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Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton were in such an odd position for Battleground that the mere fact their match was solid before the booking decisions came into play is enough of a win to put them on this list.
WWE's insistence on having two pay-per-views so close to each other ended up forcing the members of the creative team to paint themselves into a corner.
If Orton wins the title and retains at Hell in a Cell, Bryan looks like a fool, losing twice after having the title taken away from him two times.
If Bryan wins here, Orton looks weak from his previous loss.
Even if Orton wins it back at Hell in a Cell, it'll just cause arguments that WWE is playing hot potato with the title.
Do you give them a gimmick to spice things up and risk cheapening their upcoming Hell in a Cell match, or do you let this one suffer and hope that it isn't just a boring rehash of what we've already seen?
On top of that, the energy of the event was awful leading into this, as technical difficulties and some terrible preceding matches gave these two performers no momentum to work with.
Bryan and Orton had to go into this uphill battle knowing that the ending would upset the fans and make them feel as though the whole match was pointless.
We may be complaining, saying that this event looked more like an episode of Raw than something worth spending your money on, but Bryan and Orton made the best out of a bad situation.
When you boil it down, those two put on a decent match that was ruined with booking decisions outside of their control and neither man looks bad from the outcome.
Now, Hell in a Cell has a reason to exist and this feud has a means to an end.
Bryan and Orton both lost this match and are both going to be taking some heat from WWE's booking decision, but in the end their feud will be better off with this outcome than something else.
Don't get me wrong. This is not a positive success that WWE should be proud of, which is a shame as every event should be something great.
Instead, this is a win simply because it avoided being a much bigger failure. In a way, it's like being happy with a punch to the face as opposed to a gunshot wound.
What are your thoughts on this event? Which losers can brush this off and take something good out of it?
Do you think the WWE Universe ended up being the biggest losers of the night, but we could end up getting a better Hell in a Cell as a result?
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