With everything seemingly in place, the stage appears to be set for Sunday's WWE Payback pay-per-view. The event, which will take place at Allstate Arena outside Chicago, has never taken place before, so consider this to be a test run.
The card is strong and the return of CM Punk is sure to make for a lively crowd, so Payback figures to be a very entertaining show. While most fans will likely choose to watch Payback on TV, that isn't an option for everyone. Luckily, there is an unprecedented number of ways to watch WWE pay-per-views now, so no fan has to miss a second of the action.
Here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch Payback on Sunday night as well as the special pre-show 30 minutes beforehand.
Where: Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
When: Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m. ET
PPV Live Stream
If you're unable to order the pay-per-view on your television, there are plenty of ways to catch Payback on Sunday night. Whether you want to view the show on your computer, mobile device or gaming system, WWE has you covered, as you can purchase the event through all of these outlets, according to WWE.com:
Windows 8 AppStore
Samsung SMART TV
Kickoff Live Stream
The pay-per-view will be preceded by a special "Kickoff" match between Sheamus and Damien Sandow starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. The match is absolutely free and can be viewed on all of these platforms, according to WWE.com:
Samsung SMART TV
|John Cena vs. Ryback||Three Stages of Hell||WWE Championship|
|CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho||N/A||N/A|
|Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio||N/A||World Heavyweight Championship|
|Dean Ambrose vs. Kane||N/A||United States Championship|
|Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton||N/A||Tag Team Championships|
|Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel||Triple Threat||Intercontinental Championship|
|Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee||N/A||Divas Championship|
|Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow||Kickoff Match||N/A|
Top Matches to Watch
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Having not been seen on WWE programming since the week after WrestleMania XXIX, there is no question that the return of CM Punk has WWE fans excited. The fact that he is scheduled to face Chris Jericho in his hometown of Chicago at Payback will only make his return even more special.
Punk and Jericho have had several matches against each other—most notably at WrestleMania XXVIII and Extreme Rules last year. Punk won both of those matches, so Y2J is out for revenge. Their past bouts have been fantastic and there is no reason why their match at Payback won't be equally good.
One thing to look out for is Paul Heyman's role in the match. He negotiated the match without consulting Punk, so there could be trouble in paradise. It's far from a guarantee, but Heyman turning on Punk, and Punk subsequently turning face in his hometown is a definite possibility.
John Cena vs. Ryback
After a highly entertaining encounter at Extreme Rules, John Cena and Ryback will once again do battle at Payback. This time they will compete in a Three Stages of Hell match at Payback in order to settle the score. The first fall will be a lumberjack match, the second will be a tables match and the decisive fall, if necessary, will be an ambulance match.
The creative team could have easily done a better job with stipulations by adding something like a steel cage or TLC match to the mix, but it should be a fun bout nonetheless. Cena and Ryback seem to have decent chemistry in the ring, so this is definitely a suitable main event.
While the writers have tried to make Ryback look like a threat as of late by having him mow down a number of Superstars, it's hard to imagine him winning the title from Cena. Ryback's mic skills simply aren't good enough and he isn't ready to lead the company. Expect a Cena win so both he and Ryback can go their separate ways.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton
The Shield has been the most dominant force in professional wrestling over the past several months, and essentially every match it competes in is excellent. That will likely be the case once again on Sunday as Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defend their Tag Team Championships against the dysfunctional team of Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.
Bryan, Orton and Kane have had their issues with The Shield as of late, but Bryan and Orton have had some disagreements as well. Vickie Guerrero decided to pair them together rather than giving Team Hell No another title shot. It's a bit random, but Bryan and Orton are both great in the ring, so the match promises to be fantastic.
There is little doubt that Rollins and Reigns will retain, but the manner in which they do so is up for debate. The continuation of a potential Orton heel turn is possible as he already hit Bryan with an RKO on SmackDown and could possibly do something to further a heel turn. Hopefully that is the case, as Orton desperately needs a character alteration.
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