WWE Battleground hasn’t been a Pay Per View for very long, as it only debuted in 2013, initially as an October PPV, before being shuffled into its current spot in July. However, even in its brief existence, a lot of crazy stuff has already gone down at Battleground shows, much of it not well-received by wrestling fans. Somehow, this minor PPV that is only expected to bridge the gap between the much more high-profile Money in the Bank and SummerSlam shows has been a lightning rod for controversy, as you’ll see from the following examples.
10. The Divas Revolution Stumbles Out Of The Gate
Down in NXT, WWE’s developmental program had been hard at work training up a crop of female wrestlers, several of whom banded together with the goal of making women’s wrestling in WWE a legitimate part of the show, and not just a place for pretty faces who couldn’t actually wrestle. The division took off, with the women’s matches often the highlight of NXT, and eventually, the main roster took notice. Just before Battleground in 2015, Stephanie McMahon decreed that a “Divas Revolution” was beginning, and introduced Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks to the WWE audience. Then, all the active Divas on the roster were assigned to three-person stables and WWE patted itself on the back for a job well done. Except, they’d forgotten to give any of the debuting women actual characters, presumably figuring that everyone already knew them from NXT (even though the NXT audience is only a fraction of the weekly Raw viewership). Then they failed to actually announce any match for Battleground, eventually inserting a Triple Threat involving one member of each faction as an impromptu match while the PPV was airing. This began the trend of WWE horribly botching their so-called “Divas Revolution”, turning it from an alleged slogan of strength into a derogatory phrase among wrestling fans.