|WWE Battleground 2014 Results|
Who will win? When the time comes, check out the live coverage of the 2014 Battleground pay-per-view with results and review here.
You can check out my predictions here with the spoilers of all these matches and more.
Our panel for tonight's festivities are Renee Young, Booker T, Christian and Alex Riley.
Kickoff Pre-Show Match: Fandango vs. Adam Rose
Somehow, we're supposed to be getting both this and the Naomi vs. Cameron match on the pre-show in the span of about 20 minutes. Let's see if that actually happens and they don't have a 60 second match for each one. The Exotic Express (with new members Layla and Summer Rae) are more of a focal point than the match at the start. As expected, this match is over in roughly under 2 minutes with only a handful of moves from Adam Rose.
WINNER: Adam Rose via pinfall
Pretty much a waste of time unless you're a big fan of Adam Rose's theme song and the Exotic Express doing jazz hands.
Cameron vs. Naomi
Cameron has new theme music (as expected) and for some reason is dressed like a schoolgirl, sort of, with maybe one of Hornswoggle's ties on since it only goes down to her bra. Naomi is still using "Somebody Call My Momma" and is sort of dressed like a dominatrix zebra. After a series of hair pulling and such, with not much actual action, Cameron wins with a roll-up.
WINNER: Cameron via pinfall.
About as good as you could expect.
WWE Tag Team Championship [2-out-of-3 Falls Match]: The Usos (c) vs. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
I'm torn here. I want The Usos to retain just because I like them much better and think that they are doing well with the titles, but I want the Wyatts to win from our Fantasy League that we're doing, as I have Rowan on my team. The Wyatt Family win the first fall with Luke Harper's big boot. The Usos even things up with a roll-up pinfall. After a few power bombs from Harper, The Usos are still sticking in there. Erick Rowan kicks out of a splash. Rowan gives BOTH Usos a superplex. They kick out, but I have no idea who is the legal man at this point (as if it wasn't hard enough to tell Jimmy and Jey apart). Harper gets superkicked, lands a clothesline, and then his pin is broken up. Jimmy superkicks Harper. BOTH Usos superkick Harper and then Rowan. Both Usos are on the top rope and give Harper a double splash for the win!
WINNERS: The Usos via pinfall
I was having some issues where I missed some parts of this match, but what I did see was good from the midway point onward. It took a little while to get started at the beginning, which was tough to get through, but the false finishes for the third fall were very entertaining.
After some extensive recaps of the Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins feud, Tom Phillips interviews Rollins. He touts his future victory and is then jumped by Ambrose. Triple H kicks Ambrose out of the building.
Divas Championship: AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige
Paige is cheering AJ on during the match, keeping up this whole "supporting each other" thing. There's an odd botch of a sunset flip power bomb on the turnbuckle. Paige overall is dominating this match, so AJ will most likely retain. Paige spins AJ around, but AJ turns it into the Black Widow. Paige hits the Paige Turner, but AJ kicks out. AJ eventually hits the Shining Wizard for the win.
WINNER: AJ Lee via pinfall
I missed the majority of this match as well, so unfortunately, I can't comment on the quality of it.
*NOTE: I seem to be having not only normal computer issues, but cable issues as well. I apologize for the spotty coverage tonight*
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
Lana cuts a typical promo. Colter and Swagger come out. As Colter begins to talk, Lana slaps him and Rusev and Swagger go right at it. Rusev continues to escape Swagger's attempts at the Patriot Lock. Some pretty good back-and-forth action between the two, with Rusev not just dominating. Rusev is finally put in the Patriot Lock. He goes for the ropes, but Swagger pulls him back into the middle of the ring. Rusev reaches the ropes eventually with one big lunge. Swagger puts Rusev back into the Patriot Lock on the outside of the ring. Rusev is able to force Swagger to hit the ring post and because of that, Swagger is counted out.
WINNER: Rusev via count out
I'm disappointed that Swagger didn't just win, but at least Swagger was made to look good in this match.
After the match, Rusev puts Swagger in the Accolade and several referees come out to pry him off.
A backstage promo with Stardust and Goldust. Looks like they're promoting some more tea. *eye roll*.
Seth Rollins comes to the ring. He is awarded the victory as a result of a forfeit due to Ambrose being kicked out of the arena. Ambrose returns and attacks Rollins. Security comes to take Ambrose away.
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt plays up his power versus Jericho's speed. The crowd seems to be split between cheering for either man. "Let's go Wyatt / Y2J!" Harper is caught trying to interfere in the match, so the referee (Mike Chioda) throws them both out of the ringside area. There's an obvious botch/redo with Wyatt not being able to spin Jericho around and slam him on his face. That unfortunately happened when the pace started to pick up and brought it to a halt. Jericho gets back in the game to even things up. Wyatt does his backwards crawl. Lawler makes it a bigger deal than it is - "what in the world would possess someone to be able to contort their body that way???" - as if we haven't seen it already a bunch of times, or that Wyatt was twisting himself like a pretzel. Jericho attempts to put Bray in the Walls of Jericho, but after a slugfest, Wyatt escapes. Soon after, Y2J hits him with a Codebreaker for the win.
WINNER: Chris Jericho via pinfall
This was perfectly adequate. It's not something that I'm super impressed with, but it was good. Because it wasn't fantastic, that means that I'm not going to be excited to see a rematch at SummerSlam unless WWE adds something extra to it to entice me. A regular singles match is not going to do it, nor would a generic no disqualification match. This was good, but not great.
Seth Rollins is accompanied by two security guards to leave the arena. He tells them to leave and then looks around for Ambrose to jump out from behind any corner. Ambrose eventually pops out from the trunk of a car and tries to hit Rollins with a tire iron. Rollins attempts to crawl the building or something (not sure what he was trying to accomplish there). Rollins gets into his car and drives away.
Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal
So far, unless my ears are deceiving me, Dolph Ziggler received the biggest pop out of the participants in this match. Bad News Barrett comes out before the match starts to deliver some bad news: whomever wins is going to end up losing the title back to him. Everyone immediately targets Khali, who pushes everyone off him. Xavier Woods is thrown out first. Then Zack Ryder, both by Khali. After a Brogue Kick, a few people dump Khali out. Sin Cara is pushed out by Bo Dallas. R-Truth is eliminated. Curtis Axel is eliminated. Diego of all people eliminates Damien Sandow (who, by the way, was dressed up like an old Floridian with sun screen on his nose and such). Diego is tossed out. Sheamus eliminates Ryback with a Brogue Kick. Titus O'Neil is eliminated by Bo Dallas, who celebrates until Cesaro blasts him. Kofi hangs onto Cesaro in sunset flip fashion in order to keep himself from being eliminated. Cesaro holds onto Kofi's hair to do the same. Del Rio is eliminated by Ziggler. Cesaro eliminates Big E. Kofi jumps backward and Big E catches him! They pull Cesaro onto the apron. Cesaro picks Kofi up and places him back into the ring. Cesaro is able to pick Kingston up in a vertical suplex and toss Kingston out. Right after that, Heath Slater tosses Cesaro out to a huge pop! Sheamus eliminates Slater and Bo Dallas almost eliminates Sheamus (and the fans love that). Sheamus sets Dallas up for the 10 Beats and Ziggler follows it up with a dropkick to eliminate the inspiration Boliever. We're down to The Miz (on the outside), Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler. Sheamus slingshots Ziggler, but he hangs onto the ropes. Dolph clotheslines Sheamus, but he hangs on. Ziggler goes for a superkick and Sheamus picks him up on his shoulders. Sheamus goes for his shoulder block and Ziggler superkicks him to eliminate him. The Miz comes in and immediately flips Ziggler over for the win!
WINNER (and new Intercontinental champion): The Miz
Yes!!! Not only did several of my favorites look good here such as Dolph and Kofi, but The Miz was the person I was rooting for the most. Very good match with a very good outcome!
WWE World Heavyweight Championship [Fatal 4-Way Match]: John Cena (c) vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
Kane and Orton work together against Cena and Reigns. This will break down eventually, of course. The fans start chanting for Daniel Bryan. And now we've hit the point in the match where Orton and Kane fight each other. There's a nice spot with Reigns helping Orton break out of the STF to ensure that Cena didn't retain the title. Reigns spears Cena, but Kane breaks up the pin. There are a few other false-finishes as well. Reigns spears Kane. Orton gives Reigns an RKO. Cena gives Orton an Attitude Adjustment on top of Kane and pins him to retain.
WINNER: John Cena via pinfall
This was already facing problems when the ending of the match was spoiled ahead of time, but it was still fun to watch. I enjoyed it overall.
1. Intercontinental Championship battle royal
2. The Usos retain
3. Jack Swagger looks strong against Rusev
1. No Ambrose vs Rollins match
2. Cameron vs Naomi
3. Adam Rose vs Fandango
Reasoning: There were a few hiccups along the way, but overall, I liked this event. It wasn't perfect and there were a few things that I definitely would have booked differently, but if anything was worth watching it, it was the battle royal.
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