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Daily Update: WWE Battleground preview & odds, G-1 Climax, Hendo

WWE Battleground airs tonight on the WWE Network. The kickoff show begins at 7 p.m. EST with the main show starting at 8 p.m. EST. Spoiler Alert: If you don't want to find out who is most likely winning, based on the current odds at 4:15pm eastern, don't read ahead. The card is:

  • WWE Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE title - The story here is how they get to the double championship. Any finish is possible, altough at this point, Ambrose is the favorite at -900. It would make sense to wait until Summer Slam to create two champions. 

  • John Cena, Enzo Amore, & Big Cass vs. The Club (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, & Luke Gallows) - This match should be awesome. As is often noted, WWE six man tags NEVER disappoint. This should be great. The faces are big favorites at -675.

  • Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens - Everyone is expecting this to steal the show but it depends on how much time they get. It feels too early to do the blow off here and it's possible they continue this to Summer Slam. Zayn is a moderate fav at -600. 

  • WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag - This also feels like too soon to do a title change. I'm not sure which three Wyatt's will be in the match. Surprisingly, the Wyatt's are big favorites at -750, so I'm expecting a schmoz finish.

  • Sasha Banks & a mystery partner vs. WWE Women's Champion Charlotte & Dana Brooke - I won't speculate on who the tag partner will be (It's definitely Judy Bagwell), but I'll say that there have been some interesting names floating around. Sasha and ? are favorites at -1350. Dave thinks it's either Bailey, Nia, or Lita. Given that Sasha said he'd be wrong, you can rule out those three. If it's Judy Bagwell...

  • Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Darren Young for the I-C title - The Miz is a -1050 favorite so it appears that this feud must continue. I wonder if Bob Backlund will be in Young's corner given that he was in attendance at the Dan Gable HOF induction yesterday. If you haven't listened to the show with Dave and Bryan from last night with Dave speaking about his induction, you should do that

  • United States Champion Rusev vs. Zack Ryder for the US title - Rusev is at -900. Thanks for stopping by Zach. Lana and Zach would be a good pairing. You could easily turn her into a Snooky type. I was always surprised they never paired Zach with a female version of himself.

  • Chris Jericho hosts The Highlight Reel with guest Randy Orton - We'll see if anyone cares about the return of Orton, hopefully find out if he is in fact ready for Lesnar. The set getting damaged is a -500 favorite. 

  • Becky Lynch vs. Natalya - The interesting note here is that yesterday, Natalya was the underdog at +450. Today she is the favorite at -1200. I would have exptected a Lynch win, but as Lynch's biggest hater, I'd be happy with her loss. 

  • The Usos vs. Breezango on the Battleground kickoff show - Breezango is the favorite at -600 which is surprising to me since they usually put the faces over in the preshow. However, it's Breezango. Who knows. Seriously, 29 writers and the best they can do with tag team names is to combine both names. Its incredibly lazy writing. How about the Photo Bombers? See, it took me 3 seconds to come up with something better than Breezango. It sounds like something I'd order laying in a hammock. 

Check out the Observer Staff predictions here, and follow along all night with the action, with the sites only HOF member, Dave Meltzer. From all of us here at the F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire, congratulations Dave!

[Dan Velten]


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The G1 is once again back tomorrow morning on NJPW World at 5:30 a.m. EST with a show in Fukushima. The card is:

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tama Tonga
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Naomichi Marufuji
  • Togi Makabe vs. SANADA
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima, Gedo, & Toru Yano vs. BUSHI, EVIL, & Tetsuya Naito
  • Captain New Japan & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Kenny Omega
  • Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA, & Michael Elgin
  • David Finlay vs. YOSHI-HASHI

Here are G1 results of night four from last night/this morning.

WWE / Pro Wrestling


  • Dan Henderson says that, whether he wins or loses, he is ready to retire after challenging Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title.




  • On NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Donald Trump said Vince McMahon called to tell him that he liked Trump’s grandiose entrance on the first night of the Republican National Convention.
  • “Well, Vincent’s a good friend of mine. He called me. He said, ‘That was a very, very good entrance.’ But I didn’t want to do it a second time, because, you know, it never works out the second time,” Trump said.
  • Miami Herald also has an article about the name drop.

The Summer Slam Events Calendar

  • TONIGHT - WWE presents Battle Ground PPV 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.
  • TONIGHT - Crossfire Wrestling - Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue St. Catharines ON, for our 5 year Anniversary show "BRING THE HEAT V"
  • TONIGHT - PWEclipse - Summer Surrender, Oshawa, Ontario
  • TONIGHT - Fenix vs. Pentagon Jr. headlines for Lucha Libre New York at Club LaBoom in Queens, NY
  • July 29, 30, 31 - ECCW returns to the Agrifair 2016 Abbortsford, BC with three shows per day. Friday and Saturday shows start at 12:00PM – 3:00PM – 8:00PM. Saturday July 30 will feature “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. Sunday’s shows start at 11:00AM – 2PM and 5PM
  • July 30 - UFC 201 - LAWLER VS. WOODLEY from Atlanta, GA
  • July 30 - WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2 - Live on NBCSN from Everett, Washington. Also featuring Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs Caros Fodor in a brother vs brother fight
  • July 30 - Smash Wrestling - Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2
  • July 31 - BATTLEWAR 36; Les Foufounes Électriques, 87 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Montreal, QC
  • Aug 4-6 -  !BANG! TV - Professional Wrestling Spectacular, 3 charity shows in 3 days. - More information.
  • Aug 5 - NEF Presents Dana White: Looking for a Fight. More info here.
  • Aug 6 - UFC FIGHT NIGHT - RODRIGUEZ VS CACERES, from Salt Lake City, UT
  • August 6 - Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt Carmel with Crazy Mary Dobson, Allysin "Sienna" Kay, Veda Scott, Shayna Baszler, Annie Social, Kelly Klein, Heidi Lovelace, Lufisto, Nicole Savoy and more.
  • Aug 12 - Live Professional Wrestling, downtown Toronto at the Tranzac! 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7, Canada - All proceeds go to the Autism Ontario group.
  • Aug 12 - BIG WEST WRESTLING presents BOWLING, BODYSLAMS & BBQ, Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC
  • Aug 12 - Zack Sabre Jr. vs.. Jeff Cobb has been added to the Revolution Pro show in London at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
  • Aug 13 - World Women's Wrestling's 2016 IRON MAIDEN Championship at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, MA
  • Aug 13 - wXw NOW - The End (Tommy End's final show in Germany, booked by The Sumerian Death Squad)
  • Aug 13 - NWA Mid South Wrestling in Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestle Plex headlined by Matt Riviera vs. Jeremy Moore.
  • Aug 19 - Superkick'd Pro Wrestling Rock Show - Blazed The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
  • Aug 19 - The Hardys, Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter III and Mickie James appear for House of Glory Wrestling in Jamaica, NY.  That's the Friday before SummerSlam.
  • Aug 20 - UFC 202 - DIAZ VS MCGREGOR 2, from Las Vegas, NV
  • Aug 21 - WWE Presents THE SummerSlam PPV event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be the twenty-ninth event under the SummerSlam chronology and the second consecutive SummerSlam to be hosted in the Barclays Center.
  • Aug 21 - Chavo Guerrero Jr. will appear for Smash Wrestling on in Pickering, Ontario at Super Showdown lV.
  • Aug 21 - Octagon & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan headlines in Houston at the Arena Theater.  
  • Aug 26 - Absolute Intense Wrestling - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1355 W. 70th St. Cleveland, OH
  • Aug 26 - CONFLICT Wrestling: "Black or White"
  • Aug 26 - Bellator 160 from the Pond in Anaheim and live on Spike TV. Benson Henderson vs Patricio Pitbull Freire
  • Aug 27 - UFC FIGHT NIGHT - MAIA VS. CONDIT from Vancouver, BC.
  • Aug 28 - Destiny wrestling proudly presents “SUMMER HEAT”.