The expectations for WWE Battleground 2014 were all over the board coming into the event, but lackluster results from several key matches made for a negative vibe around the pay-per-view.
While the show failed to live up to the WWE Universe’s hopes, several stars who won on Sunday stunned the fans and will shake up the company heading into August’s SummerSlam PPV.
Stars like Chris Jericho and The Usos were not expected to win.
Here are the full results of the 2014 Battleground show and the victories that will shake up the WWE.
|Adam Rose (with Layla and Summer Rae) defeated Fandango||Singles Match|
|Cameron defeated Naomi||Singles Match|
|The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) (c) defeated The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) 2 falls to 1||2-out-of-3 Falls Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships|
|AJ Lee (c) defeated Paige||Singles Match for the WWE Divas Championship|
|Rusev (with Lana) defeated Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) by count-out||Singles Match|
|Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose by forfeit||Singles Match|
|Chris Jericho defeated Bray Wyatt||Singles Match|
|The Miz won by last eliminating Dolph Ziggler||19-Man Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship|
|John Cena (c) defeated Kane, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns||Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
Source: WWE.com. (c) denotes champion entering match.
Chris Jericho Sets Stage for Bray Wyatt’s Emergence
Over the last several years of his career, former world champion Chris Jericho has been more than willing to come back to the WWE and put over younger talent. Many expected the same at Battleground, but Jericho managed to walk out of the show with a huge victory.
Many fans in the WWE Universe couldn’t grasp this concept when it happened.
Bray Wyatt was coming off a loss to John Cena in their forgettable feud, and many expected Y2J to give him the win to get him back on the right track. In the grand scheme of this storyline, a loss at Battleground was the best idea.
There is no doubt that Wyatt will be looking for revenge against Jericho heading into SummerSlam, and a win at the company’s second-largest PPV would be much more effective than one at Battleground.
Add in the likely win at Night of Champions for Wyatt to officially become victorious in the feud, and the stunning loss on Sunday has set the stage for an exciting stretch in the career of the enigmatic big man.
Even when Jericho takes the win, it’s with the long-term betterment of the talent he is squaring off against in mind. This is a classic example of taking one step back to take two steps forward.
The Usos Reset the Tag Team Division
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are two of the best big men in the WWE today, but The Wyatt Family’s inability to win the Tag Team Championships once again has many fans questioning the booking of the tag team division.
The loss on Sunday effectively signaled that WWE is looking to rework the tag team division.
The long-term battle between The Usos and The Wyatt Family has been one for the ages, and each match has been just as entertaining—or even better—than the one before it. Whether you agree with the outcome of the Battleground match or not, the bout itself was flat-out amazing.
While Harper and Rowan should have won the Tag Team titles by now, the duo still remains one of the most powerful and ominous teams in the division. The Usos are smaller stars with more to prove, and holding the titles makes them seem like a legitimate top team.
Yet another show-stealing match proves the decision to keep the belts on The Usos isn’t without reason, but the victory on Sunday gives the WWE the chance to hit the rest button on the division and set the stage for some major changes heading into SummerSlam.
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