WWE Battleground 2013
October 6, 2013
Buffalo, New York
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Poster Art: Ryback
Background: This was the inaugural Battleground show and only one held outside of July. This was at the height of the Authority storyline and their continuing screwing over of Daniel Bryan and every other babyface on the show. The main event has Bryan taking on Randy Orton for the held up WWE Championship after some screwy refereeing previously. The other big match was The Rhodes family taking on the SHIELD to regain their jobs after being fired while crossing the Authority.
Match 1: Battleground Hardcore Rules for the World Heavyweight Championship
(C) Alberto Del Rio vs Rob Van Dam with Ricardo Rodriguez
Winner: RVD taps to the Cross Arm breaker applied through a chair.
Notes and Opinion: RVD as always was super over with the fans unfortunately his opponent, as talented as he is in the ring, was not over even with the championship. Crowd popped for all RVD’s moves and sat on their hands when Berto was in control. Swapping him from heel, to face, to heel crushed his momentum and he would be losing the title soon to set up the title unification that was coming. This was just ok at best.
- Zeb Colter and his Real Americans of Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro spout off about illegals from Canada. Also I hate Glenn Beck. That seemed related here.
Match 2: Tag Team
The Great Khali and Santino Marella with Hornswaggle vs The Real Americans with Zeb Colter
Winner: Cesaro pinned Khali after a giant swing.
Notes and Opinion: This was just a comedy match to keep the show moving along. The heels did their best to keep Khali out of the ring because he was huge and Santino was a joke. In the end it didn’t matter one bit since Cesaro has super human strength.
- Susan G. Komen ad, apparently cancer is bad.
Match 3: Intercontinental Championship
(C) Curtis Axel with Paul Heyman vs R-Truth
Winner: Axel pinned Truth after a Hangman’s Facebuster.
Notes and Opinion: This was set up after Truth got a fluke victory due to CM Punk interference. Poor Axel wasn’t over with the title or Heyman as his mouthpiece, which is a bad sign for your future. Axel is still employed, but I have no doubt that half the reason is his father and the other half is him just now showing some charisma. The match was as bland as un-buttered toast.
- Dolph Ziggler pinned Damien Sandow with the Zig-Zag on the kick off show. I’m sure it was awesome.
Match 4: Diva’s Championship
(C) AJ Lee with Tamina Snuka vs Brie Bella with Nikki Bella
Winner: AJ rolls up Brie with a hand full of tights.
Notes and Opinion: AJ was apparently jealous of the Total Divas notoriety the Bellas had but did a real good job of hiding it to the fans. AJ did crazy chick better than most anyone in the business and was phenomenal on this show. What she couldn’t do was carry Brie to a good contest, few could. The highlights of the match were the announcers constantly bringing up Jimmy Snuka and Nikki Bella’s dress, the latter being a way better talking point for me.
- The background of the next matchup is shown, the Authority are awful people who fired Cody, Dustin and had a crying Big Show knock out Dusty. The Rhodes family give a righteous ass kicking promo on the Authority and the SHIELD to set this up. They knock it out of the park to put it lightly and even watching it back still gave me goosebumps. Awesome setup for this feud and the payoff was even better.
Match 5: Tag Team for the jobs of the Rhodes family
The SHIELD (WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) with United States Champion Dean Ambrose vs Cody Rhodes and Goldust with Dusty Rhodes
Winner: Cody pinned Rollins after a Cross-Rhodes.
Notes and Opinion: This was just about my favorite Tag Team match in the last 5 years. The entire set up was perfect, as the SHIELD was unbeatable coming into this show and there was no way the Rhodes could win. Every spot hit the right notes and everyone did their jobs insanely well. I can’t recommend this match enough, and Dusty showed that even at 68 years old he could still control a crowd with just a few movements. After the match the locker room cleared out to congratulate the Rhodes family while Dusty cried and I had something in my eye… probably dust or something.
- Kick off panel with Miz, Titus, Tensai and Josh Matthews talked crap with my favorite being Miz openly rooting for Daniel Bryan.
- Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero have a difference of opinion. Vickie was awesome but Brad makes better home movies.
Match 6: Singles
Kofi Kingston vs Bray Wyatt with the Wyatt Family
Winner: Bray pinned Kofi with a Sister Abigail.
Notes and Opinion: This match was designed to make Bray look like a killer and get his character over, and succeeded on both counts. Kofi looked good even in defeat, as he is a underrated performer even today. Wyatt’s kill Kofi after the match and suggest we should follow the Buzzards. Apparently we can only follow them into the mid card.
- HHH DVD commercial for Thy Kingdome Come.
- Revue of the Heyman/CM Punk issue
Match 7: Singles
CM Punk vs Ryback with Paul Heyman
Winner: Punk pinned Ryback after a kick to the junk.
Notes and Opinion: This was coming to the end of the line for Punk, as he would be gone right after the Rumble in January. You could see Punk was hurting here and not motivated to carry Ryback to a great match. Ryback looked like he hurt Punk every time he hit him with anything, including a replay of Ryback slamming him through a table onto the concrete and missing the damn table almost completely. Aside from the funny ending the best part of the match was the crowd chanting for Goldberg, that was either 10 years too late or 4 too early, depending on your point of view.
- Please don’t try this at home spot, Ryback should have taken note.
- Kick off panel and an Orton/ Bryan recap.
Match 8: WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan
Winner: No Contest, Big Show knocked everyone out.
Notes and Opinion: This match was disappointing due to the finish, as it seemed they weren’t giving the best they could give. The entire story line of the title being held up was ridiculous coming into a PPV, much less leaving with the same situation. Daniel Bryan was far and away the most popular wrestler in the company and the WWE seemed to want to ignore that almost until it was too late. Not the best way to end a show. Both guys deserve and could do, better.
Match of the Night: SHIELD vs The Rhodes
I still can’t compliment this match enough and believe this made the entire show, and knowing how the main event went down I’d have finished with this.
Title Changes: None
MVP of the Night: CM Punk
Punk did the best he could with a guy who seemed dead set on killing him.
Overall Thoughts: The overall show was up and down for me. It had some good wrestling, but only one stand out moment. That being said, that stand out moment was amazing and probably the last really emotional thing Dusty Rhodes was associated with in his career, and probably the best thing Cody was ever attached to. That match is what I will remember when I think of this show. See that and skip the rest.
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