WWE Battleground 2014 Review: Biggest Stars of the Night
The 2014 WWE Battleground pay-per-view event was packed to the brim with talent as many Superstars were in the hunt for championship gold.
John Cena was set to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way match featuring not only two members of The Authority, but also a wrestler with a lot of momentum behind him: Roman Reigns.
With the Intercontinental Championship up for grabs in a Battle Royal on Sunday night, a laundry list of potential winners could have made a name for themselves here.
Between these two title matches, several other belts possibly changing hands and the possibility that bouts such as Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose could steal the show, who in fact stood out?
With all of these Superstars fighting for a chance at recognition, which ones will people be talking about come Monday Night Raw?
It's time once again to break down the biggest stars of the night.
5. Dean Ambrose
Despite not wrestling on the card as he was supposed to, along with technically losing that match by forfeit, Ambrose was still able to make an impact on this event.
He did so by attacking Rollins during a promo, which resulted in his ejection from the arena.
His return to the arena to attack Rollins once more was naturally met with enthusiasm by the crowd, eager to watch Ambrose get revenge on his former friend.
An actual match between these two can be expected to happen at SummerSlam, so Ambrose will most likely be a big focal point for the next episode of Monday Night Raw.
4. The Usos
Not only did The Usos retain their WWE Tag Team Championship against The Wyatt Family once more, but they did so in one of the most entertaining matches of the night.
Jimmy and Jey have really come into their own over the past year and have now gotten into a comfortable spot as the titleholders.
However, instead of growing stagnant and phoning in their performances, the twins have made it a point to continually give it all they've got.
This 2-out-of-3 Falls match was a great way to start off the event—particularly after the disappointment of the Kickoff fights—and while Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were not slouches, the standouts were The Usos.
They are given a slightly higher spot than Ambrose due to the fact that they won their match, which actually took place, rather than just a few random brawls with nothing on the line.
3. The Intercontinental Championship Participants
Is it a bit of a cop-out to group everyone together in this one slide and not pick one person?
Perhaps it is, but while The Miz came out on top as the new champion, the truest star of them all was the midcard division in WWE itself.
A wide variety of different wrestlers in this match looked fantastic, and it was their work in unison that made this so fun to watch.
Because of that, it's difficult to boil it down to simply The Miz being the biggest star—particularly as he spent the majority of the match sitting out.
To single out a few names that stood out, there were several noteworthy moments featuring Cesaro, Sheamus, Bo Dallas and even Heath Slater.
Yet again, Kofi Kingston was a true star, as he always is in this environment.
A lot of credit should be given to Dolph Ziggler, who proved once more why he is the resident Showoff in WWE.
The Intercontinental Championship felt like it was legitimately important and that there were plenty of great stars vying for it, which means the future for this division should be in great hands.
2. Roman Reigns
While he did not leave Battleground with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Reigns was definitely the powerhouse in the match.
Losing does not kill him, as he was far from booked like a weakling.
If anything, he appeared to belong right beside the other former champions, which should forecast his future stardom rising even higher in due time.
Having Reigns spear Kane and Cena capitalize on it with his own finisher was a nice touch to give some credit to the former member of The Shield for how the match ended.
For all intents and purposes, Reigns could have gotten the pinfall with that spear, and the WWE Universe knows that now.
Fans of Reigns who wanted him to win the title should not fret, as his time will come soon enough.
1. John Cena
If you go back to the previous editions of breaking down the biggest stars of each pay-per-view, Cena has been on nearly every list.
This is not a fluke or preferential treatment for the pure sake of it.
Rather, this is because WWE specifically puts in the effort to make sure Cena is a focal point of every show he's appearing at.
It is to be expected, considering his status as the clear and obvious top priority in the company.
Coupling that with a successful WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense in the main event of the evening is why Cena is at the No. 1 spot on this list.
Going into SummerSlam where he will most likely face off against Brock Lesnar, Cena will be given even more of the spotlight.
The WWE Universe is going to hear a lot about his accomplishments that he's achieved throughout his career over the next month to help build to that title defense.
There are many big players coming up the ranks in WWE, but for now, there is still one definitive head honcho, whether you want to see it that way or not.
How would you rank the biggest stars of the night?
For that matter, who do you think looked the worst out of everyone on the card?
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