Professional wrestling is all about the fans, right?
It's gotta be. Why else would the WWE keep force-feeding John Cena to the WWE Universe? The fans, most anyway, love that guy!
The WWE has been cursed with the daunting task of trying to make as much of its crowd as happy as possible with its product. While it can't always win over the entire crowd, in cases like Cena for example, the WWE usually does a pretty good job of winning over a majority.
So, as WWE prepares for its inaugural Battleground pay-per-view, it'll be looking to make this first installment one that fans will remember for years. The best way to do that? Put on one heck of a show. Best way to put on one heck of a show? Give the fans some great matches.
Here are matches that would make WWE's first-ever Battleground pay-per-view good for business.
The WWE finally gave babyfaces on the roster a happy moment on the Sept. 16 edition of Monday Night Raw. As Randy Orton was preparing to break Daniel Bryan's head off with his chair guillotine...thingy, good guys started pouring out of the locker room like crazy.
Among the fray were the Primetime Players, The Usos, Zack Ryder, R-Truth, Kofi, Dolph Ziggler, RVD and Justin Gabriel.
The WWE finally gave Daniel Bryan a little help on the face side of things, which makes it seem like it is ready to start splitting the roster and preparing for a likely showdown at Survivor Series.
The best way for the WWE to start evening the odds would be giving some of the new rebels a chance to show off a little bit at Battleground. The Primetime Players and the Usos could very easily work into a tag team match, Ziggler and Kofi have been in contention for the midcard titles and RVD has been chasing Alberto Del Rio and the World Heavyweight Championship, which all set up pretty well for matches at Battleground.
Finding a way to get Gabriel, R-Truth and Ryder into the mix somewhere would give the babyfaces a little more legitimacy and would give the crowd some must-see moments because, let's face it, who doesn't want to see a ragtag group of rebels mess with the boss?
The Fatal 4-Way at Night of Champions for the Divas title wasn't the best Fatal 4-Way by any means, but it wasn't the worst...probably. It did make one thing pretty apparent, though: AJ and Natalya can go in the squared circle.
AJ and Natalya were the focus of the match, as Natalya rocked out an awesome double Sharpshooter, and AJ stole the match with her impressive Black Widow submission maneuver.
Natalya has always been one of the most gifted Divas in the ring who hasn't really had a chance to shine in a very long time. Making Battleground a must-see event means making it entertaining throughout. A great way to do that would be surprising fans with an exciting, technically sound Divas match, which these two could definitely put on if they had the chance.
RVD vs. ADR has been surprisingly solid for a feud that involved Ricardo Rodriguez jumping ship to the service of Mr. Monday Night. While it hasn't exactly been the best story, the matches, especially the encounter at Night of Champions, have been exceptional, and RVD has had a chance to shine as a good guy.
The World Heavyweight Championship hasn't been the most must-see part of WWE programming as of late, and putting on a long, solid feud could be just what the doctor ordered.
Giving RVD another shot at the Mexican aristocrat's title would not only be good for business, but it would have the potential to steal the show at WWE Battleground.
Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler are two of the best workers in the WWE. They both sell extremely well (some would even say a little too well), and both are extremely charismatic in the ring and on the mic. Putting these two head-to-head for the United States Championship is pure gold right?
Right. Well, mostly right.
The Ziggler-Ambrose match at Night of Champions was OK, but it certainly wasn't the level that a lot of fans expected out of the leader of The Shield and the resident Show Off. Given another chance, I truly think that this match could steal the show, especially if that show is Battleground.
Ambrose and Ziggler have everything required to put on an amazing match, and if they were given enough time on the card, they could put on a must-see, can't-miss affair that fans everywhere would be talking about.
It's safe to say that Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton put on a great match at Night of Champions. As a member of the live audience, I can assure you that the place was going absolutely bonkers from Bryan's entrance all the way until the controversial conclusion.
Bryan vs. Orton II would make Battleground a must-see pay-per-view for a few reasons. Reason one: They put on crazy good matches. Reason two: They're the main figures on each side of the biggest feud in the WWE. Reason three: We need a new champion. Having a match with no champion's advantage makes it a lot harder for Triple H and his cronies to help Orton snag the title.
Giving Orton vs. Bryan another go would be a great move by the WWE and would make a great main event for the first ever Battleground pay-per-view.
The Rhodes family's history in the WWE can best be described as midcard. Cody and Goldust both had their moments in the spotlight, but they certainly were never "face of the business" type guys. Dusty was a stud when he came to the WWE, but, as we've heard a handful of times in the last few weeks, "the WWE put him in polka dots," which took away from his credibility a little bit.
Now, all of a sudden, Dusty, Cody and Goldy have found themselves thrust into the "New Regime" storyline, which might look a little "meh" on paper, but once you think about it, it could be pretty awesome.
Cody Rhodes is one of the brightest young Superstars in the business, Goldust was one of the most entertaining characters on Monday Night Raw and Dusty is one of the most charismatic characters in professional wrestling, which is pretty evident from his time as NXT GM.
According to reports from PWMania.com, Battleground may be the meeting place for The Shield and the Rhodes family. While it would be surprising to see the American Dream back in the ring, it wouldn't be too crazy to see Cody and Goldust vs. The Shield with a stipulation in place regarding the job status of one of or both of the Rhodes brothers.
This match would make Battleground a must-see pay-per-view because it has all of the passion and emotion that makes professional wrestling storylines great. It's got more than just wrestling and could steal the show at the Battleground pay-per-view with a lot to prove.
The Ryback swerve at Night of Champions was a bit of a surprise to the WWE Universe. While I think it's safe to say that we all knew something weird would happen, there wasn't much out in the interwebs pointing to a Ryback run-in.
As shocking as it was and as awkward as the promo was with Ryback and Heyman on Raw, this was exactly what the CM Punk-Paul Heyman feud needed: a legit competitor. Punk against Axel just wasn't really believable, especially after he had an epic encounter with Brock Lesnar at the pay-per-view prior to Night of Champions.
CM Punk finally getting back into a feud with a moderately legitimate contender is exactly what the Punk-Heyman feud needed to keep rolling. With Punk and Paul E. handling the promos, Ryback doesn't have to worry about sounding like an idiot on the mic; all he has to do is hit CM Punk a bunch of times with his muscles. Punk and Ryback have put on solid matches before (mostly thanks to Punk), and throwing Heyman into the mix can really make this feud and this match work.
Adding a hard-hitting match like this to the card at WWE's first Battleground pay-per-view will make it impossible to miss.