Backstage Reaction To Non-Finish At Battleground, Title Match Outcome Changed, What Came Off Better On PPV Than In Rehearsal, Future Booking Plans For Cody Rhodes, Top Star Gets Medical Attention After PPV, Future Of Corporation Angle & Next Corporate Champion, Why Dusty Rhodes Has Heat

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.

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  • Xavier

    “WWE officials want to capitalize on the momentum of Cody Rhodes, however, with Randy Orton/Daniel Bryancontinuing to Hell in a Cell, it will be difficult to elevate Cody at the same time.”

    I mentioned yesterday that this could potentially become an issue. Cody is over in a big way right and with starting to turn on this Bryan/Orton/Big Show angle WWE creative may be forced to push Rhodes to the forefront. And if not that then maybe have Cody feud with ADR and take the strap off of him to keep his momentum going.

    “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.”

    If Stephanie wants to stomp with the big dogs then she damn sure better be willing and ready to roll with them. Sounds to me that Steph is sensitive.

    • thepowerserge

      On Cody Rhodes: WWE shot themselves in the foot with the ending to the PPV last night. Makes me glad I wasn’t stupid enough to fork over $50 for that flaming piece of garbage.

      On Dusty: Couldn’t have said it better myself. Steph needs to find her father’s “grapefruits” if she intends to try to do his job. Otherwise, do us all a favor and get the hell off tv and back to whatever it is you do. Here’s a novel idea: Be a MOM?

      • Gary Robert

        Your “On Cody Rhodes” had nothing to do with Cody Rhodes. Genius.

      • Nostaljack

        Cody Rhodes wasn’t in the main event. To me, he was, but not to WWE. They wanted their main event to be Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton. The “Match Of The Night” (and “Match Of The Year” candidate” involved Rhodes for sure. The crowd was more into that one than the Bryan/Orton match.

        Dusty needs to be left alone to do what he does. He’s still one heck of a talker (watching him corpse last night when Goldust grunted was hysterical). Stephanie should be ecstatic with his part in this. Old school guys like Dusty didn’t use scripts because they *didn’t need” them. They just let it fly and fans could better suspend their disbelief as a result. There’s nothing so electric than the Rhodes/Flair feud at it’s apex and it’s because they shot from the hip and had no scripts. Hopefully, Stephanie can relax a little and just let Dusty talk. He’s one of the very best to ever do it.

    • Rus

      Dude why did you have to copy and paste most of the article just to make a comment

      • savokes

        At least he adds substance and an opinion, just chill bro, we’re all here to have good conversation and healthy debate…not to troll and be antagonists

        • Rus

          Ummm can you explain to me how anything that I said was being antagonists or being a troll…….. sarcasm yes troll no

          • Rus

            Was it the part were I called him dude??? or said copy and paste……… Oh Xavier Im so sorry I could never live with myself if my hurtful words have caused you any distress please tell me you forgive me and don’t think Im a cyber bully HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Xavier

        Because I can

  • Santaisreal

    “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.”
    Sounds like a job for the “chosen one”!

    • outkazt09

      Jeff Jarrett?

      • Santaisreal

        I was thinking more of the line of Santino Marella but I like your choice as well.

        • Nostaljack

          Heath Slater!!!!

    • savokes

      WOO WOO WOO

  • John

    Richard, was their ever a moment in the past few months where Big Show inadvertently injured someone while delivering the knockout punch? The reason i ask is because i think recently the delivery of the KO punch has looked ridiculously weak compared to the past where it actually looked like it had some impact on it. Looks like Big Show pulls back way to much on the punch causing it to look bad.

  • kristolium

    Did anyone think that goldust look a little bit like darth maul? was it just me?

    • CJ Blaze

      We were talking about that in the live blog last night. I thought he did.

  • Jay El Bee

    I doubt Orton pinning Bryan was the original plan, because if it was then that would mean the storyline would be over since they wouldn’t need to give Bryan anymore title shots.