WWE Battleground 2013: Non-Title Matches We Need to See at PPV
In just under two weeks, WWE will present Battleground, the first of two pay-per-view events in the month of October.
Already announced for the event are two rematches from September's Night of Champions show. First, Alberto Del Rio will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam. Then, in the night's main event, Daniel Bryan will meet Randy Orton in a match for the vacated WWE title.
With those two matches already announced, and a few championship matches expected to be added to the card in the coming week, there is limited space for non-title matches.
How should Superstars such as CM Punk, The Big Show, The Miz, Ryback, The Wyatt Family and Kofi Kingston make their presence felt at the event?
Find out after the jump!
CM Punk vs. Ryback
As announced during Monday night's Raw, CM Punk will take on Ryback in singles action at Battleground.
It was a match that needed to happen based on the conclusion of the Handicap Elimination match at Night of Champions, where Ryback speared Punk through a table and assisted Paul Heyman in picking up a pinfall victory over his former friend.
Punk and Ryback have history with one another, dating back to last October when the former was in the middle of the longest WWE title reign in two decades and Ryback was the top contender.
Now, Ryback is the latest obstacle standing between Punk and retribution on Heyman.
After a month of working with current Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel, who no one really believed was on Punk's level and, thus, no one believed he was a legitimate threat, Punk faces one of the more prominent Superstars on the roster.
Ryback has a resume of championship matches in 2013 and has worked with some of the sport's top stars over the last five months. After two months of floating around with little or nothing to do, he returns to relevance and is almost guaranteed to have a very good pay-per-view match against one of the best workers in the sport.
Probably the second hottest match on the card from a storyline and crowd response perspective, Punk versus Ryback is essential to the quality of the card as well as the continuation of the feud.
The Miz vs. The Big Show
On Monday's Raw, The Miz hosted The Big Show on Miz TV.
The Cleveland native and former WWE champion tried to talk to the giant, tried to tell him to defy authority, to be a man and to stop letting Stephanie McMahon humiliate him on a weekly basis. He seemed to be making progress until Stephanie showed up, insulted him and instructed Show to knock him out.
Big Show did just that, with little or no hesitation.
Now, with little else for the former tag team champions to do, it only makes sense that they compete against one another two Sundays from now.
Big Show has not competed in a WWE pay-per-view event since May's Extreme Rules. As one of the central figures in the McMahon-Helmsley abuse of power angle, it would be a mistake for him not to compete at Battleground, a show that already feels like a placeholder and one that could use as much star power as possible in order to convince fans to pay hard-earned money to buy it.
The Miz, on the other hand, has been a perennial mid-card star since the end of 2011 and has never really recaptured the magic that lead him to the WWE title in the first place. Now, he has a golden opportunity to play a major role in the top angle in the business.
A high profile match against Big Show would be a step in the right direction as far as reestablishing Miz as a legitimate main event star. The inclusion of Stephanie McMahon or Triple H in the match, via some sort of interference, would help create even more fan interest and help create sympathy for Miz who, face it, has never been very sympathetic.
The Wyatt Family in Action
The Wyatt Family continues to get tremendous reactions from the WWE Universe and remains one of the most interesting, frightening (no, that is not a joke about Erick Rowan's in-ring "skills") and compelling acts on WWE programming.
Unfortunately, their appearances on television have been inconsistent and their push has been uneven.
After Bray Wyatt defeated Kane at SummerSlam, the trio barely appeared on television leading up to Night of Champions and they did not have a match, nor were they a part of any pre-taped video at that pay-per-view.
This past Monday, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated the Prime Time Players in impressive fashion and, in one of their few appearances leading up to Night of Champions, Wyatt defeated Dolph Ziggler in a convincing manner.
A six-man tag team match featuring the Wyatt Family taking on the Players and Ziggler would be an excellent addition to the card. It would be a solid opening contest that sets the table for the rest of the night's action.
Unfortunately, it appears as though Ziggler has been focused on Dean Ambrose and the United States Championship, so his involvement in the match is highly unlikely.
Luckily, he can be easily replaced by Kofi Kingston or R-Truth, who have been a part of the locker room revolt in recent weeks and could easily be added to the match as punishment for their defiance of authority.
Whatever the case may be, the Wyatt Family needs to make its presence felt on pay-per-view.
Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans
Los Matadores will make their in-ring debut on this Monday's Raw. Given the amount of videos hyping their arrival, it appears as though WWE is going to give it the old college try with a gimmick that has failed in the past.
Whether it is successful in 2013 or not is irrelevant at this point. What does matter is, at the very least, giving them the opportunity to try to succeed. An appearance on a pay-per-view event would elevate their stock immediately.
What better opponents for the Mexican matadors than the pro-American Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro who, along with Zeb Colter, have been outspoken about those from south of the border?
While neither man has the strongest connection with the audience, Cesaro and Swagger can typically be counted on to deliver solid matches when given the opportunity. Having them, two of the larger athletes on the roster, bumping around for the smaller Los Matadores would help put the newcomers over as a threat in the tag team division.
More importantly, four very talented Superstars would be included on a pay-per-view event that is clearly more focused on its main event than anything else on the card.
It is not the strongest match in terms of star quality, but it would go a long way in establishing Los Matadores as important.
And that is one-third of every successful act.