WWE Battleground 2014 – SPOILER ALERT: Cena Retains!
Hello my friends and welcome to my review of the WWE’s Battleground PPV! Tonight’s advertised Main Events are Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho, A 20 Man Battle Royal for the IC title and of course The Fatal Four Way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Champion, John Cena and his challengers Kane, Randy Orton and The Red Hot, Roman Reigns!
Battleground Kickoff Show!
Fandango vs. Adam Rose W/Summer Rae, Layla & The Exotic Express
This match was announce just hours before Battleground and Fandango made his way to the ring first, and I’m not going to lie, it feels strange seeing him come out alone! Out next are Adam Rose and his Exotic Express! Joining The Exotic Express tonight are Fandango’s exes Summer Rae and Layla! We have seen both Summer and Layla fight for Fandango’s attention and now their working together making his life HELL! A lot of people don’t like this storyline at all! I’m not going to say I’m in love with it, but I feel with more time this could have been better! Once the bell rings Fandango leaps at Rose and connects with a forearm in the turnbuckle. Fandango continued to control the match with a back suplex and a pin of two! Summer and Layla see Rose needs help so they begin to lead The Exotic Express around the ring to distract Fandango. Fandango despite trying to ignore them leaves the ring and asks both women what they are doing. Layla slaps him right across the face, and Summer soon follows! Once Fandango is back in the ring, it’s all Rose! Adam connects with many of his signatures such as the Spinebuster and The Cho Cho! Fandango stumbles forward and Adam Rose connects with a Party Foul to win the match!
Winner – Adam Rose
Grade – D, I’ve been moderately entertained by both Fandango’s girl problems and Adam Rose, but tonight, WWE didn’t even really give these two a chance. Most people are probably going to grade this lower, but I don’t feel it failed. Rose did manage to somewhat get over with the crowd in the short time and they did still tell the story that needed to be told. I have a feeling change is in Fandango’s future either that or he’ll end up in the same position Heath Slater and Damien Sandow find themselves in. On the other side, Adam Rose still remains undefeated, but who has he beaten? Even on NXT he hasn’t beaten any big names. I do feel if WWE invested the time into Adam Rose like they have for many other blossoming stars, than he could become a threat in the Mid Card division. Hell I’ve suggested to a good friend of mine before to actually team Rose and Fandango up. Have Rose invite Fandango out after seeing him so depressed and then go on from there. I could go on but I don’t want to waste the time!
Cameron vs. Naomi
The feud between these two has been brewing since the month before Money in the Bank! Cameron has grown in jealousy and feels Naomi thinks she is better than her. Things finally exploded between these two during a tag match against Aj Lee (c) and Paige, after Cameron tagged herself in just to get hit with The Paige Turner by Paige. After the match the two got in each other’s face until they began to roll around the ring to the outside of the ring. Cameron is out first, debuting a new theme and acting like a stereotypical popular girl. She makes her way to the ring making nasty faces at people, or checking herself out in a makeup mirror. Out next is Naomi and she isn’t wasting anytime as she makes her way to the ring and tried to get the jump on Cameron but the ref caught her. Once the bell rang, Naomi went right after Cameron, but she hid behind the ropes forcing the ref to pull her away, but Naomi was not going away without a fight, a decision she would soon regret as Cameron kicks her in the gut and begins to control the match after slamming Naomi face first into the canvas. Cameron continues to control the match with basic strikes and in all honestly a very impressive submissions hold that resembled a Bow and Arrow, but instead of her knee, she used her foot. Naomi did get back into the match and she took it to Cameron with some hammering strikes, but every chance Cameron got she fled, at one point she even began to walk out of the match itself, but Naomi chased after her and tossed her into the barricade. Surprisingly the fans did get into the match as the chanted Naomi’s name. Naomi tossed Cameron off the ropes, but Cameron counter with a simple kick to Naomi while she was bent over. Cameron took it upon herself to taunt Naomi before going to bounce off the rope, but Naomi grabbed a handful of hair. Naomi began to talk trash to Cameron, but Cameron tossed Naomi forward into the ropes, and it looked like the top rope caught her neck! Cameron rolls Naomi up with a School Girl and makes sure to grab a handful of tights to get her the victory!
Winner – Cameron
Grade – C, I feel like a lot more people are going to rate this lower than I did. I’m not going to say these two went out there and stole the show, but they certainly did not ruin the show! I honestly think Cameron shows promise. She definitely has her character down, and we all know she can be annoying! All she needs to do is get better in the ring. I don’t see her becoming the “Face” of WWE Divas Division, but I do think she can be a valuable addition! From what we saw tonight, Cameron is not as bad as we though. I’m not saying she’s great, I’m not even saying she’s good! All I’m saying is we have seen worse. You can say Naomi carried the match; it doesn’t matter because Cameron proved tonight, that she is able to wrestle! I do feel she needs more training, but she is learning and that’s what I take from it. As for Naomi it was probably the worst match I’ve seen her in, but that’s not a bad thing because she has been in some great matches! I don’t think this hurts Naomi, Cameron “clear as day” grabbed the tights! I don’t feel like this feud is over, but I honestly don’t think we’re going to see this at Summer Slam! Maybe inside a Diva Battle Royal, but that’s it! I take this as a positive sign in all honestly. The WWE Divas Division now has, Aj, Paige, Alicia Fox, Cameron, Naomi, Nikki Bella and Natalya! 5 out of those 7 all have some sort of character to them, Natalya is busy down in NXT it’s seems and Nikki is just Brie’s sister and John Cena’s Girlfriend really! Either way the point is the Divas Division is starting to look up!
WWE Tag Team Championships/Two out of Three Falls Match
The Usos |Jimmy (c) & Jey Uso (c) |vs. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper & Eric Rowan)
We are starting off the night with the WWE Tag Team Championships! Out first are The Usos and next is The Wyatt Family. We’ve seen these two teams face off many times by now, but every time they fight, it’s always great! Tonight’s match is different though, you have to defeat your opponents a total of two times! The first team with two falls wins the match! I believe its Jimmy Uso starting off with Eric Rowan. Uso does not wait for Rowan to takes his Sheep Mask off, as he swings right away and punches the mask off him. All this does is anger Rowan who over powers Jimmy and backs him up into the turnbuckle where he proceeds to wail on him. Rowan beats down on Jimmy for a bit longer before tagging in Luke Harper. Harper went to bounce Jimmy off the rope, but The Uso counters and hits a beautiful enzguri, sending Harper outside of the ring, and soon Rowan, as Jimmy runs at him and dropkicks his legs to send him off as well. For a second it looked like The Usos were going to fly, but Harper had already moved himself and Rowan out of the way. Once Harper gets back into the ring, he rushes at Jimmy backing him into a turnbuckle and begins the beat down! Harper and Rowan begin to tag each other back into the match after they took turns beating down on Jimmy. Both Wyatts kept control over Jimmy with heavy strikes and keeping him locked in a headlock for long periods of time! Luke Harper had a headlock, locked in tight on Jimmy, but The Uso fought to his feet and managed to hit Harper with a Jawbreaker. Jimmy tried to tag in his partner, but Luke Harper was holding on to his foot! Jimmy managed to wiggle free of Harper’s grasp and tag in Jey who immediately took it to the top rope. Luke Harper ran at Jimmy, but The Uso lept over him and bounced off the rope and got hit with a huge boot from Luke Harper. Luke Harper covers Jey for the first fall of the match.
First Fall – The Wyatt Family
Once the second bell is rang, Harper ran at Jimmy Uso, (who was waiting in the turnbuckle) and connects with a hug splash, but it does not get him the win. He makes the tag to Rowan, and he continues to control the match, wearing Jimmy down with his signature vice lock, where he just takes his two fists and pushes them against the sides of your head, but Jimmy fought to his feet, and connected with elbows to the gut of Rowan to get him off. Jimmy went to lift Rowan up and slam him, but it seems he is too weak and Rowan just falls on top of him for a two count. He tags in Harper, and Harper just continues to the beat down. At one point it looked like Jimmy was back in it, as he began to trade blows with Harper, but Luke got the better of him in that exchange! It wasn’t until Harper went for a back suplex that Jimmy was able to counter into a back flip and land on his feet to make the tag to Jey. Harper ran at Jimmy, but Jimmy moved out of the way and Harper ran chest first into the turnbuckle. Jey quickly makes his way in and rolls Luke Harper up for the three, tying the score up 1-1!
Second Fall – The Usos
Before the ref can ring the third bell, Rowan raced in and he and Harper began to beat down on Jey, before the ref pushed them back and Rowan out of the ring. The third bell rings and Luke Harper runs at Jey and continues the beat down as he tags in Rowan and we see the two continue to do what they have for the entire match. They don’t let up on their opponent, continuing to beat down on him with physical strikes and then wear him down with long submission holds. Eric Rowan is in the ring and has Jey right in his turnbuckle. The Red Bearded man runs out Jey, but Jey moves out of the way and Eric Rowan, (who was looking for a shoulder thrust) goes shoulder first into the steel post. Harper tags himself in and goes into the opposite turnbuckle to Jey and runs at him, looking for a running bi boot, but once again Jey moves out of the way, and Harper goes flying over the ropes. Jey takes this time to catch his breath, and finally make a tag to his brother Jimmy! Jimmy comes firing in, and dives straight through the ropes to take out Luke Harper on the outside. Eric Rowan comes in, but Jimmy sends him over the ropes and back out before building momentum and flying over the ropes to take Rowan down. He tosses Harper back in the ring and hits him with a huge slam that only gives him a two. Jimmy surprised by the kick out, catches Harper off guard with a kick to the gut followed by an enzguri that sends Harper sitting down into the turnbuckle. Jimmy back up into the opposite turnbuckle from Harper and runs at him to slam his hop into the face of Harper. Jimmy runs back to the opposite turnbuckle again, but doesn’t see Harper behind him and pays for it when Harper splashes him into the turnbuckle. Luke Harper went to lift Jimmy Uso up for the Sit Down Power Bomb, but Jimmy slid out of it. The Uso attempts to hit Harper with a Samoan Drop, but can’t lift him! He does manage to stay in control, landing a super kick to the chin of Harper for a close two! Jimmy gets up and goes for another super kick, this time Harper catches his foot and sends him back into the turnbuckle before hitting a huge running big boot on him that sends The Uso out of the ring! Luke Harper has a strange look in his eye as he bounces off the rope and dives through the ropes, flatting Jimmy Uso! He tosses Jimmy back in the ring, and looks like he is going to hit him with the Sit Down Power Bomb, but he sees Jey Uso take down Eric Rowan on the outside. Luke Harper once again bounces off the ropes and he goes to dive through them again, but this time Jey Uso connects with a super kick. Jimmy rolls him up from behind and Luke Harper barley kicks out in time! Luke Harper gets up and finally hits The Sit Down Power Bomb, but Jimmy barley kicks out this time! Harper can’t believe it, and tags in Rowan, who climbs to the top of the turnbuckle and looked to hit Jimmy with his version of their splash, but The Uso moves out the way. Harper climbs to the top of the other turnbuckle, but Jimmy once again gets the better of him and pulls the leg and then leaps to his brother to make the tag. Jey climbs to the top rope and hits The Splash on Rowan, but only for a two count. Jey is in disbelief as no one has kicked out of The Splash yet. He goes to climb the turnbuckle once again, but Harper grabs his foot. Jey fights Harper off but now Rowan is up and the two begin to brawl at the top of the turnbuckle. Jimmy tags himself in, but Rowan quickly reverse smashing The Usos face first into each other before hitting them with a HUGE Double Superplex! Rowan covers Jimmy and somehow Jimmy kicks out just before three! Rowan tags in Harper and Harper just waits for Jimmy to get to his feet so he can hit him with the Discuss Clothesline. Once Jimmy got to his feet Harper went for the Clothesline, but Jimmy connecter with a super kicked that only stunned Harper for a moment, still connecting with the clothesline! Harper covers Jimmy but Jey barley breaks it up! Luke Harper just picks Jey up and tosses him out for the ring, but turns around to a super kick from Jimmy. Jey gets back in the ring and both Brothers hit stereo super kicks on Harper, and then onto Rowan who just go up on the apron. Both Jimmy and Jey climbed to the top of the same turnbuckle and hit Luke Harper with a Double Splash to retain their tag titles!
Winners & Still WWE Tag Team Champions – The Usos
Grade – A+, That match was fantastic! These four superstars went out there and outdid every match they have ever had together! That match could have legitimately ended at any one of the false ending and it still would have been considered a great match! I really thought they were going to strap The Wyatts here tonight, but The Usos just can’t be stopped! No matter what The Wyatts threw at Jimmy and Jey tonight, they kicked out of everything, except for the boot in the beginning of the match! I don’t think this one should continue. We have seen these two teams compete so much as of late, and I think we all need a break. The Wyatts still have Bray to lean on and will still be featured in his feud with Jericho witch I honestly believe will go on past tonight! The Usos now move onto another team, the only question is who? With Summer Slam coming up it wouldn’t make sense just to give Rybaxel as shot and it looked like Goldust and Stardust were next in line, but I don’t think WWE will do a Face vs. Face feud. The only team I can even think about is The Ascension on NXT. I guess we will just have to wait and see what is in store for both teams next!
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Before the match takes place, we are shown a beautifully put together video package for this feud. It shows an interview with all three members of The Shield and how Rollins spoke about how The Shield was a brotherhood and Ambrose said we are stronger together. Than we are shown Rollins betrayal of The Shield, him winning MitB and Ambrose chasing Rollins down wherever he goes and even preventing him from cashing in his briefcase! The video ends with Rollins curb stomping Ambrose’s face into the steel steps and standing tall saying “Seth Rollins is Best for Business!” Tom Phillips is backstage and ready to interview Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins before his match! Rollins talks about how Ambrose is like a filthy cockroach that won’t go away, he than answers Dean Ambrose’s question from Raw and says “No!” He said No, that is not all he has got and Ambrose should know the better than anyone. Rollins ends his interview by saying after he defeat Ambrose tonight he will be paying close attention to the Fatal Four way later tonight, before Dean Ambrose cuts him off and begins to beat him down around the arena. Many guards came to contain Ambrose, some I recognized like Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury and I think I saw Ricky Steamboat as well! Triple H comes in and tells them to get Ambrose out of here and tells them not to let him back in before screaming at Ambrose, “You’re Not Ruining This!” Triple H checks on Rollins, and apparently from what the commentators were saying is Ambrose has been kicked out of the arena and I guess the match is canceled?
WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige vs. Aj Lee (c)
Michael Cole informs us that he is being told to move on to the next match, which is for the WWE Divas Championship! The night after WrestleMania Paige upset Aj to win her first Divas Championship in an off the fly match! The night after Money in the Bank Aj returned and beat Paige to earn her second Divas championship in an off the fly match, and now all of a sudden their frenemies! Both women make their way to the ring and the match is under way. The two shake hands before it begins and we see Paige take the early advantage of the match as she just dominates Aj with stiff strikes, tossing her around the ring, around ringside, Paige dominated the majority of the early goings with Aj getting, little to no offense! Then things got strange, as Paige began to scream “Come on Aj!” and then I don’t know if it was them talking in the match, but I think we were supposed to hear it. I’m pretty sure I heard Paige ask Aj is she was ready before taking a spinning DDT and then I think I heard her tell the ref to let Aj get to her feet before her. It almost felt like Paige was letting Aj win, and then all of a sudden Aj locks in The Black Widow and it looks as if Aj is going to win, but Paige manages to break out of the submission hold and hit The Paige Turner on Aj for a two count! Paige screams one again “Come on Aj!” Paige locks in her submission hold witch she calls The PTO (Paige Tap Out…) AJ gets out of the hold before Paige can fully lock it in. She goes for a pin but Paige’s shoulder was up. Aj gets to her feet an runs at Paige to hit The Shining Wizard to retain the title.
Winner & Still Divas Champion – Aj Lee
Grade- C, I really thought this match was going to be a lot better than it was. I’m still rather fuzzy on weather Paige was helping Aj or not, but it doesn’t justify how sloppy things got. I’m not sure if it was Aj perhaps having a bit of ring rust or maybe the two just don’t mend well? But to anyone expecting a new Trish vs. Lita rivalry tonight was disappointed. At times this match shined, but not enough.
Backstage Segment W/Kane & Randy Orton
Orton is backstage looking for Kane, but when he finds him Kane informs him that he made mistake coming here! Orton admitted that he was wrong for attacking Kane and even says he’s sorry. Randy asks Kane if he is sorry for hitting him, and Kane responds by saying “Being The Devil’s Favorite Demon, I don’t say Sorry!” Orton goes on to make sure that Kane understands that they cannot let John Cena or Roman Reigns to walk out as World Champion. Kane goes on to assure Randy that the next World Champion is right here, but he doesn’t say if he is talking about Orton, himself or maybe Plan B?
Rusev W/Lana vs. Jack Swagger W/Zeb Colter
Rusev and Lana make their way to the ring first, and before Swagger and Colter come out Lana grabs a mic, but of course is interrupted by a USA Chant! Lana tells them to shut up, but doesn’t scream it for once, she goes on to talk about how our president is a sissy, and I can’t say I disagree! She talks about we push our “Democracy” onto everybody and we should be the ones getting scaled for our war in Iraq! Swagger and Colter finally make their way to the ring, and Colter grabs a mic once in the ring. Colter was about to tell Lana or as he called her “Natasha” to shut up, Lana slapped him right in the face, and Swagger and Rusev began to brawl, with Swagger getting the upper hand and clotheslining Rusev out of the ring. The crowd is behind The Real American tonight, and once Rusev is back in and the bell rings the match is underway and Swagger takes early control, dominated Rusev with quick strikes and always keeping Rusev on the edge, as he always needs to keep an eye out for The Patriot Lock! Rusev eventually got tired of Swagger attempting to lock it in, he went over to complain to Lana, but Swagger is not waiting as he goes after Rusev and repeatedly tosses him face first into the ring apron. Jack tossing him back into the ring and runs at Rusev once he is back in the ring and lands a splash, but Jack took his eye of Rusev for one moment and The Bulgarian Brute followed him to the ropes and hit a splash off his own and followed up with a fall away slam! Rusev finally gained control of this match keeping Swagger grounded for quite a while in a headlock, Jack Swagger used the WWE Universe to try and break out, but Rusev kept it locked in! Rusev continued to remain in control eventually tossing Swagger from the ring. Zeb kept cheering Jack on to get onto the apron, but every time Swagger got up, Rusev hit him down. Swagger eventually used the blows as motivation to keep going and eventually ducked one of Rusev’s punches and hitting a hangman on the ropes. Swagger gets back in the match hitting a running splash and following with a Big Boot the sets Rusev up for The Swagger Bomb, but Jack only gets a two count! Swagger continues to control Rusev, hitting a huge slam on him but one again only for a near fall! Rusev and Swagger began to go back and forth back Jack always stayed one step ahead of Rusev countering almost every move The Russian Hero threw at him, but Rusev caught Swagger off with one stiff kick to the chest as Swagger was entering the ring and things turned around for Rusev. Rusev waited for Swagger to get to his feet and went for The Super Kick but Swagger caught the foot and locked The Patriot Lock in on Rusev! Rusev struggled to get out of the move and when he was close to the ropes, Swagger pulled him away, but finally Rusev was able to grab the ropes and pull himself out of the ring while Swagger ignored the ref’s count and continued to keep The Patriot lock, locked in after the rope break! Rusev made it to his feet on the outside of the ring, but only for mere moments as Jack Swagger follows him out and drops a forearm to the ankle of Rusev! Jack Swagger once again locks in The Patriot Lock, this time on the outside of the ring. Rusev tries to fight out of the move, grabbing the steel steps and flipping forward sending Jack Swagger face first HARD into the steel post, knocking The Real American out! Rusev makes it back into the ring at the count of 9 and Swagger is counted out!
Winner by Count Out – Rusev
Grade – B+, After the match Zeb Colter and the doctors are checking on Swagger while Rusev celebrates in the ring. Lana gives Rusev the orders to crush, and Rusev goes outside to get Swagger, and back in the ring he locks in The Accolade on a knocked out Jack Swagger until Lana gives him the order to stop! From what I’ve hear this was supposed to be a quick feud for Rusev who was supposed to easily squash Swagger, but the WWE Universe reacted so well that WWE had no choice but to give it the proper time it deserved! Tonight Jack Swagger proved he can achieve the face status, I have never heard a crowd chant Swagger’s name before tonight, everybody in that arena was behind him and so was I! Rusev barley wins this one, but when you really look at it, did Rusev really beat Swagger tonight? I get that feeling we are going to see Swagger get his revenge on Rusev at Summer Slam, and maybe if a certain Hall of Famer who goes by the name of Hulk Hogan could be in his corner? It would be cool, but I’m not sure I want Swagger to be the first to beat Rusev, I fear that if you stop Rusev’s power to earlier that he is going to flop, and Is still feel it’s too early. I doubt Hogan could, but if he was able to get locked in the Accolade by Rusev, that would make him the biggest heel on the roster! I’m excited to see what’s next; because I’m positive it’s not over yet!
Goldust & Stardust Video
Stardust is being shown somewhere backstage. He seems to be talking to himself, sort of like that goblin from Lord of the Rings. He talks about seeing something but not being able to have it our touch it. Goldust goes in and whatever it is Stardust sees Goldust calls it The Cosmic Key! I can only assume the Cosmic Key is the Tag Team Championships. They both do their normal things (if that’s what you call normal I guess) to end the video.
Seth Rollins Segment
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring, he grabs a mic but before he can talk the universe chants “You Sold Out!” Rollins proceeds to tell us that he wants to be announced as the winner of the match between him and Dean Ambrose that was supposed to take place earlier tonight. They do as he says and he makes his way to the back, but Dean Ambrose has made his way back into the arena and he brawls with Rollins through the crowd, around the announce table. It took security, a bunch of former wrestlers and even The COO Triple H himself to separate these two. Eventually Ambrose was taken away while The Game rose Rollins arm in victory!
Bray Wyatt W/The Wyatt Family vs. Chris Jericho
Wyatt and his family make their way to the ring first; Bray is sporting a shiner from his collision with Ric Flair’s Chop at a live event. For the first time I believe Wyatt is being booed by the Pro Jericho crowd! Next out is Chris Jericho who on his way down to the ring threw Wyatt’s chair back. Once the bell rings, Wyatt takes early control, throwing Jericho around and staying one step ahead of him. Jericho tried to fight back, but everything he did, Wyatt laughed at! And anytime Jericho tried to get something in Wyatt would counter with a huge elbow! Chris Jericho finally got Wyatt in the corner and begins to land some chops that seemed to have hurt Wyatt! Jericho wrestled Wyatt to the floor and went for a Walls of Jericho, but Eric Rowan distracts the ref, while Luke Harper distracts Jericho, allowing Wyatt to not only get to his feet, but hit a huge clothesline on Jericho! Bray continues to control the match until Jericho hits a dropkick that sends Wyatt to the apron, Jericho follows up with his signature Triangle Dropkick that sends Bray off the apron to the outside of the ring. Jericho than climbs to the top turnbuckle and does a diving cross body on the outside to take out the entire Wyatt Family. Jericho tosses Wyatt in and tries to get in himself, but Luke Harper grabbed on to his ankle, this led to the ref ejected both Harper and Rowan from ringside leaving it to just Wyatt and Jericho! Jericho still too distracted by the departure of the Wyatt Family, that he didn’t see Bray coming up from behind to hit him off the apron and send him right into a cameraman! Wyatt follows Jericho to the outside of the ring and continues the beat down out there before he tosses him back in the ring. Wyatt maintained control back inside tossing Jericho around and taking him out with knock out blows! Jericho tried to fight back and when Wyatt tosses him into a turnbuckle Jericho moved out of the way in time, and Wyatt went shoulder first into the steel post. Jericho than targeted that same shoulder with many shoulder tackles before taking him down with a diving axe handle! Wyatt is down and Jericho now takes control for a moment until Wyatt lift Jericho up and then slams his gut right down onto his knee! Wyatt goes for the running back splash, but Jericho got his knees up and then takes control yet again, fire at Wyatt with chops, and catching Wyatt off guard with an enzguri that takes Bray down. Jericho covers Bray but only for a two. Chris Jericho climbs to the top of the turnbuckle, but Wyatt is there to take him down. Bray maintains control over the match with Jericho getting little offense in. The Eater of Worlds strikes Jericho with many stiff strikes and throwing his weight around as well. Jericho did fight back getting a brief moment where he turned things around, even hitting his signature bulldog , but as he went for the lionsault Wyatt got his knees up and Jericho fell right into them. The ref starts to count as both superstars are down, around the count of 5 Bray forced himself up into The Spider Walk position to get up. He ran at Jericho when he caught up, but Jericho countered and Bray hit his head on the bottom turnbuckle. Jericho drags Bray away for a 1 count the as broken up because of a rope break. Jericho takes control of the match, but Wyatt countered early and went for Sister Abagail, Jericho countered and attempted to lock in The Walls of Jericho, but Wyatt kicked him off and ducked Jericho’s clothesline and followed up with a huge forearm! Wyatt covers Jericho but only for a 2. Wyatt wanders around the ring, thinking about his next move and as he turns around Jericho, out of nowhere, hits a Codebreaker and covers Wyatt for the three!
Winner – Chris Jericho
Grade – B+, I feel many people are going to rate this match higher just because Jericho was in, but I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t as good as I hoped! It wasn’t a bad match at all! But I was expecting this to be on the same level as The Usos vs. The Wyatts earlier, but it wasn’t to be, but like I said it was still a great match. Wyatt seemed different here tonight, and no it wasn’t just is black eye! He seemed more focused and aggressive towards Jericho. Yea, he did laugh at some points and still did his spider crawl, but it just felt like a different Wyatt to me. I feel like there is more to this story, and I’m sure we will hear the rest of it the following weeks to come. I can’t imagine Jericho and Wyatt to be done with each other yet!
Seth Rollins Segment
Rollins is seen with security walking out of the arena into the parking lot. Rollins tell the security he doesn’t need them, and they leave. Rollins continues to walk to his car, but I guess he heard something and began to look around. Ambrose came out of the trunk of Rollins car and went to hit him with a steel pipe. Rollins ducked and ran from Ambrose, but Dean caught up to him and the two battled on top of the car until the both fell of an opposite sides. Rollins quickly got in his car and drove off. My only question here is why was Seth Rollins leaving? What happened to Plan B!?
20 Man Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship
Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Curtis Axel vs. Zack Ryder vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Damien Sandow vs. Heath Slater vs. Diego vs. Sin Cara vs. Xavier Woods vs. The Great Khali vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. United States Champion, Sheamus
Before the match begins the former champion, Bad News Barrett comes out and informs everyone in the ring they all have the honor of becoming the new Intercontinental Champion, but who also informs the of some Bad News and states their demise will come from a Bull Hammer courtesy from him! The match begins and everybody goes after Khali immediately, The Punjabi Playboy tosses them all aside and then delivers chops to everyone in sight. Khali grabs Xavier Woods and tosses him out of the ring.
Xavier Woods eliminated.
And then Khali did the same to Zack Ryder.
Zack Ryder eliminated.
Titus O’ Neil runs at Khali and hits him with a splash; he gets a couple of shots in before moving out of the way of an Incoming Brogue Kick from the U.S Champ Sheamus! Sheamus connects with Khali and everyone once again works together to eliminate The Great Khali.
The Great Khali eliminated.
Cesaro is close to eliminate Ziggler while everyone else continues to brawl. Bo Dallas tosses Sin Cara over the rope, an went to eliminate him but Sin Cara caught him off guard with a stiff kick, meanwhile Ryback has taken over for Cesaro, and now he is trying to eliminate Ziggler. Sin Cara tries to leap over the rope to get back in but Bo Dallas is right there to push him back out.
Sin Cara eliminated.
Superstars all continue to brawl Cesaro once again tried to eliminate Ziggler, while Diego came really close to eliminated Heath Slater, I also think I saw in the background Big E try and eliminate Bo Dallas, but it wasn’t until Ziggler went over the ropes and barley hung on that things began to get more exciting, as not only did Ziggler barley hang on but I also saw The Miz trying to stay out of sight as he waited on the outside of the ring. Meanwhile Curtis Axel just tossed R-Truth over the ropes and onto the floor!
And shortly after R-Truth’s elimination, Curtis Axel was tosses over by his own tag team partner, Ryback!
Curtis Axel eliminated.
Axel was obviously upset that his partner threw him over; Ryback just kind of shrugged it off. Over in one of the corners Alberto Del Rio and The U.S Champ are going at it, while Diego battles Damien Sandow and eventually eliminates him!
Damien Sandow eliminated.
Ryback tries to sneak behind Diego and toss him over, but Diego manages to avoid elimination and now tries to eliminate The Big Guy. After taking a couple of chops Ryback lifts Diego up and tosses him out of the ring.
Ryback and Sheamus proceeded to beat down on everyone in the ring until they were the last two standing, the two brutes began to battle back and forth and Ryback almost eliminated The U.S Champ as he lifted him onto his shoulders into the power bomb position, but Sheamus slid out and connected with a Brogue Kick that sent Ryback out of the ring.
The Miz avoided being seen again, as he slid into the ring and tried to eliminate Sheamus from behind, but The Celtic Warrior fought him off, and Ziggler came up from behind to hit a Zig Zag on Miz. Miz rolled out of the ring and everyone continued to brawl. Titus O’ Neil got to show off as he lifted Sheamus up and hit him with a rib breaker twice, before tossing the U.S Champ aside. O’Neil decided to take a second to taunt and do his signature bark, a second Bo Dallas took advantage of as he ran up behind and hit O’Neil with a running knee to send him out of the ring!
Titus O’Neil eliminated.
Bo Dallas took time to celebrate around the ring, a celebration that was ended by Cesaro. Cesaro than began to brawl with Kofi Kingston. Cesaro was in a dangerous are on the outside apron when he ducked a Trouble in Paradise from Kofi. Cesaro than went to toss Kofi over the ropes, but Kofi hung on by Cesaro’s legs, until Cesaro pulled himself and Kofi in. Cesaro than stood up and took a drop kick from Kingston. Del Rio hits a nice back breaker on Ziggler, as Big E, Sheamus and one other superstar gang up on Heath Slater. Del Rio is on the outside apron and is trying to battle Ziggler off and is doing a great job at it, until Ziggler hits his signature DDT on Del Rio that bounces him off the ropes and out of the ring.
Alberto Del Rio eliminated.
Miz once again sneaks in and tries to toss Ziggler out, but Dolph hangs on and Sheamus lifts Miz up onto his shoulder, but Miz slides down and gets hit with a huge tackle from Big E that sends Miz through the second rope and not eliminating him. Cesaro and Big E now battle trying to eliminate each other, Cesaro ended up getting the upper hand when he hit a belly to belly near the ropes, tossing Big E out!
Big E eliminated.
Kofi Kingston ran at Cesaro tossed Kofi over the ropes, but Kingston hung on. Cesaro swung at Kingston, and Kofi lept off and his buddy Big E was there to catch him, saving Kofi from elimination. Kofi tried to pull Cesaro out, while on the shoulders of Big E, but Cesaro battled out and kicked Big E in the face before suplexing Kingston back in the ring. Kofi ran out Cesaro, but The Swiss Superman put his boot up and Kofi ran right into it. Cesaro now back in the ring tries to eliminate Kingston, but Kofi hooks his feet under Cesaro arms and tries to pull him out, Cesaro pulls Kofi back up and thumps his eye before finally eliminating him!
Kofi Kingston eliminated.
Cesaro screams out at Kingston, and Heath Slater comes from behind and tosses Cesaro out of the ring.
Sheamus tosses Slater over the ropes, but The One Man Band hangs on and fights Sheamus off. Heath tries to get back into the ring, but Sheamus hit The Brogue Kick and sends Slater out!
Heath Slater eliminated.
Bo Dallas tosses Sheamus over from behind, but doesn’t eliminate him. Sheamus fights back into the ring and goes after Dallas, tossing him over the ropes and hit the 7 beats. Dolph Ziggler tries to dropkick Sheamus from behind, but The U.S Champ moves and Ziggler connects with Bo and sends him out of the ring.
Bo Dallas eliminated.
The only two superstars left in the ring are Dolph Ziggler and The U.S Champion Sheamus. These two went back in forth, Dolph attempted a fame-asser that was botched, but he beautifully recovers into a new move. Sheamus fired back with heavy blows, and The Celtic Warrior almost eliminated Ziggler when he tossed him over but Ziggler would not stay down. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick again, but Ziggler pulled the rope and Sheamus went over the ropes, but gets hung up. Sheamus gets off the ropes, but Ziggler is there and hits him with a dropkick and Sheamus pulls a Shawn Michaels moment as only one of his feet touched the floor. Sheamus goes for the battering ram, but Ziggler lands a super kick on Sheamus and The U.S Champ falls backwards to the ground.
Ziggler begins to celebrate, but The Miz comes in (who was on the outside of the ring the whole time) and tosses Ziggler over to win the battle royal!
Winner & New Intercontinental Champion – The Miz
Grade – B+, This battle royal was heavily hyped, and there were quite a few favorites to win, and we got so many highlights from it. Seeing The Miz waiting on the outside didn’t guarantee his victory, but it made it more likely. It honestly makes sense to give the title to The Miz, who has been doing well with his new character now WWE could either choose to do a Unification match between The Miz and Sheamus at Summer Slam or maybe Miz defends against Ziggler, the man he cheated out of a victory tonight. Either way I hope Miz’s reign keeps the prestige of The IC title going!
WWE World Heavyweight Championship/Fatal Four Way Match
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane. John Cena (c)
A video package is shown going to events that led up to this match, We saw the announcement of it, how much Orton and Kane trust each other and of course the rise of Roman Reigns! All four superstars make their way to the ring and Justin Roberts does the introductions and this match us underway! Cena and Orton go to the outside were Orton makes easy work of Cena and tosses him into the steel steps, while Roman Reigns is beating down on Kane in the turnbuckle until Randy Orton comes in and pulls Reigns away. Roman begins to take the fight to Orton and it doesn’t take long for Orton and Kane to begin to work together on Reigns. Cena tried to get back into the ring at one point, but Kane just knocked him right off the apron, but providing enough of a distracting of Roman Reigns to climb to the top turnbuckle and jump off to connect flying clotheslines on both Kane and Orton. Roman started to battle The Devils Favorite Demon, but once again The double team comes into play and Orton covers Roman as Kane watches over to make sure Cena doesn’t come in. Reigns kicks out early and now Cena is in the ring, but it doesn’t take long for the team of Orton and Kane to take down the champion. Orton and Kane focus on Cena before Kane goes out of the ring to take of Roman, meanwhile back in the ring Cena is now taking it to Orton and Kane comes in and makes the save. We see this happen a lot for next couple of minutes with Orton and Kane beating up on Cena and whenever Reigns came in Kane kicked him out, but whenever Kane left Orton needed help! Finally Reigns got rid of Kane on the outside and Cena began to take it to Orton until Orton was tossed out of the ring, leaving just Roman Reigns and The WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena alone, and the stare down begins, but is interrupted to soon as Kane and Orton come in again to take down the two. Orton battled Cena on the outside while Kane covered Reigns inside but only for a two. Orton to notice and began to question why Kane would cover for the win, when he is supposed to make sure he won! The two eventually had it out when Kane had enough of Orton and the two began to brawl. Kane perched Orton on top of the turnbuckle and it looked like he was going to go for a Superplex but instead Cena and Reigns grabs Kane’s leg and hit both Kane and Orton with a Super Power Bomb! For the second time Roman Reigns and John Cena have a stare down, just to get interrupted by Kane sitting up. The two superstars beat down on Kane while Orton sneaks in a takes out Reigns with a back breaker, and then takes Cena out. Orton goes to cover Roman, but Kane comes in and breaks up the pin and begins to battle with Orton again, before Cena hits him with an Attitude Adjustment. Orton and Cena begin to battle, Orton went for his signature backbreaker, but Cena countered into an STF and tried to get Orton to tap out, and just when Orton was about to tap, Roman Reigns caught his arm and pulled Orton out of the ring and then tossed him over the announce table. Reigns got in the ring and the third stare down from Reigns and Cena but this time they begin to brawl! Roman gets the advantage and is looking to hit The Superman Punch, but Cena avoided and hit Reigns with a side slam but only for two. Once back to their feet Reigns ducks a clothesline from Cena and connects with The Superman Punch that sets Cena up for The Spear. Reigns waits for Cena to get to his feet before running at him and connecting with The Spear. Roman Reigns covers Cena and Kane barley saves the match. Reigns begins to brawl with Kane in the corner and connected with The Superman Punch onto Kane, and Kane falls onto the ropes. Reigns leaves the ring and dropkicks Cena while running around the ring, next on his list was Randy Orton who was on the announce table and last was The Devil’s Favorite Demon! Roman takes at Orton and spears him through the barricade! Roman Reigns makes his way back in the ring and connects with The Spear on Kane and covers him for the win, but Cena breaks it up! Cena covers Kane, but Reigns breaks it up. Reigns tries to toss Cena out, but John Cena counters Roman Reigns and tosses him out of the ring before hitting Kane with The Attitude Adjustment, Cena covers Kane, but Reigns breaks it up and then covers Kane, but Cena breaks it up and then hits Reigns with The Attitude Adjustment for the win, but Kane breaks it up this time, and covers Reigns until Cena breaks it up. Roman Reigns is back up and connects with a Spear to Kane and covers him to win, but Orton breaks up the pin and hits Reigns with an RKO, but before he can pin someone Cena lifts Orton onto his shoulders and hits The Attitude Adjustment to Orton onto Kane. Cena covers Kane for the win!
Winner & Still WWE World Heavyweight Champion – John Cena
Grade, A-, I think most of us already knew that Cena was walking away as champ tonight, since it was practically leaked that he would defend his title against Brock Lesnar at Summer Slam, but WWE did a good job at getting everyone else to pay attention to something, or should I say someone else. Everybody was watching Roman Reigns tonight, to see if he can hang with the big dogs, and I’ll say he did good, but a Fatal Four Way is still able to hide the things he is not good at, which is great, but Reigns still hasn’t proven If he can go in a long singles match where its only him and his opponent. We already know Cena will probably face Lesnar. There has been rumors flying around of Reigns vs. Triple H, but I think that’s a match more worthy of WrestleMania! I would prefer to see Orton take on Reigns, but maybe there is something between him and Kane. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, all I know is big things are in store for Roman Reigns!
Superstars of the Night – The Usos
I found tonight Superstar of night rather hard. Roman Reigns did good, but not amazing, Jericho did win, but it an alright match and it’s not like received much of a reaction after he won and sadly Dean Ambrose did not get to compete, but that opening match between The Usos and The Wyatts was amazing! A Match of the Year nominee if you ask me! What really shocked me is The Usos coming away with the win, I would of bet money that The Wyatts walked out as champ, I’m glad I didn’t! Uso sent a message out to every team tonight. You want some come get some!