When a warrior enters the battleground, sometimes they fight for honor, they fight for love, or the fight for family. This week’s Raw had a all three of these in spades. WWE had quite quite a lot to tackle from their fight against cancer with Susan G Komen, battling strong television competition and the war for your almighty dollar this Sunday. Were they victorious? Or should they be waving the white flag?

The night begins as CM Punk comes to the ring talking about the beating he received last week. Punk said he should’ve seen it coming getting beaten up in his hometown. This Straight Edge Superstar once again breaking the fourth wall saying that the fans all know how the story ends with him getting his hands on Heyman. Punk says he doesn’t want to wait any more, it doesn’t matter if it’s Curtis Axel Ryback or Heyman he wants to fight. Raw General Manager Brad Maddox comes out and says that CM Punk won’t fight Ryback till this Sunday but he will have a match on the show. Out comes, Big E Langston, who challenges Punk to a fight.

The match itself was great for getting the idea over that Punk can beat the big man Ryback this Sunday. They gave Langston some offense, it makes you wonder what the future holds for the big man going forward. We have a multitude of segments throughout the night with Ryback and crew.

I think the action between Heyman-Ryback and Punk reminds me a lot of the Road Runner cartoons. From the proposal of Heyman to Ryback in joining his stable to Punk messing with Heyman’s guys with distractions. From causing Curtis Axel to lose to R Truth to feigning in the injury using a kendo stick on Paul Heyman’s ankle and keeping his henchmen. The feud feels reinvigorated.

Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango rather easily. Really does nothing for either guy. They seem to be on the outside looking in at this point. I like the integration of the YouTube clips though the show the devastation of the Trouble in Paradise gives Kofi more credibility.

After the match, the Wyatt family comes out. Bray Wyatt sitting in his rocking chair says when he was a kid he didn’t understand why all the bad things happen to him. And then he said he knows what you must do and put everyone down out of their misery. Kingston was still in the ring for some reason and had a chair was waiting for an attack that didn’t happen. Maybe this will to a match Sunday?

Dolph Ziggler will face Damien Sandow this Sunday. Could they have picked any two superstars with no conflict for the Kickoff in Buffalo? Is is a red herring for a Damien Sandow cash in later in the night? Maybe Sandow has been starting to do the false cash in gimmick on house shows this past weekend.

We see a promo for the Los Matadores who are debuting next.

The debut match of the bullfighters, Diego and Fernando (the former Epico and Primo) was against 3MB and was nothing spectacular. The real winner of this over the top gimmick was the entrance with the pomp and circumstance of a Spanish bullfighting ring with their mascot, the miniscule Torito. I don’t know if this repackaged tag team will have legs going forward or will have a limited shelf life. Only time with tell. Look at Fandango. His in ring persona is not the strongest but his entrance is over with the audience. One things for sure the bull was over in Biloxi.

Paul Heyman does great promo work setting up segments that I talked about earlier.

Triple H and Stephanie come out for their lucrative proposal to the Rhodes clan. This brings out the Hall of Famer and his two sons to the ring. I found it funny that Stephanie was bobbing her head to the American Dream’s theme music. The COO and his wife then insults the Rhodes family about the recent failures but offer them one more chance to get their jobs back at Battleground if they win against the tag team champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. If they lose, Dusty’s fired from his job in developmental.

(He was already removed as general manager on NXT and replaced by JBL I don’t know if that’s an indication of what’s to come . But it may be..)

After this announcement, Dusty gets in the face of Triple H putting his hand in the face of Stephanie. This leads to ominous words from the billion-dollar Princess herself saying that if the Hall of Famer wants a fight he will get one. Following a long awkward pause, the Shield attacks Dustin, Cody and Dusty. Roman reigns gives one hell of a spear to The Bizarre One and Cody receives the Triple Power Bomb. The son of a plumber tries to help but is the down himself.

Judging by what they do with the Big Show later in the night, I’m guessing that in the turning into a six man tag later on.Big Show definitely seems like he has had enough, threatening to punch out Triple H. Given that The Shield is booked against the giant this Friday. It seems logical given that Ambrose has no opponent this Sunday that the World’s Largest Athlete will be added to the mix to quell his anger.

The newly engaged Brie Bella defeated Alicia Fox pulled out one hell of a head scissors modified DDT during the match. AJ looked on with her new bodyguard Tamina at her challenger this Sunday at Battleground. It’s interesting that they are splitting up the twins with Nikki being more egotistical and Brie being on the side of good with her man Daniel Bryan.

Alberto del Rio defeats Zack Ryder. I feel like Zack got in way too much offense. The purpose really is not the buildup Ryder, but to make the champion look strong. Especially since Ryder hasn’t really won the match in quite some time. It just felt like filler. I understand why they didn’t but it should have had something hard-core to play in this Sunday. No RVD on the show which is strange. No real mention of why is not there either.

The Shield wins against the Usos and Dolph Ziggler in a highly competitive match probably match of the night. Not sure what this means for the future of the number one contenders for the tag titles but it was a good match nonetheless. Dolph definitely seems to take a backseat to a lot of the McMahon storylines.

Antonio Cesaro is defeated by Santino. At least he has the big swing that will continue to get him on TV. Maybe he will get the push he deserves as long as he stays in the spotlight?

The show ends with a face-off between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan which seemed like a rehash of what they’ve done before. The only difference is that his new fianc e is added into the mix telling Randy to quit being down her man. They did not make Bryan looked that strong going into this Sunday. WWE has really put themselves in another no win situation. If Orton loses he looks week and if Bryan loses he can’t overcome without being screwed.

There’s a lot of potential for greatness this Sunday Buffalo, but I have a feeling as with any Battleground there will be destruction and casualties that no one had accounted for. Hopefully they don’t sacrifice characters in the short-term. Who will come out on top?

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