We’ve heard the DVD promos about how Triple H has made a name on breaking the rules, but what occurred at the conclusion of WWE’s inaugural Battleground pay-per-view was one rule that should not have been broken. Fans from the Buffalo arena were reportedly shouting “bullsh*t” and demanding refunds after the promised main event to crown a new title holder for the vacant WWE championship resulted in a no-contest with the championship still undecided.
From SummerSlam when Triple H pedigreed the newly crowned Daniel Bryan to practically gift wrap the WWE championship to the Mr. Money in the Bank holder Randy Orton; to Triple H stripping Daniel Bryan of the WWE championship and holding it in abeyance after a fast count from referee Scott Armstrong at Night of Champions; it is no secret that Triple H does not consider Daniel Bryan as World champion/WWE branding material.
That is why Brad Maddox, who was left in charge of the proceedings of WWE Battleground after The Administration (Triple H/Stephanie McMahon) left for the evening on some urgent business matter, sent The Big Show to reassure that Daniel Bryan did not become WWE champion at Battleground.
However, what Brad failed to realize is that The Administration has done everything in their power to embarrass and humiliate Show at every possible turn. Stephanie has made fun of Show’s ineptitude to please his wife, and Triple H paid off Big Show’s mortgage. Although I wouldn’t mind someone paying off my rent, I can see where Show’s coming from since I would also want to punch my boss’s head off if he expected a favor from me that I felt was unethical.
So, Big Show’s frustrations resulted in him punching the once fired–but seemingly rehired–referee Scott Armstrong, and culminated by knocking out Randy Orton. Yet that was all after he knocked Daniel Bryan’s lights out (not to be confused with the temporary blackout that the broadcast of Battleground encountered during the video package of the main event).
What may have been an exhilarating moment of defiance for the Big Show, ultimately robbed the eager wrestling fans who wanted to watch these two wrestlers (not sports entertainers) put everything on the line to prove why they should be champion. A moment like this should have been reserved for Monday Night RAW or Friday Night SmackDown but not for a WWE pay-per-view. The economy is tough as it is–especially with WWE forcing two PPVs in the month of October–for WWE to rape our wallets.
The only match that could be deemed “Good for Business” and actually stole the show was The Rhodes Dynasty against The Shield. The match culminated nicely with Cody Rhodes delivering Cross-Rhodes to Seth Rollins for the pinfall victory, which now results in the rehiring of himself and his brother Goldust, as well as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes keeping his job as the General Manager of NXT Wrestling.
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[Still pissed off on how WWE Battleground ended? Then watch the full WWE Championship match from WWE Over the Limit 2012 – (c) CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan courtesy of WWE’s Official YouTube channel]