The Between The Ropes staff including Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen and Michael Wiseman review WWE Battleground 2013 including Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton going to a no-finish in the main event for the WWE Championship, CM Punk defeating Ryback, Alberto Del Rio retaining the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam and what that could mean for RVD’s future with the company, the Rhodes family getting a big win against The Shield and more.
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The main event will see Daniel Bryan take on Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship. This whole storyline of the title being held up just seems like a poor excuse for these two to try and meet up for the title again and yet again gave WWE another way to give Bryan the title only to take it away from him again. Knowing that these two men will almost certainly meet up again in three weeks in the cell, this match really does not seem to matter. Bryan and Orton will put on a great match as these two men tend to do, if the writers allow the match to be a clean match between the two men. Being that they are building this up for a third match in the cell, I’m highly skeptical that these two will have a clean one-on-one encounter. That being said, I expect Orton to win in a fashion that will permit the rematch with Bryan in the Cell.
The main match on the undercard sees World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defending his title against Rob Van Dam in a Battleground Hardcore Rules match. This match is really seeming to highlight RVD’s hardcore past and each match he has on the road to this one has shown a particular aspect of that, each time ending with RVD hitting his patented Van Terminator. That being said, I still do not see RVD winning the title in this one. If I had to guess I would say that this may be the match that leads to Ricardo Rodriquez reuniting with Alberto Del Riomby costing RVD the title. The only way I see Van Dam winning is if Damien Sandow cashes in Money in the Bank afterward and I don’t see him cashing that in quite yet.
Remember a year or so ago when Ryback was taking on CM Punk for the WWE Championship inside Hell in a Cell? Remember how well that match went? Well, take away the WWE Championship, the cell and move Paul Heyman into the corner of Ryback and were pretty much gonna get the same thing without the screwy finish involving Brad Maddox. Punk should win this one, but keep the feud going with Paul Heyman and his “guys” for the rest of the year. Either way, this match isn’t gonna be pretty.
Speaking of Paul Heyman guys, Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel will defend his title against R-Truth. Truth looked pretty good against Axel in their previous encounters and this match has the elements to be a surprise hit. Axel has had a tendency of losing in his non-title matches as of recently, but always pulls out the win when the belt is on the line. Whether or not Truth can break that streak is dependent on how much influence Heyman &/or Ryback have on the match and its outcome. In the end, I see Axel retaining in a fashion to allow them to meet up again at Hell in a Cell for the title.
In a match featuring one of the most out of left field story lines I can recall, Cody Rhodes and his brother Goldust will take on WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of the Shield. At stake is the fate of their WWE futures and their father Dusty’s job as a trainer in NXT. This whole, “let’s pick on the Rhodes family” storyline just baffles me.
I don’t really understand why creative went in this direction, nor do I really know where this storyline is going. Due to that, I’m kind of at an impasse for predicting a winner. On the one hand, The Shield have always been managing to find ways to win on the pay-per-view. On the other I don’t see WWE bringing in all of the Rhodes family into a storyline for one mediocre pay-per-view. I can almost see this going to the Rhodes clan by means of DQ leading to a possible six-man with Dusty and Ambrose involved at Hell in a Cell.
The WWE Divas Championship will be defended on the pay-per-view when champion AJ Lee defends against Brie Bella. This could be a solid match for the Divas title as these two women both have what it takes to hold the belt. That being said, even though Brie and her sister have been getting a big push in conjunction with the Total Divas show on E!. AJ walks out of the pay-per-view with the belt, if only for the reason that she is the only true heel Diva in the whole division right now and the other Divas fighting to take her down is better for the division than nothing. The only way that I see Brie taking the title is if the WWE were wanting to parlay her real-life romance with Daniel Bryan into a power couple type of storyline. The problem is, that doesn’t even seem to be close to an idea the creative team has though of.
In a match that will more than likely open the main card of the event, Bray Wyatt takes on Kofi Kingston. This match comes after weeks of Bray Wyatt’s cryptic messages directed at Kingston after his matches. There is no doubt in my mind that Kingston has the ability to make this match an entertaining spectacle when working off of Wyatt’s bizarre and rough offense. In the end though, the Erik Rowan and Luke Harper’s presence at ringside will be the deciding factor in Wyatt winning this match.
The pre-show match for this pay-per-view sees former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler take on World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract holder Damien Sandow. It’s a match with Ziggler in it, meaning it definitely has the potential to be a fantastic match even for the pre-show. The fact that he’s taking on Sandow also has the potential to make this match a bit of a sleeper as WWE has to start building him up as a serious contender to the title if Money in the Bank is going to continue to be anything of importance. For that reason, look for Sandow to kick off the night with a win.
Keeping all of that in mind, if that sounds like a good way to spend your Sunday night, Battleground will be live on pay-per-view tonight starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. For more news and results, keep it posted here at Between the Ropes.
John Cena is making news even while he is on the sidelines. TMZ reported early this morning that Cena is getting sued for just over $15,000 by Dale Ducharme who claims he fell off shotty scaffolding provided by Cena while working on the former WWE champion’s home in 2010.
Ducharme wants the money for his pain, disfigurement and his loss of enjoyment of life. The construction worker claims that the scoffoling was defective or damaged , which caused him to fall off the scoffoling.
Representatives for Cena couldn’t be reached and no comment from Cena at this time.
Cena is out with a torn triceps and is expected to return to the ring in the beginning of 2014.
The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Friday Night Smackdown on Tuesday from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You can watch the show tonight starting at 8 PM ET on SyFy.
Here is what took place on the show.
- Big Show interview segment
- Rob Van Dam vs Fandango
- Ryback vs R-Truth
- Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler
- Los Matadores vs Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
- Paul Heyman interview segment
- Brie Bella vs Aksana
- Kofi Kingston vs Big E Langston
- Brey Wyatt interview segment
- Big Show vs Randy Orton and The Shield
In what was an awkward final segment in last night’s TNA Impact Wrestling, Hulk Hogan quit TNA. In a segment with TNA Owner Dixie Carter, she left Hogan with an ultimatum telling she can join him in Team Dixie or Hogan can suffer the consequences. Hogan decided to quit and Carter begged Hogan to stay and even got on the ground and grabbed his leg, with Hogan dragging her.
A lot of people have been very critical of the angle as it was very awkward and basically made Carter look bad in the process. We now know why the segment was like that. We had reported a few weeks ago that Hogan’s contract was set to expire on Tuesday.
The Wrestling Observer reported the reason the segment came off like that was due to the fact that Hogan had creative control in his contract. The only exit Hogan would do is where he left on his own, without endorsing anyone, putting anyone over or TNA even ridiculing or burying him on the way out.
Hogan has had creative control in his contracts since his days in WCW. That clause played a notable role in the finish with his match with Sting at Starrcade in 1997 and his match with Shawn Michaels in 2005.
TNA and Hogan are discussing a new contract, but at a reduced price. Hogan was making a reported $35,000 per appearance for 30 appearances a year. It is unknown at this time whether the WWE and Hogan have been negotiating. With Hogan being a centerpiece of the WWE 2K 14 video game coming out at the end of the month and WrestleMania 30 in six months, that would be an assumed possibility as well.
Was it fair for Hulk Hogan to not put TNA over last night?
Brian talks with Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report about covering wrestling for the site for the past four months and the experience so far, talking to wrestlers in character, his latest interview with Dusty Rhodes, talking with Paul Heyman and how tricky that can be, realism in wrestling, growing up in the south watching wrestling, the WWE Battleground PPV this Sunday and more.
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Let’s go ahead get this out of the way: the overall show last night was a giant mess. Incoherency reigned supreme. If you tuned in to catch final build for WWE Battleground this coming Sunday, or even just to catch a little bit of wrestling, you undoubtedly left disappointed. So what happened?
CM Punk opened the show with a decent match against Big E Langston. My issue here is that Big E has been off screen for weeks (almost two months?), and having him lose his first match sets a bad tone moving forward. You could make the argument he was at least competitive. What you can’t argue is that nobody else, perhaps somebody NOT returning from an extended absence, would have filled this role just as easily.
Unfortunately, things only got worse for the CM Punk/Paul Heyman storyline. Curtis Axel looked like a complete fool in his loss against R Truth. Then, Paul Heyman came out and “proposed” to Ryback that he be a Paul Heyman guy. That segment was as terrible as you could envision. Heyman and Ryback were both hamming it up, just not quite enough for the audience to feel okay laughing at it, but more than enough for it to feel completely surreal. I’m not really sure why Heyman signed off on this. I also can’t figure out how this is supposed to make fans feel more hatred against Heyman and Ryback. This feud has stumbled to a crawl since Night of Champions, and it needs something to remind us why things were so incredible right before SummerSlam. Last night was just another huge misstep.
There was also something weird going on with the mid-card. Kofi Kingston won a match against Fandango, but when Bray Wyatt came out afterwards, he didn’t attack – he just sat in his rocking chair and said some stuff about Sister Abigail. Huh? In another head scratching moment, WWE gave Santino Marella a victory over Antonio Cesaro… at 10:55pm. With only five minutes left in the show. On the go-home show before a Pay-Per-View. Keep in mind that, at this point, Daniel Bryan (one of the two men in this Sunday’s main-event) had failed to even make an appearance on the show.
And perhaps that’s the biggest issue with last night’s show. WWE has failed to make Battleground an even remotely interesting Pay-Per-View purchase, in spite of the fact that Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are both incredibly hot right now. When the last show before a pay-per-view is dedicated to as much filler as there was last night, including a time-consuming debut to creative’s new favorite “gimmick” tag-team, you have to re-think the storyline build. You should probably rethink the “pay-per-view every three weeks” mentality, too.
And what was up with Big Show? I’ve praised his work over the last few weeks, but he deserves a “vintage Big Show” bad acting award for his delivery last night. Bah.
Ending on a good note, I really liked the interaction between the Rhodes family and the power-couple. It was my favorite ten minutes of the entire show. Cody Rhodes is getting the biggest bump from this story-line, looking like an absolute star being in the ring with Triple H, Dusty, Stephanie, and Goldust. I’m looking forward to seeing him and Goldust face Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns this Sunday – even if the logic behind having your tag-team champions in action against somebody OTHER than the number-one contenders still boggles my mind. I’m really hoping bigger and brighter things are in Cody Rhodes future. Unfortunately, WWE has erased any confidence I once had in the creative direction of the company.
What did you think about last night’s show? Was it as bad as it seemed, or am I just being “internet critical”? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to follow Between the Ropes on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest wrestling conversation.
Here is the current lineup for this Sunday’s WWE Battleground PPV:
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Championship – Hardcore Rules: Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam
Divas Championship: AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella
Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins – if the Rhodes team loses, both will never work for WWE again and their father Dusty Rhodes will be fired from trainer developmental
CM Punk vs. Ryback
Kickoff Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
While not official, two other matches could be added to the main card. They are:
- Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth possible for the Intercontinental Championship
- Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston
Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night, the lead-in to this Sunday’s Battleground PPV, the debut of Los Matadores and El Torito (!), the Daniel Bryan – Randy Orton angle at the end of the show, the Paul Heyman ‘proposal’ to Ryback and more. Plus, they talk about Hulk Hogan with his TNA contract coming to an end, the angle involving him last week and this coming week on Impact and TNA as a company.
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With less than one week until WWE’s newest Pay-Per-View ‘Battleground,’ the flagship show should be on high alert tonight. Expect Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton to kick into high gear as these two sell their match-up this coming Sunday. Also, CM Punk looks to get revenge after his beat-down on last week’s show, and Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio look to promote their No DQ World Heavyweight Championship match. Plus, Dusty Rhodes is being advertised. [Read more...]
It was announced that former WWE champion Daniel Bryan and WWE Diva have gotten engaged. Bryan asked Bella while they were hiking in Big Sur, California.
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) September 27, 2013
The ring Bryan presented Bella with was a vintage, 1.5 carat European diamond that they had designed themselves.
Smackdown opened with Triple H again defending his recent actions to the fans, but took a curve when The Miz came and confronted him. I liked it. I thought Miz made the segment more interesting, and he held his own on the mic against Triple H. It also served as great storyline continuity from show-to-show. Give The Miz more stuff like this, and less MizTV time, and he’ll probably start to shine a little more. [Read more...]
The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Friday Night Smackdown on Tuesday from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can watch the show tonight starting at 8 PM ET on SyFy.
Here are the matches that took place on the show.
- Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth
- The Real Americans vs. The Prime Time Players
- Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler
- WWE Divas Champion A.J. Lee vs. Cameron
- 3MB vs. The Great Khali and Santino Marella
- Randy Orton vs. The Miz
Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch talks about the current power trip storyline in the WWE involving Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, what the WWE would be doing right now if John Cena had not gotten injured, why The Miz is getting picked on, Dolph Ziggler not put in a better position, shades of gray booking, why he believes 2013 is a crucial year for the future of the business, his dislike of insider content in wrestling despite both WWE and TNA involving it in current storylines, Hulk Hogan’s future, Dixie Carter as an owner and Breaking Bad talk!