Sunday night is WWE’s 2013 Battleground pay-per-view, and the focus has shifted to Randy Orton and the superstars that must walk out of the event with a victory.
All of the following wrestlers need the win and should get it on the marquee stage.
While Daniel Bryan has been the hottest commodity in the WWE, it must be Randy Orton that walks out of Battleground with the WWE Championship. That’s what’s best for business.
Bryan has thrived in the role of underdog chasing the title, and he would assume that position once again if he is screwed out of the championship. Whether it’s Triple H, Big Show or someone else that helps Orton win, the Viper needs to be the despicable heel holding the title.
The WWE isn’t going to develop another feud for Bryan in the three weeks before Hell in a Cell, so beating Orton clean again is not an option. Orton needs to be holding the championship at the next PPV, and Bryan needs to be chasing him for the third and final time.
Despite the company keeping the fans on the edge of their seats throughout this storyline, the WWE could let it all go to waste if Orton doesn’t walk out of Sunday’s PPV with the WWE Championship.
CM Punk may be one of the top stars in the business right now, but he should take the loss to Ryback at Battleground. Punk doesn’t need the win, and Ryback would gain an incredible amount of credibility with a victory.
The WWE looks set on not getting Punk involved in the corporate storyline just yet, and that means the personal war with Paul Heyman must continue into Hell in a Cell. That realization should give Ryback the opportunity to steal the show and gain the biggest win of his career.
Hell in a Cell is Oct. 27, and Punk could easily get the win back at that PPV. Punk will be the same Superstar getting huge cheers on Monday's Raw no matter who wins Sunday, but Ryback’s career needs a marquee victory like this.
Expect the Heyman and his boys vs. Punk storyline to continue into November.
Dolph Ziggler must beat Money in the Bank winner Damien Sandow Sunday in the Battleground pre-show. With a very high likelihood that Sandow cashes in his title chance after a brutal hardcore World Heavyweight Championship match, Ziggler beating Sandow earlier in the night is best for business on several levels.
Not only would a clean Sandow loss throw the fans off the scent of a possible cash-in—the defeat would be instantly forgotten if he walked out of the PPV with the belt—but it would also put Ziggler in line for a title shot at some point in the near future.
Ziggler’s pre-show victory over the uncrowned world champion would be the caveat to get him back in the title picture after Sandow successfully defends the strap against the star he successfully cashes in on Sunday.
No matter which star Sandow beats for the title, a Ziggler win to start Battleground would indicate a championship match soon enough.
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