Dolph Ziggler vs Damien Sandow
Side headlock by Sandow. Ziggler with the Heart Stopper. Ziggler unloads on Sandow in the corner. Sandow sends Ziggler to the outside. Suplex by Sandow and Ziggler rolls through into a small package. Clothesline by Sandow. Hard irish whip into the corner. Sandow with another suplex floats over into a pin but gets a 2 count only. Surfboard on Ziggler. Ziggler with a backslide. Side Russian legsweep by Sandow follows up with the Cobito Acquiet. Jawbreaker by Ziggler and Ziggler and Sandow trading punches. Sandow with the upperhand gets sent to the outside. Sandow from the top rope and Ziggler catches him with a dropkick. Ziggler side steps Sandow. Clothesline by Ziggler. Ziggler unloads with punches in the corner. Neckbreaker on Sandow. Ziggler misses with the Famouser. Ziggler stacks Sandow up, Sandow with a pin attempt. Ziggler connects with The Famouser. Knee by Sandow. Sandow with knee strikes to Ziggler. Roll up by Ziggler. Sandow goes for a slam, Ziggler from behind hits the ZigZag for the three count
The winner of the match: Dolph Ziggler
Welcome to WWE Battleground and we are live from First Niagara Centre in Buffalo, New York and we kick things off with World Heavyweight Championship action
World Heavyweight Championship: RVD vs Alberto Del Rio
RVD with offense right out of the gate sending Del Rio to the outside. RVD with a moonsault from the barricade onto Del Rio. Steel chair to the gut by RVD and a DDT on the chair to Del Rio. Backstabber by Del Rio to RVD. RVD with the steel chair delivers a chair shot to the back of RVD. Elbows to Del Rio and Del Rio with a boot to the head. Del Rio wedges the chair into the corner and spinning back kick to Del Rio. RVD pulls a ladder out from under the ring. Del Rio trying to pull the ladder into the ring and Del Rio gets nailed with the ladder. Thrust kick from the top rope by RVD. RVD props the ladder up in the corner. Irish whip and Del Rio gets sent into the ladder and to the floor. Del Rio sent back into the ladder and Del Rio gets nailed in the jaw with a heel kick. Del Rio with an enziguri to RVD. Del Rio to the outside pulls a trash can out from under the ring and delivers garbage can shots to RVD. Del Rio with the can on the top turnbuckle and RVD counters with a dropkick. RVD with a series of clotheslines. The ladder coming into play again. RVD picks Del Rio up and a slam onto the ladder. RVD to the top rope delivers a split leg moonsault onto Del Rio. RVD sets Del Rio up for Rolling Thunder on the ladder but misses. Del Rio goes for the cross armbreaker. Ricardo looks under the ring and pulls out a bucket hitting Del Rio with it. RVD with a roll up. Del Rio sends RVD to the outside and Ricardo is left in the ring with Del Rio. Del Rio is demanding that Ricardo gives him the bucket and Ricoard holds the bucket out and delivers a kick to Del Rio sending him to the outside. Del Rio throws Ricardo into the barricade and delivers a kick to the head. Baseball slide by RVD sending the ladder crashing into Del Rio. RVD on the apron delivers the Five Star Frogsplash onto Del Rio. RVD with chair in hand goes to the top rope but misses with the Van Terminator. Del Rio sets the chair up and drop toehold by Del Rio as RVD bounces face first off the chair. Kick by Del Rio to the head. The chair wrapped around the chair and Del Rio locks in the cross armbreaker as RVD taps out
The winner of the match by submission: Alberto Del Rio
Backstage: Zeb Colter asks for one valid reason why anyone would cheer their hometown. He said they walked around the streets and saw a large Hispanic population reminding him of Alberto Del Rio and Canadians sneaking across the border. He says they need to take Santino Marella and Great Khali and dip them in Crisco Oil and then they will be fried, died and left by the side
Real Americans vs Santino Marella & Great Khali
Side headlock by Swagger and shoulderblock to Marella. Side headlock takedown by Swagger. Another shoulderblock by Swagger. Standing wristlock by Marella and Marella with a side headlock hits a shoulderblock. Slam by Marella. Marella looking for the Cobra. Hiptoss to Swagger. Swagger to the outside runs into Hornswoggle and mini Cobra. The Cobra looking to strike Cesaro. Swagger snaps Marella’s neck on the top rope. Cesaro with a punch to Marella. Marella fighting out of the corner. Swagger with the Swagger Bomb. Cesaro with the double stomp. Chinlock on Marella by Cesaro. Marella with a side suplex to Swagger. Khali chops Cesaro down. Series of elbows to the side of the head and a giant chop to Cesaro. Khali with the big chop. Swagger sent to the apron holds Marella, Khali with a chop to Swagger as Marella ducks. Cesaro takes out Khali’s leg. Cesaro with the swinging pendulum on Khali, stacks him up for the three count
The winners of the match: The Real Americans
Intercontinental Championship: Curtis Axel vs R-Truth
Truth with a flurry of offense on Axel. Quick pin attempt but Axel kicks out. Axel’s head smashed into the turnbuckle. Truth with punches in the corner. Powerslam by Truth. Axel clotheslined over the top ropes. Axel thrown back into the ring, 2 count. Axel slides to the outside. Truth tries to keep him from re-entering and a kick to Truth sending him into the barricade. Axel rams Truth spine first into the barricade. Series of forearms dropped on Truth. Dropkick by Axel. Chinlock by Axel. Elbow by Axel and series of clothesline. Scissor kick by Truth, front suplex to Axel. Axel wit the hangman’s facebuster for the three count
The winner of the match and stil Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel
WWE Diva’s Championship: AJ Lee vs Brie Bella
Brie with a series of slaps to AJ, Brie unloads on AJ and AJ escapes to the outside. Tamina stands between Brie and AJ. Bridging pin by Brie. Brie unloads with kicks and drives AJ into the turnbuckle. Brie on the second rope delivers a dropkick to AJ. Irish whip by AJ. Brie on the apron and AJ takes out Brie’s knee and bounces her face off the ringpost sending her to the floor. AJ working over the arm. Brie breaks the hold and Tamina grabs Nikki trying to choke her out. Brie distracted as AJ rolls Brie up for the three count
The winner and still Diva’s Champion: AJ Lee
Backstage: Renee Paquette was standing by with Cody, Dusty, and Goldust. Goldust was sporting his "alternative uniform" black & yellow gold outfit and facepaint that appeared to draw from his Black Reign run in TNA. Dusty spoke, then Goldust spoke, then Cody downplayed himself as being lucky if he had half of Dusty's charisma and half of Goldust's in-ring ability, but he has the sparkplug from a Cuban mother. Cody then channeled Dusty's way of talking that tonight they fight for their families.
The Shield vs The Rhodes Family
Cody unloads on Rollins and Rollins caught in the wrong corner. Goldust and Cody with a double irish whip but Reigns and Ambrose pull Rollins out of the ring. Reigns with an irish whip and Goldust connects with a clothesline. Cody in the wrong corner now as The Shield takes control. Cody with a clothesline stomps away Rollins. Shoulderblock by Reigns. Rollins with a punch off the top ropes. Neckbreaker by Rollins. Cody whipped into The Shield’s corner and Cody trying to fight his way out. Cody placed in the tree of woe. Rhodes off the top rope and a moonsault onto Rollins. Goldust with a clothesline. Open handed palm strike and inverted atomic drop to Reigns. Goldust unloads with punches on Reigns. Goldust with a crossbody off the top rope onto to Reigns. Goldust sent crashing to the outside. Goldust being kept out of the ring as the referee counts him out. Referee reaches 9 and Goldust makes it back in. Reigns with a body scissors on Goldust into a chinlock. Rollins misses with a dropkick. Reigns runs into a boot. Powerslam by Goldust. Cody with a dropkick to Rollins and a clothesline. Alabama Slam by Cody. Cody runs into an elbow. A muscle buster by Cody. Disaster Kick to Reigns and clothesline sends him over the top rope. Ambrose clotheslined to the floor. Rollins from behind and Dusty Rhodes decks Ambrose and delivers a bionic elbow. Reigns goes after Dusty. Clothesline by Goldust. Cody hooks Rollins up and hits Cross Rhodes for the three count
The winners of the match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust
Post Match: The locker room comes out to congratulate The Rhodes Family
We get a promo for the next WWE PPV, Hell In A Cell from Miami
Backstage: Brad Maddox is on the phone with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and says The Rhodes Family won but promises the rest of the night will go as planned. Vickie comes in and Maddox asks her for help and she tells him Triple H and Stephanie left him in charge and just laughs and walks off
Bray Wyatt vs Kofi Kingston
Kingston starts out with kicks and Wyatt just laughs. Kingston unloads but Wyatt shoves him down. Side headlock by Wyatt. Kingston with a boot. Kingston to the top rope and Wyatt catches him with a kick and knocks him off the top rope. Wyatt with a forearm across the throat. Headbutt by Wyatt. Wyatt unloads with punches. Wyatt working over the arm. Wyatt looking for a slam but Kingston turns into him looking for a pin. Kingston with a springboard move from the apron and Wyatt catches him with a powerslam. Cradle slam by Kingston and dropkick. Kingston with the Boom Drop. Wyatt ducks Trouble in Paradise and Wyatt launches himself into Kingston sending him crumbling to the mat. Wyatt does the spider walk a la Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Kingston slides to the outside. Wyatt goes after him and Kingston back in launches himself to the outside taking out all three members of The Wyatt Family. Crossbody by Kingston. Kingston goes for the SOS but Wyatt counters and hits the Sister Abigail for the three count.
The winner of the match: Bray Wyatt
Post Match: Erick Rowan whips Kingston into Luke Harper who flattens him with a clothesline. Wyatt says there is no right or wrong. All that’s left is the mannequins trying to force feed everyone with their ideas but soon one by one will fall and there will be none left
Ryback vs CM Punk
Punk controlled early on, so Ryback bailed to the outside to get some words of wisdom from Heyman. Heyman pointed to Punk and called him a "bully" to try to motivate Ryback, but Ryback found himself back on the outside. Punk drove Ryback into the ringpost, then took Ryback back into the ring. Punk followed with a big cross-body splash for a two count, but Ryback cut him off moments later and began working on Punk. On commentary, Cole brought up the deal that Heyman thought Punk would take out The Undertaker at WrestleMania, but Punk failed. Now, Heyman has moved on to Ryback. Punk made a comeback at 10:00, then tried to get the crowd behind him. Suddenly, Heyman took the mic and introduced himself to boos. Heyman called himself the Best in the World, drawing Punk's attention away from Ryback, who clotheslined Punk from behind. Ryback followed with a big powerbomb, but Punk escaped a pin attempt. Heyman demanded that Ryback powerbomb him again. So, Ryback tried again, but Punk slipped out this time and kicked Ryback in the shoulder area. Punk followed with a corner knee into a short-arm clothesline before climbing to the top rope. Punk wanted a Macho Man elbow drop, and he connected for a nearfall. At 13:00, Punk smashed Ryback with a corner knee before glaring down at Heyman. Punk missed with another corner knee, but countered a powerbomb with a head scissors takedown. Punk wanted GTS to end it, but Ryback elbowed out and flipped Punk onto his shoulders for a powerslam that scored a two. Ryback followed with forearms in the ropes, nearly getting himself DQ'ed. As the ref talked to Ryback, Heyman pulled out a Kendo Stick, but the ref came over to stop Heyman. As the ref talked to Heyman, Punk mule-kicked Ryback. Punk then pinned Ryback for the win.
The winner of the match: CM Punk
Post-match, the announcers tried to justify the babyface using heel tactics to beat Ryback, saying it's something Heyman - the most dastardly, evil, reviled heel in the promotion - would do. Cole said you do whatever it takes to win, then called it "sweet revenge" for C.M. Punk.
WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan
Bryan and Orton felt each other out early on. Meanwhile, Cole told an abbreviated version of Bryan's journey from wrestling for $25 under Shawn Michaels's tutelage to wrestling as the "American Dragon" to making it to WWE. Bryan then landed successive kicks to Orton's though before scoring with a Dragon Screw legwhip. Bryan tried to end the match with a leg submission before landing a forearm smash to the face. And several more for good measure. Kick strikes from Bryan. They went up-top, but Orton cut off Bryan and delivered a flying clothesline that knocked Bryan to the mat. Orton followed up with ten "No!" punches in the corner before delivering a running clothesline. Orton then nailed a snap powerslam for a two count before applying a reverse chinlock to lull Bryan and the crowd to sleep. Bryan broke free, then leg-scissored Orton over the top rope to the floor. Orton stood up to recover, then turned around and ate a flying dive from Bryan. Bryan followed with multiple Yes! Kicks before whipping Orton into the barricade. Back in the ring, Bryan tried a missile dropkick, but Orton intercepted with a throw-down powerbomb. Orton then sat down on a Boston Crab center-ring. Bryan fought the submission, then crawled inside Orton's legs to try a quick pin, which got a nearfall. Orton rolled to the outside for a breather, which drew Bryan to the floor. On the outside, Orton sent Bryan into the ring steps before smashing him into the Spanish announce table. Orton posted Bryan before back-dropping him across the guardrail. Orton then dragged Bryan back into the ring for a nearfall. Orton continued the assault before taking Bryan up-top. He wanted a superplex, and he connected. But, Orton also felt the effects of the move, which gave Bryan enough time to escape a pin attempt. The two men then came to their feet and traded bombs before Bryan kicked Orton in the face for a two count. At 16:00, Orton blocked a suplex and suplexed Bryan clear over the top rope to the floor. On the outside, Orton cleared the Spanish announce table and wanted a powerbomb through the table, but Bryan avoided and sent Orton into the ring steps. They had a deal where the ref reached an eight count, Bryan was in the ring, and then he broke up the count with Orton KO'ed on the floor. The announcers said Bryan cannot win the title via count-out, but the title is held up, so wouldn't a count-out win be good for the title? If there is a count-out win, what would happen? The title remains held up?
At 20:00, Bryan fired off a round of offense that got the crowd fired up, but Orton absorbed and avoided pin attempts. Orton then came back with a snap DDT from the second rope as the announcers sold dejection that the match is over. Orton mocked Bryan's "Yes!" chants before trying the RKO, but Bryan blocked and flowed into the Yes! Lock. Orton was about to tap, but Big Show's music played. Show jogged down to the ring, grabbed the ref and yanked him out of the ring, and then KO Punched Bryan. Show sold inner conflict over having to do this, then Raw GM Brad Maddox walked out on-stage and sent "fired" referee Scott Armstrong down to ringside. Scott made a count, but Big Show yanked Scott out of the ring and KO'ed him. Back in the ring, Orton seethed as Show entered the ring. Orton cursed Show, who had enough and KO Punched Orton. Show then fired himself up and stood in the ring. Suddenly, Show's music played as Bryan and Orton remained KO'ed in the ring. Maddox sold concern on the stage. Show then left the ring as the announcers tried to focus on everything except for the lack of a finish to this title match. JBL told Show that his day of reckoning is coming as the PPV signed off at 9:51
The winner of the match: None