WWE Battleground 2013 Results: Live Reaction and Review
Welcome to Bleacher Report's live coverage for WWE's first Battleground pay-per-view event. The show will take place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
We have eight confirmed matches for the main show and one match on the Pre-Show. Here is a look at the card as it currently stands.
- Pre-Show: Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
- Santino and Khali vs. The Real Americans
- Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt
- R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman(Intercontinental Championship)
- The Shield vs. The Rhodes Family
- AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship)
- CM Punk vs. Ryback w/ Paul Heyman
- Alberto Del Rio vs. RVD w/ Ricardo Rodriguez (World Championship Hardcore Match)
- Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship)
This show has the potential to produce a lot of great matches, and hopefully WWE has a few surprises planned for the show.
Can Daniel Bryan regain the WWE title?
Will Kane return and join Bray Wyatt?
Will Ricardo Rodriguez turn on RVD and rejoin ADR?
Can CM Punk overcome one more obstacle in his quest to get his hands on Paul Heyman again?
And lastly, can Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to obtain WWE contracts?
Make sure to bookmark this page and come back on Sunday at the start of WWE Battleground (7:30 p.m. ET) for answers to all of these questions and live coverage of all the action!
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I also want to thank everyone who tweeted along using the hashtag #BRBattleground. I think I will do this for every PPV.
A lot of people are upset about the ending to the show, but this means Raw on Monday is likely to have at least one or two interesting developments surrounding these events.
Horrible ending. #BRBattleground— WWE News Page (@WWENewsPage_) October 7, 2013
Very controversial and unique conclusion to #WWEBattleground on PPV. Hmmm— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) October 7, 2013
Most of the show was pretty good, but WWE failed to deliver a new WWE champion as was promised. We had better see a new champions crowned on Raw or we will probably have to wait until Hell in a Cell.
No titles changed hands tonight, but Cody Rhodes and Goldust did win their jobs back.
Hopefully we get some closure Monday night, because a lot of people will be upset about not seeing a champion crowned.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton WWE Championship Match Part 4
Bryan nails a fice running dropkicks in the corner to Orton to get the crowd on their feet screaming Yes over and over.
Orton catches one of Bryan's roundhouse kicks and hits a t-bone suplex that puts Bryan down. Orton hits the rope-hung DDT before he sets up for the RKO.
Bryan counters and goes for a kick, but Orton ducks and goes for a rollup, which Bryan counters into a Yess Lock. Big Show's music hits and he runs down to the ring.
He grabs the ref and pulls him out and then he looks sorry for what he did. Bryan lets Orton go and Show knocks Bryan out with a KO Punch.
The crowd is booing like crazy as Big Show looks upset for having to do this. Brad Maddox comes out with Scott Armstrong and he goes to the ring and makes the count as Orton covers Bryan.
Show pulls Armstrong out of the ring and knocks him out before he can make the count. Maddox looks confused and Orton looks pissed as the crowd chants Yes.
Big Show gets in the ring and knocks out Orton after he hears enough of his trash talk. Maddox still looks baffled as Big Show's music hits.
Does that mean nobody wins? Big Show stares at Maddox from the ring while his music plays and Orton and Bryan lay knocked out in the ring.
The show ends with no new WWE Champion. First we almost don't have a main event due to a power outage, and then they do a false finish like that?
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton WWE Championship Match Part 3
Orton continues to keep Bryan off his feet. He puts Bryan on the top rope and goes up for a superplex, but Bryan fights him off, only to get dropped on the top turnbuckle when Orton trips him.
Orton goes back up and hits the superplex from the top rope. Bryan and Orton start exchanging European uppercuts and Bryan begins to get the better of Orton. He almost wins with a backslide.
Orton takes back control and he ends up trying to powerbomb Bryan through the Spanish announce table, but Bryan breaks free and sends Orton into the steps.
Bryan breaks the ref's count and JBL and Cole remind us that the winner has to win by pin or submission to win the title.
Bryan takes out Orton on the floor from the top rope for a big pop. He rolls Orton back in and goes up for a flying headbutt.
Orton kicks out and the crowd is going nuts.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton WWE Championship Match Part 2
Orton slows the pace down as he wears Bryan down. He is playing the heel really well against the uber-over Bryan. He nails Bryan with a powerslam for a two count.
Bryan takes back control and he takes out Orton with a suicide dive outside the ring. He throws Orton into the barricade and then hits a dropkick on the floor.
Orton counters a top rope dropkick into a powerbomb for a near fall. Orton locks in a Boston Crab to prove he knows a thing or two about submissions as well.
Bryan crawls to the ropes to break the hold, but Orton drags him to the middle of the ring. Bryan twists out and rolls up Orton for a two count.
Bryan goes for the Yes Lock, but Orton grabs the ropes before it's locked in.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton WWE Championship Match Part 1
Orton and Bryan lock up after the bell and Bryan takes down Orton with a headlock. Orton takes control and takes Bryan over with his own headlock takedown.
Orton continues to punish Bryan for a bit, but Bryan hits a knee lift to the gut to take back control. He starts kicking Orton in the corner before taking him down by his leg.
Bryan starts to focus on the leg of Orton to soften him up. Bryan pounds on Orton with elbows to the face after he wraps his legs up to keep him down.
Bryan goes up for a top rope huricanrana, but Orton pushes him down onto the top rope and then takes him down with a clothesline.
Yes Yes Yes! The feed is back. Let's do this!
Apparently Lilian Garcia has announced the loss of the feed to fans at the event. Hopefully things are fixed within minutes or there might not be a main event.
Lilian Garcia told the live audience they lost power. Boy, is Brad Maddox going to get it!— Wade Keller (@thewadekeller) October 7, 2013
This is the second time that CM Punk has defeated Ryback on Pay Per View with a low blow. #WWEBattleground— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) October 7, 2013
Punk vs. Ryback Part 3
CM Punk counters a Powerbomb into a huricanrana. Ryback counters a GTS and hits a powerslam for another near fall.
Heyman gets a kendo stick from under the ring, but the ref sees him and stops him. Punk hits Ryback with a low blow behind the ref's back and gets the pin and the win.
Winner: CM Punk
I am not seven for eight in my predictions. That was a pretty decent match. Punk helped carry it, but Ryback actually looked better than he usually does in the ring.
Punk vs. Ryback Part 2
Ryback keeps control for a little while, using power moves to punish Punk in various ways. He drapes Punk across the top rope before kicking him in the head.
Heyman gets on the mic and starts talking trash as soon as Punk takes control. Ryback takes advantage and Heyman throws the mic away.
Ryback hits a powerbomb, but Punk manages to kick out three times. Heyman orders Heyman to powerbomb Punk again. Ryback sets him up and Punk counters and hits a kick to the head.
Punk goes to the top rope and hits the Macho Man elbow for a two count.
Ryback vs. CM Punk Part 1
Ryback uses his power to put Punk in the corner right after the bell. He yells at Punk to fight if he wants to fight and the crowd starts to chant for Punk.
Punk kicks Ryback out of the ring and Ryback goes over the Heyman to get some advice. Heyman tells him not to let Punk bully him, but he comes back in the ring to some more kicks form Punk and he bails again.
Punk comes out after him with a suicide dive to the crowd's delight. Punk goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall.
Ryback takes back control and slows the match down by throwing Punk into the ring post.
Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt
Kofi hits a few kicks to keep Wyatt away in the first few moments of the match, but Wyatt grabs him and shoves him down with one hand.
After a few minutes of Wyatt keeping Kofi down, Wyatt picks him up over the top rope for a slam back into the ring. Kofi hits a crucifix to take Wyatt down and the ref starts to count.
Kofi tries for Trouble in Paradise, but Wyatt avoids it and hits a running cross body to take Kofi down. Wyatt goes to the corner and does his weird back bend. He lobster walks over to Kofi and Kofi freaks out and runs away.
Kofi low-bridges Wyatt and then he leaps out onto all three members of the Wyatt Family. Wyatt barely kicks out of a top rope cross body.
Kofi tries for the SOS, but Wyatt counters with Sister Abigail for the pin and the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Erick Rowan picks up Kofi and he and Luke Harper attack him while Wyatt watches. Wyatt delivers a promo after the beating and then nothing happens. No Kane, nothing.
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