With just over 24 hours until WWE presents Battleground from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., the hype machine for the first of two October pay-per-view productions is in full effect.
The vacant WWE Championship will be on the line in the main event of the show as Daniel Bryan takes on Randy Orton. Bryan has been the hottest star in the industry for the better part of four months, but it is Orton whose success in past October events may very well rear its head again this weekend.
One of the forefathers of the Attitude Era will make his return to WWE pay-per-view when Goldust teams with brother Cody Rhodes to take on The Shield's Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The Tag Team champions have yet to lose on a WWE PPV, and their ability to continue their winning ways will dictate whether one of the company's most beloved and successful characters will return to the active roster.
Alberto Del Rio will defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam in a Hardcore match. The match type seems to work to Van Dam's advantages, but the champion's history in violent and extreme gimmick matches may surprise fans.
Ryback returns to high-profile pay-per-view action when he meets CM Punk in the continuation of Punk's outstanding angle with Paul Heyman. Both competitors are in need of a big win to boost their pay-per-view win-loss records, but is one need it more than the other?
With so much attention being heaped on Brie Bella after her inclusion in the top angle in the company on this past Monday's Raw, Divas champion AJ Lee has become an afterthought. Even more of an afterthought? Second-generation Diva Tamina Snuka, who has become almost like a bodyguard to the champion.
With only hours to go until the big show, here are a five things every fan should know about WWE Battleground.