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WWE Battleground 2014: A night of wasted potential

WWE Battleground had shaped up to be an incredibly exciting evening, even for a C-list PPV. The night would witness a number of established stars counterpointed with the rising talent of the day, with a number of feuds that had been garnering impressive reception from the live audiences. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins’s heated confrontation, the international collision between Jack Swagger and Rusev, and the highly-anticipated crowning of a new Intercontinental Champion in a 20-man battle royal. This is without mentioning the main event, a Fatal Four-Way pitting WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena against two key members of the Authority, Randy Orton and Kane, and the wildcard in the explosive and heavily popular Roman Reigns.

With all these intangibles, it is disappointing to be writing a recap that holds such a negative connotations. Perhaps my expectations had been risen to an unnaturally high degree for a PPV the significance of Battleground, and thus its failings can be written off as par for such a minimally important event. That being said, this PPV had the ability to be one of the most surprisingly awesome nights in 2014, and the fact that it fell so far short of this can’t be seen as anything other than an anticlimax.

A combination of poor booking, uneventful matches and a subdued crowd in Tampa, Florida made for a night that will soon be forgotten. Therefore, it would be most fruitful to examine the five matches that failed to live up to the haughty expectations prior to the show, and then to end by giving due credit to one match that certainly did leave an excellent impression.

Match #5 – Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose


It’s difficult to truly assess this match, as the match never officially took place. In a heated backstage altercation, COO Triple H decided that Ambrose had proven too reckless to keep in the building, and proceeded to have him thrown out by security. Thus, when Rollins made his entrance to the ring, he cut a promo stating that Ambrose had allowed his temper to get the better of him again, and had thus forfeited the match.

This was extremely disappointing for fans in attendance and those watching at home. Rollins and Ambrose, since their time together in the Shield, have proven that they can consistently produce show-stealing matches. Furthermore, the story in which Rollins betrayed his Shield brethren to join the Authority and win the Money in the Bank briefcase has been compelling television, Ambrose an itch that the powers-that-be cannot permanently scratch. So, after all the abuse Ambrose had recently taken at the hands of Rollins, Randy Orton and Kane, to see his opportunity to lay into his rival in the ring ended prematurely was extremely disappointing.

The reason why this match is lowest on this list is two-fold. One, the fierce confrontation that followed Rollins’ victory between the sell-out and Ambrose did evoke an impassioned response from the crowd, even if as a spot it appeared more appropriate for an episode of RAW. The anger on Triple H’s face demonstrated his desire to protect his prized investment, and the battle ensured both were able to expose the explosiveness they can bring out of each other. Secondly, these persistent injustices towards Ambrose will give him more and more empathy from the audience, and ensure the reaction for their undoubted Summerslam confrontation is as strong as possible. This is a double-edged sword however, as this non-contest puts a great deal of pressure for the pair to deliver in the biggest party of the Summer.

Match #4 – Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal


I am not one of these Miz-haters that suggest that he is never going to get over with the WWE Universe. As a heel he is effective, and those that have been quick to lament his return and disparage his latest gimmick will eventually recognise that he understands the business a great deal more than “smart” fans think. So, him winning the Intercontinental Championship is not the reason that I found this match disappointing. It just appeared as though little was actually achieved during the match until the Miz won the title.

Firstly, Miz spent shy of one minute in the ring, which while for years has been an effective heel strategy, appeared very cliche for the supposed new face of sports and entertainment. It doesn’t really add a great deal of suspense when the crowd see him crouching at ringside – they’re not stupid enough to forget he’s there, so the result becomes far more predictable.

Furthermore, Rob Van Dam’s absence detracted from the excitement in-ring, and leads to my next point. Bo Dallas, who anybody has read my recent articles knows I highly regard, eliminated Sin Cara and Titus O’Neil and finished in the top four. Sounds great, but without a marquee elimination, it lessens the memory of Dallas’s feat. In the same vein, a shock moment like Heath Slater eliminating Antonio Cesaro, which elicited a great response. Then he was immediately kicked out of the ring by Sheamus, not even giving him the opportunity to bask in his accomplishment. Thus, the result of the battle royal didn’t disappoint me, but the process to get there did.

Match #3 – Cameron vs. Naomi


My issues with the Divas division in its current state is a list a mile long, and it seems to grow longer with every match. On the whole though, their continued disappointment either is a result of forgettable matches or poor creative direction. This match was an example of the latter. In Naomi, they have a competitor that is incredibly athletic and a well-versed high-flier. Her match against Paige for the Divas Championship at Money in the Bank demonstrated that she is potentially a future champion, and she is getting better after every match.

Then there is Cameron. I am one of the few that remembers the Tough Enough season of 2011, and saw Cameron as the first eliminated, demonstrating both a lack of ability and wrestling knowledge. Three years on, and very little evidence has been put forward to illustrate she has changed one iota. She’s a good dancer, and would certainly make a great heel valet, but as a wrestler I can’t take her seriously. This isn’t a case of Trish Stratus starting with few skills and becoming one of the greatest of all time. Cameron has been with WWE since 2011, and at her current improvement rate she will be tolerable in the ring by 2019. Her move-set consists of slaps, slamming her opponent’s head to the mat, hair-pulling and rest holds. Moreover, I have yet to see her employ much in the way of a finishing move other than by rolling up her opponent, which was how this match ended.

Giving Cameron the victory is the equivalent of Dolph Ziggler losing to Colin Delaney. Those that suggest Cameron is worth pushing as she has the “personality” her partner is lacking can then look forward to a roster of Cameron and Eva Marie, as the likes of Natalya, Tamina Snuka and Emma plummet down the card into obscurity. In all of Cameron’s “matches” against Paige prior this feud she looked competitive exactly 2.87% of the time, and so for her to get any victory over Naomi, even by nefarious means, is entirely unbelievable.

Match #2 – Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt


The following words I am about to write I never believed would ever come to fruition. Chris Jericho is an all-time legend, and one of the most talented, knowledgeable, funny and entertaining superstars to have ever graced any wrestling ring. He is one of my wrestling heroes, and I personally class him as one of the five greatest I have ever witnessed. But, against Bray Wyatt, another match that was highly anticipated since their confrontation on June 30th, the penny dropped – Jericho may not have “it” any more. That match was laboured, slow and boring, with Wyatt carrying the brunt of the action, and the crowd losing interest with every passing second.

Wyatt carries a fair amount of the blame for this abomination, as he appeared restrained in his mannerisms, and was lumbering from one power-move/clothesline and rest hold to the next. It was uninspired, unoriginal, and to call it dull would be a gross understatement. This was less of the classics he has had with the likes of Daniel Bryan and John Cena, and more a hark back to his debut against Kane almost a year ago. Maybe something about the summertime affects his mind. But Jericho, a man who has always been able to carry any match to at least an acceptable standard, played his part in taking a damaged plane and pushing down on the joystick for good measure. If any younger superstar employed some of the moves he was using at the moment, crowds would be telling them to go back to the 1980′s where they belong. While he still carries some of the signature moves we know and love, they all take a few more seconds to apply, and even his codebreaker was looking less explosive.

The worst part of this match however was the finish. Yes, Wyatt is no longer undefeated, but at this point only John Cena had pinned The Eater of Worlds. Therefore a victory over him would still be recognised as quite a feat. Therefore, either Wyatt should have won this match, or if Jericho had to win it should be DQ or count-out. Wyatt went down after one codebreaker – one. Losses like this will cause Wyatt to lose his mystique, and whilst these results would be understandable against a Roman Reigns or Daniel Bryan, Jericho does not need this. At least he was saved the ultimate case of bad booking by not being forced to submit to the Walls of Jericho, but it does not hide the fact this was a bad match with a worse ending.

Match #1 – AJ Lee vs. Paige


The Divas division looked like it finally had a feud that could return to the days of Trish Stratus vs. Lita or Mickie James vs. Lay-Cool. This looked to be a slow-burner, as after Lee quickly restored herself to the top at the young anti-diva’s expense on June 30, instead of being at each others throats, they behaved like best friends. This was an interesting direction, and one that could bear fruit if given the correct direction. The more important facet for real wrestling fans was that these were two women that truly wanted from a young age to become wrestlers. They had a passion for the business, and a compendium of great performances behind them. As the reviewer of NXT, I see that the future looks bright for the divas division with the likes of Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss and Bayley all showing solid in-ring potential. And this feud looked like the Genesis for this Renaissance of women’s wrestling. Maybe I wished too much for my own good.

The outset of the match already had my blood boiling, as the imaginative Tampa crowd decided to bring out the CM Punk chants. You know, because Lee is his wife, and he used to wrestle for WWE. It really detracts from her performances (through no fault of her own) if the audience does not accept that no matter how hard they chant in her matches, Punk is not coming back anytime soon, so get over it. However, an unhelpful crowd was not the only thing that caused this match to be decidedly underwhelming. Both Divas almost certainly recognise how they are perceived by wrestling fans, as the heirs-apparent to Trish and Lita, and thus this match suffered as they both tried to hard to reach that level immediately, and they are not quite ready yet.

The match had numerous failed spots and botches, and every big move that was attempted was directed by Paige quite openly saying “Ready?” at each juncture. Paige was in control for the vast majority of the match, and the crowd seemed to lose interest very quickly. It’s not that Paige did her job as the “heel” badly, it’s just a flow of a match building to a crescendo at the end never really seemed to be established. The pair appeared to be struggling to work out an effective harmony, which is why instead of the big spots coming together naturally, they had to be very obviously coordinated, so the match lost its naturalness. I feel for the best results, these two need ignore the pressure to become the next Trish and Lita, and concentrate on becoming the first and only Paige and AJ. Of course, it would help if fans could let go of preconceptions and other unconnected superstars to concentrate on what they are producing. This feud still has life in it, but a great deal will have to change for these two to reach the heights that this match-up could reach for years to come.

Diamond In The Rough – The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family


Battleground was not all doom and gloom, but to find the best of the card you had to look right at the bottom of the main card, where two teams with unparalleled chemistry mixed it up one more time. Following their classic at Money in the Bank, the Usos and the Wyatt Family’s battle over the tag team titles looked to be reaching a natural climax at Battleground. Harper and Rowan, the powerhouse followers of Bray Wyatt, have in recent months placed themselves almost as the true stars of the faction. Wyatt’s words may have the whole world in his hands, but in the ring his brethren have more consistently produced greatness. Alongside the synchronous pairing of the Uso brothers, their matches have been getting rave reviews, and so a two-out-of-three falls match appeared to be a sure-fire recipe for success. It was that and so much more.

The match was almost entirely controlled by the bigger, stronger Wyatt family, whilst the Usos offence was limited to sharp flurries, kicks and flying through the air. A great touch was the hot tag by the Usos which was then immediately countered with a boot by Harper for the first pinfall. The Usos were able to respond with a roll-up, and then the action reached its zenith. Counters, kicks, powerbombs, clotheslines, breaking the pins at the last second, it was an unbelievable and gripping encounter which had the crowd buzzing from start to finish. When Erick Rowan kicked out of a patented Uso splash from the top rope, it seemed a surety that the titles were heading to the swamps. But, following a double kick to the skull of Harper, both Usos simultaneously splashed onto the big man, bringing the 1-2-3. Once again the titles alluded the Wyatts, showing the company’s confidence in the Usos as long-term champions, and the ability of this feud to continue to Summerslam. The Wyatt Family will one day be champions, as their ability merits it. This just allows us to enjoy more matches between these two in the future, which certainly isn’t a bad thing.

The tag team division maybe a lot thinner than it used to be, but with teams like these, the WWE is able to deceive fans into thinking it is the best it has been since the early 2000′s. It is a shame that this was the start of the main show, as whilst these four were great, it meant that Battleground was only going to be downhill from there.

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Callum Wiggins graduated from the University of York in 2014 with a degree in History. Currently in the early stages of his freelance journalism career, he has contributed material to a number of websites predominantly centred on professional wrestling and football. He has been a fervent fanof WWE since 2002 and has also enjoyed watching TNA and ROH, as well as occasionally NJPW. Outside of his love for wrestling he supports Arsenal FC, enjoys video gaming and is a fan of comedy programmes.

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WWE Battleground 2014: A night of wasted potential

WWE Battleground 2014 Results

Posted on 20th July 2014 by


Still The Champ.

The second annual WWE Battleground came to you, live on the WWE Network, from the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL. After making it clear to The Authority that he would not cooperate with their crooked agenda on what is “best for business”, WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena immediately made an enemy of The Authority and, as a result, John Cena’s first defense of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship could very well be his last as Battleground would see John Cena defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against “The Viper” Randy Orton, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane, and the explosive Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way Match, where the first Superstar to score a pinfall or submission will leave Battleground as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Since turning his back on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns the night after Payback, Seth Rollins has become The Authority’s “Plan B” and, after an assist from Kane allowed Rollins to win the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase at Money-in-the-Bank, Seth Rollins is all but guaranteed to be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. However, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” has been plagued by one man as Dean Ambrose has made it his personal mission to ruin every cash-in that Seth Rollins attempts. Now, at Battleground, “The Lunatic Fringe” will finally get his shot at revenge when Dean Ambrose goes one-on-one with Seth Rollins.

A few weeks ago on RAW, Chris Jericho made his grand return to WWE, but what was supposed to be a great night for the six-time former World Champion was ruined by The Wyatt Family, who beat Jericho down in the middle of the ring. “Y2J” has sought answers from The Wyatt Family’s leader, Bray Wyatt, but Bray has only responded in riddles, offering no real explanation for his actions. At Battleground, Jericho would be looking to combat the nightmarish Wyatt Family when Jericho goes one-on-one with Bray Wyatt.

In a battle between two proud patriots, Battleground would see a war of nations as “The Hero of the Russian Federation” Rusev, with Lana in his corner, would collide with “The Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner. Will Rusev’s domination of the WWE roster continue with Jack Swagger serving as his latest victim or will Swagger make his country proud by ending Rusev’s undefeated streak in WWE?

Ever since Bad News Barrett suffered a separated shoulder that required surgery last month, WWE has been without an Intercontinental Champion, but that would be remedied at Battleground as United States Champion Sheamus, the self-proclaimed “A-Lister” The Miz, “The King of Swing” Cesaro, six-time former Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Sin Cara, Heath Slater, Titus O’Neil, R-Truth, Xavier Woods, Zack Ryder, Diego, & The Great Khali would all compete in the Battleground Battle Royal where the last man standing in the match will be crowned the brand new Intercontinental Champion!

After months of combatting The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, The Usos have narrowly been able to hang on to their WWE Tag Team Titles, but Battleground could very well play host to The Wyatt Family’s first taste of gold as Luke Harper & Erick Rowan would challenge The Usos in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles where the first team to score two falls over the other team will leave Battleground as the WWE Tag Team Champions.

The night after Money-in-the-Bank, AJ Lee returned from a three-month hiatus to challenge Paige for the Divas Title and, in similar fashion to how Paige upset AJ Lee the night after WrestleMania to win the title, AJ Lee would quickly catch Paige in a roll-up, scoring the three-count to pick up where she left off the night after WrestleMania, reigning as the Divas Champion. Since losing the title, Paige has taken the strange approach of actually forging a friendship with her rival, but the friendship would be put to the ultimate test at Battleground when AJ Lee defends the Divas Title against Paige.

Match Results

  • WWE Tag Team Championship: 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: First Fall: Luke Harper & Erick Rowan def. The Usos (c) by Luke Harper pinning Jimmy Uso (c) following a big boot.
  • WWE Tag Team Championship: 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: Second Fall: The Usos (c) def. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan by Jey Uso (c) rolling up Luke Harper.
  • WWE Tag Team Championship: 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: Third Fall: The Usos (c) def. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan by Jimmy Uso (c) pinning Luke Harper following a double Superfly Splash to retain.
  • Divas Championship: AJ Lee (c) def. Paige by pin following the Shining Wizard to retain.
  • Rusev (with Lana) def. Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) by count-out.
  • Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose by forfeit.
  • Chris Jericho def. Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) by pin following the Codebreaker.
  • Intercontinental Championship: Battleground Battle Royal: The Miz def. Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Bo Dallas, Heath Slater, Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Alberto Del Rio, Titus O’Neil, Ryback, Diego, Damien Sandow, Curtis Axel, R-Truth, Sin Cara, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder, & Xavier Woods to win the Intercontinental Title.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Fatal 4-Way Match: John Cena (c) def. Randy Orton, Kane, & Roman Reigns by pinning Kane following the Attitude Adjustment on Randy Orton on top of Kane to retain.

Detailed Results

Battleground kicks off with gold on the line as The Usos would put the WWE Tag Team Titles on the line against The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match. The first fall of the match would go to Luke Harper & Erick Rowan as Luke Harper blasts Jimmy Uso with a big boot, pinning Jimmy to score the early advantage. Shortly after this, Jey Uso would get the tag into the match and Jey would surprise Luke Harper with a roll-up, scoring the three-count to even the match up at one fall a piece. Both teams would put it all on the line in the third fall of the match, but both teams would continue to survive with Erick Rowan even kicking out of the Superfly Splash by Jey Uso! Shortly after this, Erick Rowan would manage to hook both of The Usos on the top rope, delivering a double superplex to the champions, but The Usos would still survive! Luke Harper would then hit the Discus Clothesline on Jimmy Uso, but Jey Uso would save the match before both Usos would deliver a double superkick to both Harper & Rowan. Both of The Usos would then climb to the top rope, delivering a double Superfly Splash to Luke Harper as Jimmy Uso finally gets the three-count over Luke Harper as The Usos retain the WWE Tag Team Titles in an incredible match.

Backstage, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins was being interviewed about his match with Dean Ambrose when “The Lunatic Fringe” assaults Seth Rollins in the backstage area and agents are quick to separate the fight. WWE COO Triple H then arrives on the scene, ordering that Dean Ambrose be kicked out of the arena!

After her shocking return last month and even more shocking win over Paige to regain the Divas Title, Battleground would see AJ Lee defend the Divas Title against the former champion whom AJ Lee has befriended in Paige. During the competitive matchup, Paige would seemingly be as upset with AJ Lee’s lack of offense as she was about not being able to defeat the champion, but in the end, it was AJ Lee hitting the Shining Wizard on Paige en route to picking up the win, successfully retaining the Divas Title.

Battleground would serve as the site of a war between nations as “The Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, would go one-on-one with “The Hero of the Russian Federation” Rusev, with Lana in his corner. During the match, Jack Swagger would manage to lock the Patriot Lock in on Rusev, but Rusev would make it to the ropes and, after the hold was broken, Rusev would fall to the outside of the ring. Swagger would follow Rusev to the outside, locking in the Patriot Lock again on the outside of the ring. However, Rusev would counter, sending Swagger skull-first into the steel ring post before Rusev slides back into the ring just before the referee gets to the count of ten as Rusev wins the match via count-out. After the match, WWE’s ringside doctor would tend to the unconscious Jack Swagger, but, at the instruction of Lana, Rusev would drag the helpless Swagger into the ring, locking the Accolade in on Swagger before Lana finally calls off the assault.

With his match against Dean Ambrose apparently called off after Ambrose was ejected from the arena by the order of Triple H, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins would make his way to the ring. Rollins would reveal that he is out there to accept his victory over Dean Ambrose via forfeit, forcing the ring announcer to announce Rollins as the winner of the match that did not even happen! Seth Rollins then made his exit, but he was ambushed on the ramp by Dean Ambrose, who assaults Rollins throughout the crowd. Rollins would briefly fight back, but Dean Ambrose would pull Rollins off of the ringside barricade onto the Spanish announce table. Security would try to break up the fight, but Dean Ambrose would break free, again jumping on “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” before a slew of referees come out to try and break things up. WWE COO Triple H then comes out and, with the help of some agents, Dean Ambrose is finally restrained, but Seth Rollins is then the one to jump on Ambrose. Order is eventually restored as Dean Ambrose is literally carried away while Triple H raises Seth Rollins’ hand in victory.

After having his return to WWE ruined by The Wyatt Family, Chris Jericho would set his sights on taking down The Wyatt Family as “Y2J” would go one-on-one with the leader of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in his corner. During the match, Luke Harper would grab the ankle of Chris Jericho and the referee would spot Harper’s interference and would eject Luke Harper & Erick Rowan from ringside, leaving Bray Wyatt to face Jericho on his own! Both men would give it their all in this intense match, but it was Chris Jericho who would surprise Bray Wyatt with the Codebreaker that would result in a victory for “Y2J”.

Outside the arena, Seth Rollins is on his way out of the arena following his brawl with Dean Ambrose earlier in the night, but after dismissing the security guards that were escorting him out of the building, Rollins could visibly sense something was wrong. Rollins’ instincts would prove to be accurate as, with Seth Rollins’ back turned, Dean Ambrose would come out of his hiding spot in the trunk of a car, but Rollins would dodge the charging Ambrose. “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” would then scramble to get away from Ambrose, but Ambrose would catch up to Rollins and Ambrose would slam Rollins on a car hood. Ambrose and Rollins then brawl on the roof of the car before Rollins kicks Ambrose off of the car, allowing Rollins to hop into the car and quickly speed away, narrowly avoiding Dean Ambrose for the time being.

After the injured former champion, Bad News Barrett, vows to get his Intercontinental Title back as soon as he is able, it was then time to crown a brand new Intercontinental Champion as Big E, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, R-Truth, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Zack Ryder, Titus O’Neil, Damien Sandow, Heath Slater, Diego, Sin Cara, Xavier Woods, The Great Khali, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, & United States Champion Sheamus would compete in the Battleground Battle Royal with the last man standing in the ring being named the new Intercontinental Champion. The Great Khali would be the first to make an impact, eliminating Xavier Woods and Zack Ryder before Sheamus would blast Khali with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus, Cesaro, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, Titus O’Neil, Sin Cara, Big E, & Kofi Kingston would work together to eliminate The Great Khali from the match. The next Superstar to go was Sin Cara, who was eliminated by Bo Dallas. Curtis Axel then tosses R-Truth out before Damien Sandow sends Curtis Axel packing. Diego then sends Damien Sandow to the outside before Diego gets tosses out by Ryback. Shortly after this, Sheamus uses the Brogue Kick to eliminate Ryback from the match. After spending most of the match on the outside, The Miz would try to score a quick elimination at the expense of Sheamus, but Sheamus would knock Miz down, who immediately goes under the bottom rope to the outside. Bo Dallas then eliminates Titus O’Neil from the match before Dolph Ziggler is able to eliminate Alberto Del Rio. The Miz then enters the match again, but after getting knocked down by Big E, Miz again rolls to the outside of the ring. In an amazing feat of strength, Cesaro then hoists Big E over the top rope to the outside. Cesaro then tries to eliminate Kofi Kingston, but Big E catches Kofi, keeping Kingston in the match for a short time before Cesaro eliminates Kofi from the match. With his attention on Kofi Kingston, Cesaro is caught by surprise when Heath Slater comes from behind, eliminating Cesaro from the match! However, a Brogue Kick from Sheamus would eliminate Heath Slater from the match before Dolph Ziggler eliminates Bo Dallas from the match. Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler would then go to war with both men pulling everything out of their arsenal to try and eliminate each other before Dolph Ziggler was able to knock Sheamus off of the ring apron, eliminating the United States Champion. Ever the opportunist, The Miz would then jump back into the ring, quickly eliminating Dolph Ziggler to win the match and become the new Intercontinental Champion!

Then it was time for the main event as John Cena would defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against The Authority’s hand-picked “face of the WWE” Randy Orton, The Authority’s hired hit man Kane, and the explosive Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way Match, where the first Superstar to score a pinfall or submission will be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The story of the match would quickly become Randy Orton & Kane, who worked together to maintain control of John Cena and Roman Reigns throughout the match, even to the point of Kane standing guard while Randy Orton attempted to pin Cena and Reigns, but when Randy Orton and John Cena paired off on the outside of the ring, Kane would get the better of Roman Reigns, attempting to pin Reigns. Orton would spot Kane’s attempt to win the match and the partnership between Kane and Orton would quickly dissolve as Orton shoves Kane and Kane responds with an uppercut to “The Viper”! Later on in the match, it would come down to John Cena and Roman Reigns with Roman Reigns hitting the Spear on Cena, but Kane would narrowly break up the pinfall. Roman Reigns and Kane would then square off with Reigns taking out Cena, Orton, and Kane with three running kicks to the head. Roman then sizes Orton up for the Spear, sending “The Viper” crashing through the barricade on the outside! Reigns then slides back into the ring, looking for the Spear on Kane, but Kane would catch Roman Reigns, looking for the chokeslam. However, Roman would fight out and would blast Kane with the Spear, but Cena would come in, breaking up the pinfall. Cena then tosses Roman Reigns to the outside before hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Kane, but Roman breaks up the pin. Roman then tries to take the pinfall for himself, but Cena breaks it up! Cena then hits the Attitude Adjustment on Roman Reigns, but Kane breaks up the pinfall before hitting a huge chokeslam on Cena. Kane then plants Roman Reigns with a chokeslam, but Roman Reigns kicks out of the pinfall that followed. Kane then tries for the Tombstone Piledriver, but Roman Reigns fights back, hitting Kane with another Spear. Randy Orton then breaks up the pinfall, hitting the RKO on Roman Reigns. Cena then slides in, hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Randy Orton on top of Kane as Cena is finally able to score the three-count to successfully retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title!

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Cassidy is a long-time wrestling fan, having watched professional wrestling from the age of 6. Strictly a fan of the WWE, Cassidy has been contributing to Wrestling 101 as a writer and editor for more than 5 years, specializing in WWE show reports. When he is not watching wrestling, Cassidy spends his free time gaming, as well as watching and uploading YouTube videos.


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