WWE Battleground 2017: New Kickoff Show Match Announced

Sunday's pay-per-view nears completion with a Backlash rematch.

Tye Dillinger Aiden English Battleground

Taking place this Sunday night (July 23rd), Battleground 2017 is WWE's next SmackDown-branded pay-per-view, and while much of the card was already in place as of last week, the company have now added Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English to the Kickoff Show.

This'll be the forth time the duo have faced off on the main roster. 'The Perfect 10' has gone 3-0 in their previous bouts, with their last singles encounter coming at Backlash (May 21st), when they also fought on the pre-show. Neither man has featured prominently since the Superstar Shake-Up in April, and they wrestled just two televised matches between them in June and July.

In addition to this bout, Jerry Lawler announced on Tuesday that he'll be part of the Battleground Kickoff panel this weekend, and will also appear on Talking Smack after the PPV.


Here's how the Battleground card looks following the addition:-

WWE Title Punjabi Prison Match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton


United States Title: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens

SmackDown Tag Team Titles: The Usos (c) vs. The New Day


Flag Match: Rusev vs. John Cena

#1 Contender Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: Charlotte vs. Lana vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Natalya

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin

Kickoff Show: Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger

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