On the evening of Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, the WWE put on their annual pay-per-view (PPV) known as "Battleground" and there was a lot on the line. Not only were there grudges and titles that needed to be settled and decided, but there were jobs at stake. The full results of the event are below and it was a great night that had a number of matches on the card with some great endings.
If you have not yet seen WWE "Battleground" and don't want a recap or the results, then stop reading now.
~ Opening Pre-Show Match - Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow: The crowd was pretty into it considering it was the opening match of the night, and it wasn't a bad one either. There were some near falls and great moves by both men, and this match really should have been on the actual PPV. Ziggler got the win with the Zig Zag.
~ World Heavyweight Championship - Alberto del Rio defeated Rob Van Dam: This is a hardcore rules match and one that almost immediately ends up outside and with weapons. Lots of near falls here and there are a lot of times that it appears as if RVD will win the title, but del Rio persevered.
The ending came when del Rio hit RVD with a drop toe hold onto a chair and then a superkick. RVD gets his arm trapped in a chair and stomped on before del Rio locks in the Cross Armbreaker for the submission win.
~ The Real Americans defeated Santino Marella & The Great Khali: This is a typical comedy match and even has Hornswoggle show up for some reason. Real Americans win when Antonio Cesaro gets Khali in the world's largest swing and the crowd loves it.
~ Curtis Axel defeated R-Truth: This was non-title and rather short. Axel dominated the majority of the match and Truth came back, but eventually got hit by the McGillicutter for the win.
~ Diva's Title - AJ Lee defeated Brie Bella: Tamina Snuka is in AJ's corner and Brie has her sister Nikki in her corner. Brie actually looks better in this match than she ever has and makes a great comeback after AJ dominates early on. Brie Bella hits a backbreaker but gets distracted by Tamina and that allows AJ to roll her up for the win.
~ The Rhodes Family defeated The Shield: This was easily one of the matches of the night because all four men put on great performances and the story was just fantastic. Dean Ambrose was with The Shield and Dusty Rhodes was in the corner of his sons.
Goldust takes the bulk of the punishment in the match before Cody Rhodes makes the hog tag. Near the end, Ambrose interferes but is chased off by Dusty. Cody gets back in and hits the Cross Rhodes on Seth Rollins for the win. Both of the Rhodes boys have earned jobs and Dusty gets to keep his.
~ Bray Wyatt defeated Kofi Kingston: Kofi Kingston tries to keep going to his quick, high-flying offense, but Wyatt constantly overpowers him and keeps him down. Near the end, Kofi hits a dive onto all three members of the Wyatt Family. Back in the ring, Kofi goes for the SOS, but Wyatt counters and hits Sister Abigail for the win.
~ CM Punk defeated Ryback: This isn't a bad match, but not as good as many may have been expecting. Punk really takes it to Ryback to start off, but then the big man overpowers Punk and wears him down. Punk attempts to hit the GTS, but Ryback counters into a powerslam for two. The ref catches Paul Heyman trying to hit Punk with a kendo stick which distracts Ryback and Punk hits a low blow for the pin.
~ Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton go to a no contest: The match is really a good one and it is a back and forth affair the whole time. As the end approaches, Bryan locks Orton in the Yes Lock and then Big Show's music hits, he runs down the aisle, and pulls the ref out of the ring. Bryan is incredibly mad at what just happened so Show knocks him out.
Brad Maddox comes out with new - yet fired - referee Scott Armstrong. Show pulls Armstrong out and knocks him out too. Show then gets in the ring and knocks out Orton as Maddox looks on confused and Show just stands there surrounded by people that are out cold.