Battleground didn't receive a lot of build up, and I can now see why, it was a massive disappointment and I think many fans will again feel short changed by another WWE Pay-per-view.
I think the WWE are trying to take on too many pay-per-views in a short amount of time and they are not coming off at all. The next one is Hell in a Cell in just 20 days! How will they be able to build up any kind of a decent main event in less than three weeks?
Anyway, the kick off show for me was one of the best matches, Dolph Ziggler took on Damien Sandow and Ziggler got the victory over the uncrowned World Heavyweight Champion, but what did Ziggler win? It seems like WWE don't know what to do with Ziggler when he's not a heel, he just competes in pointless matches and doesn't really get anywhere.
Shockingly, the show kicked off with one of the matches that fans were most excited about, RVD took on Alberto Del Rio for his world title but everyone was keeping an eye out for a cash-in. No cash-in and Del Rio again retained, RVD should disappear now for a few months to 'play' his arm injury before coming back bright eyed and fresh faced for the Royal Rumble. Part of me is upset that Del Rio still has the title but rumours of Rey returning to feud with his Mexican counterpart at least dampens the blow.
AJ Lee also retained her gold against Brie Bella after Tamina Snuka decided to make her presence known with Nikki at ringside, the match itself was actually quite a good watch, I can see Brie is improving in the ring and I think she is starting to become an actual threat to AJ and Tamina having to interfere means that Aj also feels she is a threat and we have the roots of what could be a decent rivalry.
The Shield taking on The Rhodes Dynasty was a late addition to the match card and many thought it would be a major disappointment, Cody and Goldust are by no means an even par with The Shield and I thought Seth and Roman carried the match but saying that it was the best match of the night.
The hype surrounding it was huge and I think deep down everyone knew that The Rhodes family were going to win, which I think falls bad for The Shield, after all the effort WWE put into their unbeaten run, they managed to go from top of the business to losing to Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a matter of weeks, I think this will affect the way fans look at Rollins and Reigns in the future and was a bad move by WWE.
Santino and The Great Khali faced The Real Americans in a match added just hours before the event, this was never going to be the greatest of matches and it was clear this was just a time filler, Antonio Cesaro got the win after lifting The Great Khali into his swinging spin and pinning the dizzy giant, I know, what has WWE become? Santino was funny through-out and I am glad WWE are pushing him again.
Kofi V Bray Wyatt was a strange fit from the beginning, and I think we all knew Kofi was never going to overcome Bray and his family, but what was the point in this match? Kofi didn't get any revenge, Bray turned into something from The Exorcist and Kofi had no answer to what the Wyatts were throwing at him. Bray also told us to follow the buzzards...
R-truth against Curtis Axel was a shock for me, Truth is getting a push by WWE, something that has been a long time coming but how hot Paul Heyman is right now, it would have been a massive mistake for WWE to take the title from Axel, because it would look bad on Heyman's leadership skills. Truth did put up a good fight but Axel's Hangman face-buster finished him off.
The match I was most looking forward to was Ryback facing CM Punk, this received the most feedback and I felt it was only a minor disappointment, with rumours flying around that Ryback could face The Undertaker for his streak at next years show piece, WWE had to push the big guy and at least put him across as to have some sort of chance against 'The best in the world', CM Punk did get the win after a quick low blow, but I think this is building to a nice finish to an unsteady rivalry.
Finally the main event saw a replay of Night of Champions as Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton again faced off for the gold, both men fought with all they had to get the win and that title back around their waist but after it looked like Bryan could have the win, Big Show came running out dragged the referee and knock-out punched Bryan, Brad Maddox sent Scott Armstrong out to make the three count and it looked like Orton had stole the title again but Big Show again grabbed the official and knock out punched him to before getting into an altercation with Orton and ending up being the last man standing.
So yes, no title changed hands, the WWE title is still vacant and The Big Show is now running riot, I guess we can all look forward to tonight's Raw for some answers then.
Whilst many fans found that the technical error before the WWE Championship match was the main talking point, I feel the whole event is a big talking point for the creative team.
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