Nothing really stuck out from the Wyatt Family’s head honcho in his match against Kofi Kingston – except for his Exorcist-like upside-down crawl, which creeped-out everyone from the John Cena-loving teenage girl to the 47-year-old lifelong fan.
Everyone loves a feel-good story, and even if you are a fan of The Shield you could feel the excitement and emotion when Cody Rhodes pinned Seth Rollins for the victory, securing his father’s job (Dusty Rhodes) and was awarded his job back as well – along with his brother’s, the fan-favorite Goldust.
AJ Lee was not a part of the best Divas match in recent memory with Brie Bella yet she is trying and is succeeding in doing a good job carrying matches. Her submission skills are getting better and she is becoming more of an innovative competitor.
When it was announced that The Real Americans would take on Santino Marella and The Great Khali, many of us wondered why were are paying for a card that would feature such a match. We were then surprised and enlightened by Cesaro’s “Cesaro Swing” on the mammoth Khali, which secured The Real Americans a victory.
CM Punk excelled in the spots that Ryback had trouble delivering, and once again proves his worth to the company based on his work ethic, durability and in-ring mentality. The feud between Punk and Heyman is becoming a little drawn out however we could stick by it for now.
Many feared if this match would actually be “hardcore” and not a watered-down “extreme rules” match that focuses more on not having a count-out and sees one chair shot on someone’s back. Rob Van Dam took it to Alberto Del Rio, and all that was missing was a few tables – and barbed wire, of course.
We are going to give Dolph Ziggler some credit since it seems like he cannot get some himself these days after countless efforts. If we are seeing Ziggler become a lower to mid-level competitor, it is truly a shame. His match with Damien Sandow was as good as a kickoff match could be.
Another solid main event performance by Daniel Bryan – even though his robberies are becoming a little stale now. You know exactly what you are going to get with Bryan, therefore it should come as no surprise that he brought out the best in Randy Orton and has the fans in the palm of his hand.
Randy Orton has had some forgettable matches over the past few years – he is a superb talent, but he may not be great. His feud with Bryan has really rejuvenated his career, and as long as he has the right opponents that fit best to his standards, we do not mind seeing “The Viper” in a headlining slot.
It was about time Big Show stood up to the corporate regime and took his own stance, after knocking out Daniel Bryan and focused on Scott Armstrong and Randy Orton. Ultimately, he still angered fans by messing up the finish and costing both men their chance at claiming the vacant WWE Championship – closing out the pay-per-view as the only man who was left standing. Was it a superb and unforgettable performance? Not really, but he did punch a few people in the head which slightly makes up for the finish of the pay-per-view.
Consisting of an indecisive and frustrating finish in the main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, alongside a lackluster bout involving CM Punk and Ryback, you could say that many were disappointed with WWE’s first-ever
Battleground pay-per-view. Besides the criticism it faced, let us take a look at the 10 best performances from the wrestlers that shined and salvaged the event.