Kester's WWE Battleground Rundown: John Cena retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Chris Jericho bests Bray Wyatt, and The Uso Brothers vs. Luke Harper and Eric Rowan steals the show


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Kester's WWE Battleground Rundown: John Cena retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Chris Jericho bests Bray Wyatt, and The Uso Brothers vs. Luke Harper and Eric Rowan steals the show
2014-07-21 14:25:05


By Ryan Kester

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

This match had a lot going against it. Cena's win was never in doubt with the heavily rumored showdown between him and Lesnar at SummerSlam, and WWE spent most of the build for this match sowing discord between Randy Orton and Kane, when the heels working well together would have made for more speculation for the outcome.

Despite all of the above, the fatal fourway delivered some solid action. It gave Reigns another chance to stand in the main event slot without losing anything with the loss, and Cena retained the title going into SummerSlam without a wrestler being sacrificed to him with a one month and done feud.

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho

Like many of the other matches on the card, we got a much more restrained affair than was expected heading into the evening. While holding something back for SummerSlam is understandable, it doesn't change the fact that this match failed to deliver. It was especially noticeable on Wyatt's end; he simply lacked the pace and intensity one would expect from the story his character told heading into the show.

The finish was both unsurprising and disappointing. Jericho needed the win to reestablish himself to the WWE audience, but it came on the heels of a very one-sided feud against Cena and a Money in the Bank loss for Wyatt. Had Wyatt come out of a feud looking strong, this a one-finisher clean loss.

The Uso Brothers vs. Luke Harper and Eric Rowan

Without a doubt, this was the match of the evening, and it may very well have burned the live crowd on the rest of the card. For this match to have such a definite end after such a high-paced match, it's no wonder the crowd wouldn't be as enthusiastic for a card designed to set up SummerSlam.

Still, this match was a wild ride. Both teams gave it their all and had a chance to highlight all of their big spots, and the near falls down the stretch were fantastic. I question the decision to keep the titles on the babyface team that's already done all they can with the belts, but otherwise this match was simply fun to watch.

Overall Show

Battleground was a rather flat PPV. Between finishes that were designed to set up a SummerSlam rematch, wrestlers holding back for future showdowns, and an absolutely lackluster live crowd, the show never really felt like a PPV-worthy event after the opening contest.

If you have any questions or comments or just wish to chat with a fellow wrestling fan about whatever, then feel free to email me at ryan.kester@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter.

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