Word came down yesterday that Ryback won't make an appearance at Sunday's Battleground due to a staph infection in his knee. Generally a minor injury, the infection will keep him out of regular competition for at least a couple of weeks. While WWE seems intent on keeping the Intercontinental title on the Big Guy, he will not have a defense Sunday against Big Show and The Miz. No replacement match has been announced for the Intercontinental triple threat which leaves the card sitting at only five matches:
- Brock Lesnar challenges Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight championship.
- Sheamus versus Randy Orton.
- Kevin Owens challenges John Cena for the United States championship.
- Two members of The New Day challenge the Prime Time Players for the Tag Team titles.
- Roman Reigns versus Bray Wyatt
That certainly doesn't feel like a full card by any means. The biggest question mark for Battleground remains the Divas title match. After Paige recruited Becky Lynch and Charlotte and Sasha Banks joined Naomi and Tamina to form Team B.A.D., it seems out of the ordinary WWE would not book some kind of battle between the two new factions and some combination of the Bellas and Alicia Fox. I personally would love to see a three way trios match on the card, a great way to showcase all nine major players in the Divas division before breaking out a fresh title match for SummerSlam.
Of course, even with a Divas match, the card is still a bit light. King Barrett versus R-Truth might be moved to the main show or perhaps we can see a rematch of the excellent battle between Stardust and Neville from Raw. Or Cesaro versus anybody.
Whatever the case, Battleground feels incredibly light going into Sunday night. What match do you want to see join the card?