The 2013 WWE Battleground pay-per-view isn’t the most appealing show the company has ever put together—it feels like a glorified Night of Champions re-run—but the talent on the card is undeniable.
Add in the possibility of multiple monumental swerves, and the WWE Universe is in for a memorable event. All of the following storyline twists could make Sunday’s Battleground one of the best this year.
Triple H Costs Daniel Bryan the WWE Championship
The main event of the evening will be the WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. With Orton being Triple H’s hand-chosen face of the company, the COO has a vested interest in which Superstar comes out of the PPV with the title.
Not only will Triple H interrupt and cost Bryan another chance at holding the championship, but this will also continue to set the groundwork for the Triple H vs. Bryan match that the WWE is clearly building toward.
Bryan is the ultimate underdog and is more likeable as a face when he is chasing the title. If the WWE gives Orton the victory Sunday with the help of Triple H, Bryan will still look like he deserves to wear the belt and continue to be the company’s top attraction.
If Triple H doesn’t blatantly screw over Bryan at Battleground, expect subtle interference from the COO Sunday, a rematch at Hell in a Cell against Orton later this October and a full-blown feud between Bryan and the Triple H-led corporation heading into November’s Survivor Series.
Goldust Turns on the Rhodes Family
The whole focus of the Rhodes Family storyline is about getting Cody over with the crowd, and there is no better way to continue building him as a sympathetic face than by having Goldust screw him over Sunday and join the corporation.
There is a chance that Cody turns heel at Battleground, but he is having the most success of his career as a face. Building him as one of the main foes against the McMahons, while also trying to get back his father’s job, would be the perfect direction for this angle.
Goldust’s turn would also spawn the brother vs. brother feud that man fans have been looking to see for years. The WWE needs to ride the momentum that it has created with Cody over the last few months since Money in the Bank, and continue to push him as a pivotal piece to the corporate storyline.
Cody with Dusty in his corner against Goldust with Triple H would be an amazing midcard addition to any pay-per-view card.
Damien Sandow Becomes World Heavyweight Champion
Damien Sandow has been teasing a possible cash-in over the last two weeks, but the WWE looks to be pushing the possibility even harder with the Money in the Bank holder taking a vested interest in the hardcore World Heavyweight Championship match at Battleground.
With Rob Van Dam reportedly leaving the WWE for scheduled time off, per Wrestling Observer, the need for new blood in the title scene could be solved by having Sandow cash in his briefcase on Del Rio.
Heel vs. Heel normally wouldn’t work, but with only a few weeks until Hell in a Cell, this could be a one-off battle that sees Sandow win the championship Sunday and successfully defend it later this month, banishing Del Rio from the world title chase.
Maybe Sunday’s kickoff match between Sandow and former world champion Dolph Ziggler is a test run for their possible feud heading into Survivor Series. The WWE Universe can only hope.
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