As WWE Battleground draws near, the card of the pending pay-per-view has already started to take shape. The three matches advertised for the inaugural event were heavily hyped over the course of the last week.
In the main event of Raw, Daniel Bryan finally overcame The Shield in a Handicap Elimination match, but not before Randy Orton dismantled Rob Van Dam earlier in the evening. Will Orton's new-found mean streak help him regain the WWE Championship, or does Bryan have Orton's number?
CM Punk returned home to Chicago in front of an electric crowd on Monday night. His celebration was short-lived, however, as Paul Heyman's henchmen, Curtis Axel and Ryback, soon dismantled Punk and put him out of commission indefinitely.
Alberto Del Rio continued to further his strong momentum by winning matches on both Raw and SmackDown this week, even adding insult to injury by ambushing Rob Van Dam on Monday night. Will Del Rio find a way to survive in the Hardcore match at Battleground, or will RVD walk out as the new World Heavyweight champion?
Here, I will break down the week in wrestling by analyzing the Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and WWE Main Event broadcasts, including each show's highlights, low points and other noteworthy, monumental moments. Also, an award will be given to the show and Superstar that shined the brightest over the course of the week.