WWE Battleground 2013 will be a war with championships, pride and livelihoods on the line.
Following the pre-show, the first-ever Battleground pay-per-view begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Oct. 6. Buffalo, N.Y. hosts an event brimming with grudge matches and Daniel Bryan's third shot at the WWE Championship in a row.
Crank up official theme song "The Mighty Fall" from Fall Out Boy and get hyped about the first of two WWE pay-per-views in October.
Bryan and Randy Orton face off for the now-vacant title, Rob Van Dam gets a rematch against Alberto Del Rio with an advantageous stipulation and Cody Rhodes and Goldust fight for the right to be employed.
The match card is filling up fast with new title bouts as WWE adds reasons to purchase the event. Fans longing to see how the Rhodes family saga plays out and who becomes WWE champ have a number of options when it comes to tuning in.
Live Stream Info
As always, fans can order the show from their local cable companies, but the options beyond that seem to expand every few months.
Legal live stream options include watching the inaugural Battleground event on a Samsung Smart TV or via the Playstation Network. Fans can check out every pinfall and kick to the jaw online through Google Play, the Amazon app store or similar programs.
The show is $44.99 in the United States and is available for live streaming on a mobile device through the WWE App, which you have no doubt heard of if you've watched an episode of Raw in the past year.
If three hours of wrestling and drama aren't enough for you, Battleground's pre-show offers a showdown between Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow.
The pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT and pits a former Mr. Money in the Bank against the current one. Ziggler has failed in his recent attempts to win the United States Championship from Dean Ambrose and now seeks a win against the self-proclaimed uncrowned heavyweight champ.
Battleground kickoff will be the first time myself and @HEELZiggler have ever faced each other. The show off vs. your uncrowned champion.— Damien Sandow (@TheDamienSandow) October 2, 2013
As Sandow points out, at the very least it's a fresh matchup.
A win for Ziggler potentially puts him in the World Heavyweight Championship discussion while Sandow looks to get a victory during a stretch of losses.
- Ryback vs. CM Punk
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins)
One could argue that these two matches are just as much Battleground's main events as the clashes with gold on the line.
CM Punk's continued quest for revenge against Paul Heyman sees him go from taking on both Heyman and Curtis Axel at Night of Champions to challenging the man who sent him through a table at that event.
Heyman and Ryback have formed an intimate bond over the last few weeks, one that should spell trouble for Punk.
Heyman is clearly on the rebound. The best way to get over somebody ... Is to get super weird with Ryback. #RAW— K8LYN (@KaitlynWWE) October 1, 2013
"The Second City Saint" has to ignore his hatred for Heyman for the moment and focus on the powerhouse opposite him in the ring or else he'll lose for the fourth straight pay-per-view.
As for Rhodes, should he and his brother lose at Battleground, neither man will be able to work for WWE again. Their father, Dusty, who will be standing in their corner, will be fired from his job at NXT as well.
The members of The Shield will serve as the obstacles to the Rhodes family saving their jobs.
The Tag Team champions have been destructive and difficult to pin, even before becoming Triple H's attack dogs. The drama of this match gives it the potential to be the event's show-stealer.
- AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship)
- Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth (Intercontinental Championship)
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam (World Heavyweight Championship)
- Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (for vacant WWE Championship)
Bryan and his fiancee Brie Bella can both end the night as champions. Brie will have to go through AJ Lee, who has held the Divas Championship since mid-June, and the unstable champ will not go down easy.
She fended off three challengers at Night of Champions.
R-Truth pinned Axel on Monday's Raw, a win that has earned him a shot at the Intercontinental Championship.
Axel will have both the championship advantage of not being able to lose the title on a count-out or disqualification and the crafty Heyman in his corner. An upset win would allow R-Truth to add the IC title to his resume.
Fighting under Battleground Hardcore Rules, Van Dam gets his second shot at Del Rio's title.
The stipulation (a fancy way to say a No Disqualification match) gives Van Dam the edge. He has built his career on matches like this with both ECW and WWE. His Van Terminator move will be legal, as will any interference by Ricardo Rodriguez.
Battleground's main event centers around the vacant WWE Championship.
Bryan won the title at SummerSlam only to have Orton take it way via Money in the Bank cash-in. He defeated Orton at Night of Champions, but Triple H stripped him of the belt due to controversy about his win ending in a fast count.
Round three of their championship battle ensues with Orton looking to win the coveted title for the eighth time and Bryan hoping to hold onto it beyond a single sunset.
The event's placement in between Night of Champions and Hell in a Cell does it no favors, but the night has the potential to be one of the year's best.