WWE taped the following matches on Tuesday night in Birmingham, Alabama for this Thursday’s WWE Battleground “go-home” edition of WWE SmackDown.
– Bray Wyatt kicks off the WWE Battleground “go-home” edition of WWE SmackDown by coming to the ring to cut a promo. Roman Reigns ends up appearing on the big screen and brags about beating Wyatt all over Atlanta, Georgia. He also mocks Wyatt for running from him. Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus and Big Show is announced as the tag-team main event for later in the show.
– The New Day def. The Lucha Dragons in tag-team action. The Prime Time Players were on commentary for this, our first match of the evening, which The New Day won when Big E. scored the pinfall for his team.
– King Barrett def. Jack Swagger in singles competition. Barrett picked up the “W” by way of his Bull Hammer Elbow for the 1-2-3. After the match, R-Truth came out and cut a promo for their WWE Battleground Kickoff Show match this Sunday night.
– Cesaro def. Rusev in one-on-one action. This was said to be a very good match that was given a lot of time. The fans in Birmingham were said to be very much into this match from bell-to-bell.
– Neville def. Stardust in singles competition. This was said to be a pretty basic match, although the crowd was super into both guys, including Stardust despite his heel antics.
– A video recap is shown of the NXT Divas debuting on Monday’s RAW. Sasha Banks, Naomi and Tamina cut a promo backstage and reveal that their team name is “Team B.A.D.,” which stands for “Best At Dominating.”
– Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose def. Big Show & Sheamus via Disqualification in the tag-team main event of the evening. The DQ took place when Bray Wyatt interfered in the match. Reigns and Ambrose ended up making a comeback and cleaned house to end SmackDown and send the fans home happy.
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