This isn't just Worst PPV of 2013, but it might wind up being the worst PPV we've had in years.
Let's start with the main event. We still don't have a WWE Champion. Big Show came out and knocked out the ref before knocking out Bryan. Brad Maddox came out (since Triple H wasn't in attendance, because why would you attend a show that determines your company's champion? That would just be wacky!) and brought back Scott Armstrong. Show then proceeded to knock out Armstrong. Then he knocked out Orton. Hey, knockouts for everybody, especially the paying customer! Why yes, that was the ending, why do you ask?
I'll leave it to you guys to dissect why this was the dumbest finish they could have come up with. I have no energy for it.
Also, the power went out in the arena, knocking out PPV feeds worldwide. Only fitting, given how much of a "Beware of Dog" vibe this show had.
CM Punk/Ryback was truly awful. Ryback's in-ring heel offense is boring as hell without someone to bump for him and the injury-riddled Punk wasn't going to be that guy. Punk was about to finish, but Heyman grabbed the mic and goaded Punk by calling himself the Best in the World. Punk got distracted, but still managed to finish with the Greco-Roman Kick in the Nuts for the pin. No revenge on Heyman, meaning This Feud MUST Continue!
The rest of the card was no better. Wyatt/Kofi was boring. Axel/Truth was REALLY boring! Del Rio/Van Dam tried, but that wasn't too thrilling, either, with Del Rio retaining clean. And thus ends Rob Van Dam's latest WWE run, ever so unceremoniously. No Sandow cash-in, as he lost to Dolph Ziggler earlier and had a worked injury. Hey, at least they had an explanation this time. AJ/Brie wasn't actively terrible (though it was getting there) and I love that AJ didn't lose the title here.
Let's get to the few highlights.
ANTONIO CESARO! GIANT SWING! ON THE GREAT KHALI! AND IT FINISHED!!! The rest of the match was like watching paint dry, but that finish! WOW, that finish!
And of course, the easy Match of the Night, with the Rhodes boys working their asses off against The Shield! Just so much emotion from both sides and the most engaged the crowd was all night. Dusty disposed of Dean Ambrose and got FUNKEH LIKE A MONKEH, while Cody polished off Rollins for the pin and one of the loudest pops of the year. What a tremendous match and one of the lone highlights of an otherwise dreadful PPV.
That's all I've got. Have at it.
(edited by It's False on 6.10.13 2039)
"Playing guitars. It's hard to sing while playing...guitars."
Boo. The three PPVs in six weeks thing has really short-circuited their momentum. It's been nearly TNAesque in its "oh nooo we gotta do a PPV!" Booking mediocre undercards that look boring on paper and then are boring hasn't helped either.
I would call it "Beware of Bull."
RVD/Del Rio was indeed like an old ECW match as promised, in that it was two guys walking around doing moves with objects.
Rhodes/Shield was great. What a pop for the CrossRhodes. Everything about this worked. Only thing missing was the Rhodes triumphantly putting bags over the Shield's heads.
Giant Singh Giant Swing was an awesome moment in a match that had no business being on PPV.
With a show title like Battleground, this easily could have had a big team main event to keep the singles feuds fresh (Orton/Shield vs. Bryan/Rhodes/fill in the blank face, or keep them one short because it's what's best for business), but instead we get a glorified Raw. Maybe that's what so annoying about this show, outside of Cody's big moment buried mid-show, it was built to be boring and delivered. Make it a team main event and give Cody the moment to close the show and "creative" should be able to find a way to manage the Big Show KO of Bryan and Orton in the middle of all that.
Must have been really hard to just let Randy Orton have a straight up WWE Title reign beginning at SummerSlam and lasting until now.
With the last two PPVs, they could have had Bryan either lose a screwy finish or win by DQ and people would have been happy, and they could have made Battleground either a tag main event (as posted earlier) or war games type PPV, OR accelerated the Big Show angle and had it be Orton/Show for the title (because that's really not the sort of angle that needs to be drawn out).
As it is, it's looking like Orton/Bryan III (IV, if you count SummerSlam's MITB cash-in) at Hell in a Cell. I have to believe that they had other PPV challengers to Orton to where they didn't need to draw this out.
But, still, go Rhodes! Cody, and now Goldust, really should be elevated by this.
I think they're discombobulated by the fact that Bryan is clearly the hottest act they have right now and they're desperately trying to stretch out to his eventual proper title win without doing too much damage to him in terms of screwjob losses. In retrospect it's a pretty simple A-B-C booking plan - Bryan has the match won but Orton gets DQed at NoC. Last night Orton defends in a six-pack match against "the dissenters" (RVD, Kofi, Dolph, Miz and, I dunno, Mark Henry) here whilst HHH makes Bryan fight Big Show for the number one contendership. Bryan goes over Show, Orton retains, and booya Cell blowoff with Bryan finally getting the belt for good. But it's been so long since they've booked a long-form feud and stuck to the plan that they seem to have no idea how to do it. They're trying to do the right thing - protect Bryan, keep the chase going, keep things logical - but they're making a hash of it.
This show wasn't THAT bad, for what it's worth. Very good main event besides the ending, great tag match, Wyatt being awesomely Wyatt, the SWING, and the hardcore match. It was low on excitement, but to be a truly bad show you need a much lower level of enjoyable stuff going on.
Oh my god, that Shield vs Rhodes match was a lot of fun. Aside from that, this was a fairly filler quality PPV, with nothing really moving forward, but it was still worth watching to see Dusty do the Bionic Elbow.
I mean, I guess if they have to do Bryan/Orton again soon, they can't end it definitively here, but maybe don't have 3 PPVs in 9 weeks then.
Clearly this is all a plot for COOHHH to get the word abeyance over and make it a permanent part of the WWE lexicon.
It would have been nice if Ryback had demolished Punk and got the win to boot just to shut the fans up. Chants of Goldberg only convinces me more that Punk and the fans are bullies. Good job, Mr. Heyman.
Good for the Rhodes family and good for the WWE realizing AJ is their star for the wrestling show. Brie and Bella can be stars on the E! network where "stars" like the Kardishans reign supreme. The rest of it is typical WWE placeholder fever. It seems when fall comes around this company loses its mind on either gimmick shows or trying to make us care about big storylines that have giant logic holes in them. Or it could be the fact that Monday Night football is kicking their ass and Vince hits the panic button when he should realize this is going to happen every fall.
I love Heyman and I love Punk. I could give a shit about Ryback and I will give an even shit less if they try to shoehorn him into the WM 30 Taker match. Its time to move on from this feud. Which can be said about almost all the matches on this card. We still have Hell in a Cell to go where we will get Orton/Bryan for probably the third time or they will shove Big Show into that match, so he can eat the fall or more shenanigans ensue.
If you really want me interested in this thing cancel Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series. Do WarGames. If anyone storyline outside of Nexus called for one its this one. Have HHH in it as well and then the special surprise for Team Bryan is Taker.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Not the best PPV but I didn't think it was terrible by any means. We got the sportz entertainment finish to the main even that we all knew we'd get, so no surprises there. The match was good up to that point and the finish, while not exactly satisfying, was logical and progressed the Big Show storyline while setting up the first Hell in a Cell match at a Hell in a Cell PPV that actually justifies the use of the gimmick.
I didn't mind Punk/Ryback. It was far from great but it was okay. I don't think anybody realistically expected it to be the blowoff to the Punk/Heyman feud so Punk not getting his hands on Heyman shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone.
The Rhodes/Shield match was brilliant and easily the best thing on the show.
RVD/Del Rio was okay. I was expecting a little more with it likely being Van Dam's last WWE match for a while, but it was a decent opener. Unless Rey comes back in the next week or two, Del Rio's pretty much all out of challengers.
The giant swing on Khali in the Real Americans/Khali & Santino match was a thing of beauty.
Kofi/Wyatt was nothing special outside of Wyatt's upside down spider walk. It was creepy in that deleted Exorcist scene and it was creepy last night.
I was glad AJ won.
Axel/R-Truth was less than stellar. I can't think of many wrestlers who bore me more than Axel.
Battleground could have been renamed Nytol or Seroquel because this PPV made me want to go to sleep instead of pay attention for nearly 3 hours.
2 very lame endings (not including the Cesaro/Khali ending)with the CM Punk and Ryback finish and of course the supposed "main event" with Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton and how there is still no WWE Champion for at least another 3 weeks when Hell in a Cell comes along. As for the Cesaro and Khali finish, well, it was pretty cool to see Cesaro's test of strength by swinging Khali around and if you're going to beat Khali, there really is no sufficient ways to actually get a win over him.
The only good match was obviously The Rhodes Dynasty v. The Shield as it had a lot of emotion in it. Otherwise it would have to take 2 or 3 divas matches on the same PPV to make another PPV worse than the one from last night in the last couple months of the year.
Originally posted by Amos CochranYou guys must have lost your minds back in the fall of '98. Two whole MONTHS without a champion.
I don't know if it's the length of time so much as it is the fact that there's a whole other PPV to get through before Survivor Series.
It made sense back in '98 the way they booked it. Austin got stripped after being simultaneously pinned by two men, then as guest ref, kayfabe put himself over Kane and Undertaker (the Orton and Bryan of that situation) causing them to do a tournament (where Kane and Taker still got preferential treatment) that ultimately allowed McMahon to crown his corporate champion.
Here, the problem is more that they bunched up 3 PPVs within the span of 9 weeks expecting to keep a constant storyline going and this really isn't the type of situation, if you're expecting people to pay good money for the PPVs, that people are going to have a lot of patience for. They've set themselves up for a situation where we have to have three non-finishes that look like they could just ultimately lead us to the same place we were at the end of SummerSlam (Orton, or Bryan, as champ) without setting up anything significantly different.
EDIT: If they actually have a mind-blowing payoff for all of this that makes it worth it, cool, but looking at the roster and the players involved, the endings are basically:
A) Orton regains what he had at the beginning of the story,
B) Bryan wins but considering that it's not WrestleMania time winds up being a transitional champion,
and C) HHH manipulates Orton/Bryan/Show to get the belt on himself (which I think is the best ending since that's at least something different).
I guess there's also D) Show becomes WWE Champion... I guess.
This makes two straight PPVs with screwy main events, and in an age where anyone can pirate a PPV with the click of a mouse, they absolutely CAN'T have people thinking "I wish I hadn't paid for that" or "I'm glad I didn't pay for that." It's never been easier to watch a show without paying for it.
Cesaro is crazy strong and a main-event talent.
Wyatt's spider walk was super creepy until he fell over. He recovered well, at least.
Rhodeses vs. Shield was great. Bionic elbow! Arn! Finlay! Malenko! Renee Young gets a hug from her best buddy!
But yeah, mostly this show was nothing special with a real bad ending.
Originally posted by KJames199This makes two straight PPVs with screwy main events, and in an age where anyone can pirate a PPV with the click of a mouse, they absolutely CAN'T have people thinking "I wish I hadn't paid for that" or "I'm glad I didn't pay for that." It's never been easier to watch a show without paying for it.
This. Its no wonder they were giving out refunds last month. I would expect the same result again with fans and maybe someone in the WWE to give them at least a finish for Hell in a Cell. This 9 week, three PPV schedule murders their product ever year in some way and it takes a lot of heavy lifting at Survivor Series to save it most of the time.
Like Skolazioid said, it made sense when Austin lost it due to how the match finished with Taker and Kane. Next night we get leaping Zamboni Austin along with Taker and Kane breaking Vince's leg that lead to more fun with Austin and Mr. Socko. It all leads to Austin being the ref gets fired. Shane enters the fray to save him to only screw him which made no sense, but no one cared or remembered, because they had the sheer balls to do Montreal one year later and cemented both Rock and Mankind as face and heel going into Mania.
Nothing like that is going on WWE right now minus the Rhodes family which for all intensive purposes could be over tonight unless they want to string it out til Survivor Series for the titles. And yes, this storyline is almost exactly like Austin. The only way to salvage this is to either go all in on Bryan or Orton. One of them has to carry this thing for awhile and the other has to go back to the midcard for a bit to gather some steam.
(edited by lotjx on 7.10.13 1137) The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
I'm at work right now (SHHH, don't tell), but I read the spoilers on Torch tonight and it doesn't sound like it was any good. Perhaps I'm most disappointed that they didn't put the Show over UT and take a chance on breaking him out as a big star.