WWE Payback 2013: 5 Additional Matches We Need Added to the Card ASAP
WWE Payback is less than two weeks away, yet only two matches have been officially announced. With that said, the company has been building other various feuds, despite not making the matches official.
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett has been having his issues with Fandango and The Miz, while The Shield continues to feud with Team Hell No.
The only title match announced for the pay-per-view event is for the WWE championship between John Cena and Ryback. Plus, CM Punk is expected to make his return to square off against Chris Jericho. The match may happen now that Paul Heyman has signed the contract on Punk’s behalf.
Then again, Curtis Axel hasn’t been announced for a match. There is a possibility that Punk doesn’t show to his match against Jericho. This would allow Heyman’s new client, Axel, to take Punk’s place against Jericho.
Here I will address five more matches we should see added to the card prior to Sunday, June 16.
Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett vs. Fandango vs. The Miz
WWE is building towards an Intercontinental title feud between champion Wade Barrett, Fandango and The Miz, yet the match hasn’t been announced.
The feud involving Fandango began during a tag team match that involved Chris Jericho as well. Instead of helping his partner Barrett, Fandango used his time to dance by the commentator’s table with Summer Rae. This obviously didn’t please the Intercontinental champion.
The Miz has been feuding with Barrett for some time now. The Awesome Superstar won the title during the pre-show of WrestleMania 29, only to lose it the following night on Raw.
Although I expected Chris Jericho to join the threesome and make it a fatal four-way match, it is still surprising that the match hasn’t officially been announced yet.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Shield vs. Team Hell No
With a weak tag team division, it seems as though Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will defend the tag titles against former champions Team Hell No.
The feud between the two has not ended, as evident by regular singles, tag team and six-man tag matches involving the two teams. Plus, by having this rematch, it gives WWE the opportunity to continue Daniel Bryan’s popular weak-link storyline.
There shouldn’t be any WWE fan expecting The Shield members to lose the titles at Payback, or anytime soon for that matter. At the same time, there aren’t many legitimate contenders for the tag team titles.
WWE may be starting to build up the Usos as a better tag team than they have been booked in the past. This could lead to a feud for the titles in the future, but not yet.
The Usos need more time and wins before they chase the titles. Team Hell No are the only ones with at least an ounce of a chance against Rollins and Reigns.
WWE United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton
United States Champion Dean Ambrose does not have a lot of Superstars in line for an opportunity against him, but based on recent developments, Randy Orton should be his Payback opponent.
Orton has been on a hot streak recently and has shown more aggression, despite remaining babyface. He squared off against Ambrose recently on SmackDown and also teamed with Kane and Bryan in a six-man tag match against The Shield.
Having Orton challenge Ambrose at Payback for the title would certainly bring the championship to a new level. After seeing Superstars like Santino Marella and Jack Swagger fighting for the gold, now we will have two of the top stars of the company trying to claim the United States title.
WWE Divas Championship Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee
AJ Lee has been waiting long enough for her chance at the Divas title and it should finally come at WWE Payback against champion Kaitlyn.
AJ won a Divas Battle Royal back in April to become the No. 1 contender for Kaitlyn’s title, yet hasn’t faced Kaitlyn one-on-one. They have been in tag team and six-Diva tag matches since then, but never for the title.
Perhaps AJ winning the title has been delayed with her boyfriend Dolph Ziggler out of action due to injury, but the win is still inevitable.
Perhaps a lack of other challengers is preventing WWE from finally giving us the match we have been waiting for.
Whatever the reason may be, WWE Payback is as good of a time as any for AJ to win her first Divas championship.
World Heavyweight Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Speaking of Ziggler, if he is cleared to wrestle, we should see him face the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight title, Alberto Del Rio, at WWE Payback.
While Ziggler has been out of action, Big E Langston has been taking his place in matches against Del Rio. On the June 3 edition of Raw, Langston and Del Rio squared off for the fifth and what seems to be the final time.
It would be unfortunate for WWE to go another pay-per-view without the World Heavyweight title. As if the championship needed more of an excuse to lose prestige.
At the same time, it is out of their control due to Ziggler’s health. It’s best to hold off until Ziggler is ready. If Ziggler can’t go at WWE Payback, I just hope we don’t see another Del Rio and Langston match. Enough is enough.
What matches do you think should be added to WWE Payback this year? What are your thoughts on my suggestions? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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