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WWE Battleground was a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based promotion. It was broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network (the latter beginning in 2014). The event was established in 2013, debuting in October on WWE's pay-per-view calendar, and replaced Over the Limit. In 2014, Battleground moved up to the July slot, becoming the promotion's annual July PPV. The event was discontinued after 2017 as WWE reduced the amount of yearly PPVs produced after they had discontinued brand-exclusive PPVs following WrestleMania 34 in 2018.
On the April 8, 2013 episode of Raw, WWE announced a new pay-per-view (PPV) event titled Battleground to be held on October 6 that year. It replaced Over the Limit, which had been held in May from 2010 to 2012, but was going to be moved to October for 2013 before WWE decided to discontinue Over the Limit. Battleground was originally intended to be a new annual October PPV. The event returned in 2014, but was moved up to July, thus establishing the event as WWE's annual July PPV. This 2014 event was also the first Battleground to air on the WWE Network in addition to traditional PPV, as the WWE Network just launched earlier that year in February.
In 2016, the event was regarded as the last PPV event featuring wrestlers from both the Raw and SmackDown brands, before the newly reinstated brand extension went into full effect; after SummerSlam that year, monthly PPVs became brand-exclusive, excluding the "Big Four" (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series). The 2017 pay-per-view was in turn a SmackDown-branded event. Battleground was expected to return in 2018 for the Raw brand; however, the event was taken off WWE's PPV lineup as after WrestleMania 34 that year, brand-exclusive PPVs were discontinued, resulting in WWE reducing the amount of yearly PPVs produced.
Dates and venues
|1||Battleground (2013)||October 6, 2013||Buffalo, New York||First Niagara Center||Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the vacant WWE Championship|||
|2||Battleground (2014)||July 20, 2014||Tampa, Florida||Tampa Bay Times Forum||John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns in a fatal four-way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship|||
|3||Battleground (2015)||July 19, 2015||St. Louis, Missouri||Scottrade Center||Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship|||
|4||Battleground (2016)||July 24, 2016||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center||Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship|||
|5||Battleground (2017)||July 23, 2017||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Wells Fargo Center||Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match for the WWE Championship|||
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
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