This is the Fightful.com live coverage for WWE Battleground! Tonight we an action packed event as we have two matches that are arguably main event worthy. Jinder Mahal will defend his WWE World Championship against Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match and AJ Styles will defend his WWE United States Championship against Kevin Owens! We also have Shinsuke Nakamura taking on Baron Corbin and much more so be sure to come back here 8PM EST for all of the action!
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-We get an interview with AJ Styles about this title defense tonight before we see Kevin Owens looking on in the locker room in disgust before he's interviewed about their match. We then have Maria and Mike Kanellis being interviewed about their joining the Smackdown! brand and their feuding with Sami Zayn.
Aiden English vs Tye Dillinger
They lock up to start the match before Tye gets knocked down by English who mocks him and plays to the crowd with a bow. Tye takes Aiden down repeatedly with arm drags before mocking him and doing his ten fingers pose before Aiden whips him across the ring only for Tye to drop him with a clothesline. Tye then stomps Aiden in the corner ten times before Aiden headbutts him and sends him into the middle turnbuckle before stomping on him. Aiden then whips him into the corner again and plays to the crowd as we go to commercial.
Aiden gets a near fall as we come back from commercial, then drives his knee into the back of Tye repeatedly before putting him in a sleeper hold. Tye comes back with a dropkick and a series of chops before dropping him repeatedly. Tye then goes for the Tye Breaker, but Aiden gets out of the ring before he can before Aiden rolls him back into the ring. Tye hits a spinebuster for a near fall once they're back in the ring, then Aiden hits a variation of a flat liner for a near fall. Aiden plays to the crowd and mocks Tye before he goes for a Tye Breaker of his own, then they exchange pin attempts before English hits a release dragon suplex for the pin and the win.
Winner: Aiden English via pinfall
The Usos vs New Day WWE Smackdown! Tag Team Championship Match
Kofi dropkicks Jey to start the match for a quick two count, then tags in Xavier who hits a diving elbow drop for another quick two count. Jimmy gets the blind tag before the Usos start teaming up on Xavier, Jimmy getting a quick two count of his own off of it. The Usos start tagging in and out, keeping Xavier isolated from his corner, either staying near their corner or towards the center of the ring. Xavier comes back with a series of strikes before Jimmy drops him with a spinning kick for a quick two count. Jey then stomps on Xavier in the corner before hitting a running hip attack for a quick two count before choking him in the ropes.
The Usos keep double teaming Xavier before Jimmy goes for a superplex, but Xavier fights him off and hits a missile dropkick. Kofi gets tagged in and takes out both Usos before hitting a leg drop to Jimmy, Kofi sending them both out of the ring. The Usos then powerbomb Kofi onto the floor when they catch him coming off of the top rope, dropping Xavier with a European uppercut in mid-air as well. Jimmy rolls Xavier back into the ring and misses a splash before Xavier hits a facebuster for a near fall. Jimmy hits a death valley driver into the corner before the Usos hit a 3D for a near fall. Xavier goes for a diving elbow drop onto Jey, but he rolls out of the ring, then Jimmy superkicks him in mid-air for a very close near fall.
Jimmy then puts Xavier in a single leg Boston crab, Xavier nearly tapping before he gets to the ropes at the last second for the break. New Day then hit the Midnight Hour for a near fall of their own before Jimmy superkicks Kofi and Jey hits a splash off of the top rope for another very close near fall that shocks everyone in the arena. Jimmy misses a splash before Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise, then Xavier hits a springboard elbow across the ring for the pin and the win.
Winner: New Day via pinfall