For wrestling fans, the waiting is over.
WWE Payback is finally here.
Tonight, eight star-studded showdowns will go down at the brand new pay-per-view event at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, and with so many big names set to be in attendance, there will be a lot of tasty storylines to keep an eye on.
Heading into the WWE's first-ever Payback, here's an early look at what to expect from each of the highly anticipated matches.
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
In the kickoff match, Sheamus will take on Damien Sandow in what should be a very entertaining pre-show tilt.
Having a recognizable name like Sheamus featured gives this match instant credibility and provides Sandow with an opportunity to bolster his own reputation by winning on a relatively big stage.
Prediction: Sheamus wins.
Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee
In the WWE Divas Championship, AJ Lee will look to grab the title by taking down one-time friend Kaitlyn, the current champion.
AJ, who has been on the way up in terms of popularity, has to be considered the favorite, but given the tension following the secret admirer situation, tempers will be flaring.
One can only hope we get to see AJ finish this one off by means of her signature black widow submission.
Prediction: AJ Lee takes it.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
With the U.S. Championship on the line, current title-holder Dean Ambrose will face veteran superstar Kane in what looks to be a quietly entertaining fight.
After hearing a lot of talk between the two over nearly a year, the wrestling world will finally see some action.
It's a match between two wrestlers with very different styles, but unless Kane somehow turns back into the ferocious force he was during his earlier days, the reigning champion will hang onto his belt.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose.
Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel
So far this year, Curtis Axel's star has rising in a hurry, especially after a handful of notable victories over John Cena, HHH and Chris Jericho.
Now, with the Intercontinental Championship hanging in the balance, Axel will face a former champ in Miz and the current title-holder in Barrett.
Any of the three are capable of winning this one, but given how much Axel's been promoted recently, the smart money has to be on him to take the title.
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton
In the Tag Team Championship, we'll see reigning title-holders Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins take on an unlikely duo of Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.
As was the case when he was partnered with Kane, Bryan's tag team doesn't project to be a very productive one, and unless he and the resurgent Orton can put aside their differences, they could self-destruct.
Prediction: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, but only because Bryan and Orton implode.
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
CM Punk appears to be on his way back to being one of the WWE's most prominent figures, and what better way to reintroduce him as a champion than by having him pummel Chris Jericho on a big stage?
The former WWE Championship title-holder is finally healthy, and though he will face a worthy opponent in Jericho, I think it's clear who is being promoted in this one.
Prediction: CM Punk.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
With the World Heavyweight Championship on the line, Dolph Ziggler will attempt to hang onto his title after returning from a six-week concussion-related absence.
Though Albert Del Rio is certainly capable of putting up a convincing fight, the reigning champion has to be the favorite, assuming he's completely recovered.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler.
John Cena vs. Ryback
For weeks, the WWE has been attempting to paint Ryback as a legitimate challenger to grab the crown as the WWE Championship holder.
But is he really going to take down the reigning champ in Cena and become the face of the WWE as a whole by defeating him in Three Stages of Hell?
My answer is no, but if the WWE is intent on making Ryback the sport's next big thing, maybe an upset is in the works.
Prediction: Cena. He'll hang onto his title with a 2-1 win.
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