There are a few WWE Superstars who need to rebound from their losses at the Night of Champions pay-per-view at next month’s Battleground event on October 6.
First of all, CM Punk desperately needs to turn things around. After losing to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and being pinned by Paul Heyman on Sunday—thanks to interference from new Heyman client Ryback—he needs to finally get revenge on his former manager.
After that, it should be time for Punk to move on in a program with The Corporation. He is notably absent from this storyline, and you have to believe Daniel Bryan could really use his help right now.
It was a rough night for some other guys, too.
Dolph Ziggler lost clean—again—when he fell to United States champion Dean Ambrose at the pay-per-view. Granted, he picked up a (non-title) victory over Ambrose on Monday’s Raw, but if Ziggler is ever going to fully retrieve his credibility, he desperately needs to garner a victory—and the belt—at Battleground.
Kofi Kingston also picked up a loss at the show against Curtis Axel, and so it’s back to the lower midcard for him. Hopefully he can rebound next month in New York, but we shouldn’t count on it.
Has Kingston gone as far as he ever will in the company? It’s increasingly looking like this is the case. If he was going to break out as a main event star, he surely would have done so by now.
Aside from retaining his belt, Curtis Axel himself also had a bad night. He was rendered a total afterthought in the handicap match and appears to have been replaced by Ryback.
Indeed, Monday’s Raw made it crystal clear that Ryback was now Heyman’s No. 1 priority.
Pretty soon we may be asking: Axel who?
His career might be in a lot of trouble right now.
And that’s not just solely down to the mediocre booking. Let’s be honest, Axel’s act has more than a few flaws. You know things are bad when you have Heyman talking for you 99 percent of the time and still come off as rather boring.
Night of Champions may not have technically been a great wrestling pay-per-view—at times the show just felt like an overpriced edition of Raw—but it was a newsworthy one. And it will be interesting to see which stars will and will not rebound at Battleground.