WWE Battleground 2014 Results: Biggest Highlights and Low Points
The results of WWE's Battleground 2014 pay-per-view are in, so it's time for us to look back on the evening and break down the highlights and low points that made the event what it was.
The vacated Intercontinental Championship was up for grabs with a wide variety of talented participants all vying for the title.
Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins faced off against his former partner in The Shield, Dean Ambrose, who swore to prevent him from cashing in his title shot.
With all that in mind, who ended up walking way victorious?
What matches were the most entertaining and what parts of the night fell flat as disappointments?
Let's break down the positives and negatives of the night, presented to you in order of appearance.
Low Point: Adam Rose vs. Fandango
If the pre-show matches are supposed to showcase the action that you shouldn't miss out on in an attempt to convince you to buy the pay-per-view, this match did more damage than good.
That is, of course, if you can even call it an actual match.
More time was spent focusing on watching the Exotic Express do jazz hands around the ring than anything between Adam Rose and Fandango themselves.
This whole segment quite literally consisted of Layla and Summer Rae slapping Fandango, Rose hitting his finisher and, sadly, not much else.
Anyone who is still unsure of Rose's staying power has even more reason to believe that he is a flop, considering how he was just a background player here.
Likewise, someone as talented as Fandango could have been a serious contender for the Intercontinental Championship if WWE were to give him some momentum, rather than looking like a fool and losing.
Low Point: Cameron vs. Naomi
As if the Fandango and Adam Rose match wasn't enough of a reason to dislike the Kickoff section of this event, the Divas here made sure to follow it up with something just as bad, if not worse.
Naomi has proven herself to be a talented member of the women's division in WWE, but Cameron's in-ring prowess is nowhere near at the same level.
This showed, as the two former Funkadactyls wrestled a quick match that consisted of mostly hair-pulling.
While many like to argue that the problem with the Divas division is that the women aren't given enough time to craft a good match, it's tough to see why they deserve that time when things like this happen.
Many times, less is more, and having a great match in a short burst is a greater benefit than dragging one out too long.
In this case, not doing it at all would have been more beneficial to their feud.
Hopefully, if these two are going to continue to work together in matches down the line, there will be more to the fight than just roll-ups and strutting around, and they will make up for this waste of time.
Highlight: The Usos vs. the Wyatt Family
Although it took a little bit of time to really get started, by the end of this match, the fans were chanting "this is awesome."
It was deserved, as the final decision in this two-out-of-three Falls match felt as if it could have come from virtually any moment.
The number of times where either team seemed like it would be victorious helped keep the fans on their toes.
Any time WWE can up the ante and deliver a better match than previously seen is a great thing, and this match was certainly one of those situations.
The Usos have now proven that they are indeed better than Luke Harper and Erick Rowan and truly worthy of the WWE Tag Team Championship.
Whomever they feud with next should be ready for the same fast-paced, high-flying action that was here at Battleground.
Low Point: No Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins Match
Earlier in the evening, Dean Ambrose attacked Seth Rollins backstage, which led to Triple H kicking him out of the arena.
When the time came for the match, Rollins was awarded the victory as a result of a forfeit.
Naturally, this led to Ambrose returning to attack Rollins in typical WWE fashion.
Later on still, Ambrose would hide out in the trunk of Rollins' car and jump him again, getting in a few more punches before Rollins could speed away.
While the brawls were fun to watch, the downside is that WWE is stalling, and those who were looking forward to seeing this match weren't able to see it.
Could it be just as good, if not better, at SummerSlam? Possibly.
Does that negate the fact that the match still didn't happen at Battleground? Unfortunately, no.
Highlight: Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal
It's tough for a Battle Royal of any kind not to be entertaining, so it could be expected that this would be as fun as it turned out to be.
One of the primary points of interest was Kofi Kingston continually evading elimination through hanging on to Cesaro or being caught by Big E.
Of all people, Heath Slater was the one to eliminate Cesaro, which resulted in the crowd going nuts.
Several times throughout the match, unexpected things like this happened, making the whole segment have a high amount of anxious energy.
Who would end up winning if it isn't following the typical WWE pattern?
After each elimination, the field of possible winners dwindled until the new champion was crowned in The Miz.
Impressive performances from Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and even some newer names like Bo Dallas really helped turn this into one of the most exciting parts of the night.
Highlight: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Seeing as how WWE spoiled the proposed main event for SummerSlam by advertising John Cena facing off against Brock Lesnar, it would have been easy to toss this match aside and not care about it.
The fans could have done the same, leaving the arena or just not getting into it.
After all, Cena tends to receive more criticism for winning than pretty much everyone else in the company, so the predictability factor and the disappointment that a new champion wasn't crowned could have killed it.
Instead, the crowd was energetic and bought into the idea that there may be a surprise.
Randy Orton and Kane played up their partial alliance in The Authority as they should have.
Likewise, Roman Reigns kept true to himself as a lone wolf out on the hunt.
Cena retaining the title may make some fans groan at the "same old stuff" happening, but those same people will probably be excited to see his match at SummerSlam.
So what were your favorite and least favorite parts of Battleground?
Sound off in the comments below and fill us in on your opinions!
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