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Written By: Mark Armstrong
Running Time: 178 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: September 29 2014
Battleground 2014 was the poorest WWE event of the year thus far, and therefore it’s hard to recommend the DVD release. The review could potentially end there, but I’ll go into a bit more detail.
Actually, it starts well with an excellent Two Out Of Three Falls doubles match between The Usos and the much-improved combo of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. AJ Lee vs. Paige is also decent. But the event falters from there: the tasteless pre-match promo by Lana overshadows the Rusev-Jack Swagger match; even if it hadn’t, the screwy finish would spoil the bout anyway. The advertised Seth Rollins-Dean Ambrose doesn’t happen, with a series of angles which would have been more at home on Raw. Chris Jericho pointlessly pins Bray Wyatt, and the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal is enjoyable enough, but has another groan-inducing climax. The main event, pitting John Cena against Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns, is a pretty good match, but it has that “seen it all before” feel to it, and the result is never in doubt.
It’s clear that Battleground was a mere stop-off en route to SummerSlam for WWE, but it doesn’t excuse the poor creative decisions and the overly-familiar line-up of certain matches. Save your money and get the WWE Network (when it becomes available); as a basic DVD release, Battleground 2014 is sub-standard.
Overall Rating: 4.5/10 – Below Average