It’s funny that WWE Payback is a very similar card to WWE Extreme Rules, but Payback seems to have more exciting stipulations than Extreme Rules did.
There are a ton of exciting matches, some of which we have seen before. Nonetheless, this smaller pay-per-view is not far from can’t miss. Here’s what the card looks like as of Thursday:
WWE Payback Kickoff: Hornswoggle vs. El Torito (Hair vs. Mask Match)
Divas Championship: Paige (c) vs. Alicia Fox
US Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro
Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
Last Man Standing Match: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
No Holds Barred Elimination Match: Evolution vs. The Shield
It’s been a long time since every title was defended on a pay-per-view, and this card makes me wonder why that has been. I don’t see one match on here (besides the Kickoff, of course) that doesn’t have some intriguing elements. Even Paige vs. Fox has some intrigue to it thanks to Fox’s outbursts on RAW.
Let’s dive into what I believe should and shouldn’t happen on the show.
There’s a lot of speculation about Reigns being the next major babyface in the WWE. Wrestlezone.com reports that the WWE is planning on having Reigns take on Triple H at Summerslam. I’m assuming Payback is where this feud goes in the direction to set up that singles match, considering the elimination match gives those two a chance to be the final two.
I like Reigns, don’t get me wrong. He would be a good top face for the company and I am fine with him being the heir to Cena’s throne. However, I don’t think he’s ready yet. He also has two teammates on his side that I believe are better both in the ring and on the mic.
If I’m predicting how WWE will have this match go, it’ll have Rollins and Ambrose (after some exciting stuff from the two) get eliminated before any of Evolution does. That would set up all of Evolution vs. Reigns. A couple of hot spears later, it is Triple H vs. an exhausted Reigns. The Game would eventually take advantage of the powerhouse and give Evolution the win.
That isn’t what me or many fans would like to see happen. I don’t want Ambrose and Rollins used as a way to get Reigns into the main event scene. If the powerhouse of the trio is going to be a main eventer, Rollins and Ambrose deserve to be there too. This match should highlight every Hound of Justice against some of the best the business has ever seen.
What should happen: Cesaro and Sheamus get a lot of time to work
Get ready for a show-stealer. The upper-card of Payback has two matches that will likely produce two fantastic matches, but expect a mid-card match to be the best pure wrestling showcase of the night.
Any true wrestling fan knows how good Cesaro can be when given enough time. Sheamus too has been on a string of great performances lately and his brawling style matched with Cesaro’s excellent execution makes this one a can’t miss clash. The US Title has been really irrelevant for a long time, and it finally seems like it is making its way back to relevancy.
If Cesaro and Sheamus have over 15 minutes, don’t be surprised if people are considering this brawl the best match of the night. The result of the match doesn’t matter much to me as neither of the men have a lot to lose if they both put on a classic.
What should happen: Bad News Barrett dominates
The Shield and Daniel Bryan have been the hottest things in WWE for almost a year, but they may have some company at the top. Bad News Barrett is picking up steam week in and week out and when a heel gets the reactions that Barrett is getting, big things start to happen.
If anyone thinks RVD may have one last IC title run in him and that will start at Payback, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news.
Barrett needs to pick up a dominating clean win against RVD on Sunday. That will spring him as one of the favorites for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match next month.
What shouldn’t happen: John Cena wins cleanly over Bray Wyatt
If any of Cena’s past matches have any indication, Bray Wyatt is in trouble. Cena doesn’t lose many rubber matches in a rivalry. Cena haters have seen Cena win rivalries time and time again, and it doesn’t seem like this will be any different.
Wyatt has gotten the upper hand on Cena in most of the weeks building up to the Last Man Standing Match, and history shows that Cena will “never give up”, fight through the adversity, and be the last man standing. That’s my prediction, but not what I think should happen.
I’d like Wyatt to win because there is little to no reason for him not to. Cena has nothing to lose, he beat Wyatt at Wrestlemania and a loss to him in a Last Man Standing Match won’t damage his career at all. Wyatt on the other hand could turn this win into momentum to the main event scene and I doubt many fans will complain about that. Related article: http://isportsweb.com/2014/04/23/wwe-john-cena-heel-turn-coming/
Wyatt doesn’t even need to win; I’d be okay if Cena can’t keep Wyatt down and has to resort to cheating to beat him. I don’t know how he’d cheat in a Last Man Standing Match, but Cena just can’t win cleanly here. Unfortunately, I just can’t see Cena not finding his inner SuperCena and muscling out a win.
With that being said, no one expected Undertaker to lose at Wrestlemania 30, so weirder things have happened.
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