There are some pay-per-views that have truly withstood the test of time.
The Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and of course WrestleMania have been regular fixtures in the WWE calendar for decades, and none of them appear likely to be displaced anytime soon.
Other shows however, have not been so lucky.
Year after year, the WWE make slight changes to their PPV schedule, tweaking and tinkering to the point that some shows are left forgotten completely.
This year, it is the turn of No Way Out to suffer such a fate.
Having been a staple part of WWE programming from 2000-09, the concept was reintroduced last year but has unfortunately been left off the schedule this time around.
After originally leaving us in the dark, the WWE have finally released details on No Way Out’s replacement, and this year’s June PPV will now go by the name of Payback.
As reported by PWInsider.com:
“WWE have the logo for the new PPV 'WWE Payback' at this link. As far as what the concept of the PPV will be, WWE.com notes 'With the historic Second City as its backdrop, see just how far Superstars will go at WWE Payback to settle scores and gain retribution against their fiercest foes.”
Though this brief description doesn’t offer much, it can give us something of an insight regarding what to expect from the newest member of the WWE PPV family.
First off, the show is going to take place in Chicago.
This can only be a good thing.
Chicago is a city that knows its stuff and enjoys its wrestling, and the past few shows in the Second City have provided us with some incredible crowds.
Regardless of whether or not their hometown hero CM Punk features in the main event, expect a great audience that will really add to the spectacle of the PPV.
Also, it’s worth noting that the show will fall on June 16–just four weeks after Extreme Rules.
Now this isn’t going to give the show the biggest of builds, but at least it’s bigger than the lackluster three-week period that the likes of Over the Limit and Survivor Series received last year.
Perhaps more worrying though is the tagline of the show.
The “settling of scores” against their “fiercest foes,” as well as the name Payback, suggest that this PPV could well be a show filled with rematches and the culminations of various existing rivalries.
Combined with the fact that the PPV after WrestleMania tends to feature reruns of ‘Mania’s top matches, does this mean we could be seeing the same feuds continue for a whole extra month?
Obviously The Rock will be exempt from this, but with Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger reportedly already pencilled in for Extreme Rules in May, don’t be surprised to see this one, and many other feuds, continue into June at Payback.
For me, this is not so much of a positive, as the WWE had a tendency to persevere will rivalries for too long last term and it got very stale very quickly.
We saw Del Rio vs. Sheamus at a number of PPVs, while other rivalries such as John Cena and CM Punk continued for a number of months.
Of course, if done well this is not so much of a problem, but I can’t help but feel that Payback is going to see a number of recycled rivalries that lack the freshness and novelty to make the PPV a true success.
Nonetheless, it is still early and anything could happen between now and June, so perhaps I'm being overly critical.
But what are your initial thoughts on the WWE's newest PPV?
Please feel free to comment below with your opinions on Payback, as well as any of the issues raised in the article.