Paul Heyman Addressed WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins
Any show that doesn't open with an Authority promo is already off to a strong start! In all seriousness, this was another gem of a promo from Heyman that was successful in building toward the Battleground main event as well as hyping their appearance later on in the night. He continues to cut the best promos in the entire company and it makes me so happy in retrospect that Lesnar signed on for another few years. As for Lesnar, even though he doesn't say anything, he always adds something just by standing alongside Heyman and looking intimidating.
Intercontinental Champion Ryback vs. Big Show Ended in a Double Disqualification (Non-title)
Admittedly, I didn't have high hopes for this match when it was initially announced because I figured the crowd would be as dead for it as they were for their match at Money in the Bank, but this bout was much better than expected. They picked up the pace down the stretch and the Chicago crowd was surprisingly into much of what they did, especially when Ryback was on offense. The Miz was also excellent in his role by acting like a heel (which is rare oddly enough in wrestling these days) and trashing both competitors from ringside in addition to the audience. I've been enjoying this Triple Threat feud much more that I thought I would, so hopefully the match delivers at the pay-per-view.