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WWE Battleground 2013 Results: No Champion Crowned, Punk Wins

WWE Battleground 2013 lived up to the billing by delivering one of the worst pay per view events in recent memory. A controversial WWE championship match finish has left fans angry and upset for the second month straight.

The WWE championship is still vacant going back to the RAW following Night of Champions 2013. Neither Randy Orton nor Daniel Bryan was able to secure a win in the headliner to determine a new champion. The finish of the Bryan vs. Orton match probably bumps off the John Cena vs. Ryback Extreme Rules finish as the worst of the year. It is one that has a lot of people scratching their heads this morning and others who paid for the show demanding a refund.

The finish came when Daniel Bryan reversed the RKO into the Yes Lock. The Big Show’s music played and he walked down the aisle and knocked Bryan out with this one-punch finisher. Brad Maddox then ordered recently dismissed referee Scott Armstrong down the aisle to count a pin in favor of Orton. Show and Orton got into an argument and Show wound up knocking out Orton. That was it! That was the end of your main-event.

I don’t even know where to begin. I don’t understand what the harm would have been in putting one of the guys over with some kind of screwy finish. The show overall was not very good and had little buzz going into it. This is the kind of show like TLC last year that needed something to talk about (positively) and it didn’t get it. I have said this many times but the days of Vince McMahon being a genius are long gone and if you really think Hunter would be any better…you should probably watch this finish.

All reports indicate that Orton and Bryan will rematch at Hell in a Cell in three weeks but that kind of finish leads me to believe that they are going with a Triple Threat match involving The Big Show. At this point I don’t think it matters. The Bryan vs. Orton pay per view matches have come nowhere near as close to their RAW matches in regards to quality. They have all been pretty average in my opinion so whether Show is in or not doesn’t bother me.

In the semi-main event CM Punk defeated Ryback. Punk pinned Ryback after delivering a low blow. The match was also pretty average. Quite frankly it was nowhere near as good as their title series last year but I think that one had a lot more energy for a variety of reasons. I am not sure where you go here with this one. Heyman has made such a big deal of Ryback that I don’t know why you’d beat the guy in the first Punk match. I really don’t. Where do you go from here? What is the point in doing a rematch? What do you do with Heyman?

In the best match of the night The Rhodes family defeated The Shield which brings Cody and Goldust back into the WWE. Cody pinned Rollins with the crossroads for the pin. This was great and had a ton of energy. The WWE really has something here with the Rhodes brothers. I hope it isn’t one and done because this could launch Cody into the WWE championship picture if they can sustain his momentum.

Full WWE Battleground 2013 match results and winners…
Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow
Alberto Del Rio defeated Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez) by submission in a Hardcore Rules match for the World Heavyweight Championship
The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) (with Zeb Colter) defeated Santino Marella and The Great Khali (with Hornswoggle)
Curtis Axel (with Paul Heyman) defeated R-Truth to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
AJ Lee with Tamina Snuka) defeated Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella) to retain the WWE Divas Championship
Goldust and Cody Rhodes (with Dusty Rhodes) defeated The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) (with Dean Ambrose)
Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated Kofi Kingston
CM Punk defeated Ryback (with Paul Heyman)
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton ended in a no contest for the vacant WWE Championship

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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