The Adams Addiction: WWE Battleground – The Review – Sunday 6th October 2013 – (Spoilers)
by Matty Adams
WWE Battleground – the first ever edition of this pay per view. In order to match the quality levels of entertainment provided to us by the previous two pay per views of Summerslam and Night of Champions, Battleground had a lot to live up to. I thought Battleground failed to do this. With such matches as Brock Lesnar Vs. CM Punk and John Cena Vs. Daniel Bryan with the double heel turn and MITB cash in at Summerslam and Paul Heyman defeating Punk and DB winning the title again at NOC, I thought Battleground had a steep hill to climb anyway. I saw potential with the Rhodes Vs. Shield match however the rest of the card appeared predictable or could have been booked in an improved manner.
I thought the show’s kick-off show match had the potential to be incredible however this match itself was incredibly pointless besides one factor, it got a potentially feud brewing. Damien Sandow Vs. Dolph Ziggler was made completely out the blue and served no purpose as it had no background story to it. The announcer’s were trying to build the match as a “Current Mr. Money in the Bank Vs. Former Mr. Money in the Bank” however it wasn’t this that sold me to watch the pre-show, the only reason I watched it was because it was two excellent wrestlers with brilliant gimmicks and potential wrestling against each other. Ziggler won after Sandow had injured his knee by hitting the Zig-Zag. The only reason I am on the bandwagon for this match and am looking at it positively is because I see potential. Sandow was “supposedly” cashing in his briefcase on the World title and DZ cost him that opportunity therefore there is your catalyst for the rivalry. Expect a follow up at Hell in the Cell.
The World title picture took another slide. It was Alberto Del Rio defending the World Heavyweight Championship against RVD. However, with RVD’s contract agreement, he is allowed to take 90 days off after working 90 days for the company so it was very predictable the title would not change this past Sunday. However, the match itself – a hardcore match – was excellent. Van Dam excelled amazingly in his own environment and ADR performed well too. The finish was brilliant, a cross armbreaker utilising a steel chair for the victory to retain the gold was an excellent choice. However, I felt the feud lacked a middle match, this type of feud required three months build in my eyes however I do see one benefit from it, Alberto Del Rio. He has become more over since this feud began just after Summerslam as he has become a more traditional heel, taking cheap victories, attacking opponents following matches and along with his easily to dislike gimmick, he is getting boos from the crowd more than ever before.
I refuse to even comment on the following match. Yes The Real Americans defeated Khali and Marella with a beautiful and impressive giant swing from Cesaro on Khali. However, someone of Cesaro’s wrestling skills should not be wrestling the likes of Khali and Marella. Those pair don’t even deserve pay per view slots. I would rather see a potato and an egg tag against the Real Americans, they would probably produce more entertaining moves than Khali. This match was only placed on Battleground due to fill up the remainder of the time on the card. Definite toilet break.
Another name that like Khali and Santino isn’t really deserved of an IC title shot on a pay per view, albeit he is a quality wrestler, is R-Truth. He is now in his mid-forties and is very much past his prime. He had an opportunity for WWE gold at Capital Punishment a few years ago against John Cena and his last title reign was in 2010. It is now time for Truth to step aside and let the younger talent feed through and get an opportunity at the IC title. This would have been a perfect platform for someone like Bo Dallas or Sami Zayn to make their names and step out of the NXT leagues. WWE creative were wise in this sense when they let Axel retain the gold here. He hit Truth with the hangman’s facebuster to collect the victory. Axel has a lot of potential and a match against Truth is definitely a step down from his match against Punk last month. I feel Axel has had a good run as Intercontinental Champion but from what I saw in the opening days of the Curtis Axel character with victories over HHH and Cena, I feel the IC title is now holding Axel back from further success and he will soon need to drop it and move on and feud with a bigger face. A solid feud for Axel would be a name like Jericho or RVD when they eventually return from their hiatus from WWE.
AJ Lee retained the Divas title with help from her new security guard Tamina by gaining a cheeky roll up on Brie Bella after Brie went to save her sister Nikki who was getting attacked by Tamina. This was the correct decision. AJ is by far the most over diva in the locker room in WWE right now. She isn’t carrying the division but if she wasn’t in the division it wouldn’t be worth watching. I’ve watched a couple of episodes of Total Divas and it isn’t all that if I’m quite honest. When you watch RAW every week you can tell AJ is a step up from all the other divas as her character connects with the crowd immediately, she garners a unique reaction and several boos. When she faces the other divas, the only reason they get cheered IMO is because AJ is against them. If they were in any other match, the fans would probably start off their usual JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler chants. I wouldn’t mind Brie Bella taking the gold from AJ at Hell in a Cell if they choose to continue with this feud as they could then vacate the Divas title and use the whole DB storyline in this scenario. Stephanie could say Brie isn’t Divas Championship material and it would get the Diva’s division over and set up a potential Survivor Series tag match with AJ leading the heel divas and Brie leading the faces. However in the long run, I believe a much better storyline to utilise would be to have Tamina help AJ retain the Divas title against several divas and then eventually win it when AJ begins to take her for granted taking credit for her victories herself and starts treating Tamina poorly. Tamina would then eventually turn face, rally against AJ and beat her for the Divas title. A potential Wrestlemania 30 match – who knows? You read it here first on The Adams Experience.
One match that was a definite highlight of Sunday’s PPV was when the Rhodes family defeated The Shield. The match concluded when Ambrose and Dusty started brawling on the outside – an interesting note here Dusty’s longest US title reign was 141 days, Ambrose’s current US title reign was at 141 days on Sunday when they started brawling. Goldust then took out Reigns as Cody countered Rollins’ attempts to win the match hitting Cross Rhodes to win and get the Rhodes’ their jobs back. An excellent match, the build to this storyline has been superb so far thanks to the current Corporation storyline. With the Rhodes needing to get their jobs back, it was quite predictable that Cody and Goldust were going to win. This is all necessary for a potential Goldust Vs. Cody Rhodes match at Wrestlemania 30. I can see HHH rewarding Cody and giving him an IC title shot perhaps down the line – Cody Rhodes Vs. Curtis Axel would be a fresh match and a perfect way to transition my earlier point in requiring Axel to drop the title and move on to feud with a bigger name. Goldust would eventually turn heel and play the jealousy angle and with Dusty backing Cody for his opportunity to become IC champion, the IC title match would be sorted for Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania season isn’t far from round the corner which means now, Wrestlemania rumour season is in full swing. That would definitely be a solid final run in the company for Dustin Rhodes.
It was nice to see the Wyatt Family featured Sunday as their storyline with Kane had been pretty much absent since Summerslam. Bray Wyatt competed in a testing battle against Kofi Kingston. This match was made when the Wyatt’s targeted Kingston saying everyone will fall one by one and follow the buzzards. Kingston was no different to Kane tonight, although he provided a tough match, possibly one of Wyatt’s biggest challenges to date, Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail for the win. Very predictable finish but Wyatt needed the win to continue getting over. I understand a good gimmick should never be rushed and the Wyatt Family are loaded with potential. However this storyline with Kane is beginning to drag. Maybe for a good reason or maybe because Kane is off with other commitments. Rumours were running rampant about whether the Big Red Machine would become a member of the Wyatt Family upon his return, I personally hope he does, it would add an extra edge to his character and if, just say IF the streak was to end, what better way than to put a future star over who has as much potential as Bray Wyatt, Undertaker returns to save Kane – Undertaker Vs. Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 30 however candidates like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Ryback and Daniel Bryan are all ahead of such a feud. Just a thought. Kane needs to return ASAP though.
I was impressed with the Punk-Ryback match Sunday like any Punk match, he produces a 9/10 at minimum, Ryback was made to look good and it added another chapter in the Punk Vs. Heyman feud however I thought the booking here was incorrect. Ryback has only ever won a couple of matches on PPV and he needed a win over Punk here really as it wouldn’t have hurt Punk to lose, his character and overness with the crowd is cemented as a main eventer for good now but Ryback is yet to seal such a status so a victory really would’ve helped him out. Punk won with a sneaky low blow, taking a page out of Heyman’s book. The only positive out of this was I guess it levels up the playing field instead of making Heyman look so dominant. I still smell a Punk-Lesnar rematch somewhere down the line.
The main event was slightly disappointing seeing as we never saw a new WWE Champion crowned. The Big Show interference was kind of predictable He came down as DB had Orton locked in the Yes lock and he knocked out Bryan, then he pulled out the referee and KO’d two referees and Orton. I predicted something similar to happen at Night of Champions with Big Show being ordered to help Orton win the title. I like the way the whole title picture has been sprung open now. Expect an Orton-Bryan 3. Also expect Big Show Vs. somebody representing HHH at Hell in a Cell.
OVERALL VERDICT: 5/10
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