WWE Battleground 2013: Stars Who Will Deliver Strong Performances
The WWE will unveil its newest pay-per-view Battleground in a few weeks in Buffalo and putting on an amazing show will be a top priority for the world's biggest name in professional wrestling.
One of the main elements in putting on a great inaugural pay-per-view is putting out a card with great matches.
While it's still early, the card at Battleground is shaping up to be a doozy.
Even with an unfinished card it looks like the WWE has set itself up for success, but matches can't just look good on paper. WWE Superstars have to bring their A-game if the WWE wants to cement Battleground as an elite pay-per-view.
Here are five Superstars who will do just that and deliver big performances at WWE Battleground.
The card at Battleground is unfinished, but it's a pretty safe bet that we'll get more than the three scheduled matches when it's all said and done.
It's tough to predict if a Superstar will deliver or not at a pay-per-view if they aren't even officially on the card yet, so before they can make the official list here are some Superstars who will most likely find their way onto the card and put on a great show for the WWE Universe.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Cody Rhodes and Goldust made their return to Monday Night Raw as they jumped The Shield before the main event. Throwing the Rhodes brothers back into the mix a few weeks before Battleground makes it seem likely that we'll see them in action at the pay-per-view.
With Ambrose looking to mix it up with Ziggler again on SmackDown with the US title at stake, it wouldn't be too shocking if they had their Night of Champions rematch at Battleground. That would leave Rollins and Reigns open to go toe-to-toe with Cody and "Goldy," most likely with some stipulation regarding jobs for the Rhodes'.
It doesn't really matter who the Rhodes' face, they'll deliver at Battleground. Cody is one of the best young talents in the WWE and Goldust proved that he still has it a couple of weeks ago on Raw and earlier at the Royal Rumble last year.
The Rhodes' are both great workers and, if given the chance at Battleground, they would definitely deliver a match to remember.
The Shield hasn't been added to the Battleground card yet, but it would be surprising if they weren't.
They are Triple H's go-to guys when it comes to handing out some in-ring justice, and with all of the craziness going on between the new corporation and the locker room, it seems unlikely that The Shield won't be competing at Battleground.
The Shield, like the Rhodes', always put on a good show. They are simply just too good in the ring and on the mic to disappoint the WWE Universe. If the members of The Shield find their way onto the card at WWE Battleground they'll do what they always do; deliver.
The 10 men who joined Daniel Bryan for the past few weeks on Raw have separated themselves from the rest of the roster as rebels against Triple H and his new regime. Since they started their rebellion, they've looked stronger and stronger, joining forces with Daniel Bryan to even the odds.
To make them seem like viable opponents for Triple H and his cronies, the rebels have to keep looking strong.
What better way than at Battleground?
The rebels who find their way onto the card at Battleground will deliver because they have to. They have to look like legit competitors and the only way they can do that is to look strong.
The Rebels will deliver.
Ryback isn't necessarily known for his exceptional performance at pay-per-views...or really anywhere else.
His character has never been totally together, going from a face to heel to face back to heel to food-obsessed bully and then to normal, giggly heel who likes Paul Heyman kisses. He's solid in the ring, but certainly isn't anything we haven't seen before.
Now everything has changed.
Ryback has been tied to Heyman in a move that just may save the Ryback character in the WWE.
With Heyman in his corner, Ryback will be able to give a much better overall performance than the WWE Universe is used to seeing.
Heyman can help make his matches interesting and can help communicate what Ryback's character can't say because he hasn't fully developed the speaking part of his brain yet...or so it seems.
Ryback will deliver at Battleground because he's a monster and Heyman can make him interesting. He's physically gifted in the ring and while the fans have had a hard time connecting with him, Heyman will be the catalyst that makes him really embrace being a heel.
Having CM Punk across the ring from him won't hurt.
Expect a big performance from Ryback in Buffalo.
Randy Orton hasn't been the most interesting guy for the last year or so. He got lost in the shuffle in the main event picture and just wasn't really interesting. He was bad and just never really got involved in anything that was exceptionally interesting.
Now, as he becomes more involved with Triple H and the corporation, he's become interesting again, especially considering Stephanie McMahon's recent demands for him to go back to the old, evil Orton.
It seems like Orton's performance is directly related to how much of a heel he is. When he's a crazy evil heel, he's crazy good in the ring. By the time Battleground rolls around he'll have a few more beatdowns under his missing belt and he'll be at his peak performance level.
Randy Orton will not only take on Daniel Bryan at Battlegound, but he'll put on an exceptional match.
Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam has looked great since he made his return to the WWE at Money in the Bank.
Now he finds himself in another match with Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship, this time at WWE's first-ever Battleground pay-per-view.
ADR vs. RVD started out as a random match, and has slowly developed into a decent feud, at least by SmackDown standards. Throughout the feud one thing has been consistent; the matches. ADR and RVD have great chemistry in the ring and have been able to put on a few solid matches.
Van Dam's unorthodox style and high-flying maneuvers make him one of the most exciting Superstars in the WWE, which has helped smooth over any rust he's had on the mic since his return.
This feud doesn't seem to have too much gas left in the tank, and Battleground would be a great opportunity to end it, but one thing is for sure: Whether the WWE ends the feud at Battleground or not, RVD will show up and put on one heck of a show.
Has CM Punk ever not delivered?
Even now, with what PWMania.com reports as nagging injuries, Punk has put on amazing performances, both on the mic and in the ring. Heck, Punk was banged up at WrestleMania 29 and he put on one of his best matches ever against The Undertaker.
Punk will get another chance to put on a good match with Ryback at Battleground, and while it might seem impossible that anyone can get a good match out of Ryback, CM Punk is just the guy for the job.
His promo and attack on Heyman and his "guys" on the last installment of Raw shows that Punk still has what it takes to really get a crowd into a performance and that he has what it takes to make a showdown with Ryback a potential show-stealer.
CM Punk is really good in the ring. He's also really good on the mic and has absolutely RIDICULOUS chemistry with everything and anything involving Paul Heyman.
Will CM Punk deliver at WWE's Battleground pay-per-view? Does Fandango gyrate way too much?
The man of the proverbial hour, Daniel Bryan.
"D-Bry" has obviously been on a tear through the last few months. He's become the main face of the company in John Cena's absence and has gained a cult-like following much like the one CM Punk gained during WWE's infamous "Summer of Punk" when CM almost left the company.
D-Bry has truly transcended from technical indy savant to amazing performer in a manner of months. Watch any match involving Bryan and it's pretty easy to see. Take the weird 11-on-3 handicap match on Raw for example. The minute he came into the match the crowd started going nuts and, as JR would say, business picked up.
Daniel Bryan is one of the best in the ring and has the entire crowd behind him. In his match at Battleground, it'll be more of the same. D-Bry will have the crowd behind him as he dazzles the WWE Universe with his amazing pro wrestling prowess.
Daniel Bryan will deliver at Battleground because it's impossible for him not to. He could compete in a dance contest against Great Khali followed up by a karaoke-off with Bo Dallas and the WWE Universe would still think it was the best thing they've ever seen.
He doesn't know how to do anything but deliver, and he'll prove it at Battleground.