WWE Battleground 2014: Most Memorable Moments from PPV Event
WWE's second Battleground pay-per-view was a show that had very few standout moments, but that just made the ones that did stand out that much more memorable.
While most of the outcomes were predictable, many of the matches we saw could easily have gone either way. WWE has a pretty formulaic way of booking, but some of the angles heading into this show had taken different paths from what we typically see.
The only title to find a new home was the one that was vacant heading into the show, the Intercontinental Championship. Everyone else managed to hold onto their titles, but one match stood out above everything else.
The Usos took on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, and the four men somehow managed to outperform every previous encounter, stealing the whole show and making it impossible for anyone to match the level of excitement they reached.
If you looked at Twitter at all, then you know the show as a whole was not well received by fans, but there were some moments that stood out from the rest.
Let's take a look at some of the more memorable moments from Battleground.
Harper, Rowan and the Usos Steal the Show
The first official match at WWE Battleground was the Tag Team Championship match between The Usos and two Wyatt Family members, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
It was a 2-out-of-3 of Falls match that was simply amazing. These two teams have built up a wonderful chemistry in recent months—to the point where they are able to outdo their previous performances every time they step in the ring with each other.
There were high-flying moves from both teams, people kicking out of finishers, false finishes and a genuine feeling of mystery as to who would walk away with the belts.
Any other Superstars on the card would have had a hard time following the performances put on by four of WWE's most talented wrestlers.
Erick Rowan also made sure he had a few standout moments to remind everyone that Luke Harper isn't the only one in the group with a wide set of skills.
The end of the match came when the twins delivered a double Superfly Splash to Luke Harper, cementing their victory and creating a Match of the Year candidate in the process.
Miz Wins the IC Title
Miz became the new Intercontinental champion by winning the Battle Royal in a way that would definitely make any heel proud.
He ended up going through the ropes—not over—several times, allowing everyone else in the ring to beat each other senseless while he kept himself fresh outside the ring.
Everyone in the arena thought Dolph Ziggler had won, but Miz came back in and stole his thunder and the title by throwing him over the top rope.
The camera kind of ruined the surprise for those watching at home by showing Miz on the floor a few times, but it was still a memorable moment for Miz, especially since most of the PPV was less than thrilling.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose Come Nowhere Close to Settling the Score
Unfortunately for everyone watching Battleground, we did not get to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have an actual match. However, what we did get was a good way to keep the storyline going through SummerSlam.
Ambrose attacked Rollins backstage during an interview, causing Triple H to boot him from the building. Somehow, he made his way back in and attacked Rollins again when he was celebrating his forfeit victory.
The final attack came in the parking lot when Ambrose popped out of Rollins' trunk and went after him with a tire iron. These two took three fight segments and made it into one of the more entertaining programs on the PPV.
Obviously, we should get Rollins vs. Ambrose at SummerSlam, and it's probably the right choice. Not only would it have been hard for them to follow the amazing performance in the Tag Team title match, but this allows them to keep things interesting.
All three fight segments were very believable, and it definitely drove home the frame of mind Ambrose is in.
Jericho Defeated the Monster
Chris Jericho returned to WWE a few weeks ago and was immediately targeted by The Wyatt Family. It seemed like a feud that would put Wyatt over the top, but surprisingly, it was Jericho who walked away with the win.
Once it happened, the logic behind it was clear. WWE has something special in this feud, and keeping it going through SummerSlam will give the company the chance to put Wyatt over on a much larger stage while also having another big grudge match to advertise leading up to the event.
Their Battleground bout was good, but I get the feeling that both men were holding back a bit so there next encounter will be that much better.
On a show that featured mostly unremarkable matches, this one stood out as one that felt a bit more personal than the rest. Even other feuds that have more history did not feel like they mattered as much as this one.
WWE has four weeks to prepare for SummerSlam, which means it has four Raws, four Main Events and four SmackDowns to build this up into the storyline it has the potential to be.
What did you think? Which moments from Battleground stood out the most to you?
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