Backstage news and notes from WWE Battleground…
– The non-finish main event was changed on the board after the show started. The original plan was Randy Orton pinning Daniel Bryan or at least that’s what was on the original run sheets. It’s speculated that only 5-12 people were told about Big Show doing a double knockout to end the show prior to the pay-per-view starting. Big Show’s turn was expected to happen Monday night on Raw but was tossed in as a curve ball and there was a lot of disagreement when it was executed. While seen as a bridge to Hell in a Cell later this month, many are questioning ending a pay-per-view with a non-finish given the weaker string of pay-per-views lately.
– AJ Lee was booked to retain the Divas Championship nearly an hour before the show went live on pay-per-view.
– We’re told Antonio Cesaro practiced the Cesaro Swing in a rehearsal earlier in the day but it didn’t go over as well as it did on pay-per-view.
– WWE officials want to capitalize on the momentum of Cody Rhodes, however, with Randy Orton/Daniel Bryan continuing to Hell in a Cell, it will be difficult to elevate Cody at the same time.
– Daniel Bryan was examined backstage after the show due to an issue with his shoulder. We have no further information as of press time.
– The big angle moving forward is – do Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have any faith left in Randy Orton as corporate champion or do they have to look elsewhere? With John Cena out, Sheamus out, RVD slated for time off, the top of the card is left very thin. In addition to the interest in Undertaker, there is thought to be consideration of bringing Brock Lesnar back to work Survivor Series.
– Believe it or not, Dusty Rhodes actually has backstage heat right now in WWE for going off-script and talking Stephanie McMahon down in his promos on Raw. While some people are said to “love it” backstage, as one source told me, they aren’t the right people to shoot on.