Tremendous Tirades 10.06.13: WWE Battleground
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.06.2013
Your winner and STILL WWE Champion, Abeyance!
As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
During the pre-show, Tensai auditioned for the role of Hagrid for when they predictably re-boot Harry Potter…
Colter, Cesaro and Swagger were backstage and ran down the illegal Hispanic & Canadian population of Buffalo.
Great Khali and Santino Marella w/Hornswoggle vs. Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro w/Colter: This match is only on the show because WWE was so poor in their planning of the event, even with the late addition of two matches, that they felt as if it was needed to fill out the card. Seriously, that is the reason. There is no feud here, just the dead Real Americans gimmick along with Santino and Khali, who apparently has to be on TV as much as humanly possible. Jim Ross on Twitter said that, "Cold matches w/ no strong story supporting them can be challenging to broadcast." I think he meant matches with no story that people do not generally care about shouldn't be on PPV. That's what I got from it anyway. The match was your average TV filler that felt as if it lasted way longer than it actually did. The only thing of note was that when Cesaro got Khali down, the crowd popped because they wanted to see the giant swing.
They got it and they were happy about it. Cesaro and Swagger won at about 7-minutes via pin. Match Rating: *½
Triple H and Stephanie apparently left and put Maddox in charge.
Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston: I was not feeling this match at all going in, with the last minute and uninspired set up. With that being said, and the fact that they were in the "cool down match" slot, they had an uphill battle to be sure. The match was largely fine, but the crowd didn't care until Kofi hit the dive onto the entire Wyatt family. Slick finish to a match that like a few others, was technically fine, but lacking in the crowd being emotionally invested in any way. Add into the fact that they didn't mesh that well for most of the match and the fact that people tend not to care about Bray when he wrestles, and this was disappointing. Bray won at about 8-minutes via pin. Match Rating: *¾
CM Punk vs. Ryback w/Paul Heyman: This was a match I was very down the middle on in terms of looking forward to it. I love the Punk vs. Heyman angle, and their mic work, but when it goes to the ring and guys like Axel and Ryback, it loses steam for me. I have seen Punk vs. Ryback, and it was not horrible, but not great. But this match has a different dynamic, and also Punk is very good on PPV, so I was more than willing to give it a chance. Paul Heyman, as usual, was entertaining at ringside. I thought that Punk actually worked well with Ryback, but as the match went longer, Ryback just feels so limited as compared to other main event guys. He isn't bad, but has been given chances to shine, and I still feel he hasn't delivered. The finish saw Heyman distract the ref when Heyman brought out a kendo stick, which allowed the distraction and Punk using the old Flair mule kick low blow on Ryback to score the win at about 15–minutes in what was a case of Punk outsmarting Heyman. Match Rating: **½
Video history of the whole Bryan, Orton, Triple H, WWE Title situation. The PPV then CUT OUT during the video package.
There was a power outage at the arena, and after about three-minutes, we got the show back. My sources in Buffalo have caught the culprit…
For The Vacant WWE Title: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: And here we go with the rematch of the only match on the Night of Champions PPV that was worth anything. I expect these guys to have at worst, a good match. Booking will of course play a big part in things, will they go simple and clean, or will we see shenanigans? This had a slower pacing than the match last month, but I liked that as they worked to make everything that they did mean something. One thing that is clear in regards to how Bryan has been booked as an in ring competitor, is that the crowd buys into the smallest things, like the small package and backslide. Part of that is how good his work is and part of that is how badly they want him to succeed. Great build of action as it picked up and Bryan hit that next gear and the crowd was going wild a she took over the match. The early pacing paid off well, they kept people interested and then were able to whip them into a frenzy. Bryan looked to have things in the bag with the YES lock, but Big Show appeared and pulled the referee to the floor and made his sad face. He then KO'd Bryan, and Brad Maddox sent out referee Scott Armstrong. But before he could count the pin, Show KO'd him. This led to Show KOing Orton, much to the crowd's delight. His music played… and that was it. We have no winner, and no WWE Champion. This feud MUST continue at Hell in a Cell.
The work was good and they were working for an EXCELLENT match, unfortunately the overbooked non-finish severely hurts the rating and simply left a bad last impression.
Match Rating: ***¼
Overall this ended up being another bad show for the company, in my opinion. The first four matches were under whelming, but in a way did help the setup for the Rhodes Family victory, which was a great piece of business overall and the real highlight of the show. Unfortunately this show felt like Night of Champions, a show they had to put on, used as yet another $45 bridge to get to HIAC. And trust me, I get that this is going towards HIAC and a definitive win for one man, but I fear that we're looking at diminishing returns. How many people have they upset and or disappointed since Summerslam? Ok, that was MITB, but then Bryan wins and gets the title taken from him at NOC, and people actually went after refunds. So then you do this finish, and according to live reports, the crowd was chanting bullshit as the PPV ended. I get that the company has a plan, but I am not convinced that this is what is, "best for business."
If the goal is to upset and or alienate their paying customers, then they are doing a hell of a job. It is amazing that the same company that booked the great Rhodes Family angle booked the finish to this PPV.
Show Rating: 3.9
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 - 0.9: Torture 1 - 1.9: Extremely Horrendous 2 - 2.9: Very Bad 3 - 3.9: Bad 4 - 4.9: Poor 5 - 5.9: Not So Good 6 - 6.9: Average 7 - 7.9: Good 8 - 8.9:Very Good 9 - 9.9: Amazing 10: Virtually Perfect
As a reminder, this is not a basic "how good was the show" number like a TV show, as I have always felt that a PPV is very different from a regular show. I have always judged PPV on how they built to a match, the match quality, crowd reactions to matches and angles, the overall booking, how the PPV leads into the future, PPV price and so on and so forth. I have added this in here for an explanation since so many have asked, and I have previously discussed it on podcasts. I understand that this may seem different, but that is how I grade. Obviously your criteria may be different.
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