. Keep the title on her.
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans
Prediction: Lacey Evans wins the Raw Women’s Championship
A rematch from last month’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Lacey Evans gets another rematch for the Raw Women’s Championship.
I’m going with Evans as the winner her despite my last prediction for that did not go as planned. Her character has been presented as a big deal way before her official debuts (a much bigger deal than many of the recent NXT call-ups). A second consecutive title loss for Evans wouldn’t be the worse thing, but why not put the belt on her to add some more legitimacy to her push.
Plus, with Lynch as the face, she can chase for the title and win it back at SummerSlam, depending on what the plans are.
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Steel Cage match
Prediction: Kofi Kingston retains the WWE Championship
Kingston’s WWE championship reign has produced nothing but great matches and crowd reactions every week. Despite what people say about WWE, they have gotten Kingston’s WWE title run perfectly.
Would it make sense for Ziggler to win at one point? Maybe. But it is hard to imagine WWE steering away from a great story with Kingston as champion. The Steel Cage is an interesting stipulation and adds the point for another potential rematch if no one gets pinned here.
Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin with a Special Guest Referee
Prediction: Seth Rollins retains the Universal Championship, Brock Lesnar is the special referee and cashes in his Money in the Bank Contract
I’ll say it off the bat. My guess for Corbin’s handpicked referee is Brock Lesnar. Like it or not, Lesnar is eventually going to cash in his Money in the Bank Contract. I have a feeling he very well could tonight.
Corbin gets on Lesnar’s bad side, cost Corbin the win. Then attacks Rollins post-match and cashes in his contract. Fans may not want it so might as well get it out of the way now than later.
Stomping Grounds, like many recent WWE pay-per-views, come with low expectations. This is mainly due to the carbon-copy matches they had not even a month ago. You understand that is it a B-Level show but it wouldn’t hurt to change up the card or set up more legit storylines weeks in advance, rather than just putting them out there on social media.
Could it be a good show? It might. Let’s just see what WWE has in store for tonight.