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WWE Battleground 2016: Enzo Amore, Big Cass & John Cena vs. The Club

Enzo Amore, Big Cass, & John Cena vs. The Club

6 man tag

"Beat up John Cena!"

That became the rallying cry of The Club after Money in the Bank last month when AJ Styles defeated John Cena in a dream match. Of course, he didn’t do it alone. When the referee was knocked down towards the end of the match, Styles’ running mates from Japan, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, ran down and... well... beat up John Cena. They made haste before the referee came to and AJ Styles got a rare 1-2-3 on John Cena.

While the Face Who Runs the place was obviously disappointed with how the match went down, The Club was outright jubilant. They joked around and declared their favorite pastime all year round it to "Beat up John Cena."

And that’s what they aimed to do. Unfortunately, for them when they tried, they found Cena had some backup that was unbeknownst even to him in Enzo Amore and Big Cass.

Enzo used his silver tongue to explain whey the Realest Guys in the Room helped John Cena. It wasn’t as much to help the 15-time champion as it was to get ahead of the game. It was only a matter of time until The Club was going to target Enzo and Cass and they’d be damned if they were going to let these guys take food of their table. There may have been other reasons that were unspoken. Perhaps they feel a loyalty to Cena, who let them share the ring with him waaaay back in NXT. They could have felt that siding with Cena will vault their standing in the business. Or maybe these two dudes from Queens and Jersey just don’t like to see a couple of bullies beating up a guy 3 on 1.

Regardless the reason, they created a trio of the most verbose trash talkers in the company today to stand against a trio of guys who have been wrecking house and then bragging about it since they rode together in Japan. And they were even rewarded with the reward diamond in the WWE: When they were out numbered by the Club, Cena actually helped them as well. (Seriously, that never happens.)

What’s at Stake?

For all men: Pride. There are no titles nor stipulations to this match. But everyone has a little something they can achieve from winning.

Enzo and Cass could stay ahead of over top competition in the tag division on the way to the tag team titles. E&C 2.0, Anderson and Gallows, and the champion New Day are all on Raw. After the New Day finishes their issues with Bray Wyatt this Sunday, they’re going to have to defend those titles against someone. The winning team here may be first in line.

John Cena is looking for revenge. Because of the Club, he lost an excellent match to AJ Styles last month. John is less upset about the loss than the fact it was dirty. A win over the Club, especially if he is able to pin AJ Styles, may earn him a rematch against the Phenomenal One.

As for the Club, this their last ride together. Anderson and Gallows were drafted to Raw while Styles was a top SmackDown pick. This will be the last time that AJ can use his boys to try to get a leg up on Cena. He needs to take this opportunity to use a Club that works like a well oiled machine to get another win John Cena. Because after this, he’ll have to deal with Cena without his boys. The Realest Guys have shown they’re not always on the same page as Cena in matches. The Club is a team that can take advantage of that.


Before these men go to their respective brands, they will meet up in some 3 on 3 inter-brand action tonight. Battleground airs at 8 EST on the WWE Network. Keep it here to for all of your Battleground coverage.

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