The next WWE pay-per-view event is on the calendar for June 23rd at the Tacoma Dome in Washington. No, this isn’t one of their flashy PPV names, but we’re just coming off Money in the Bank and Saudi Arabia’s Super ShowDown as we slowly build up to SummerSlam, so it’s all we’ve got for now. Stomping Grounds is being presented by the WWE for the first time ever, so we don’t really know what to expect. And we’ve only got a week and a half left of Raw and SmackDown left to lay the foundation for these matches. Here’s what we know so far about the WWE Stomping Grounds match card. We’ll try our best to make some predictions for you too.
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Stomping Grounds Match Card
Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin for the Universal Title
Ugh, this again? Rollins retained the title at Super ShowDown and narrowly avoided Brock Lesnar’s attempt to cash in his MITB contract… but only after hitting the Beast with a low blow, a few chair shots, and a Curb Stomp. Now it feels like the WWE is just setting Rollins up for a repeat of that whole affair at Stomping Grounds… only this time, Lesnar will probably successfully challenge for the title. Our prediction? Rollins easily defeats Corbin and then successfully defends against Lesnar, albeit in a much tighter and possibly controversial match. The one twist here? Corbin gets to choose a special guest referee for their match, so Rollins might not come out of it completely unscathed and ready to face a second opponent.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship
Again, we’re have a do-over of what went down in Saudi Arabia, but even so, this is potentially the biggest match of the night. Ziggler failed to defeat Kingston at Super ShowDown, so we’re going to see them battle it out again… except this time it’ll be inside a steel cage, per the specifications of Ziggler’s challenge. The New Day member certainly has the crowd behind him, and in fact, he might just be the WWE’s most beloved babyface right now. We think Kofi keeps his belt here – and probably until a deserving (or at least an equally compelling) opponent comes around. Daniel Bryan later this summer perhaps?
Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans for the Raw Women’s Title
These two have an ongoing feud that continues to rage. After losing one of her two belts to Charlotte Flair at Money in the Bank, Lynch now only holds the Raw Women’s Title – yeah, things are all mixed up brand-wise. Despite besting Lacey Evans during that same pay-per-view event, here we are again. (Sensing a theme?) Evans will challenge Lynch for the Raw Women’s Title again at Stomping Grounds, even though Evans’s in-ring skills aren’t nearly as impressive. We have no idea why the WWE wouldn’t want the fan-favorite Irish Lass Kicker to retain her title here… other than the fact that it could get a little confusing on Monday and Tuesday nights with all the red and blue brand crossover. Still, why not give Lynch a real opponent… like Asuka?
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss for the SmackDown Women’s Title
Again, confusion. Raw Superstar Bliss is challenging Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Title. She got this honor by defeating Flair and Carmella in a triple threat match set up by super villain Shane McMahon. We think Bayley’s in-ring talent and athleticism (not to mention general likability) will give her the victory here. Also, it makes sense for her to have the title so she can defend it on Tuesdays against the rest of the SmackDown women’s locker room, right? But hey, at least this isn’t a match we’ve seen before… like LITERALLY EVERY OTHER ONE ON THE CARD. We miss Ronda Rousey…
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Reigns is steadily working himself back up the card by fighting tougher and tougher opponents, but again, these two already met at WrestleMania 35. (If you don’t remember, don’t worry – it was forgettable.) Anyway, Reigns won that match, so is there any evidence that he won’t win this one too? There’s no title on the line and no real feud here for fans to sink their teeth into, so it’s not that exciting. Reigns will take the W and continue his upward momentum despite the promise and skill of McIntyre who is unfortunately having to play second fiddle. But ya know, to get back to the top, eventually Reigns will have to challenge his ol’ buddy Seth Rollins… unless something changes, of course. Maybe that’s what the WWE is counting on.
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