WWE Stomping Grounds: Preview and Prediction

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The WWE Stomping Grounds is an upcoming pay-per-view event by the WWE Network which will be held at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on June 23, 2019. Like most of the major WWE PPVs, the event will see wrestlers from both brands feature on the night. The cards have been released for the event already, as the WWE Stomping Grounds comes together as a culmination of the tension built from the scripted storylines. It is evident that a lot of the matches in the event will be “rematches” from the previous PPVs of Super ShowDown and Money in the Bank, with the scriptwriters looking to settle the dust on the unfinished business of the erstwhile WWE results.

No time was wasted on creating the excitement for the event, as the cards were revealed on Twitter while the WWE Super ShowDown was taking place live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The cards for the upcoming PPV are provided below.

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin for the Universal Championship

Baron Corbin did pretty well at the Super ShowDown, finding the Architect’s weakness in his taped ribs. He got plenty of near falls from Rollins and just when the champions counter attacks seemed like they weren’t working, Corbin decided to blow his chance away by stupidly arguing with the referee John Cone. When a Deep Six didn’t result in a three count, Baron admonished referee John Cone who handed Rollins the victory in the ensuing confusion. However, luckily for Corbin, he gets another shot at the title in the Stomping Grounds. Expect Brock Lesnar to try to cash in his Money in the Bank contract again, after his failed attempt at the Super ShowDown.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston (c) in a steel cage match for the WWE title

With Xavier Woods has provided an assist for Kofi in his victory over Dolph Ziggler at the Super ShowDown, it comes as no surprise that Ziggler is getting the rematch that he wanted. With the card being a steel cage match, it will be interesting to see how the match turns out, considering that their Super Showdown match lived up to its hype.

Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre

Fresh from his loss against Shane McMahon, Roman Reigns will be taking on the Scottish Psychopath, who honestly has been acting like McMahon Jr’s bodyguard. It was thanks to McIntyre that Shane got the better of Reigns and it would seem likely that this is the reason why the match is taking place, but the WrestleMania 35 rematch was announced before Reigns even fought Shane McMahon at Super ShowDown, let alone the declaration of the WWE results from the PPV event.

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans for the Raw Women’s Championship

The most surprising draw of the night, most fans will be questioning as to how Lacey managed to get another title shot. Despite having lost to Becky at Money in the Bank in a clear cut defeat through submission, Evans will be having another go at the Man. Goes without saying that Charlotte Flair could also be thrown into the mix.

Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss for the SmackDown Women’s championship

As the Wild Card rule continues to confuse the WWE Universe, it would seem that the Raw superstar Alexa Bliss will challenge Bayley for the SmackDown title. Bliss earned the right to challenge for the SmackDown women’s title after defeating Charlotte Flair and Carmella in a triple threat bout that was set up by Shane McMahon.

Predictions

In the ideal situation, there really should not be a change of hands at any of the titles, and especially the Raw Women’s Championship. Becky is rumoured to be on the cover of WWE 2k20 and will be announced immediately after the Stomping Grounds PPV, and losing the title prior to that would make her look awkward. The scriptwriters could throw a sucker punch with Alexa Bliss, but that would make fans question the Wild Card rule even more.