WWE Payback 2013: 9 Matches We Need to See
On June 16, 2013 a new pay-per-view will take place: WWE Payback.
More than likely, this will be one of those events that we never hear from again such as what happened with Capitol Punishment, December to Dismember, Breaking Point and Fatal 4-Way.
Nonetheless, it is up to WWE to give us the best possible card to make us want to pay to see it, and after what happened at Extreme Rules, there are certain things that need to be addressed.
What matches are probably going to appear on WWE Payback's lineup? Which feuds need to continue, and which ones need to end?
Let's take a look at everything that might be coming our way and what plans WWE should be setting up.
WWE Championship Ambulance Match: John Cena vs. Ryback
This match has already been announced for Payback, and it is a necessity.
Seeing as how John Cena and Ryback's Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules ended in a draw, it would make sense to have a rematch of sorts at the next pay-per-view.
That rematch would have to be a gimmick match, because it is always much more difficult to get excited about a normal singles match between two competitors when they've already done something with a stipulation attached to it.
This particular gimmick match fits the criteria for this situation, and it should please the people that were fond of the Last Man Standing title bout between the two.
Hopefully, WWE can figure out a way to book this match where it doesn't just follow the same pattern of Cena fighting back to overcome the odds and beat someone who hasn't won a pay-per-view match since his push first started.
Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz
At WrestleMania XXIX, The Miz defeated Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship on the YouTube pre-show.
The next night on Raw, Barrett was able to win his rematch with The Miz and take the belt back.
When it comes to Extreme Rules, however, this feud was put on the backburner and The Miz instead wrestled Cody Rhodes in a pointless pre-show match. If this existed to give Miz a win and some momentum toward cashing in his rematch clause for the Intercontinental Championship against Barrett, then WWE obviously needs to have this match happen.
Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho and Fandango have had two matches together at the previous two pay-per-views, and Payback should be no different.
The general rule of thumb, as evidenced by Triple H and Brock Lesnar's steel cage match, is when two competitors have each had a win, a third match or "rubber match" takes place to determine who leaves the feud with the edge.
This match should not only take place at Payback rather than on Raw, but it should also have a stipulation attached to it.
My personal preference would be to make this a 2-out-of-3 Falls match to differentiate it from the hardcore style of not only the Extreme Rules event that preceded it but also the WWE Championship ambulance match.
Divas Championship: AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn
Despite how many people consider the Divas Championship match to automatically be a bathroom break, and despite how the division might be in shambles worse than ever before, it is still something that exists in WWE.
Not only is there a challenger lined up for the champion who is primed and ready for a title reign, but there is also a storyline that WWE Creative has been trying to keep at least some focus on.
It's time for AJ Lee to face Kaitlyn for the title and, if I'm not overstepping my bounds, it's also time for her to win the championship.
Tag Team Championship: The Shield vs. Team Hell No
Rematch clauses and continuations of feuds seem to work really well for Payback not only because of its namesake, but also because of the environment in WWE at the moment.
Storylines should end when they feel as though they've ended, rather than abruptly.
When Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were successful in winning the WWE Tag Team Championship from Daniel Bryan and Kane, it was essentially written in stone that there would be a rematch between these two teams.
We should all expect The Shield to retain their newly won titles against Team Hell No, but just because the outcome would seem obvious does not mean that we should skip this match entirely.
United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston
Similar to the situation between the new WWE Tag Team champions and Team Hell No, when Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship, a rematch was pretty much set in place.
Kingston deserves his built-in rematch clause, first and foremost.
Secondly, Ambrose deserves to get another victory in his column before moving on to feud with someone else.
The third, and perhaps biggest, reason for having these two men face each other again is that there most likely isn't enough time between Extreme Rules and Payback to develop an entirely different challenger for Ambrose's championship.
World Heavyweight Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Unless WWE is planning on having the Triple Threat Ladder match that we were supposed to get at Extreme Rules, which could very well be the reasoning for the controversial finish to the I Quit match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger, one would think that this is the logical next step.
Del Rio is the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, and since Dolph Ziggler is the current champion, this match needs no further explanation.
The only questions to address are the inclusion of Swagger and whether or not Ziggler will be medically cleared in time to actually participate in the match.
If he is unable to, there needs to be a different match in place of this, but if Ziggler can go out there and steal the show as he normally does, there's no reason why this should not be on the card.
Randy Orton, Big Show, Sheamus and Mark Henry?
Mark Henry was completely uninvolved in the match that the three other men here had at WrestleMania, yet he somehow found his way toward having a strap match with Sheamus at Extreme Rules.
This required Randy Orton and Big Show to have a match of their own, abandoning the potential Triple Threat match that could have happened between Big Show, Orton and Sheamus.
Because of this, there are any number of ways that WWE can book these four to participate in the Payback pay-per-view.
Perhaps there is a Fatal 4-Way match with all of them facing each other?
Maybe Orton and Sheamus switch dance partners and we see Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry along with Big Show vs. Sheamus?
One way or another, all four of these men are going to find themselves on the card due to their importance to the roster.
Triple H vs. Curtis Axel
If for some reason any of the previously named matches are not booked on the card or WWE is able to squeeze one more in the time frame, this match would easily fit that empty slot.
WWE may not have long-term plans for Michael McGillicutty's new persona, Curtis Axel, but if they are serious about a renewed career for the third-generation superstar, he needs to receive a push.
What better way to hit the ground running than to give him a win over Triple H on a pay-per-view?
These two faced off on Monday Night Raw, which means that it isn't outside of the realm of possibility that they could be working together at the Payback event.
It all depends on whether or not WWE wants to go straight into a big match like this or if the game plan instead is to feed Axel various jobbers and midcarders on Raw.
If it's the latter, we will be witnessing lots of squash matches with the likes of Justin Gabriel, Sin Cara, Alex Riley, R-Truth and other lower-card wrestlers. If it's the former, this match would need to take place at Payback.
What matches are you hoping and expecting to see on the pay-per-view? Do you think it will be a good one, or is it already shaping up to be a disappointment in your eyes?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.