The crowd in attendance in Buffalo for Saturday night's WWE Battleground pay-per-view event were quiet for the most part, with few signs of life -- until the cameras went off the air.
The WWE championship match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan ended with no clear winner after the Big Show KO'ed Orton, Bryan, referee John Cone and the returning referee Scott Armstrong (sent to the ring by Brad Maddox, who was left in charge).
As the pay-per-view show went off the air, there was a chorus of boos in the First Niagara Center, followed by chants of "BS" and "refund."
Last month, after Daniel Bryan won the WWE title at Night of Champions, then was stripped the next night on RAW, many fans who ordered the PPV show demanded their money back from cable providers -- and several received refunds.
Unfortunately, the finish on Sunday night all but ruined a perfectly entertaining match between Orton and Bryan, who are having quite the excellent series of contests (reminiscent of the Orton versus Christian rivalry a few years ago for the World Heavyweight title).
It should be noted that the Buffalo crowd seemed to possess a negative slant all night -- chants of "you can't wrestle" and "boring" could be heard even as matches were set to begin; an obvious fan trolling tactic.
The highlight of the evening was Goldust and Cody Rhodes defeating The Shield (Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins) to win all three Rhodes family members their jobs back with WWE.
It was an excellent match (Goldust looked particularly sharp) and an excellent reaction from the crowd, with superstars and producers such as Arn Anderson, Mike Rotunda, Road Dogg and others (a rare sighting given their backstage role) out to celebrate on the ramp post match.
- CM Punk defeated Ryback with a low blow. This is the second time in a year that CM Punk has pinned Ryback after a low blow on pay per view (the first being Hell in a Cell 2012, ending Ryback's "streak")
- AJ Lee defeated Brie Bella. I like Tamina in the role as silent bodyguard to AJ; less is more
- Curtis Axel retained the IC title, pinning R Truth. I feel Axel needs a bigger name to challenge him and make him a little more relevant.
- The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter) beat Great Khali/Santino Marella after an impressive Cesaro Giant Swing on Khali. I'm calling it: The next "WOW" Giant Swing moment will be Cesaro performing the move on two people at the same time ... possible candidates? Los Matadores.
- Alberto Del Rio convincingly disposed of RVD to retain the World Heavyweight title. A decent opener with many moves you'd expect from these two involving chairs and ladders
- On the pre show, Dolph Ziggler finally (finally!) got a win against Damien Sandow, who ironically is taking a page from Ziggler's MITB briefcase holding days, losing virtually every match he's involved in lately
- There was a legitimate power outage before the main event, where the pay per view feed went dark for 7 to 10 minutes. In the arena, the stage and lights went off, and Brad Maddox came out to inform the crowd that they would be back shortly. This did not impact any of the action as it occurred between bouts.
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