Posted by James Tee
Less than 24 hours have passed since WWE held Battleground, from Buffalo, New York, at the city’s First Niagara Arena. Once again, WWE PPV buyers were left scratching their heads at another non finish in a main event, with the WWE Championship still vacant.
However, not all was bad, so here are my highs and lows from WWE Battleground.
THE WWE TITLE MATCH ENDING
Where else to start but yet another disappointing end to a WWE PPV. With the WWE title seemingly vacant until Hell In A Cell, in one way it keeps things interesting, and may well deepen the interaction between Randy Orton and Triple H. However, there must have been other ways for the company to keep the relevance going without having yet another unclosed ending.
I understand from people’s comments across the internet that fans in the USA had to pay $55 to view the PPV, which considering there is another one in three weeks, seems to be a bit of a joke. And after all of the complaints the WWE received when John Cena and Ryback’s Last Man Standing match just ended, the same thing has happened months later.
The Big Show came out, and knocked everything out in sight, and then the PPV ended. Three hours building up to what was, a highly anticipated WWE Championship match, ended and that was it. It is starting to insult the intelligence and the wallets of WWE Fans across the globe.
WE NEED FACES FOR ANY SITUATION
I have no problem with the Rhodes vs The Shield match, and have no problem with people like Mike Rotunda, Dave Finlay, Arn Anderson and Dean Malenko. But the need at the moment for people like Justin Gabriel, Zack Ryder and The Uso’s coming out every time there is a celebration, or when we need a face.
I have no problem with the fact that they are on the show, and they get their PPV bonuses, but it is starting to lose it’s relevance. I can just see Daniel Bryan winning at Hell In A Cell, and he is celebrating with Curt Hawkins, Mason Ryan and Sin Cara.
DID THE WWE BUY A SLO-MO CAM BY ANY CHANCE?
Did the WWE invest in a new slow motion camera? At a point, I got excited to see a regular replay. Does this mean that the whole of Raw will be in slow motion?
And Now For The Good Bits
Need I say anymore? Antonio Cesaro needs to be an upper mid carder at worst.
THE RHODES BROTHERS VS THE SHIELD
The undoubted match of the night, Cody, Dustin, Seth and Roman put on a tag team masterclass, and it is one of the best PPV matches of 2013. On top of that, the reaction Cody got when he had Seth Rollins ready for Crossroads was absolutely superb, and was fitting for a guy who has paid his dues with the company.
His real life brother Goldust was also at the top of his game. He was brilliant during his last WWE run, where he was a reliable worker who could put people over. Last night, it was his turn to let his brother be the star of the show, and he did that.
And despite the win, I don’t feel that The Shield came across as weak. They were defeated by an inspired performance, and it is onwards and upwards for all involved.
BRAY WYATT CAN’T DELIVER A BAD PROMO
I think that Bray Wyatt’s promo work is some of the best ever seen in a WWE ring, and his ring mannerisms are creepy, exactly how they should be. With Luke Harper and Erick Rowan alongside him, WWE need to make sure that they don’t kill the momentum of these three men.
So there are my highs and lows of Battleground, and overall, I’d give the show a D+. I’m glad I didn’t have to pay a PPV fee here in the UK, and it just makes me sceptical as to what could happen at Hell In A Cell at the end of the month.
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