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WWE Stomping Grounds: Match Card, Predictions, and Analysis

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WWE Stomping Grounds is coming to you live out of the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, this Sunday, June 23rd, on the WWE Network. We’ve got the match card, as well as our predictions and overall thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you think is going to happen during Stomping Grounds by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Tony Nese (c) vs. Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa

Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat Match
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This was originally supposed to be a one-one-one bout for the Cruiserweight Championship but was made a triple threat by Drake Maverick after Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak pinned each other at the exact same time during the Number 1 Contender Match on 205 Live.

Tony Nese’s defeat of Buddy Murphy was impressive, and he has had a decent run as champion thus far, but it’s time for Drew Gulak to take the throne and lead 205 Live into a more brutal tomorrow.

Winner: Drew Gulak

The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

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Unsurprisingly, this has been an extremely entertaining feud. How could it not be when it’s between 2 of the most theatrical groups in WWE?

I don’t know how to explain it, I just have a gut feeling that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will be the ones to take the victory at Stomping Grounds. I’m sure I will end up being wrong, but I’m sticking with the lovable villains.

Winner: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Ricochet

United States Championship Match
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At Money in the Bank last month, Samoa Joe let the United States Championship slip through his fingers due to a questionable pin from Rey Mysterio.

But Joe has made it perfectly clear that he is not going to let that happen again, and will surely use any means necessary to keep the title away from Ricochet and safe in his nefarious hands.

Winner: Samoa Joe

Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match
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With as formidable of an opponent as Bayley in front of her, Alexa Bliss wisely recruited backup in the form of Nikki Cross, who has all but flat out said she will be in Alexa’s corner to help her win this match.

But cheaters never win…well, sometimes they do, but not this time! Bayley will defeat Alexa and her new sidekick one way or the other and go on to reign over the SmackDown Live Women’s Division another day.

Winner: Bayley

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

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After being unjustly defeated by Shane McMahon at Super Showdown, Roman Reigns has made it a point to show Shane and his crew why they picked the wrong guy to make their punching bag.

If Drew McIntyre wasn’t going down before, he definitely will be now that he brought Reigns’ children into the fight this week on Raw. Reigns pummeled everyone in Shane’s VIP lounge and will put an exclamation point on his quest for revenge this Sunday at Stomping Grounds.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin

Universal Championship Match
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Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar’s continued attempts to make Seth Rollins a paranoid mess have not only worked but had some unexpected consequences.

So consumed with desperation to retain his Universal Championship, Seth Rollins has been laying waste to anyone and everyone associated with Baron Corbin, including Corbin himself. This new unhinged Rollins will retain his title this time, but the madness will undoubtedly come back to bite him in the end eventually.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match
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Daniel Bryan has stated repeatedly that Heavy Machinery is wholly unworthy of a championship match (with his protector and partner, Rowan, in silent agreement).

Otis and Tucker proved them wrong by defeating The B-Team for this match, but being worthy doesn’t always result in victory, and this championship match will be an instance where the challengers aren’t quite able to overcome the champions.

Winner: Daniel Bryan and Rowan

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans

Raw Women’s Championship Match
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The Classy Lady of WWE has been on The Man’s heels for months at this point, and it’s safe to say that, though she has been unable to take the championship, Lacey is currently living rent-free in Becky’s brain.

And while there is no question that a championship reign is in Lacey’s future, her mind games won’t be enough this time around, and Becky Lynch will remain Raw Women’s Champion…for now.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
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Angry that Kofi Kingston was able to receive a helping hand from Xavier Woods during their match at Super Showdown, Dolph Ziggler demanded that their rematch be held inside a steel cage to prevent any interference.

Ziggler has done some serious damage to Kingston and the rest of The New Day since his return to WWE TV but has simply allowed his emotions to get the better of him, which will ultimately cost him what he so vehemently believes he deserves, the WWE Championship.

Winner: Kofi Kingston
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