This was the first ever Battleground event and I was actually happy that they came with a new name. It has been a while since they have done, the last was “Capital Punishment” I believe.
1.[HARDCORE WORLD TITLE MATCH]ALBERTO DEL RIO VS RVD-very tough match to kick off the event with a rematch from “Night of Champions”. This was more RVD’s style so it seemed he was the favorite here. There are various highlights and spots during this match and Ricardo gets involved at one point. In the end Del Rio actually got the submission here with the cross arm breaker. This was a great opening match.
2.THE REAL AMERICANS VS ANTINO MARELLA & THE GREAT KHALI-this was a good tag match that was meant to put over the Real Americans. The action is good and the match is short but it is the ending that most will remember. Cesaro displays so power here that the crowd loves and leads to the victory for the Real Americans.
3.[I-C TITLE]CURTIS AXEL VS R TRUTH-this was a good match in which I fell Truth looked the strongest and got over well. Axel did well as well and kept the belt but Truth looked very good here. This was not the best match on the card but it was a good one over all.
4.[DIVAS TITLE]AJ LEE VS BREE BELLA-this was your typical Divas match with AJ continuing her quest to get rid of the “Total Divas” show. This was a decent bout between the two that would see Tamina get involved. AJ keeps the belt as most of us thought she would.
5. ROMAN REIGNS & SETH ROLLINS VS GOLDUST & CODY RHODES-this was the match I was most looking forward to. I am a big fan of all these guys so I was all about this one right here. Dusty was in his boy’s corner while Rollins & Reigns had Dean Ambrose of course. In my opinion this was the best match of the night. From the in ring action to the fan response. The Rhodes family was fighting to keep their jobs so this was an emotional match that the fans really got behind. All six guys were excellent here with Dean and Dusty getting in on the action. This was a fast paced encounter that would see the crowd explode when Cody got the pin over Rollins.
6.BRAY WYATT VS KOFI KINGSTON-this was a match that was added on Smackdown and I was all about that. I really am enjoying the Wyatt Family and Bray in particular. This is a good match with Kofi utilizing his quickness. But when Bray gets a hold of him he uses his size to his advantage. After a good but short match Bray picks up the win, also I love his entrance every time.
7.CM PUNK VS RYBACK-this match came about after Ryback saved Heyman at “Night of Champions. This was a physical one from the start with Punk being relentless with his attacks. Of course Ryback is a powerhouse and it showed here. Then of course when you have Heyman on the outside you know he is getting involved somehow. This one of the best matches these two have had together regardless of how the crowd reacts to Ryback. Punk gets the win after delivering a low blow, Ryback tasting his own medicine maybe.
8.[WWE TITLE]DANIEL BRYAN VS RANDY ORTON-this was a good match much like their last one at “Night of Champions”. I say this a lot but the action was back and forth which makes for a good pace. Both guys deliver here as there are several memorable moments but know as much as that ending. The Big Show makes his way down and just KO’s everybody here.
1.GOLDUST, CODY RHODES & DANIEL BRYAN VS THE SHIELD-this was a good match from RAW that overall was fun. I love all these guys and they all delivered. The match ended at one as a DQ win for the Rhodes boys and Bryan but Triple H restarted it. The match last only minutes afterwards with The Shield getting the win. Afterwards the brawl would start which would lead to Big Show coming out and knocking Hunter out.
You get an interview with RVD after his title match as well as interviews with Randy and Daniel. Then you get an interview with Big Show the next night on RAW. This was a good event with some good matches, particularly the tag match with The Shield and the Rhodes family.
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