John Cena was selected by Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan during the WWE Draft to join the "blue brand" on the premiere episode of WWE SmackDown Live. Before he officially competes as part of the SmackDown roster on the USA Network on Tuesday nights, he faces The Club at WWE Battleground 2016 in a Six-Man Tag Team Match with Monday Night Raw's Enzo Amore and "Big Cass" Colin Cassady at his side.

Battleground is one of WWE's newer annual specials, the inaugural event taking place in 2013.


Cena missed the first year's PPV, but had marquee match-ups the last two years. On the other hand, Enzo and Big Cass—representing the New Era being ushered in by the return of Shane McMahon after WrestleMania 32—weren't even on the WWE's main roster as recently as last year's Battleground. The same can be said for AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, known in NJPW as The Bullet Club, who were split up during the WWE Draft, with Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley selecting Anderson and Gallows after Shane and Daniel took The Phenomenal One.


What follows is one part in a series of WWE Battleground history articles, in which we take a look at a WWE Superstar's history at Battleground (such as The Shield), and what their past experiences might tell us about that competitor at WWE Battleground 2016 on July 24.

Win-loss record at WWE Battleground

John Cena is undefeated at Battleground: 2-0. Unlike this year's tag team match, Cena was on his own in 2014 and 2015.

He won a Fatal 4-Way Match in his first go-round, and a standard singles bout last year. And if just so happens that both competitions were for WWE gold.

WWE Battleground title matches

Although Cena, Ezno and Cass vs. The Club doesn't involve any of WWE's current championships, Battleground has been good to Cena and his prior WWE title reigns. In 2014, Cena headlined the event, successfully defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Match. Last year, he walked in and out of Battleground with the WWE United States Championship.

Worthy competition at Battleground

Everyone that Cena has faced at WWE Battleground is a future WWE Hall of Fame inductee. In his Fatal 4-Way Match, his opponents included Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns. In 2015, he defeated Kevin Owens for the US Title, shortly after Owens had made his WWE main roster debut by defeating Cena at WWE Money in the Bank

Predictions for Battleground 2016

Thanks to the WWE Draft and brand extension, the three members of The Club will be pursuing their WWE goals on separate rosters.


While the John Cena vs. AJ Styles feud may continue (since both Cena and Styles were drafted to SmackDown Live), Gallows and Anderson will likely start a new program as part of Monday Night Raw. Whether they go after the WWE Tag Team Championship on their own, or bring The Bálor Club to life by teaming up with NXT call-up (and former ally in Japan) Finn Bálor, it would appear that this is the end of the current incarnation of The Club in the WWE.


It seems likely that the John Cena/AJ Styles feud will continue after Battleground, perhaps coming to an end with a big match at WWE SummerSlam 2016, alongside the highly-anticipated Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton match-up. Given the kind of heel that Styles has been booked as lately, the booking for a match at SummerSlam could result from The Club losing to the Cena/Enzo/Cass team, and AJ asking for a singles match against the leader of the Cenation. That being the case, it seems likely that Cena will remain undefeated at Battleground, taking home a win in the Six-Man Tag Team Match with Enzo and Big Cass helping him along the way.

WWE Battleground 2016 airs live, exclusively on the WWE Network on July 24. Battleground will be available to stream on-demand immediately via the WWE Network.

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