You would be forgiven if you didn’t bother tuning in to watch Stomping Grounds Sunday night on the basis of poor buildup, an unimaginative card chock full of rematches, and the worst PPV name since… well, Great Balls of Fire.
But let’s be fair: Stomping Grounds did produce a couple really nice matches. Nothing that would be a considered a classic, but there were some good matches in there. Unfortunately, that was the kickoff show and undercard. The world title matches were cures for insomnia rather than the kind of bouts you sell a show on.
And it’s not entirely fair to the champs. Kofi Kingston has been saddled with a heatless Dolph Ziggler pining that he should have his slot at the top of the card, while Seth Rollins has been forced to pretend that Baron Corbin is a serious threat to his title. These aren’t ideal circumstances. Throw in Roman Reigns being forced to continue to tussle with the boss’ son and you have the other side of the coin.
You almost get the feeling that Stomping Grounds was divvied up in two parts, with Triple H booking one half and Vince McMahon booking the other. We’ll let you decide which was which if that was the case.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.