Thanks to the WWE Draft taking place days earlier, and the “New Era” that is the revived Brand Extension officially kicking off the very next day, there was a definite sense that whatever happened at WWE’s Battleground Pay Per View didn’t really matter. Half the midcard titles weren’t on the line, and those that were seemed in little danger of changing hands. Matches were booked featuring wrestlers that were now on separate brands, meaning that feuds probably wouldn’t continue past the show. And the main event was largely seen as a means to an end of splitting the WWE World Heavyweight Title in two, so that each brand could have their own World Champion again. But a funny thing happened on the way to Battleground being irrelevant: the performers put on an incredible show, featuring great wrestling, entertaining promos, and, to the surprise of many, WWE actually made some very good decisions when it came to the booking. Maybe Battleground didn’t matter, but that didn’t stop it from also being a pretty good show. Here, let us explain.
15. Building New Stars Due To Lack Of Options
So, here’s the problem with Smackdown’s tag team division. They have no title to fight for, so they’ll have to introduce one, and to do that, they’ll need to have at least two credible teams face off against each other. Unfortunately, Smackdown’s tag team division consists of American Alpha, who are great but unproven on the main roster, The Usos, and a bunch of teams that don’t win. The good news is, WWE does have the ingredients to make things better, and they started down that path at Battleground by having Breezango, two solid workers who might as well be the poster boys for “Creative has nothing for you”, defeat The Usos, who aren’t going to be any more or less over no matter whether they win or lose, and have the credibility of being a long-running, established team with a championship pedigree. That’s exactly the sort of thing that has to happen to make new stars in the brand split, and in this instance at least, WWE made the absolute right call.