WWE Battleground 2013 predictions

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October 03, 2013

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow (Kickoff Match)

Michael Burdick: An enlightened Superstar like Damien Sandow will surely study Dolph Ziggler extensively heading to Sunday’s matchup, certainly devising the perfect strategy to topple the two-time World Heavyweight Champion. However, all the studying in the world won’t allow him to pass The Showoff test. Ziggler takes the “Uncrowned World Heavyweight Champion” on a Zig Zag ride through loser’s lane at the Kickoff. WINNER: Ziggler

Alex Giannini: Although both Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow are due for a victory, I’m thinking it’ll be Ziggler who rises to the occasion at this pay-per-view prelude. The Showoff will kick off WWE Battleground with a big win over Mr. Money in the Bank. WINNER: Ziggler

Jake Grate: Even with huge title matches and other highly personal collisions on the WWE Battleground card, the Kickoff battle could very well be the contest I’m most looking forward to. A contrast of styles — with Ziggler’s reckless athleticism and Sandow’s cerebral stratagem — guarantees that Sunday gets off to a rousing start. In the end, I’ve got to side with WWE’s robed Renaissance man, who finds a way to outfox The Showoff. WINNER: Sandow

John Clapp: With match-of-the-night potential, don’t be surprised if both Superstars lay it all on the line in an effort to remind WWE powers-that-be of their arguably underutilized talent. Unfortunately for The Intellectual Savior, Ziggler thrives most when he’s out to prove a point. WINNER: Ziggler

Anthony Benigno: A former Mr. Money in the Bank, Ziggler has had his struggles of late, though not so much as the current contract holder, Sandow. With Sandow on the upswing after WWE Main Event, look for “The Duke of Decency” to gut out the win in a Kickoff classic. WINNER: Sandow

Dolph Ziggler: 3, Damien Sandow: 2

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