WWE Battleground 2013 in a Nutshell: Rhodes Family Steals the Show, WWE Championship Still Vacant

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WWE’s very first edition of Battleground took place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York and featured a total of eight matches. The show started off hot with Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam, who battled it out for the World Heavyweight Title in a Hardcore Rules match and ended with the highly anticipated main event rematch between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. Surprisingly, each match on the card delivered in one way shape or form and was an overall decent PPV for WWE, aside from the Super Bowl-esque power outage and the no contest finish in the main event. Here are the overall highs and lows from Battleground 2013:

Best Match: You’d think that Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton would be the best match of the night, but the ending ruined it for me. When Bryan had Orton in the Yes Lock, Big Show came to the ring and threw the referee out. When Daniel confronted the giant, he knocked him out. Shortly after, Brad Maddox came out and ordered Scott Armstrong to go to the ring. Orton pinned Bryan and just as Armstrong was putting his hand down for the three count, Big Show pulled him out and knocked him out. Afterwards, Show went into the ring and knocked out Orton. The crowd went absolutely ballistic and it was an awesome moment, however, both Bryan and Orton were laying in the ring, knocked out, and the PPV ended with Big Show celebrating. I’m very indifferent about this ending. I think it’s a good call to leave the WWE Title vacant, but it was just one of those “is that it?” moments.

Now, to me, the real match of the night was Cody and Goldust Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, with both Dusty Rhodes and Dean Ambrose at ringside. There was just so much emotion and crisp wrestling that it’s hard to argue that the show these guys put on was one of the best WWE tag team matches in recent history. As always, Rollins and Reigns looked strong, but Cody and Goldust did one hell of a job. Cody in particular was the standout superstar of the fight. Throughout the match, he hit a picture perfect Moonsault, Disaster Kick and Muscle Buster (Samoa Joe style) and picked up the victory after hitting Rollins with a devastating and beautiful looking Cross Rhodes.

I’m not saying that Orton and Bryan was a bad match, it was actually really good and picked up a lot towards the end, but the ending was kind of shocking.

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Crowd Chants of the Night: The crowd chanted “that was awesome” after Rob Van Dam hit Del Rio with a unique and devastating DDT. Also, in the same match, they chanted “this is awesome”, which was a testament to the match itself. The Buffalo crowd chanted in unison “CM Punk” during the Second City Saint’s match against Ryback and of course, they chanted “Goldberg” at Ryback. How original.  For some strange reason, the crowd chanted “you can’t wrestle” to Ryback. On the contrary Buffalo fans, Ryback can wrestle. Like every week, the crowd chanted “Daniel Bryan” and “YES!” when Daniel Bryan came out to the ring.

Breakout Star of the Night: Cody Rhodes and Goldust were the breakout stars of the night. I wanted to just give Cody the award, but felt that Goldust was top notch as well. The crowd was going wild from start to finish during the Rhodes Family vs. Rollins & Reigns match and both of the Rhodes brothers looked absolutely polished and crisp in the ring. Goldust was solid in the ring, but Cody stole the show with his athleticism and the outstanding Cross Rhodes finisher he executed on Seth Rollins to get the win. There was so much anticipation and emotion put into the match and all the performers in the ring (including Dusty and Ambrose) hit their spots flawlessly. Bray Wyatt comes in second place for breakout star of the night after looking impressive in his match against Kofi Kingston.

Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during Battleground 2013?

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Jobber of the Night: Considering all the matches on the card lasted longer than five minutes, it’s difficult to award the jobber of the night award to a superstar that performed at Battleground. However, the least impressive wrestler was probably The Great Khali after he was pinned after the Cesaro Swing. It’s so awkward and nerve-racking watching Khali compete in the ring. He’s lost a step (or 10) since his main event days 6-7 years ago and it looks like his legs are going to give out on him at any moment. Not trying to knock Khali, but Khali is not what’s best for business.

Upset of the Night: The upset of the night has to be Cody and Goldust Rhodes defeating Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, resulting in the brothers getting their jobs back. Words can’t describe how fun the match was and it was booked perfectly. Rollins and Reigns have been dominant tag team champions for almost a year and Goldust and Cody haven’t been in the ring for a while, so the victory they picked up was definitely an upset.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh**moment of the night was was Big Show knocking out both Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. It was obvious that he was sent out there to knock out Bryan, but afterwards, he had a change of heart and knocked out the Viper. The crowd was going wild and Big Show finally let out all that anger in that Knockout Punch to Orton.

Another holy sh** moment was Antonio Cesaro pulling off the Cesaro Swing and swinging The Great Khali around the ring about 10-15 times. Like JBL said, it was like Cesaro swinging a Brontosaurus. Word on the street is that the Cesaro Swing is so over with the crowd; the WWE may switch things up and turn Cesaro face. I wouldn’t mind that, Cesaro is too gifted and talented to be part of a tag team that will never win the Tag Team Championships. Anyways, the Cesaro Swing on Khali was an impressive feat of strength.

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WTF Moment of the Night: This is a new category that will be featured in future “Nutshell” articles because every time I watch a WWE event, there is at least one WTF moment. Talking about Battleground, the WTF moment of the night was the power outage that place at the First Niagara Center which resulted in millions losing their PPV feed. Thankfully, the WWE figured things out and the PPV was only off the air for a couple of minutes. This is a billion dollar company and these things should not be happening, but you have to give some praise to the guys at WWE for getting the PPV back on the air so quickly.

Worst Match: There weren’t any horrible matches at Battleground, but the most underwhelming contest had to be the tag team match between the team of The Great Khali & Santino Marella vs. The Real Americans. The bout lasted about six minutes and the only cool thing about the match was the Giant Swing Cesaro performed on The Great Khali. This was a SmackDown quality match that wasn’t even scheduled to be on the card in the first place.

Logic Fail of the Night: The logic fail of the night happened during the main event match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. First off, both Orton and Bryan were outside of the ring for a good portion of the match and the referee seemed to be counting them out way to fast. At one time, Bryan threw Orton into the steel ring steps and the referee was already at a count of eight. Then, Bryan rolled into the ring and back out again, breaking the count. Now, this doesn’t make sense considering the fact that if Bryan had stayed in the ring, the referee would have counted Orton out and Bryan would have been the new WWE champion. The match could have ended since the WWE Title was vacant. Michael Cole was at a loss for words when this took place, and tried his best to ignore the illogical situation.

Tweets of the Night:

 

 

 

 

Commentary Lines of the Night: “The rules are like piñatas, they’re meant to be broken” – Jerry Lawler. “That just knocked one of the languages out of Antonio Cesaro” – JBL. “The government shutdown is to blame for the power outage” – JBL.

LOL Moment of the Night: There weren’t any real funny moments that happened during Battleground, but what I found humorous were some of the things that Paul Heyman said during the match between CM Punk and Ryback. For example, Ryback had Punk in a chin lock and Heyman screamed “don’t tap out; I want him to hurt you alllll nighhttt loonggg”, Waterboy style. In my eyes, Heyman and Ryback are a perfect match and have been working great together.

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Overall Lowlights: Alberto Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Title, Khali & Santino vs. Real Americans, CM Punk vs. Ryback (I was expecting much more from these two), First Niagara Center power outage, Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan finish.

Overall Highlights: Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam, Cesaro Swing to Khali, AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella, Cody & Goldust Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns, Bionic Elbow to Dean Ambrose, Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton.

  • Shell

    Surprised that Bray Wyatt’s Exorcist walk isn’t on the WTF moments.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      That was pretty cool. Looked like he broke his neck coming out of it though lol.

      • cubfan4life

        That walk is just unnatural. Like Wyatt belongs in Resident Evil or something. Also when it comes to Wyatt I loved how quick he transitioned into Sister Abigail tonight. Just looked like it had much more velocity on it than the slow setup.

      • YM5

        that definitely made me laugh VERY loud

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      Oh my god, my skin is still crawling from that. I call Wyatt creepy all the time, but that was a whole other level of creepy. Never mind that a guy that’s his size is NOT supposed to be that flexible.

      • Shell

        I never found Bray to be creepy at first, he was damn good on the mic but never creepy. But now after seeing that exorcist walk.. being done by someone like Bray.. Holy crap that just added the creep factor to him. To hope he can continue on pulling off some creep things through out his WWE run, hell, imagine him walking like in the dark. The ideas the Creative team can pull off with Bray.

        • xXwindsofchangeXx

          I guess ‘creepy’ is getting overused. But I suppose it’s where Bray crossed the line from ‘mildly unsettling’ to ‘flat-out scary’. I guess part of it was that I’ve seen Bray bend over backwards so many times and just wasn’t expecting him to do that. I wonder if he actually warned Kofi about that spot? Because Kofi looked legitimately freaked out for a second… lol

          • Shell

            It’s better off if Bray didn’t tell him, it would just add to the moment~

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      After reading these comments and watching it again, you guys are right. It was hella scary.

  • Panama Stallion

    Overall highlight: AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella yet no mention at all of the match in “The Nutshell”. Way to go Mr. Fylonenko!

    • Poppy’s Hammer

      If it didn’t get a mention, it means it wasn’t better/worse then the ones he listed. It just means it wasn’t a terrible match and was worth watching to a point.

      • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

        Well said.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Where was I supposed to mention that in the review? If I like something, I put it in highlights, if I don’t, I put it in lowlights. Doesn’t mean I have to elaborate on everything I put in there. If I did, the article would be 3-4x as long. Now, if you asked why you thought it was a highlight then I’d explain it. I do that with all of my articles. If something is a highlight, it means it’s good. Looking at the categories, I can’t fit every single little thing in.

      • Panama Stallion

        Alright, a cop out of an answer if I’ve ever read one. EVERY SINGLE lowlight and highlight was covered in your article except the AJ – Brie match. If you don’t feel it warrants an explanation then don’t put it on your list ie. Axel vs Truth. I mean, writing “I thought the AJ -Brie matchup was great because Brie didn’t win the title she didn’t deserve in the first place” would have doubled the size of the article? A one sentence explanation for every highlight or lowlight should be the bare minimum if any such event is honored with the distinction of falling on one of those two lists. Otherwise, just write a top 10 list of highlights and lowlights and then just let your readers watch the show without having to read any insight into your listings or your thought process in including said event into your lists. Jeez no need to get defensive Mr. Adrian.

  • The_Fearless_Diva

    I have to say that my predictions on were wrong, I got one match right. AJ Lee vs Brie Bella I thought Brie Bella was going to win but I was wrong. I thought Brie Bella was going to win, but AJ Lee retaines her title. CM Punk vs Ryback was a good match and I do not know why they say that Ryback can’t wrestle because he proved tonight that he can wrestle. Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton was a good match but the ending was surprising. And Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs The Shield was an excellent match and I got this one right Goldust and Cody Rhodes won The Tag Team Titles.

    • Lucas Amato

      they dont win the titles.. They have his jobs back..

      • The_Fearless_Diva

        Oops I thought the match was for the tag team championships. That’s what I get for not paying attention.

        • xXwindsofchangeXx

          The Usos are #1 Contenders as of now… that’s gonna be a helluva match when it happens.

  • Mr. Creative

    Some matches I could see happening at HIAC: Show vs Orton vs Bryan in a triple threat Cell Match for the WWE Title. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs Shield for the Tag Team Titles. Wyatt vs Kane.

    • JH

      I hope show doesn’t get booked in that match, but he probably will. Orton and Bryan have been too good to let Show slow them down in my opinion.

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      Nope for that Cody Rhodes & Goldust match – first off, the Usos are the current #1 Contenders and are going to get first crack. Second, WWE isn’t likely to put those two in a permanent tag team with how over each of them is as a singles competitor. It’s more likely that one of the two faces Ambrose for the US Title.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      After tonight’s Raw, it looks like it’s going to be Triple H vs. Big Show at Hell in a Cell.

      • Mr. Creative

        At Battleground it looked otherwise, but I would have to agree, now it looks like HHH vs Show. I hope there is a stipulation, perhaps get his iron clad contract back? lol.

  • JH

    Well you called it, still a vacant wwe title. I’m very disappointed, mostly since the fallout will probably mean a triple threat the cell, with Orton, Bryan and Big Show. I’d rather have seen Big Show screw Bryan, or say to hell with his job and financial woes and knock out Orton.

  • BryanDanielsonAD

    Rollins and Reigns haven’t even been champions for half of a year yet.

    • Joseph Douglas

      Their calendars must be different. They also avoid using logic and facts.

      • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

        Yes, yes and yes.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Could have been referring to their debut by mistake. Thanks for actually reading the review though!

      • BryanDanielsonAD

        Yeah, I figured that’s what happened.

  • SdotC

    I’m not a fan of the vacant title. Sure, it’s something new, but overall, it just isn’t worth it. Orton should have been champion this entire time, so that something was actually gained from all of this nonsense, and it makes Bryan look better if he dethrones the evil champion than if he just wins a title that’s been vacant for two months. Neither man, nor the title, benefit nearly as much as they would have if one was holding it, and ultimately dropped it to the other, and on top of that, it’s a shitty finish to another straight PPV. This is like the kind of stuff WCW used to do, and it tells the fans “don’t buy this next PPV, because there will probably be some bullsht going on”.

  • Shane Flannagan

    Best match was the Rhodes vs Shield. Not even close

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      It was phenomenal. The crowd was really hot for it too.

  • Nick Turner

    I see a lot of people angry at the wwe title finish. But if you look at it, the end result would have been the same. The title would be on the line at hell in a cell between orton and bryan. What this showed was that Maddox was behind the ref screw up at NOC and it will give Big Show some sort of match at hell in a cell. Most likely against Triple H. What the finish also did was save us from someone getting stripped of the title tonight on RAW. I would have been happier had show not interfered and it went to a clean finish but Big Shows angle needs to wrap up sooner rather than later and the end will most likely come at Hell in a Cell. If Randy won last night he would have lost the belt in the cell. If the rumors about cm punk jumping into the title scene I think a lot of story lines will be wrapped up at HIAC and the rest will be wrapped up at Summerslam to get Wrestlemania story lines going.

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      Summerslam? You mean Royal Rumble, right? Summerslam was 2 months ago.

  • Adolph Ziggler

    upset of the night: big show not crying

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      LOL moment of the night: Brad Maddox’s “I just crapped my pants” face right after Show knocked out Scott Armstrong.

  • Jbreed

    Actually when Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan were close to being counted out one of the announcers said the title could only be won on a pinfall or submission.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      If that’s true, it still doesn’t make sense. It’s against the rules lol.

  • Danny Morgan

    lets hope SS card is at least 5 times as strong as this. I miss the classic Survivor series PPV. they should have at least two big tag team elimination matches.
    personally I would have team Bryan with Big Show, Cody, truth and ziggler vs the shield, Orton and sandow.

  • B-Ped

    I love the Wyatt Family — Bray Wyatt is a monster, and the fact they’re letting him be as creepy as ever is GREAT. I just hope they can stay strong and keep coming off as dominant.

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      Part of it’s the weight loss, but it’s really hard to believe that this guy was once Husky Harris…

  • xXwindsofchangeXx

    Just a couple of notes: first about the Brie Bella/AJ match (and maybe Adrian picked up on this as it wasn’t the Worst Match of the Night) – but I actually think it was one of the more solid Divas’ matches we’ve seen in a while. AJ was good as always, but Brie didn’t exactly embarrass herself, either. She looked a little bit more skilled in the ring than I remember her being (which, to be fair, wasn’t difficult). I wonder – was that a product of AJ, who tends to bring out the best in opponents, or is Daniel Bryan teaching her a few things?

    Second, in the category of “Holy sh**” moments, were there a couple of really brutal bumps in Sunday’s matches, or was it just me? Brie Bella actually had one where AJ rammed her face into the ring post and she hit the outside floor in a heap. Also, Randy Orton’s flying clothesline to DB on the ropes where Bryan folded up legs-over-face was pretty cringe-inducing.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      That’s why I had Brie vs. AJ as a highlight. It was definitely a solid match. Those were some good spots, but I think Big Show’s actions was more holy sh** worthy. I wasn’t expecting him to pull the ref out and knock out Orton!


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