Cesaro def. U.S. Champion John Cena via Disqualification
These truths are held to be self-evident in the WWE locker room: Everyone is endowed to life, liberty, and an opportunity at John Cena’s United States Championship. How fitting, then, that Cesaro, a man who was once called a “Real American,” answered The Champ’s challenge with the applied endorsement of NXT Champion Kevin Owens, who observed the contest from the commentary table.
Owens may have in fact underestimated the challenger’s abilities: Cesaro took the fight to Cena in astounding fashion, executing the Cesaro Swing and transitioning into the Sharpshooter in an homage to Tyson Kidd that had The Champ all but finished. Just when it looked like we’d be getting Cesaro-Owens II at Battleground, though, KO rushed the ring and Pop-up Powerbombed The Swiss Superman into a DQ win. The implication, of course, is that Owens will allow limitless beatings on the Cenation leader, but he’ll be the one to take the title when all is said and done.