We return to the expert panel after a Rhodes Family storyline video package recap. The panel breaks down the big match tonight where the future of the Rhodes Family in WWE is on the line.
Back to the Social Media Lounge with Renee Young. Young reminds everyone how to interact tonight via Twitter before reading some fan tweets. Out of nowhere, El Torito comes in and is seemingly hitting on Young in Spanish. He runs off after acting like a weirdo for a bit. Young runs down the poll about the most powerful couples in WWE history once again. HHH-Stephanie, Edge-Lita, Randy Savage-Miss Elizabeth and Booker/Sharmell are the options. The poll results show Edge and Lita winning.
We stop by the expert panel once again as they talk about Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s engagement before introducing a video package from RAW where Orton attacks Bryan this past Monday night as a distraught Brie Bella watched.
The expert panel give their predictions for tonight’s WWE Championship main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. When giving his prediction, Tensai puts on a giant fake beard and starts doing the “Yes!” chant.
We see Rob Van Dam and Alberto Del Rio backstage heading to the ring as the Kickoff Show concludes. 30 seconds until PPV time, where the World Heavyweight Championship will open tonight’s show.
WWE Battleground 2013
The usual kick-ass video package opens tonight’s WWE Battleground pay-per-view, with a ton of highlights of the top matches for tonight airs. Very cool stuff, with great production value, as usual. Kevin Dunn is the man!
The video package ends and the pyro in the arena explodes as we officially enter the WWE Battleground. Michael Cole welcomes us to the First Niagra Center in Buffalo, New York. Immediately, Rob Van Dam’s music hits and the crowd explodes. “Battleground Hardcore Rules” competition for the World Heavyweight Championship will open tonight’s show.
World Heavyweight Championship
Battleground Hardcore Rules
-Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio (c)
Van Dam and Ricardo Rodriguez come out first, both wearing their Susan G. Komen pink shirts. Out next is Alberto Del Rio. During Del Rio’s entrance, Michael Cole introduces the WWE Spanish announce team. The bell sounds and Lilian Garcia introduces the match and the rules for our opening contest. Rodriguez does the introduction for Van Dam, to the delight of the fans in Buffalo. Garcia begins Del Rio’s intro but is stopped by the World Heavyweight Champion. Del Rio tells her to introduce him in Spanish. She does. Here we go everybody!
Aberto Del Rio with some quick kicks early. Del Rio heads to the outside and looks under the rings but Van Dam catches him with a baseball slide before hitting an inverted atomic drop. Van Dam leaps on the barricade and moonsaults off on top of Del Rio for a big pop from the crowd. Van Dam picks up Del Rio and brings things back into the ring. RVD goes under the ring for a chair, hitting Del Rio in he gut on his way back in, then slingshotting in and DDT’ing Del Rio on the chair for a two count.
ADR picks up a chair and waits for RVD to stand. He hits RVD in the stomach, then across the back. Del Rio winds up and hits RVD again, then pins him for another two count. Del Rio locks in a rear chin lock and buries his knee in RVD’s back. RVD stands and fights his way out of the hold, but Del Rio hits RVD with a boot to the side of the head, then a stiff kick to the back.
ADR wedges a chair into the corner of the ring, but he turns around right into a huge spin kick from Van Dam. RVD chokes Del Rio with his boot before hitting him with a slingshot legdrop out to the apron. Ricardo looks under the apron and shows Van Dam a ladder, which he promptly brings out. Van Dam brings it into the ring and Del Rio grabs it, but has the ladder driven right into his stomach. Van Dam heads to the top and hits a single leg drop kick to knock away Del Rio before setting up the ladder in the corner.
RVD kicks Del Rio, then launches him into the ladder in the corner, sending Del Rio flying to the outside. Van Dam brings things back into the ring for another two count. RVD goes to the corner and resets the ladder before turning around and stomping Del Rio’s head. RVD sends Del Rio into the ladder again and follows with a spinning heel kick. Van Dam tries to set up for a monkey flip, but Del Rio moves, RVD grabs the ladder, and Del Rio hits an enzugiri. The ladder falls on RVD and Del Rio hits a double stomp on top of the ladder on top of RVD. Del Rio goes for the pin and gets a two count.
ADR makes fun of RVD before heading to the outside and grabbing a trash can from under the ring. Del Rio heads back in the ring and wear out Van Dam with a series of trash can shots. Del Rio heads to the middle rope and holds the trash can, he leaps off right into a big dropkick from Van Dam and both men are down.
Both guys are up now and trading punches with Del Rio getting the upper hand. Van Dam ducks a clothesline and delivers a couple of his own. Van Dam hits a nice thrust kick, then picks up the ladder and lays it down in the corner. Van Dam picks up Del Rio and slams him down across the ladder. Van Dam hits a split legged moonsault on top of Del Rio and he pins him for a two count.
RVD with a big kick that sends Del Rio back down on top of the ladder. Van Dam goes for rolling thunder, and Del Rio moves, causing Van Dam to crash into the ladder. Del Rio goes right into the cross arm breaker. Ricardo goes under the ring and grabs a bucket. He swings and hits Del Rio in the arm. RVD rolls up Del Rio for two. Del Rio throws RVD from the ring and stares down his old announcer. Del Rio yells at Ricardo, and Ricardo hands over the bucket, but kicks Del Rio, and gets in a couple more bucket shots. Things go to the outside where Del Rio throws Ricardo into the barricade before kicking him in the head.
RVD is in the ring and he slams the ladder onto Del Rio on the floor. The ladder is on top of Del Rio and Van Dam leaps from the apron with a huge five star frog splash, and both guys are down now. Del Rio sits up in the corner and Van Dam grabs the chair from out of the corner. Van Dam heads up in the far corner and holds the chair high. Van Dam goes for the Van Terminator, but Del Rio moves and Van Dam crashes to the mat. Del Rio picks up the chair and sits it in the middle of the ring. Van Dam catches Del Rio with a jawbreaker, but Del Rio catches him with a drop toe hold that sends him crashing into the chair. Del Rio hits a big kick, then stomps on RVD’s arm wrapped up in the chair. Del Rio slaps on his Cross Armbreaker onto Van Dam with his arm still hanging through the chair. RVD taps out. Del Rio retains his title.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
Zeb Colter and The Real Americans, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro, are backstage. Colter cuts one of his typical promos, telling America what they should like, what they shouldn’t, how they should be, etc. He talks about snakes and blah blah blah. Typical stuff, ending with “We The People.”
The Great Khali & Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro
Swagger and Santino will start the match for their respective teams. Swagger locks Santino right into a headlock. Santino fights out of it, but falls to a shoulder block. Another lock up and Swagger takes Santino over into another headlock. Santino fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but falls to another shoulder block. Santino tries to kip up but can’t pull it off. Santino gets caught in another head lock, but he’s able to fight out once more, and put Swagger into one. Swagger fights out of the headlock, and Santino hits a shoulder block of his own. Santino slams Swagger, then gets out the cobra. Santino hits a hit toss, and sends Swagger scared to the outside. Hornswoggle shows Swagger a cobra of his own, and Swagger takes it off and tears it to pieces. Swagger catches Santino throat first across the top, and we get a couple of quick tags that leads to some double team work from Cesaro and Swagger.
Marella tries fighting back, but he gets a double team Swagger bomb, double stomp from Swagger and Cesaro. Cesaro puts Santino in a headlock, and Santino fights out, almost making the tag, but Cesaro puts him back into his own corner and makes the tag to Swagger. Swagger slams Santino to the mat and gets a two count before trapping Santino’s arms and wrenching back. Santino stands to his feet and fights out of the hold, hitting a belly to back suplex on Swagger.
Khali and Cesaro tag in for their respective teams and Khali shrugs off Cesaro. Khali takes Cesaro into the corner and hits him with a series of elbows, then a giant chop. Khali hits another giant chop, then the big chop to the head. Khali goes for the pin but Swagger breaks it up. Swagger traps Santino on the apron, but Khali hits Swagger with the chop to the head, and Santino leaps over the top on Swagger. Cesaro goes low on Khali and knocks him down, then picks him up for the Cesaro swing in an amazing feat of strength. Cesaro goes for the pin and gets the three count, while Khali counts it out for some reason.
Winners: Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro