Thanks to the Big Show, WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view ended just as it started — with no WWE champion.
Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton went to a no contest in their main event WWE title match on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
The title is still vacant because of Big Show’s destruction, setting the stage (steel cage) for a very interesting Hell in a Cell, WWE’s next pay-per-view which is Sunday, Oct. 27 from the AmericanAirlines Arena in Downtown Miami.
The AAA is a few miles north (about 12) of Big Show’s home in Pinecrest.
• Battle lines were drawn when Triple H stripped Bryan of the WWE title on Monday Night Raw the night after Bryan beat Randy Orton at Night of Champions in September. Triple H called ‘Shenanigans,’ claiming referee Scott Armstrong fast counted Bryan’s victory.
Armstrong admitted to it and tried to implicate Bryan part of it. So Triple H took the belt from Bryan and released Armstrong, giving the long-time official a lucrative severance package.
Following Battleground, Bryan won’t be the only one yelling ‘Shenanigans.’
Big Show interrupted the Battleground main event just after Bryan applied the “Yes” lock on Orton. Big Show pulled referee John Cone from the ring, knocking out him. Big Show then knocked out a stunned Bryan. Raw GM Brad Maddox brought Armstrong (future endeavored?) to make the count, but Big Show knocked out Armstrong. To cap off the show of Show, Big Show knocked out an angered Orton. A shocked Maddox spared.
Good to see Big Show’s boxing training in Miami put to good use. It would have been a clean sweep if Maddox didn’t avoid a 10-count. Even so, the last man standing, The Big Show.
What will WWE’s power couple Triple H and Stephanie McMahon do now?
One answer can be “Hell in a Cell.”
• The next stop on the WWE pay-per-view trail is Miami, the gateway to the Americas, for WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Hell in a Cell is a 24-foot-high roofed cell (enclosed steel cage) structure surrounding the ring and ringside area. In a Hell in a Cell match, there are no disqualifications or countouts (also no escape). It’s also a good way to prevent outside interference like what occurred at Battleground.
The only way to win Hell in a Cell is by pinfall or submission inside the ring.
WWE Hell in a Cell is the first pay-per-view at the AAA since WWE’s Survivor Series in November 2010.
Miami is the gateway to the Americas, and the AAA is a long-time host of WWE events including the first SmackDown of 2013, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania Week in 2012, the Raw after WrestleMania in 2012 and the Rock’s birthday on Raw in 2011.
Tickets are sale via TicketMaster outlets, online and by phone as well as at the AAA box office. Keep posted at http://www.wwe.com/events.