One of the top billed matches for WWE Battleground was the tag-team match between Cody Rhodes and Goldust against The Shield.
The foundation of this match was set up when Cody Rhodes was *fired* by Triple H on Monday Night Raw nearly a month ago. The week after Rhodes was fired, his brother, Goldust had an opportunity to earn Cody’s job back. But that opportunity was unsuccessful for Goldust as he was unable to defeat Rand Orton. After weeks of the Triple H and Stephanie McMahon taking various shots at Dusty Rhodes, the WWE power couple gave the Rhodes brothers one more opportunity.
That opportunity for the Rhodes brothers was their match against The Shield on Sunday. If the Rhodes brothers were victorious, both Cody and Goldust would be hired back by the WWE. In addition, Dusty Rhodes would continue to serve as trainer for future WWE talent.
Prior to the match on Sunday, it was widely reported that Goldust signed a short-term contract with WWE
In the match, there was an emotionally rally by the Rhodes brothers at the beginning. The pace then slowed as The Shield began to take control of the match. The two members of The Shield–Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns–took turns keeping Rhodes away from his brother. After a moonsault take-down on Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes was able to tag Goldust into the match. After an initial surge by Goldust, Reigns and The Shield regained control of the match.
That would be when Rollins and Reigns were able to weaken Goldust. The two members of The Shield managed to keep Goldust away from his corner and weakened the veteran in the process. Goldust finally made it to his corner and tagged in Cody Rhodes. After an Alabama Slam to Rollins, Rhodes had clear control of the match.
After being distracted by Dean Ambrose, Rhodes was attacked from behind by Seth Rollins. Afterwards, Dusty Rhodes proceeded to attack Ambrose outside of the ring. After Goldust attacked Reigns, Rhodes regained himself to hit the cross rhodes on Rollins and secured the pin to claim victory over The Shield.