SWEET CHIN MUSINGS: WWE Battleground in Tweets

SWEET CHIN MUSINGS: WWE Battleground in Tweets
By Rick Nash Updated

 

To say the least, WWE Battleground divided opinions. Even before the show began, people were ranging from calling it a well-built card filled with matches that all had a solid storyline base, to one of the worst WWE pay-per view line-ups of the year. We were no closer to consensus by the time the night was over.

Partly because not all of the show happened as announced. Instead of having their highly-anticipated match, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose had three extended brawls (the last in the car park) broken up by WWE officials, leading to Seth being written out of his expected Money In The Bank briefcase cash-in attempt after an underwhelming WWE Championship match (which saw John Cena retain against Roman Reigns, Kane and Randy Orton). To boot, during the show a tweet from Paul Heyman revealed that Brock Lesnar wouldn't be appearing as people had similarly anticipated. This move makes sense on a booking level, they already have viewers' WWE Network subscriptions so a rating on Raw becomes more important once the show begins, but it did raise fans' ire. Not to mention the fact people were already upset by Lana referring to the Malaysian Airlines flight disaster during a pre-match promo.

I have to feel somewhat for WWE here (though not for the ill-advised promo): people regularly give them stick about being predictable at events like this, yet when the Seth Rollins cash-in and Brock Lesnar arrival doesn't happen as anticipated, people then chastise them for not following through with the predictable outcome. The show had some highpoints that seem to be getting forgotten in the aftermath: The Usos and The Wyatt Family opened the show with a surprise Match of the Year contender 2-out-of-3 Falls Match that saw The Usos retain their tag-team titles. After Lana's controversial promo, Rusev and Jack Swagger wrestled a fine match to a crowd eating their angle up (Rusev won by countout). And Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose entertained with their skits, who cares if there wasn't a bell rung or a three-count? WWE were also unlucky in that Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt didn't click in the ring as expected (which happens). Nor did AJ and Paige as AJ retained her Divas Title. The Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal entertained, but its outcome (Miz threw Dolph Ziggler over the top after hiding at ringside for the match) upset many.

If nothing else, though, it was a night that got people talking. Here's the best of the night's action, according to Twitter:

We haven't forgotten you Bryan...

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Layla began a new and no doubt very successful gimmick dancing with Adam Rose...

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Cameron shocked the (15 people in the) world (who gave a shit) when she beat Naomi on the kickoff show...

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Get ready to eat your words pal...

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The Usos/Wyatts quickly got amazing...

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And it all made sense why soon after...

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There was a lot of this after Triple H 'cancelled' Rollins/Ambrose following their backstage brawl...

The CM Punk chants started during AJ/Paige...

It never really got going, sadly...

Look we all have our weird little rituals alright...

Lana tried to deflect attention from her flight MH17 reference by baiting the creeps out there...

Of course some still couldn't resist...

I hear he fights for my life...

Ireland's NXT star, Becky Lynch, loves a cheesy pun...

Rusev's attempt to reach the ropes during the anklelock generated a lot of discussion...

The Dolphin 'spoiler' kid had another bad night...

The only difference is that everyone would've loved it in 1998...

Dean Ambrose returned to attack Seth Rollins in the ring, only to have the fight broken up...

Then Chris Jericho took on Bray Wyatt...

They didn't click either...

Jericho debuted in WWE a whole 15 years ago guys, let that soak in for a second...

It was time for the IC Title Battle Royal (the coldest Battle Royal known to man)...

Things got awkward when Dolph and Sheamus messed up a spot...

A lotta people were upset when Bo Dallas got eliminated (including me as I'd a bet on him at 7/2)...

Cesaro then got eliminated by Heath Slater...

Unlike Dolphin1925, someone was getting their predictions nailed on...

After doing the 'hiding around the ring and coming back in as a surprise' spot three times, The Miz's win was kinda telegraphed...

On the bright side...

Even Mick Foley's daughter was apathetic, EVEN MICK FOLEY'S DAUGHTER...

Maybe Cena wouldn't be a 15-time Champion if some of his opponents studied his previous matches...

As the four-way main event proceeded to underwhelm, people were praying for Brock to save us...

But this tweet put those hopes to bed...

And this thought pretty much summed up everyone's feelings as the show went off the air...

WWE Battleground Quick Results

Kickoff Show: ADAM ROSE defeated FANDANGO
Kickoff Show: CAMERON defeated NAOMI
2-out-of-3 Falls Match: WWE Tag-Team Champions, THE USOS defeated LUKE HARPER & ERIC ROWAN
Divas Champion, AJ LEE defeated PAIGE
RUSEV defeated JACK SWAGGER by countout
SETH ROLLINS defeated DEAN AMBROSE by forfeit
CHRIS JERICHO defeated BRAY WYATT
THE MIZ won the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal
WWE World Champion, JOHN CENA defeated ROMAN REIGNS, KANE & RANDY ORTON


Rick Nash is a former professional wrestler, the co-host of Balls.ie's official WWE podcast, Low Blows, and the founder of WWE Parties Ireland. He is also a DJ and terrible sports gambler, so feel free to share some tips with him on Twitter.

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