WWE Battleground PPV News & Notes – WWE Title’s Brand Split home, Orton returns to WWE TV & references Brock’s drug-testing, Cena-Styles, Bayley big NXT debut, Mojo call-up, title match results

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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WWE Battleground PPV News & Notes 7/24

– Dean Ambrose kept the WWE World Title on Smackdown heading into the Brand Split Era.

Ambrose pinned Roman Reigns in a three-way match also involving Seth Rollins in the PPV main event.

– Randy Orton returned to WWE TV after a nine-month absence to hype his Summerslam match against Brock Lesnar. Orton subtly referenced Lesnar’s UFC drug-testing violations, then RKO’ed Chris Jericho in the “Highlight Reel” talking segment.

– John Cena pinned A.J. Styles in The Club vs. Team Cena six-man tag match, likely setting up a singles re-match at Summerslam.

– Bayley made her main WWE roster debut as Sasha Banks’s mystery tag partner against Women’s champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke.

– NXT call-up Mojo Rawley made his main roster debut saving Zack Ryder from a post-match beating at the hands of U.S. champion Rusev.

– In the undercard title matches, Rusev retained the U.S. Title against Zack Ryder and The Miz retained the Intercontinental Title against Darren Young.

– WWE authority figures Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan (Smackdown) and Shane McMahon & Mick Foley (Raw) were all shown earlier in the show. They were also ringside for the WWE Title main event.

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