After a lackluster 2013 Battleground pay-per-view, the focus has shifted to the WWE’s next event Hell in a Cell and which Superstars built the most momentum heading into the show.
All of the following wrestlers showcased their immense talent on the Battleground stage and should be rewarded with even more success at the next PPV.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust
The two men that built the most momentum Sunday night were Cody Rhodes and Goldust. After being fired from the company, the two brothers beat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield to regain their jobs.
Judging from the reaction in the arena, the crowd loved this story.
The Rhodes brothers also went on to stand with Daniel Bryan against The Shield in the main event of Raw: a six-man tag match. The WWE understands that Cody and Goldust are popular right now and it is giving the fans what they want.
With Hell in a Cell too close to book a longer storyline, the perfect scenario would be to have a rematch between the Rhodes brothers and Rollins and Reigns with the tag team championships on the line.
It is clear from the outcome of the CM Punk vs. Ryback match Sunday and the promo cut Monday on Raw that this feud with between Punk and Paul Heyman is going to carry over into Hell in a Cell.
While some fans may not enjoy the work of Ryback and/or Curtis Axel, the overall battle between Punk and Heyman has been perfect. Each of these matches has been highlighted by the actions of the legendary manager, and the fans are rooting for Punk to end this once and for all.
Hell in a Cell will be the culmination of this long-term storyline.
Punk looks as strong as he has since coming back from his loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania. A final victory over Ryback—or whichever Heyman guy gets involved—would be the right way to end the feud.
After Hell in a Cell, Punk could easily slide right back into the WWE Championship picture.
Dolph Ziggler deserves better than to win on the Battleground pre-show, but his potential mid-card feud with Damien Sandow should make true wrestling fans excited.
Not only did the WWE follow up on this storyline by addressing it on Raw, but the company also teased that this won’t be the end between these two men. The hope now is that this gets the mic time it deserves.
Ziggler looks incredibly strong right now and has been beating Sandow whenever they've meet. Just as Cody Rhodes looked to be preparing for a match with the Money in the Bank briefcase on the line, it could be Ziggler that challenges for the contract.
All Ziggler needs is a story, and he will shine.
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