One week ago, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” demonstrated the beauty of a decisive, definitive ending.
Instead of taking a cue from that critically-acclaimed finale, WWE instead strove for something more in the “Sopranos” vein Sunday. It closed its Battleground pay-per-view with the epitome of a non-finish.
The closing sequence began when Daniel Bryan reversed a Randy Orton roll-up into a Yes Lock. Before Orton could tap, however, WWE management’s storyline puppet The Big Show made his way to the ring. Show dragged the referee out of the ring and then delivered his signature knockout punch to a complaining Daniel Bryan.
With Bryan knocked out, Brad Maddox sent Scott Armstrong–the referee involved in last month’s fast count incident–to the ring to count Orton’s pinfall. Show, however, finally succumbed to his conscience, and he pulled Armstrong out of the ring for a knockout punch.
He then entered the ring to knockout an enraged Orton, leaving both title contenders laying as the show went off the air.
No new champion was crowned.