WWE presents Battleground is in the books, and there was no shortage of monumental moments. From awe-inspiring feats of strength to victories that will push wrestlers into the upper echelon, we saw it all in Buffalo, New York.
The question is, which wrestlers have built the most momentum coming out of the pay-per-view?
It's easy to look at the results and claim that victories will help wrestlers reach the next level. With that being said, the development of momentum comes in various forms, and a simple win doesn't always lead to greater things.
Here are the wrestlers who managed to create a brighter future.
When he was an independent wrestler, Antonio Cesaro went by the name Claudio Castagnoli and was revered for his brute force, technical prowess and unparalleled strength. Whether he was shining as a tag team competitor or a singles wrestler, the Swiss star was nothing short of extraordinary.
At WWE presents Battleground, Cesaro took his game to a new level.
Cesaro pulled off a feat of strength that's comparable to Hulk Hogan body-slamming Andre the Giant and John Cena hitting the Attitude Adustment on Big Show. Not only did he lift up The Great Khali, but Cesaro did something that everyone who saw it will long remember.
He hit the 7'1' and 347-pound goliath with an 11-revolution Big Swing.
This has become routine for Cesaro, who is rapidly shaking off the jobber label and becoming WWE's resident, "Wow, he's strong!" guy. That has worked for wrestlers in the past, and as Cesaro further develops his mic skills, it could work for him.
It's a start that Cesaro and Jack Swagger have broken a recent losing streak and have begun to piece together wins.
Cesaro and Swagger defeated The Great Khali and Santino Marella to continue a stretch of six wins in eight tag team matches. It was a major step in the right direction for a duo that deserves a shot at the tag team titles.
Swagger built his own form of momentum, but Cesaro was the star of this outing.
At WWE Battleground, the biggest match of the event was held between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship. Before the title could go in either direction, however, Big Show stepped in.
Sick of being used as a puppet by Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and Vince McMahon, Big Show laid out everyone in his path—and I mean everyone—and walked off as the star of the show.
Big Show has been a critical player in the Bryan versus WWE management storyline. The McMahon-Helmsley family has been threatening his job and has thus forced him to mercilessly attack superstars with a knockout punch.
The seven-time world champion has now seen a massive rise in importance to WWE's storylines after being "Fired" by Stephanie McMahon on Monday Night Raw for revealing that she ordered him to interfere. Big Show proceeded to return and knock out Triple H.
Once Show inevitably returns, he'll play a major role in WWE's main event scene. Whether he finally gets a crack at Triple H or decides to pursue the WWE Championship, there will be an inevitable case of retribution being achieved.
Keep in mind, Daniel Bryan did cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Big Show in December of 2011. Bad blood often lingers in WWE and that world championship feud could arise.
One way or another, Big Show set himself up for big things after Battleground.
At WWE presents Money in the Bank, Cody Rhodes was a Damien Sandow betrayal away from winning the briefcase. Rhodes proceeded to kick Sandow's behind in every city that Raw and SmackDown went to, and eventually looked like a World Heavyweight Championship contender.
Instead, Rhodes was a casualty of a feud that he had nothing to do with.
Rhodes and his brother Goldust teamed up to defeat the WWE Tag Team champions at Battleground. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins wrestled well, but in the end, it was the Rhodes family who worked their way back onto the roster.
One would imagine that it's only great things from here.
It's nice to see Rhodes involved in a high-profile feud with the likes of Triple H and the McMahon family, but it's also a disappointing twist. WWE had the perfect opportunity to let Rhodes win the world title, only for arch rival Damien Sandow to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase.
From there, one of the best feuds that SmackDown has had in a long time could resume in a high-stakes manner. Until WWE displays that level of commitment to Rhodes, however, it seems as if he's destined to be a middle-of-the-card type of superstar.
The upside is present, and it's time WWE takes the gamble.
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