In a match that was surprisingly given almost twenty minutes, Alberto Del Rio defeated Rob Van Dam in a Hardcore Rules match via submission to retain the World Heavyweight Championship at the WWE Battleground pay per view.
While a lot of fans are criticizing the guy for being pushed by WWE despite not having been a full time performer in years, Kevin Nash has publicly defended Batista. He stated that it's a smart business decision to accept the push whenever management is offering one.
"Daniel Bryan wasn't going to win Royal Rumble 2013. He gets tossed out. His fan base would be more upset than him not being in it at all. Just my opinion."
- Kevin Nash defending WWE and their decision