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By Richard Trionfo on 2017-07-23 23:30:00

Welcome to’s live coverage of WWE’s Battleground Pay Per View from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Your host is Renee Young.  She is joined by Jerry Lawler, Sam Roberts, and David Otunga.

Jerry suggests that there is going to be an international incident with all of the countries represented.  Jerry reminds everyone that the Philadelphia fans booed Santa Claus.  

Kayla Braxton is in the Social Media Lounge and she will be joined by Maria and Mike Kanellis.

They run through the matches on Battleground.

We have a video package about the Flag Match between Rusev and John Cena.

John Cena is asked if he is ready for tonight's match.  He says this is not your typical match.  You need to grab your flag and plant it at the finish line.  This is an unpredictable scenario.  John says the great thing about the WWE is to show that they can be the best.  John says that you will remember the American Flag standing tall or him failing and the American flag on the ground.  John says there is no way he can stand proudly in a WWE ring and say he is going to be the best without succeeding.

John says he is ready.

Jerry says that John made the same speech last week and he was left on the ground.  David says that John is the biggest patriot that he knows.  Sam says that John has to prove every time that he is the man.  He has his legacy on his back.  Jerry and Sam pick John Cena.  Otunga says he wants to see Cena win, but he is going with Rusev.

We are back with a look at the Women's Elimination Match to see who faces The Smackdown Champion at SummerSlam.

Carmella replaces Otunga on the panel and she reminds everyone she is a two time Money in the Bank winner.  Carmella is asked about having to watch the action tonight and not wrestle tonight.  Renee points out that Carmella doesn't have a match at SummerSlam right now.  Carmella says she could be the Women's Champion going into SummerSlam.  Carmella is asked about whether it was Ellsworth who won it for her and she says she does not care.  Carmella says that everyone will bring it tonight, but she says she has beaten them all.  Carmella says her pick is Natalya.  They were in the Welcoming Committee together and she has a mean streak now.  

Carmella is asked about being the last draft pick and then she addresses the crowd and tells them to chant for her.  Carmella says that she went from being last drafted to being the Two Time Money in the Bank winner.  Carmella is asked about people thinking Charlotte is the uncrowned champion.  Carmella says that Charlotte calls her the queen, but Carmella is the Princess of Smackdown.

Sam picks Charlotte for the elimination match.  Jerry picks Natalya because he does not want to agree with Sam.

We take a look at AJ Styles throwing out the first pitch at the Phillies game and it was Phenomenal.

We have a video package for the US Title match, including the title change at Madison Square Garden.

AJ Styles is in the interview area.  He is asked about Kevin Owens' comments from a few weeks ago.  AJ says that Kevin has not done it yet.  AJ says the title represents America.  It represents what you have earned.  It represents the workhorse of the WWE.  Until someone outworks him, he will keep this title.  He says that Kevin Owens is not man enough for the job.

Kevin Owens is in the locker room and Tom Phillips starts to ask him a question.  Kevin says that AJ thinks he is quiet because of AJ.  AJ needs to tell people that he is the best.  Kevin says he knows that he is the best.  The people know that he is the face of America and the Face of Smackdown.  Kevin says he will win the title.  AJ can says that Kevin does not deserve to represent the country.  Kevin says that what proves that he is the Face of America . . . is that he is Canadian.

Jerry says that Kevin means it and he will show it.  David returns to the panel and he says that AJ believes himself too.  Both have had success against John Cena.  Sam says that he talked to AJ the night he won the title.  AJ said that he lives and breathes WWE.  

Renee asks Sam about being there for the title change.  Sam says you did not expect it to happen.  Everyone went nuts when he won the title.  Then they wondered if something was going to happen to keep AJ from winning the title.

Renee asks who needs to win more.  David says Kevin needs it more.  Kevin is a little unstable so he needs it.  Jerry says Kevin needs it more.  The win was important for AJ at MSG but the loss was just as important for him.  Sam picks AJ to win.  

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to go to Kayla Braxton with Maria and Mike Kanellis.

The first question is about when will we see Maria in the ring again.  Maria says she is in the ring doing everything she can to help her man.  That makes her a harder worker than the other women.  She is here for the power of love.  

The second question is about Mike's strategy.  Mike says his strategy is to do what he did on Tuesday.  That is punch Sami in the head as hard as he can.

The final question is about how can that person find love in their life.  Maria says you have to wait for the right person to look at you with those blue eyes and you know it is the perfect person for you.  Because there is only one Mike Kanellis, it won't happen for most people.  Because there is only Maria Kanellis, it won't happen for anyone else.

David says that what we just saw was disturbing.  Jerry has some love advise.  He says love is grand, but a divorce is a hundred grand.

Your announcers are Tom Phillips, John Layfield, and Byron Saxton.

Aiden English is in the ring and he says WWE presents to the City of Brotherly Love, the Shakespeare of Song, the Mozart of Melody, the Beethoven of Baritone, the Drama King, the greatest thing you will ever see, in WWE.

Match Number One: Tye Dillinger versus Aiden English

They lock up and English with a side head lock and shoulder tackle.  English bows after his performance.  They lock up and English with a wrist lock.  English gets Tye to the mat.  Tye with a side head lock and he sends English to the mat.  Tye with an arm drag and he shows how many fingers he has to English.  English with a kick and punch.  English with an Irish whip but Dillinger with a clothesline followed by kicks in the corner.  

English goes to the apron and he head butts Dillinger when the referee was trying to pull Dillinger out of the ring.  English with a running knee to the back and Dillinger hits the turnbuckles.  English with punches and kicks.  English with a running hip strike in the corner and we go to commercial.

We are back and English gets a near fall.  English with knees to the back and a reverse chin lock.  Dilinger falls to a knee and then he is seated on the mat as English adds pressure and serenades Tye.  English goes to the turnbuckles but Dillinger with a drop kick and both men are down.  Dillinger with chops and a clothesline followed by an elbow and knee.  Dillinger with a clothesline and boot to the head.  Dillinger pulls the knee pad down and English goes to the floor.

Dillinger follows after him and English with a thrust kick.  English sends Dillinger into the ring and Dillinger with a spinebuster for a near fall.  Dillinger puts English on the turnbuckles and chops him.  Dillinger goes for a superplex but English blocks it.  English with punches and forearms. Dillinger is pushed off the tunrbuckles and English with a cross body but Dillinger rolls through for a near fall.  English gets to the apron and drops Dillinger on the top rope and hits a front DDT for a near fall.  

English mocks Dillinger by extending his fingers.  English gets Dillinger on his shoulders but Dillinger with a sunset flip.  English with a counter for a near fall.  Dillinger with a near fall.  Dillinger avoids a splash in the corner and he punches English.  English with a Flapjack for the three count.

Winner:  Aiden English

We see footage of Jinder Mahal arriving at the arena this afternoon.

Jinder is interviewed by the Punjabi television team.  

We have a video package for the WWE Title Match.

We see tweets from Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton about the WWE Title Match.

Otunga reminds us that Jinder picked the stipulation so he probably has something up his sleeve.

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