2. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns, 2016
In one of the most anticipated matches in recent memory, the former members of The Shield faced off in a triple threat match. It was the first time the three competed in such a match since Rollins disbanded the group two years prior. And to put an extra cherry on top, it was a match for Ambrose’s WWE Championship.
But wait, there’s more! Since Battleground 2016 was the final pay per view before the brand extension took place, whoever won would mean their show controlled WWE’s top championship. Ambrose was drafted by SmackDown Live, while Rollins and Reigns were on the Raw roster. Factor in this being the first appearance for Reigns after a suspension for a Wellness Policy violation, and this match was packed to the gills.
There were a ton of callbacks to the Shield days during the match, as well. Ambrose and Rollins worked together – briefly – to put Reigns through an announce table with a double powerbomb. Later, Rollins attacked Ambrose from behind with a chair – reminiscent of the night the Shield ceased to be.
In the end, it appeared Rollins was going to regain the championship after a Pedigree and a Buckle Bomb to Reigns. But the Big Dog countered with a Superman Punch and a Spear, only to walk into a Dirty Deeds from Ambrose. With Ambrose retaining, the entire SmackDown Live roster came to the ring to celebrate the WWE Championship remaining on Tuesday nights.
The allure of the Shield triple threat made this match stand out, and being a title match showed just how impressive the three competitors are in the ring. But there was one other match on the 2016 Battleground card that was even better…