WWE Battleground 2014: Stars Who Failed to Deliver on Big Stage

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2014

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After a strong few months on pay-per-view, WWE's Battleground show felt like a massive step in the wrong direction for the most part. A lot of matches were pretty calamitous, and there were more botches on one show than there have been in perhaps the previous five or six pay-per-views.

The anticipation that came with the card left everyone with a real underwhelming feeling after the conclusion of the show, spearheaded by another victory for John Cena. In the long term, that decision could turn out to be the correct one, but it merely capped off a weak pay-per-view.

As always with shows that flatter to deceive, there are a host of stars that simply didn't deliver when it mattered.


AJ Lee and Paige

For the last few weeks, it felt like the WWE had finally cracked the Divas division. Naomi, perhaps the most exciting of all the contenders to AJ Lee for the Divas Championship, had broken away as a solo star, and her two main rivals at the head of the division were engaging in a fascinating feud.

This "frenemies" business between AJ Lee and Paige sounds corny and tacky, but it has got real legs, and it's an intriguing subplot to what is a great rivalry. Paige's slip in momentum had been halted by the return of Lee, and she has slotted straight back in as the Queen of the women's division.

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So what happened at Battleground? It's commendable that both Lee and Paige refused to be the traditional curtain-raiser for the rest of the show and tried to showcase the Divas division for what it is. But there were so many slip-ups that it felt like something from the amateur scene.

Both Lee and Paige will bounce back from this, there will be little doubt over that. But this was a real night to forget, and hopefully Raw sees their interesting feud kick off once again.


The Miz

One can only hope that after The Miz won the Intercontinental Championship at Battleground, the plan to unify the IC and United States championships happens sooner, rather than later.

There is literally no benefit from having The Miz carry the belt around, because he often tends to disappoint fans. The way he won the title was incredibly ridiculous, and it only served to irritate the crowd even further.

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It was a moment reminiscent of Batista's entrance at the Royal Rumble earlier this year. Dolph Ziggler, darling of the WWE fanbase, had seemingly won the match. Finally, the WWE had cracked it and pulled off a smart booking decision in the middle of the card. However, when The Miz came from outside the ring to eliminate Ziggler, it felt as appalling a call as installing Batista at #30 for the Rumble when everyone expected Daniel Bryan.

Where does the IC belt go from here? Nowhere, probably. Don't expect any miracles from The Miz, because it's better that way. You won't be disappointed in the long run.


Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho fans may not welcome these next few sentences, but the truth is Jericho looked massively out of sorts at Battleground.

This was the perfect match for Y2J to have; a young upstart with real potential that Jericho could solidly put over. But the match was so poor that you have to question whether it did anything good for both Jericho or Bray Wyatt.

Jericho himself looked physically out of touch, and that produced a match that was incredibly limp and sluggish for the most part.

If their rivalry continues into SummerSlam, hopefully Jericho's obvious ring rust will have subsided a little bit more in order for Wyatt to benefit properly. If it turns out to be another poor match, Wyatt's future as a main event star could start to be in jeopardy. And nobody wants that.