Just five days after splitting the WWE in two, Battleground will be the first step as the company moves in a new creative direction on its separate Raw and SmackDown brands. WWE Battleground is set for Sunday, July 24 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. It is currently slated to include eight matches on the main card plus one scheduled interview segment and a kickoff show match.
The one-hour kickoff show will begin at 7 p.m. ET live on WWE Network, while Battleground itself begins at 8 p.m. both on WWE Network and your local cable and satellite providers (check local listings for price and availability). WWE Network can be accessed on nearly a dozen different devices including Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Amazon Fire and more.
Battleground is also a night of uncertainty. It’s the first show since Raw and SmackDown’s rosters were split in the 2016 Draft, and there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the company’s direction going forward. With such ambiguity comes speculation, and the rumor mill is hitting full flow ahead of WWE’s latest PPV event.
There’s the long-awaited Shield triple threat, pitting Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins against each other with the WWE Championship on the line. It’s a match fans have been pining for ever since The Shield’s 2014 split, and while Roman Reigns’ suspension has removed some of its lustre, it remains one of 2016’s most anticipated match-ups.