After taking a week off so WWE could tour Canada, the Rusev vs. Jack Swagger feud is back on and the two will have a singles match this coming Sun., July 20, 2014, at the Battleground pay-per-view (PPV) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
It's a collision that WWE fans have anticipated ever since Lana and the Bulgarian-born Hero of the Russian Federation began trash-talking the stars-and-stripes many months ago. Patriotic to the core, Swagger and outspoken propagator Zeb Colter haven't always endeared themselves to audiences with their polarizing messages. Yet, by confronting Rusev and Lana on the June 30 edition of Raw and pointing out that it's the freedom of speech that allows them to spew their anti-American sentiments, Swagger and Colter immediately became unlikely heroes, leading perhaps the most resounding "We the People!" chant in history. Swagger and Colter also spent weeks challenging Rusev, and on July 14, the powerhouse finally accepted after a Russia Détente broke down on Raw.
The segment that led to the booking of this match was one of the hottest angles we've seen on Raw this year and did a hell of a job promoting the match this weekend.
Here's the updated Battleground match card and line-up:
- John Cena vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
- Intercontinental championship battle royal
- The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
- AJ Lee vs. Paige
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
- Rusev vs. Jack Swagger