Following the July 4th edition of SmackDown Live, two new matches were announced for the blue brand’s Battleground pay per view.
John Cena, labeled as a “free agent,” reappeared on SmackDown Live for the first time since early April. He wasn’t the only WWE superstar to make a comeback. Rusev finally returned, after being sidelined due to injury. Cena challenged Rusev to a classic Flag on a Pole Match for the Independence Day episode of SmackDown Live, but Rusev declined. SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan seemed to like Cena’s idea and booked the match for Battleground.
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) July 5, 2017
Also added to WWE Battleground is a US Title match between Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. Styles outlasted over a dozen other SmackDown Live superstars, including Sami Zayn, Tye Dillinger, Dolph Ziggler, Jason Jordan, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Mojo Rawley, Zack Ryder, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, and others, to secure the #1 Contender spot against Owens.
WWE Battleground Match Card
WWE Championship – Punjabi Prison Match
Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The Usos vs The New Day.
WWE United States Championship
Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles.
John Cena vs Rusev
WWE Battleground takes place live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 23, on the WWE Network.
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