WWE held their annual “Battleground” pay-per-view on Oct. 6 and the main event saw Daniel Bryan battle Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship. Here is a look at the WWE “Battleground” results and recap.
Before the pay-per-view started, there was one free match on the Kick-Off Show. In that match, Dolph Ziggler beat Damien Sandow with the Zig Zag in a nice 10 minute match.
The PPV itself started out with a hardcore rules match for the world championship. Alberto Del Rio defended his world title against Rob Van Dam. With RVD taking time off after this match, there were a lot of WWE rumors including Ricardo Rordiguez turning bad and Damien Sandow cashing in. Neither of those things happened and ADR won the match by submission when he used the chair to apply the cross arm breaker.
In a match that was added at the last minute, The Real Americans beat Santino Marells and Great Khali. Just as expected, this was added to allow Antonio Cesaro to pull off a big move when he hit Khali with the Big Swing. The Real Americans won the match.
Next up was the Intercontinental Championship match, where Curtis Axel beat R-Truth in a seven minute match with his Hangman’s Neckbreaker.
One of the big stories coming into “Battleground” was that Brie Bella was competing for the Diva’s title the same night her fiancée was battling for the WWE title. It was not meant to be, though, as AJ Lee pinned Bella in about six minutes with a roll up after Tamina Sunka attacked Nikki Bella outside the ring.
Up next, Cody Rhodes and Goldust battled The Shield in an attempt to win their jobs back. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes was in the corner of his sons for the match, and if the Rhodes’ boys lost, Dusty would be fired as a trainer in the developmental system. Dean Ambrose tried to interfere but Dusty Rhodes hit him with the Bionic Elbow and then Cody Rhodes hit a perfect Cross Rhodes on Seth Rollins to win the match.
Bray Wyatt fought Kofi Kingston in the next match. Wyatt won the match in about eight minutes with his finishing movie, Sister Abigail.
CM Punk and Ryback was up next as Punk is still trying to get his hands on Paul Heyman. The match lasted about 15 minutes and was very strangely paced. Punk won the match after Heyman tried to interfere, distracting the referee, and Punk hit a low blow for the win.
Finally, the main event saw Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton battle for the WWE Championship. The match lasted over 20 minutes but ended with no decision. Bryan had the Yes Lock on Orton, but before he could tap out Big Show came out and pulled the referee out of the ring. Bryan confronted Big Show, so Show knocked him out. Brad Maddox sends out formerly fired ref Scott Armstrong. Orton goes to pin Bryan, but Show pulls out Armstrong and knocks him out too. Show then knocks out Randy Orton.
That ended the match and “WWE Battleground” with no winner.