With Stomping Grounds less than a week away, the match card is starting to come together. There are at least a few more to be announced, but as of today, June 18th, 2019, the Stomping Grounds match card stands as follows:
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Roman Reigns made his SmackDown Live debut with a bang – in the form of punching Vince McMahon in the face. Surely, he knew that this would cause some backlash, but he may not have bargained for Shane McMahon and his cronies ganging up on him. Repeatedly.
Thus far, Shane, Elias, and Drew McIntyre have done their best to bring The Big Dog down, and after Shane’s defeat of Reigns at Super Showdown, Drew McIntyre will be looking to drive the message home at Stomping Grounds.
Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match
Earlier this month, Charlotte Flair and Carmella rudely interrupted Alexa Bliss’ interview of Bayley in her talk show, A Moment of Bliss. But this time, Alexa wasn’t going to sit idly by and sip her coffee.
In a subsequent match against The Princess and The Queen, Bliss got the last laugh by defeating both of them to earn the right to a title match against Bayley at Stomping Grounds.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin
Universal Championship Match
Though Seth Rollins seems to have successfully chased away The Beast (for now), there was a Wolf waiting in the shadows. Rollins was able to defeat Corbin at Super Showdown due to an argument between Corbin and the referee, but Corbin refused to take the loss lying down, attacking the Universal Champ after the match. This time around, Corbin hopes to avoid another embarrassing loss by choosing the referee himself.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans
Raw Women’s Championship Match
Lacey Evans first came for Becky Lynch’s championship at Money in the Bank, and though she left empty-handed, she gained a small bit of satisfaction from costing The Man her SmackDown Live Women’s Championship, stripping her of her “champ champ” title.
And the feud didn’t end there, the ladies have been berating each other ever since, and will finally get the chance to lay hands on each other again this Sunday.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Since the very moment of his explosive return to WWE TV, Dolph Ziggler has made it his personal mission to take any and everything away from Kofi Kingston, because, according to him, everything Kofi has should be his. To make matters worse, Ziggler has made it perfectly clear that he has no issue with using underhanded tactics to do so, including attacking Kofi and his New Day brothers from behind.
Kofi Kingston defeated Ziggler at Super Showdown, but Ziggler claims it was only because Xavier Woods gave an assist. To ensure that their match is kept one-on-one, their rematch will be inside a steel cage.
Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet
United States Championship Match
After, rather viciously, taking back his United States Championship from an injured Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe was in need of some competition. Several men stepped up to the challenge: Braun Strowman, The Miz, Ricochet, Cesaro, and Bobby Lashley, but only one could go on to face Joe at Stomping Grounds.
To determine who among them would be the one to fight for the United States Championship, the men competed in a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match on Raw. The high stakes combined with the high caliber of talent in the ring made from some exciting action, from which Ricochet came out on top. Though the Samoan Destroyer attacked him after the match, Ricochet was the one to stand tall in the end, which will undoubtedly lead to an even more brutal match come Sunday.
The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Kofi Kingston may have put his feud with Kevin Owens on hold to take care of an unhinged Dolph Ziggler, but that didn’t stop KO and his partner in crime Sami Zayn from continuing their New Day slander. New Day conquered Owens, Zayn, and Baron Corbin in a 6-Man Tag Match on Raw, but it wasn’t enough to put their rivalry to rest.
And since Kingston and Corbin are already booked, Woods and Big E will represent New Day as they attempt to put Owens and Zayn in their place once and for all in a traditional tag match at Stomping Grounds.
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