LaBar: Power outage was highlight of WWE event
Three of my four highlights for WWE's Battleground pay-per-view:
1. The use of a new slow-motion camera for replays.
2. The entertainment involving the panel of wrestlers on WWE's pre-game show.
3. Watching Twitter explode with rage when WWE had a black technical-difficulty screen playing jazz music for almost six minutes.
That isn't good.
The fourth highlight (which was No. 1 in importance) was the Rhodes family against The Shield. It was a classic story told with great emotion, and the crowd was fully engaged. I got goose bumps more than one time during it.
Otherwise, it was a bad show.
WWE's ending saw nobody capture the vacant WWE Championship. Big Show came out and knocked out Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and a referee. His music played, and the show was over.
Just to clarify: No winner, and no reveal of what side Big Show was on. He apparently was influenced at first by the evil authority but then had a change of conscience.
When the power went out, perhaps WWE should have packed it up.
I'm all for storytelling, and I love proper build. But this wasn't proper build, and nothing new was told in the story that I didn't already know prior to purchasing the event.
Once again, outside factors prevent a clean win for the WWE title between Orton and Bryan. This will put emphasis on the need for the next pay-per-view at the end of the month: Hell in a Cell. That will be the type of match for the title and to get a winner.
It's a poor excuse to have three pay-per-views in an eight-week span. It's a tough sell to ask people to order a third pay-per-view in that short of time span especially after nothing was must-see in the first two.
The World Heavyweight Championship wasn't any better. Alberto Del Rio retained the title. The backstage belief is Rob Van Dam is going to be gone for a few months per his plan to work in short-term time frames in WWE.
So who is the babyface for the title? It's bad enough there isn't a heel the fans truly care about as champion, but he doesn't have a hero now to challenge him.
A tag match was added last minute simply to show Antonio Cesaro's big swing move. Yes, a heel tag team put in a babyface spot where the fans cheer the show of strength, and they win the match because of it.
I'm fine with having Cesaro break away on his own as a face. If that's going to happen, have him lose or be isolated from the team. Don't have him win and the entire team celebrate to a chorus of cheers. They just got done delivering a prejudice, political speech.
CM Punk had a clever win over Ryback, which makes me mad. There is no need for Punk to win their first match. Where do you go from here? What credibility does Ryback have as a Paul Heyman guy?
The bright spot was the Rhodes family. They brought their A-game. They stole the show ... if it's possible to steal something that sucked so badly.