Hey, it wasn't all bad.
Much of the early talk surrounding Battleground has seemed to focus on the lackluster matches, uneven booking and disappointing main event finish, but there were still plenty of positive takeaways from the underwhelming pay-per-view.
Let's take a look at a few from the middle and undercard.
Note: You can find the complete list of Battleground results here, courtesy of WWE.com.
Antonio Cesaro with the "Great" Swing
Ohh. So this is why The Real Americans vs. Santino Marella and The Great Khali was booked for this pay-per-view:
That is some truly jaw-dropping strength.
Most of this match was forgettable, but that moment—that "holy expletive, he's going to break his back" moment—made it all worth it.
Cesaro is one of the most impressive specimens in the company, and the things he is able to do inside the ring never cease to amaze. Hopefully, the facts that they gave him PPV time, they have continued to hype "The Cesaro Swing" and the crowd was hot for him suggest a push is in the very near future.
There are very few wrestlers who deserve a push more, and Cesaro proved that once again on Sunday night.
Bray Wyatt is Creepy
So, um, Bray Wyatt did this:
That is quite terrifying.
Wyatt has lost momentum since his debut partly because of some weak matches, but he had some terrific spots in this match, and that backwards crab walk is something that we have never seen before.
And therein lies the appeal of his character: originality.
Wyatt is absolutely gold on the mic, but he is so incredibly unique in almost everything that he does. When he starts doing things like this inside the ring, it's hard not to get excited about seeing him perform.
The Rhodes Family Gets Their Jobs Back
You had Goldust, who looked more menacing than ever with his new paint job, hardly looking like a 44-year-old. If anyone has ever deserved the "you still got it" chants, it's probably him.
You had Dusty Rhodes getting his moment on the apron, hitting Dean Ambrose with the Bionic Elbow and getting a huge pop.
You had Cody Rhodes nailing Seth Rollins with the Cross Rhodes, which sent the audience into an absolute frenzy, for the pin.
Finally, you had the locker room coming out and congratulating the Rhodes family in what was a truly perfect moment for everyone involved.
This was a reminder of how a simple storyline can be scintillating with the right characters involved. Well done all around.
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