WWE Battleground 2013 Results: Matches That Lived Up to Expectations

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2013

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With any World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view extravaganza comes certain expectations for its matches.

Some matches feature heightened expectations by fans thanks to a hot angle or well-respected performer, while others just hope to exceed what is presented on a weekly basis on Raw and SmackDown.

Sunday's Battleground was no different.

With four championship bouts and a grudge match featuring one of the finest workers in the industry on the slate, not to mention a high profile tag team match that was the product of the best story arch in wrestling, there was reason to be excited about the show.

Now, just over 24 hours after Battleground, here is a look at the matches that delivered on their potential and lived up to expectations.


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Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

Through nine months, Alberto Del Rio has been the MVP for WWE and 2013's Wrestler of the Year, at least in this writer's humble opinion.

He add to his sparkling resume Sunday night with another quality match and successful World Heavyweight Championship defense.

The champion and his challenger delivered a hard-hitting match that utilized steel chairs and ladders to really play up the hardcore rules stipulation.

The interference by Ricardo Rodriguez made sense within the context of the match, especially considering his history with Del Rio.

The high spots, including a Five-Star Frog Splash on the arena floor, were all very cool, and the psychology surrounding the finish, which saw Del Rio trap Van Dam's left arm in a steel chair before locking in the cross arm breaker for the submission win, single-handedly elevated the match from "average" to "very good."

The contest seemingly wrote off Van Dam for now and further established Del Rio as an aggressive champion, willing and capable to do whatever it takes to retain his title.


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Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns

The best built angle heading into Battleground was the one involving the Rhodes family and Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and hired henchmen The Shield.

Sunday night, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns backed up the outstanding story and all of the hype with a phenomenal tag match that kept the Buffalo crowd emotionally invested throughout.

The involvement of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes and Dean Ambrose proved pivotal to the bout in that it set in motion the closing sequence which would ignite the already-hot crowd and have them at their most vocal of the entire evening.

The moment that Cody caught Rollins and set him up for Cross Rhodes was as loud a moment, from a crowd response perspective, as there has been all year. It captured the sheer joy of the fans as the Rhodes family came together in victory, dealing Rollins and Reigns their first pay-per-view loss.

Dusty, Goldust and Cody's celebration immediately following the win was one of the genuinely heartfelt and emotionally satisfying moments of the entire year.


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Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

When the WWE Championship match was announced for the Battleground pay-per-view, fans immediately expected two things from the bout.

First, that Bryan and Orton would deliver an outstanding wrestling match, as they had so many times before.

Second, there would likely be some sort of screwy finish to ensure a third, decisive match between them on October 27 at Hell in a Cell.

That is exactly what happened.

Bryan and Orton delivered a completely different match than they did at last month's Night of Champions but still built on their established story and characters to further their angle.

The Big Show's interference in the match absolutely made sense and was probably about a month late.

His antics in the closing moments of the match provided the excuse needed to get Bryan and Orton into a third match in a few weeks and also added a new chapter to Show's story.

They did everything that was expected, and regardless of your opinion on the non-finish that left paying customers less-than-satisfied, that makes it a success from a booking standpoint.