The go-home Raw for WWE Battleground continued a theme in 2014 for hot crowds. Venues in New Orleans (post-WrestleMania), Montreal, Hartford and now Richmond have contributed to very memorable Raw shows, thus elevating the television product.
Jack Swagger was the beneficiary of what was the hottest segment on the entire show. Opposite Rusev and Lana, Swagger and Zeb Colter worked the crowd into a frenzy during a detente. The segment made Swagger look like a top babyface, and the Real American is the most compelling Rusev opponent to date.
Miz’s gimmick continues to compel, and this week he complimented his surging character with his first win on Raw since coming back. Miz’s win over Sheamus wasn’t even the highlight of his night. The Hollywood A-lister insisted on having his face projected on the Titantron for the duration of his match.
Seth Rollins was unable to finish his match, as he appeared to suffer an injury to his knee. Rollins took an awkward bump to the outside before animatedly hobbling and wasn’t seen or heard from for the rest of the night. With injuries piling up to top stars, any semblance of a long-term injury to Rollins should be considered a huge loss.