OSR: WWE Battleground 2013 Review
In the next edition of the OSR, we go back to 2013 when the WWE Championship had being declared vacant due to a controversial finish at Night of Champions. The Authority was beginning to ride high at this time, two championships were beginning to wind down to one and CM Punk was in his final few months with the company. Categorically, this event has never being seen through in its entirety so this will be an interesting one to watch. So, almost completely clueless here with go with the OSR, WWE Battleground 2013 Review…
The opening promo looks at feuds becoming a battleground, with the boundaries now being established by The Authority. Several feuds are given a lot of prominence here which is really good, before we then the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Our commentary team for the evening are Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler for this evenings event, and we are quickly off to the ring for the first match of the evening.
World Heavyweight Championship: Hardcore Match – Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Rob Van Dam (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez)
Both men make their way to the ring, with Ricardo doing the introduction for RVD. Lilian Garcia then does a Spanish introduction for Del Rio, and the match gets underway. The match quickly goes outside of the ring, where it becomes apparent that Rodriguez is going to be very annoying. The match continues with a variety of weapons being brought into play, and Del Rio assuming the control of the match. Rodriguez soon enough interferes in the match, attacking Del Rio with a trash can lid but is ultimately taken out himself. This allows RVD to resume control of the match, and nail a miniature Five Star Frog Splash onto Del Rio…underneath a ladder. RVD then misses a Van Terminator, allowing Del Rio to use a chair to lock in the Cross Arm Breaker to pick up the win in an enjoyable opening match.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
The Great Khali and Santino Marella (w/ Hornswoggle) vs. The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) (w/ Zeb Colter)
Both teams make their way to the ring, after Zeb has cut a promo backstage about Canadians sneaking over the border. The match gets underway with The Real Americans assuming control of the match over Marella, Before long though, Marella is able to mount a comeback and Khali gets tagged into the match. He is able to assume some brief dominance, but he ultimately falls foul to an impressive big swing from Cesaro. The surprising bit, Cesaro is able to pick up the win from this. Cesaro looked very good with the finish, whereas it made Khali look exceptionally weak. In all honesty, complete washout of a match.
Winners: The Real Americans
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Curtis Axel (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. R-Truth
Curtis Axel makes his way to the ring first, as a video clip is shown from RAW where Truth was able to get a victory over Axel. Truth then makes his way to the ring, where an attack from Axel is shown from SmackDown which lead to this match. Truth tries to have some momentum in the early moments, but is ultimately taken apart by Axel. Truth gets some brief comeback, with some near finishes but ultimately Axel is able to pick up the win to retain the championship in a wasteful match unfortunately. Unfortunate because Axel has a lot of potential.
Winner: Curtis Axel, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars