Hello Wrestling World:
The Machine is back with another pay per view review! Since WWE’s BattleGround event happened this past Sunday, I guess I will write about that one. Side Anecdote before I get to that however. This past weekend, Kevin Steen wrestled his last match for Ring Of Honor. I have not had a chance to go back and watch the match yet, but I hope it was a great moment for Mr. Wrestling. While I hope he comes to WWE as the rumors indicate, I have loved watching him in ROH and no matter what role he was, Kevin Steen always entertained me and over the last few years truly became Mr. Ring Of Honor. Thank you Mr Steen. Now onto the BattleGround review.
1. The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family: 2 out of 3 falls match for the WWE tag team championship: The last fall got me on several of the near falls. Myself, along with the room full of people I was watching with, were extremely into this match. Like last month, all four men laid it all out there in the ring much to the machine’s enjoyment. The first two falls coming so quickly was some what of a psychology killer. However this could have been solved if the announcers would have just said “the teams are going all out early due to the near falls” or “maybe he could have kicked out but he wanted to conserve energy”. I also thought it damaged the aura of monster hood for the Wyatts having them take the loss two pay per views in a row.
2. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose: This was the match I was looking forward to the most, so I was a little upset when I found out we were not getting the match. However I understand that they want to save it for Summerslam to really build anticipation for the match as a big deal. I also thought the brawling between the two was realistic and well done. This feud is easily one of the best things in WWE at the moment.
3. AJ Lee vs. Paige WWE Divas title: Overall I thought this was a pretty good match with very strong psychology. Ever since Paige’s debut in NXT the comparisons between the two have been made and so a long term feud is enticing and can hopefully put the women’s division on its shoulders.
4. Rusev vs. Jack Swagger: There was some decent action in the match. But I personally cannot get past the blatent xenophobia and exploitation of the suffering of individuals in other countries to try to get heat. It is and has always been cheap and in poor taste.
5. Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt: I thought this match was very strong. Some great sequences and good storytelling. The dynamic between the two is very compelling and this has the chance to be one of the best feuds of 2014. That being said, I am not sure if Wyatt losing was the right call. Maybe a non finish was the way to go.
6. Battle Royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship: Kofi Kingston and Cesaro, that is all.
7. John Cena vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns: Fatal Four Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Solid main event which was essentually what one would expect. However that is not always a bad thing. Good main event storytelling in which all four men looked strong and vulnerable at one time or another before Cena walked away with the strap. They continued to shine Roman Reigns with the multi person match format. I expected to hear the theme music of Brock Lesnar, however, it was not to be. Because of this the ending of the Pay Per View fell flat due to the expectation of Lesnar as apposed to yet another image of John Cena Standing tall to end the show.
Overall, I thought Battleground was a solid Pay Per View with some good and at times great in ring action and storytelling. Hopefully this is a strong beginning to the road to Summerslam.