WWE Will Reportedly Name Upcoming June Pay-Per-View 'Payback'

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

The WWE's pay-per-view calendar has been in a state of flux since its release, as the event that will be held in Rosemont, Ill. on June 16 hadn't been named. That is no longer an issue, however, as the show will be called WWE Payback, according to WrestlingNewsSource.com.

Last year's 2012 June pay-per-view was No Way Out, but the WWE obviously decided to go in a different direction for 2013. Aside from that, the only real changes to the schedule are Extreme Rules moving from late April to May and Over The Limit moving from May to October.

Fans have speculated for the past few months about what the June pay-per-view would be christened. One particular concept that has come up a lot is King of the Ring. Since King of the Ring used to be one of the WWE's biggest events and held in the month of June, there was an outcry to bring it back in pay-per-view form.

That obviously wasn't the case, though, as the WWE instead opted to choose a more ambiguous name. King of the Ring would have forced the WWE into staging a King of the Ring tournament, while Payback lends itself to pretty much anything.

Since a lot of fans don't particularly like gimmick pay-per-views, there isn't much to complain about when it comes to Payback.

It used to be commonplace for the WWE to name its pay-per-views things that are open for interpretation. Names like Hell in a Cell, TLC and Elimination Chamber obviously limit what the WWE can do in terms of match choices for the event and throughout the year. Once Payback rolls around, however, the creative team will have free reign to book whatever comes naturally rather than being married to a match concept.

Although Payback could be a totally random name, perhaps it will ultimately relate to how the WWE plans to book things moving forward. It's hard not to see the connection between Payback and Ryback based on how much the names sound alike. Also, The Shield has made life miserable for Ryback since debuting at Survivor Series, so maybe Payback is where Ryback will ultimately get retribution.

Whatever the case, it's nice to know that the WWE has finally settled on something. Some old-school fans are probably a bit upset about the decision since there definitely seemed to be an opening for King of the Ring to return, but Payback will be what the WWE makes of it. If the storylines heading into the pay-per-view are good, then the event itself will be good as well.

Pay-per-view names are definitely important in professional wrestling, but putting forth a palatable product should always be the main focus.


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